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Public Art Update, Electric Rate Study, 84-Bed Assisted Living Facility and More on Monday's Council Agenda


We hope you will join us 6 p.m. Monday, April 16 for the Clayton Town Council meeting at The Clayton Center, 111 East Second Street in Downtown Clayton.

You can view the full agenda packet online here, or click here to download a PDF copy. Here are the highlights:

Public Art Advisory Board Annual Update

As part of an annual update to Town Council on its various volunteer advisory boards, Sara Perricone, chairwoman of the Public Art Advisory Board, will present an overview of recent projects and initiatives of this nine-person board.

Established in 2008, this board works with artists who loan or gift artwork to the Town and makes recommendations to Town Council for the creation of new programs and exhibitions. With passion and dedication, this group brainstorms, researches and brings to life an artistic vision that helps make Clayton a vibrant, thriving artistic community.

Perricone, who recently led tours of the Public Art Advisory Board's rotating Sculpture Trail during the N.C. Main Street Conference, will also share feedback and perspectives from the visitors from around the state who learned about the board’s work. 

Electric Rate Study

Since 1915, when Clayton switched-on its first electric street lamp, the Town has remained committed to providing reliable, safe and affordable electricity to its residents. We continue to invest in system improvements, new technologies and energy-efficiency programs to help offset the burden of increased wholesale power costs and minimize impact on member-owners. That’s why the Town hired Black & Veatch, a global firm that consults utility companies on regulatory and rate issues, to research and present a 5-year financial forecast for Clayton Public Power. Our Town leaders and residents have been anticipating the results of this long-term study since last spring.

On Monday, Black & Veatch Principal Consultant Craig Brown will present the Council with highlights of the study, including an explanation of Duke Energy's planned power supply rate hikes. Brown will also share an evaluation of current rate charges and recommend future rate updates. 

Electronic Advertising for Construction Projects

The Council will consider a resolution that would allow the Town to advertise certain bidding opportunities using electronic media, such as the Town's website, in place of or in addition to traditional newspaper advertising.

According to state law, the Town must open bidding for construction and repair projects estimated to cost $500,000 or more, and all purchases of apparatus, supplies, materials or equipment costing $90,000 or more. Although it's not required by law, the Town often also opens bidding for projects and purchases that fall below those thresholds.

The resolution would give the Town flexibility to choose the most effective and efficient means to reach prospective bidders – whether it be through electronic media, newspaper ads or a combination of the two. If newspaper advertising were to be deemed unnecessary for a particular project, the Town would save money in advertising fees.

If approved, staff would be able to comply with state law by posting notices to the Bidding Opportunities page on TownofClaytonNC.org – where the Town is already posting notices. The Town may also use other electronic media.

The Council will consider placing this item on the May 7 Consent Agenda for approval.

Public Hearings

The Council will open the floor for public discussion before voting to approve or deny the following:

Carillon Assisted Living

Tony Tate Landscape Architecture seeks a special-use permit to allow a "congregate living facility" on 5.13 acres. Owned by the Jane Smith Trust, the land is part of a vacant 9.61 acre tract located on the southwest corner of Amelia Church and Guy roads. It is zoned for Neighborhood Business (B-2).

On March 26, the Planning Board approved a major site plan for development of a 48 unit, 84 bed assisted living facility that would primarily serve clients with memory issues. The single-story building would have four wings totaling 35,900 square feet and a 50-space parking lot. Motorists would access the facility via Guy Road.

The Planning Board also reviewed the special-use permit and recommended the Council approve it.

(Withdrawn) Four Townhouses on Barbour Street

Vast Real Estate and Development Inc. has withdrawn its application for this special-use permit, which would have allowed development of four townhouses on 0.54 acres located at 619 S. Barbour St – just north of U.S. 70 Business.

This public hearing had originally been scheduled for May 5. On Jan. 22, the Planning Board reviewed the request and recommended the Council deny the special-use permit.

Need More Info?

If you have any questions about the agenda or any other Town-related issues, please feel free to email Public Information Officer Stacy Beard or call her at 919-358-0348. You may also email Assistant Public Information Officer John Hamlin or call him at 919-480-0170.

Have a great weekend, and we hope to see you at the meeting.

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