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Advisory Board Appointments, 150th Celebration Update & Continuation of Water & Sewer Rate Public Hearing at Monday's Council Meeting

12/14/2018

We hope you will join us at 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 17 for the Clayton Town Council meeting at The Clayton Center/Town Hall, 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:

Volunteers Help Make Our Town Great! 

The Town of Clayton can't run without the input, interest and support of our residents!  We have dozens of people who volunteer their time, experience and skills to serve, and one of those ways is through one of our many Town Council-appointed advisory boards. These boards provide support and advice to town leaders on everything from downtown events, public artwork, the library, parks programs and development and zoning issues. These dedicated people apply, are interviewed and, once selected, must attend monthly meetings for 3-year terms. That's a big commitment, but a great way to give back to the community and influence the future of our Town! Everyone who submitted an application was offered an interview. Council will consider the recommendations of the following appointments or re-appointments:

Library Advisory Board:

  • Laurie Lee (new appointment)
  • Paul Taperek, (re-appointment)
  • Belle Allen (re-appointment)
  • Elizabeth McLaurin (reappointment)

Public Art Advisory Board:

  • John McFadden (new appointment)
  • Sara Perricone (re-appointment)
  • Elizabeth McLaurin (re-appointment)

 

 

Recreation Advisory Board: 

  • Maureen Fee (new appointment)
  • Marty Kornegay (re-appointment) 
  • David Danko (new appointment)
  • Karen Phinazee  (re-appointment)
  • Butch Lawter (new appointment)

Planning Board: 

  • James Moore (new appointment)
  • Robert Ahlert (re-appointment)
  • George "Bucky” Coats (re-appointment)
  • James Lipscomb (re-appointment)

 

There are still openings on these boards.  The Library Advisory Board has one position open for someone who lives just outside our town limits in the Extra-Territorial Jurisdiction (ETJ). Our Recreation Board also has one ETJ position open. Our Fire Advisory Board also has one open resident for someone who lives in the Claytex Fire District. Our Downtown Development Advisory Board has no vacancies, but as with all boards, the public is welcome to attend the monthly meetings. Check out an application today! We even have a Teen Advisory Board as pictured above!  Check them out too! 

Update on Clayton 150th Birthday Bash Kick-off

https://gallery.mailchimp.com/cf7f2195498e19ab24ddf6fb9/images/7943bd11-cf25-4604-b75c-e0efaa4c5ef8.jpgOn April 12, 1869, the Town of Clayton officially incorporated. Fifty years later, in 1969, the community came together to celebrate in incredible solidarity to mark the 100th anniversary. The men grew beards. Families dressed in pioneer clothing. There were parades, concerts, special tours, three grand balls, class reunions, old-fashioned bargain days with merchants, fireworks, a Miss Centennial coronation, a time capsule burial, an anniversary seal design contest, T-shirts, commemorative coins and an elaborate 90-minute stage production about Clayton’s history with a cast of hundreds!

Now, another 5 decades have passed and it’s time for the community to come together again to celebrate the Town of Clayton’s 150th Anniversary! In August, the Town Council passed a resolution to establish a Sesquicentennial Advisory Committee appointed by the Mayor to include 11 community members: Jessica Lloyd, Princess Hester, Ruth Anderson, Laine Horton, Marty Bizzell, Jean Barnes, Gwen Canady, Mike Marvel, Frances Mercer, Stewart McLeod, and Porter Casey. This committee brainstormed ideas, vision and vetted candidates to serve as a temporary event coordinator who would lead planning and community efforts to produce a year-long celebration commencing on April 12, 2019.

Michelle Bonham, a Clayton resident and experienced event planner, has been working with the advisory committee and town staff to cement a theme and brand for celebration, as well as formulate ideas for an April 12-13 kick-off event. Bonham has helped coordinate a variety of corporate and community events and now runs her own event planning firm handling design, logistics, and community outreach and engagement. She will share the latest progress of the committee and a proposed schedule of events for the two-day kick-off birthday celebration on April 12-13, 2019.  We’re excited to commemorate, celebrate and collaborate with various community groups in the name of Clayton’s past, present and future.

Water & Sewer Rates/Wastewater Capacity Study Public Hearing

This is a continuation of the public hearing first opened on November 19th.  The Town of Clayton continues to plan for the replacement of the Town’s wastewater treatment plant, which serves our residential, commercial and industrial customers. The Town has continued to grow and we’re reaching capacity levels that dictate the need to expand. The current plant is 54 years old and lies in a flood hazard area. Plans to replace the plant date back decades. In the mid-90’s, Town leaders purchased land to build a new wastewater treatment plant near the Neuse River. In the mid-2000s, Town leaders began planning for the cost and construction of a new plant, but those plans were shelved when the country hit the Great Recession, the biggest economic downturn since the Great Depression. Unclear on the timeline for economic recovery and growth, Town leaders began to explore intermediary methods of accommodating our sewer needs.  We reached agreements to connect and send wastewater flow to the City of Raleigh and Johnston County – and those increased capacities have served Clayton to this day. The City of Raleigh flow agreement, however, is not permanent. We currently send some flow to Johnston County for treatment and we are considering options to bring that flow back to Clayton.

This critical topic is on many municipal and county agendas, as Raleigh, Johnston County, Smithfield and Selma are also in the processes of wastewater capacity and water/sewer rate studies and analyses. On Oct. 22, the Town Council invited the utility consultants to present their study findings, which included slides on water and sewer rates and wastewater capacity.  At the Nov. 19th presentation/public hearing, the engineers from the Wooten Company reviewed that capacity needs again and presented options for Council to consider. Council advised the consultants to bring back options to build the wastewater treatment plant in phases based on the baseline recommendation.

Original baseline calculations call for building a new plant within 4 years on that designated piece of land, and to pay for the project by raising sewer fees and rates for most homeowners an average of about $15 a month starting July 1, 2019.  The study also calls for annual 30% sewer rate and 2% water rate increases for the following three years.

Since the last meeting, the consultants have been revisiting growth forecasts as they tie into the schedule and scope of needed wastewater solutions. The consultants are continuing that work and will not be attending this meeting. The Town Manager will update Council on that progress and the status of updating the options to partner with regional and private entities, operate two facilities, and/or operate a single facility. At Dec. 3rd Council meeting, several residents shared comments and questions.  The public is again invited to do so on Monday night.  We anticipated the consultants coming back Monday to present new date, however, due to the expanded scope of our option exploration there was not sufficient time review that data/cost analyses. We will defer on those presentation until January 7. After opening the public hearing and allowing comment, staff expects Council will continue the public hearing to that date.

Walton Farm Annexation Public Hearing

https://gallery.mailchimp.com/cf7f2195498e19ab24ddf6fb9/images/a31ec98f-af58-4e22-a7d6-161a4f80106d.pngFSC Ranch LCC is seeking approval to voluntarily annex 48.09 acres of land located at 3131 Covered Bridge Road– just north of the intersection of Covered Bridge and Loop Roads. FSC Ranch LLC owns the land and plans to develop 190 single-family houses and 120 apartments. The site plan list Fred Smith Co. as the developer.

The new development would have a main entrance on Covered Bridge Road, and connect to the rest of Riverwood Athletic Club to the north via Ravens Ridge. The apartments would be located in four buildings, which would be similar to the apartments located along Athletic Club Boulevard. They would have a maximum height of 44.5 feet.

The development would include a clubhouse and three small parks with walking trails, fire pits, grills and gazebos. Residents would also have access to the existing Riverwood Athletic Club amenities. The development would have 299 parking spaces.

In 2017, with residents expressing some concerns about increased traffic and run-off/erosion concerns, Walton Farm received approval to build and to be rezoned to Planned Development Residential (PD-R) from Residential Estate (R-E) and Residential-8 (R-8). The smallest lots for houses would be 3,148 square feet, or just under 1/14th of an acre. Construction is expected to start in 2019. 

Ramey Kemp & Associates prepared the Traffic Impact Analysis and determined the development would create 2,660 trips each weekday, including 206 during morning rush hour and 274 during the evening rush. Read the summary here. The study recommended road features and improvements to deal with the traffic, including the addition of 150-foot left turn lane south of the entrance on Covered Bridge Road. The N.C. Department of Transportation also reviewed the plans and recommended a 150-foot right turn lane north of the entrance on Covered Bridge Road, along with a three-lane section with a two-way left turn lane on Covered Bridge Road from the Loop Road intersection to the neighborhood's entrance.

Resolution to Support the Parks & Recreation Foundation (PARTF)

https://gallery.mailchimp.com/cf7f2195498e19ab24ddf6fb9/images/fee970c0-6a16-401f-a812-3756224806f1.jpgThe Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) was established the North Carolina General Assembly to fund improvements in the state's park system, to fund grants for local governments and to increase the public's access to the state's beaches and coastal waterways.  The Town of Clayton has benefited as a three time Parks & Recreation Trust Fund recipient enabling the Town to build phase one of Community Park ($250,000), partial funding of the Clayton Community Center ($500,000), partial funding for the acquisition of the north side Neuse River property ($300,000) and, most recently, won a huge boost for Harmony Playground, a project the town and community are raising funds to build so that children of ALL abilities can play at East Clayton Community Park ($89,810). This fund, the Clean Water Management Trust Fund, the Child Care Commission and several others are at risk of being eliminated via House Bill 1120 and Senate Bill 821.  Both bills are not targeting the existence or continuation of the funds directly, but rather the power to appoint commission members (philosophical dispute between Executive and Legislative Branches). The result, however, would be the “sun setting” of the commission and thus fund. Parks & Recreation Director Scott Barnard will ask the Council to consider passing a resolution in support of preserving the integrity and funding of PARTF

Video Equipment & Software for Council Chambers/Meetings

The Public Information Office will explain a potential new feature of the Council agenda and meeting software called iCompass. A software upgrade could allow a meeting video element to be added to agenda meetings and minutes. The Town currently operates a public access channel and funding may be available to install video equipment to facilitate this upgrade. 

Other Items:

  • Town seeks to abandon a utility easement at 309 Robin Lane The property owner was in the process of selling the house  discovered that a very small portion of the back corner of the house was encroaching in the existing Drainage and Utility Easement by 1.1 feet. Since no town sewer, water or storm water lines are located in that easement, it will be abandoned, along with a 10’ foot drainage and utility easement located along the rear of the property that is also not needed.
  • Staff will give an update on the Cross Connection & Backflow Prevention Program, which is responsible for ensuring the drinking water provided by the Town remains safe throughout our distribution system.
  • Staff will pitch a recreation/downtown/economic development idea to serve as a host location for the large state-wide bicycling tour. 
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