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Harmony Playground Update, Public Power Week, 255 Apartments at the Historic Spinning Mill and More at Monday's Council Meeting

09/28/2018

We hope you will join us 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1 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:

Harmony Playground Project & Fundraising Update

The Clayton Community Recreational Foundation, in partnership with the Town of Clayton, has been working to build at universal playground at East Clayton Community Park where children of ALL abilities can play together. A group of dedicated residents have helped to put the project more than halfway toward the goal of raising $800,000 toward this public-private projects. They've garnered the support of wonderful corporate partners like Caterpillar, Novo Nordisk, Automatic Rolls, and the Archway Foundation, just to name a few. 

Now to push the playground even closer to reality, they've planned their first annual Harmony Playground Gala for Oct. 20, 2018. The event, held at The Farm on NC42E, will feature Amy Wright, CNN's 2017 Hero of the Year and founder of Bitty & Beau's Coffee, a shop in Wilmington that employs people with intellectual and developmental difficulties. WRAL's Debra Morgan will emcee and Chris Hendricks – a Raleigh musician with cerebral palsy who doctors once said would never walk – will provide the entertainment.

The night will also feature the presentation of the inaugural Larry Bailey Community Service award to Leigh Hudson of Hudson's Hardware & Outdoor Equipment! His dedication to community service and the special needs community has improved the lives of countless people. Hudson is a past Rotary Governor of District 7710 which covers Johnston, Wake, Durham & Orange counties in North Carolina. The award is named after Clayton's longtime parks and recreation director, Larry Bailey, who retired in August after having served the community for most of his life. Bailey has been one of the visionaries behind the Harmony Playground.

The Harmony Playground is THE largest, most important project that the Clayton Recreational Foundation has every taken on. Fundraisers are way to the $800,000 goal with plans to break ground next year.

Visit HarmonyPlayground.org for more information. Interested in helping plan the gala? Contact Derrick Thompson at 919-622-0784.

2018 Public Power Week: Oct. 7-13

Clayton Public Power is celebrating Public Power Week, Oct. 7-13, along with more than 2,000 other community-owned, not-for-profit electric utilities that collectively provide electricity to 49 million Americans.

Clayton Public Power has one goal and one goal only: to keep your power on. We’re local, we’re reliable, we’re your 24-hour-a-day, 7-day-a-week hometown electric provider. When you need us our crews respond in minutes because we’re right here in the Town of Clayton.

During Hurricane Florence, many Clayton residents took to social media to praise our Town of Clayton linemen who worked to keep the lights on through the storm. In many cases, Clayton Public Power customers reported having electricity restored hours or even days before their neighbors who buy power from a for-profit company.

To mark this week, Clayton Public Power offers a few tips on how to save energy and money in your home, while caring for the environment:

  • Plug energy leaks with weather stripping and caulking, and be sure your house is properly insulated — you can save up to 20 percent on heating/cooling bills, and make your home more comfortable.
  • Clean or change filters regularly. A dirty furnace or air conditioning filter will slow airflow and make the system work harder to keep you warm or cool.
  • Install a programmable thermostat to save up to 10 percent on cooling and heating costs.
  • Wash clothes in cold water. Heating the water in a washer uses 90 percent of the energy used to wash clothes. According to Energy Star, by switching to cold water, you can save $30-$40 every year.
  • Use energy-efficient light bulbs including halogen incandescents, CFLs, and LEDs to reduce energy use by as much as 80 percent.
  • Turn off all lights, appliances and electronics not in use. Better still, use a power strip and turn off devices and lights that are not in use to cut standby power, to save up to $100 a year on your electricity bill.

Recognition of Employee Response to Hurricane Florence

Town Manager Adam Lindsay will recognize and thank the many Town employees who saw Clayton through Hurricane Florence and its aftermath.

Public Hearing: Spinning Mill Lofts at East Village: 255 Apartments at Historic Clayton Spinning Mill

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

Bass, Nixon and Kennedy Inc. seeks a special-use permit to build apartments at the former Clayton Spinning Mill property, which is located along Front Street and adjacent to the post office.

The proposed site plan shows 255 apartments – including 25 lofts in the historic Clayton Spinning Mill – and units in eight newly-constructed buildings. The new buildings would range in height from 27 feet to 52 feet tall. They would have fiber-cement siding with brick features with balconies on the front and rear upper floors.

More than 100 years old, the 55,000-square-foot Clayton Spinning Mill once housed 100 workers and the whir of more than 10,000 spindles before shuttering in 1976.

In July, the Council voted to rezone the 24.5-acre property to Neighborhood Business (B-2) from a mixture of Central Business (B-1), Office-Institutional (O-I), Highway Business-Special Use District (B-3-SUD), and Residential-Estate (R-E).

On Sept. 24, the Planning Board reviewed the request and recommended its approval.

Economic Development Districts

The Clayton Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with the Town has been working to divide the Town of Clayton into Economic Development Districts.  The goal is to provide specific data and resources relevant to the employers within each zone, as well as attract new businesses and encourage economic development.

The proposed districts follow an alphabetical naming scheme: District A: Advanced Manufacturing; District B: Business Central; District C: Covered Bridge; District D: Downtown; District E: East Bridge; District F: Future Growth; District G: Gateway; and District H: Health.

On Monday, Economic Development Director Dave DeYoung and Jim Pericone, chairman of the Chamber's economic development committee, will present the proposed districts to the Council.

Sewer Tap Replacement Fees

Currently, the Town Code of Ordinances requires customer to pay the cost of the replacement of the sanitary sewer service located in the public right-of-way. The Town has been following this Ordinance and charging the property owner for the replacement of the sanitary sewer service for over 20 years. Prior to July 1, 2018, the Town charged $800 for the replacement of the sanitary sewer service (also called a replacement sewer tap fee). On July 1, 2018, the replacement sewer tap fee was raised to $1,625 plus $500 each (maximum total of $2,625) if an asphalt pavement and/or concrete repair is necessary – which is typical.

The Town performed a cost audit on recent sanitary sewer service tap replacements. From Nov. 22, 2016 to May 1, 2018 (about 17 months), the Town performed 15 sanitary sewer service tap replacements at an average cost of $3,579 for labor, equipment and materials. If only the material cost is considered (labor and equipment costs excluded because they are already paid for by both the General Fund and the Water Sewer Fund) the average material cost is $456.

On Monday, the Council will consider revising this ordinance.

Staff the new ordinance include the replacement cost of the sanitary sewer service taps in the commodity charges – which would be consistent with how the mainline sanitary sewer infrastructure is handled – and would also be consistent with how other municipalities in the area recover costs for the replacement of the sanitary sewer service taps. Staff recommends changing the ordinance to assign responsibility for the replacement of the sanitary sewer service tap to the Town. 

The Town Code also states the customer is responsible for the replacement of the individual water service. However, in practice the Town has replaced water services at no charge to residents because a leaking water service in the public right-of-way is on the Town's side of the resident's water meter. That means the customer is not motivated to fix the water service, and the Town bears the cost of the water loss and nuisance caused by water spilling into the right-of-way. Under the current ordinance, the Public Works Director has the authority to replace the individual water services at no cost to the customer because this reduces the maintenance burden on the Town. Staff recommends that the Town include the replacement cost of the individual water service in the future revisions of the sewer and water rates.

The Sewer and Water Enterprise funds are currently undergoing a rate study. Staff recommends that the replacement costs related to both sanitary sewer service taps and individual water services be included in the rate study.

Setting Oct. 15 Public Hearings

The Town Council will take a first look at the following requests and consider scheduling public hearings for them on the Monday, Oct. 15 agenda:

The Village at Parkview: Adding 35 Townhouses to Previously-Approved 68-Unit Development

Adams & Hodge Engineering seeks major modifications to a previously-approved preliminary subdivision plat and special-use permit to develop additional land into townhouses.

In 2017, the Council approved development of 68 townhouses on 7 acres of land located on City Road, just south of the intersection with Parkview Road.

Now, the applicant has acquired 3.85 additional acres to the south and would like to develop another 35 townhouses. The plans show eight new buildings and an additional entrance via City Road.

More info, including site plans and staff reports, will be included in future agenda packets. For more, call the Planning Department at 919-359-9399.

Ashcroft Phases 6 & 7: Adding 56 Houses to Previously-Approved 139-Lot Subdivision

Adams & Hodge Engineering seeks major modifications to a previously-approved preliminary subdivision plat to develop an additional 56 lots on 18.55 acres of land in the Ashcroft subdivision. That's located off North O'Neil Street via Atwood Drive, adjacent to the Sam's Branch Greenway trailhead.

In 2013, Phases 1-5 of the subdivision were approved for 139 lots.

The applicant also seeks rezoning of the new land to Planned Development-Residential from Residential-Estate, which would be consistent with the previously-approved Ashcroft development. The new land is located northeast of the existing development and would be accessed via Atwood Drive.

More info, including site plans and staff reports, will be included in future agenda packets. For more, call the Planning Department at 919-359-9399.

Kyli Knolls: 22 Houses on Amelia Church Road

Full Spectrum Custom Homes seeks preliminary subdivision plat approval to develop 22 houses on 18.56 acres of land off Amelia Church Road, roughly 3,000 feet south of the intersection of Amelia Church Road and N.C. 42 West. The lots would be at least 25,000 square feet in area.

The applicant would not seek annexation into the Town, and residents would receive water from Johnston County and use septic tanks for sewer service.

More info, including site plans and staff reports, will be included in future agenda packets. For more, call the Planning Department at 919-359-9399.

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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