Clayton Town Council moved forward with street paving plans for Highland Avenue and Smyrna Avenue during a concise council meeting on Monday, August 25. Also during the meeting, Town Foreman Jeff Hurlock announced that the town has been pumping water at near capacity due to the ongoing drought.


Clayton Town Council moved forward with street paving plans for Highland Avenue and Smyrna Avenue during a concise council meeting on Monday.

Town officials said this year’s “patching and paving” would take place on Highland Avenue from West Street to Duck Creek Road, and on Smyrna Avenue from the railroad tracks to Rodney Street.

Councilman Michael Harrington described the work as “routine maintenance.”

On a motion by Harrington, council voted to put this road paving work out to bid for contractors.

Drought putting a strain on town water utility

Town Foreman Jeff Hurlock announced that the recent lack of rainfall has been putting a strain on the town’s water utility over the past couple weeks, and especially on the weekends.

Hurlock said the town has been pumping water at almost full capacity.

“Due to the recent drought, we are pumping a lot of water and are close to maxing out every day,” he said.

Hurlock said the town is not in danger of running out of water, but the drought has been putting stress on the system.

As a way to conserve, Hurlock recommended that residents water their lawns at night, rather than during the day when more of the water evaporates.

New parking spaces planned for Coleman Street

Council also approved plans to add about 10-15 diagonal parking spaces along Coleman Street, next to Dr. Robert Donlick’s office.

With these additional parking spaces in place, Coleman would become one-way eastbound from Clayton Avenue to Cherry Alley, town officials said.

Hurlock estimated that the new parking spaces would be installed in roughly 30 days.

Speeding concern in Providence Crossing

Providence Crossing resident Alex Dias had both a compliment and concern for Clayton Council at Monday’s meeting.

He thanked council for addressing his concern about high grass in some empty lots in his development.

“Thanks for getting the grass cut,” he said. “You did a good job on it.”

Dias also said there has been a speeding problem on Coldwater Drive in Providence Crossing.
“I know it’s 25, but I’ve seen people going 40-45 there,” he said.

No change to electric rate

Councilman Bob Berghorn announced that there would be no increase to the town’s electric rate or the Purchase Power Adjustment Cost (PPAC) on town electric bills this month.