Clayton Town Council briefs from Aug. 13 meeting.
Along with the parking concerns on East Street and scheduling of the cat workshop, there were a few other tidbits discussed at the Aug. 13 Clayton Town Council meeting.
Howard Blackstone was approved for a new position on the Board of Adjustments. He will serve along with chairperson William Carrow, John Petro, Al Hill and Pat Kennedy.
Former council member Wayne Stover and Drew Thomson were approved as additions to the Planning & Zoning Committee. They will replace Dexter Perry and Larry Duhadaway. Other committee members are Eddy Seger, Bill Brockenbrough and chairperson Tom Watts.
Police Department grant
Clayton Police will receive a grant from the state through the Fund to Combat Violence Crime Program, Chief Brian Hill said.
The program was passed by the legislature last year; this is the first time Clayton Police are eligible for funding. Clayton will be allotted about $17,800.
Hill said the police department will be getting new computers.
“We’re going to have new computer systems. A new network server, which we don’t even have at this time so we’re not linked to each other,” Hill said. “And we’re also going to have a new evidence program for recording evidence going in and out of the building.”
These items are within the allotted amount and will be of no cost to the town as the grant is a sure thing.
“We look for that number to increase considerably, probably double next year for the department based on the funding that’s coming in,” Hill said.
Dealing with rundown buildings
The town is in the process of coming up with a way to deal with some of the rundown buildings in Clayton.
Town Foreman Jeff Hurlock presented a draft copy of a quick synopsis of a way they could address the problems Clayton is having with dilapidated houses that don’t meet the building maintenance code in town. While the town has an agreement with First State Inspection Agency to do inspections, Hurlock said the company doesn’t actually enforce property maintenance.
“I can give them [home owner] the first notice, but when it comes time to actually cite them, we have to have a certified code person to cite them and take them to court,” Hurlock said.
Hurlock said he wasn’t exactly of how to move forward in the process or what committee should take a look at the draft.
Councilman Dave Letterman said maybe the first step should be for town lawyer Scott Chambers to take a look at it and then bring it back to council.
“We just need somebody so we can have a mechanism put in place,” Hurlock said.
The question of rundown homes was even brought up during public forum by a resident questioning boarded up homes on Smyrna Avenue. Mayor Tom Horn reiterated the fact there’s no rebuttal during public forum, but did say this is exactly why Hurlock wants a mechanism to deal with such houses.