Clayton Town Council decided at their meeting Monday night to form a committee at next month's reorganization meeting to look into setting up an alert system to inform residents when something such as a water leak has occurred in town.

Town Foreman Jeff Hurlock brought up the topic after having town employees look into a similar alert system to that of the Smyrna School District.

"So if there's a water leak or an electric outage we can notify the residents of what's going on through the phone system or text messaging," Hurlock said.

Hurlock said he's unsure of how the town would want to move forward with an alert system because it's expensive. If every resident in town agreed to the program, it would cost the town $3,300 a year; the cost would go up or down depending on the number of residents included on the list.

"What really brought it up was the ammonia leak we had," Hurlock said. "They [Smyrna School District] were able to notify just Clayton Elementary."

Hurlock was referring to the evacuation of Clayton Elementary on Feb. 12 due to an ammonia leak at Hanover Foods. However, Hurlock said he's gotten complaints from residents about not knowing what's going on in town when there's a water leak or an electric outage.

"I'm not sure if you want it to go to a committee or something," Hurlock said. "I looked into it trying to be a little more customer friendly, but it is a little expensive."

Mayor Tom Horn said the alert system suggestion is a good, proactive idea; however, he'd like to hear from constituents. Horn said the item will be discussed at their reorganization meeting in May and they'll appoint a committee to look into the idea.

Possible change in bill payment

Councilman Alex Dias read off two possible changes regarding payments of utility bills. The possible changes reference how the town deals with returned checks, or bad payments, of utility bills.

The recommended changes are being made to deal with the number of incidents of the town receiving bad checks.

Town lawyer Scott Chambers will look over the recommendations and bring it back to council.

New business license approved

Clayton Town Council unanimously approved the business license for a new business going into the old Clayton Train Station – All Aboard Exchange. The business will sell western wear.

July 4th parade approved

Council also gave approval for the Smyrna-Clayton July 4th Association to hold their annual Fourth of July parade in Clayton this year.

The parade will go down Main Street.

Town Hall building renovations

Council will also appoint a committee at their May reorganization meeting regarding some possible renovations to Town hall.

"We've been talking quite a bit about closing in the car port for the police department," Councilman Robert Lightcap said. "I think it's time to appoint a committee and get that project started."

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