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  • Clayton Council swears in returning, new council members

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  • Returning council member Tom Horn and newly elected member William "Skip" Carrow were sworn in Monday night at the Clayton Town Council meeting.
    Re-elected Councilman Alex Dias wasn't sworn in because he had an excused absence from the meeting.
    Due to the absences of Dias and Councilwoman Mary Ellen DeBenedictis at the meeting, the reorganization will be at the June council meeting; Horn said the charter requires a full council to reorganize.
    Because council couldn't reorganize, they had to table other agenda items including forming committees to discuss closing the car port and purchasing a new truck.
    Railroad Days parade route approved
    Council approved the parade route for the Clayton Railroad Days Festival parade, which gets things started for the Saturday, June 8 event. The route approval is contingent on DelDOT's approval to close Main Street.
    The parade will travel east on Main Street, then north on Reed Street, ending at Industrial Boulevard.
    Council also approved the closing of Bassett Street in front of the train station and Railroad Avenue in front of Clayton Fire Company for the Railroad Days Festival; these roads will be closed from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. to allow the vendors to set up and break things down.
    Thanks from Huntington Mills
    Huntington Mills resident Cordell Carr thanked council for the assistance in dealing with vacant lots in the subdivision.
    "I just wanted to thank you guys for mowing down the vacant lots. It is absolutely appreciated," Carr said.
    Carr said the vacant properties do present an eyesore especially because of foreclosures and the builder going bankrupt. He hopes council will have the town keep up the good work.
    Lightcap thanked for work on council
    Former council member Robert Lightcap was thanked by Carrow and the rest of council for his time on council. Lightcap was on council but chose not to seek re-election this year.
    "I'd like to recognize Robert Lightcap for his work and dedication on council," Carrow said. "and I'd like to congratulate him for the work he did for the town."
    Email Jennifer Dailey at jennifer.dailey@doverpost.com.

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