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  • Clayton Town Council briefs from June 10 meeting

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  • Clayton Town Council discussed plenty at the June 10 council meeting, including electing officers for the year, appointing committees, and creating a committee to look into the possible expansion of the car port.
    Here are a few tidbits from the meeting.
    Police apply for COPS grant
    Police Chief Brian Hill informed council that the department applied for a grant that could be put towards security measures for schools in Clayton.
    Hill said the town has applied for the COPS grants in hopes of purchasing a system that would enable them to improve upon school emergency response protocol. The system would have a real-time live feed from the schools to car servers. The system would be for schools in Clayton – Clayton Elementary, Clayton Intermediate School, and Providence Creek Academy.
    "The amount is $114,000 and we're hoping to get that awarded," Hill said.
    Town may get decorative flags
    The town is going to look into getting decorative flag poles for the town. Councilwoman Mary Ellen DeBenedictis made the suggestion after seeing how nice decorative flag poles look in other towns.
    "I think they'd give the town a little lift," DeBenedictis said.
    Since the Fourth of July parade is going to be in Clayton this year, DeBenedictis was hoping council would approve buying them in time for the parade. She said between School Lane and the Railroad Station, there's enough space for 28 flags on one side of the street but that would obviously be overkill budget-wise. Therefore, she got a quote for ten 4-feet red, white and blue flags; the cost would be roughly $1,275.
    While members of council thought the decorative flags were a good idea, they were concerned about finding money in the budget.
    "I'm not opposed to it. I think it's a good idea," Councilman Dave Letterman said. "But maybe we should try not rushing it."
    Letterman suggested holding off the conversation until the 2014 budget process starts. Moreover, since the Budget Committee meetings are open to the public, it would give residents a chance to give their input on the flags.
    Council didn't vote on the matter but agreed to talk about it during the budget meetings.
    Historical Society grant approved
    Council approved a $2,000 grant for the Clayton Historical Society, which is the group that puts on the Railroad Days Festival.
    Councilman Skip Carrow, who's a member of the historical society, spoke to council about the need of the donation.
    "The Clayton Historical Society is trying to broaden its perspective," Carrow said. "We don't want to just do Railroad Days, but others things for the town too."
    Page 2 of 2 - Railroad Days was held June 8 for the third time. Carrow said that despite the weather, there was a good turnout. The grant, Carrow said, would go towards the expenses of the year's festival. He said people fail to realize that things such as inflatables, games and entertainment for the event do cost money. Eventually the historical society hopes to become self-sufficient.
    Horn addresses voting hours
    Mayor Tom Horn brought up a previous request for a committee dedicated to looking into the extension of voting hours.
    Council had previously said the topic of extending voting hours would be discussed during the June reorganization meeting. Horn said that they didn't forget the item and that the topic would be on the agenda for the July meeting.
    Business license approved
    Council also approved the business license for Parma Pizza. The restaurant will be at 400 Main St., which was formerly the home of Lorenzo's Pizza.
    Town Foreman Jeff Hurlock told council the business license is more or less a name change.
    "It'll be the same as before," Hurlock said. "One shop sold it to another pizza shop."
    When asked when Parma Pizza would open, Hurlock said he was unsure.
    Following the approval, Horn said it was good for there to be another business coming in town.
    Email Jennifer Dailey at jennifer.dailey@doverpost.com.

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