Clayton Town Council members had a lot to discuss at their Aug. 12 council meeting including their decision to not extend polling hours and resident concerns with electric bills. Here are a few other items also talked about at the meeting.

Electric complaints

Town Foreman Jeff Hurlock said the town has been receiving complaints of electric blinking. Hurlock said if the electric flickers, it's the result of an issue with the substation. If there's an accident 10 miles down the road where a car hits a pole and causes the electric to blink, the breaker will reset and the electric will be fine.

Hurlock wanted to make sure residents know it's not the town's fault if the electric blinks; moreover, the town can't stop it from happening.

Possible PCAC rate decrease

Hurlock told council that it's been recommended the town should zero out the PCAC (Power Cost Adjustment Charge) portion of the town's electric rate; currently, the PCAC is .56 cents per kilowatt-hour used.

The PCAC is used to deal with fluctuations in the wholesale energy prices.

Hurlock said if the town decides to decrease the PCAC to zero, customers that use 1,000 kilowatts per month would save about $6 a month. The town has lowered electric rates 11 percent in the last two years.

Hurlock suggested sending the item to committee to see how the town should move forward.

Streets Committee meeting scheduled

The Streets Committee will meet Wednesday, Aug. 21 at 6:30 p.m. at Clayton Town Hall. The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss repaving streets in town, an agreement with Liberty Knoll to topcoat the development, and putting a handicap parking space at 306 Smyrna Ave.

Council to start 2014 budget process

Councilman Dave Letterman told council he wanted to schedule a Budget Committee meeting relatively soon because he'd like to have the fiscal year 2014 budget done by Oct. 31. He said the budget will probably get done closer to Thanksgiving, but Letterman still aims to finish it earlier than past years.

Part of the reason Letterman wants to start budget discussions now is because of the possibility the town could expand the police station.

The Budget Committee meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 4 at 6:30 p.m. at town hall.

2012 audit approved

Council approved the 2012 financial statement. There were a couple of items that had to be taken out of the audit at the request of the auditor; however, Letterman said these were items that were supposed to be taken out in past years that weren't.

Business license ordinance changes pending

Council expected to be able to vote on changes to the town's business license process; however, town lawyer Scott Chambers, who wasn't at the council meeting, is still working on the changes.

Hurlock had previously expressed interest to council about changing the process of granting business licenses. Hurlock suggested town staff have the capability of granting licenses once proper documentation is received. Currently, town council approves licenses for new businesses.

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