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  • Clayton Town Council votes to start public forum at meetings earlier

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  • Clayton Town Council members voted at the Feb. 10 council meeting to make a slight change regarding meeting times. After discussing within the Personnel Committee whether or not to start the council meetings earlier, council members voted to simply make the public forum start before the regular council meeting.
    Councilwoman Mary Ellen DeBenedictis said the committee considered making council meetings earlier so the meetings wouldn't last too late. Ultimately, the committee felt the public forum should be done before the council meeting.
    Starting with the June council meeting the public forum will be at 7:15 p.m., followed by the regular council meeting at 7:30 p.m.
    Originally it was suggested to start the council meeting at 7 p.m. but then there were concerns that residents working late or out of town wouldn't have time to get to the meeting, said Councilman Skip Carrow.
    "We thought maybe if we move the forum ahead of the meeting, it'd give residents a chance to have an open dialogue with council, to bring up their concerns and get that out of the way so when the meeting starts at 7:30 we can get right down to the business," Carrow said.
    Project updates
    Construction Manager Ed Ide provided council an update regarding the town hall renovation and police station expansion.
    Ide said the plans and specifications for the projects are complete, and the town has received fire marshal approval.
    "I'm hoping within the next two to three weeks to break ground out there," Ide said.
    Town Foreman Jeff Hurlock brought up the fire hall expansion project. With the work being done at the Clayton Fire Company, Hurlock said East Street will be shut down periodically over the new few weeks during the daytime. He said this is something done quite often when work is being done in the developments and is done for safety reasons.
    East Street parking limits
    Council approved new parking limits on East Street. The Streets Committee previously met to discuss turning East Street into a one-way road. However, due to some opposition it was decided to only allow parking on the north side of East Street, with just two parking spots on the south side.
    Ide, who is the construction manager for the Clayton Fire Company project, said the reason for the change is because the fire company is moving further out into the street, which will push the sidewalk to the edge of where parking was previously allowed.
    "The fire company isn't putting the sidewalk out into the street," said Councilman Dave Letterman. "They are putting it [the sidewalk] at the edge of the fire company property. I just wanted to make sure everybody understands that."
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    Council also approved parking changes on Clayton Avenue. Letterman said the changes were suggested after concerns were brought forth by the new tenant in the old Clements Supply building that time limits for parking on Clayton Avenue weren't being enforced.
    When discussing the time limits, Letterman said the Streets Committee decided to change the parking time limits. The first two parking spots on Clayton Avenue off of Main Street will be one hour parking; the following four parking spots will be 30-minute parking.
    The town will put signs out designating the parking limits.
    2014 Community Yard Sales
    Clayton Town Council approved this year's spring and fall community yard sale dates at the Feb. 10 meeting. The community yard sales will be Saturday, May 3 and Saturday, Sept. 6.
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