Clayton Town Council had several topics of conversation at their April 8 meeting, including discussion of an emergency alert system.

Possible equipment truck upgrade

The town will start looking into a possible future replacement of an equipment truck at the suggestion of Councilman Robert Lightcap. He asked for the Equipment Committee to begin looking into it and then to pass it on to the Budget Committee to put in the 2014 budget. Council decided to pass the topic on to the May reorganization meeting.

Grass cutting reminder

During his Street Committee report, Lightcap also reminded residents that the limit for containers with grass clippings is 50 pounds.

"If it takes two people to drag it [container] out to the street, one guy can't pick it up [and dump it]," Lightcap said.

Public Forum changes

Clayton Council will be looking into possibly changing how the public forum portions of meetings are handled, said Mayor Tom Horn. Council will discuss the change at their May reorganization meeting.

"Council is going to have a limit of what we're going to answer," Horn said.

Horn said there's been some discussion about whether or not council should answer questions that can be answered directly from an ordinance, a bylaw, or is a concrete answer from an employee.

"We're going to fine-tune that so we can give some answers. We'll have this all in some kind of form at the next meeting," Horn said.

Huntington Mills concerns

Resident Earl Brown, vice president of the Huntington Mills Homeowner's Association, asked council about what's going on with the empty lots in the development. Brown said the residents don't know what's going on or who owns the property, but he appreciates all the work the town has done as far as cleaning up the empty lots.

Town Foreman Jeff Hurlock said he had done some research and found out that the developer Zeccola Builders is in bankruptcy and was denied reorganization; now MT Bank owns it but will not foreclose on the property until they have a buyer. The remaining 30 lots in Huntington Mills and Old Country Farm are for sale as a package.

"Unfortunately the best thing to happen now is for the real estate market to come alive and those lots are sold," Hurlock said. "There is some interest right now and I'm telling anybody who buys those 30 lots they have to blacktop the streets."

Brown asked if there was any possible funding from DelDOT to blacktop the unfinished streets. Hurlock said if the streets are never blacktopped, the town could go to the legislatures, but suggested waiting a little bit longer because he's afraid if the town steps in, they'll never recover the money used to blacktop the roads.

Brown said State Rep. Trey Paradee would be meeting with the HOA regarding the issues.

As for the empty lots, Hurlock said the town will continue mowing the grass until he's told otherwise by council.

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