Clayton mayor talks about hopes for business growth, homebuilding and safety
Clayton Mayor Alex Dias talked with the Sun-Times about his New Year’s resolutions for the town.
1. Our biggest concern is getting businesses back into Clayton. It would be great if we could get a mom- and-pop grocery store that sells bread and milk and things like that. New businesses would definitely bring more jobs which are needed, and would also help the town with the electric and water fees. That’s really the way we make our money. We’re doing well and are solvent financially, but new businesses are one of the keys to staying that way. As far as trying to attract businesses, we can give breaks in electric, and we have done that in the past. We’re upgrading the water system a little at a time, installing new pipes. Some of water and sewer lines were about 100 years old, so that’s something we’re planning to continue working on in 2021.
2. We hope to continue the success we’ve seen with home building. We have about 25 homes being built now and there are plans for about 250 to 300 more. Home building has all started back up again, and it’s doing pretty well.
3. Stay safe and keep following the coronavirus precautions. So far, thankfully, we’ve done pretty well and haven’t had that many people affected that I know about. For the most part, people are trying to stay home except for essential trips. Masks are required in town hall and we’re only open limited hours. We’ve been spraying to disinfect town hall. We’ve been having council meetings in person but at the firehouse where we can spread out. We don’t usually have a big group at the council meetings, so that hasn’t been a problem.
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