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Donation of Fire Engine to Department in Need and Three Public Hearings on April 3 Town Council Agenda

03/31/2017

We hope you will join us Monday, April 3 for the Clayton Town Council meeting beginning 6:30 p.m. at The Clayton Center, 111 East Second Street in Downtown Clayton.

You can view the full agenda packet online here, or click here to download a PDF copy. Here are the highlights:

Donation of Fire Engine to Department in Need

The Clayton Fire Department will receive a 2017 Pierce Pumper Tanker to replace a 1994 E-One Freightliner fire engine later this month.

At the last work session, Fire Chief Lee Barbee requested the Town Council donate the old Freightliner engine to the Fairmont City Fire Department.

Fairmont would use the engine to replace a 1990 F800 KME Ford fire truck. Fairmont's old truck participated in Hurricane Matthew rescues, but broke down in a recent fire and has become too expensive for the rural community to repair, given its age.

Barbee has served Clayton as fire chief since 1991, and he said a lot of other communities have helped us out over the years. Now that our Town has grown, we have the opportunity to pay that generosity forward.

At the March work session, Barbee recalled the first engine that Clayton retired under his tenure. The Town sold that engine at auction, he said, and the experience taught him a lesson.

"That truck sat there about two years before anything was done to it, and it brought $500 in auction," Barbee said. "I said then that, if there were any way we could help another community out instead, that's what we needed to do. And this is a good opportunity for these guys."

At the work session, the Council placed the item on its April 3 Consent Agenda for approval.

Fairmont has a population of 2,659 and is located in Robinson County, just north of the South Carolina border along Interstate 95. 

Four representatives of Fairmont, including the town manager and fire chief, plan to attend Monday's meeting to thank the Clayton Town Council in person.

Fairmont Fire Chief Garrett Robinson formally requested the engine in a letter to Chief Barbee.

Public Hearings

The Council will open the floor for public comment before voting to approve or deny the following:

Rezoning and Annexation of Town-Owned Land

The Town of Clayton seeks to annex and rezone to Office-Institutional (O-I) from Residential-Estate (R-E) a 19.98-acre tract of undeveloped land located just south of N.C. 42 West at 2115 Amelia Church Road.

The Town recently purchased the land and is in discussions for its use.

The Office-Institutional zoning would provide a transition between the Planned Development-Mixed Use zoning to the north and the surrounding Residential-Estate zoning.

On Feb. 27, the Planning Board voted to recommend that Council approve the rezoning.

Revisions to Zoning and Land Use Regulations

Town staff proposes several changes to the Town's Unified Development Code's land use regulations, interpretations and associated definitions.

The revisions take into consideration concerns and observations Town staff has developed, and they would do a better job matching zoning and use regulations to the Town's growth plan. They would also clean up and simplify the code, including removing redundant definitions and consolidating similar uses.

The Planning Board recommended the changes for approval on Feb. 27.

Preparing for Police Chief's Retirement

In preparation for Police Chief Wayne Bridges' retirement on April 28, the Town Council will consider a resolution to award Bridges his badge and service weapon upon his retirement. The Town Council will consider placing the resolution on its April 17 Consent Agenda for approval.

Bridges has served the Clayton Police Department for nearly 19 years, including almost four years as chief. Bridges is credited with many Clayton Police “firsts,” including the formation of Clayton’s SWAT Team, leading the newly-formed administrative division, and championing the department’s impressive international accreditation status.

To aid in the search for a new Police Chief, the Town of Clayton has contracted with Developmental Associates, which specializes in public sector searches and has operated predominately in North Carolina for more than 25 years. Just this past year, the firm helped the Town of Clayton in hiring Town Manager Adam Lindsay. They’ve also conducted several police chief searches and promotional processes throughout the state, including Durham, Winston-Salem, Fayetteville, Greensboro, Raleigh, Charlotte, and in Spartanburg, S.C.

We began the search for a new chief in January, and held a public forum in February to collect feedback from community stakeholders, the public, business owners and community leaders.

This week, six finalists came to Clayton from across the country for an intensive two-day assessment center, which included a combination of interviews, written exercises and mock scenarios.

The Town expects to announce the hiring of Bridges' successor in the next few weeks.

Need More Info?

If you have any questions about the agenda or any other Town-related issues, please feel free to email Public Information Officer Stacy Beard or call her at 919-358-0348. You may also email Assistant Public Information Officer John Hamlin or call him at 919-480-0170.

Have a great weekend, and we hope to see you Monday night.

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