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Study Rates Clayton Road Conditions Above State Average at Feb. 20 Work Session

02/23/2017

The Town of Clayton is doing an exceptional job maintaining its 81 miles of paved roads according to an independent survey by U.S. Infrastructure of Carolina.

Vice President John Fersner presented his company's findings at Monday's work session, and he told the Town Council that our Public Works staff deserves kudos for their outstanding maintenance efforts.

"My hat's off," he said. "You folks are doing great things here in Clayton as far a road maintenance."

Clayton's roads scored an 86.1 Pavement Condition Rating, beating the 80 PCR average of cities and towns in North Carolina. About 32 percent of Clayton's roads could use some maintenance or resurfacing, compared to the state average of 47 percent.

"About 68 percent of your streets don't need any maintenance at all," Fersner said. "That's pretty phenomenal."

To fully address Clayton's current needs, Fersner said the Council would need to spend about $1.1 million resurfacing roads and another $580,000 on other types of routine maintenance. To make sure Town roads stay in top condition, the Council should plan to spend about $1.1 million a year on maintenance, Fersner said.

To put those numbers into perspective, Ferner estimated the Town's 81 miles of paved roads are worth more than $34 million.

"I always like to impress upon Towns that this is an asset," he said. "It may be one of the largest, if not the largest, assets you own."

Clayton previously studied the condition of its roads in 2012 and 2007, and the Town's Pavement Condition Rating has increased with each survey.

Fersner emphasized that proactive maintenance and repairs to roadways would save the Town money in the long run. The Public Works department works continuously to maintain the Town's roads and make proactive repairs, and the data from this survey will help guide those efforts for several years to come. The Town paid $11,935 for the survey. 

Relying on data to make street maintenance decisions ensures tax dollars go where they are most needed, Town Manager Adam Lindsay said.

"We don't make decisions about streets based on who lives on the street – we base it on science," Lindsay said. "It's important to us to be fair and consistent across the Town."

GIS Technician Introduced

GIS Coordinator Michael Tutwiler (on the right in photo) introduced the Council to the Town’s newest employee, GIS Technicain Michael Ritter (left).

The Town of Clayton's Geographic Information System team (or GIS team) works to allow the public and our staff to analyze the physical features of our Town – such as streets, rivers, and utility lines – to help guide development and growth decisions. The data and maps this team creates and maintains help the Town examine the right path for new water and sewer lines, predict storm water runoff patterns and determine appropriate preventative measures. The info can also help us identify appropriate policies for planning and economic development.

Maps are available online, and hard copies may be purchased from the Planning Department.

This team's talent and technology let us visualize, question, analyze, and interpret data to understand relationships, patterns and trends.

Tutwiler and Riter's GIS positions were newly created in the budget for this fiscal year.

March 6 Consent Agenda Set

While the Council does not vote at work sessions, routine and otherwise uncontroversial items may be grouped together onto a Consent Agenda for the following regular meeting, which the Council approves without further discussion. Here's what the Council placed on its March 6 Consent Agenda:

Arbor Day Proclamation

A proclamation to observe North Carolina Arbor Day on Friday, March 17 in Clayton. This year, the Town of Clayton is proud to have earned Tree City USA designation for the 11th year in a row from the Arbor Day Foundation.

Planning Board Appointments

The Council plans to appoint Randy Wilkins to fill the vacant Planning Board seat for a member who lives in Town limits, and Ross Benson to fill the vacant seat for a resident of the Town's extraterritorial jurisdiction. Each term would run through Dec. 31, 2019. Eight people applied for the seats, and Town staff recommended Wilkins and Benson after reviewing applications and conducting interviews.

Sewer Regulations Revision

The changes will simplify and better organize the Town's sewer ordinance and better reflect the policies currently in practice.

Next Meeting is Monday, March 6

The Town Council's next regularly-scheduled meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 6 at The Clayton Center, 111 East Second Street in Downtown Clayton.

We post a preview of each meeting a few days in advance on TownofClaytonNC.org and the Town of Clayton's Facebook page.

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