Hello Clayton and welcome to Autumn… where did the Summer go???
Our Concerts in the Grove series wrapped up its shortened season with a bang in September. A record crowd generously donated to support next year’s concerts to the tune of over $5100.00! Thanks to Howard Geller and his team for putting on this great yearly event and to all who came out to safely enjoy the music.
The City Council agreed in its August 17 meeting to prioritize Clayton businesses and citizen employees in distributing a portion of the American Rescue Plan Act funds (ARPA). These Federal funds were granted to cities in two parts. The first allocation has been received, with the second due in 2022. You can learn more about the American Rescue Plan Act at home.treasury.gov.
I recently met with some local business owners to get their take on how the pandemic affected their businesses and what Clayton can do to help them recover with ARPA funds? Interesting conversations and suggestions.
One constant is the need for speed in getting these funds distributed. To develop a plan, and to ensure compliance, Clayton has hired a consultant with expertise in the proper distribution of the funds, which have some rather strict guidelines and criteria for their use. Each Council Member has met with the consultant to give their thoughts, comments, and suggestions. The consultant has started the process. He will soon begin public outreach and would like to hear from you as we move forward during this most important discussion.
We are also working with a consultant on our upcoming Regional Housing Needs Allocation of 570 additional State mandated housing units. Public engagement is essential in this process as well and we hope that you will join in.
I do have Great news! Our City Manager has hired a new Finance Director, Katherine Korshak, as well as a new Community Development Director, Dana Ayers.
Katherine has over 10 years of experience, and Dana was our Interim Community Development Director moving up to permanent status. Please join me in welcoming them!
As of this writing, there is a bill on the Governor’s desk to extend the virtual government meetings until the pandemic protocols are removed. Please see the City of Clayton website, claytonca.gov to make note of upcoming City Council and/or Planning Commission meeting locations.