Council votes 3-1 to accept TSW's Master Plan

  • Megan Broome/The Clayton Tribune. Mayor Green, left, and city attorney Mitch Baker listen as Heather Feldman, representative from Georgia Mountains Regional Commission (GMRC), talks to city council members about GMRC’s plan to update the city of Clayton’s Charter and the Clayton city council meeting Tuesday.
    Megan Broome/The Clayton Tribune. Mayor Green, left, and city attorney Mitch Baker listen as Heather Feldman, representative from Georgia Mountains Regional Commission (GMRC), talks to city council members about GMRC’s plan to update the city of Clayton’s Charter and the Clayton city council meeting Tuesday.
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CLAYTON— In a 3-1 vote, Clayton City Council members passed a motion at Tuesday’s council meeting to accept the city’s Master Plan as presented by Savannah-based consulting company TSW.

Council members Ara Joyce, Michelle Duquette and Carl Butler voted for the motion while council member Debbie Chisholm voted against.

Council member Elizabeth Chapman was not present at the meeting.

Chisholm said that reason for her decision was because 70 percent of the people who took the survey about the Master Plan do not live in the city of Clayton.

“Most of the people responding don’t pay taxes [in the city],” Chisholm said. She said that the 70 percent is what the vote was based on and she felt people who live in the city should carry the vote.

Joyce said that business owners responded to the survey, and although some don’t live in city limits, they pay taxes in the city because they own a business there.

In addition, she said that people from other cities shop in Clayton and pay taxes that way.

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