At its Tuesday meeting, the Claypool Town Council approved a motion to close town buildings to the public until further notice to combat the spread of COVID-19. This change was made effective as of the conclusion of the meeting.

Fliers will be posted to the town barn and other public buildings with numbers for the clerk treasurer’s office and the police department.

Town employees will still be working in the offices and will allow town residents in by appointment only.

To continue to function as a town in a socially distanced manner, the council is also leaning towards hosting its Dec. 15 meeting virtually. It will likely be available via the Claypool Police Department Facebook page.

The council also approved the town’s budget for 2021, which totals $236,269, in addition to approving a salary raise of 3 % for town employees for the same fiscal year.

In his report, town marshall Ben Sanders said that 146 calls for service had been received in October, utilizing 151 hours from reserve officers.

Sanders also stated that a grant request that would fund a body camera and CBD drug testing kits had been approved.

Additionally, he received approval from the council to purchase a trail camera. Sanders said that he had utilized the Silver Lake Police Department’s camera several times in recent months and believed it would be worth the $50 to $60  cost.

Sanders also mentioned that he had received several calls earlier in the month regarding potential gunshots emanating from west of town towards SR 15 after dark, but had not discovered or heard anything since the night the shots occurred. He pointed out to meeting attendees that hunting after dark is prohibited.

The council also approved a motion to accept a resolution to create funds for the purpose of the CARES Act, which currently sits at $3,493. According to clerk-treasurer Patricia Warner, that money can be allocated as needed.

Council member Gene Warner also told meeting attendees that RTC Communications’ work to bring wireless internet to the town is almost in place. Per Warner, surveys have already been completed on several homes. He said that announcements have been placed in with the town’s water bills and encouraged anyone interested to contact RTC and sign up.