The following were among actions taken by the Clifton Town Council at its Dec. 1 meeting. For more information, call 631-1081.

PAYNE REZONING -- The council decided to postpone until Feb. 3 its public hearing on a request by James and Muriel Payne to rezone their lot on Main Street next to the Clifton Hotel from residential to commercial.

The council postponed the hearing because the planning commission has had to delay its hearing on the request. The proposed rezoning has generated concern among some residents who fear it might change the area's residential character.

USE PERMIT APPLICATIONS -- The council decided to toughen the town's permit procedures for enforcing the collection of fees for use permit applications and requiring both fees and formal applications for any change in business use.

In the past, the council has not required formal applications and has routinely waived the $15 charge for minor permit modifications.

The proposal came after three local businesses each requested reductions in the number of required parking spaces from three to two, actions that would require a change in their use permits. The increased numbers of businesses in the area in the last few years requires more formal record keeping and fee collection, said Town Clerk Louise Achor.

HORSEBACK CAROLS -- The board gave the Clifton Horse Society permission for its annual horseback caroling on Dec. 20. A map of their route will be posted on the town bulletin board outside the post office.