Update on Davidson Housing Coalition’s the Bungalows
At the November 9 meeting during the Public Comment section, there were several comments regarding the conditions at The Bungalow apartment complex. Staff have been working with Mecklenburg County Code Enforcement to have the 32 units at The Bungalows inspected for minimum housing code violations. Housing and Equity Director Eugene Bradley provided an update on the progress at the Bungalows and discussed next steps moving forward. In addition to the minimum housing code enforcement process, staff will continue to work with the partner agencies on the maintenance issues and report back to the board. Click here to view the presentation.
Adoption of Ordinance 2021-08 Prohibiting Discrimination in Public Accommodations
Based on the feedback from local businesses, the Affordable Housing and Equity advisory board, and the community at-large, the board of commissioners unanimously approved Ordinance 2021-08 prohibiting discrimination in public accommodations subject to appropriate compliance mechanisms.
Approval of Potts-Sloan-Beaty right-of-way sale
The Potts-Sloan-Beaty Corridor project is being managed by the NCDOT and is funded by Bonus Allocation (BA) Funds. The project has been designed and is in the right-of-way acquisition phase. The NCDOT needs to acquire right-of-way from the town to construct the project. There are acquisitions from 8 town-owned parcels, totaling $462,925. All parcels have been appraised. Per previous agreement with NCDOT in conjunction with the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), these revenues are to be used to offset project costs borne by the town, for the purchase and relocation of the historic house located at 335 Sloan Street.
The board unanimously approved Resolution 2021-26 and authorized the Town Manager to execute agreements for the sale of right-of-way to the NCDOT for the Potts-Sloan-Beaty Corridor. The board directed staff to provide a budget amendment to allocate the proceeds of the agreement as follows:
- Reimburse the Affordable Housing fund for costs related to the purchase and relocation of the house at 335 Sloan Street
- Retain the remainder of the funds in the Potts Sloan Beaty Capital Projects Fund for use in the project corridor for additional project costs including, but not limited to, pedestrian safety and landscaping needs.
A budget amendment will be placed on a future board consent agenda once the relocation cost is finalized.
Resolution 2021-27 and Budget Amendment 2022-07 for East Rocky River Road Greenway Crossing HAWK Signal
Project Manager Doug Wright provided an update on the proposed Pedestrian Hybrid Crossing Beacon at the East Rocky River Road greenway crossing. The project has been designed and is under review with the NCDOT. We anticipate review will be completed by the end of the year, and that we will receive bids for the project in mid-January 2022. The Engineer’s Estimate of Probable Cost for the project, including contingency, is $125,000. The Town has $89,000 available in bond funds and are requesting an additional $36,000 to cover the project cost. The board unanimously approved Resolution 2021-27 and Budget Amendment 2022-07 for East Rocky River Road Greenway Crossing HAWK Signal. Click here to view the presentation.
Approval of Recommended 2022 Advisory Board Appointments and Chairs of the Design Review Board/Historic Preservation Commission and Planning Board
The Town of Davidson has five citizen advisory boards: Affordable Housing & Equity Board, Design Review Board/Historic Preservation Commission, Livability Board, Planning Board, and Public Art Commission. Appointments are made by December to fill the expiring terms. Each year, the town advertises for citizens to apply to serve on these advisory boards. A nominating committee consisting of the mayor, two commissioners, the manager, the chairs of the advisory boards, and the staff liaisons to the advisory boards reviews the applications and determines who to recommend for appointment. The board approved the 2022 recommendations for advisory board appointments and reappointment of Brian Bumann as Chair of the Design Review Board/Historic Preservation Commission and appointment of Shawn Copeland as Chair of the Planning Board.
Approval of Amended Town Manager’s Employment Agreement
The board of commissioners reviews the Town Manager's Employment Agreement and considers amendments upon renewal. The board approved one amendment to the agreement of a salary increase of 6.5% to his base salary effective July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2022.
Approval of Amended Town Attorney’s Employment Agreement
The Town Attorney has successfully completed the 6-month probationary period as per the employment agreement. The board of commissioners reviewed the Town Attorney's Employment Contract and approved an amendment to the agreement of a salary increase of 5% to her base salary effective October 1, 2021 - June 30, 2022.
Decriminalization of Certain Ordinances (Session Law 2021 – 138)
A new law requires that local governments remove the current presumption that all local ordinances may be enforced criminally. The law goes into effect December 1, 2021. Police Chief Penny Dunn and Town Attorney Mary Ann Swan provided an overview and a recommendation that Davidson ordinances should be amended to provide for civil penalties and to remove all criminal penalties. The board will consider approval of the amended ordinances on the consent agenda at the December 7 meeting.
Urban Growth Boundary
The board of commissioners have discussed various growth management tools that include improvements to the development process and to implement the comprehensive plan’s recommended utility service and annexation criteria (USAC) tool. On Tuesday, the board discussed Commissioner Sitton’s request of action to adopt the historical Urban Services Boundary at East Rocky River Road. The vote did not pass.
Upcoming Board Agenda Items
The board reviewed items for the December 7 regular meeting and the December 14 ceremonial meeting. The board directed staff to review how to safely resume in person gatherings at town hall for future meetings. The board of commissioners and staff will continue to hold virtual meetings on the Zoom platform and streamed via YouTube. Check the town’s website, social media sites, or e-Crier emails for public access to meetings. If you have additional questions, please email me at email@example.com or Town Clerk Betsy Shores at firstname.lastname@example.org.