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Town Manager Jamie Justice

Manager’s Report: March 13, 2018


All supporting documents for the March 13, 2018 board of commissioners’ meetings are available here: https://davidson.novusagenda.com/agendapublic/MeetingView.aspx?MeetingID=641&MinutesMeetingID=367&doctype=Agenda
 
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Chief Dunn

A summary of the meeting:

 
Announcements:

Davidson Police Chief Penny Dunn gave an update on the damage to the Christian Aid Society cemetery:
A car damaged the Christian Aid Society’s cemetery on Ridge Road last week. The Davidson Police Department continues to conduct an investigation into the owner and driver of the vehicle in this unfortunate incident. We believe a speeding driver, that one of our officers attempted to pursue, drove from Beaty Street onto Ridge Road, lost control of his vehicle on the dark roadway and in the process, damaged several headstones and land at the Christian Aid Society cemetery.
 
Detectives are following up on evidence recovered at the scene in their efforts to identify the owner and operator of the vehicle.  The police department is not able to release details in order to protect the integrity of the ongoing investigation.
 
If you would like to provide assistance in the form of volunteer hours or monetary contribution, please call Erving McClain, the president of the board of the Christian Aid Society, at 704-896-7729.

Mayor Knox
  • Mayor Rusty Knox read a proclamation on Arbor Day and Davidson’s re-designation as a Tree City USA. Please join us for our Arbor Day ceremony on Friday, March 16 at 11:00 a.m. at Roosevelt Wilson Park.

  • Mayor Rusty Knox and the commissioners celebrated the Davidson College men’s basketball team as they head to the NCAA tournament as the winners of the A-10 championship. We all wish them the best of luck in Boise! Go ‘Cats!


  • Mickey Pettus, the chair of Davidson Citizens Police Officer Relief Fund, Inc., gave a report that the fundraising mission to benefit the families of Davidson police officers killed or disabled in the line of duty has been accomplished.  These funds will be combined with state funds for survivors. He thanked everyone who contributed financially, or by serving on the nonprofit’s committee, for their support. The nonprofit has now been dissolved.

  • The Davidson Mayor and Board of Commissioners will host a Coffee Chat on Monday, March 19 at 9:00 a.m. at The Egg at Davidson. Please join us.

  • Our April is for Arts events are coming up next month, so please mark your calendar for the Gallery Crawl on Friday, April 20 and Art on the Green on April 21 and 22. There will also be two ReadDavidson events in April for the book News of the World by Paulette Jiles, so please stay tuned for details.

Public Comments:
Several citizens spoke during the public comments period.
 
All the items on the consent agenda were approved, including:

  • Minutes from our February meetings,
  • Budget amendment to finance a new fire tanker,
  • A variance from the noise ordinance for April 27, 2018 at Davidson College for a concert,
  • The appointment of a Davidson College representative to the Livability Board, and
  • A revision to the meeting schedule to include a mini-retreat for the Davidson Mayor and Board of Commissioners on Wednesday, March 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the town hall board room to discuss land use, historic preservation, economic development, and affordable housing as part of the strategic plan.


New Business:

Beaty Street Property Task Force
The town owns approximately 19 acres of property along Beaty Street. The Davidson Board of Commissioners voted to create a task force to develop 100% of the town-owned land on Beaty Street as a park. The make-up of this task force will be discussed at the March 27 meeting, but an application process for task force members will be initiated as soon as possible.
 
Legislative Agenda
Each year, the Town of Davidson creates a state legislative agenda that outlines the town's priorities with the state legislature. This legislative agenda is typically communicated to the legislators that represent Davidson in the state legislature. The state legislature convenes for its session May 16, 2018.  The Davidson Board of Commissioners voted to approve the legislative agenda and will meet with our legislators in the coming months.
 
 
Old Business:
Unassigned Fund Balance
Finance Director Piet Swart provided a report on the unassigned fund balance adjusted for board-approved allocations, carry forward amounts from the prior year, and reserved funds. Unassigned fund balance is the statutory concept that describes the amount of funds a local government has available at the end of a fiscal year to be appropriated in the next fiscal year. The town’s current unassigned fund balance over the 35% stabilization threshold prescribed by our finance policy is $1.55 million.
 
Draft Strategic Plan
At their January retreat, the mayor and board of commissioners set their vision and goals for the Town of Davidson. The main action item from the retreat was to create a strategic plan, including tactical steps for 2018-2019, so town staff can help achieve the board’s goals. I presented the draft strategic plan to the mayor and commissioners at the February 27 meeting and engaged in a discussion, made edits, and requested more direction from the board. We will finalize the strategic plan after the board of commissioners hold their mini-retreat on March 21. The board of commissioners will consider it for adoption at a future meeting, likely on March 27.

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