Manager’s Report: December 2, 2015

I appreciate the opportunity to serve the Town of Davidson as your new town manager. I participated in my first pre-meeting and work session with the mayor, commissioners, and staff and have summarized these meetings below. My goal is to give you a snapshot of what was discussed and decided and how it will impact you as a citizen. I’ll link to documents to help illustrate an issue or project. Thanks for subscribing to this list and for your interest in the town.

All supporting documents for the December 2 board of commissioners’ pre-meeting and work session are available here: http://davidson.novusagenda.com/agendapublic/

If you are interested in watching a video of our meetings, please visit: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/davidson-town-board-meetings. We now live stream our board meetings and work sessions and encourage you to tune in to this link on meeting days if you are unable to attend in person. After each meeting, a video is saved to this link so you can watch when convenient to keep abreast of projects and issues.

A brief summary of the December 2 pre-meeting:

Finance Director Pieter Swart presented the staffing and market study implementation plan. Our recommendation is to make changes to the pay ranges for the appropriate positions outlined in the study and bring employees up to mid-point. We will hire one new police officer as soon as possible and budget for another officer in FY 2017 to meet the needs of our growing population. In the spring, we will consider hiring an administrative assistant and a human resources professional. 

Pieter also discussed the preliminary Capital Improvement Plan for FY2017-2021. We will continue that discussion at future meetings.

A brief summary of the December 2 work session:

Commissioner Reports:

Commissioner Brian Jenest: The Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization (CRPTO) met two weeks ago to discuss the 2040 long-range transportation plan. The widening of I-77 has begun. 
Lake Norman Transportation Commission: They are working on a comprehensive transportation plan -- a north-south parkway is a priority. They are also focusing on widening Hwy 73 and 150.
Commissioner Anderson: Arts and Science Council: Their board will include one elected official from North Mecklenburg region (Stacey Anderson) and they would like two citizen representatives on their advisory council to create a more vibrant cultural life for our entire community. If you have an interest in participating, please fill out an application here: http://www.ci.davidson.nc.us/DocumentCenter/View/6770
Commissioner Fuller: Ada Jenkins Center was a beneficiary of “Giving Tuesday,” and they encourage citizens to give to local nonprofits. The Citizens Police Officer Relief Fund Committee will have a booth at Christmas in Davidson; Commissioner Fuller encourages citizen support.
Commissioner Graham: From a financial perspective, Visit Lake Norman is meeting its revenue numbers.
Commissioner Cashion: Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce is hosting a business “after hours” event at McIntosh Law Firm on December 10 at 5:30 p.m.

Fire Station 2 floor plan

Fire Station #2 Update: 

Fire Chief Bo Fitzgerald and Assistant Town Manager Dawn Blobaum presented a concept to build a second fire station on approximately four acres of town-owned land next to Historic Beaver Dam off Davidson-Concord Road. Roger Layman and Brian Bumann, architects with Labella Associates, presented a floor plan, site plan, and site layout plans. The proposal is for a phased-permanent fire station with a projected cost (not including furniture and equipment) of $1,046,268. Total estimated budget for the project is approximately $1.17 million.  This plan allows for building expansion in the future, and this location is well-situated to strategically serve the eastern part of town and assist with response to the western part. The commissioners gave their approval to move forward with the design of the station. We will determine if this will be funded through the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) or FY17 budget at a future meeting.

sleeping quarters

Fire Station #1 Sleeping Quarters:

Fire Chief Bo Fitzgerald and architect Mary Isaacs presented four options for renovating the current fire station at Davidson Town Hall to include sleeping quarters. The mayor and commissioners endorsed option #4, which would provide sleeping quarters for four fire fighters for an estimated cost of $117,000. We will use money in the unappropriated fund balance to fund this project. Sleeping quarters in the station will improve response time during the night shift and also eliminate the approximately $16,000 annual leasing costs we have been incurring to provide quarters off-site.

Review of Downtown Davidson Plans:

To continue their research into the catalyst feasibility study, the mayor and commissioners requested an update on all recent plans relating to our downtown area.
Senior Planner Chad Hall presented a review of our downtown plans including the General Plan (1993), Town Center Master Plan (1998), Town Center Development Plan (2000), Transit Station Small Area Plan (2005), Comprehensive Plan (2010), and the Station Area Plan Update (2012). Each of these plans contemplated future downtown development similar in concept to the catalyst study.  All of these plans are available on our website at www.townofdavidson.org/plansreportsstudies

Angel Tree


Our Angel Tree is up in the lobby. Please help us make Christmas a little brighter for struggling Davidson families by selecting an ornament that lists the needs of a child or family from the tree in our town hall lobby. Gifts are due by December 11. Details are in the lobby and on our website at www.townofdavidson.org/angeltree. Do you want to help wrap on December 16 or deliver on the December 17 and 18? Please contact the Davidson Police Department at 704-892-5131.

Open Town Hall

We have a new question up on Open Town Hall about a new play feature at Roosevelt Wilson Park. Please visit the Open Town Hall icon on our website’s homepage to participate: www.townofdavidson.org.

Christmas in Davidson continues tonight and tomorrow night from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. We’ll have trolley service to and from some of our more distant neighborhoods. Main Street will be closed from Concord Road to Jackson Street. Details for all festivities are at www.christmasindavidson.com.  The parade is Saturday, December 5 at 1:00 p.m. Main Street will be closed from noon until approx. 3:30 p.m. and pre-parade staging areas will be on Griffith, Jackson, Watson, and North Main Streets. Please join us! 

Our next board of commissioners meeting is Tuesday, December 8 at 5:30 p.m. The agenda is available here: http://davidson.novusagenda.com/agendapublic/

Rural Area Map

We will have a presentation of the Rural Area Plan recommendations on Wednesday, December 9 at 6:00 p.m. in the Davidson Town Hall board room. Please join us to hear a summary of the November 16-19 charrette. More details are available at: www.townofdavidson.org/RuralAreaPlan.

We still have room in our Civics 101 classes. Registration forms are available online at www.townofdavidson.org/Civics101 and in the lobby. The classes start February 4 for 9 weeks of detailed information on our town government. I’ll be presenting on February 11. I hope you’ll register.

In closing, my first few weeks in this role have been very positive – the elected officials, staff members, and citizens have been so welcoming. My wife, two sons, and I will be around town during Christmas in Davidson – if you see me, please introduce yourself. I look forward to getting to know all of you better. If you have any questions, please reach out to me at jjustice@townofdavidson.org or 704-940-9618. 


Jamie Justice
Town Manager
Town of Davidson

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