Manager’s Report: January 26, 2016
All supporting documents for the January 26 board of commissioners’ work session are available here: http://davidson.novusagenda.com/agendapublic/
If you are interested in watching a video of the meeting, please view it here:
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/davidson-town-board-meetings. We are now live streaming 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 summary of the January 26 pre-meeting:
• Parks and Recreation Director Kathryn Spatz led a discussion on plans for active and passive space in town. She discussed opportunities at Bailey Springs, River Run Athletic Fields, Bradford, and the Ada Jenkins Center for baseball fields, tennis courts, and outdoor basketball courts.
• The mayor and commissioners discussed the request for qualifications for the provision of professional legal services in the search for a new town attorney.
A summary of the January 26 work session:
• Mayor John Woods: Metropolitan Transit Commission (MTC): Progress is being made on the Gateway project in the center of Charlotte. He is hopeful that we will be able to re-invigorate state and federal funding of transit projects. The current state transportation improvement program (STIP) does not include any funding for transit. He encourages citizens to ask our state legislators to focus on transit, including the Red Line.
• Commissioner Stacey Anderson: Arts & Science Council (ASC): Stacey now represents all three north Mecklenburg towns and we have two Davidson citizens serving on their new advisory council.
• Commissioner Beth Cashion: Visit Lake Norman (VLN): They have many events on the calendar that will draw people to the area. The Huntersville Family Fitness & Aquatics (HFFA) will host the US master’s swim meet. There is a soccer tournament January 30-31 and February 6-7; Elevation Church conference February 29-March 1. Lake Norman Chamber: The 2016 economic development luncheon is February 26 at NorthStone Country Club in Huntersville at 11:45 a.m., the women’s conference is March 22. Focus Friday is February 19 and the topic is real estate.
• Commissioner Jim Fuller: The Ada Jenkins Center is in the middle of a capital development plan for their expansive program that reaches so many citizens in our community. He encourages everyone to visit their website at http://www.adajenkins.org/.
• Commissioner Rodney Graham: He now serves as our representative at Lake Norman Regional Economic Development Organization (LNREDC) meetings.
• Commissioner Brian Jenest: Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization (CRTPO): They voted on the managed lanes approach on January 20. He did not support the managed lanes strategy. The vote was 14-7 (unweighted) and Cornelius, Huntersville, and Pineville also voted against managed lanes. There is a chance they will have a future discussion on the contract. Charlotte City Council and Charlotte representatives present at the meeting have now heard the Lake Norman area’s concerns about the project. Lake Norman Transportation Commission (LNTC): They had a training session with the CRTPO. Davidson Coffee Chat: We had a great turn-out on Monday, January 25 for our discussion on planning and mobility around town; please join us on February 22 at 9:00 a.m. at The Egg for the next meeting.
• Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Director Jim Garges presented the county’s master plan to the board of commissioners. The master plan can be viewed here: http://charmeck.org/mecklenburg/county/ParkandRec/Parks/ParkPlanning/Pages/10YrPlan.aspx
• Police Chief Jeanne Miller presented a police staffing recommendation to the board of commissioners. We will analyze staffing going forward to ensure we are keeping pace with the needs of our citizens.
The next Davidson Connections meeting is Thursday, February 4 at 9:00 a.m. at Millstone Bake House & Provisions.
On February 18 and 25, we’ll hold four identical roundtable discussions on the Downtown Catalyst Feasibility Study at the Davidson College Presbyterian Church Congregation House at 218 Concord Road:
• February 18 from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. and 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
• February 25 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
These are open to the public and we encourage your participation. Space is limited, so we encourage you to save your space by registering for a session on our website at www.townofdavidson.org/catalyst. Those who are not registered will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, please visit: www.townofdavidson.org/catalyst.
The next Davidson Coffee Chat is Monday, February 22 at 9:00 a.m. at The Egg at Davidson.