Town Manager Jamie Justice

Manager’s Report: February 9,  2016

All supporting documents for the February 9 board of commissioners’ regular meeting 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 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 summary of the February 9 pre-meeting:

Roosevelt Wilson Park
Roosevelt Wilson Park

Public Works and Projects Director Doug Wright provided an update on the improvements being made to Roosevelt Wilson Park located at 420 Griffith Street. Over the past few years we:
•    repaired the boardwalk over the pond, 
•    replaced a large portion of the asphalt walkway with concrete, 
•    pruned trees, and 
•    replaced the causeway along Griffith Street. 

We are currently working on:
•    the landscape design for the north side of the park, 
•    installation of pavers and sod, and
•    replacing more asphalt walkway.

In the future, we will: 
•    install a new play structure. 
•    install public art in the park, 
•    improve the picnic shelter, 
•    design and install landscaping on the south side of the park, and 
•    paint the guardrail. 

We will close portions of the park to pedestrians to complete this work; our goal is minimal disruption to users. More details will be shared when our work schedule is solidified.

Public Works and Projects Director Doug Wright discussed the Jackson Street sidewalk project. The board of commissioners directed him to proceed with the plan to install a 10-foot-wide sidewalk along the west side of Jackson Street from Main Street to Depot Street and a five-foot-wide sidewalk from Depot Street to Griffith Street. 
We are excited about this project because:

•    Jackson Street has many pedestrians, especially on Saturdays when the Davidson Farmer’s Market is in session, and this new sidewalk will enhance their safety. 
•    our Walks and Rolls Active Transportation Plan (www.townofdavidson.org/pedestrianmasterplan) states that approximately 70% of our citizens don’t feel comfortable riding their bikes on our major streets. This new 10-foot-wide sidewalk will enable more bicyclists to ride safely along Jackson Street. 

Work will take approximately 90 days from the start of the project. More details will be shared when our work schedule is solidified.

Town Attorney Rick Kline discussed attorney-client privilege. The town attorney’s client is the Davidson Board of Commissioners. His duty is to the board of commissioners; if any individual approaches the town attorney with information regarding town business, he is obligated to share that information with the entire board of commissioners. 

A summary of the February 9 board meeting:

Mayor John Woods read a proclamation to promote women’s heart health awareness. He named May 14 “Women’s Heart Health Awareness Day” in honor of the Women’s Red Run/Walk 4K to be held at Huntersville Family Fitness & Aquatics in conjunction with the American Heart Association.

Clare Meyer, CPA of Tinsley & Terry, Certified Public Accountants presented the financial statements and auditor's report for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015. Overall, our financial statistics indicate the town is in a solid financial position as of the close of FY2015. As of June 30, 2015, the town’s assets exceed liabilities by $20,226,702.  Also known as our “net position,” this is an increase of $2.4 million over last year.  The town’s unassigned fund balance at June 30, 2015 was $5,819,821. This amount represents 64% of last year’s total expenditures and 59% of our FY2016 budgeted expenditures.  Town policy requires that we retain 35% ($3,464,593 as of June 30, 2015) of budgeted expenditures as a stabilization threshold to ensure adequate cash flow and emergency funds.  The remaining fund balance ($2,355,228) is available for investment in our town’s non-recurring or capital improvement needs.  The Davidson Board of Commissioners have approved the use of $393,147 of these funds through February 1, 2016 leaving a balance of $1,962,081.The town’s debt service payments in FY2016 will total $478,191 which represents 4.8% of our budgeted revenues.  This is well below our policy maximum of 15%.

We held a public hearing on the Westmoreland historical property designation change and Stewart Gray, Preservation Planner for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg County Historic Landmarks Commission, made a presentation recommending that the commissioners approve an ordinance to de-designate a portion of the Beaver Dam property and designate additional land associated with Beaver Dam. Landmark designation means that we recognize this property as an important historic resource worthy of preservation. The board of commissioners voted to approve the ordinance request to adjust the historic boundary so that it is more in keeping with the preservation efforts across Davidson-Concord Road at the Beaver Dam House.

All items on the consent agenda:
•    minutes from past meetings, 
•    a resolution to allow TeamSummit Foundation Twilight Racing Series to host events on March 18, June 19 and November 19 in the parking lot between Summit and Ben & Jerry’s and serve alcohol,
•    tax amendments for refund checks form the Mecklenburg County Assessor’s Office,
•    a budget ordinance for a matching grant,
•    and the appointment of Jim Fletemeier to the Livability Board, 

were approved by the board of commissioners.


I-77 Managed Lanes Project
I-77 Mobility Partners will do some initial work in the medians at exit 30, so one lane could be closed from midnight to 5:00 a.m. for the next week or so. 

RFP for Town Attorney

We are undergoing a search for a town attorney to provide professional legal services to the Davidson Board of Commissioners. The link to the Request For Proposals is http://www.townofdavidson.org/DocumentCenter/View/6897.

West Branch parcels
WestBranch parcels


Citizens are invited to a public input session on the proposed WestBranch development on Monday, February 15 between 4:00 and 7:00 p.m. in the Davidson Town Hall board room. More information is available at www.townofdavidson.org/WestBranch.

3.5 acres of town-owned land
3.5 acres of town-owned land downtown

Four identical roundtable discussions on the Downtown Catalyst Feasibility Study will be held at the Davidson College Presbyterian Church Congregation House at 218 Concord Road on:

•    February 18 from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. 
•    February 18 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. 
•    February 25 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
•    February 25 from 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. We will give preference to Davidson citizens and all others will be placed on a waiting list. We also encourage citizens to take a short survey on this topic and provide us with feedback at www.townofdavidson.org/OpenTownHall.

Davidson Coffee Chat
Davidson Coffee Chat at The Egg

Please join the Davidson Board of Commissioners at their Davidson Coffee Chat on Monday, February 22 at 9:00 a.m. at The Egg.

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Jamie Justice

Town Manager
Town of Davidson
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