• The Davidson Police Department has been recognized as the first law enforcement agency in the state to complete a new Law Enforcement Risk Review process begun by the North Carolina League of Municipalities. At Tuesday’s meeting, NCLM Public Safety Risk Management Consultant Tom Anderson presented Police Chief Jeanne Miller with a plaque recognizing the department’s efforts in risk reduction by completing the review process and adhering to industry standards related to risk reduction. Chief Miller is part of a Police Chiefs Advisory Committee that was instrumental in developing the review process, now being utilized in police agencies across North Carolina. The Law Enforcement Risk Review Process is designed to assess an agency’s adherence to best practices, court decisions, and policies and procedures related to high liability activities in law enforcement. The goal of the review is to enhance public safety by reducing liability exposure, enhancing officer safety, and validating that policies, training, and operating procedures are meeting industry standards.
• Charlotte Area Transit System CEO John Lewis gave an update on their plans and shared information on the possible addition of bus rapid transit with the Davidson Board of Commissioners.
• The items on the consent agenda , including
o minutes from past meetings,
o street maintenance for James Alexander Way,
o the appointment of Cheri Foreman to the Livability Board,
o specifications for Fire Station #2,
o tax levy adjustments, and
o ad valorem tax settlement statements were all approved.
• After a public hearing, the Davidson Board of Commissioners passed a resolution authorizing the Town Manager (me) and Finance Director (Pieter Swart) to act on behalf of the Town of Davidson in filing an application with the North Carolina Local Government Commission for approval of financing for Fire Station #2. We are pleased to construct this second fire station on Davidson-Concord Road next to Historic Beaver Dam to better serve our citizens.
• The town historically has provided limited funding to local non-profits that serve a public purpose. This year, the Davidson Board of Commissioners asked the Livability Board to review the applications submitted and make recommendations for allocation of $50,000 appropriated for contributions to non-profits. The Davidson Board of Commissioners approved the Livability Board’s recommendation for non-profit funding allocations. We appreciate the assistance of the members of the Livability Board and its chair Marty Metzger.
• Each year the Board of Commissioners reviews the Town Manager's employment contract; my contract has been renewed for fiscal year 2016-2017. I am pleased to be part of the team serving the citizens of Davidson.
Fire Station #1
In an effort to improve response time, we have constructed sleeping quarters for our firefighters in fire station #1 located in Davidson Town Hall. In the past we rented an apartment above Davidson Family Medicine and it took several minutes for the firefighters to reach the station and get into the engine after a call came in. Now during the night shift, firefighters will be directly adjacent to their turn-out gear and fire truck, shaving minutes off their response times.
Fire Station #2
We are pleased to be getting closer to the construction of Fire Station #2 to better serve the citizens in the eastern part of our jurisdiction. For more information, please visit: http://www.townofdavidson.org/1062/Davidson-Fire-Station-2
North Mecklenburg Recreation Center
On August 8, several Davidson elected officials and town staff attended the joint meeting of the Cornelius, Huntersville, Davidson, Northern Mecklenburg, and Mecklenburg County park and recreation advisory boards that oversee recreation and park issues. The county plans to build four regional recreation centers. Representatives from Mecklenburg County discussed the proposed recreation center in northern Mecklenburg County and its approval as part of the 2008 bond process. This project will be considered for construction no sooner than FY 2019.
Focus on town facilities
The Davidson Board of Commissioners has asked town staff to focus on preparing for our future service needs based on projected population increases; our population of over 12,000 will likely double in the next several decades. As mentioned earlier, we are working on creating Fire Station #2. We also have plans to make improvements to our Public Works facility on W. Walnut Street, renovate Davidson Town Hall to provide more space for our police and fire departments, construct a building in front of town hall to house a new board room and administrative offices, and provide a parking solution.
Jack Burney Community Service Award
The Town of Davidson is now accepting nominations for the G. Jackson Burney Community Service Award through September 30. The award honors G. Jackson Burney and those who improve the Davidson community through unselfish service. The annual award is presented at a community event at town hall in late November or early December. More information is available on our website at www.townofdavidson.org/burneyaward. Nomination forms are available online at www.townofdavidson.org/burneynomination and at Davidson Town Hall.