Town Manager Jamie Justice

Manager's Report: December 13, 2016

All supporting documents for the December 13 board of commissioners’ meetings are available here: http://davidson.novusagenda.com/agendapublic/

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Jason Burdette
Jason Burdette

A summary of the December 13 work session (4:00 p.m.):

•    Planning Director Jason Burdette shared that the planning department is working on a number of text changes to the Davidson Planning Ordinance to implement the recently adopted Rural Area Plan. Staff will bring these text changes to the commissioners at the next few meetings for discussion before the formal adoption protocol begins. This week he discussed:

  • Neighborhood Services Overlay District at East Rocky River/Shearer Road intersection 
  • Neighborhood Edge planning area building types and lot sizes 
  •  Rural Planning Area: sewer availability and affordable housing options
  • Agricultural Land Preservation: open space credit 
  •  Rural Planning Area: Scenic Byway Overlay District requirements 

For more information on the Rural Area Plan, please visit www.townofdavidson.org/RuralAreaPlan.  
For a video on the Rural Area Plan, please view it here: https://vimeo.com/194283399

The Davidson Planning Department will host an “Open House” on Thursday, January 5 in the Davidson Town Hall board room from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. so citizens can learn more about the Rural Area Plan and the proposed text and map amendments. We will hold a public hearing at the January 10 meeting (at 6:00 p.m.), and the planning board will review the Rural Area Plan at the end of January to provide a recommendation to the Davidson Board of Commissioners. We will present the Rural Area Plan ordinance updates for approval at the February 14 meeting.

Dawn Blobaum
Dawn Blobaum
  • Assistant Town Manager Dawn Blobaum provided information on the National Research Center’s citizen survey. Our plan is to survey approximately 1,200 randomly selected Town of Davidson citizens in March. We will receive results in late April which will help guide the Davidson Board of Commissioners in their decision-making processes during budget season. We are considering adding a geographic overlay to our results.
Carmen Clemsic

A summary of the December 13 regular meeting (6:00 p.m.):

•    I introduced Carmen Clemsic, our new Town Clerk/Administrative Assistant. Carmen brings 21 years of executive assistant experience from her career in the Air Force to the town. She has a positive, “go get ‘em” attitude, which makes her a great fit at the Town of Davidson – she’ll help us with the required statutory duties (you’ll see her at the dais at our board meetings), and also some other key projects like installing a new file management system.

Metrolina Parcel

•    I provided an update on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) and the NC Department of Environmental Quality’s work around and on the Metrolina warehouse site. The town’s goal is to share information and encourage all involved parties to share information, so that all citizens, especially those who live close to the site, are well informed.

The EPA held a meeting on December 6 with property owners and residents surrounding the Metrolina warehouse site to explain the sampling they had done, the results they had gotten for each property, and their next steps.

The EPA is continuing to visit properties in a ring around the Metrolina Warehouse site property to see if residents/property owners will agree to free soil testing. If asbestos is found on their site, the EPA will fund remediation, making the property safe. EPA representative Ken Rhame encourages citizen to utilize the EPA’s free offer to test soil. For more information, please contact Ken Rhame at 919-475-7397 or rhame.kenneth@epa.gov.

Update: On December 15, NCDEQ held a meeting at the Ada Jenkins Center gym to explain its interim process to re-stabilize the Metrolina warehouse site. They placed green silt fencing around the west side of the site along Sloan Street to contain any asbestos that might be released due to erosion or varmints digging.  

In January, they will begin the interim process to secure the Metrolina site until a more permanent engineered process is determined. This interim work will include: 
•    Installation of a closure system for the exposed asbestos-containing material at the property.
•    Stabilization of the slope along Sloan Street to prevent further release of asbestos-containing material from the property.
•    Maintenance and monitoring.
Precautions for asbestos-containing material exposure will be required during the work at the property.

I am thankful that concerns raised by citizens are being addressed by the appropriate agencies and information is being provided.  We appreciate the work of the EPA and the DEQ – they have been excellent community partners.

Meghan O'Brien
Officer O'Brien
Officer Better
Officer Better
Police Chaplain Jeffries
Police Chaplain Jeffries

•    Two Davidson police officers, Meghan O’Brien and Ramiro Anthony Better, took the Oath of Office. We also introduced our new Police Chaplain, Dr. Ernest Jeffries. We are so pleased to have them with us.

Chief Jeanne Miller
Chief Jeanne Miller

•    Davidson Police Chief Jeanne Miller announced that she will retire as the police chief for the Town of Davidson by June 30, 2017. She has served our town for over 11 years. We are grateful for Jeanne’s service to the Davidson Police Department and town. Under her leadership, the department was certified by CALEA (the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies), verifying that it meets the commission’s professional standards. She improved public safety services, increased the department’s commitment to community policing, was a pioneer in the North Carolina League of Municipalities’ first law enforcement risk review process, served on many panels representing the town and the law enforcement profession, and helped grow the department to meet the needs of our citizens and community. We have some big shoes to fill.

The Town of Davidson has selected a recruiting consultant, U.S. Investigative Security Services (ISS), Inc., based in Huntersville who specializes in law enforcement pre-employment screening services. They are ready to begin the search for her replacement on December 14. They will begin meetings with stakeholders in January and will start soliciting for candidates in February. There will be an opportunity for citizens to be involved in the process. The plan is to have a new police chief in place in May, 2017.

Exit 30 plan

•    David Hannon, the Chief Infrastructure Officer at I-77 Mobility Partners, provided an update on the Exit 30 bridge replacement and roundabouts installation project they are performing on behalf of the NC Department of Transportation. Preliminary work to get the site ready to replace the bridge, construct two roundabouts as well as pedestrian and bicycle lanes, has already started, and the entire project will take approximately 12 months, weather-permitting. The bridge will remain open during construction, and flaggers and signs will help direct traffic. There will be traffic realignment and lane shifts during the nighttime hours in the middle of 2017. More information and specific details will be forthcoming from I-77 Mobility Partners/Sugar Creek Construction. You may sign up for their traffic notices and construction updates on their website at http://www.i77express.com/newsroom/newsletter-e-alerts/ and our eCrier emails at www.townofdavidson.org/eCrier and click on “Public Safety.”

We all will need to be patient during this construction process. The final positive outcome will be improved traffic flow and the ability to safely cross the bridge via foot, bicycle, and vehicle.

•    All items on the consent agenda were approved. They were:

  • Minutes from past meetings
  • Regular meeting schedule
  •  Street maintenance for Peninsula Drive and in the Bradford neighborhood
  • Tax levy adjustments related to refunds from the Mecklenburg County Assessor’s Office

•    The Davidson Board of Commissioners approved a resolution directing the town clerk to investigate a petition for voluntary contiguous annexation of 321 Catawba Ave.  

•    The Davidson Board of Commissioners approved the Rural Area Plan on September 13, 2016.  A recommendation from the plan was to extend water and sewer service to the Rocky River basin Phase 1 and 2, as well as the West Branch Rocky River basin. Charlotte Water has requested the Davidson Board of Commissioners take formal action. The Davidson Board of Commissioners approved a resolution to extend water and sewer utilities to the rural area. This change allows a variety of lot sizes and greater diversity of home sizes. It also permits the natural extension of town one mile further east and permits new compact, walkable neighborhoods to form and be supported by viable mixed-use neighborhood centers; and clarifies landowners’ land use expectations while affording the town an opportunity to fulfill long-standing goals of organic growth, compact development, walkable neighborhoods, and open space conservation.

•    Planning Director Jason Burdette discussed the Circles @ 30 small area plan, and gave an overview and benefits of a small area plan.The Circles @ 30 small area plan was not approved by the board when completed in 2013, but it serves as a reference, providing a collective vision for that particular part of town from a planning perspective.

•    The Davidson Board of Commissioners approved a five-year agreement to create and join the North Mecklenburg Alliance, along with the towns of Huntersville and Cornelius. The focus of the group is to discuss transportation and other regional issues. There is no cost to participate and the agreement can be terminated at any time. 

Santa on truck


  • Santa Claus will be in Davidson for a brief pre-Christmas Eve visit to review his route with the Davidson Fire Department.  Santa will transfer from his sleigh to a fire engine for a ride about town on Monday, December 19 from about 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. (for Town of Davidson locations EAST of the East Rocky River roundabout) and Tuesday, December 20 from about 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. (for Town of Davidson locations WEST of the East Rocky River roundabout). Santa’s time is limited and turning around in cul-de-sacs and dead-end streets is difficult for the fire engine. If you live on a cul-de-sac or dead-end, please observe from the entrance of your neighborhood, so you can see Santa on his route.  
  • We have made improvements to the sound in the board room. There are new microphones at the dais, new wireless microphones for work sessions, and a new microphone for the podium. We think you’ll appreciate the improved sound quality in the room and on our recordings.

    We have a few spaces left in our Civics 101 class that starts in February, so please register at www.townofdavidson.org/Civics101. We’re offering a new reunion session for Civics 101 graduates on March 7; we encourage graduates to register at the same link.

    The Saturday Shuttle is on hiatus until April when attendance at the Davidson Farmer’s Market will be higher.

    NCDOT is conducting a transportation survey – we encourage everyone to take it. Here is a link to the survey: https://apps.ncdot.gov/newsreleases/details.aspx?r=13319
Open Town Hall
  • We have three new questions on the Open Town Hall portal on our website. Please go to www.townofdavidson.org/OpenTownHall to learn about and weigh in on:
    1)    parks and recreation programs, and 
    2)    affordable housing.
  • There is no board of commissioners meeting on December 27. The next meeting will be January 10, 2017.

  • Davidson Town Hall and offices will close for the holidays on Friday, December 23 Monday, December 26, Tuesday, December 27 and Monday, January 2. Garbage and recycling collection will not be affected.
  •  Davidson Coffee Chat is on Monday, January 23 from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. at The Egg at Davidson.

Happy Holidays!

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