Town Manager Jamie Justice

Manager’s Report: March 14, 2017

All supporting documents for the March 14 board of commissioners’ meetings are available here: http://davidson.novusagenda.com/agendapublic/
If you are interested in watching a video of the meeting, please view it here:
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.

Cindy Reid
A summary of the March 14 work session (4:00 p.m.):
•    Affordable Housing Manager Cindy Reid introduced the Affordable Housing Steering Committee and thanked them for their service. She then introduced Jeff Michael of the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute and his team to present the results of their housing needs assessment. This housing needs assessment is one of our Davidson Game Plan items. Per the Comprehensive Plan: “the town should continue to require affordable housing in all new residential developments and research ways to maintain affordability of older homes near the downtown area. Town staff and advocates should also continue to promote the benefits of socioeconomic diversity.” For more information, please visit www.townofdavidson.org/AffordableHousing. We’re pleased to have 73 homes in our program and 15 more on the way in the Bailey Springs neighborhood.
Arbor Day

A summary of the March 14 regular meeting (6:00 p.m.):

•    Mayor John Woods read a proclamation on being a Tree City USA and celebrating Arbor Day on Friday, March 17 at 11:00 a.m. at Roosevelt Wilson Park. 

•    A group of 8th grade students from the Community School of Davidson presented on the concept of “rain art” – art that shows up on pavement when it rains. They will work with the town to create rain art around our community.

Trees Davidson
Volunteers from Trees Davidson planted a weeping willow tree at Roosevelt Wilson Park as part of our Arbor Day ceremony this morning.

New Business:

  • The Davidson Board of Commissioners voted to approve the appropriation of unassigned fund balance to pay off a loan for Commerce Station, a business park in Huntersville managed by the Lake Norman Economic Development Corporation on behalf of the towns of Huntersville, Cornelius, and Davidson. The early pay-off of this loan will save Davidson over $7,800 in interest expense.
  • The Davidson Board of Commissioners voted to approve a resolution opposing House Bill 64 which would require local government to have municipal elections in even numbered years. Currently, our mayor and commissioners are up for election every two years, in odd numbered years. This year’s election is November 7, 2017.
Dawn Blobaum
Old Business:
  • Assistant Town Manager and Beaty Street Property project manager Dawn Blobaum gave an update on the Beaty Street RFP process, Luminous project developers James Harvie and Chip Nisbet provided information on their proposed development for the land, and then we open the floor for public comment where we heard from over 25 citizens. We appreciate our citizens’ engagement and input. The developer has scheduled a meeting to hear from citizens to gather more input on Monday, March 27 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the Davidson Town Hall board room.

In 2015 and 2016, the Town of Davidson was approached by a church and a developer to purchase some of the approximately 19 acres of land along Beaty Street. The town acquired the largest parcel in 1987, two adjoining parcels in 1995 and 1998, and two parcels at the northeast corner of the property in 2006 and 2009, with the hopes of developing them into a mixed-use neighborhood with park space in the future. As a result of this interest, the Davidson Board of Commissioners asked staff to undertake a competitive, open process to see if there was any other interest in developing this land. A formal request for proposals (RFP) for the purchase and development of land was issued in August 2016. The town requested proposals from experienced developers to design and build a mixed-use neighborhood on the Beaty Street property. We received nine letters of interest in September and six proposals in January. A committee reviewed the proposals, determined whom to interview, and, based on the interviews, recommended a finalist. The finalist is Davidson Development Partners, led by James Harvie and Rick Mildner, with their “Luminous” proposal for the property. For more information, please visit: www.townofdavidson.org/BeatyStRFP

Beaty Street property
  • The Davidson Board of Commissioners approved resolutions to set the public hearing date for the annexations of 321 Catawba Avenue and the part of the WestBranch neighborhood along Robert Walker Drive and Davidson-Concord Road that is not already within town limits on April 11, 2017.

  • The Davidson Board of Commissioners approved the bid to build 15 affordable homes in the Bailey Springs neighborhood and authorized the creation of a contract. 


Metrolina warehouse site update:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will host a public meeting Tuesday, April 4 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the fellowship hall of the Gethsemane Baptist Church located at 565 Jetton Street. They will send out email notifications, make phone calls and distribute door-to-door fact sheets to the residents who live adjacent to the Metrolina warehouse property. All are invited to attend.

The Metrolina warehouse parcel at 301 Depot Street is a site known to contain asbestos in the ground. This fall, some asbestos containing material was released from the site. In an effort to remediate in January, the property owner worked with the NC Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) on the interim process to secure the Metrolina site until a more permanent engineered process is determined. 

This prompted the EPA to examine the properties surrounding the Metrolina warehouse site for presence of asbestos. They sampled soil and found asbestos-containing material on several adjacent properties. At their meeting on April 4, the EPA will share their plans to make each property safe by eliminating asbestos exposure routes. Also, the EPA plans to start lawn maintenance on the contaminated properties late next week.

Davidson citizens might see workers wearing personal protective equipment (“hazmat” suits) until the sampling results from the grass clippings show that none of the asbestos on the property provides any risk of being airborne. Properties will be wet prior to cutting and clippings will be stored at an approved location prior to disposal.

Public Facilities Project:
  • As part of our public facilities project, we are offering tours of Davidson Town Hall. Four identical tours are being offered on Wednesday, March 22 at noon for a “lunch and learn” and again that evening at 5:30 p.m., on Tuesday, March 28 at noon for a “lunch and learn”, and on Monday, April 3 at 5:30 p.m. Please sign up at www.townofdavidson.org/tour
In case you missed it, here’s my video invitation: https://vimeo.com/208137029

  • Online Survey
Creech and Associates provided us with a link to an online survey to gather feedback from citizens on this project. Please click the following link and complete it: http://www.questionpro.com/t/AJ8IIZYftH

  • Please join us for public facilities workshop #2 on April 6 at 6:00 p.m. at Davidson College Presbyterian Church’s Congregation House. We had over 75 people in attendance at the first workshop on March 9 and would like to get more input from you.

As Davidson’s population has grown from 4,000 in 1990 to almost 13,000 today, we have outgrown our existing town hall. Ensuring adequate space for our police and fire departments is particularly critical. We need to invest in our public facilities in order to keep pace with our service needs. More information on this project is available at www.townofdavidson.org/PublicFacilities.


  • The Davidson Mayor and Board of Commissioners will host a Davidson Coffee Chat on March 20 from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. at Our Town Cinemas at 237 Griffith Street in Sadler Square.

  • There is a question on Open Town Hall regarding the Davidson Police Department. Please visit www.townofdavidson.org/OpenTownHall to share your thoughts.

  • If you were one of the 1,500 randomly selected citizens who received the citizen survey, please complete it in a timely fashion – we want to hear from you to help our board of commissioners guide their decisions for the future of Davidson.

  • The Town of Davidson will provide local trolley service from April 1-June 10 on Friday evenings from 6:00-10:00 p.m. and Saturday mornings from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Please visit our website at www.townofdavidson.org/trolley for routes and stop locations.
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