Town Manager Jamie Justice

Manager’s Report: April 2017

All supporting documents for the April 11 board of commissioners’ meetings are available here: http://davidson.novusagenda.com/agendapublic/

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Luminous proposal

A summary of the April 11 work session (4:00 p.m.):

•    Assistant Town Manager Dawn Blobaum introduced James Harvie and Rick Mildner from Davidson Development Partners. They provided an update on their plans for their “Luminous” project, which would develop a residential and commercial space on the town’s Beaty Street property. The Davidson Board of Commissioners will consider a vote on the sale of this property to Davidson Development Partners on April 25 (NOTE: now postponed to May 23 to engage our citizens in further dialogue on May 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the Davidson College Presbyterian Church’s Congregation House. Please register at www.townofdavidson.org/BeatyRoundtables). If they vote to proceed with the sale, it will begin a six month due diligence period by the developer. The project would go through the master plan process, including public input. The developer will work with planning staff to ensure that the design meets all of our planning ordinance regulations including the design of streets, sidewalks, and bike paths, the layout of buildings, tree preservation and mitigation, and all the other planning ordinance requirements; technical review with the town and Mecklenburg County for storm water, SWIM buffer, and watershed regulations; and presentation to the planning board for their recommendation. 

In a master plan process, a developer’s first step is to present a design concept to planning staff. What we received from the developers through this RFP process is like that first design concept. At that point, the developer hasn’t completed a topographical survey of the site, or completed their due diligence on the property, so they make assumptions about what will work. As the project moves through the process the assumptions are clarified and the plan changes accordingly.

For more information on this proposal, please visit: www.townofdavidson.org/BeatyStRFP

•    Jordan Garrard, an on-site coordinator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), discussed the EPA’s progress on mitigating asbestos surrounding the Metrolina Warehouse site. In November 2016, the EPA observed asbestos-containing material along Eden Street and Sloan Street. The EPA has conducted soil samples on surrounding properties for the presence of asbestos. Residents who live near the Metrolina Warehouse site may request for the EPA to check their properties for asbestos-containing material. Soil sampling is conducted at no charge to residents, but requests must be submitted to the EPA by May 8. Initial prep work to remediate properties where asbestos-containing material was found is scheduled to begin on April 24 and could last approximately four months. As of now, we have been told that they will start working on May 8 on the properties along:

1. Depot Street, 
2. Eden Street, and then 
3. Sloan Street and the other areas nearby 

Streets will be closed to vehicular traffic while work is being done. Citizens will be notified of closures ahead of time, and a detour will be set up.

For questions related to the EPA's work, please contact:
Jordan Garrard
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency On-Scene Coordinator
Email: garrard.jordan@epa.gov
Phone: 678-644-8648


A summary of the April 11 regular meeting (6:00 p.m.):

  • Davidson Fire Chief Bo Fitzgerald recognized Dion Burleson, Butch Gibson, and James Rogers as Davidson’s first full-time fire engineers. Recent growth in Davidson in the past few years has increased the need for fire engineers in the Davidson Fire Department. 
Wilson Sadler

•    Davidson Fire Chief Bo Fitzgerald also honored Wilson Sadler for his longtime commitment to safety in the Town of Davidson. Sadler has worked with the Davidson Fire Department since 1972. We appreciate his service to our town and the many traditions he created for our citizens including the North Mecklenburg Christmas parade, Santa coming through town on a fire truck, and his assistance with the Angel Tree program.

•    All items on the consent agenda were approved, including:

  • a budget amendment for expenditure of funds for down payment assistance for our affordable housing program,
  • a budget amendment for expenditure of funds for the design of Bailey Springs Park, and
  • minutes from past meetings.

New Business:
•    The Davidson Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to approve the purchase of the 228 Sloan Street Property for $50,000. 

Old Business:
•    The Davidson Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to extend the corporate limits to cover the 321 Catawba Avenue Street property. 
•    The Davidson Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to extend the corporate limits to cover the full WestBranch property. 


A summary of the April 25 work session (4:00 p.m.):

 •  Assistant Town Manager and Public Facilities Project Manager Dawn Blobaum gave an update of our public facilities project. Creech & Associates presented steering committee recommendations for siting town hall and a high-level summary of space needs. For more information, please visit www.townofdavidson.org/PublicFacilities.

Chief Miller

•    Davidson Police Chief Jeanne Miller introduced the accreditation officers with CALEA (Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc.) who just completed their assessment of the Davidson Police Department’s adherence to their standards and best practices. The DPD was first accredited in 2011 and was renewed in 2014.


Civics 101

•    Mayor John Woods recognized our 2017 Civics 101 participants. We appreciate the time they took to learn more about our town government. We will open registration for our 2018 Civics 101 course in November. For more information, please visit www.townofdavidson.org/Civics101.

•    Mayor John Woods read a proclamation on Small Business Week to take place the week of May 1. He urges all citizens to acknowledge and celebrate the achievements made by small businesses both locally and nationally, and to further support our local businesses by shopping and buying locally

•    Mayor John Woods read a proclamation on Bike Month (May 2017) encouraging citizens to ride to Town Day on May 6, ride or walk to school on May 10, and ride to work the week of May 15.

The commissioners gave reports on the boards/commissions on which they serve.

•    Commissioner Anderson reminded folks to turn out Mother’s Day weekend for Shakespeare on the Green, the first time for this free event. The Tempest will be performed May 12-14 on the town green. The show starts at 6:00 p.m. on May 12 and 13 and 2:00 p.m. on May 14. In early September, the Arts & Science Council will be hosting a “Cultural Feast” event for the Lake Norman region and it will be hosted at Cornelius Town Hall, where they’ll create a space for dinner, art, and performance.

•    Commissioner Jim Fuller reported on the most recent meeting of the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce. Their Small Business Expo is Wednesday, June 7th at Davidson College.  They are still seeking sponsors and visitors, and urge commissioners and residents to come to get a flavor of all the businesses in our community.  

•    Commissioner Rodney Graham provided an update on the work of Lake Norman Economic Development.  They currently have 32 active projects, 10 possible expansions and 22 new businesses, with 20 % of those including competition against other cities and towns.  The Lake Norman EDC also recently updated the Lake Norman Education Collaborative about EDGEFactors / eduFACTOR, a workforce development initiative to engage local high schoolers.  Commissioner Graham also updated the board on the progress at Commerce Station, the town’s joint-owned industrial park with Cornelius and Huntersville.  Two spec buildings are planned and road construction should be completed by the end of the year.  Pactiv, the park’s first tenant, is expanding again.  

•    Commissioner Brian Jenest reported on transportation issues. There will be another transfer point to enter and exit the express lanes between exits 28 and 30 (originally to be between Exits 25 and 28).  He added there is a plan to widen NC 150 to four lanes in each direction, beginning in the next year or so. There will be a plan in place to replant and replace trees lost at Exit 30 during the construction process on the I-77 toll lanes.

•    Commissioner Cashion gave an update on the latest from the Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization (CRTPO), including the hiring of Mercator by NCDOT to review the state’s contract for the toll lanes on I-77.  As a part of the review, they will examine risks and liabilities associated with the contract, as well as potential policy options, such as: terminate comprehensive agreement completely; renegotiate the contract; or purchase the toll facility, based on previous contract reviews.  All options will likely have some cost impact to taxpayers.  Mercator is soliciting and asking for public input: www.ncdot.gov/projects/i-77expresslanes/ NCDOT also has a separate link to the form: https://apps.ncdot.gov/contactus/PostComment.aspx?Unit=i77HOT.  Reports back from Mercator to NC Turnpike Authority board will take place on May 4, to CRTPO at the May 17 meeting with final findings and recommendations will be presented July 19 to CRTPO.  It will then go to the NC Turnpike Authority Board on August 3. See copy of presentation by Mercator.

•    Mayor Woods reported that the Metropolitan Transit Committee will vote on their budget April 26th and that will go to Charlotte City Council for final approval.  (NOTE: It was approved.)


  • The Davidson Board of Commissioners approved a noise variance for an event at the Van Every/Smith Galleries at Davidson College from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26. 

  • Finance Director Piet Swart and I introduced the FY 2017-2018 budget and capital improvement plan (CIP).  We will have further budget discussions at the May 9 (including a public hearing), and May 23 meetings, and then the Davidson Board of Commissioners will be asked to vote to approve the budget and CIP at their meeting on June 13.
  • Public Works and Projects Director Doug Wright provided a review of the 5-year park maintenance and improvement plan
  • Planning Director Jason Burdette presented an update on making updates to our transportation impact analysis (TIA) standards.  TIAs are studies conducted by a traffic engineer that looks at the intensity and size of a proposed development. The study looks at existing conditions where the development is being proposed and the future conditions with the proposed development; it will be completed this summer.


  • Public Facilities Project: Citizens are invited to learn about and provide input on our public facilities proposal on Thursday, May 11 at 6:00 p.m. in Davidson United Methodist Church’s Fellowship Hall at 233 S. Main Street to provide an update on the proposed public facilities plans and discuss parking solutions. The Davidson Board of Commissioners and town staff will be available to interact with citizens. Please join us; we want to hear from you.

  • There is a Davidson Board of Commissioners work session later today at 4:00 p.m. and the regular meeting is at 6:00 p.m. -- both in the Davidson Town Hall board room.

  •  Davidson Coffee Chat will be at Our Town Cinemas on Monday, May 15 at 9:00 a.m.

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

  • Congresswoman Alma S. Adams will be in Davidson on Thursday, May 11 at Summit Coffee at 2:00 p.m. to meet with citizens. We encourage you to participate.

  • Citizens are invited to attend a roundtable discussion to provide input on the proposed sale and development of 19 acres of town-owned property on Beaty Street at the Davidson College Presbyterian Church’s Congregation House (218 Concord Road) on Wednesday, May 17 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. To register, please visit www.townofdavidson.org/BeatyRoundtables

  • May is National Bike Month and Davidson citizens are encouraged to participate:
    •    Wednesday, May 10: National Bike to School Day
    •    May 15-19: National Bike to Work Week
    •    All Davidson Bike Month activities can be found at this link: www.townofdavidson.org/bikemonth 

  • If you have questions about asbestos in town, please visit our website at www.townofdavidson.org/asbestos.Our goal is to share information and encourage all involved parties to share information, so that all citizens, especially those who live close to the Metrolina Warehouse site, are well informed. The Town of Davidson will serve as the local connector to resources.

  • TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® kicks off  their “Movers for Moms®” drive to help mothers in shelters. Safe Alliance, an organization with whom the Davidson Police Department partners, has an ongoing need for hygiene and household products, and is one of the beneficiaries of this drive. They serve victims and families who often have to leave everything behind to seek safe haven at a domestic violence shelter. There are two collection locations in town: Davidson Town Hall and Davidson Playhouse (228 A Caldwell Street, across from St. Alban’s Church).
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