Town Manager Jamie Justice

Manager’s Report: June 13, 2017

All supporting documents for the June 13 board of commissioners’ meetings are available here:
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Chief Miller at podium

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

  • Mayor John Woods recognized Police Chief Jeanne Miller for her 11 years of service to the Town of Davidson. We showed a video (viewable here: https://vimeo.com/221582773), Mayor Woods read a resolution in her honor, and Asst. Town Manager Dawn Blobaum presented her with a shadow box containing her badges and patches that spanned her entire career in law enforcement – almost 44 years. The Mayor and Board of Commissioners gave her a watercolor by Davidson artist Jane Ellithorpe. We are thankful for Jeanne’s service and will miss her when she retires at the end of the month.

  • Mayor Woods recognized Our Towns Habitat for Humanity for their generous contribution of land to the Town of Davidson. It is in alignment with the proposed Potts/Sloan/Beaty street corridor project, so it will be instrumental in making that road connection to improve mobility around town.

  • I announced a change to the agenda: After continued consideration, the Davidson Mayor and Board of Commissioners were not prepared to take action on the Beaty Street proposal at this time. The item originally listed as “Consider Approval of Beaty Street Developer” was removed from the June 13 agenda. The board of commissioners need more time to further consider this proposal to ensure it is the best it can be to benefit all citizens of Davidson. We have heard from citizens for and against this proposal, and we appreciate all of the feedback we’ve received. The board of commissioners are taking this decision very seriously.The time frame for when the proposal will appear on a future agenda is currently unknown.The board of commissioners’ goal is to do what is best for the entire community.

  • A few citizens spoke during the public comment period.

Jason Burdette
Jason Burdette
  • Planning Director Jason Burdette presented proposed text amendments to the Davidson Planning Ordinance and opened a public hearing. The text amendments were approved.

  • All items on the consent agenda were approved:
  1. Budget amendments related to down payment assistance for our affordable housing program, an erosion control plan, road resurfacing, and transfer of budgeted general fund contributions for future public facilities debt service
  2. Minutes from previous meetings
  3. Lake Norman Transportation Commission Agreement
  4. Authorization of the sale of surplus property         
  5. Direction to planning board to make a recommendation on proposed Davidson Planning Ordinance Text Amendments
  6. Appointments to the MI-Connection Board of Directors.

Cindy Reid
Cindy Reid


Town Attorney/Affordable Housing Manager Cindy Reid proposed a contribution to the Davidson Housing Coalition (DHC) in response to the DHC’s request for financial support of a new housing project for veterans. The Davidson Board of Commissioners approved the request and will allocate $50,000 from the affordable housing fund for this project.


I provided an update on the Public Facilities Project:
As you know, we have engaged our architect, Creech & Associates, in a lengthy process, including multiple opportunities for public input and meetings with the public facilities steering committee to develop a program to meet our space needs on this almost four acres of town-owned land. Their latest plan, which we will call “Option A” showed spending approximately 15 million dollars to

  • build a new town hall in front of our existing town hall to accommodate all town departments, including parks & recreation and fire department administration, and some training space for the police and fire departments, and

  • renovate our existing town hall for the police and fire departments – police will be on the first floor and fire will be on the lower level. They will share some joint facilities on the first floor.

  • This project also includes enhancements to downtown parking to increase spaces available and improvements to the farmer’s market space.

We received feedback from the board of commissioners and steering committee at their meeting on June 6 that they had concerns about the cost, so we felt it was prudent to research alternative options. Creech & Associates and Edifice, our construction manager, are now looking into modifications of “Option A” in an effort to lower the cost.
They are now also researching an “Option B” which will focus on plans for a new police building along Jackson Street with light renovations to town hall for administrative purposes, also in an effort to lower costs.
This will slow down the timeline. We will report back to you at a future meeting, once we have more details from Creech & Associates.

Piet Swart
Pieter Swart
  • Finance Director Piet Swart proposed General Obligation Bond Resolutions and Public Information Officer Cristina Shaul provided a communication plan to educate citizens. Representatives from bond counsel Parker Poe and financial analysts First Tryon were present to answer questions and provide information. The Davidson Board of Commissioners voted to approve the three bond resolutions. Next steps will be on July 11 for the board of commissioners to introduce the bond order and set a date for a public hearing (August 8). On August 8, we will host a public hearing and the board of commissioners will consider approval of the bond order. If approved, three questions related to transportation, greenways, and parks will appear on the November 7 ballot. For more information, please visit: www.townofdavidson.org/GOBonds.

  • Planning Director Jason Burdette proposed a map amendment to rezone a parcel of land along Armour Street, west of the Lakeside Apartments (Hellmandollar property). The Davidson Board of Commissioners approved the map amendment and the accompanying consistency statement.

  • I presented the FY2017-2018 budget, FY2017-2018 fee schedule; and FY 2018-2022 capital improvement plan. The Davidson Board of Commissioners approved all three.

  • I discussed the proposal of a video camera system (including license plate readers) at key ingress and egress points in town to be used by the Davidson Police Department for investigative purposes. The Davidson Board of Commissioners approved of the budget allocation of $111,000.

Penny Dunn
Penny Dunn


New Police Chief
We are pleased to announce Penny Dunn as the new Davidson Police Chief to replace Jeanne Miller upon her retirement on June 30. Penny will start on July 19, 2017.
We conducted an eight-month nationwide police chief recruitment process with the assistance of consultant U.S. ISS. We held meetings with over 50 community members, the board of commissioners, the police department, and staff to develop a comprehensive departmental profile to outline the type of person we were seeking for this role. We received 110 applications, and with the help of staff and our consultant, narrowed the field to three finalists through interviews and assessments. In May, we held a comprehensive two-day assessment center consisting of community, professional, police, and staff interview panels.
Penny Dunn started her law enforcement career in 1986 and has served with the San Marcos (Texas) Police Department since 1989 where she currently serves as assistant police chief. Dunn’s experience in law enforcement includes work in several areas including criminal investigation; day and night shift and specialized unit (including the K-9 unit) command; narcotics; employee recruitment; and cold case investigation.
Dunn received her bachelor of applied arts and sciences from Texas State University and became a Certified Public Manager in 2011. Dunn has been recognized for her public service by receiving numerous awards.
Citizen Survey
The final citizen survey documents are now available on our website at www.townofdavidson.org/CitizenSurvey
Davidson Mobility Plan
In June, the Town of Davidson began seeking consultants for the Davidson Mobility Plan – a comprehensive transportation plan and key component of the Davidson Game Plan adopted by the Davidson Board of Commissioners. Originally funded in FY2017 for $90,000, the town opted to delay the Mobility Plan when a potential outside funding source became known last fall through CRTPO (Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization). Earlier this spring, CRTPO awarded the town $96,000 through the UPWP (Unified Planning Work Program) for FY2018; the town will be required to provide a 20 percent match. In mid-June, the town released a RFP (Request for Proposals) for a Mobility Plan consultant. The purpose of the Mobility Plan is to identify transportation enhancements, potential projects to enhance connectivity for all modes of transportation, and recommend new mobility-related policies. The plan will also serve as a comprehensive transportation plan, which helps the town secure funding from outside sources. With the help of a selection committee, the town will name a Mobility Plan consultant later this summer. There will be ample opportunities for public input to guide the formation of the Davidson Mobility Plan. Please check the website for updates regularly: www.townofdavidson.org/planning.
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Summer Camp


Summer Camps
This is our first full week of summer camps through our parks and recreation department -- we currently have almost 700 youth registered for a wide array of activities between now and August 11. Please contact the Davidson Parks & Recreation Department at 704-892-3349 for more information, including scholarships.

Exit 30 detour map

Exit 30 Bridge Project

There will be an I-77 detour on the night of Friday, June 16 and intermittent nights for the next three weeks. Please visit the center of our homepage to find detailed information on the detours. Please sign up for updates here: http://www.i77express.com/newsroom/newsletter-e-alerts/

Police Officers

Families with children are invited to the Davidson Police Department’s “Custard with a Cop” event on Saturday, June 17 from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm. at Whit’s Frozen Custard to learn about personal safety while enjoying a sweet treat.

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We are hosting a Concert on the Green on June 18 featuring the Emily Minor Band. The show starts at 6:00 pm. Please join us. We have rescheduled the rained out Concerts on the Green. Moondance Orchestra is on June 25. Kids in America is Aug. 27. Please visit www.concertsonthegreen.com for the full updated schedule.

The Town of Mooresville plans to hold an informational, drop-in meeting for the Lake Davidson rezoning on Tuesday, June 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. It will be at the Charles Mack Citizen Center in downtown Mooresville. It will be held in the Merchant Room. They welcome all who wish to attend and speak with staff.
Fourth of July is coming up soon! We’ll host a small-town parade starting at 5:30 at McEver Field – we invite you to decorate your bikes, scooters, wagons, and pets and join the march to the Concert on the Green, featuring Da Throwback Band at 6:00 pm. The Davidson Police Department would like to remind all citizens that the state of North Carolina (per general statute) prohibits the use of fireworks—except by certified pyrotechnics. We want to make sure everyone stays safe.

There is no work session this month. The next meeting is July 11.

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