Town Manager Jamie Justice

Manager’s Report: July 13, 2017

All supporting documents for the July 11 board of commissioners’ meetings are available here:
If you are interested in watching a video of the meetings, please view them here: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/105678225
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Davidson Game Plan

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

  • I provided a quarterly update on the Davidson Game Plan (our two-year strategic plan) and discussed a draft “Year-in-Review” for the fiscal year that ended June 30. They can both be found at www.townofdavidson.org/DavidsonGamePlan.

  •  Public Works and Projects Director Doug Wright gave an update on the department including levels of service and facility needs.

big crowd at meeting
  • A summary of the July 11 regular meeting (6:00 p.m.):

  • Over thirty citizens spoke during the public comment period. We appreciate their engagement in our town.

  •  All items on the consent agenda were approved including:
  1. A noise variance ordinance for Davidson College’s Homecoming events scheduled for September 15-16, 2017
  2. A contract to audit accounts
  3. Davidson Lands Conservancy exemption to allow alcohol on the town green to age-appropriate race participants for their Run for the Green event scheduled for September 16, 2017
  4. June 2017 meeting minutes
  5. Budget Amendments:
    • Purchase of the 228 Sloan Street property was moved to FY 2018;
    • Allocation to the Arts Project Fund to be recognized in the project fund;
    • The Town has been awarded an additional $65,000 in HOME down payment assistance by Mecklenburg County;
    • Provision of down payment assistance for one home from affordable housing payment-in-lieu funding.

Marty Metzker
Livability Board Chair Marty Metzker


Chairman of the Livability Board Marty Metzker proposed recommendations for non-profit funding allocations of $50,000. The Davidson Board of Commissioners approved the proposal.

Jason Burdette
Jason Burdette
  • Planning Director Jason Burdette proposed text changes to the Town of Davidson Planning Ordinance (DPO) to clarify and correct the ordinance that has been in effect since May 1, 2015. The Davidson Board of Commissioners approved the text amendments as well as a consistency statement.

  • Planning Director Jason Burdette proposed three resolutions that allow for payments-in-lieu funds and direct where they are to be spent.  When allowed, payments-in-lieu of open space will be used by the town to acquire open space and pay for required appraisals, etc.; when a development does not meet the threshold required for a TIA, payments-in-lieu will be used to implement connectivity and traffic calming efforts; and payments-in-lieu will be used to provide or improve parking within a 1/3 mile radius in place of providing parking spaces in the village overlay parking district. The Davidson Board of Commissioners approved all three.
Piet Swart
Piet Swart
  • Finance Director Piet Swart requested consideration of the introduction of three bond orders. The bond orders include the issuance of $6,000,000 in General Obligation Mobility/Transportation Bonds, $5,000,000 in General Obligation Greenway Bonds, and $4,000,000 in General Obligation Parks and Recreation Bonds. The Davidson Board of Commissioners approved the introduction of all three bond orders and set the date for the public hearing regarding the three bond orders for August 8, 2017. 

Dawn Blobaum
Dawn Blobaum
  • Assistant Town Manager Dawn Blobaum presented a new Luminous/Davidson Development Partners proposal for consideration by the board. The latest “Luminous” plan (concept #4), includes the following:
    • A maximum of 138 residential units
    • On-site affordable housing units (12.5% of the total number of residential units)
    • A hotel with a maximum of 135 rooms
    • 28,000 square feet of commercial/retail space
    • A 7+/- acre public park
    • Park amenities including a pond, gazebo, walking trails, and ½ basketball court on- or off-site.
    • $550,000 for improvements at the Main Street/Beaty Street intersection and a 10-foot-wide multi-use path along Beaty Street
    • A purchase price of $1,650,000
    • Potential annual tax revenue to the town of approx. $350,000

Next steps:

  • The town will negotiate a tentative purchase contract with the developer.
  • The Davidson Board of Commissioners will consider a vote on the tentative purchase contract with conditions, and staff will begin the upset bid process.
  • The Davidson Board of Commissioners will consider a vote on closing the upset bid process and the acceptance of the purchase contract and conditions.
  • The developer will enter the due diligence period to investigate the site, followed by the town’s master plan process, which will include a public input session and a transportation impact analysis.
More information is available at www.townofdavidson.org/BeatyStRFP



All agendas are listed at this link: https://davidson.novusagenda.com/agendapublic/

Agendas for meetings held on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month are posted the Friday prior.

The Towns of Davidson and Mooresville own MI-Connection, a communications system that serves Davidson, Mooresville, and Cornelius with cable TV, telephone, and high-speed internet. We continue to monitor results of this business, recognizing that while they are experiencing growth and positive cash flow, they are still in debt. The overall debt for the two towns for MI-Connection is approx. $67 million and Davidson currently contributes 9% of our annual budget to help pay for debt service.
One of the action items in the Davidson Game Plan is to determine future options for MI-Connection so that it can free up town dollars for other needs. I serve on the MI-Connection Board of Directors and participate in bi-weekly operations update meetings to track metrics; we continue to analyze the MI-Connection business plan and projected quarterly results.   For more information, please visit www.townofdavidson.org/miconnection
Exit 30 Project
I-77 Mobility Partners and Sugar Creek Construction continue to work on the Exit 30 bridge. There will be upcoming detours in the nighttime hours, so please make sure you are signed up for their detailed emails at http://www.i77express.com/newsroom/newsletter-e-alerts/ 


  • Please join us for a Lakeshore Clean-Up on Saturday, July 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. We’ll meet at Lake Davidson Nature Preserve behind Davidson Day School at 750 Jetton Street. Please contact James Adams in our Parks & Recreation Department at 704-892-3349 or jadams@townofdavidson.org for information.

On July 31 at 6:00 p.m. in the Davidson Town Hall board room there is a joint work session of the Davidson Board of Commissioners and Planning Board for the proposed hotel on Griffith Street. This is a work session for the elected and the advisory board; the public is welcome to attend, but there will be no public comment.
National Night Out
  • National Night Out
Please join our Davidson Police Department on Tuesday, August 1 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the field at the Ada Jenkins Center (212 Gamble Street) to celebrate National Night Out.  Come meet our officers, including our new police chief, Penny Dunn.
National Night Out is an annual crime prevention and community-building event, sponsored by the Davidson Police Department to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police/resident partnerships, and neighborhood cohesiveness. 
The Brickhouse Tavern is providing hot dogs and hamburgers and Harris Teeter and other local businesses are supplying water. We encourage Davidson residents and employees to attend and bring a side dish or dessert to share.

  • Please join us for Davidson Connections, our networking group, on Thursday, August 3 at 9:00 a.m. at Mestizo located at 121 N. Main Street.
concert crowd
  • Our next Concert on the Green is August 6 at 6:00 p.m. featuring the Radiojacks, a Top 40 variety band. We hope to see you on the green!

  • The Arts & Science Council’s Culture Feast is coming to Cornelius on September 8. Tickets can be purchased at CarolinaTix.org -- single tickets are $35; two tickets are $60. The event is an opportunity for North Mecklenburg residents to share a community table dinner, enjoy unique cultural experiences, and dance the night away.  More information is available at https://www.artsandscience.org/9136-2/

Interested in working for the Town of Davidson? We’re hiring!

We have the following positions available:
•         Administrative Assistant
•         Maintenance Technician - Streets
•         Part-Time Firefighter
•         Police Officer
•         Part-Time Bus Driver

Please visit  www.townofdavidson.org/jobs  for details.

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