Town Manager Jamie Justice

Manager’s Report: December 12, 2017

All supporting documents for the December 12 board of commissioners’ meeting are available here: https://davidson.novusagenda.com/agendapublic/MeetingView.aspx?MeetingID=588&MinutesMeetingID=294&doctype=Agenda
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Elaine McArn

A summary of the 6:00 p.m. meeting:

  • Mayor John Woods recognized retiring long-time business owner Elaine McArn for her many years of running The Needlecraft Center. We wish her happiness in her retirement.

  • Mayor John Woods and Economic Development Manager Kim Fleming presented grants to two Davidson businesses, stationery store Elisabeth Rose and Mandolino’s (opening in January), as part of the Main Street grants program.



  • Finance Director Pieter Swart and Lead Auditor Ann Craven of Rowell, Craven and Short PA, presented the FY 2017 audited financial statements. Our auditor shared that the state of the town’s finances is excellent. The Local Government Commission expects any town’s unassigned fund balance (UFB) to be more than 8% of prior year expenditures, and per our auditor, most municipalities have a target of 25% of prior year expenses.  Davidson’s finance policy targets 35% of the following years’ budgeted expenditures.  This represents three months of general fund expenditures and a 10% emergency fund.  As of June 30, 2017, the town’s actual UFB was 82% of actual FY2017 expenses and 66% of the FY2018 budget.

  • All the items on the consent agenda were approved, including:
    • Minutes for the November 14 meeting,
    • An ordinance to provide funding from the restricted reserve for community parks for the construction of phase one of the park at Bailey Springs,
    • A resolution to certify the results of the three general obligation bond referenda, as required by the boards of election of Iredell and Mecklenburg counties. Three “state of Results of Special Bond Referendum” will be published in a newspaper of general circulation on December 15, 2017. The publication of the notice will start the 30-day period prescribed by NCGS 159-62 during which a citizen can bring a court action to challenge the validity of the G.O. bond referenda.

 Old Business:

  • Planning Director Jason Burdette gave an update on the proposed “missing middle” text amendments. No action was taken. He asked the Davidson Board of Commissioners to consider approval of Davidson Planning Ordinance text amendments related to government services and retail overlay. They approved the amendments.

  •  Planning Director Jason Burdette asked the board to consider approval of the consistency statement for the text amendments related to government services and retail overlay.


  • We recognized outgoing Commissioners Stacey Anderson, Beth Cashion, Rodney Graham, and Brian Jenest and Mayor John Woods for their service to our town.

group recognizing John Woods
  • After a short recess, Mayor Rusty Knox, and Commissioners Fuller, Michael, Sitton, Campbell, and Fort took their oaths of office. We look forward to learning more about their vision for the town and how town staff can help them achieve their goals.

New Board of Commissioners
Commissioners Sitton, Campbell, Mayor Knox, Commissioners Michael, Fort and Fuller (left to right)

New Business:

The new Davidson Board of Commissioners selected Commissioner Jim Fuller as their Mayor Pro Tempore. The Mayor Pro Tempore shall preside over board meetings in the mayor’s absence with all the powers specified as the presiding officer.  The Mayor Pro Tempore is chosen from among the commissioners by a vote of the commissioners.
Mayor Rusty Knox appointed commissioners to represent the Town of Davidson on the following regional boards and commissions:

  •  Lake Norman Chamber (LNC): Matthew Fort
  •  Lake Norman Regional Economic Development Organization (LNREDC): David Sitton 
  • Lake Norman Transportation Commission (LNTC): Jane Campbell, Rusty Knox (alternate)
  •  North Mecklenburg Alliance (NMA): David Sitton 
  • Visit Lake Norman (VLN): Jim Fuller
  •  Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization (CRTPO): Jane Campbell
  • Metropolitan Transit Commission (MTC): Rusty Knox

The Davidson Board of Commissioners approved their 2018 meeting schedule.


We need wrappers for Angel Tree gifts on Thursday, December 14 from 5:00 p.m. until we finish wrapping all the gifts. We’ll be in the Cotton Mill on the lower level in suite 133 (“Natural Forces” is on the door). Please come help!
Santa Claus will be in town scoping out his route for Christmas Eve with the Davidson Fire Department on Wednesday and Thursday. TONIGHT (Thursday, December 14), he’ll be in locations WEST of the Rocky River roundabout.
The ReadDavidson committee seeks input on their book for 2018. Please go to Open Town Hall portal to cast your vote, or put your ballot in the boxes located at the library, Main Street Books and the town hall lobby.
If you need a 2018 recycling schedule, there is a big stack on the table in the lobby. It’s also available on our website at www.townofdavidson.org/garbageandrecycling.
Town offices will be closed on December 25, 26, 27 and January 1st for the holidays.

Happy Holidays!

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