Town Manager Jamie Justice

Manager’s Report: April 24, 2018

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A summary of the meeting:


Mayor Rusty Knox introduced Betsy Shores, our new town clerk. She will take her oath of office at the May 8 meeting.  

Our very own Police Chief Penny Dunn will be the guest reader at story time at Main Street Books on Saturday, April 28 at 10:00 a.m. as part of Independent Bookstore Day.

The Planning Board Ordinance Committee is hosting a drop-in session on Monday, April 30 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Davidson Town Hall board room to answer questions about the proposed changes to the watershed ordinance. For more information, please visit www.townofdavidson.org/textamendments. The public hearing on this topic will be May 8 at 6:00 p.m. as a part of the board of commissioners meeting. The meeting will take place at Davidson United Methodist Church (233 South Main Street) because of the primary election.

Representative Alma Adams is hosting a community input event at Roosevelt Wilson Park on Monday, April 30 from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. Barbeque will be served.

If you are interested in the Beaty Street park task force, please visit www.townofdavidson.org/ParkatBeatyStTF to apply by April 30. The board of commissioners will select the task force in May.

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Please come to the Community Dinner on Friday, May 4 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the lot behind Summit. The town will provide the main dish and community members are asked to bring a dish to share. We hope to see you there!

Town Day

Town Day is Saturday, May 5 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on the town green. Please join us for all of the festivities, including a group photo on the patio in front of the library at 10:00 a.m.

We are hiring police officers and a public works maintenance technician, so please visit our website to apply.

Grand opening of Fire Station 2 will be on Saturday, June 9 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Please join us for a ribbon-cutting ceremony, tours, food, and activities for kids.


Mayor Rusty Knox read a proclamation in honor of National Bike Month and encouraged all members of the community to ride a bike in May.         

Mayor Rusty Knox read a proclamation announcing that April 30 – May 3, 2018 is Small Business Week and encouraged all citizens to patronize Davidson’s business, big and small.    


Livability Board Chair Steedman Lyles provided an update on recent activities and projects that have come before the advisory board. We appreciate the work of the Livability Board and the Walks & Rolls, Trees & Natural Assets, and Parks & Recreation sub-committees.

Vision & Core Value #5
Public Information Officer Cristina Shaul discussed the board of commissioners’ revisions to the town’s vision and core value #5. The Davidson Mayor and Board of Commissioners have discussed changes to the Town of Davidson’s vision statement and core value #5 over the past few months to more closely match their vision for the town related to growth and our small town character. Commissioners Michael and Campbell and PIO Cristina Shaul will work together to fine-tune the vision and core value to consider for approval at the May 8 meeting. Citizens are invited to weigh-in on the proposed changes by emailing the board of commissioners at board@townofdavidson.org.

Rules for Public Comment Periods
The Davidson Board of Commissioners voted to adopt rules for public comment periods.

IB School


Public Facilities

Assistant Town Manager Dawn Blobaum gave an update on our public facilities research. Architect Creech and Associates has completed Phase I of the investigation into the former IB School site study for joint use as town hall and CMS North District Office and presented the results of their “test-fit.”  The board voted to appropriate $28,000 in funds from the public facilities capital project fund for Phase II of the site study (includes the school building and gymnasium).
The goal is to adhere to a schedule allowing us to put a referendum on the November 13, 2018 ballot, so citizens can vote on this project.

Development Planning Process
To address an action item in the 2018-2019 Strategic Plan, Planning Director Jason Burdette provided a summary of our current development processes. He will present tools for growth management for the board of commissioners to consider at a future meeting. The board of commissioners will recommend planning priorities at a later meeting. 
Davidson East
Town Attorney Cindy Reid discussed an amendment to the settlement agreement for the Davidson East development because the developer of Davidson East requested an amendment to a 2012 settlement agreement.  The settlement agreement resulted from a lawsuit between the Town of Davidson, Community One Bank and Communities of Davidson East, Inc. Since the 2012 agreement, the property has had several different owners. After many months of negotiations, the town agreed to a 15% decrease in commercial development, but no increase in residential units. In exchange, the developer has agreed to provide a very important connection between the Washam property and Davidson East.  This connection will improve the disbursement of traffic, allow access for public safety, and provide more mobility in the area. The board of commissioners will consider a vote at the May 8 meeting.

proposed budget

Proposed FY 2018-2019 Budget
Finance Director Pieter Swart and I presented the proposed budget for FY2018-2019. We encourage all members of the community to review the documents on our website at www.townofdavidson.org/budget and weigh-in via email at budget@townofdavidson.org or on our Open Town Hall portal at www.townofdavidson.org/OpenTownHall. The total proposed general fund budget is $11.86 million.  A public hearing is scheduled for the board of commissioners’ regular meeting on May 8, 2018 at Davidson United Methodist Church (located at 233 South Main Street) at 6:00 p.m., and the board of commissioners will consider approval on June 12, 2018.  


Commissioner Matthew Fort gave an update on the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce. Details of all upcoming events are here: https://davidson.novusagenda.com/agendapublic/CoverSheet.aspx?ItemID=2573&MeetingID=701 

Commissioner David Sitton gave an update on the Lake Norman Regional Economic Development Organization who reported that two new companies are coming to our area: Yokohama Tire in Cornelius will create 56 new jobs and Kurz, a German company that will build its North American headquarters in Huntersville, will create 96 jobs. North Mecklenburg Alliance (NMA): Former Commissioner Beth Cashion, our representative on the I-77 Managed Lanes Advisory Board, gave an update to the NMA on that group’s work related to the I-77 Managed Lanes contract.
Commissioner Jane Campbell gave an update on the Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization: They received an update on the North-South Parkway Sub-Area Plan that focuses on Hwy 73, a 12-mile corridor that provides an alternate to I-77 and NC 115. The NC Turnpike Authority will promote the tolling process for the I-77 Managed Lanes project. More information on the I-77 Managed Lanes project is here: https://www.i77express.com/ As our region’s population grows, the goal is to provide transit service within a ¼ mile radius of homes and jobs.
Mayor Rusty Knox gave an update on the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC): The MTC voted last month to continue funding for a study on the Red Line commuter rail. 

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Officer Colson, Mr. Kemp, Officer O'Brien

Special thanks to our police and fire departments for their recent public safety work. Davidson Police Officers Justin Colson and Meghan O’Brien were the first responders on the scene of a medical call and their efforts to conduct CPR saved a man’s life.  Also, the Davidson Fire Department assisted in the rescue of a man pinned in his car as a result of a traffic accident on I-77.

Please note that the Davidson Board of Commissioners will meet on Tuesday, May 1 at Davidson Town Hall at 6:00 p.m. and on Tuesday, May 8 at Davidson United Methodist Church at 233 South Main Street because the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections will use the Davidson Town Hall board room on May 8 for the primary election.

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