Town Manager Jamie Justice

Manager’s Report: May 8, 2018

All supporting documents for the May 8, 2018 board of commissioners’ meetings are available here: https://davidson.novusagenda.com/agendapublic/MeetingView.aspx?MeetingID=643&MinutesMeetingID=-1&doctype=Agenda
Since this meeting was held at Davidson United Methodist Church, we used Ustream to record it (the WiFi cut in and out, so there are four videos):
Part 1: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/114763684
Part 2: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/114765293
Part 3: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/114765966
Part 4: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/114766560

A summary of the meeting:


New Town Clerk
Mayor Rusty Knox administered the Oath of Office to Betsy Shores, our new town clerk. We’re really happy she’s a part of the Town of Davidson team. If you have any records requests, please email her at bshores@townofdavidson.org.

oath of office

Mayor Rusty Knox recognized the William A. Hough High School STEM Team for their first place finish at the International STEM League Championships in Troy, NY at Rochester Polytechnic Institute last week.

Hough High STEM Team

Mayor Rusty Knox read a proclamation in honor of National Police Week which is May 13-19, 2018. We appreciate the service of our Davidson Police Department.


Mayor Rusty Knox read a proclamation to honor the Davidson College Class of 2018.
General announcements:
We’re breaking ground on the new park near Bailey Springs and received useful feedback from citizens during Town Day on what type of play feature they’d like to see installed there. Thanks for your input.

Bike to School Day

May is Bike Month! Thanks for participating in Bike to School Day on Wednesday – we saw lots of families and kids biking and walking to school. The Lake Norman Bike Expo is Saturday, May 12 at our Parks & Recreation Office, and May 14-18 is Bike to Work Week. All details are on our website: http://www.townofdavidson.org/860/National-Bike-Month
In the Davidson Town Hall lobby, there is a collection box for items that will goto Safe Alliance, a community partner that provides assistance for victims of domestic violence. Much needed items include health products, school supplies, cleaning products, socks, underwear, etc. – a full list is in the lobby. It will be there until the day after Mother’s Day (May 14).

DMP logo

Join us for upcoming Davidson Mobility Plan events and input opportunities:

On Friday, May 18 and Saturday, May 19 we’ll host community walking tours and on Monday, May 21, we’ll host community and bicycle tours.
We’ll host a charrette Tuesday, May 22 - Thursday, May 24 when citizens will be able to provide input to people working in the all-day design studio and then attend summary sessions each evening.
All of the details including locations and times are posted on www.davidsonmobilityplan.com

The Town of Davidson is applying for Community Development Block Grant funding to replace the play feature and picnic shelter at Roosevelt Wilson Park and install sidewalks along Mock Road and Houston Street. In order to get approval for the funding, the town has to show that the project benefits low- and moderate-income persons.  The qualification must be done through an on-the-ground, door-to-door survey of a small portion of the census tract.  We will need volunteers to help us in mid-May with conducting surveys. Please stay tuned for details on how to sign up. If you live in the census tract where we will be conducting the surveys, we hope you’ll participate.

Fire Station 2

We’ll host a grand opening for Fire Station 2 on Davidson-Concord Road on Saturday, June 9 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Please join us for food, tours, and activities for kids.
If you haven’t already done so, please install our new app on your mobile device: www.townofdavidson.org/MobileApp
If you’d like to share your opinions on the proposed FY 2018-2019 budget, please visit our citizen engagement portal called Open Town Hall at www.townofdavidson.org/OpenTownHall or send an email to budget@townofdavidson.org.

Public Comment
A couple of citizens spoke during the public comment period.
Advisory Board Review -- Davidson Public Art Commission
Davidson Public Art Commission Chair Sherry Nelson provided an annual update to the Davidson Board of Commissioners. The commission was formed in 2007 to help fulfill the town’s mission to sustain its distinct character. The public art master plan is here: http://www.townofdavidson.org/DocumentCenter/View/8029/Davidson-Plan-for-Public-Art-March-2016-V2-Final
Mecklenburg County Tax Assessor Ken Joyner provided an update on the status of the FY 2019 property revaluation being conducted by the county. More information is available at meckreval.com.
Public Hearings
The Davidson Board of Commissioners held a public hearing on the proposed text amendments to the Davidson Planning Ordinance related to the watershed.  In March 2017, Mecklenburg County, the town's partner in administering the ordinance (with oversight from the NC Department of Environmental Quality, “NCDEQ”), requested that Davidson: update/clarify standards, address persistent issues and inconsistencies, and remove inapplicable sections. Over the past four months, staff has been working with the Planning Board Ordinance Committee (PBOC) to review the watershed ordinance and proposed changes, and to suggest/draft edits. Several citizens spoke. The next steps are for the planning board to review the proposed changes and provide a recommendation. The board of commissioners would like a joint meeting with the PBOC to review details prior to their consideration of a vote. Details are available at www.townofdavidson.org/textamendments.
The Davidson Board of Commissioners held a public hearing on the proposed FY 2018-2019 budget and economic development expenditures. We encourage citizens to review the documents posted to www.townofdavidson.org/Budget and provide input by sending an email to budget@townofdavidson.org or by completing the Open Town Hall survey at www.townofdavidson.org/OpenTownHall.
All items on the consent agenda were approved:

  • Meeting minutes from April 3, 10, 16 and 24, 2018
  • Tax levy refunds
  • A request to the Planning Board to provide a recommendation on the proposed text amendments to the watershed ordinance within 30 days
  • Davidson East Settlement Agreement amendments
  • A budget amendment to allocate funds for a new play feature in the tot lot behind Summit and the engineering phase of the redesign of the park in the Bradford neighborhood
  • A resolution to reimburse funds for the tot lot behind Summit from general obligation bond funds.
  • The paving contract for street resurfacing including streets in the McConnell neighborhood, Woody Lane, Carson Street, Griffith Street (from Jackson to Beaty streets). No cape seal treatment will be used. Resurfacing will take place this summer.
  • Changes to the 2018 meeting schedule
  • Noise variance for the senior party on Davidson College’s campus on May 19
Old Business
These two items were pulled from the consent agenda for discussion and were approved:
  • Vision and core value revisions
  • Direction to the town clerk to investigate a voluntary contiguous annexation petition for the Kenmare subdivision (on June Washam Road)

Davidson Coffee Chats
The Davidson Board of Commissioners approved a revised 2018 meeting schedule during this meeting. This new schedule reflects the cancellation of the Davidson Coffee Chat on May 21 because we have outgrown the space at The Egg at Davidson. The Davidson Board of Commissioners values time with citizens to interact without an agenda. Could you please complete this survey on our Open Town Hall portal (www.townofdavidson.org/OpenTownHall) to provide us with your thoughts?

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