Town Manager Jamie Justice

Manager’s Report: May 22, 2018

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  • On Friday, May 18 the Town of Davidson received an award from the Congress for the New Urbanism for our Rural Area Plan. Planning Director Jason Burdette, Senior Planner Trey Akers, and Stantec Consultant & Davidson resident Craig Lewis were present to accept the award on behalf of the town. We’re proud of earning this recognition!

  • Join us for the summary presentation of the Davidson Mobility Plan charrette at Davidson Town Hall on Thursday, May 24 (tonight) at 6:00 p.m. for more information, please visit www.davidsonmobilityplan.com.

  • Town of Davidson offices will close on Monday, May 28 in observance of Memorial Day. Garbage collection will operate on a one-day delay.

  • 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.

  • The Davidson Police Department will host a “Custard with a Cop” event to talk about safety on Saturday, June 16 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Whit’s Frozen Custard located at 428 S. Main Street. Please join us!

  • In honor of Memorial Day, Mayor Knox read a proclamation to remember the Davidson citizens who lost their lives serving our country in the armed forces.

  •  Mayor Knox proclaimed that Monday, June 4, 2018 will be recognized as “Tourette Syndrome Awareness Day” in the Town of Davidson, as a special day to promote understanding, compassion, and acceptance for all of our fellow citizens who deserve and need our support to break the stigma that is related to Tourette Syndrome.

  •  Mayor Knox proclaimed June 7, 2018 as “Do a Lotta Good Day,” encouraging people to volunteer and donate to organizations that help others in our community.

Each commissioner provides an update of the outside board to which they have been appointed:  

Commissioner Autumn Rierson Michael: Centralina Council of Governments – This is their 50th anniversary, so they are hosting events all year long. They hosted a regional transit summit with a focus on regional cooperation.

Commissioner Matthew Fort: Lake Norman Chamber – Two ribbon-cuttings on May 24: PostNet celebrated their new location at 428 S. Main Street and the Make an Impact Foundation is open at 215 S. Main Street.

Commissioner Jim Fuller: Visit Lake Norman (VLN) – This has been and continues to be a busy and productive time for VLN. These events bring people to our community to shop in our stores and eat in our restaurants. Please visit www.visitlakenorman.org for details. VLN is working to attract wedding parties to our area.

Commissioner Jane Campbell: Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization – Public comments are welcome at future meetings. They meet the third Wednesday of the month at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center.

Lake Norman Transportation Commission – They received an update on the North Corridor System that studies commuter rail, light rail, and bus rapid transit. Davidson has the highest participation rate in their public outreach effort. Property acquisition costs have increased and now match the actual construction cost of transportation projects.

Mayor Rusty Knox: Metropolitan Transit Commission – At their last meeting they adopted the FY 2019 budget. They discussed ridership safety on the light rail lines.
Legislative update: Mayor Knox, Commissioners Campbell and Michael, and I discussed our need for a magistrate in the northern part of the county with our legislators (Mecklenburg delegation).


Advisory Board Review

Planning Board Chair Mickey Pettus provided an update to the Davidson Board of Commissioners on the planning board’s work over the past six months. We appreciate the good work of these citizens.Day (May 14).

IB School

Public Facilities
Assistant Town Manager and Project Manager Dawn Blobaum and Brent Green of Architect Creech & Associates presented their findings regarding the former IB school buildings on South Street and information about their re-design process for the existing town hall. Mechanical and structural consultants have investigated both buildings on the school site.  We are looking at costs to re-design the existing town hall for a 20-year growth scenario for the police and fire departments. At the June 12 board of commissioners meeting, Creech and Associates, our architect, and Edifice, our construction manager, will present a preliminary cost estimate for renovation of the IB School, gym, and enlarged renovation of the existing town hall. Depending on the cost estimates, the board of commissioners could consider a G.O. Bond referendum to pay for the projects. The board of commissioners wants to hear from citizens throughout this decision-making process, so there is an email address specifically for comments:  publicfacilities@townofdavidson.org. If the board decides to move forward, there will be additional opportunities to provide feedback at meetings, through Open Town Hall, and at other venues.
Other alternatives for public facilities that are still being considered are: 

  • building a new town hall in front of the existing town hall and renovating town hall for the police and fire departments or
  • building a new police and fire department building to the west of town hall in the parking lot along Jackson Street and renovating the existing town hall.

More information is available at www.townofdavidson.org/PublicFacilities


Main Street/Concord Road Intersection Update
Public Works Director Doug Wright provided an evaluation of extending a left-turn queue for southbound traffic on Main Street at the intersection with Concord Road. Since this is a state road, the town will work with the North Carolina Department of Transportation and engineer Kimley Horn to continue to review the benefits of potentially removing 10 parking spaces along the northeast side of Main Street and adding a left-turn lane to improve traffic flow. The projected total cost is approx. $220,000.  The board of commissioners will discuss this further at the June 12 meeting.
Beaty Street Park Task Force
Mayor Knox, Mayor Pro Tem Fuller, and Commissioner Sitton reviewed all applications for the Beaty Street Park Task Force and made their recommendations for membership. The board of commissioners voted to select Meredith Allen, Ellyn Baeszler, Denise Beall, John Burke, Leah Chester-Davis, Dave Cable, Heidi Dietrich, Gary Fagan, Peter Grisewood, Janet Makee, Bill Maloney, Karen Manfredi, Jason Parker, Gabriel Schoen, and Alice Sudduth. We are so pleased that numerous citizens applied, and that this group will soon meet to select a chairperson and get to work.
FY2018-2019 Budget Discussion
Finance Director Pieter Swart & I discussed the proposed FY 2018-2019 budget with the Davidson Board of Commissioners. The proposed FY 2018-2019 budget was presented to the board on April 24 and a public hearing was held on May 8. The board of commissioners held a public comment period at this meeting. The Davidson Board of Commissioners is scheduled to consider approval of the FY 2018-2019 budget on June 12, 2018.
House Bill 514
House Bill 514 has been introduced in the North Carolina legislature. It has passed in the House and could be under consideration by the Senate in this year’s short legislative session currently underway. The bill would permit the Towns of Matthews and Mint Hill to apply to open charter schools, grant priority enrollment to students living in those towns, and to use property tax revenue to support the charter schools. The Towns of Cornelius and Huntersville have both requested to be added to this legislation for the same authority. The Davidson Board of Commissioners allowed for public comment on this topic. They voted not to join this bill.
Economic Development Strategic Plan
Economic Development Manager Kim Fleming provided an update: Davidson developed its Economic Development Strategic Plan (EDSP) to provide guiding principles for economic development, demographic analyses, economic assessments, land use strategy, and an Economic Development Strategic Work Plan. The EDSP was updated in 2016 to provide an additional 5-year work plan that focuses on business attraction, business retention, small business & entrepreneurship, and tourism. Historic preservation activities were added to the work plan matrix in 2018 based on feedback from the current board of commissioners.

The meeting was adjourned to host two closed sessions.


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