Town Manager Jamie Justice

Manager’s Report: June 12, 2018

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


  • 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! Kids get custard for free!

  • Davidson LifeLine is hosting an event entitled “Suicide Prevention: We’re in this Together” on Thursday, June 14 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at DCPC’s Congregation House.

  • On July 4th, the Town of Davidson will celebrate Independence Day! Please join us at McEver Field on South Street at 5:15 p.m. to walk down to the town green for the concert, featuring the Radiojacks, starting at 6:00 p.m. Show your patriotic spirit by decorating your bike, trike, scooter, and wagon in red, white and blue! We hope you’ll join us!
Mayor Pro Tem Fuller read at statement on behalf of the Davidson Board of Commissioners:
“On today’s agenda you’ll note that we are scheduled to discuss the intersection of Main Street and Concord Road. We will NOT be taking a vote this evening however, we will continue the discussion on whether or not to try to reduce traffic congestion — this has been an ongoing issue that we’ve studied periodically with the help of the North Carolina Department of Transportation over the past several years. We need to continue to study the plans to determine what the best solution might be to help improve the flow of traffic. We discussed this at our May 22 meeting and look forward to learning more and discussing more options tonight.”
Mayor Pro Tem Fuller read a proclamation to honor outgoing Design Review Board Chair Bob Lauer who has served this committee for over 17 years, nine as chair. We very much appreciate his service and leadership in this role and will miss him when he moves.

Several citizens spoke during the public comment period. We appreciate their engagement.
All items on the consent agenda were approved including:

  • Minutes from the May 1, May 8, and May 22 meetings                   
  • Changes to the meeting schedule reflecting the cancellation of the July 3, August 7, and December 25 meetings
  • Budget amendments for the Parham Park sign, Davidson Elementary School storm water stream restoration project grant, and revenue from an anonymous donor for Davidson Fire Station 2 for a traffic signal on Davidson-Concord Road at the station’s entrance
  • Re-appointments for the Continuum Board of Directors: Steven Miller and Brad Davis           
  • An exemption from Section 54-1 of the Davidson Municipal Code to allow alcohol on the town green after the Gran Fondo Bike Race on August 5
  • A tax levy adjustment refund check request from Mecklenburg County Assessor's Office

Main Street/Concord Road Intersection Improvements
Public Works Director Doug Wright led a discussion on proposed improvements to the Main Street/Concord Road intersection. The Main Street/Concord Road intersection has been identified by North Carolina Department of Transportation staff as the highest priority opportunity to improve traffic congestion in Davidson. The Davidson Department of Public Works has evaluated extending a left-turn queue for southbound traffic on Main Street at the intersection with Concord Road. Based on the direction of the board of commissioners, we will examine several options and report back at a future meeting.
Public Facilities Project
Assistant Town Manager Dawn Blobaum led a discussion on the cost estimates for renovation of the former IB School to house the board room, administration and other departments, and parks and recreation programming space, and the renovation and expansion of our existing town hall for the police and fire departments, including additional parking. The Davidson Board of Commissioners would like to continue discussions on the plan, work with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools on lease terms (the school board needs to vote to allow this use for their building), and request that the architect/construction manager review the scope of work to bring down the total estimated cost from $16.3 million to a lower (undefined) number. The board of commissioners authorized our finance director to proceed with the bond order so that voters can vote on general obligation bonds to fund this project on November 7.
General Obligation (GO) Bond Process for Public Facilities Project
Finance Director Pieter Swart led a discussion of the general obligation (GO) bond process for the public facilities project. The board of commissioners approved three resolutions to authorize the Town of Davidson to take the next step in the process to issue general obligation bonds.
Pedestrian Safety Flashing Beacons Project
This item was moved to a future meeting.
FY2018-2019 Budget

The Davidson Board of Commissioners approved the FY2018-2019 budget ordinance and fee schedule. The fiscal year begins July 1, 2018 and ends June 30, 2019.
Service Agencies Funding
The Davidson Board of Commissioners approved $50,000 in funding to service agencies in the FY2019 budget. The application process for nonprofits is now open. Information and the application are available here: www.townofdavidson.org/nonprofitfunding
The board of commissioners will discuss the process for awarding the funds.
Annexation of Kenmare Subdivision
As part of the annexation process, the Davidson Board of Commissioners voted to set the public hearing date for the Kenmare subdivision on July 10, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. in the Davidson Town Hall board room.
The meeting adjourned and moved into a closed session.

Financial Transparency Center

Financial Transparency
The Finance Department is pleased to announce that they have partnered with ClearGov, a leading municipal transparency and benchmarking platform to launch an infographic-based financial transparency center on the town’s website. This new tool provides the public with an easy-to-understand, visual breakdown of the town’s finances, as well as insights into the town’s demographics. The site also provides budgetary comparisons to peer communities. We encourage you to take a look at www.townofdavidson.org/financialtransparency

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