Town Manager Jamie Justice

Manager’s Report: July 10, 2018

All supporting documents for the July 10, 2018 board of commissioners’ meetings are available here: https://davidson.novusagenda.com/agendapublic/MeetingView.aspx?MeetingID=645&MinutesMeetingID=400&doctype=Agenda
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Financial transparency

A summary of the meeting:

At 4:30 p.m., the Davidson Board of Commissioners entered into a closed session. They opened their regular meeting at 6:00 p.m.

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: http://townofdavidson.org/1162/Financial-Transparency
Charlotte Water
is doing some work at the intersection of Woodland Street and Lorimer Road, requiring a detour for the rest of the week, so please plan your bike and motor vehicle route accordingly.  
The Arts and Science Council presents Culture Bites on August 16 from 6:00-8:30 p.m. on the Village Green. Admission is free and all are welcome. Following the success of Culture Feast, a four-year tradition in the streets of uptown Charlotte, ASC is previewing a new concept to bring a little bit of arts, culture, food and family fun to Davidson. The event will feature singers, dancers, actors, poets and artists, providing short pop-up performances and experiences for all to enjoy. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

Chief Dunn at NNO

The Davidson Police Department’s celebration of our community, National Night Out, is Tuesday, August 7 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Roosevelt Wilson Park. We hope you’ll join us! Stay tuned for details!

Public Comment
Several citizens spoke during the public comment period.

Public Hearing
The Davidson Board of Commissioners held a public hearing on the proposed annexation of the Kenmare subdivision on the eastern side of Davidson. A public hearing is required by general statute when the board of commissioners is considering an annexation into the town limits. No citizens spoke.

Consent agenda
Consent items are non-controversial and routine items. All items on the consent agenda must be voted on and adopted by a single motion.  The following were approved on Tuesday night:
• Minutes for the June 5 and 12 meetings 
• Budget Amendments: $40,200 to the Arts Project Fund, $31,689 for down-payment assistance for our affordable housing program through Mecklenburg County’s HOME program, $35,000 from our fund balance from the affordable housing fund to provide five future homeowners with down payment assistance in the amount of $7,000 each.
• Tax Levy Adjustments to be issued from the solid waste fund totaling $2,412.


Public Facilities Project
Assistant Town Manager Dawn Blobaum and Finance Director Pieter Swart reviewed the status of the public facilities project (renovating the former IB school for town hall and our existing town hall for our police and fire departments) including alternative cost estimates and the estimated financial impact on taxpayers.
Please join us to learn more about this project!
Thursday, July 19 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.: Open House at former IB school
Saturday, July 21 & August 11 from 9:00 a.m. to noon: Visit our table at the Davidson Farmers’ Market
General Obligation Bond Order for Public Facilities
The Davidson Board of Commissioners introduced a proposed draft bond order authorizing the issuance of $16,335,000 general obligation public facilities bonds of the Town of Davidson. They approved Resolution 2018-19 that sets a public hearing date for citizen comment on the proposed draft bond order for Tuesday, July 24 at 6:00 p.m.
Proposed Watershed Ordinance Text Amendments
Ellen Donaldson, a member of the planning board and planning board ordinance committee and Planning Director Jason Burdette discussed proposed text amendments to the watershed ordinance. The Town of Davidson has been considering changes to the Davidson Planning Ordinance (DPO) 17 - Watershed Protection Overlay District for several months.  The Davidson Board of Commissioners voted to modify the draft text changes to the watershed ordinance with the exception of sections 17.6.1, 17.6.2, and 17.6.3, for discussion at the August 28 meeting.
Comprehensive Plan Update
I provided an update on the town's comprehensive plan request for proposals (RFP) process to hire a consultant to guide the comprehensive plan process and discussion of next steps. A comprehensive plan is the leading policy document and tool to help communities create a vision and guiding principles for decision-making for their town. In Davidson’s case, it allows our community to understand our historical context, acknowledge immediate concerns, evaluate options for how to best proceed and move together toward a better future for Davidson. It’s a community-centered process – input from our citizens is critical.
In August, with a recommendation from the consultant-selection committee, the Davidson Board of Commissioners will select a consultant to help us with this plan. Citizen engagement will begin this fall – we’re all excited to get started on answering questions like “What is Davidson?” and “What do we want Davidson to be?” to create a vision for our future. More information is available at www.townofdavidson.org/ComprehensivePlan2018
Pedestrian Safety Flashing Beacons Project
Public Works Director Doug Wright has evaluated additional pedestrian crossings in town to receive similar flashing beacons that the town has installed in other locations. These flashing beacons are activated by pedestrians who want to enter the crosswalk and provide yellow flashing signals for vehicles to yield to the pedestrians. We will install flashing beacons at the following crosswalks:

  • Beaty/Magnolia
  • Concord/Baker
  • Eugenia/Main
  • Glasgow/Main

The total cost will be $113,420. Thank you to Davidson College for contributing to this project.
Annexation of Kenmare Subdivision
The Davidson Board of Commissioners voted to annex the Kenmare Subdivision and requested a review of the policy related to annexation at a future meeting.

State Grants
During the last legislative session, the NC General Assembly approved three grants for projects in the Town of Davidson:
$100,000 for Downtown Park/Farmers’ Market area site improvements
$100,000 for police equipment
$100,000 for fire equipment
The Town of Davidson is most appreciative of these funds. The Davidson Board of Commissioners voted to survey our citizens on the use of these funds via our Open Town Hall portal. Once the survey is created, we will publicize it to our citizens.
Town Manager's Contract
Each year the Davidson Board of Commissioners review the town manager's employment contract. I’m pleased to report that I will serve the Town of Davidson for another year. I appreciate the working relationship I have with the Davidson Board of Commissioners and the staff who all work so hard on behalf of the citizens of Davidson.
CATS: Lynx Red Line
Charlotte Area Transit System invites citizens to learn and give feedback on transit options related to their proposed LYNX Red Line. CATS will meet with communities in the North Corridor to share rapid transit and alignment options that best match the region’s current land-use and transit values.
A public meeting is scheduled on July 31 at Davidson Town Hall from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

CLT Water project

Construction around town
There is a lot of work going on around town to make improvements to the sewer system and repair the sinkhole at the intersection of Woodland St. and Lorimer Rd. (Charlotte Water projects), Davidson Elementary School (K-8 expansion by CMS), stream restoration behind Davidson Elementary School done by the town, street resurfacing, and more. Many of these projects are creating detours. We ask that you proceed with caution around town and leave extra time for your travel. We appreciate your patience as this work is being completed to make Davidson a better place! 

view across greenway
view toward DES
View from DPR

North Meck Rec Center Public Information Session
On Tuesday, July 24 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., the county’s Park and Recreation Department, along with the parks departments from the Towns of Cornelius, Davidson and Huntersville, will host an open house at Bailey Middle School, 11900 Bailey Road in Cornelius, to discuss the planning process for the Northern Regional Recreational Center. The new facility will be located at 18121 Old Statesville Road in Cornelius. Residents are invited to attend the meeting to learn about the results from the public surveys and the ongoing planning and design for the recreation center. A presentation will be given at 6:30 p.m. with an open forum for comments to follow. 

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