Town Manager Jamie Justice

Manager’s Report: September 25, 2018

All supporting documents for the September 25, 2018 board of commissioners’ meetings are available here:
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Thank you to everyone who helped with the Community Development Block Grant surveys this past weekend. We’ll still need volunteers in the near future to finish up. Please stay tuned for details on new dates.
We are beginning our comprehensive plan process and need citizens to fill two committees – the Plan Advisory Group and the Publicity & Outreach Committee. Please apply by September 30 via our online application at www.townofdavidson.org/ComprehensivePlan2018 or get a hard copy in our lobby.
The Town of Davidson’s Park at Beaty Street Task Force has two upcoming events:

  • Thursday, September 27, 5:30-7:30 p.m. is their first public input session.  Please make a note to stop by Davidson Town Hall to give your opinions and ideas about the park at Beaty. Fun, informative, and interactive, this is a drop-in, open-house format. Cast your votes for what you like and what matters most to you!  This session was rescheduled from 9/17 due to Florence.  

  • Kids Draw-a-Park World of Wonder is on Saturday, September 29, from 9 a.m. to noon at the WOW booth at the Davidson Farmers’ Market. Children will have a chance to draw what they would like to see in a park, while adults can learn the latest about the Park at Beaty Task Force. Free pencils to those who stop by!

We’re accepting nominations for the Jack Burney Community Service Award AND applications for our advisory boards through September 28. We have hard copies of each of the forms in the lobby.
Please weigh in on the North-South Parkway Study on Thursday, September 27 at the Charles Mack Center at 215 North Main Street in Mooresville or on Thursday, October 4 at Huntersville Town Hall. Both are drop-in sessions from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. We are working on a third input session to be scheduled at a location in Davidson – please stay tuned for information.
Davidson Connections will be on Thursday, October 4 at 9:00 a.m. at Davidson Town Hall.
Walk to School Day is Wednesday, October 10, so please check with your child’s school to see how they can participate.
Reeves Temple AME Zion Church at 213 Watson Street is hosting a Fall Carnival on Saturday, October 13 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to raise funds for Lingle Hut. Flyers are in our lobby with details.

Four officers were sworn in
Mayor Rusty Knox (far left) and Police Chief Penny Dunn (far right) helped to swear in Davidson Police Officers Salter, McDaniel, Calandra, and Heitmann (middle, in order from left to right) on Tuesday evening

Mayor Rusty Knox and Davidson Police Chief Penny Dunn performed the swearing in ceremony for our new officers. Officers taking the oath of office were:
Joseph (Joe) Calandra
Andrew (AJ) Heitmann
Kenneth (Kenny) McDaniel
Darin Salter    
We are grateful for their service to our town. 

Ralph Quackenbush
Mayor Rusty Knox presented Davidson Police Volunteer Ralph Quakenbush with an award to recognize his 20 years of service. His wife, Carol, and Police Chief Penny Dunn are to their right.

Davidson Police Chief Penny Dunn recognized Davidson Police Volunteer Ralph Quackenbush for his 20 years of service to the Davidson Police Department.  

The Davidson Board of Commissioners passed a resolution in support of the restoration of the Lingle Hut located at 213 Watson Street, an historic building that is part of the Reeves Temple A.M.E. Zion Church. The church community is hosting a carnival on Saturday, October 13 to raise funds to make improvements to Lingle Hut.
The Davidson Board of Commissioners held a public hearing related to the funds Davidson Day School is seeking for a new upper school campus located at 1803 Mecklenburg Highway in Iredell County. In order to finance the construction, the school’s plan is to issue as much as $9 million in educational revenue bonds. Even though local government approval has nothing to do with the eventual transaction, the federal government requires local commissioners to approve the bonds because they are tax exempt. The bonds are private and the town has no part in transaction other than to approve the issuance in principle (there is no financial impact on the town); the Davidson Board of Commissioners voted to approve the issuance.
The Davidson Board of Commissioners held a public hearing for the North Harbor Club Conditional Planning Area related to their expansion request. This public hearing is part of the process required in the Davidson Planning Ordinance. 

All items on the consent agenda were approved including:

  • Meeting minutes from August 7 and 28     
  • The change in the November 6 meeting location to the Hurt Hub on Delburg Street because the Davidson Town Hall board room is a polling location and November 6 is an election day.  

Salary Study Recommendation
Human Resources Consultant Susan Manning presented key recommendations of the salary study and a proposed implementation plan. To ensure the Town of Davidson is competitive with municipalities in the Charlotte region, a pay study was included in the FY 2018-19 budget. Staying competitive allows the Town of Davidson to recruit and retain high performing employees who provide services to our citizens. A collaborative effort was made between the towns of Huntersville, Cornelius, and Davidson to collect and analyze data from 20 local communities. The board of commissioners will discuss the recommendations and proposed implementation plan at a future meeting.
Capital Projects, G.O. Bonds, and Unassigned Fund Balance
The Davidson Board of Commissioners and I discussed the need to prioritize capital projects, the potential use of the 2017 general obligation bonds, and the related use of unassigned fund balance for upcoming projects. The Davidson Board of Commissioners voted to approve the funding for the Grey Road sidewalk, curb, and gutter project (between Concord Road and Wolfe Street). All other projects will be prioritized at a future date prior to creation of the FY 2019-2020 budget.
At the conclusion of the regular meeting, we entered into a closed session to discuss a real estate matter.

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