Town Manager Jamie Justice

Manager’s Report: October 2, 2018

All supporting documents for the October 2, 2018 board of commissioners’ meetings are available here:

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The Town of Davidson’s Park at Beaty Street Task Force has two upcoming guided hikes on the Beaty property:

  • Sunday, October 7 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. and
  • Friday, October 19 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.

Please weigh in on the North-South Parkway Study on Thursday, October 4 at Huntersville Town Center in the 3rd floor Rotunda Conference room from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. We are working on another input session to be scheduled at a location in Davidson – please stay tuned for information.
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.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Landmarks Commission and the Town of Davidson want to preserve and protect historically significant structures in Davidson and its extra-territorial jurisdiction.  We have scheduled a meeting for Monday, October 22 at Davidson Town Hall at 6:00 p.m. so you can learn about the historic designation process.  Staff from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Landmarks Commission will explain the process and answer questions. We hope you will join us. 

Mark your calendar for November 10th to help us celebrate the grand opening of the new park near Bailey Springs from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.! We will also have a question on Open Town Hall this week, so please help us name the new park!

Mayor Knox reading proclamation

Mayor Rusty Knox read a proclamation in honor of Walk to School Day which takes place on Wednesday, October 10. We encourage everyone to participate on foot or bike!

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Downtown Community Gathering Space
Economic Development Manager Kim Fleming and consultant Stantec led a discussion on the downtown community gathering space. Stantec presented a concept plan and potential materials to be used in the construction of the space. Several members of the board will meet with the board of the Davidson Farmers’ Market, and staff will meet with merchants and other stakeholders as part of a public input process to further discuss the overall concept and materials to use.
Nonprofit Grant Funding
Parks and Recreation Director Kathryn Spatz and Livability Board member Marty Metzker
presented recommendations for nonprofit grant funding. The Davidson Board of Commissioners have historically appropriated $50,000 to be distributed among qualified, registered, town-based nonprofits who apply for funding for activities not provided by the town yet serve a public purpose. In late spring, 2016, the livability board was asked to become a part of this annual process. In 2017, the livability board updated the application for the non-profits to include more information, particularly to ensure that funding was used for activities beyond basic operations -- funding was to be requested for specific programs.
On June 12, 2018, the board of commissioners adopted the FY18-19 operating budget, appropriating $50,000 for non-profit funding but directed the livability board to present its guidelines to the board of commissioners prior to reviewing current applications. The board of commissioners authorized the livability board to move forward with this year’s applications in July. The livability board reviewed the applications at its September 18 meeting. Past Chair Marty Metzker presented the advisory board’s recommendations to the board of commissioners. The board of commissioners will consider a vote on fund allocations at their October 23 meeting.   
Miscellaneous/Open Discussion

The Davidson Board of Commissioners discussed the following topics that were not previously listed on the agenda:
o   Tree ordinance and the board of commissioners’ involvement early in planning processes.
o   Board of Adjustment: The Davidson Board of Commissioners decided to leave the composition of Board of Adjustment members as is: a subset of planning board members that hears cases concerning ordinance interpretations, requests, or appeals for variances.  At their September 4 meeting the board of commissioners had contemplated making themselves the Board of Adjustment.

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