Town Manager Jamie Justice

Manager’s Report: October 9, 2018

All supporting documents for the October 9, 2018 board of commissioners’ meetings are available here:

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Open Town Hall

We have two new questions on our Open Town Hall portal. Please check them out at www.townofdavidson.org/OpenTownHall or go to our website’s homepage and click the green icon on the center right. One question is about allowing board members to vote remotely via phone and the other is to help us name the new park near Bailey Springs.
An expansion project at The Pines at Davidson started late last week that will minimally impact the greenway ending at Avinger Lane. The Pines project will extend Avinger Lane and slightly change the alignment of the greenway. Community members will see construction and some tree removal for the next 3-4 months as this part of the project is completed. The greenway will remain open for the duration of the project. We ask that you proceed with caution.
 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. Detailed flyers are in our lobby.

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The Town of Davidson’s Park at Beaty Street Task Force has a guided hike on the Beaty property on Friday, October 19 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Landmarks Commission and the Town of Davidson are hosting a meeting on Monday, October 22 at Davidson Town Hall at 6:00 p.m. so property owners can learn about the historic designation process.  We hope you will join us. 
Please weigh in on the North-South Parkway Study tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, October 30 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Hopewell Baptist Church located at 18841 Davidson-Concord Road. We’ll keep you posted on the details once finalized.

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$20 Tickets are now on sale for our Davidson Cookie Crumb Trail event scheduled for November 3 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  It’s a fun way to kick-off the holiday shopping season and support our local businesses.

Mark your calendar for November 10 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 need your help to name the new park, so please weigh in on our Open Town Hall portal at https://www.opentownhall.com/portals/223/Issue_6811. TreesDavidson needs volunteers to plant 70 trees that day, so please sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0A4CA4AE29A64-newpark
We’ll have activities for families and kids, food, basketball and tennis clinics, and more! Please come help us celebrate the first phase of this park!

Mayor Knox reading proclamation

Mayor Rusty Knox read a proclamation in honor of Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections (PANDA) and Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (PANS) Awareness Day.

Rotary Club of Davidson

He also read a proclamation in honor of Rotary International Polio Day and encouraged community members to join the fight for a polio-free world. Members of the Rotary Club of Davidson were in attendance to receive the proclamation.

COMMISSIONER REPORTS - Each board member provided an update on the outside board to which they have been appointed. 

Centralina Council of Governments (CCOG): Commissioner Autumn Rierson Michael shared that the CCOG is celebrating their 50th anniversary. They will host a regional conference on March 8, 2019.

Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce: Commissioner Matthew Fort shared that the Lake Norman Chamber will host a Business Expo on October 11 at the Huntersville Recreation Center, a public safety luncheon on October 18 at NorthStone Country Club, Focus Friday on October 19 from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. with an update by the three northern towns, and a NC Senate candidate forum on October 23 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at CPCC, 11930 Verhoeff Drive, Huntersville. All details are available here: https://www.lakenormanchamber.org/

Visit Lake Norman (VLN): Commissioner Jim Fuller explained how the events brought in by VLN benefit Davidson from an economic development standpoint.

Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization: Commissioner Jane Campbell shared that about $52,000 in additional I-77 managed lanes project bonus allocation (BA) funds were allocated to finish the Griffith Street interchange, directly benefitting Davidson. She also shared that geofencing technology can trigger a response when a device enters or leaves a particular area and can be used to send targeted messages to travelers.

Lake Norman Transportation Commission: Commissioner Jane Campbell shared that they received an update on the Davidson Mobility Plan focusing on pedestrian, bicycle, vehicle, and transit transportation from Davidson’s Senior Planner Travis Johnson, an update on the North South Parkway study providing an alternate route for vehicles, and that NCDOT gave an overview on upcoming division projects (Hwy 150 and NC 3).

Metropolitan Transit Commission: Mayor Rusty Knox shared that Gaston County discussed their keen interest in light rail going between their county and Charlotte. The Charlotte Area Transit System is reviewing their bus pricing structure. Right now, every ride costs about $1.

Planning Board Report

Planning Board Chair Matt Dellinger provided a report of the planning board's consistency statement regarding the proposed North Harbor Club Conditional Planning Area Amendment.
Charlotte Area Transit System North Corridor Study
Jason Lawrence, Planner for the Charlotte Area Transit System’s North Corridor Study,
presented the transit options being considered in north and west Mecklenburg County. He gave an overview of the public engagement actions taken to date, identified transit alternatives, discussed system integration, and provided a timeline for next steps. This plan will not replace the red line (commuter rail) option, but will provide actionable alternatives, including bus-rapid transit. For more information, please visit: http://charlottenc.gov/cats/transit-planning/red-line/Pages/default.aspx
North Harbor Club Conditional Planning Area

Planning Director Jason Burdette reviewed the details for the North Harbor Club Conditional Planning Area amendment and consistency statement. The applicant is proposing a Conditional Planning Area map amendment for North Harbor Club, a portion of Davidson Landing to allow for a building addition at 100 North Harbor Place and a building addition at 400 North Harbor Place. The Davidson Board of Commissioners voted to approve the changes to the ordinance and the corresponding consistency statement.
Joint Compensation Study
Human Resources Director Megan White and I shared the results of the joint compensation study and recommendations for next steps and cost projections for FY2018-2019.  These recommendations include increases to some salary ranges and market adjustments for positions found to be below the current market level.  In an effort to remain competitive in the region, especially for our public safety and public works employees, other strategies were included in the recommendations that help address recruitment and retention needs. The Davidson Board of Commissioners voted to approve the recommendations and budget implementation plan. 
Planning Department Work Plan
In order to accomplish the goals of the board of commissioners and their 2018-2019 Strategic Plan, the planning department is focusing on:

  • the tree ordinance to prevent more trees from coming down in Davidson,
  • the prevention of tearing down of homes in our village infill area, and
  • historic preservation. The Davidson Board of Commissioners voted to approve Hanbury Preservation Consulting to work on the local historic district expansion/creation project for the Town of Davidson.

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