Planning Director Jason Burdette, Senior Planner Trey Akers, and Communications Director Cristina Shaul gave an update on the comprehensive plan and kicked off the “What’s Next?” process to gather public input for a vision for Davidson. A comprehensive plan is the leading policy document and tool to help a community create a vision and guiding principles for decision-making for their town. The comprehensive plan’s purpose is to directly inform decisions that we make as a community.
The “What’s Next?” process will gather input from all our community members at events around town, special workshops scheduled for January 17 and March (dates TBD), via surveys, and more. This will be a multi-phased approach to gather public input over the next 12 months. Please visit www.WhatsNextDavidson.com to learn more and complete the online survey. All community members are invited to the kick-off meeting on January 17, 2019 from 6:30 to 8:30 in the Lilly Gallery in the Chambers building on Davidson College’s campus. Please mark your calendar.
I-77 Express Project Update
Warren Cooksey, Director of Outreach and Community Affairs for the Turnpike Authority (NC Dept. of Transportation) gave a presentation on the NC Quick Pass transponder system, and Jean Leier, Director of Corporate Affairs for I-77 Mobility Partners gave an update on the I-77 Express project.
The Davidson Board of Commissioners held a public hearing on the proposed financing for 251 South Street, as required in NCGS § 160A-20 regarding the proposed financing of the purchase of 251 South Street for $2.55 million.
Consent items are non-controversial and routine items. Prior to the board's adoption of the meeting agenda, the request of any member to have an item moved from the consent agenda to old business must be honored by the board. All items on the consent agenda must be voted on and adopted by a single motion. All items were approved including:
Amending Rules of Procedure for Remote Participation
This item was pulled off of the consent agenda for a discussion. At the September 11 meeting, the Davidson Board of Commissioners requested a brief analysis of whether to allow commissioners to vote via phone if they are not able to be present in person at a meeting. Currently, members are allowed to participate in board meetings by phoning in, but are not permitted to vote. The board of commissioners voted to amend the rules of procedure to allow voting by remote participation if there is a physical quorum present at the meeting, and to have the vote count. Any board member may only use this remote voting privilege once in a six-month period.