Town Manager Jamie Justice

Manager’s Report: October 23, 2018

All supporting documents for the October 23, 2018 board of commissioners’ meetings are available here:

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Halloween March

Our Halloween March along Main Street will be Tuesday, October 30. It starts at 5:00 p.m., and families and kids can line up in front of town hall at 4:45. Please join us!

Please weigh in on the North-South Parkway Study at the forum scheduled for Tuesday, October 30 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Hopewell Baptist Church located at 18841 Davidson-Concord Road. More details can be found at www.Northsouthparkway.org.

Cookie Crumb Trail

$20 tickets are now on sale for our Davidson Cookie Crumb Trail event scheduled for November 3rd 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.

beaty task force

The Park at Beaty Street Conceptual Plan Task Force invites all citizens to an upcoming public input session on Monday, November 5, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.at the Gethsemane Baptist Church, 565 Jetton Street, in Davidson. The session will be a drop-in format to review conceptual designs with estimated time of 20 minutes needed to provide input and talk with Task Force members.

The November 6 board of commissioners meeting will be held at the Hurt Hub at 210 Delburg Street at 6:00 p.m., since Davidson Town Hall is a polling location. We encourage all registered voters to vote.

Mark your calendar for November 10 to help us celebrate the grand opening of the new park near Bailey Springs (named “Plum Creek Park” on October 23) from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. TreesDavidson needs volunteers to plant 70 trees that day, sp please sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0A4CA4AE29A64-newpark We’ll have activities for families and kids, and food for attendees and volunteers.

The Town of Davidson invites all citizens to the Davidson Town Hall steps on Monday, November 12 at 11:00 a.m. to commemorate Veterans Day. The program will feature keynote speaker Robert Lutz, the Hough High School Wind Ensemble and Junior ROTC, and the participation of many community members. 

Mayor Knox and Finance Director Piet Swart

The Town of Davidson has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association. This is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management. We are really proud of Finance Director Piet Swart, Accountant Mary Jo Gardner, Accounting Technician Katherine Faust and our whole team -- thanks for your efforts!

As is customary at the fourth meeting of the month, the Davidson Board of Commissioners held a period for public comment. Several community members spoke.
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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:

  • Draft Meeting Minutes from September 4, September 11, and September 25
  • An updated floodplain ordinance and consistency statement

  • Tax Levy Adjustments to be issued from the Solid Waste Fund totaling $3,895.98

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.

Nonprofit Grant Funding 
The Board of Commissioners voted to allocated $55,500 in funds to nonprofits, including $10,000 to the Davidson Village Network.

Financing of 251 South Street
The Davidson Board of Commissioners voted to direct staff to apply to the Local Government Commission for approval to finance the purchase of 251 South Street and make certain findings of fact. At a future meeting (scheduled for November 27) the board of commissioners will consider moving forward with finalizing a contract for financing. The Local Government Commission will vote in December to approve the town’s financing of this project. We hope to close on the property in late December.
Plum Creek Park

Naming of New Park
“Plum Creek Park” is the name the Davidson Board of Commissioners selected for the new park located at 18928 Bartlette Creek Drive near the Bailey Springs neighborhood. Please come to the grand opening ceremony on Saturday, November 10 from 11:0 0 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
The Davidson Board of Commissioners adjourned the public portion of the meeting and moved into a closed session to discuss real estate and personnel matters.

Starting in January, Assistant Town Manager Dawn Blobaum will transition to a part-time special projects manager role, focusing on public facilities and historic preservation. Internally, I am looking at this as an opportunity to realign our organizational structure to tackle the goals of the 2019-2019 Strategic Plan. We thank Dawn for her years of service as Assistant Town Manager and are pleased that she will continue to help us accomplish the goals of the 2018-2019 Strategic Plan in this new role. We will begin a search for a new Assistant Town Manager in the coming months.

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