Town Manager Jamie Justice

Manager’s Report: November 6, 2018

All supporting documents for the November 6, 2018 board of commissioners’ meetings are available here:

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The Town of Davidson kicked off the What’s Next Davidson process to create a new comprehensive plan. Please watch this video with some helpful information https://vimeo.com/298407404. For more information, and to take our online survey, please visit www.whatsnextdavidson.com. For a hard copy of the survey, please visit town hall.

Plum Creek Park

Mark your calendar for Saturday, November 10 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. to help us celebrate the grand opening of Plum Creek Park, the new park near Bailey Springs located at 18928 Bartlette Creek Drive! TreesDavidson needs volunteers to plant 70 trees that day (sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0A4CA4AE29A64-newpark), and we’ll have activities for families and kids.

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 Col. (Ret.) Dr. Robert Lutz, the Hough High School Wind Ensemble and Junior ROTC, and participation of many community members. 

Conceptual plan

Park at Beaty Street Task Force 
Task Force Officers Denise Beall and Dave Cable provided an update on the work done by the Park at Beaty Street Task Force. As recommended by the task force, we have hired Eagle Engineering to conduct a boundary and topological survey of the Beaty Street property and issued a request for proposals for civil engineering services related to the dam. The scope of work includes a technical, environmental, and financial analysis to determine the costs and benefits of improving versus removing the dam. The task force selected Kimley-Horn for this project. Once we receive their reports, we’ll make a decision on whether or not to retain the pond on this property. 
The task force has focused on public input over the past few months including:
• A public input session on Thursday, September 27 with approximately 70 attendees, 
• A retreat on October 7,
• Several surveys including one related to the corner of Beaty/Main St., and 
• A public input session on November 5 where they shared a conceptual plan and heard from about 60 attendees.
They presented two conceptual plans for the park, none of which include commercial space. One plan shows a building for community uses and the other shows a restroom structure.
The next steps are to finalize the conceptual plan. They will host one last public input session and present their recommendation to the Davidson Board of Commissioners at a future meeting. 

251 South Street
Assistant Town Manager Dawn Blobaum shared the costs to maintain the 251 South Street property from the time of purchase to the end of the 2019 fiscal year ($17,000 for a six-month period). After completion of our due diligence work, we are acquiring the property at 251 South Street in mid-December.  Besides the need for public facilities, there is a myriad of options for use of the site.  
The board of commissioners would like to create a citizen committee to assist with managing the public input process on this project to determine if we will master plan the entire five acres or focus on renovating the school building.

Christmas in Davidson carriage

Christmas in Davidson Street Closure
The Davidson Board of Commissioners requests that the North Carolina Department of Transportation undertake the formal steps necessary to request street closures in order to conduct Christmas in Davidson (O2018-07) and the North Mecklenburg Christmas Parade (O2018-08) in accordance with NCGS § 20-169 (3). Christmas in Davidson is November 29, 30 and December 1 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. and the parade is December 1 at 1:00 p.m. We hope you’ll join us!
Citizen Advisory Boards
We received many applications for advisory board positions – we appreciate our citizens’ interest in serving the town in this way. Members of the nominating committee met on October 15 and made membership recommendations for the 2019 citizen advisory boards.  The Davidson Board of Commissioners will consider approval of the recommendations on Tuesday, November 27. 
Citizen Survey
Communications Director Cristina Shaul gave a presentation on the citizen survey. About every two years, the Town of Davidson participates in the National Citizen Survey (NCS) to capture a data-based picture of our residents’ needs and perspectives. This community survey provides a comprehensive and accurate picture of community quality and resident in hundreds of communities in nearly every U.S. state. We plan to participate in January, 2019. This survey also allows us to ask Davidson-specific custom questions; we need the Davidson Board of Commissioners to weigh in on what questions and answers will help with their decision-making for the future. They will consider approval of custom questions at the December 4 meeting.
2019 Legislative Agenda
The North Carolina General Assembly convenes January 9 for the biennial (long) session.  The Town of Davidson has historically created a state legislative agenda to further the town’s goals and advocate for what’s in the best interest of Davidson. The long session provides for local bills to be introduced with the help of our legislators that could potentially address issues specific to Davidson. As a part of the state legislative agenda, the town also has historically endorsed the North Carolina League of Municipalities (NCLM) municipal advocacy goals that address statewide issues that help all towns in North Carolina. The board of commissioners provided feedback/changes on the draft 2019 legislative agenda.
Proposed 2019 Board Meeting Schedule
In December every year, the board of commissioners is asked to adopt the upcoming calendar year board meeting schedule. Based on the direction from the board, the schedule for 2019 will be drafted and will be on the December 11 meeting agenda to consider approval.

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