Town Manager Jamie Justice

Manager’s Report: December 11, 2018

All supporting documents for the December 11, 2018 board of commissioners meeting are available here:

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At 5:00 p.m., the Davidson Board of Commissioners entered into a closed session to consult with the town attorney on the lawsuit entitled Davidson Acquisition Company, et. al. v. Town of Davidson, et. al.

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The developer for the Mayes Hall project is hosting a public input session on Thursday, December 13, 2018, 5:00-7:00 p.m. in the Davidson Town Hall board room. All are invited to attend to learn more.

Public Facilities
Community members are invited to learn about and provide input on our current public facilities proposal to master plan the property at 251 South Street for public facilities and other uses, and renovate our existing town hall for the police and fire departments, on the following date:
•           Monday, December 17 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at two locations:
o                      Davidson Town Hall board room
o                      Hopewell Baptist Church fellowship hall (18841 Davidson-Concord Road)
This session will be an open house drop-in format where we’ll share:
•           Renovation plans for the school building at 251 South Street,
•           Previous plans to construct a new town hall in front of the existing town hall, and
•           Renovation plans for our existing town hall to house our police and fire departments.
Attendees will have the opportunity to speak with town staff to share feedback or fill out a comment card. Please join us; we want to hear from you. If you are unable to attend the public input session on this date, please review details at www.townofdavidson.org/PublicFacilities and email your thoughts on the plans to renovate the former IB school for public facilities and other uses vs. building a new town hall in front of the existing town hall to PublicFacilities@townofdavidson.org.
If you are interested in applying for the South Street Task Force, information will be sent out on Friday, December 14 with all of the details via eCrier and will be posted at www.townofdavidson.org/PublicFacilities.

News Flash from North Pole

News Flash from the North Pole: Santa contacted the Davidson Fire Department to help him scope out his delivery route for Christmas Eve. They will take him all around town on two nights – Tuesday, December 18 from about 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. (for Town of Davidson locations EAST of the East Rocky River roundabout) and Wednesday, December 19 from about 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. (for Town of Davidson locations WEST of the East Rocky River roundabout).

What's Next logo

Have you completed our What’s Next survey to help guide the comprehensive plan? We’re so pleased with the number of participants to date – thank you! The survey deadline is December 14, and it only takes about 5-10 minutes to complete at www.WhatsNextDavidson.com. Please join us for the community-wide kick-off workshop entitled “Conversation on What’s Next” on January 17 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Lilly Family Gallery on Davidson College’s campus. Please visit www.WhatsNextDavidson.com for more information.

Park at Beaty

The Park at Beaty Street Task Force has rescheduled its next public input meeting to allow for the plan to include crucial hydrology information. Instead of seeking feedback on January 14, the task force now will be seeking final public input on Tuesday, February 19, 2019, in the Davidson Town Hall board room, from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

On Christmas Day at 5:45 p.m., officers from the Davidson Police Department will gather for a moment of silence at the Davidson Town Hall flag pole and memorial to remember Officer Mark Swaney.  Anyone is welcome to join the officers in honoring Officer Swaney on the anniversary of his death in the line of duty occurring on December 25, 1997.

Group Shot of grant recipients

Davidson Main Street Business Grant
The Davidson Board of Commissioners allocated $15,000 in this year’s budget to fund the Davidson Main Street Business Grant to further their strategic goal of historic preservation. The goals of the program are to provide direct financial benefit to small businesses; retain and create jobs in association with small businesses; and spur private investment in association with small businesses located in our local historic district. Economic Development Manager Kim Fleming presented awards to Moxie Mercantile (202 South Main Street), Davidson Wine Shop (121 Depot Street), and Summit Coffee (128 S. Main Street). We are so pleased to be able to support these small businesses in this way.

Lead Auditor Ann Craven

FY2018 Audited Financial Statements
Finance Director Pieter Swart and Lead Auditor Ann Craven presented the FY2018 Audited Financial Statements for the Town of Davidson. We have received a clean audit. The Local Government Commission has approved the financial statements. The auditor shared her opinion that the Town of Davidson finances are stable, monitored closely, and well-run, and operations are compliant with policies and statutes.
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 November 6, 13, and 27
  • 2019 Meeting Schedule
  • Budget Amendment 2019-16 Affordable Housing Contribution to 335 Sloan Street and Budget Amendment 2019-17 Purchase of 335 Sloan Street
  • NC Grant Requests for Police & Fire Departments for $100,000 each
Affordable Housing Action Plan Items
The Davidson Board of Commissioners approved several affordable housing steering committee recommendations: 
  • $60,000 to continue the down payment assistance program to help those earning 80-120% of the area median income
  • $200,000 for proposed repairs and renovations to four identified homes owned and occupied by lower income households, and
  • a partnership with the Ada Jenkins Center (as proposed by the AJC) to lease the town-owned home on Shearer St. as a teaching house for their clients.
What's Next

What's Next Davidson? Comprehensive Plan Update
A comprehensive plan is the leading policy document and tool to help communities create a vision and guiding principles for decision-making for their town. The comprehensive plan’s purpose is to directly inform decisions we make as a community.
We have established two key groups to help with the What’s Next? process:

  • The Plan Advisory Group (a sounding board to guide the development of the plan); and
  • The Publicity & Outreach Committee (a group to help encourage participation in the process).

They have been very effective in developing the questions that need to be answered by the community at the “Conversation on What’s Next” community-wide workshop on January 17, and in conducting outreach to encourage people to take the exploration survey and attend the workshop.
We have received over 480 survey responses to date and encourage community members to complete it at www.WhatsNextDavidson.com by the December 14 deadline. Hard copies are available at Davidson Town hall.

We encourage all community members to attend the community-wide kick-off workshop entitled “Conversation on What’s Next” on Thursday, January 17 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Lilly Family Gallery on Davidson College’s campus

Small Cell Wireless Facilities Ordinance
The General Assembly passed House Bill 310, “An Act to Reform Collocation of Small Wireless Communications Infrastructure to Aid Deployment of New Technologies” in June 2017, and it became effective in July 2017. The legislation significantly limits municipal authority regarding the siting of small cell installations and opens up the public right of way (ROW) for installation of these facilities.
Town Attorney Cindy Reid presented an overview of both the federal and state legislation as well as a general description of how the town may regulate small cell wireless use of town ROW. The Davidson Board of Commissioners will be asked to approve municipal code amendments at a future meeting, likely in February or March. The deadline to adopt aesthetic guidelines is April 15. Neither a planning board recommendation or public hearing is required for amendments to the municipal code.
2018 Strategic Plan Accomplishments
I provided a report on the 2018 progress made toward accomplishing the items in the Davidson Board of Commissioners’ 2018-2019 strategic plan focus areas. The 2018-2019 strategic plan adopted in March 2018 focuses on:

  • land use,
  • community engagement,
  • affordable housing,
  • economic development (including using it as a historic preservation tool),
  • historic preservation,
  • greenways, open space and parks,
  • mobility/transportation,
  • operations, and
  • partnerships.

We appreciate the leadership and policy direction of the board of commissioners, and appreciate the work of the town staff to make these accomplishments. We look forward to more progress as a team in the coming year.
In case you missed it, I released a video update this week on a few key items of town business. Please watch it here: http://www.vimeo.com/305558929

Happy Holidays!

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