Town Manager Jamie Justice

Manager’s Report: January 8, 2019

All supporting documents for the January 8, 2019 board of commissioners meeting are available here:

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Civics 101
We still have space in our Civics 101 class, so if you are interested in learning about Davidson’s town government, we highly recommend that you register. All of the information is available on our website at www.townofdavidson.org/Civics101. We hope you’ll join us!
Exit 30
In case you are wondering about the timeline for completion of the Exit 30 interchange, the latest information from I-77 Mobility Partners/Sugar Creek Construction/NCDOT is that it will be finalized in April, weather-depending. Once complete, we’ll have two pedestrian, two bicycle, and two vehicular lanes, which should be a big improvement for traffic flow and accessibility.
Mayes Hall
The developer for the proposed Mayes Hall project will have a second public input session on Wednesday, January 16 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the town hall board room. The developer will make formal presentations at 5:15 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. There will be an open house format to ask questions of the developer after both presentations.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration
Please join us on Monday, January 21 from 9:00-10:30 a.m. for a breakfast at 251 South Street in the former IB School building to honor the memory of Martin Luther King, Jr. The theme will be "What are you doing for others?" from an MLK quote, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'what are you doing for others?'"
Citizen Survey
A total of 1,600 randomly selected, geographically diverse Davidson residents will receive the Citizen Survey during the week of January 14. An initial postcard was mailed January 7 alerting the resident to expect a survey packet in the mail. Only the residents randomly selected are able to participate. We encourage those selected to complete the survey by the middle of February. Results will be used to help guide decision-making for the town. We typically have very high response rates, so we are hopeful that survey recipients will participate.

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Comprehensive Plan
All members of the Davidson community are invited to the “Conversation on What’s Next” workshop to kick off phase 2 of our comprehensive plan process. It is Thursday, January 17 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Lilly Family Gallery in the Chambers Building at Davidson College. We’ll have interactive exercises, live polling, group discussion and some fun prizes to thank you for giving your input. We hope to see you there!
Highway 73
NCDOT is hosting a public meeting on the NC Highway 73 widening project on January 28 at Lake Norman Church of Christ, 17634 Caldwell Station Road in Huntersville from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Park at Beaty

Park at Beaty Street
The Park at Beaty Task Force public input session is February 19 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at town hall (not January 14 as previously scheduled).
Mayor Rusty Knox read a proclamation in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day to be celebrated in Davidson on January 21. We hope you’ll join us at 251 South Street for the breakfast in his memory that morning from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.

Mayor Rusty Knox read a resolution requesting the naming of the Exit 30 bridge for fallen-in-the-line-of-duty Davidson Police Officer Mark A. Swaney. This enables the Town of Davidson to petition the North Carolina Department of Transportation to allow a local municipality to honor a slain officer in this way, and the board of commissioners voted to show their support.

Ada Jenkins Center teaching house partnership
Janice Hinton, Director of Workforce Development and Housing for the Ada Jenkins Center (AJC), discussed a new AJC program which helps a family transition from being homeless or rent-burdened to living in a safe, good, and affordable home. The board of commissioners received more information on the pilot program and there will be a one-year lease.
Davidson Bay Phase 2 Master Plan Amendment Discussion

Planning Director Jason Burdette and Economic Development Manager Kim Fleming discussed the Davidson Bay phase 2 master plan amendment. Davidson Bay phases 1 and 2 were approved in 2000 and 2007, respectively. Hopper Communities proposes a master plan amendment to reduce the residential unit count in Building Envelope B and C, and reduce the commercial density in Building Envelope A. The reduction exceeds thresholds that can be approved administratively. Approval or denial lies with the Davidson Board of Commissioners. Staff will work with the developer to determine a commercial/residential recommendation for a future meeting.
251 South Street Steering Committee

In December, the town closed on the property at 251 South Street, the site of the former Davidson IB School and gymnasium.  A citizen-led committee will gather public input, plan the community uses in the school building, and develop a master plan for the entire site. 
The members of the South Street Steering Committee were approved by the Davidson Board of Commissioners at their meeting on January 8.  The members are:

  • Commissioners Jane Campbell and Autumn Michael,
  • Co-chairs Matt Churchill and Elizabeth Martin, and
  • John Burgess, Lorraine Degree, Shana Erber, Monica Galloway, John Griffith, David Holthouser, Deborah Keenan, Lisa Koenig, Wynn Mabry, Susan Manning, Shelley Rigger, Marion Sekerak, and Al Sudduth.  Stewart Gray will be an ex-officio member, representing the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission.

Applicants not selected will be eligible to join sub-committees of the steering committee. The charge for the first phase of the committee’s work, beginning in January, is to explore options and gather public input on the potential community uses inside the former IB School building. The committee will present their recommendations to the board of commissioners in March.  During April/May the architect and construction manager will complete conceptual design drawings and develop a pricing package for the building which will be presented to the board of commissioners in May.  In early summer, the committee will begin work on the second phase - to develop a master plan for the entire South Street site.
Independent of the task force, the planning work for the renovation of the existing town hall for the police and fire departments will continue.  The pricing of the renovation also will be presented to the board of commissioners in May to meet the deadline for a November GO Bond referendum.
The board of commissioners approved $10,000 in funding for the first phase of steering committee work.
Pumper Truck Financing Contract
Finance Director Piet Swart shared financing information on the pumper truck for the Davidson Fire Department. In September 2017, the Davidson Board of Commissioners approved the purchase of a custom pumper apparatus for the fire department. Staff issued a request for proposals to solicit bids to finance the pumper and related equipment for a maximum of $625,000 with an 8-year maturity at an interest rate of 2.86%. The board of commissioners will vote on the financing agreement at the January 22 meeting.
Miscellaneous/Open Discussion
This is an opportunity for commissioners to present or discuss any topics not previously listed on the agenda:
River Run Phase 6
The developer has requested a conditional re-zoning and will need to host a pre-conditional meeting with the board of commissioners. One of their parcels is zoned “neighborhood edge,” while the other two are zoned “conditional.” They will need to provide the planning department with the details on what conditions they will request for the board of commissioners to consider at a future date. The proposed number of units is 132 to build an active adult community.
Davidson Mobility Plan Update
We’ll provide a draft to the board of commissioners at a future meeting. More information is available here.
Historic Preservation
Historic Preservation Consultant Mary Ruffin Hanbury is working to provide a recommendation on expanding our local historic district at a future meeting.
Tree Ordinance
At a future meeting, the planning department will present information to the board of commissioners on the latest recommendation to modify the tree ordinance to further protect and preserve our tree canopy.
Davidson Learns
The Davidson Department of Parks and Recreation handles registration for Davidson Learns programs. There was a discussion on the current arrangement; staff will discuss further to develop a plan.
Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce events
For a listing of all upcoming events, please visit: https://www.lakenormanchamber.org/

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