Town Manager Jamie Justice

Manager’s Report: April 9, 2019

All supporting documents for the April 9, 2019 board of commissioners meeting are available here:

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What's Next Davidson


What's Next Comprehensive Plan

Thank you to everyone who attended our Shaping What’s Next workshop from April 1-3. We had a great turn-out and really appreciated everyone’s participation. All of the boards presented at the workshop are available online at WhatsNextDavidson.com. If you were unable to attend the multi-day workshop, please visit the project website to review the information presented and provide feedback through April 12. After this week, the What’s Next project consultants will begin to work on drafting the plan. During the fall of 2019, we will host a draft plan presentation meeting. The draft will also be posted to whatsnextdavidson.com. 

North South Connector Community Engagement
The Public is invited to attend the North South Connector Community Engagement Session on Thursday, April 11 from 6-8pm at River Run Country Club to learn more about the study and talk with staff.  There will not be a formal presentation during the drop-in event.  If you are unable to attend, click here to watch a video about the project and click here to provide your input by Friday, April 26.  Additional information is available online at northsouthparkway.org including the video and survey.  
Town Hall Closed on Friday, April 19
Please note that Davidson Town Hall will be closed on Friday, April 19 for the Good Friday holiday.  
Get W.O.K.E
On Monday, April 22 at 6:00pm the Davidson Police Department will host Get W.O.K.E. - An Initiative Helping to Build Relations Between Davidson’s Youth and Police.  Woke stands for (W)orking (O)n (K)nowledge and (E)mpowerment. The Get W.O.K.E program is directed towards the 14 to 24 age population, but anyone may attend. 

The event will be held in the Town Hall Board Room and consists of a panel discussion, Q & A session, and live demonstrations.  The initiative is the brainchild of Carson Pauling, founder of Get W.O.K.E, a junior at Davidson Day School and an active member of the community.

April is for Arts

April is for Arts
The weekend of April 26-28 will be action packed in the Town of Davidson.  We will kick off April is for Arts on Friday night with the Gallery Crawl from 6 – 9 pm.  The Art on the Green Festival will take place Saturday from 10am-5pm and Sunday from Noon to 4pm. This juried art show spotlights over 50 artists from the Lake Norman region, North Carolina, Virginia, Massachusetts, and Maine to showcase and sell their creations.  More information at https://www.ci.davidson.nc.us/611/April-is-for-Arts.
On Saturday, April 27, the Mayor and Board will host a Community Dinner at Roosevelt Wilson Park.  The picnic event begins at 6pm and the Town will provide the main dish, paper products, water and tea.  If you plan to attend, please bring a side dish or dessert to share.
The April is for Arts Weekend concludes with the kickoff of the 2019 Concert on Green series featuring the Davidson College Jazz Ensemble! The 2019 schedule is available at concertsonthegreen.com.

Additional details on all the weekend activities can be found on the town’s website.

Quarterly Q&A Session
The Mayor and Board of Commissioners will host a Quarterly Q&A Session on Monday, April 29th at 9:00 am in the Board Room of Town Hall.

Christmas in Davidson receives Best Brochure for Small Event Award
Congratulations to Economic Development Manager Kim Fleming! The North Carolina Association of Festivals and Events selected Christmas in Davidson for Best Brochure for a Small Event.

QUARTERLY COMMISSIONER REPORTS - Each board member provided an update on the outside board to which they have been appointed:    

Commissioner Autumn Rierson Michael gave an update on the Centralina Council of Governments (CCOG): The CCOG hosted a regional conference in March at UNC-Charlotte. For more information, please visit: http://www.centralina.org.

Commissioner Matthew Fort gave an update on the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce: For a listing of all upcoming events, please visit: https://www.lakenormanchamber.org/.

Commissioner Jim Fuller gave an update on Visit Lake Norman: They are an award-winning travel and tourism organization. Information on upcoming events is on their website at https://www.visitlakenorman.org/.

Commissioner Jane Campbell gave an update on the Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization:  They received presentations on the draft 202-2029 State Transportation Improvement Plan, the draft discretionary policy, the draft 2020 unified planning work program, and the CATS Rapid Transit System Updates.  The March meeting included a presentation on the state of aviation in North Carolina. Additional information in on their website at https://www.crtpo.org/.

She also gave an update on the Lake Norman Transportation Commission: They reviewed the Lynx system update, reviewed with 2020 Draft State Transportation Improvement Plan, an update on NCDOT Division 12, reviewed the North-South Parkway draft conclusions, Spring shortfall call for discretionary projects, and reviewed the Lake Norman Transportation Commission memo of understanding and budget.  Visit their website at http://www.lkntransportation.org/.

Commissioner Campbell is representing the town for Meck Counts 2020, Mecklenburg County's outreach effort for next year's U.S. Census. Monday, April 1 was a kickoff announcement and the Complete Count Committee will have their first meeting on April 25. Click here for more information about Meck Counts 2020.

Mayor Rusty Knox gave an update on the Metropolitan Transit Commission: They discussed the proposed 2020 budget.  For more information visit

DISCUSSION (Items for discussion are typically when the board will engage on a topic and no vote is planned.)

Citizen Survey 2019 Results
Economic Development Manager Kim Fleming presented an overview of the results from the 2019 Citizen Survey.  The town contracted with the National Research Center to administer the 2019 National Citizen Survey to 1,600 residents. Davidson has been surveying residents in this manner since 2007. All of the supporting reports and documentation can be found on the town’s website at http://www.ci.davidson.nc.us/1114/Citizen-Survey

Options for Public Facilities Phase II for Police & Fire (existing town hall)
Special Projects Manager Dawn Blobaum, Police Chief Penny Dunn, and Fire Chief Bo Fitzgerald discussed with the board the options to consider for Public Facilities Phase II for the police and fire departments in the existing town hall.   The board directed staff to pursue option 2 for the fire department which includes renovating the dayroom/kitchen and restrooms, creating one additional bunk room, and chief and deputy offices off-site.  The board also recommended looking at off-site options for a future Station 1.  For additional information on the public facilities projects, visit http://www.ci.davidson.nc.us/1081/Public-Facilities or email questions/comments to publicfacilities@townofdavidson.org.
Non-Profit Grant Allocations Process Discussion
Town Manager Jamie Justice and Parks and Recreation Director Kathryn Spatz discussed options for the 2019 non-profit grant allocation process.  Historically, the board of commissioners has appropriated $50,000 to be distributed among qualified, registered, town-based non-profits that apply for funding for activities the town does not provide and that serve town residents.  Staff recommends selecting specific non-profits to support financially from the general fund due to specific services they provide that the town can not for residents and removing them from this annual grant process.  Members of the Livability Board will review the applications and make recommendations to the board for approval. 

Critical Home Repairs and Preservation of Naturally Affordable Housing
In December of 2018, the board of commissioners approved the use of payment in lieu funds for repairs and rehabilitation to homes owned and occupied by lower income households.  Affordable Housing Manager and Town Attorney Cindy Reid presented a contract to the board between the Town of Davidson and Our Towns Habitat for Humanity through it’s Critical Repair Program.  The board unanimously approved the contract. To learn more about the Critical Repair Program visit https://www.ourtownshabitat.org/housing-programs/critical-home-repair/.

Resolution 2019-16 Requesting North Carolina Legislation to support Senate Bill 297
Mayor Knox read Resolution 2019-16 in support for Senate Bill 297 for a Cancer Research Advisory Panel.  Senate Bill 297 is an act to direct the North Carolina Policy Collaboratory at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to assemble a research advisory panel to study and develop recommendations on strategies for implementation of a research program to determine whether any clusters of cancer incidents that exist within the state. Senate Bill 297 could provide an opportunity for further study of the multiple cases of Ocular Melanoma and thyroid cancer in the Lake Norman area, as well as any other potential cancer clusters throughout the state.  

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