Town Manager Jamie Justice

Manager’s Report: May 14, 2019

All supporting documents for the May 14, 2019 board of commissioners meeting are available here:

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Public Facilities Phase I update

On Tuesday, May 7, the Davidson Board of Commissioners called a meeting to discuss Public Facilities Phase I Visioning.  Special Projects Manager Dawn Blobaum, Brent Green and Michael Supino from Creech & Associates, Steven Blashfield from Glave & Holmes Architecture, and Stewart Gray with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission discussed with the board a vision for the building renovation at 251 South Street and Andy Aldrige from Edifice, Inc. discussed with the board a vision for the building renovation at 251 South Street, including options for the auditorium, lobby, and classrooms. The board’s decisions about the “look and feel” of the building will help determine the conceptual design and cost estimate, which will be presented to the board on May 28.

Open Town Hall

Please weigh in on what to name the new Park at Beaty.  Go to www.townofdavidson.org and click on Open Town Hall to select a name or share your suggestions. 

Shakespeare on the Green
Shakespeare on the Green will take place on Thursday, May 16, Friday, May 17 and Saturday, May 18 at 7:00pm with a performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  The performance is free to attend. 

Memorial Day Flags
Community members are invited to assist with placing flags for Memorial Day at the three cemeteries in Davidson.  The group will meet on Sunday, May 19 at 1:30 p.m. at Mimosa Cemetery.

Memorial Day closure
Town of Davidson offices will be closed on Monday, May 27 in observance of Memorial Day. Garbage collection will operate on normal schedule.

Police Week 2019 Proclamation
Police Week 2019 Proclamation 

Police Week 2019
Mayor Knox read a proclamation for National Police Week from May 12-18, 2019 and recognized Chief Dunn and the Davidson Police Department.

Day of Decency
Mayor Knox read a proclamation for Day of Decency on May 14, 2019.

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

Ballard Pre-Development Consultation: Map Amendment
The Ballard family has expressed interest in rezoning their family-owned parcel (PID: 00721103) from Rural Planning Area to Neighborhood Edge Planning Area. The parcel is +/-63.1 acres and located on the north side of June Washam Rd. The applicant received feedback from the board and will need to submit a formal application for consideration. 

Tree Canopy Study Update
Planning Director Jason Burdette, Senior Planner Trey Akers and Planning Board Ordinance Committee Member Dave Cable provided an update on the town’s tree canopy study from a recent Geographical Information Systems (GIS) analysis. This information will assist with text amendment changes to Section 9 of the Davidson Planning Ordinance, Tree Preservation.

FY2020 Proposed Budget

Proposed FY 2018-2019 Budget

Finance Director Pieter Swart and I presented the proposed budget for FY2019-2020.

We encourage all members of the community to review the documents on our website at http://townofdavidson.org/1155/Fiscal-Year-2019-20-Budget and weigh-in via email at budget@townofdavidson.org or on our Open Town Hall portal at www.townofdavidson.org/OpenTownHall.

The total proposed general fund budget is $12.67 million.  A public hearing is scheduled for the board of commissioners’ regular meeting on May 28, 2019 at 6:00 p.m., and the board of commissioners will consider approval of the budget ordinance on June 11.

Bradford Playground Partnership and Grant Match
Parks and Recreation Director Kathryn Spatz and a representative from the Bradford Homeowners Association (HOA) provided an update on plans for the playground structure in the Bradford community, at the corner of Robert Walker Drive and Davidson-Concord Road.  The town and the neighborhood have been in discussions about partnering to create a public park facility at that location.  In mid-April the town was awarded a grant of $65,000 from Playcore/Landscape Structures if the town and HOA contributes a match. The HOA has committed to contribute $15,000 immediately, with $5,000 each for the next two (2) years.

Recently, the town received an $80,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for the recreation amenities at Roosevelt Wilson Park (RWP).  The board approved for $50,000 of the $80,000 in fund balance previously allocated for RWP to be appropriated for the match for the Bradford playground to continue the goal of improving recreation and park amenities throughout our community.

Resolution 2019-20 Opposing House Bill 645/Senate Bill 534
Mayor Knox read Resolution 2019-20 in opposition of House Bill 645/Senate Bill 534 an act to revise the outdoor advertising laws.  The act would allow billboards to be placed within municipalities where current zoning would not allow them.  Town of Davidson Planning Ordinance 11.7.1.D prohibits billboards in the Town of Davidson.  The board unanimously approved the resolution and it was sent to Senator Marcus and Representative Clark.   

NC Highway 73 and Davidson-Concord Road intersection improvements
Public Works Director Doug Wright and I discussed with the board the need for extending the right turn lane from Davidson-Concord Road onto Highway 73.  This road improvement project has been identified as a priority by the board.  Town staff has been in discussion with NCDOT regarding an improvement to the turn lane in advance of the larger NC Highway 73 widening project that would address the intersection.  The board approved appropriating up to $50,000 to begin the design process for the project.   

Grey Road sidewalk, curb and gutter project
Public Works Director Doug Wright provided an update on the sidewalk, curb and gutter project along Grey Road within the town limits.  In order to move forward on the project, the town would need to accept from NCDOT the ownership and maintenance of the .4 miles of Grey Road that is within our jurisdiction.  The board approved moving forward with this request to NCDOT and a resolution will be considered for approval at the May 28 meeting.   
Jetton Street sidewalk grant
The town was recently notified that grant funding from the Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization (CRTPO) is now potentially available for the sidewalk project along Jetton Street between Potts Street and Davidson Gateway Drive.  The grant would be an 80% grant with a 20% local match by the town.  The board authorized staff to inform CRTPO that we would be willing to move forward with this project if grant funds are available.  

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