Manager’s Report
September 8, 2015

All supporting documents for the September 8 board of commissioners’ meetings are available here: http://davidson.novusagenda.com/agendapublic/

If you are interested in watching a video of the meeting, please view it here: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/davidson-town-board-meetings. We are now live streaming our board meetings and work sessions, and encourage you to tune in to this link on meeting days, if you are unable to attend in person. After each meeting, a video is saved to this link, so you can watch when convenient to keep abreast of projects and issues.

Audio of the pre-meeting is available on our website: www.townofdavidson.org/audio.

A summary of the September 8 pre-meeting:

Public Works and Project Director Doug Wright discussed sidewalk projects for FY 2016. We have $150,000 in the budget for sidewalk creation/repair.
The mayor and commissioners chose Armour Street (from Dimetrics Lane to Lake Davidson Park on the side opposite Community School of Davidson), Spring Street (from South Street to Walnut Street), Mock Circle, and Appolinaire Road for new sidewalk projects. 

Planning Director Jason Burdette led a discussion/debrief on the planning process for the Narrow Passage development.

Downtown Study Area

Economic Development Manager Kim Fleming discussed the catalyst project and asked the mayor and commissioners for appropriate next steps on how to proceed with this project. We have been working with the UNC School of Government’s Development Finance Initiative for over a year to study how to meet our needs for an improved Farmers Market venue and more office, residential, retail, and parking space in the downtown area. They are studying the use of our 3.5 acres of land where town hall is currently located. We plan to host meetings in mid-October to continue to educate our citizens about this potential project and seek feedback. We will have architectural renderings of how the area could be re-developed at the public meetings and will announce the dates and times as soon as they are solidified. More information is available here: www.townofdavidson.org/catalyst.

Jeff Almond
Jeff Almond

A summary of the September 8 board meeting:

I recognized Former Fire Chief Jeff Almond for his 34 years of service as a firefighter and former fire chief to the Town of Davidson. He retired this summer, and we thank him for his dedication to our town.

Mayor John Woods read a proclamation in support of Be The Match and their events on September 26 and encouraged citizens to join their bone marrow registry. 

Mayor John Woods recognized September 17-23 as Constitution Week in celebration of the 228th anniversary of its drafting.

Kathryn Spatz, Davidson Parks and Recreation Director, led a discussion on Armin’s Catering and events at Beaver Dam.  The contract is up for renewal.

Police Chief Jeanne Miller discussed President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, specifically policy and oversight. As a CALEA (Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies) accredited agency, our police department is already practicing many recommendations the report outlines. We will continue to strive to serve our citizens following best practices.

The board of commissioners approved all items on the consent agenda, including previous board meeting minutes, the Mecklenburg County Hazard Mitigation Plan, and a budget ordinance amendment.

The mayor and board of commissioners had a discussion with planning board members to ensure open lines of communication and to define their roles. Going forward, as developments requiring conditional rezoning arise, the planning board will have a joint work session with the mayor and board of commissioners to discuss. We will work to improve the communications process between the two boards.

Other items:

Potts/Sloan/Beaty street connection

We are waiting for the Federal Highway Administration to approve a reclassification of the corridor. The reclassification will allow the NCDOT to spend the bonus allocation funds on the project. That approval is expected in October. After that approval, NCDOT will contract with a private engineer to manage the project. The town will have tomake decisions about routing and design. 

Rural Area Plan

The planning department, along with members of the planning board that represent the extra-territorial jurisdiction, are reviewing proposals from planning firms to conduct a rural area plan. We will seek input from citizens on the rural planning area before the holidays and will announce public information sessions.


The outside audit of the town financials for the fiscal year which ended June 30, 2015 started September 14. The report will be completed and sent to the Local Government Commission for review by October 30.  The audit will be presented to the town board following that review.

Fire Service    

We continue to negotiate with Odell Fire Department to provide joint service from their Shiloh Road station to the areas in town not serviceable from the downtown station. A temporary station on town-owned property on Davidson-Concord Road is also being studied. 

We are also continuing our analysis of how to provide sleeping quarters in the current fire station for fire fighters on the night shift.

Staffing Analysis

Susan Manning, a Davidson resident and retired Human Resources professional, is conducting a staffing analysis to determine whether or not town staff is the right size and people are in the right place to be most efficient. 


MI Connection staff is working very hard to provide faster internet speeds before December and whole house DVR early in 2016. The business continues to grow customers.

Downtown parking

The town is excited to be working with Davidson Presbyterian Church, Tom Clark, and the Davidson Village Inn on parking lot leases to make more spaces available to the public. We are grateful to all parties for their efforts to improve parking in downtown. 


Nominations for the Jack Burney Award are now being accepted until September 30. Applications are available at the front desk and online at www.townofdavidson.org/burneynomination.

Our next meeting is Tuesday, September 22. We will not have a pre-meeting that day. The board work session will be at 6:00 p.m. 

Note from your elected officials and town staff:
Special Concert to Honor Town Manager Leamon Brice:
October 4 on the Town Green

Come join us on Sunday, October 4 for a special concert on the green to honor Town Manager Leamon Brice as he approaches his retirement. Leamon is a big classic rock fan, so please join us to hear The Fretnecks from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. 

In addition to the concert, we will present Leamon with a memory box filled with items from citizens to thank him for over 25 years of service to our town. If you are interested in contributing an item (letter, email, photo, etc.) for the memory box, please provide it to us at town hall or via email at cshaul@townofdavidson.org by Friday, October 2.

“All citizens are encouraged to attend this send-off event to say farewell to Leamon, thank him for his impressive and effective service to Davidson, and wish him well,” said Mayor John Woods.

The Fretnecks is a Charlotte-based classic rock band, paying tribute to the biggest classic rock bands of the 70s and 80s, including the iconic sounds of Creedence Clearwater Revival, John Fogerty, The Eagles, Tom Petty, ZZ Top, and others.   

Please pack a picnic or purchase your food at one of our many local dining establishments, and join us on the green for a fun celebration in honor of Leamon.

For more information, please contact Economic Development Manager Kim Fleming at kfleming@townofdavison.org or 704-940-9622.

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