Town Manager Jamie Justice

Manager’s Report: July 23, 2019

All supporting documents for the July 23, 2019 board of commissioners meeting are available here:

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Teen Driving Event
The Davidson Police Department and Cornelius Police Department will host a Teen Distracted Driving event this Saturday, July 27 from 12:00- 3:00 p.m. at Ingersoll Rand.
This event is open to teens from Davidson and Cornelius. Please email Officer Kanita Boone at kboone@townofdavidson.org with your name, contact number, neighborhood, and address.

National Night Out 2018

National Night Out 2019

The Davidson Police Department and North Meck CrimeStoppers will host National Night Out on Tuesday, August 6 from 5-7pm at Roosevelt Wilson Park.  The local National Night Out was started in 2006 by the Davidson African-American Coalition.  The vision was for all residents to come together, break bread, and find common ground.  Our community is stronger and better for their efforts 13 years ago.  Join us for food, activities and fun for all ages.  For more information, visit our website at www.townofdavidson.org or contact Detective Vernon Siders at vsiders@townofdavidson.org

Amanda Preston
Amanda Preston, Communications Director

New Communications Director: Amanda Preston
On Monday, July 22, Amanda Preston began her role as Communications Director with the town. Click here to read more about Amanda.   We are excited to welcome her to the Davidson team! 

Two people spoke during the public comment period.

Justin Dionne, Executive Director for the Cain Center for the Arts, provided an update on the plans for the four-county Lake Norman region public arts and community center.  The Cain Center for the Arts will offer performances, education opportunities, gallery, and community spaces.  For more information visit www.cainarts.org

Davidson Planning Ordinance Section 9: Tree Ordinance Text Amendments

In December 2016 the Livability Board suggested revising the standards to institute best practices, make adjustments, and clarify administration procedures. Updating the tree ordinance is listed as a high priority on the planning department work plan and under the town board strategic plan, land use goal.

Since the fall of 2018, staff, Planning Board Ordinance Committee members and Livability Board Members have proposed substantive changes to Section 9: Tree Ordinance. Three people spoke during the public hearing.  The Board of Commissioners will consider approval of the proposed text amendments on August 27.  For additional information, go to http://townofdavidson.org/1044/Map-Text-Amendments

Proposed 2019 G.O. Bonds for Public Facilities
The proposed $14 million G.O. Bond issuance will fund the renovation of the historic 251 South Street building for a new town center and reconfigure the current town hall to better accommodate the needs of the Davidson Police and Fire Departments. Three people spoke during the public hearing.  At the August 13 meeting, the board will consider approval authorizing a bond order and setting a special bond referendum on the November 2019 ballot. For more information about the Public Facilities project, go to http://townofdavidson.org/1081/Public-Facilities

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:  
  • Meeting Minutes from June 6 Quarterly Q&A Session, June 11 work session, and June 25 regular meeting
  • Naming of Beaty Park
  • Budget Amendment 2020-01 for Arts Project Fund
  • Budget Amendment 2020-02 for down payment assistance funding
  • Budget Amendment 2020-03 for FY2020 Affordable Housing Fund
  • Budget Amendment 2020-04 for Fiscal Impact Analysis Update
  • Budget Amendment 2020-06 for Rapid Rectangular Flashing Beacons (RRFBs) Agreement with NCDOT
  • Noise Ordinance Variance - Fall Fling at Davidson College on Saturday, September 28
Davidson Mobility Plan

Items for old business typically have been previously presented and are for discussion and possible action. 

Mobility Plan Update
Senior Planner Travis Johnson presented an update on the Davidson Mobility Plan, a local comprehensive transportation plan that provides a town-wide vision and coordinated recommendations for multi-modal travel and access within and through town. It is a continuation of Davidson’s long history of multi-modal transportation planning that has allowed the town to develop as a place where people can drive, walk, access transit, and bicycle easily and comfortably — and where quality of life is one of the highest in the Charlotte metro area. The board will consider adoption of the Mobility Plan at the August 13 meeting.  To learn more about the Davidson Mobility Plan, visit http://www.davidsonmobilityplan.com/.

Downtown Community Gathering Space Project
Economic Development Manager Kim Fleming reviewed with the board two issues that need to be addressed before moving forward with the Downtown Community Gathering Space Project; design and funding. Based on feedback from the board, staff will continue to research synthetic turf or some other unitary synthetic material such as rubber or foam surface at the tot lot. 

The board of commissioners approved Budget Amendment 2020-05 to carry forward $55,000 of grant funding received in FY2019 for the Downtown Gathering Space and add an additional $275,000 of unassigned fund balance to complete the project and Resolution 2019-32 to preserve the ability reimburse the money from unassigned fund balance with 2017 general obligation bonds.
Water/Sewer Extension Request for Kistler Farm
The developer requests that water and sewer extensions be granted to these parcels for the development of 15 single-family homes. The parcels included are predominately wooded. This request was previously before the board at the May 28, 2019 meeting and the board did not approve the extension and requested additional information from the developer. After further review of the water/sewer policy, the board approved the extension request.

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