Town Manager Jamie Justice

Manager’s Report: August 27, 2019

All supporting documents for the August 27, 2019 board of commissioners meeting are available here:

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Concerts on the Green

The next Concerst on Green will be held this Sunday, September 1 at 6:00 p.m. featuring Chicago Rewired. More info at www.concertsonthegreen.com

Labor Day Holiday
The Town of Davidson offices will close in observance of the Labor Day holiday. We will re-open Tuesday, September 3. Garbage and recycling collection will be on a regular pick-up schedule.

Quarterly Q&A Session
The next Quarterly Q&A Session with the Davidson Mayor and Board of Commissioners will be on Tuesday, September 3 at 6:30 p.m. at the clubhouse in Summers Walk, 17240 Summers Walk Blvd.  Everyone is invited to attend!

Beaty Park Conservation Easement Resolution
Beaty Park Conservation Easement Resolution

Mayor Knox signed the Beaty Park Conservation Easement Resolution and
read a 
Proclamation in Recognition of
Hoke Lumber.

Hoke Lumber Recognition
Hoke Lumber Recognition

Five people spoke during the public comment period.

Fiscal Impact Analysis
In 2014, the Town of Davidson contracted with TischlerBise to develop the town’s Cost of Land Use Fiscal Impact Analysis. It is best practice to update this type of study every 5 years and/or when there is a significant change in the municipal cost structure or revenue stream. Economic Development Manager Kim Fleming and Carson Bise, President of TischlerBise, discussed with the board the 2019 analysis which will update the study based on the county-wide revaluation and the addition of fire station no. 2. This study will also help inform the town’s Comprehensive Plan by providing a Fiscal Sustainability Policy Document. 

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 the July 9 work session and July 23 regular meeting 
  • Recommended Change to Parks and Recreation Department Policies and Procedures
  • Changes to the Fee Schedule
  • Budget Amendment 2020-10 for Fire Department purchase of Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) 
  • FY2019 Tax Collector's Settlement Statement for Mecklenburg and Iredell Counties
  • FY2020 "Order of Collection" for Mecklenburg and Iredell Tax Collectors

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

Affordable Housing Program Update
Town Attorney/Affordable Housing Manager Cindy Reid presented an update on the Affordable Housing program. The Affordable Housing Steering Committee recommended creating new and maintaining existing affordable homes.

One of the recommendations was to use $200,000 of payment in lieu monies for a critical repair program. The town partnered with Our Towns Habitat for Humanity for the program. At the board meeting, Chris Ahearn, CEO of Habitat, shared an update on what we have accomplished through this partnership.

The Steering Committee also indicated a strong preference for homes being built rather than a payment in lieu. Attempts to get developers to build homes have been unsuccessful because building “affordable” homes is not what market rate builders do, and the numbers did not work.  During the meeting, Cindy Reid presented a proposal from the developer of the Village at South Main.

The board asked that staff solicit public input through open town hall and that the board have further discussion at the September 10th work session.  Join the conversation at https://townofdavidson.granicusideas.com/discussions/

Davidson Mobility Plan

Davidson Mobility Plan
Senior Planner Travis Johnson presented an overview of the proposed 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. The Mobility Plan is a culmination of 18 months of public engagement and feedback.

After a brief discussion, the board approved the Mobility Plan with some changes as noted and contingent upon discussing the plan after the board’s planned mini-retreat this fall.  To learn more about the Davidson Mobility Plan, visit http://www.davidsonmobilityplan.com/.

Public Facilities Debt Payment Plan
Assistant Town Manager Karen Whichard presented information related to the staff funding recommendation for the $14.0 million in general obligation bonds required to renovate the current town hall for public safety purposes and the renovation of the property at 251 South Street as a town community center.  The board discussed two different options to share with the community during the information sharing campaign planned for the lead-up to the bond referendum. 

The board approved the Public Facilities Debt Payment plan to communicate to citizens that the projected property tax rate increase is 2 pennies however, if the Continuum sale proceeds as planned, the town could dedicate the $1 million annual contribution for Continuum to public facilities debt service resulting in no increase to the tax rate. 

251 South Street Steering Committee Phase II Charge
This past spring, the board of commissions engaged a group of citizens to provide recommendations for the building at 251 South Street as part of the public facilities project. At that time, the board adopted a scope of work and charge for the citizen-led steering committee, which included a future Phase II site plan conceptual design.  

The board approved Resolution 2019-39 with an updated charge for Phase II, which asks the citizen steering committee to investigate various public service elements that are aligned with the board adopted strategic plan with amenities appropriate for the site.

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