Town Manager Jamie Justice

Manager’s Report: September 24, 2019

All supporting documents for the September 24, 2019 board of commissioners meeting are available here:

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Lt. Stokes Promotion Ceremony 09.24.2019

Davidson Police Promotion Ceremony 

Congratulations to Lieutenant James J. Stokes who has been promoted within the Davidson Police Department. 

Lieutenant Stokes has been an officer in Davidson for 18 years.  He has served in many roles including Patrol Officer, Supervisor, Criminal Investigations, liaison for Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms and a member of the North Mecklenburg Regional SWAT Team (Special Weapons and Tactics).

Congratulations Lieutenant Stokes!  

Walk to School Day


International Walk to School Day 

On Wednesday, October 2, Davidson K-8 School, the Community School of Davidson, Davidson Green School and Davidson Day School will join schools from around the world to celebrate International Walk to School Day.  

Please use extra caution when moving around town as there will be an increase in both pedestrians and cyclists navigating back and forth from area schools. 
Click here for more information about the event.

Public Facilities Tour and Information Session
Thursday, October 3, Davidson residents are invited to take a tour of the police and fire department facilities at Davidson Town Hall, 216 S. Main Street, and learn about how one of the referenda on the ballot this fall could impact these departments. This is an opportunity to ask questions and find out more before the November 5 Election.

The drop-in event will take place from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. and light refreshments will be served.

Beaty Park

Beaty Park Celebration
Join the Town of Davidson Parks and Recreation Department and Davidson Lands Conservancy on Saturday, October 5 for the Beaty Park Celebration. 

From 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., volunteers are needed to remove invasive species and brush surrounding the trails.  The celebration will also include fun activities for families.  To learn more about the event and sign up to volunteer, go to http://townofdavidson.org/1190/Beaty-Park.

Strong America Tour is coming to Davidson
Also on Saturday October 5, Charles L. “Chuck” Marohn, Jr., founder of Strong Towns, will be coming to Davidson as part of his coast-to-coast Strong America Tour. Chuck will be speaking at Davidson Town Hall at 2:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Free Whit’s Frozen Custard will be available for the first 100 guests. For more information, visit http://townofdavidson.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1436

Jack Burney Community Service Award Committee Accepting Nominations
We are now accepting nominations for the Jack Burney Community Service Award. The award honors G. Jackson Burney and those who improve the Davidson community through unselfish service over a lifetime. More information is available on our website at http://www.townofdavidson.org/BurneyAward.  Nomination forms are available online here and at Davidson Town Hall through Friday, October 4.

Mayor Knox proclaimed Wednesday, October 2, 2019 as International Walk to School Day in Davidson.

Two people spoke during the public comment period.


Planning Board Liaison Report - Tree Ordinance
Planning Board Members Shawn Copeland and Ellen Donaldson presented a summary of the discussion and recommendation concerning the tree ordinance's proposed text amendments.  They shared various comments that the planning board made and discussed the resolution of those comments.  The planning board offered a unanimous recommendation of the proposed text amendments.  To read more about the proposed changes to the Davidson Planning Ordinance Section 9 Tree Canopy, Landscaping, and Screening, go to http://www.ci.davidson.nc.us/1044/Map-Text-Amendments and select the Text Amendments tab.  

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 August 13 work session and August 27 regular meeting 
  • Amend the meeting schedule to add a Board and Staff Mini Retreat on Monday, October 14 at 6:00 p.m. in the Town Hall Board Room
  • Ordinance 2019-04 Request Street Closure for Christmas in Davidson and Ordinance 2019-05 Request Street Closure for the North Mecklenburg Christmas Parade
  • Budget Amendment 2020-08 for Bradford Neighborhood Park Improvements
  • Budget Amendment 2020-11 for FEMA Grant for Fire Department
  • Tax Levy Adjustment

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

Tree Ordinance Changes, Consistency Statement, and Tree Fund Resolution 2019-40
In 2018 the board of commissioners directed staff to draft revisions to Section 9 of the Davidson Planning Ordinance, which covers tree canopy, landscaping, and screening standards. Staff built on the initial recommendations provided by the Livability Board in 2016, working with the board of commissioners and Planning Board members to produce a set of text amendments to update the Section 9 and Section 15 standards (which deal with landscaping violations).

Senior Planner Trey Akers presented an overview of the recommended changes and the consistency statement, which is required by statute whenever the governing board adopts a text amendment. The board approved Ordinance 2019-06 including the recommended text amendments, the consistency statement and Resolution 2019-40 that establishes a Tree Fund to further the ordinance's aims of preserving, establishing, and maintaining the town's tree canopy. The Ordinance changes go into effect November 1, 2019 to allow time for communications about the changes. 

Villages at South Main Affordable Housing Plan
The Villages at South Main developer has proposed the construction of three affordable homes. The board has discussed the project with the developer and reviewed public input. During the meeting, Town Attorney and Affordable Housing Manager Cindy Reid presented the affordable housing proposal and plan which was approved by the board. 


Affordable Housing Program Update and Summers Walk Unit
As part of an affordable housing strategy, the Affordable Housing Steering Committee recommended creating new and maintaining existing affordable homes.  The Ada Jenkins Center (AJC), Our Towns Habitat for Humanity, and the Hope House Foundation have formed a joint agency to collaboratively provide transitional housing together with services to help families learn how to acquire and maintain permanent housing.  The program is called “Hope to Home”.  The town is currently leasing a town owned property to AJC for this program. At the board meeting, Georgia Krueger, Executive Director of AJC, presented an update and a recent success story for one family in the program.

Town Attorney and Affordable Housing Manager Cindy Reid discussed with the board a unit in Summers Walk and the request to replace the Affordable Housing Deed Restrictions to allow substitution of those proposed by AJC and Habitat for the Hope to Home Program.  The board will consider approval at the October 8 meeting.  

Town Manager's Contract
Each year the Davidson Board of Commissioners review the town manager's employment contract. I’m pleased to report that I will serve the Town of Davidson for another year. I appreciate the working relationship I have with the Davidson Board of Commissioners and the staff who all work so hard on behalf of the citizens of Davidson.
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