Quarterly Commissioner Reports - Each board member provided an update on the outside board to which they have been appointed:
Commissioner Autumn Rierson Michael gave an update on the Centralina Regional Council (formerly Centralina Council of Governments): Their staff returned to working in the office in June. The past year included training and education efforts to help local governments understand funding options with COVID Relief and the American Rescue Plan Act. The council is also focusing on transportation efforts with Connect Beyond, a regional mobility initiative. For more information or to sign up for the Centralina Regional Council newsletter, visit http://www.centralina.org.
Commissioner Jane Campbell gave an update on the Lake Norman Transportation Commission: During COVID, the LNTC continued to meet virtually. Commissioner Campbell served as the chair for the past 18 months, due to the early departure of the Troutman Representative. The chair position rotates among municipalities. The LNTC resumed in person meetings on June 9 and Commissioner Campbell finished her term as the chair. During the June 9 meeting, the agenda included an update on projects from Division 12 of the NCDOT and the Iredell County Transportation Plan. The July meeting has been cancelled.
Commissioner Campbell also gave an update on the Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization: The group continues to meet virtually which has helped with more participation from members. They discussed the benefits of meeting virtually, including a reduction in travel time for attendees, and will likely focus on a “hybrid” virtual and in-person meeting structure. At the June 16 meeting, the group reviewed the 2050 MTP (Metropolitan Transportation Plan), approved Discretionary Program Funding Recommendations, and received updates on the Transit Education Initiative Task Force and the 2030 Transit System Plan CTP Map Amendments. For more information, visit https://www.crtpo.org/.
Mayor Rusty Knox gave an update on the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce: The Lake Norman Chamber hosted a virtual Small Business Week this year. Congratulations to Mariano and Caroline Doble, owners of The Davidson Village Inn, for receiving the Small Business of the Year Award! Mayor Knox shared that he recently spoke to members of the Future Business Leaders and Junior Leadership programs. For more information, visit https://www.lakenormanchamber.org/.
Mayor Knox also gave an update on Lake Norman Economic Development: They recently hired Elizabeth Underwood as the Workforce Development Manager. Mayor Knox also shared the recent approval for Atrium Hospital to build an Acute Care Facility in Cornelius. More information from LNED is available online at https://www.lnedc.com/.
Mayor Knox final update was from the Metropolitan Transit Commission: The MTC has been discussing the proposed one cent sales tax increase to pay for a ten-year transportation plan that would build the LYNX Silver Line as well as more sidewalks, greenways, bike paths and roadways. Mayor Knox and the other North Mecklenburg Mayors are opposed to the increase due to continued delays in the proposed Red Line. The Gold Line in Charlotte is almost complete, and discussions continue on the proposed Blue Line and Silver Line. CATS recently resumed the Davidson 290 Shuttle throughout town. CATS will also use Davidson to test the BEEP Program, an autonomous mobility solution, this fall. BEEP is a 12-16 person driverless bus that has a controlled speed and follows a fixed route. More information will be released before the programs begins in Davidson.
Commissioner Jim Fuller gave an update on Visit Lake Norman: Visit Lake Norman recruits regional events and tournaments like golf, tennis, soccer, softball, and fishing. The attendees of these events then support businesses in Davidson and the Lake Norman region. For more information visit https://www.visitlakenorman.org/