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Manager’s Report: February 14, 2017

All supporting documents for the February 14 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 live stream 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.

A summary of the February 14 work session (4:00 p.m.):

  • David Kroening, a project Manager for Charlotte Mecklenburg Storm Water Services presented the details of their recently approved West Branch River stream restoration project that will go through parts of Davidson in the Rocky River watershed. They will clean up the channel to improve water flow. The anticipated start date for this project is the beginning of 2018.
  • Senior Planner Travis Johnson, Public Works and Projects Director Doug Wright, and Lake Norman Transportation Commission Executive Director Bill Thunberg presented on the transportation projects for which we are actively pursuing grant funding:
  • Robert Walker Drive roundabout
  • Grey Road multi-use trail
  • Kincaid multi-use trail
  • Grey Road/Pine Road/Concord Road roundabout
  • Mobility Plan
  • Jetton Street sidewalk

The town must fund at least 20% of each project to apply for certain grants.

The Potts/Sloan/Beaty Corridor project and the Exit 30 bridge and roundabouts project are already in progress and will be funded with bonus allocation funds from the I-77 Managed Lanes project.

  • Economic Development Manager Kim Fleming discussed our local transit service – our goal is to alleviate the need for parking during high volume events downtown. We piloted the “Saturday Shuttle” in the fall to serve the east and west sides of town using the Parks and Recreation bus. We want to expand the service for a 10-week pilot period to cover Friday evenings and Saturday mornings using the same trolley service we use for our Gallery Crawl and Christmas in Davidson events. Trolleys accommodate 24 passengers seated and 16 standing. We will collect ridership data to continue to evaluate this alternative method of transportation and also use it in Mobility Plan when that process begins this fall.

 

A summary of the February 14 regular meeting (6:00 p.m.):

  • We started with a public comment period and heard from eight citizens with comments on a variety of topics. We appreciate hearing from our citizens.
  • Davidson College students Katherine Maultsby and Mary Catherine Thompson invited women to the Women’s Leadership Conference on Saturday, February 25 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Lilly Gallery on campus. Registration costs $25 and can be completed online: http://events.eventzilla.net/e/womanhood--intersectionality--2138895451.
  • Ellen Donaldson, chairperson of the Davidson-Cornelius Child Development Center, presented on the capital campaign they are conducting to expand their facility to accommodate more children. They currently have 60 children and are at capacity. Their mission is to provide high-quality, affordable early education and care for any child of our community without regard to race, ethnicity, religion or socio-economic status, and to embrace and foster diversity in a safe learning environment.
  • All items on the consent agenda were approved. They were:
  • Team Summit Foundation Twilight Racing Series
  • Tax levy adjustments from the Mecklenburg County Assessor’s Office
  • A budget amendment to provide funds from the general fund for a debt service payment on Fire Station #2
  • Minutes from past meetings, and the
  • Regular meeting schedule (please note that that Davidson Board of Commissioners will meet on Monday, February 27 instead of Tuesday, February 28.

New business:

The Davidson Board of Commissioners approved resolutions to direct the Town Clerk to investigate petitions for the annexation of the West Branch project and 321 Catawba Ave., as well as a resolution to advertise an upset bid process for affordable housing in the Bailey Springs neighborhood.

Old business:

  • Public Facilities

Assistant Town Manager Dawn Blobaum introduced architect David Creech and consultant Craig Lewis who discussed the public facilities project.

We have outgrown our existing town hall and need to invest in public facilities in order to keep pace with our service needs. When we built town hall in 1990, our population was 4,000. In 2017, we have approximately 13,000 people in Davidson. Space for our growing police and fire departments is particularly critical.

The Davidson Board of Commissioners voted to approve a capital projects ordinance to establish a capital projects fund, and a budget amendment to allocate $241,000 for phase 1 of the public facilities project. Phase 1 includes a space needs study, architectural and site concept development, public workshops, and a parking study.

Public Facilities Workshops:

We ask all citizens to join us for a series of workshops at Davidson College Presbyterian Church’s Congregation House at 218 Concord Road. The first public workshop is on Thursday, March 9 and the second is on Thursday, April 6. Both workshops begin at 6:00 p.m. with a presentation and include exercises to get direct feedback from Davidson’s citizens.

  • The Davidson Board of Commissioners approved a Markham property map amendment, miscellaneous text amendments, and corresponding consistency statements, as presented by Planning Director Jason Burdette.

Announcements:

The Davidson Board of Commissioners will host a Coffee Chat on Monday, February 20 at The Egg from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Please join us.

There is a new question on Open Town Hall regarding the Davidson Police Department. Please visit www.townofdavidson.org/OpenTownHall to share your thoughts.

The next meeting of the Davidson Board of Commissioners has been moved to Monday, February 27 (work session at 4:00 p.m. and regular meeting at 6:00 p.m.) from February 28.

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