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Town Manager Jamie Justice

December 8, 2015 Manager’s Report

All supporting documents for the December 8 board of commissioners’ pre-meeting and work session are available here: http://davidson.novusagenda.com/agendapublic/

If you are interested in watching a video of our meetings, please visit: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/davidson-town-board-meetings. We now 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 December 8 pre-meeting:


Economic Development Manager Kim Fleming provided an update on plans for communicating about the Downtown Catalyst Study:
We will include information in the January Town Message newsletter explaining the Downtown Catalyst Study including the following items:
a. History of previous Downtown Davidson plans
b. Market demand drivers
c. List of needs the study is trying to meet
d. Driving principles of the Downtown Catalyst Study
e. Opportunities for public engagement

We will present questions on Open Town Hall (on our website) after the newsletter is
distributed to solicit feedback from the public on the Downtown Catalyst Study.

On February 8, we will host a small group discussion pilot session with representatives from the town’s advisory boards (planning board, design review board, livability board, public art commission) and citizens, along with the mayor and board of commissioners, staff, and consultants from UNC’s School of Government Development Finance Initiative (DFI).

In late February/early March we will host a meeting of small group discussions for citizens with the board of commissioners, staff, and DFI to address the following issues as well as others that may be identified by attendees:
a. Downtown Catalyst Study site plan
b. Financial implications of the study
c. Traffic issues
d. Downtown development projects currently in progress 

In March we will synthesize information received from citizens to develop any changes to the Downtown Catalyst Study and discuss at a future meeting.  

A summary of the December 8 regular meeting: 

Phil Geiger
Officer Phil Geiger

Police Chief Jeanne Miller presented Davidson Police Officer Phil Geiger with his Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate from the North Carolina Criminal Justice Standards Commission.


Bockler and Frostbutter
Officers Bockler and Frostbutter

Chief Miller and Mayor John Woods presented Police Officers Greg Frostbutter and Nick Bockler with the Lifesaving Award for their efforts while on patrol on May 2. The Davidson Police Department’s Lifesaving Award is conferred on any member of the Davidson Police Department who, while performing his/her duties, on duty or off, commits an act which, through disregard for their personal safety and/or prompt and alert action, results in the saving of a human life. The letters of citation for Officers Bockler and Frostbutter are linked.

Waller
Corporal Waller

Davidson Police Corporal Melvin Waller was awarded the Distinguished Service Award for his efforts while on patrol on June 23. This award is given to any member of the Davidson Police Department who distinguishes him/herself by performing his/her duties in an exemplary manner that is above that normally expected or required, and sufficient to unquestionably distinguish the individual among those performing comparable duties.  The act or acts performed must be an important contribution to the achievement of the goals of law enforcement. The letter of citation can be found here.

Ingram and Stokes
Sergeant Ingram and Officer Stokes

Davidson Police Sergeant Steve Ingram and Davidson Police Officer Jay Stokes were awarded the Distinguished Service Award for their efforts in solving the homicide that occurred on June 23. The letters of citation for Sergeant Ingram and Officer Stokes are linked.

Houk
Corporal Houk

Davidson Police Corporal David Houk was awarded the Mark Allen Swaney Medal of Valor for his efforts on October 29. The Mark Allen Swaney award is conferred on a member of the Davidson Police Department that intelligently, and in the line of duty, distinguished him/herself by an act of outstanding gallantry and intrepidity, at great personal hazard to his/her life, with knowledge of that risk, above and beyond the call of duty. The act must be one of which if not done, would not reflect negatively on the individual. This is the first time this honor has been awarded. The letter of citation can be found here.

Mayor John Woods and Commissioners Stacey Anderson, Beth Cashion, Jim Fuller, Rodney Graham and Brian Jenest took the oath of office. I also took the oath of office as Davidson Town Manager. It is our pleasure to serve the citizens of Davidson.

board at dais

The board of commissioners approved the consent agenda items, including minutes, the meeting schedule, a budget amendment to allow for the sale of surplus items and provide funds to replace the body of a one-ton truck, a budget ordinance amendment to pay for the addition of sleeping and living space to the fire station, a resolution to finance a five-ton dump truck, and the appointments of citizens Ben Yarborough and Ron Powell to the Firefighter Relief Fund Committee.

Commissioner Beth Cashion was selected as mayor pro-tem and will act on behalf of the town in the absence of the mayor. The Davidson Board of Commissioners appointed Commissioners Anderson and Fuller to the advisory board nominating committee and Commissioners Graham and Jenest to the MI-Connection board of directors nominating committee.

The mayor, commissioners, and staff management team will be at an all-day retreat on Tuesday, December 15 for team-building and strategic planning purposes. 

Announcements:

The Citizen Transit Advisory Group (CTAG) seeks one citizen to serve on its advisory committee. The Citizens Transit Advisory Group is an advisory committee that reviews the long-range transit system planning and proposed operating and capital programs from the community's perspective, and makes recommendations to the MTC. While it is not a policy-making body, its recommendations to the Metropolitan Transit Commission (MTC) fulfill the requirement levied by the Interlocal Agreement that the MTC ensures public involvement in transit planning. The CTAG is made up of members of the community appointed by the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners, the Charlotte City Council, each of the six towns in Mecklenburg County, and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education. Members may not be an elected official and members serve staggered two-year terms.

CTAG meetings usually occur the third Tuesday of every month from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. in the Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center (CMGC), 600 E. 4th Street, in room CH-14. These meetings are open to the public. To apply, please complete this online form: http://www.townofdavidson.org/FormCenter/Administration-12/Citizen-Transit-Advisory-Group-Applicati-110

We still have room in our Civics 101 course. Forms are available online and in the lobby. The course starts February 4 and lasts nine weeks. For more information, please visit www.townofdavidson.org/Civics101.
There is no work session this month.
There is no Davidson Coffee Chat this month.
Town offices will be closed December 23-25 and January 1 for the holidays.

Happy Holidays!

Jamie






Jamie Justice
Town Manager
Town of Davidson


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