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Town Manager Jamie Justice

Manager’s Report: February 23, 2016


All supporting documents for the February 23 board of commissioners’ meeting 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 23 4:00 p.m. meeting:


We discussed the Lake Norman Transportation Commission, a regional group created by the Towns of Cornelius, Davidson, Huntersville, and Mooresville in 2009. Their mission is to advocate and persuade local, state, and federal officials to give high priority to needed road, interstate, and commuter rail improvements which facilitate the quality of life in the Lake Norman region while providing the vital infrastructure needed for continued economic growth. More details are at: http://lakenormantrans.org/

The Town of Huntersville withdrew from this regional group (effective at the end of the fiscal year). The Davidson Board of Commissioners voted to withdraw from the LNTC starting in FY2017. They will reassess their decision at the March 8 meeting.


I reviewed a draft of the Capital Projects plan. The mayor and commissioners asked staff to look at all options available to us to finance capital projects in Davidson. If we are going to finance capital projects, the most inexpensive financing option is through general obligation (GO) bonds. GO bonds require the approval of voters via referendum in a general election. We are in the process of putting together a team of financial advisors and bond counsel to guide staff through the GO bond process. Staff is developing a list of projects. We are currently looking at two GO bond referendum items: 
1)    To support street and sidewalk projects
2)    To support parks and recreation projects
More information will be forthcoming as we gather more data.

         


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I reviewed a draft of our new two-year strategic plan (we’re calling it the "Davidson Game Plan" since I’m a big sports fan and Davidson College’s basketball team is having such a great season this year). The Davidson Game Plan focuses on action plans for the following areas: 



  • Financial Plan, 
  • Financing Capital Projects, 
  • MI-Connection, 
  • I-77 Managed Lanes Project (mitigating effects during construction),
  • Davidson Mobility Plan,
  • Greenways,
  • Downtown Catalyst Feasibility Study,
  • Economic Development Strategic Plan,
  • Comprehensive Plan,
  • Rural Area Plan,
  • Affordable Housing,
  • Neighborhood Needs,
  • Staffing Plan,
  • Facilities Plan,
  • Infrastructure Maintenance,
  • Creation of Active Space (athletic fields and courts)


We have our work cut out for us over the next two years. The Davidson Board of Commissioners will review the plan and consider it for approval at their March 8 meeting.


3.5 acres of town-owned land
3.5 acres of town-owned land downtown

Other:

We had over 230 people participate in the Downtown Catalyst Feasibility Study roundtable discussions on February 18 and 25 and were so pleased with the turn-out. We have a lot of feedback to synthesize and will present it to the Davidson Board of Commissioners at their March 22 work session. If you would like to learn more about the study, please visit www.townofdavidson.org/catalyst.

If you were unable to provide feedback at one of these sessions, please take our survey on Open Town Hall by visiting www.townofdavidson.org/OpenTownHall and click on the “Downtown Catalyst Feasibility Study” topic.


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Jamie Justice

Town Manager
Town of Davidson
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