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Town Manager Jamie Justice

Manager’s Report: May 24, 2016


I’ve been serving Davidson as town manager for a little over six months. Here’s a video message from me to you (Click the link under the photo below): 

All supporting documents for the May 24 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.


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A summary of the May 24 pre-meeting (4:00 p.m.):

•    Architect Brian Bumann of LaBella Associates, Fire Chief Bo Fitzgerald and Assistant Town Manager Dawn Blobaum discussed the rendering, site plan, and budget estimate for Fire Station #2 to be constructed next to Historic Beaver Dam on Davidson-Concord Road. This station is tentatively scheduled to serve the east part of our jurisdiction by fall 2017.

•    The mayor and commissioners toured the public works facility on West Walnut Street because we are considering making some renovations to the buildings on that site to better serve the needs of our citizens.


Commissioners at work session

A summary of the May 24 work session (6:00 p.m.):

The mayor read a proclamation naming June 4 “Tourette Syndrome Awareness Day.”

 
Commissioner Reports:


Commissioner Stacey Anderson gave an update on the Arts & Science Council (ASC).
Commissioner Beth Cashion: Visit Lake Norman (VLN) manages many events that bring people to the area, which benefits us in the form of room occupancy, restaurant visits, etc. Please visit www.visitlakenorman.org for the extensive list of events in our area. They are holding a photography contest; please consider entering: http://www.visitlakenorman.org/media/capture-lake-norman/.  The new beach at Ramsey Creek Park will be open Memorial Day weekend.


Commissioner Jim Fuller: The Ada Jenkins Center is still in the process of fund raising for their capital campaign. He encourages everyone to visit their website at http://www.adajenkins.org/. Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce: Please consider attending the programs they offer, including Focus Friday. They are hosting their Business Expo on June 2 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Davidson College’s Belk Arena.

Commissioner Rodney Graham gave an update on the Lake Norman Regional Economic Development Corporation.

Commissioner Brian Jenest: Lake Norman Transportation Commission (LNTC): They had a meeting May 18 with John Lewis, the CEO of the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS). There will be a study done to examine alternatives to the Red Line, including increasing bus service. Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization (CRTPO): Discussed the 2045 Metropolitan Transit Organization plan that will be adopted in April 2018.

Mayor John Woods: He and Commissioner Jenest went with the Charlotte Center City Partners to Denver, CO to review Denver’s Union Station as a model for the new gateway station in Charlotte. It is a very appealing example of what we could build in Charlotte.


Presentations:


Davidson Police Lt. Steve Ingram and Public Information Officer Cristina Shaul gave a presentation on the police department’s efforts to enhance pedestrian safety in town and their plans to educate citizens.

Economic Development Manager Kim Fleming discussed the latest scenarios for the catalyst study. All documents are at www.townofdavidson.org/catalyst. We will be hosting another round of roundtable discussions to request public input on the current scenarios at Davidson Town Hall on the following dates: 

•    Thursday, June 2 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
•    Friday, June 3 from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m.
•    Thursday, June 9 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

We encourage you to register at www.townofdavidson.org/catalyst to participate.
image of Beaty Street property

Assistant Town Manager Dawn Blobaum discussed the possibility of selling town-owned land on Beaty Street. The town has owned 19+ acres on Beaty Street since 1987.  In 1996, the town requested development proposals for the property, but the project didn’t materialize. Adjoining properties 832 Beaty Street and 825 Shearer Street were acquired in 2006. In several small area plans, the parcels are shown as a neighborhood with townhomes, a park, and some mixed-use commercial buildings along the northernmost edge of the property. With that in mind, we have created a request for proposals (RFP) for a new neighborhood that complies with the town’s planning ordinance, is walkable, and includes park space. 

Affordable Housing Manager Cindy Reid discussed payment-in-lieu contributions from applicants who provide payment-in-lieu for affordable dwelling units instead of building the actual units. Monies received into that fund are used for affordable housing activities which are approved by the Davidson Board of Commissioners.

Finance Director Pieter Swart and I reviewed the recommended budget for fiscal year 2016-2017. We will recommend it for approval by the Davidson Board of Commissioners at their June 14 meeting.

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Announcements:

May 30: Town offices will be closed for Memorial Day; garbage collection will be on a one-day delay. Happy Memorial Day!

June 2: Please join us for Davidson Connections at 9:00 a.m. at Main Street Books.

June 2: The Lake Norman Chamber is hosting a Business Expo from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Belk Arena at Davidson College. The town will have a table; we encourage citizens to attend.

June 5: Join us for the Concert on the Green featuring Matt Stratford at 6:00 p.m.

June 14: Please join us for our board of commissioners’ pre-meeting (4:00 p.m.) and regular meeting (6:00 p.m.) on Tuesday, June 14 at Davidson Town Hall.

Other:

Nonprofit Funding:
The Town of Davidson announces that it is accepting applications for funding from Davidson-based nonprofits until June 17, 2016. All funded agencies will be required to present to the Davidson Board of Commissioners a report showing the degree to which they are accomplishing their stated objectives.
 
Detailed information and applications are available on the town’s website at www.townofdavidson.org/nonprofitfunding.

Road Construction Affecting Davidson Citizens:
The state is embarking on two road construction projects that will affect Davidson: the I-77 managed lanes project and the improvement of the exit 30 bridge.
As construction moves north on I-77, Town of Davidson staff will meet regularly with developer I-77 Mobility Partners, general contractor Sugar Creek Construction, and the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) to mitigate impacts as much as possible. Managed lanes project work on the portion of I-77 related to exit 30 has begun. They shifted the lanes and removed the rumble strip (located on the shoulder) from the roadway, and restriped the lanes to shift traffic to the right. Crews will install concrete safety barriers (similar to what is installed in Cornelius and Huntersville) near the median in both directions before any construction activities begin in the median. 
Construction of the I-77 managed lanes will occur in the median of I-77 with minimal disruption to commuters. I-77 Mobility Partners have notified us that occasional lane closures will but required but will only take place in overnight hours. However, with day and night activity in the work zone, motorists should drive safely, avoid cell phone usage and other distractions, stay alert at all times, and plan ahead. We want our Davidson citizens to be safe throughout this process.

We encourage citizens to visit I-77 Mobility Partners’ website at http://www.i77express.com/ and sign up for their email updates at http://www.i77express.com/newsroom/newsletter-e-alerts/ 

NCDOT will begin working on the exit 30 bridge mid-to-late summer. They will install two roundabouts, two pedestrian lanes, and two bicycle lanes on the Griffith Street bridge. 

Here are some tips provided by NCDOT:
 NCDOT Work Zone Driving Tips
•    STAY ALERT: Dedicate your full attention to the roadway.
•    PAY CLOSE ATTENTION: Signs and work zone flaggers save lives.
•    TURN ON YOUR HEADLIGHTS: Workers and other motorists must see you.
•    DON'T TAILGATE
•    DON'T SPEED: Note the posted speed limits in and around the work zone.
•    KEEP UP WITH THE TRAFFIC FLOW
•    DON'T CHANGE LANES IN THE WORK ZONE
•    MINIMIZE DISTRACTIONS: Avoid changing radio stations and using mobile phones while driving in the work zone.
•    EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED: Keep an eye out for workers and their equipment.
BE PATIENT: Remember the work zone crew members are working to improve your future ride


new parking lot at DPC

31 New All-Day Public Parking Spaces at 116 Depot Street:

The Town of Davidson announces our partnership with Davidson Presbyterian Church to create 31 additional all-day parking spaces in downtown Davidson. Our public works department made improvements to the church’s parking lot located at 116 Depot Street to provide spaces to the public. 
The signage for the lot reads “Public Parking Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. and Saturday 8:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.” Public parking in this lot is effective immediately. We are really happy to offer this lot as an option for our citizens.

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