Manager’s Report: June 6, 2016
The Davidson Mayor and Board of Commissioners met on Monday, June 6 at 5:00 p.m. at Davidson United Methodist Church (the town hall board room was in use for the election).
Here is a summary of the meeting:
Stantec consultant Craig Lewis presented the final draft of the Rural Area Plan. It is focused on using design to achieve our goal of giving us oversight of our jurisdiction from an open space preservation and growth perspective.
The plan is available at www.townofdavidson.org/RAP. We encourage citizens to review the plan and send comments to RAP@townofdavidson.org no later than Friday, June 10 when the public comment period ends.
Micah Burgess from Charlotte Water presented water and sewer procedures related to this part of our jurisdiction since that area does not currently have access to water and sewer.
The Davidson Mayor and Board of Commissioners discussed the draft memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the Lake Norman Transportation Commission and recommended some minor changes. We look forward to finalizing the MOU and moving forward with this group to advocate for our regional transportation needs.
We discussed our list of capital projects, including municipal facilities, parking, transportation, and greenways, and the best ways to fund them. We are considering using our fund balance, installment financing, or grants.
North Carolina House Bill 954
Last week the NC House of Representatives approved HB954 calling on NCDOT to cancel the I-77 managed lanes project. It has now gone to the Senate. If the Senate votes to cancel the project, and the state ultimately ratifies the bill, there will be serious transportation ramifications for Davidson and our region. These are the projects in jeopardy of being eliminated or delayed if the managed lanes project is cancelled:
- The Potts/Sloan/Beaty corridor project which provides a by-pass for Main Street/Hwy 115. This project includes an improved connection at the underpass on South Main Street to Potts Street, a new street connection from Potts Street to Sloan Street, a roundabout at Sloan and Griffith Streets, and improvements to Beaty Street from Griffith Street to its intersection with North Main Street. It includes new pedestrian and bicycle facilities all along the corridor.
- The new exit 30 bridge and roundabouts to improve circulation and install pedestrian and bike facilities.
- Improvements to and widening of Hwy. 73 from Davidson-Concord Road to Poplar Tent Road at Davidson’s southern border. (NCDOT classifies this as a Huntersville project.)
- There are several other projects in our region, especially those in Huntersville, which will have a negative effect on traffic flow in our entire metro area if not funded.
I-77 Managed Lanes Project
In meantime, the state’s managed lanes project along I-77 is already in progress and one of the action items in the Davidson Game Plan is to mitigate the effects of the project during construction. Town staff meet regularly with the developer, I-77 Mobility Partners, the construction company, Sugar Creek Construction, and the North Carolina Department of Transportation. Most recently we’ve been reviewing the plans for the new bridge and two roundabouts at exit 30 to ensure that motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians will be safe.
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/ to keep abreast of construction and lane closures.
Charlotte Water sent us its most recent water quality report. Please view it here: http://www.townofdavidson.org/DocumentCenter/View/7013