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Town Manager Jamie Justice

Manager’s Report: June 14, 2016  

All supporting documents for the June 14 board of commissioners’ pre-meeting and regular meeting 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.

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UNC Charlotte Urban Institute Jeff Michael

A summary of the 5:00 p.m. pre-meeting:

  • Jeff Michael, the director of the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute, presented their proposal to conduct a housing needs assessment for our affordable housing program.
  • I reviewed NCDOT’s plans for the new bridge and roundabouts at Exit 30 to be built in conjunction with the managed lanes project. This new bridge will include pedestrian and bicycle lanes to improve safety and roundabouts to improve traffic flow.

A summary of the 6:00 p.m. board meeting:

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Rick Kline
  • The mayor, former commissioner Margo Williams, and former Town Manager Leamon Brice honored retiring Town Attorney Rick Kline with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, one of the most prestigious awards conferred by the Governor of North Carolina. We thank Rick for his 40 years of service to the Town of Davidson.

  • Scott Cole, Acting Division Engineer for the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), discussed changes to the speed limit along Davidson-Concord Road and the changes to the pedestrian crosswalk signals at the three intersections on Main Street.
    • The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) announced last week that they would reduce the speed limit from 55 mph to 45 mph on Davidson-Concord Road. They also agreed to lower the speed limit from 45 mph to 35 mph along the portion of Davidson-Concord Road between the East Rocky River roundabout and Robert Walker Drive once the WestBranch residential development is 25% occupied. Pursuant to direction at the meeting by the Davidson Mayor and Board of Commissioners, NCDOT agreed to lower the speed limit along Davidson-Concord Road from 45 mph to 35 mph from the Historic Beaver Dam area to the roundabout at East Rocky River Road effective June 16.
    • NCDOT also announced that they will make alterations to the timing of the pedestrian crosswalk signals at the three intersections along Hwy 115 (Main Street):
      • Main Street and Griffith Street,
      • Main Street and Concord Road, and
      • Main Street/Chairman Blake Lane/South Street.

Starting the night of Tuesday, June 14, these crosswalks will have a “leading pedestrian interval”: the “walk” signal for pedestrians will display three seconds before the green signal for motorists. This allows the pedestrian a chance to establish his/her presence in the crosswalk before the car may proceed. We encourage motorists to be extra vigilant of pedestrians entering the crosswalk, and we encourage pedestrians to be extra vigilant of all motorists and bicyclists in the roadway.
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  • The mayor read a proclamation to recognize Davidson citizen David Marsh, the Women’s Swimming Coach for the 2016 Olympics.
  • Staff Attorney Cindy Reid discussed the North Carolina general statute’s requirement for municipalities to adopt a historically underutilized businesses (HUB) program percentage goal for projects over $300,000. The project is Fire Station #2. The Davidson Board of Commissioners voted to approve a resolution and the outreach plan.  

  • The consent agenda was approved. It included:
    • minutes from past meetings,
    • tax levy adjustments for the Mecklenburg County Tax Assessor’s Office,
    • the appointments of Steven Miller and Brad Davis to the MI-Connection Board of Directors,
    • the contract to audit our accounts, and
    • amendments to the budget ordinance.


  • The mayor and commissioners chose not to approve a noise variance for construction of the Linden Apartments on Jetton Street. Choate Construction will not be allowed to begin construction at 8:00 a.m. on Saturdays rather than 9:00 a.m., as prescribed in our municipal code.


  • The Davidson Board of Commissioners voted to approve the Summers Walk Master Plan Amendment


  • The Davidson Mayor and Board of Commissioners discussed the I-77 Managed Lanes project and passed a resolution. It calls upon the North Carolina Department of Transportation to cancel the Comprehensive Agreement, to incur the cost of any penalties, and to expeditiously complete the widening of critical segments of I-77, as well as implement alternative methods of transportation, including mass transit, in order to alleviate the ever-growing traffic congestion problem in our region.

It is viewable here: http://www.townofdavidson.org/DocumentCenter/View/7026.

 

  • The Davidson Mayor and Board of Commissioners voted to approve the FY 2016-2017 fee schedule and budget. In January we will revisit our discussion on vacuum-truck leaf collection.

Announcements

Please join us for a Concert on the Green featuring old-school R&B band Image on June 19 at 6:00 p.m.
 
Please join us for the next Davidson Coffee Chat on June 20 at 6:30 p.m. at The Egg at Davidson to hear from Davidson Fire Chief Bo Fitzgerald and participate in a question and answer period with our mayor and commissioners.

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