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Town Manager Jamie Justice

Manager’s Report: July 12, 2016  

All supporting documents for the July 12 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 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 4:00 p.m. pre-meeting:

  • I discussed the transportation projects that we feel are priorities for our town. We’ll review these projects with the Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization and the North Carolina Department of Transportation by September 2017, and include them for consideration in our Davidson Mobility Plan to be implemented by 2020. We need to position these projects for funding and/or addition to the state’s implementation list. You can find the entire list detailed on our July 12 agenda at http://davidson.novusagenda.com/agendapublic; here are some of the priorities in no particular order:
    • Potts/Sloan/Beaty street corridor project,
    • Exit 30 project – replace bridge, add pedestrian and bike lanes,
    • Davidson-Concord Road/Robert Walker Drive roundabout,
    • Kincaid Trail (greenway) extension,
    • North Main Street/Concord Road expansion,
    • Grey Road/Concord Road/Pine Road roundabout,
    • Widen Hwy 73,
    • Improve the intersection of Hwy 73 and Davidson-Concord Road, and
    • Connect Shearer Road to Hwy 73 at Ramah Church Road.
 

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

  • Claire Brinkley from NCDOT discussed their rail division initiatives related to Amtrak service from Charlotte to Raleigh. She highlighted the Kannapolis train station located 25 minutes away from Davidson.

  •  Neil Burke from the Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization discussed the development of their Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP). The CTP represents the Charlotte area’s long-term vision for how the transportation network should evolve to serve residents and employers. The CTP includes four transportation modes: highways and streets; public transportation and rail; bicycle; and pedestrian. It assesses the condition of the entire network and serves as a framework for transportation planning efforts at the local and regional scale. The CTP does not include specific projects or improvement schedules, but instead represents the status of the network that may be required to support anticipated growth. Citizens are invited to an open house on the Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP) on Tuesday, July 26 at the Charles Mack Citizen Center located at 215 N. Main Street in Mooresville. The open house will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. A brief presentation on the CTP will run every 15 minutes starting at 10:15 a.m. 

  • Senior Planner Trey Akers led a public hearing for a proposed amendment to the Narrow Passage conditional planning area. The developers of Narrow Passage requested an amendment to the Narrow Passage conditional planning area that would permit a sewer extension to the development. The proposed density of Narrow Passage will remain the same as approved. The next steps are for the planning board to discuss the amendment at their July 25 meeting and provide a recommendation to the Davidson Board of Commissioners.

  • The Davidson Board of Commissioners approved the items on the consent agenda, including:      
    • June 14, 2016 meeting minutes
    • Order of Collection for Mecklenburg and Iredell Counties to direct the tax collector to collect taxes charged in the tax records
    • Tax levy adjustments related to property tax refunds
    • Amendments to the budget ordinance, and
    • The purchase of 215 Crane Street, a property adjacent to our public works facility.


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The Potts-Sloan-Beaty Corridor
  • The Davidson Board of Commissioners relinquished the maintenance of Potts Street, Sloan Street, and Beaty Street to North Carolina Department of Transportation in order for us to access federal funding to move this project forward. Once the project is complete, these three streets will be returned to us. This ownership change will have no effect on the actual plan itself. To learn more about the Potts/Sloan/Beaty project, please visit www.townofdavidson.org/PSB.

  • The Village Parking Overlay District (in our historic downtown area) calls for an option for a payment to be made in lieu of providing parking spaces for all new development. The ordinance calls for a payment-in-lieu fee, but we do not have it listed on our fee schedule. The Davidson Board of Commissioners approved a $3,000 fee per space not built. We will revisit in one year to ensure that this is effective.

  • Economic Development Manager Kim Fleming provided a summary of the feedback received during the June round table discussions on the Downtown Catalyst Feasibility Study.  

  • I provided an update on the discussion we had at the mini-retreat on Monday, July 11: After 23 months of discussing the Downtown Catalyst Feasibility Study, including feedback from the roundtable discussions we held in June, town staff presented three options for the board of commissioners to consider for the development of the 3.5 acres of town-owned land in our downtown area.  On Monday, July 11, they met to discuss these three options, and on Tuesday, July 12, they voted to change direction. Instead of focusing on the catalyst study, the project will instead center around improving town facilities, including the police and fire departments, and town parking. Town staff will now put together some financial feasibility scenarios to determine the cost of making improvements to our town facilities and addressing parking and how these changes would affect our tax rate. The Davidson Board of Commissioners will discuss these findings at a future meeting.

  • The Davidson Board of Commissioners approved the Lake Norman Transportation Commission Memorandum of Understanding. We look forward to continuing to work with Bill Thunberg, an expert in transportation planning, especially in light of the Comprehensive Transportation Plan process with the Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization and Davidson’s many needs. We will assess after one year.           
National Night Out crowd

Announcements

 
Citizens are invited to an open house on the Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization’s (CRTPO) Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP) on Tuesday, July 26 at the Charles Mack Citizen Center located at 215 N. Main Street in Mooresville. The open house will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. A brief presentation on the CTP will run every 15 minutes starting at 10:15 a.m.
 
Please join us for National Night Out (an annual crime prevention and community-building event, sponsored by the Davidson Police Department to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-citizen partnerships, and neighborhood cohesiveness) 
on Tuesday, August 2 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Ada Jenkins Center Field at 212 Gamble Street. We will supply hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken tenders, and water. We ask that citizens bring a side/dessert to share. We will have a dunking booth, face painting, and other activities for children. Please join us to learn more about the Davidson Police Department and meet all of our officers.
 
Please join us on Thursday, August 4 for our Davidson Connections meeting at 9:00 a.m. at the Rumor Mill Market on Depot Street.
 
Please join us at the next Concert on the Green at 6:00 p.m. on August 7 to hear Da Throwback Band, who specializes in 70s tunes.
 
There is no work session this month; our next board meeting is August 9.


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