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Jamie Justice

Manager’s Report: August 23, 2016

I’ve been serving Davidson as town manager for a little over nine months. Here’s a video message from me to you: 
https://vimeo.com/179498361.
 

All supporting documents for the August 23 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.

Davidson Game Plan image

A summary of the August 23 pre-meeting (4:00 p.m.):

  • The Davidson Game Plan is our two-year strategic plan. Each department head provided the Davidson Board of Commissioners with an update on the action items that pertain to the eight areas of focus. You can view the Davidson Game Plan here: www.townofdavidson.org/DavidsonGamePlan.

  • This spring, the Town of Davidson's management team visited Avalon, a mixed-use neighborhood in Alpharetta, GA, and the City of Woodstock, GA. The purpose of this trip was to learn from progressive and innovative municipalities, by speaking with their staff and elected officials and touring their facilities. Public Information Officer Cristina Shaul shared our collective findings.

  • Public Works and Projects Director Doug Wright proposed allocating approved funds from the FY 2016-2017 budget to add a new sidewalk on Grey Road (between Concord Road and Wolfe Avenue), one of the priorities from the Walks and Rolls Active Transportation Plan. 


Work Session

A summary of the August 23 work session (6:00 p.m.):


Commissioner Reports:


  • Commissioner Beth Cashion: Visit Lake Norman (VLN) has been very active this summer with events and tournaments, bringing a lot of people to our area. Please visit www.visitlakenorman.org for the extensive list of events in our area. Commissioner Cashion represented Davidson at the inaugural meeting of the new Huntersville/Cornelius transportation planning group meeting. The meeting was transportation-focused, but centered around collaboration on regional partnership issues like parks & recreation. They will meet the second Thursday of the month at 5:30 p.m. at Cornelius Town Hall.

  • Commissioner Jim Fuller: The Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce has an ongoing effort to re-register members and bring in new members. Its popular “Focus Friday” sessions will continue. For more information, please visit: https://www.lakenormanchamber.org/.

  • Commissioner Rodney Graham gave an update on the Lake Norman Regional Economic Development Corporation. Activity seems to have improved since the initial drop-off of businesses choosing not to move to North Carolina and the Charlotte region due to the House Bill 2. The Charlotte Chamber of Commerce is actively recruiting businesses to the Charlotte area from overseas. Economic development in the Lake Norman area is improving; there are 29 active projects in our area (relocating or expanding businesses). Commerce Station, the business park co-owned by Cornelius, Huntersville and Davidson in Huntersville, is selling nine acres to a developer who will build two speculative buildings. This will be a great addition to the park and will help us continue to grow it.

  • Commissioner Brian Jenest: Lake Norman Transportation Commission (LNTC): He attended the first meeting of a newly re-formed group consisting of representatives from Davidson, Mooresville, Troutman, Statesville and Iredell County; Commissioner Jenest is chairman of the group for the next year.  Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization (CRTPO): They made a formal request to the state to discuss its list of transportation-related requests and priorities. CRTPO Representative Vi Lyles (City of Charlotte Mayor Pro Tempore) will meet with people in Washington, D.C., to get additional funding to finish the widening of Hwy 21.

  • Mayor John Woods met with North Carolina Department of Transportation Secretary Tennyson. Tennyson will respond to our list of transportation-related questions by November. The Metropolitan Transit Commission and Centralina Council of Governments are working on a bus rapid transit plan to grow the transit system beyond county lines. 
Body-worn cameras
Police officers wearing body-worn cameras

Presentations:


Davidson Police Chief Jeanne Miller gave an update on body-worn camera footage. We will use some of the funds earmarked for the future city-wide static camera system to use for body-worn camera replacement and purchase of new cameras.
 
Chief Miller provided an update on the North Mecklenburg magistrate issue. Currently, Davidson, Cornelius, and Huntersville join together to fund a victim advocate for our area; she is very well-utilized by all three towns and provides excellent service to our citizens. Technology exists that could allow a magistrate to appear via video conference as opposed to a Davidson Police Officer and victim traveling to Charlotte. We will try out this technology to see if it meets our needs.
 
Planning Director Jason Burdette and I provided a briefing on the Kannapolis-Davidson annexation agreement. We need to revise the agreement to make it reflect recent plans for development in our two towns.
 
The Davidson Board of Commissioners approved budget ordinance amendments, including:

  • The purchase of a Crane Street property,
  • And three projects for engineering/feasibility:
  1. North Main Street and Concord Road intersection improvements and reverse angle parking
  2. Davidson Concord Road and Robert Walker Drive roundabout
  3. Concord Road, Pine Road, and Grey Road roundabout
Jason pointing to map


Announcements:

We’re hosting a Transportation Open House on Wednesday, September 7 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. in the Davidson Town Hall board room to help guide our multi-modal transportation needs as we develop the Davidson Mobility Plan, one of the items in our Davidson Game Plan. Citizens are invited to attend.

The developer for the Metrolina site on Depot Street invites all citizens to a public information session scheduled on Thursday, September 29 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. (Open House) at Davidson Town Hall.  A representative from the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources will give presentations at 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. and the developer will be present throughout to explain the plans for the site. All citizens are invited to attend. More information on the project is available here: http://www.townofdavidson.org/909/Davidson-Depot. 




Rusty Knox
Rusty Knox

The next Concert on the Green is Sunday, September 4 at 6:00 p.m. and features Davidson’s own Rusty Knox. More information on our Concerts on the Green is here: www.concertsonthegreen.com.

The Town of Davidson is now accepting nominations for the G. Jackson Burney Community Service Award through September 30. 
The award honors G. Jackson Burney and those who improve the Davidson community through unselfish service. More information is available on our website at www.townofdavidson.org/burneyaward. Nomination forms are available online at www.townofdavidson.org/burneynomination and at Davidson Town Hall.

Beaty Street Property
Beaty Street property

Other:
Beaty Street Property RFP:
The Town of Davidson owns three parcels (approximately 18 acres) of land on Beaty Street near North Main Street. We were recently approached to sell this land for a proposed development, so we felt it was prudent to issue an official request for proposals for the purchase and development of our Beaty Street property. Notifications about this RFP process went out August 26, to request proposals from experienced developers to design and build a mixed-use neighborhood. Letters of interest are due September 23 and final proposals are due December 2. Information is posted on our website at: www.townofdavidson.org/BeatyStreetRFP. You can watch a video about this RFP process here: https://vimeo.com/180461487.
 
Even though we are requesting proposals, we have not made any decisions regarding whether or not to sell and develop this property; we are gathering information to guide the Davidson Board of Commissioners and town staff in their decision-making process.
 
 
Downtown Catalyst Feasibility Study:

Many of Davidson’s citizens have been involved during the last two years in the process of studying the four acres of town-owned land in downtown Davidson as part of the Downtown Catalyst Feasibility Study. During this process, the Davidson Board of Commissioners recognized a need to transition the focus to improving public facilities to position us to effectively serve our citizens as our community grows. They have provided direction to evaluate town facility space needs, as well as a public parking solution and public space improvements. At this time, they no longer wish to pursue opportunities for private investment on town-owned land. The Development Finance Initiative will not be involved in the process moving forward as there is no private investment.
 
Staff will now begin developing plans for public facility needs to ensure we are able to serve our citizens as our population grows. A new process and timeline are being established as we close out the Downtown Catalyst Feasibility Study and transition to a public facility assessment. We are considering plans to renovate and expand Davidson Town Hall and construct a building in front along S. Main Street.
 
We appreciate the time and input our citizens gave throughout this process. There will be opportunities for public input as we move forward with a public facilities plan.
 
Road Construction Affecting Davidson Citizens:
The state is working 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. 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 its email updates at http://www.i77express.com/newsroom/newsletter-e-alerts/.  
NCDOT will begin working on the Exit 30 bridge in the fall. They will install two roundabouts, two pedestrian lanes, and two bicycle lanes on the Griffith Street bridge.
 
Here are some tips for driving in a work zone provided by NCDOT:

  • 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


David Auger
MI-Connection CEO David Auger

MI-Connection CEO David Auger Announces Retirement:

MI-Connection CEO David Auger announced his plans to retire by the end of June 2017. He will leave to focus on the company that he co-owns, National Food Equipment Services. MI-Connection is the community-owned and locally operated communications system proudly serving the towns of Mooresville, Davidson and Cornelius in the counties of Mecklenburg and Iredell in North Carolina.
 
Auger has served as MI-Connection’s CEO since December 2011 and has had many accomplishments such as increasing business customers to nearly 1000 locations served (an increase of 119%); increasing total customers by 30%; increasing revenue by 37%, increasing EBIDA (earnings before interest, depreciation and amortization, a key metric used by cable operators to measure performance) by 132%; and reducing the contributions from the Towns of Mooresville and Davidson toward MI-Connection debt from $7.01milllion in fiscal year 2012 to $3.03 million in the projected fiscal year.
 
“We are grateful for David’s leadership over the past several years to bring MI-Connection to where it is today,” said Davidson Mayor John Woods. “The MI-Connection Board of Directors and Towns of Davidson and Mooresville will conduct an extensive search for his replacement to continue to position MI-Connection as a local leader in the communications industry.”


new spaces
New parking spaces at 116 Depot Street

31 New All-Day Public Parking Spaces at 116 Depot Street:
The Town of Davidson announces its 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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