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Town Manager Jamie Justice

Manager’s Report: September 13, 2016


All supporting documents for the September 13 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. work session:

  • Asst. Town Manager Dawn Blobaum presented a process for planning improvements to our public facilities (space for the police, fire, and other departments), public space, and a potential parking solution. A site master plan process for the 3.5 town-owned acres will take place starting in December. We will also proceed with plans to improve our public works facilities on West Walnut Street.
  • Planning Director Jason Burdette discussed the optional pre-development consultation process. This will provide an opportunity for the commissioners to learn more about potential development projects while they are still in their infancy.
  • We discussed the North Mecklenburg Alliance memorandum of understanding (MOU) and interlocal agreement. This group, consisting of representatives from Huntersville and Cornelius, would focus on regional issues in North Mecklenburg County, including transportation, parks and recreation, etc. The purpose of this group is to collaborate on regional issues.
 
A summary of the 6:00 p.m. board meeting:
Mayor John Woods and Davidson Police Chief Jeanne Miller announced and celebrated the promotions of the following police officers:

  • Stephen Ingram was promoted to captain and is now second-in-command,
  • Cindy Smith was promoted to sergeant,
  • Jay Stokes was promoted to detective,
  • Jon Dunham was promoted to corporal, and
  • Scott Russell was promoted to corporal.
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Det. Stokes, Sgt. Smith, Cpl. Dunham, Captain Ingram, and Cpl. Russell

We are very proud of our officers and appreciate their service to Davidson.
 
The mayor proclaimed the week of September 18, 2016 as “Be The Match Week” and encouraged all residents in the Town of Davidson who are between the ages of 18 and 44 and meet the medical criteria to join the Be The Match Registry of potential bone marrow donors. Be the Match has a road race fund raiser on September 24 in Davidson.
 
The mayor announced that the Town of Davidson has been re-designated as a Walk Friendly Community (Bronze Level) by the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center. “Walk Friendly Communities” is a national recognition program aimed to encourage communities to establish or recommit to a higher level of walking. The program recognizes communities that are working to improve a wide range of conditions related to walking, including safety, mobility, access and comfort.

walkers

We strive to be a pedestrian- and bike-friendly community and the Davidson Board of Commissioners and staff have a commitment to expanding our pedestrian facilities and safety in town. We’re proud to be a Walk Friendly Community and appreciate the work of Senior Planner Travis Johnson, Public Works Director Doug Wright, Parks and Recreation Natural Assets and Sustainability Coordinator Charlene Minor, and many others on staff that make Davidson a great place to walk!
 
The Davidson Board of Commissioners are pleased to announce plans for construction of a second fire station on Davidson-Concord Road to improve response times to fire calls in the eastern part of our jurisdiction. Finance Director Pieter Swart provided a timeline for financing and reviewed the financing proposals. We held a public hearing to consider the approval of a $2,000,000 financing agreement to fund the construction of the new fire station. The financing is subject to approval from the North Carolina Local Government Commission (NCLGC).  
 
The consent agenda, including

  • minutes from past meetings,
  • an agreement with NCDOT to install flashing beacons on Davidson-Concord Road and Apollinaire Drive,
  • a resolution for the financing of a street sweeper, and
  • the consideration of a sole source contract with TASER for body-worn cameras and video data storage were all approved.

 
Senior Planner Trey Akers gave an update on the conditional plan amendment for the Narrow Passage neighborhood. The Davidson Board of Commissioners voted to approve the amendments to the approved plan. More information is available at: www.townofdavidson.org/NarrowPassage.
 
Parks and Recreation Director Kathryn Spatz discussed the North Mecklenburg Regional Recreation Center. The Davidson Board of Commissioners approved a resolution, as the Towns of Cornelius and Huntersville have recently done, requesting the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners continue priority funding of the Northern Regional Recreation Center, as articulated in the 2008 county bond referendum.
 
The Davidson Board of Commissioners approved a resolution in support of the Bradford neighborhood streets settlement agreement. The streets in the Bradford neighborhood have been a complicated issue over the past several years: according to Mecklenburg County, the streets did not meet the appropriate street standards when they were originally built. Recognizing that the residents of Bradford have been dissatisfied with the condition of their streets for multiple years, the town worked with all parties involved to reach this agreement. Road repairs started on Thursday, September 8 and once complete, the town will be able to take over maintenance and the police will begin enforcing moving violations on the streets.
 
Senior Planner Trey Akers gave a brief overview on the Rural Area Plan, a plan that has been in the works since fall 2015. The Davidson Board of Commissioners voted to approve the plan. More information is available at: www.townofdavidson.org/RuralAreaPlan.

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Other:
Reverse-Angle Parking
In a few weeks, you’ll see 20 reverse-angle parking spaces in front of the Linden apartments on Jetton Street, between the Exxon Station and Gethsemane Baptist Church. Municipalities all over the country have had success with reverse-angle parking and we think it will benefit motorists in Davidson. It provides more parking spaces than parallel parking and it’s safer for everyone involved. For more information on reverse-angle parking, including a video, please visit our website at www.townofdavidson.org/ReverseAngleParking  

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Announcements:
 
Our new Saturday Shuttle pilot program to transport citizens to the downtown area has been very successful and we’ve figured out a way to expand the route to include the west side of town. We’re pleased to offer this transportation option so our citizens can leave their cars at home and not worry about finding a parking spot. For more details, please go to www.townofdavidson.org/SaturdayShuttle for more details.


The final Concert on the Green is this Sunday, September 18 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and features the Davidson College Symphony Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble.

Burney Award Nominations will be accepted through September 30 at www.townofdavidson.org/BurneyAward

The Davidson Board of Commissioners will host a Coffee Chat on Monday, September 19 from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. at The Egg.

The developer of the Davidson Depot project (the site of the Metrolina Warehouse) on Depot Street will host a public information session on Thursday, September 29 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Davidson Town Hall. You can learn more about the project at: www.townofdavidson.org/DavidsonDepot

We’re already accepting registrations for the 34th annual North Mecklenburg Christmas Parade. For information and online registration, please visit: www.townofdavidson.org/parade



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