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Town Manager Jamie Justice

Manager's Report: October 11, 2016


All supporting documents for the October 25 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. 

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A summary of the October 25 work session (4:00 p.m.):


Planning Director Jason Burdette discussed several text changes to the Davidson Planning Ordinance (DPO) to implement the recently adopted Rural Area Plan. The text amendment process involves public notification, a public hearing, a recommendation from the planning board, and formal action by the board of commissioners. This discussion was a precursor to the beginning of the text amendment process, as outlined in the DPO. More information on the Rural Area Plan is here: www.townofdavidson.org/RuralAreaPlan

The mayor and commissioners discussed the proposed North Mecklenburg Alliance Agreement. The purpose of the agreement is to form a committee comprised of representatives from the towns of Huntersville, Cornelius, and Davidson to primarily discuss regional transportation issues.


A summary of the October 25 meeting (6:00 p.m.):


Grant presentation

Mayor John Woods and Economic Development Manager Kim Fleming announced this year’s Davidson Main Street Grant recipient, 126 Main Street LLC, the owner of the building that houses Main Street Books and seven other independent businesses. The Davidson Main Street Grant was created in 2014 to help small businesses in Davidson's historic district. It is a 2-for-1 matching grant that must be used for permanent improvements to a merchant's building while creating jobs. We are pleased to award Michael Adams of 126 Main Street LLC with a grant for $10,000 to make improvements to their building.

Rodney Graham

Commissioner Reports:

•    Commissioner Rodney Graham gave an update on the Lake Norman Regional Economic Development Commission (LNEDC). A private investor is buying nine acres at Commerce Station, the business park owned by Davidson, Cornelius and Huntersville. They will build two speculative industrial buildings. The LNEDC is focusing on business retention at a number of different businesses and are working on 21 projects related to businesses seeking to relocate to or expand in the Lake Norman area.

Beth Cashion

•    Commissioner Beth Cashion: Visit Lake Norman (VLN) has been very active this fall with events and tournaments, bringing lots of people to our area. Please visit www.visitlakenorman.org for the extensive list of events in our area.
North Mecklenburg Alliance: The Town of Davidson will participate in this new group with Huntersville and Cornelius to discuss regional issues like transportation. They are working on the structure of the organization. Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization (CRTPO):  The North Mecklenburg region fared well with transportation project prioritization and funding allocation – we should see projects that benefit Davidson and North Mecklenburg developing over the next several years.

Jim Fuller
  • Commissioner Jim Fuller: The Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce hosted a luncheon on October 20 to honor public safety professionals. Police Detective Jay Stokes and Fire Captain Billy Todd were recognized from Davidson. For more information, please visit: https://www.lakenormanchamber.org/


Stacey Anderson
  • Commissioner Stacey Anderson gave an update on the Arts and Science Council (ASC). Its five advisory boards presented their recommendations. The ASC will show a documentary called “Nature Matters” in Davidson. Each school in Mecklenburg County can get money for cultural experiences; the ASC will sponsor performances at Bailey Middle School and Davidson Elementary School. Hough High School theater teacher Catherine McDougall will direct a Shakespeare comedy on the town green on May 12 (6:00 p.m.), 13 (6:00 p.m.) and 14 (2:00 p.m.), in conjunction with the Davidson Community Players and Davidson Friends of the Arts. 
Mayor Woods
  • Mayor John Woods shared that members of the Metropolitan Transit Commission were meeting on October 26 with U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx in Washington, D.C. and representatives from Norfolk Southern to discuss the possibility of creating a Red Line to provide commuter rail service to our part of the region. 
Kim Fleming

Presentations:

Economic Development Manager Kim Fleming and Bill McCoy of Rose & Associates presented an outline for a new Economic Development Strategic Plan, an action item in the Davidson Game Plan. It will include a work plan for the next five years. Davidson-based consultants Rose & Associates will assist with creating the plan.

Chief Miller

Police Chief Jeanne Miller gave an update on the steps the Davidson Police Department is taking to address the action items in the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing.

Halloween March

Announcements:

On Friday, October 28 at 4:45 p.m. on the front steps of Davidson Town Hall, the American Planning Association will recognize Davidson’s Main Street as one of America’s Great Places. Please join us.

On Friday, October 28 at 5:00 p.m. we will host one of our signature events: the Halloween March along Main Street. Please line up at town hall at 5:00 p.m.

Our Saturday Shuttle to transport citizens to the downtown area on Saturdays will be operational again this Saturday, October 29 from 8:30 till noon. For more details, please go to www.townofdavidson.org/SaturdayShuttle.

Learn about Davidson’s businesses and kick-off the holiday shopping season by participating in our Cookie Crumb Trail on Saturday, November 5 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Buy a $20 ticket, pick up a passport and bag, and visit all 20 participating shops/businesses to get a packaged cookie – by the end of the trail, you’ll have 20 cookies to eat, share, or freeze for later.

In honor of Veterans Day, please gather on Sunday, November 6 at 1:30 p.m at Mimosa Cemetery to place flags on veterans' graves. Volunteers from Hough High School’s Junior ROTC and others will visit all town cemeteries. All are welcome to participate. 

The Davidson Board of Commissioners will host their next meeting on Tuesday, November 8 at Davidson United Methodist Church because town hall is a polling location. We encourage you to vote, either early or on November 8.

Join us on Friday, November 11 at 11:00 a.m. to celebrate Veterans Day on the front steps of Davidson Town Hall.

The next Davidson Coffee Chat is Monday, November 21 at 9:00 a.m. at The Egg at Davidson in Sadler’s Square at 231 Griffith Street. Please join our commissioners and ask questions.

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