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Town Manager Jamie Justice

Manager’s Report: May 23, 2017


All supporting documents for the May 23 board of commissioners’ meetings are available here: https://davidson.novusagenda.com/agendapublic/MeetingView.aspx?MeetingID=582&MinutesMeetingID=186&doctype=Agenda
 
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 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 May 23 work session (4:00 p.m.):

  • I introduced Leslie Rhodes of Mecklenburg County who shared their latest Air Quality Report.  A number of Davidson citizens have asked questions lately regarding air quality in town, so we asked Mecklenburg County to provide a summary of the work they do in the county and the data they collect. The data collection network is designed to be representative of the county and region. Data show that air quality for Mecklenburg County and the Town of Davidson is good.


Doug Wright
  • Public Works and Projects Director Doug Wright explained storm water funding. We plan to make improvements to the area behind Davidson Elementary School this summer using storm water funds.

 

Piet Swart
  • Finance Director Pieter Swart provided information on the capital improvement program and the proposed FY 2017-2018 budget. We will ask the Davidson Board of Commissioners to consider approval of the FY 2017-2018 budget at their June 13 meeting.
Jeanne Miller
  • Davidson Police Chief Jeanne Miller proposed the purchase of a public video system (cameras and license plate readers) to enhance our law enforcement investigative efforts. 




Kim Fleming
  • Economic Development Manager Kim Fleming discussed the Economic Development Strategic Plan Work Plan for 2017-2022. 

A summary of the 6:00 p.m. meeting:  

  • Mayor John Woods welcomed students from Bailey Middle School and Hough High School. Bailey Middle School’s Horsepower Motorsports team finished 1st nationwide and William Amos Hough High School Iditarod Motorsports team finished 3rd nationwide in the Ten80 National STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) League competition on held Sunday, April 30 at Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York.  Please see photo below.
STEM teams
  • Mayor Woods proclaimed June 4 as “Tourette Syndrome Awareness Day” in Davidson to promote understanding, compassion, and acceptance for all of our fellow citizens who deserve and need our support to break the stigma that is related to Tourette Syndrome. 


        

COMMISSIONER REPORTS  
The commissioners gave reports on the boards/commissions on which they serve.
 
Mayor John Woods: Metropolitan Transit Commission (MTC):  Mayor Woods forwarded an article last week from the Charlotte Business Journal that gives an update on CATS and its FY18 activities.  They will begin studying two alternative corridors next year – a northern line from uptown to Iredell County and a second line to the west, which may include connection to the airport.  An additional piece to be studied is how this all ultimately integrates into Charlotte.
 
He asked citizens to join him and a group of students in placing flags at the graves of our veterans for Memorial Day, please join us at Mimosa Cemetery this Saturday, May 27 at 9:30 a.m.  The group will place flags at all three of the cemeteries to honor Davidson’s veterans. 
 
Commissioner Beth Cashion shared that Visit Lake Norman (VLN) brings visitors to our region who, in turn, spend money in the area and our town. Please visit their website to learn more about their upcoming events: www.visitlakenorman.org.
 
Commissioner Stacey Anderson:  Arts and Science Council (ASC):  The Culture Feast is September 8 in Cornelius.  Here is a link to the inspiring TedX presentation by Maria Rosario-Jackson – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJKxvADyvLg – the ASC advisory committee viewed it as part of their discussion.
 
Commissioner Jim Fuller: Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce: Davidson College shared information about the Hub, an incubator on Delburg Street that blends a community effort with students from Davidson.  He encouraged citizens to attend the Business Expo on June 7 at Belk Arena on Davidson’s campus from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Aerial View

DISCUSSION

•   Assistant Town Manager Dawn Blobaum and representatives from Creech & Associates, the architects we hired for our public facilities project, gave a presentation on their latest recommendations, based on what they’ve heard from citizens and the public facilities steering committee.  As you know, we’re in the process of reviewing town space needs and improvements to town facilities. We have outgrown our existing town hall and need to invest in public facilities in order to have the capacity for our employees to serve our citizens. When we built town hall in 1990, our population was 4,000. In 2017, we have approximately 13,000 people in Davidson. Ensuring adequate space for all departments, board of commissioners' meetings, and community meeting and program space for citizens is important.
Creech & Associates presented their latest plans with a cost estimate of $15.4 million.  This includes:

  • a new town hall in front of our existing town hall to accommodate all town departments, including parks & recreation and fire department administration, and some training space for the police and fire departments,

  • the renovation of our existing town hall for the police and fire departments – police will be on the first floor and fire will be on the lower level. They will share some joint facilities on the first floor, and

  • enhancements to downtown parking to increase spaces available and improvements to the farmer’s market space.

 
The Davidson Board of Commissioners will discuss this further at their June 13 meeting.  We are proposing that we pay for this public facilities project with an installment financing loan and utilize the projected increase in tax revenue from the 2019 county property revaluation. This will be sufficient to cover the debt service payments for the loan.
For more information and the latest presentations and financial documents, please visit: http://www.townofdavidson.org/PublicFacilities.


Luminous proposal
  • I led a discussion on the potential sale of 19 acres of town-owned land on Beaty Street to Davidson Development Partners for their “Luminous” proposal. The Davidson Board of Commissioners discussed changes they would like to see in the proposal based on feedback received at the roundtable discussion we held in May 17. Staff will negotiate a reduction in density with the developer and bring a proposal back to the commissioners at a future meeting. For more information, please visit http://www.townofdavidson.org/BeatyStRFP.
  • The Davidson Board of Commissioners asked us to look into ways to fund a list of transportation (sidewalks, roundabouts, road connections), greenway, and parks projects by using general obligation (GO) bonds. Finance Director Piet Swart outlined the timeline necessary if the commissioners plan to place a bond referendum on the November 7 ballot for voter approval.  The Davidson Board of Commissioners decided to proceed with the process of seeking $15 million in GO bonds. Three resolutions will appear on the June 13 agenda to begin the process with the Local Government Commission who approves the town’s proposed GO bond financing. For more information, please visit: www.townofdavidson.org/GOBonds
Jason
  • Planning Director Jason Burdette presented a draft letter from the Town of Davidson to the Town of Mooresville regarding the proposed Lake Davidson development immediately adjacent to Davidson, across the border in Iredell County. The letter addresses traffic, water/sewer issues, and environmental concerns we have with this proposed development. The letter will be finalized this week.


  • Planning Director Jason Burdette proposed text amendments to the Davidson Planning Ordinance to clarify standards and provide additional clarification, correct inadvertent omissions, and align with recent state legislative updates.  These changes will promote Davidson’s principles to achieve high quality development and improve quality of life. Examples of specific changes are reduced building heights in certain planning areas and increased open space requirements near downtown.  Planning staff is revising their Transportation Impact Analysis (TIA) process and will continue to look at adjusting the thresholds to require analysis of context and existing facilities, allow for alternatives to traffic improvements, and to utilize traffic counts from when schools are in session.
Road Work Ahead
OTHER
  • Exit 30 lane shifts and detours are planned for early June; please stay tuned for details from I-77 Mobility Partners for specific details. You can register for their email alerts at http://www.i77express.com/newsroom/newsletter-e-alerts/    We’ll share updates via eCrier and social media as well.


ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Davidson Town Hall and parks & recreation offices will be closed on Monday, May 29 for Memorial Day. Garbage collection will be operating on a one-day delay.

  • Davidson Parks & Recreation is offering a new Sunday watercraft rental program for months of June, July and August at the Lake Davidson Nature Preserve behind Davidson Day School. We'll have kayaks and paddle boards for rent to Davidson residents. Also, summer camps start next week, May 29. Please contact their office for more information on these and other exciting programs.

  • Davidson Connections is Thursday, June 1 at 9:00 a.m. at Clean Juice on Jetton Street on the first floor of The Linden apartments. Please join us.
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