Town Manager Jamie Justice

Manager’s Report: September 11, 2018

All supporting documents for the September 11, 2018 board of commissioners’ meetings are available here:
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A summary of the 6:00 p.m. meeting:

Mayor Rusty Knox opened our meeting with a moment of silence in remembrance of the events that took place on September 11, 2001.

DPD in conference room

Emergency Preparedness
We are tracking Hurricane Florence. We encourage you to visit https://www.ready.gov and http://www.readync.org for information and readiness tips. Rest assured that planning for this potential storm is ongoing and flexible depending on the storm’s track. The town personnel are coordinating with Mecklenburg County Emergency Management. The Town of Davidson is not a shelter city and any evacuees from eastern locations will be sent to Charlotte or other shelters as directed by Mecklenburg County Emergency Management. Residents are asked to monitor the storm through the National Weather Service, a part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and other local news sources. Advisories from these sources should be followed and up-to-date closures will be provided.
So the town can reach you, we encourage you to sign up for our eCrier emails at www.townofdavidson.org/eCrier and be sure to select the “news releases” and “public safety” lists. Please also register for the county’s emergency notification system, CharMeck Alerts at www.charmeckalerts.com to make sure you get phone calls, texts, and emails. Our goal is to ensure the safety of our citizens if this storm hits our area. 

We are beginning our comprehensive plan process and need citizens to fill two committees – the Plan Advisory Group and the Publicity & Outreach Committee. Information on how to apply will be shared soon.
I-77 Mobility Partners will conduct a public hearing to describe toll pricing methodology and present proposed initial rates for I-77 Express.  The presentation will be held at Huntersville United Methodist Church (14005 Stumptown Road, Huntersville, NC 28078), Thursday, September 13, beginning at 6:30 p.m. followed by public comments specifically concerning the proposed toll rates at 7:00 p.m. More information is available at www.i77express.com.

We’re hosting a reception for new residents at Davidson Town Hall on September 20 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. – we hope folks that have moved here within the last year will join us.
We still need volunteers to help us with our Community Development Block Grant surveys on September 22 and 23. Please find information in our “News Flash” box on our homepage and register here.


The Davidson Fire Department is undertaking an accreditation process sponsored by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI) and needs input from Davidson’s citizens. Please go to the Open Town Hall portal on our website at https://www.opentownhall.com/portals/223/Issue_6627 and answer two questions and also register for one of two public input sessions scheduled for:

  • Monday, September 24 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. OR 
  • Wednesday, September 26 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Please register at www.townofdavidson.org/DFDAccreditation. Food will be provided.
We’re accepting nominations for the Jack Burney Community Service Award through September 28. We have hard copies of the form in the lobby and an online form on the website.
Mayor Rusty Knox read a proclamation in honor of National Constitution Week. September 17, 2018 marks the 231st anniversary of the drafting of the U.S. Constitution.

Centralina Council of Governments (CCOG) - Commissioner Autumn Rierson Michael gave an update on the 50th anniversary celebration of the CCOG. The CCOG is in the process of hiring a new executive director.

Lake Norman Chamber - Commissioner Matthew Fort gave an update on the many events being sponsored by the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce; please check their website for a full listing of the events they have planned at: https://www.lakenormanchamber.org

Visit Lake Norman - Commissioner Jim Fuller directs citizens to view their website at: https://www.visitlakenorman.org.

Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization - Commissioner Jane Campbell gave an update on the strategic transportation corridors, a holistic plan to study how our various methods of transportation correlate. Mayor Knox shared the details of the presentation given by North Carolina Department of Transportation Jim Trogdon on the path forward for I-77: https://www.ncdot.gov/news/press-releases/Pages/2018/2018-08-15-i-77-express-lanes.aspx

Lake Norman Transportation Commission - Commissioner Jane Campbell highlighted the focus on the North-South Corridor Study and the process of prioritizing state and federal funding for mobility projects.

Metropolitan Transit Commission - Mayor Rusty Knox gave an update on maintenance of the light rail system. Charlotte Area Transit System cancelled a bus route that services the Oak Hill Apartments on Beaty Street. He spoke with CATS CEO John Lewis to get that route reinstated; service will begin in October. He reported that bus rapid transit (BRT) will be instituted once the managed lanes are open.
Kurt Naas gave a presentation on the Lingle Hut restoration/preservation project. Lingle Hut was built in 1932 at 213 Watson Street, is steeped in mill history, and is owned by the Reeves Temple A.M.E. Zion Church. The goal is to stabilize the foundation, replace the roof, and work on the interior to save this building. Their fund raising goal is $20,000. They will host a carnival on October 13 and sell bricks this fall to raise funds. For more information, please contact Maria Naas at 704-892-4539 or kmnaas@hotmail.com.

Sidewalk Project and Funding
Public Works & Projects Director Doug Wright and Finance Director Pieter Swart discussed four sidewalk projects that are shovel-ready. The board of commissioners preferred option 1 which was to install sidewalk along Grey Road (from Concord Road to Wolfe Street) and a portion of Spring Street.  The recommended action is to wait to examine all other potential projects that might surface requiring the use of fund balance funds. They will likely discuss this and other potential general obligation bond projects at their September 20 retreat. We’re planning a budget and capital improvement plan retreat for January 2019.
Compensation Study Findings and Recommendations
To ensure the Town of Davidson is competitive with municipalities in the Charlotte region, a pay study was included in the FY 2018-19 budget. The last pay study was conducted in 2015 and the town’s strategy, and a human resources best practice, is to complete a pay study every three years. Staying competitive allows the Town of Davidson to recruit and retain high-performing employees who provide services to our citizens. A collaborative effort was made between the towns of Huntersville, Cornelius, and Davidson to collect and analyze data from 20 local communities. 
The labor market has been moving aggressively over the last three-to-four years. Davidson has adjusted its pay plan 2% while the market has increased 9%. 18 of Davidson’s job classifications have salary ranges that are behind the market – management positions, most professional positions, public works positions, and some public safety positions. 8 salary ranges were competitive with the market: administrative support, some public safety positions (but not at the minimum of the salary range) – firefighters, police officers, police detectives, and corporals.
Key Recommendations:
·         Move the pay plan (all salary ranges, not actual salaries) up by 5%
·         Adjust some ranges up by 10% based on market data
·         Increase hourly rate for part-time fire fighters
·         Adjust police salaries
Once the implementation plan is finalized, Consultant Susan Manning will present it to the board of commissioners for their consideration, likely on September 25.

251 South Street parcel

Public Facilities
Assistant Town Manager Dawn Blobaum gave an update on the 251 South Street Property Acquisition. This summer, the Davidson Board of Commissioners directed staff to pursue the purchase of the site of the former IB school. At its August 14 meeting, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education declared its intent to sell the parcel located at 251 South Street to the Town of Davidson, contingent upon the county declining its statutory right of first refusal. On September 5, the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners voted to decline its right of first refusal enabling CMS to proceed with selling the property to the Town of Davidson for $2,460,000 (the appraised value). The town has 60 days from October 1 to complete its due diligence process prior to purchasing the property. The board of commissioners approved Resolution 2018-24 to affirm the purchase of 251 South Street and appropriate $45,000 funding for deposit, legal fees, and due diligence from Public Facilities Capital Projects fund. If all goes according to plan, we will close on the property in early January.
Downtown Park/Davidson Farmers’ Market Site Improvements    
At the September 4, 2018 work session, the board of commissioners reviewed the proposed improvements to the Downtown Park/Davidson Farmer's Market site. The board of commissioners voted to accept the $100,000 grant from the Department of Agriculture, amend the FY2019 budget to reflect the grant, authorize up to $45,000 for the construction documents phase, request a check-in at the design development phase (at 30% of drawing completion), and request feedback from the board of the Davidson Farmers’ Market.
Historic Preservation Initiatives Update
Assistant Town Manager Dawn Blobaum gave an update on various historic preservation initiatives to date and next steps, since this is a priority in the Davidson Board of Commissioners’ 2018-2019 Strategic Plan. The board of commissioners directed staff to recommend a consultant for the local historic district expansion/creation. 
Rules of Procedure - Remote Participation
The board of commissioners requested a brief analysis of whether it should allow commissioners to vote via phone. Currently, members are allowed to participate in board meetings by phoning in, but are not permitted to vote. Town Attorney Cindy Reid led a discussion; the board of commissioners preferred to amend the rules of procedure to allow voting by remote participation and requested that a question be added to Open Town Hall to gather public input (it will go live in early October). They will likely consider a vote on a potential change in rules of procedure on October 23.
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