Continuum Annual Update
Finance Director Piet Swart and I provided an update on the status of Continuum (formerly known as MI-Connection) which is the joint agency owned by the Towns of Mooresville and Davidson through an interlocal agreement. Continuum provides broadband, phone, and cable services in and around Mooresville, Davidson, and Cornelius. The board of commissioners requested that Continuum CEO David Auger make a report on the company. In additional to reviewing the company’s historic and projected financial results, he shared that starting on November 30, Continuum internet speeds will increase for all customers free-of-charge, and Continuum will also launch a new 500x20 offering. In February 2019, Continuum will launch MobiTV as a customizable, cloud-enabled, streaming video solution offering live and on-demand TV to mobile devices.
Affordable Housing Action Plan Update
Town Attorney & Affordable Housing Manager Cindy Reid and Affordable Housing Steering Committee Member Ed Harris provided an update on the town’s affordable housing program.
The Town of Davidson has $2.2 million dollars in affordable housing payment-in-lieu funds. The Affordable Housing Steering Committee recommends encouraging the development of new homes for lower to moderate income households as well as preservation of existing homes. The Davidson Board of Commissioners would like to move forward with:
· increasing our down payment assistance program to $60,000 annually,
· allocating $200,000 for existing home repair and preservation of naturally occurring affordable homes,
· leasing the town’s house on Shearer Street to the Ada Jenkins Center, and
· adding a question to the citizen survey to get feedback from community members on the direction for this program.
They will consider a vote on these items at a future meeting.
Proposed Tree Ordinance Text Amendments
Planning Director Jason Burdette, Senior Planner Trey Akers, Planning Board Ordinance Committee Members Ellen Donaldson and Shawn Copeland, and Livability Board Member Dave Cable gave an update on the work they’ve done to update Section 9 of the Davidson Planning Ordinance to preserve the tree canopy in town. Next steps are to continue research into methods we can employ from a policy perspective to preserve, protect, and enhance our tree canopy.
251 South Street Planning Process Options
The Town of Davidson is on the path to purchase the five acres of land at 251 South Street, including the former IB school and gymnasium, in mid-December. At the November 6 work session, the Davidson Board of Commissioners proposed a citizen-led task force for the 251 South Street planning process for how to best utilize that site to meet our public facilities space and other community needs.
On Tuesday, staff presented two main recommendations for the site at 251 South Street:
A. Produce a conceptual plan to renovate the IB School building for town administration/community uses and master plan the remainder of the site for other uses, or
B. Produce a conceptual plan to master plan the entire five acres (‘blank slate” approach).
The plan is for the existing town hall to be renovated for the police and fire departments.
The Davidson Board of Commissioners wish to create a task force in the next several months to help with this planning process and seek citizen input. They will discuss which option to pursue at a future meeting.
251 South Street Financing Bid Summary Update
Finance Director Piet Swart discussed a resolution for the Town of Davidson to apply to the Local Government Commission for approval of financing for the purchase of 251 South Street for $2.55 million. Staff issued a request for proposals to solicit bids to finance this project on both 15-year and 20-year maturities. The Davidson Board of Commissioners voted to approve Sterling Bank (option 1) as the lender with a 20-year proposal at 3.89%; staff will now complete the financing agreement and related documents. The board of commissioners will consider approval of the final financing contract at the November 27 meeting. Closing of the loan will be scheduled for mid-December.
Noise Ordinance Final Recommendations
The Davidson Board of Commissioners approved the recommended changes for the Town of Davidson noise ordinance which are for the ease of understanding for residents and officers, establishment of reasonable and measurable levels of sound, and clearly defining the measuring location for officers responding to a complaint.
The Davidson Board of Commissioners adjourned the public portion of the meeting and moved into a closed session to discuss a legal matter.
Garbage and Recycling
Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, there will be a one-day delay in collection for those whose typical collection day is Thursday.