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Town Manager Jamie Justice

Manager’s Report: February 26, 2019


All supporting documents for the February 26, 2019 board of commissioners meeting are available here:
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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Live Stream

The Live Stream function for our meetings is currently unavailable.  We are working with the vendor to fix it and apologize for the inconvenience.  

251 South Street

251 South Street
The South Street Steering Committee invites you to take their online survey on our Open Town Hall portal on our website. The deadline for the survey is March 1.

On February 27, the South Street Steering Committee hosted a public input session with a tour of 251 South Street followed by presentations and Q&A at Town Hall. 

To view the video of the meeting and the presentations, please click here: 
https://davidson.novusagenda.com/agendapublic/MeetingView.aspx?MeetingID=829&MinutesMeetingID=476&doctype=Agenda

Property Revaluation
Revaluation notices were mailed to nearly 400,000 Mecklenburg County property owners in January. All property owners are urged to visit MeckReval.com, and ensure their property information is correct and to initiate a review of their property if they feel this information is incorrect or they disagree with their valuation.
 
Mecklenburg County Tax Assessor Ken Joyner will attend the March 12, 2019 board meeting to provide a summary of the results of the revaluation with a focus on Davidson. Information regarding the Iredell revaluation will also be presented at that meeting. 
 
According to the Mecklenburg County Tax Assessor’s Office, “There is NO COST to request a review or to file an appeal. You do not need an attorney or a tax representative to file an appeal. If a business claims that there is a cost to appeal, the business would be misleading the public. Any fee charged by a third party goes to that business. The County Assessor’s Office is aware of at least one company that is telling property owners: “Your property taxes are going up.”

This is a misleading statement, as the tax rates for the County, the City and the Towns will not be set until May or June. Whether an individual property owner’s property taxes are going up, staying the same, or being reduced will not be known until the tax rates are set by the respective jurisdictions.”

As stated, please visit MeckReval.com to review your property data and wait for more information on the tax rate in the upcoming budget planning process.
 
We’re Hiring!

We’re hiring for several positions, including Communications Director. Please visit www.townofdavidson.org/jobs for more information.

Davidson Connections
Our next Davidson Connections meeting is Thursday, March 7 at 9:00 a.m. at Prodigal Coffee located at 108 S. Main Street, Suite B.

Commissioner Campbell appointed by Governor
Congratulations to Commissioner Jane Campbell who was recently appointed by Governor Roy Cooper to the Veterans Affairs Commission. The Veterans Affairs Commission functions to advise the Secretary of Military and Veterans Affairs on matters relating to the affairs of Veterans in North Carolina.

Update on Application to NCDOT requesting naming of bridge for Officer Swaney
Chief Dunn provided an update on the request to NCDOT for naming of the Exit 30 bridge for Officer Mark A. Swaney.  NCDOT met on February 7, 2019 and reviewed recommended changes to the policy in reference to honoring fallen municipal officers and other first responders.  NCDOT voted to change the policy allowing for honoring fallen municipal police officers.  Our original application was made in October 2017 and since that time we have made records of the incident available for review, met with community members from all parts of town, and made ourselves available for discussion to anyone desiring to learn more.  Citizens have overwhelmingly supported this endeavor and said the action is long overdue. 

The department has resubmitted our application to NCDOT requesting the naming of the Griffith Street overpass of I-77 in honor of Officer Mark Swaney, killed in the line of duty on December 25, 1997.  The Board of Commissioners and Mayor unanimously passed Resolution 2019-01 in support of this effort. During the February 26 meeting, there was an opportunity for the public to comment on this item under agenda public comments agenda item.

PUBLIC COMMENTS       
Four people spoke during the public comment period

CONSENT
 
Consent items are non-controversial and routine items. Prior to the board's adoption of the meeting agenda, the request of any member to have an item moved from the consent agenda to old business must be honored by the board. All items on the consent agenda must be voted on and adopted by a single motion. All items were approved including:
           

  • Meeting Minutes from January 8 Work Session and January 22 Regular Meeting
  • Amend Meeting Schedule by moving the Quarterly Meeting from March 5 to April 29
  • Budget Amendment 2019-23 for K-9 Purchase
  • Budget Amendment 2019-24 for Mowing Team Truck
  • Amendments to Small Cell Wireless Facilities Ordinance
  • Resolution 2019-06 Annexation: 19906 Davidson-Concord Road to Set the Public Hearing Date for Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at 6:00pm
  • Sewer Extension request for 230 Cathey Street
  • Sewer Extension request for 308 Cathey Street
  • Noise Ordinance Variance for Davidson College Reunion Weekend on June 8, 2019
  • Livability Board Nomination of Jane Cacchione for a term of February 2019 -December 2021
Davidson Mobility Plan

OLD BUSINESS     
Mobility Plan Draft Report


Senior Planner Travis Johnson, Steering Committee and Planning Board Chair Matthew Dellinger and Alta Planning Vice President Wade Walker and Vice President John Cock presented an overview of the DRAFT Davidson Mobility Plan.

The Davidson Mobility Plan is a comprehensive transportation plan that provides a town-wide vision and coordinated recommendations for multi-modal travel and access within and through town.  Members of the community are invited to read the draft and comment by March 15 in the following ways:

What's Next?

What’s Next Comprehensive Plan Update

Planning Director Jason Burdette and Senior Planner Trey Akers provided an update on the What’s Next? comprehensive plan process.

A comprehensive plan is the leading policy document and tool to help communities create a vision and guiding principles for decision-making for their town. The comprehensive plan’s purpose is to directly inform decisions that we make as a community.

Most recently, we held a community-wide workshop on January 17 called Conversations on What’s Next. Led by our consultant team, the event featured interactive live-survey polling and facilitated table discussions. The gathering also served as a launch point for our Community Snapshot Report, which offers an updated look at a variety of topics including: Demographics, housing, land use, transportation, and public services. Afterwards, we launched an online survey that included the same questions as the Conversations event. Including the workshop participants (146), we’ve had 649 participants providing feedback as part of this workshop and second survey. These numbers are remarkable and a testament to our community’s commitment to this process.

Looking ahead, we anticipate the first installment of our Public Engagement Report being released in March. This report will summarize the first round of public engagement that occurred during Phase 1, Exploring Our Planning Principles. March will also prove busy as the project team, Plan Advisory Group, and Publicity & Outreach Committee will begin preparing for the next workshop, to be held April 1-3.

We encourage all members of our community to participate in the following ways:

  • Visit the project website for up-to-date information (including the Community Snapshot and the Public Engagement Reports) at www.WhatsNextDavidson.com;

  • Sign up for our new What’s Next? eCrier to receive news and information at http://www.townofdavidson.org/ecrier (type in your email and click the “What’s Next?” list at the bottom); and

  • Mark your calendar to attend the “Shaping What’s Next” community workshop April 1-3 at Davidson College Presbyterian Church Congregation House and Town Hall. Specific times/events details coming soon.

CLOSED SESSION 
At the end of the public meeting, the board of commissioners entered into a closed session to consult with the Town Attorney on the lawsuit entitled Davidson Acquisition Company, et. al. v. Town of Davidson et. al and Attorney-client privilege.  

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