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August 25, 2015 Manager’s Report

A summary of the August 25 pre-meeting:
All supporting documents for the August 25 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. We are now live streaming our board meetings and work sessions, and encourage you to tune in to this link, 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.
 
Town attorney Rick Kline discussed moratorium options for our rural planning area with the mayor and board of commissioners. We will not impose a moratorium on development in the rural planning area, but are working on the creation of a rural area plan to help preserve open space and guide potential development in that area. In the meantime, the board stated that they will not vote on any conditional re-zonings in that area.

Planning Director Jason Burdette provided the mayor and board of commissioners with a list of priorities for the planning department including the creation of a rural area plan, updates to the planning ordinance, performance metrics, and geospatial information needs. The mayor and board of commissioners discussed holding a joint work session with the planning board in the near future.

The mayor and board of commissioners discussed the advisory board appointment process. We have the following advisory boards: planning, design review, livability, public art commission and their terms are three years. The commissioners decided to institute term limits on several boards.  We encourage citizens to learn more about our advisory boards at www.townofdavidson.org/advisoryboards. We will seek applicants for board vacancies in September; look out for an eCrier with details soon.  The nominating committee will meet in late fall, and new terms begin in January.

A summary of the August 25 work session:

Commissioner Reports:
Commissioner Anderson: Arts and Science Council is changing the make-up of their board and instead of having an elected official from Huntersville, Cornelius and Davidson, they will have one elected official to represent all three towns. They also plan to start a northwest advisory group where two people (not elected officials) from each town would serve.

Commissioner Graham gave an update on Visit Lake Norman and shared that they’ve hosted some events in Davidson and the area that have brought people to the region.
Commissioner Cashion gave an update on the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce. Rhonda Lennon will be at their Focus Friday event discussing school issues. They are now accepting applications for their leadership program.

Commissioner Jenest: Lake Norman Transportation Commission: They are monitoring projects in our region to be put on the next Lake Norman transportation plan. In 2025, NCDOT will widen Hwy. 73 to the county line. The Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization had a very spirited meeting on August 18 regarding the State Transportation Improvement Plan.

Commissioner Fuller gave an update on the Ada Jenkins Center and their capital campaign. He also encouraged citizens to contribute to the Citizens Police Officer Relief Fund.

Mayor John Woods gave an update on the Metropolitan Transit Commission and the Metropolitan Planning Organization. The Blue Line is in its final phase of construction from Charlotte to UNC and is the last federally funded project in our area. They are working with NCDOT and the federal government to create the gateway transportation center from which all modes of transportation would emanate in the center of Charlotte. They continue to pursue the creation of the Red Line.


catalyst site
catalyst site

Economic Development Manager Kim Fleming and Rory Dowling from the Development Finance Initiative (DFI) at the UNC School of Government updated the mayor and board of commissioners on the downtown catalyst project. More information on the project is available here: www.townofdavidson.org/catalyst. The mayor and board of commissioners endorsed Option 2 by consensus, which calls for razing town hall. They also endorsed Option 2C, which substitutes  a hotel in lieu of 100 apartment units. DFI will now proceed with reviewing options for  the town’s participation in the project,  and conducting a parking and traffic impact analysis. Once we have more information, the mayor and commissioners will then direct DFI to solicit proposals from developers. We will host a public information session to update citizens on this project before a solicitation goes out, in mid-to-late September.

Affordable Housing Manager Cindy Reid gave an update to the mayor and board of commissioners on the work of the Affordable Housing Steering Committee, many of whom were in attendance. They will meet monthly for the next three months and report back to the mayor and board of commissioners with recommendations for the program by the end of the calendar year.

Announcements:

Charlotte Water has asked us to help promote water conservation tips. We are currently in Drought Stage 1 (Stage 2 would mean mandatory restrictions). Charlotte Water announces voluntary water conservation recommendations following the Catawba-Wateree Drought Management Advisory Group (DMAG)'s escalation to Drought Stage 1. 
·         Please only irrigate on Tuesdays and Saturdays between 6:00 p.m. – 6:00 a.m., if you must irrigate
·         Limit landscape watering of no more than one inch of water per week, this includes rain
Please conserve all water use indoors and outdoors

·         Please refrain from outdoor water use during the day (6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.) to reduce evaporation losses
·         Please refrain from filling pools; only top off swimming pools on Thursday and Sundays, between 6:00 p.m. – 6:00 a.m.
·         Please discontinue operation of fountains and other ornamental water features that do not sustain aquatic animal life
Residential Customer Voluntary Restrictions:
·         Do not wash vehicles at home; please use commercial car wash locations that recycle water instead
·         Please refrain from residential power washing

Commercial Customer Voluntary Restrictions:
·         Businesses should educate employees and customers about water conservation practices

·         Charity groups should consider alternatives to car washes for fundraising activities

·         Property managers should repair known water leaks and increase plumbing inspection frequency

·         Fleet managers should reduce car washing frequency


Mandatory water use restrictions are called for when the utility reaches Drought Stage 2 or higher.For more information, visit charlottewater.org or dial 311.
 
The September Davidson Connections meeting will be held on Thursday, September 3 at 9:00 a.m. at Our Town Cinemas located at 227 Griffith Street.

The BackBeat
The BackBeat

The next Concert on the Green is on Sunday, September 6 at 6:00 p.m. and features The Backbeat, a Beatles tribute band.

Town of Davidson offices will be closed for Labor Day on Monday, September 7. Garbage and recycling collection will be on a one-day delay the week of September 7, due to the holiday.

Roosevelt Wilson Park
Roosevelt Wilson Park

We have a public information session at Roosevelt Wilson Park on Saturday, September 12 from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. Citizens will learn about the improvements we’ve already made and plans for future improvements and also provide input on a new play feature for the park.

Mark your calendars for Davidson Coffee Chats – the board of commissioners will meet the third Monday of the month from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. at The Egg at Davidson at 231 Griffith Street in Sadler Square. The first Davidson Coffee Chat will be Monday, September 21 from 9:00 a.m. and several Davidson commissioners will attend. North Carolina Senator Jeff Tarte and North Carolina House District 98 Representative John Bradford will attend this first chat to provide an update on state and regional issues for the first 30 minutes and then our commissioners will provide updates for the remaining 30 minutes.  

Connie and Eddie Beach
Connie and Eddie Beach, last year's recipients

Nominations for the Jack Burney Community Service Award are being accepted until September 30. For more information, please visit www.townofdavidson.org/burneyaward. You may apply online or pick up an application at town hall.

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