Bradford Playground Partnership and Grant Match
Parks and Recreation Director Kathryn Spatz and a representative from the Bradford Homeowners Association (HOA) provided an update on plans for the playground structure in the Bradford community, at the corner of Robert Walker Drive and Davidson-Concord Road. The town and the neighborhood have been in discussions about partnering to create a public park facility at that location. In mid-April the town was awarded a grant of $65,000 from Playcore/Landscape Structures if the town and HOA contributes a match. The HOA has committed to contribute $15,000 immediately, with $5,000 each for the next two (2) years.
Recently, the town received an $80,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for the recreation amenities at Roosevelt Wilson Park (RWP). The board approved for $50,000 of the $80,000 in fund balance previously allocated for RWP to be appropriated for the match for the Bradford playground to continue the goal of improving recreation and park amenities throughout our community.
Resolution 2019-20 Opposing House Bill 645/Senate Bill 534
Mayor Knox read Resolution 2019-20 in opposition of House Bill 645/Senate Bill 534 an act to revise the outdoor advertising laws. The act would allow billboards to be placed within municipalities where current zoning would not allow them. Town of Davidson Planning Ordinance 11.7.1.D prohibits billboards in the Town of Davidson. The board unanimously approved the resolution and it was sent to Senator Marcus and Representative Clark.
NC Highway 73 and Davidson-Concord Road intersection improvements
Public Works Director Doug Wright and I discussed with the board the need for extending the right turn lane from Davidson-Concord Road onto Highway 73. This road improvement project has been identified as a priority by the board. Town staff has been in discussion with NCDOT regarding an improvement to the turn lane in advance of the larger NC Highway 73 widening project that would address the intersection. The board approved appropriating up to $50,000 to begin the design process for the project.
Grey Road sidewalk, curb and gutter project
Public Works Director Doug Wright provided an update on the sidewalk, curb and gutter project along Grey Road within the town limits. In order to move forward on the project, the town would need to accept from NCDOT the ownership and maintenance of the .4 miles of Grey Road that is within our jurisdiction. The board approved moving forward with this request to NCDOT and a resolution will be considered for approval at the May 28 meeting.
Jetton Street sidewalk grant
The town was recently notified that grant funding from the Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization (CRTPO) is now potentially available for the sidewalk project along Jetton Street between Potts Street and Davidson Gateway Drive. The grant would be an 80% grant with a 20% local match by the town. The board authorized staff to inform CRTPO that we would be willing to move forward with this project if grant funds are available.