A summary of the September 8 board meeting:
I recognized Former Fire Chief Jeff Almond for his 34 years of service as a firefighter and former fire chief to the Town of Davidson. He retired this summer, and we thank him for his dedication to our town.
Mayor John Woods read a proclamation in support of Be The Match and their events on September 26 and encouraged citizens to join their bone marrow registry.
Mayor John Woods recognized September 17-23 as Constitution Week in celebration of the 228th anniversary of its drafting.
Kathryn Spatz, Davidson Parks and Recreation Director, led a discussion on Armin’s Catering and events at Beaver Dam. The contract is up for renewal.
Police Chief Jeanne Miller discussed President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, specifically policy and oversight. As a CALEA (Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies) accredited agency, our police department is already practicing many recommendations the report outlines. We will continue to strive to serve our citizens following best practices.
The board of commissioners approved all items on the consent agenda, including previous board meeting minutes, the Mecklenburg County Hazard Mitigation Plan, and a budget ordinance amendment.
The mayor and board of commissioners had a discussion with planning board members to ensure open lines of communication and to define their roles. Going forward, as developments requiring conditional rezoning arise, the planning board will have a joint work session with the mayor and board of commissioners to discuss. We will work to improve the communications process between the two boards.
Potts/Sloan/Beaty street connection
We are waiting for the Federal Highway Administration to approve a reclassification of the corridor. The reclassification will allow the NCDOT to spend the bonus allocation funds on the project. That approval is expected in October. After that approval, NCDOT will contract with a private engineer to manage the project. The town will have tomake decisions about routing and design.
Rural Area Plan
The planning department, along with members of the planning board that represent the extra-territorial jurisdiction, are reviewing proposals from planning firms to conduct a rural area plan. We will seek input from citizens on the rural planning area before the holidays and will announce public information sessions.
The outside audit of the town financials for the fiscal year which ended June 30, 2015 started September 14. The report will be completed and sent to the Local Government Commission for review by October 30. The audit will be presented to the town board following that review.
We continue to negotiate with Odell Fire Department to provide joint service from their Shiloh Road station to the areas in town not serviceable from the downtown station. A temporary station on town-owned property on Davidson-Concord Road is also being studied.
We are also continuing our analysis of how to provide sleeping quarters in the current fire station for fire fighters on the night shift.
Susan Manning, a Davidson resident and retired Human Resources professional, is conducting a staffing analysis to determine whether or not town staff is the right size and people are in the right place to be most efficient.
MI Connection staff is working very hard to provide faster internet speeds before December and whole house DVR early in 2016. The business continues to grow customers.
The town is excited to be working with Davidson Presbyterian Church, Tom Clark, and the Davidson Village Inn on parking lot leases to make more spaces available to the public. We are grateful to all parties for their efforts to improve parking in downtown.