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Manager’s Report: October 13, 2015

All supporting documents for the September 22 board of commissioners’ work session 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 on meeting days 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.
 
A summary of the October 13 board meeting:

Open Town Hall portal

Public Information Officer Cristina Shaul presented on Open Town Hall, an online platform designed to solicit citizens’ input on town projects and issues. Town officials and staff will use this public input to help guide their decision-making process. Citizens can access Open Town Hall by going to www.townofdavidson.org and clicking on the green circular “Open Town Hall” icon on the center right of our homepage. Citizens can review the topics and register to post feedback or remain anonymous. Citizens without a home computer can visit the Davidson Public Library and use one of its computers to participate.
 
Planning Director Jason Burdette led a public hearing regarding proposed amendments to the planning areas map and another hearing on proposed text amendments to the planning ordinance.       
 
The consent agenda was approved, including minutes from September meetings, a budget ordinance amendment, tax levy adjustments, and the Town Finance Policy.       
 
The board of commissioners approved a rural area plan statement of intent. 
 
Temporary Fire Station
We are in the process of analyzing the benefits of constructing a temporary fire station on a town-owned parcel of land near Beaver Dam.  One of the greatest challenges facing the Davidson Fire Department today is increasing demand for emergency services on the eastern side of our district.  The ultimate goal of a new station is to improve response times to this area, and in doing so, affect more positive outcomes for citizens experiencing fire or medical emergencies.
 
Announcements
Construction on the building that houses Main Street Books will begin this week and could last 7-10 days. Construction fencing, scaffolding, and a pedestrian tunnel will affect the sidewalk in front of the store. Pedestrians and motorists are encouraged to proceed with caution.
 
We have a special concert on the green in my honor on Sunday, October 18 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. featuring classic rock band The Fretnecks. Please join us!
 
The next Davidson Coffee Chat is Monday, October 19 at 9:00 a.m. at The Egg at Davidson in Sadler Square. All citizens are invited to attend. Mayor John Woods, the commissioners, Police Chief Jeanne Miller, and Fire Chief Bo Fitzgerald will be in attendance.
 
We are hosting a public information session on the downtown catalyst feasibility study on Tuesday, October 20 at 7:00 p.m. at town hall. All citizens are encouraged to attend to learn more about the process and share feedback.
 
The Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce is hosting an election “Meet & Greet” at the Davidson Village Inn on Monday, October 19 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Election Day is November 3, and citizens can vote at town hall or Hopewell Baptist Church from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Citizens of Davidson Pointe are encouraged to vote via absentee ballot. Absentee ballots must be requested by October 27 and returned to the Iredell County Board of Elections on or by November 2.
 
The Ada Jenkins Center is hosting their annual FIRE! BBQ fundraiser on Saturday, October 24 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at 212 Gamble Street.

bus tour

Please join us for a bus tour around Davidson on Saturday, October 24 from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. Sign up at: http://townofdavidson.recdesk.com//recdeskportal/TownofDavidson/ProgramDetail/tabid/1874/default.aspx?ProgramID=1126&mode=1
There are only a few seats left!

There is an election forum at the Ada Jenkins Center on October 29 from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.

Our Halloween March is Friday, October 30 at 5:00 p.m. Families can line up in front of town hall. 

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