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Town Manager Jamie Justice

Manager’s Report: July 9, 2019


All supporting documents for the June 11, 2019 board of commissioners meeting are available here:
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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Teen Driving Event

Teen Driving Event
The Davidson Police Department and Cornelius Police Department invite teen residents that have their NC Driver’s license to a Teen Distracted Driving event on Saturday, July 27 from 12:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m. at Ingersoll Rand, 800 Beaty Street.


It is against the law for drivers under 18 to use cell phones while operating a vehicle in NC, but at this event, teens will use both a cell phone and a club car while they drive through a cone obstacle course.  This event is open to Davidson and Cornelius residents who are ages 16-19. Please email Officer Kanita Boone at kboone@townofdavidson.org with your name, contact number, neighborhood, and address.

National Night Out

National Night Out 2019
Mark your calendars for Tuesday, August 6 to celebrate National Night Out!  The local National Night Out event was started in 2006 at the request and by the support of The Davidson African-American Coalition.  The vision of this organization was for all residents to come together, break bread, and find common ground.  Our community is stronger and better for their efforts 13 years ago. 

The Town of Davidson Police Department and North Meck CrimeStoppers will host the annual event from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at Roosevelt Wilson Park.  Join us for food, activities and fun for all ages.  For more information, visit our website at www.townofdavidson.org or contact Detective Vernon Siders at vsiders@townofdavidson.org

Summer 2019 Resurfacing Project
The Summer 2019 resurfacing project will begin in mid-July. The town has contracted with Barton Contracting, who also worked with us in 2018. Streets to be paved include South Street, Mock Road, Davidson-Gateway Drive, and Sloan Street. There will be no street closures for the project, but there may be delays when one lane is closed. Work will not occur during peak traffic hours. 

Robert Walker Drive Detour
Traffic Alert for Robert Walker Drive near the River Run Soccer Fields.  Robert Walker Drive will be closed beginning Monday, July 15 to repair a storm water pipe and road settling. Traffic will be detoured onto Wooden Tee Lane and through the Bradford Community via Poetry Lane to access Davidson-Concord Road. The road will reopen on Friday, July 19, however all work is weather dependent so please exercise caution and patience in making your way around the area.

QUARTERLY COMMISSIONER REPORTS (Each board member provided an update on the outside board to which they have been appointed)

Commissioner Autumn Rierson Michael gave an update on the Centralina Council of Governments (CCOG): The Board of Delegates meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 14. For more information, please visit: http://www.centralina.org.

Commissioner Matthew Fort gave an update on the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce: A ribbon cutting at Bellies & Babies Davidson will be held on Wednesday, July 17 at 8:00 a.m. For a listing of all upcoming events, please visit: https://www.lakenormanchamber.org/

Commissioner Jim Fuller gave an update on Visit Lake Norman: The Visit Lake Norman Board of Directors will meet on July 15.  Recent events include the USTA NC 18 and over Tennis State Championships and the Powerade State Games of NC.  The tennis tournament had over 1,000 players from across the state competing at 14 venues, including Davidson College and River Run Country Club.  VLN, in partnership with the LKN Tennis Association, will host the same event again in June 2020.  

The Powerade State Games of NC hosted close to 1,000 athletes competing in rugby, fencing, ultimate frisbee, youth baseball, and youth softball.  Similar to the tennis tournament, the Powerade State Games will take place again in June 2020 in the region.
Information on upcoming events is on their website at https://www.visitlakenorman.org/

Commissioner Jane Campbell gave an update on the Lake Norman Transportation Commission:  At the April 10 meeting, the group discussed regional freight, intermodal connections, and the Spring shortfall call for discretionary projects.  At the June 12 meeting, the group heard an update from the N.C. Turnpike Authority – I-77 Mobility Partners, reviewed the “OneMooresville Plan” Transportation Chapter (4), updated on shortfall requests, and Commissioner Campbell was appointed Vice-Chair the next fiscal year.   

She also gave an update on the Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization: The group held a board retreat in May at the Charlotte-Douglas Airport Administrative Offices.  During the June meeting, the group discussed various regional topics and held an information session on the I-77 Peak Shoulder Lanes. 

Commissioner Campbell is also representing Davidson for Meck Counts 2020 Census: The group met in May and June to begin the process for gathering census data and proposed forming a Davidson Counts 2020 committee. 

Mayor Rusty Knox gave an update on the Metropolitan Transit Commission: The next meeting will be held in August.

Park at Beaty

DISCUSSION (Items for discussion are typically when the board will engage on a topic and no vote is planned.)

Park at Beaty naming and conservation easement
Parks & Recreation Director Kathryn Spatz and Park at Beaty Task Force Member Dave Cable presented the recommended name of the proposed Park at Beaty and a conservation easement.

The overwhelming choice, receiving 78.5% of the votes, on Open Town Hall was Beaty Park. Write-in ideas were permitted and several citizens expressed a desire for the park to be named Clontz Park, in honor of the family who sold the town land to the town. The Task Force Leadership Committee and the Livability Board recommend the park officially be named Beaty Park and be dedicated to the Clontz Family.  The board of commissioners with will consider approval of the name at the July 23 meeting. 

Park at Beaty Task Force member Dave Cable presented information on the proposed conservation easement in partnership with the Davidson Lands Conservancy.  The proposed easement will permanently protect all 6 parcels (20+acres) that make up the Beaty property. The next step is to approve the conservation easement as presented at the July 23 meeting.

Davidson Planning Ordinance Section 9: Tree Ordinance Text Amendments
Planning Director Jason Burdette, Senior Planner Trey Akers, and Planning Board Ordinance Committee members Dave Cable, Shawn Copeland, and Ellen Donaldson presented the draft text amendments to Davidson Planning Ordinance Section 9 Tree Ordinance.  The discussion included work completed, violations, and fees.  Next steps include a Public Hearing at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 23 at the board of commissioners meeting, and recommendations from the Planning Board and Livability Board.

Targeted Conditional Zoning Growth Management Tool
The board of commissioners directed staff to explore strategies to better control the pace of development, specifically concurrency and targeted conditional zoning. After working with a consultant who specializes in growth management strategies and is familiar with North Carolina statutes, targeted conditional zoning is the preferred tactic to pursue. Planning Director Jason Burdette presented the different options, strategies, and pros and cons.  The board provided additional feedback and staff will continue to research targeted conditional zoning options.

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General Obligation Bonds for Public Facilities
Finance Director Pieter Swart reviewed the next steps in process for General Obligation (G.O.) Bonds for Public Facilities.  The board approved the introduction of the bond order to issue $14 million dollars in G.O. Public Facilities Bonds and will hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday, July 23 at 6:00 p.m. at town hall.


Additional information about the G.O. Public Facilities Bond is available on the town’s website at 

http://townofdavidson.org/1081/Public-Facilities

Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization (CRTPO) Grant Applications

The board of commissioners and I discussed several potential projects for roadways, greenways, and parks. The Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization (CRTPO) provides grants to local governments for transportation-related projects. Their next grant cycle for discretionary grant funding begins in August and closes in October. The grants are typically an 80% grant with a 20% local match.  Staff has reviewed the potential projects and determined the ones that are the most likely to be eligible for CRTPO grant funding:

  • Highway 115 and Beaty Street intersection improvements
  • Potts Sloan Beaty Phase 2 - Beaty Street multiuse path from Griffith Street to Highway 115
  • Grey Road multiuse path from Wolfe Street to Abersham Park
  • River Run to Summers Walk Greenway - engineering study phase

The board authorized staff to proceed with making applications for these projects. The 20% local match could come from the 2017 general obligation (GO) bonds. 

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