DISCUSSION (Items for discussion are typically when the board will engage on a topic and no vote is planned.)
Public Hearing and Approval of the sale of the Continuum Communication System
Continuum, formerly known as MI-Connection, is the broadband/cable company owned by the towns of Mooresville and Davidson. In March, the towns announced starting the process for the sale of Continuum and retainment of RBC Capital Markets as the exclusive financial advisor for the sale.
On Tuesday, August 13, the boards of Mooresville and Davidson voted by resolution to approve an Asset Purchase Agreement from TDS Broadband Service, LLC and the sale of Continuum in the amount of $80 million. Per NC State Statute, a referendum will be on the November ballot asking eligible Mooresville and Davidson voters to approve the sale of Continuum. Pending voter approval in November, transfer of ownership is expected to occur by the end of 2019.
Continuum employees will be offered positions within TDS to support local and national operations. TDS employs nearly 2,700 people in 30 states and currently has strong momentum in the broadband and cable industry with expansion of fiber optic networks in multiple markets across the U.S.
Between now and the Closing of the Sale, Continuum customers will continue to receive their voice, internet and video services, pricing, and customer service to which they are accustomed during this period.
For additional information about the sale of Continuum, visit http://townofdavidson.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1424
Resolution 2019-35 Beaty Park Conservation Easement Agreement and Budget Amendment 2020-07
On March 26, 2019, the board of commissioners voted unanimously to adopt the recommendations of the Park at Beaty Street Task Force, including permanently protecting all 6 parcels (20+acres) that make up the Beaty Property with a conservation easement. The Park at Beaty Leadership Committee, primarily Dave Cable, and staff have been working to develop easement language that addresses town, neighbor, and Davidson Land Conservancy (DLC) interests. The draft conservation easement was presented to the board of commissioners on July 9.
The board of commissioners approved Resolution 2019-35 to Convey the Conservation Easement as presented and Budget Amendment 2020-07 to appropriate $30,000 to DLC for stewardship of the conservation easement.
The purpose and terms of the easement will be published in the Charlotte Observer for 10 days beginning Saturday, August 17 and, after that, the conveyance can be finalized by Mayor Knox signing the easement agreement.
Resolution 2019-33 adopting Public Facilities Bond Order and Resolution 2019-34 Setting G.O. Bond Referendum Date
The board of commissioners has begun the process for General Obligation (G.O.) Bonds for Public Facilities. On July 9, the board approved the introduction of the bond order to issue $14 million dollars in G.O. Public Facilities Bonds and held a Public Hearing on July 23.
On Tuesday, the board approved Resolution 2019-33 Adopting the Bond Order and Resolution 2019-34 Setting the Special Bond Referendum. The Bond order will be placed on the November 5, 2019 ballot for consideration by the voters of Davidson. Additional information about the G.O. Public Facilities Bond is available on the town’s website at http://townofdavidson.org/1081/Public-Facilities
River Run Phase VI Pre-Conditional Development Consultation
Planning Director Jason Burdette presented a proposal to re-designate approximately 74.8 acres located east of Shearer Rd and south of E. Rocky River Rd. from a combination of Neighborhood Edge/Conditional Planning Areas to entirely Conditional Planning Area. The applicant is working with Epcon Communities to develop a 130-unit active adult (age-restricted) community. As part of the conditional request, the applicant is asking for a number of exceptions to the Davidson Planning Ordinance. After a discussion, the board of commissioners provided feedback to the applicant about the proposed development.
CFA Church Pre-Conditional Consultation
Planning Director Jason Burdette and representatives from CFA Church presented a proposal for a Conditional Map Amendment (rezoning) for 261 Griffith Street (Sadler Square Shopping Center) from Village Commerce Planning Area to Conditional Planning Area. The purpose of the rezoning would be to permit a religious use in the space formerly occupied by Healthy Home Economist grocery store. After a discussion, the board of commissioners provided feedback to the applicant about the proposed rezoning.
Resolution 2019-38 to authorize the purchase of 211 Lakeside Drive, 145 Mock Road, 144 Mock Circle, and 202 Mock Road and approve Budget Amendment 2020-08 for $820,000 plus related expenses
The board of commissioners approved Resolution 2019-38 to purchase four homes for the purpose of preserving those homes as affordable. The addresses are 202 Mock Road, 145 Mock Road, 144 Mock Circle, and 211 Lakeside. The purchase price for all four homes is $820,000.
One of the strategic goals of the board is to preserve existing affordable housing, and other indicia of inclusion, and work with a variety of partners to create new available, affordable workforce and elderly housing. These homes will be rented or sold to households with incomes between 50% and 80% AMI.