Town Manager Jamie Justice

Manager’s Report: January 14, 2020

All supporting documents for the January 14, 2020 board of commissioners meeting are available here under Available Archives:

If you are interested in watching the video of the meeting, find the date of the meeting and click on Video:

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Angel Tree 

The Town of Davidson would like to thank you everyone in the community who supported this year’s Angel Tree program. This annual program has been going on for more than 20 years and allows many deserving families and children in our community to celebrate the holidays with some extra joy. Thanks to the generosity of the police department and those residents who participated, we were able to support 26 families with 68 children this year.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration  
Community members are invited to the second annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration on Monday, January 20 in the Davidson Town Hall Board Room at 10:00 am. We are honored to bring the community together to celebrate the life and work of this inspirational individual. This year’s event will include light refreshments, spoken word from Ms. Chandra DuBose and Mr. Maurice J. Norman of Cornerstone Poets and guest speaker, Rev. Anthony Davis, Pastor at Reeves Temple AME Zion.

For more information about this event, please call the Davidson Parks and Recreation Department at 704-892-3349.

MLK Day Holiday Town Hall Office and Sanitation Collection Schedule
The Town of Davidson offices, including town hall at 216 South Main Street and the parks and recreation department at 865 South Street, will be closed Monday, January 20 in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. We will re-open Tuesday, January 21 for our regular 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. business hours. Garbage and recycling will be collected on a regular schedule the week of January 20.

Local Historic District Designation
In 2019, the town hired historic preservation expert Mary Ruffin Hanbury of Hanbury Preservation Consulting to determine which neighborhoods are appropriate for local historic district designation. Following public input sessions and a windshield survey that took place last summer, the consultant created a draft local historic district designation report for a portion of town north of the existing downtown local historic district, known as the North Main Street Extension of the Davidson Local Historic District. 

An informational open house will be held on January 22 from 5:30 p.m.-7:00 pm in the town hall board room for property owners within the proposed local historic district expansion area. The purpose of the open house is to review the proposed local historic district boundary expansion, answer questions, and solicit feedback prior to beginning the rezoning process. The proposed rezoning would include expanding the local historic district overlay. 

Additional information is available on the Town of Davidson’s website at: www.townofdavidson.org/historicpreservation  

Davidson Cottages Conditional Master Planning Public Input Session
On Wednesday, January 29 from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m., a public input session for the Davidson Cottages Conditional Master Plan will be held in the town hall board room.  The purpose of the public input session is to review the master plan and solicit feedback. An overview presentation by the project team will occur at 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., with time allotted for questions and viewing the plans in an open house format after each event. Staff will also be present to answer questions. For additional information concerning the proposal, including the updated plans, please see the project webpage at the Town of Davidson’s website at http://www.townofdavidson.org/1240/Davidson-Cottages.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Proclamation 
Mayor Rusty Knox read a proclamation in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day to be celebrated in Davidson on January 20. 

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


Continuum Sale Status Report
On December 31, 2019, the sale of Continuum to TDS Broadband, LLC closed per the terms and conditions of the asset purchase agreement. Continuum, formerly known as MI-Connection, was the broadband/cable company co-owned by the towns of Mooresville and Davidson. The sale of Continuum was a strategic plan priority identified by the town board.

TDS Broadband was selected after a competitive and comprehensive sale process. The towns and TDS agreed on an asset purchase agreement in August 2019 that sets out the terms and conditions of the sale. Extensive efforts were made by our staff and partners to administer the details to get to the closing on December 31st.

Since the closing, we have been working with the Town of Mooresville and our attorneys to reconcile all the items related to the sale and those efforts will continue. During Tuesday’s meeting, I presented a status report to date.  Additional information about the sale can be found on the town’s website www.ci.davidson.nc.us/1189/Continuum-Sale.

Resolution to Approve the Design and Construction Manager at Risk Contracts for the Public Facilities Project
Assistant Town Manager Karen Whichard presented to the board the professional service agreements with Creech & Associates and Edifice, Inc for the public facilities project.  The board reviewed the proposed process, the overall project schedule, and approved Resolution 2020-01 regarding the scope of the contracts.  

CFA Church Conditional Planning Area: Pre-Development Consultation
CFA Church proposes a Conditional Planning Area Map Amendment for +/- 3.71 acres currently zoned Village Commerce Planning Area. Planning Director Jason Burdette and the applicant discussed with the board the request for conditional approval of a religious institution on said parcel.  The board provided feedback that the CFA Church proposal as a formal application would not be received favorably as it is not fully in keeping with the town’s land-use and economic development plans and suggested CFA Church explore other options.

What's Next? Davidson

Adoption of the Davidson Comprehensive Plan 

Senior Planner Trey Akers and Planning Director Jason Burdette presented an overview of the What’s Next Davidson? extensive public engagement process and the resulting comprehensive plan content. Representatives from the Livability Board (Dave Cable) and Planning Board (Kelly Ross) shared their respective groups' recommended approvals for the adoption of the plan.

The board of commissioners approved the adoption of the Davidson Comprehensive Plan.  Next, staff will begin utilizing the comprehensive plan recommendations as a resource for our work going forward.  The town board and staff will also utilize the comprehensive plan to create the goals for the board of commissioners 2020-2021 Strategic Plan for the next two years and beyond.

Davidson Cottages Water Extension Request with conditions
At the December 3 meeting, the board received a request from Saussy Burbank for water extension to Davidson Cottages, located in Davidson Commons East Lot 4D, for the construction of 30 single-family lots and two duplexes (34 units total).
The board approved the water extension request with the condition that it is limited to the specific project and it does not set a precedent.

Proposed request for purchase of town owned lot on Armour Street
Magnolia Homes, Inc (Purchaser) has expressed an interest in purchasing a town owned lot on Armour Street, Parcel ID 00327602, contingent upon certain conditions.  After a brief discussion, the board agreed to hold the parcel for potential future plans.  

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