A summary of the 6:00 p.m. board meeting:
• Mayor John Woods read a proclamation about Arbor Day. We will celebrate Arbor Day in Davidson on Friday, March 18 at 11:00 a.m. at McEver Field at 626 South Street.
• We held a public hearing on the proposed map amendments related to the Westmoreland properties; two citizens spoke.
• The consent agenda was approved. It included:
o minutes from past meetings,
o an update to the current town-owned cemetery and columbarium ordinance,
o a resolution encouraging citizens to support the Connect NC Bond Act which will benefit North Carolina’s university and college system to educate a highly qualified workforce and provide financial support to infrastructure projects across the state,
o approval of a tax levy adjustment related to property tax refunds,
o approval of a budget ordinance amendment to allow for expenditures related to the planning, design, and construction administration services for a downtown garbage and recycle center,
o direction of the Planning Board to consider and provide a recommendation within 30 days regarding the proposed map amendments related to the Westmoreland properties,
o approval of the appointment of Caitlin Christian-Lamb to the Livability Board for the term of March 8, 2016 - December 31, 2017, and
o approval of the appointment of Mickey Pettus as chair of the Board of Adjustment.
• Staff Attorney and Affordable Housing Manager Cindy Reid discussed Community Development Block Grant Fund opportunities. The Davidson Board of Commissioners prioritized the requests in this way:
1. Davidson-Cornelius Child Development Center
2. Ada Jenkins Center
3. Our Towns Habitat for Humanity
• The board of commissioners approved a request by the Davidson College Union Board for a variance to the town’s noise ordinance for an outdoor concert to take place on Friday, April 1 from 8:00 to 10:30 p.m.
• The board of commissioners directed the town clerk to investigate a petition requesting annexation of three parcels of land related to the Narrow Passage development.
• The board of commissioners approved the Davidson Game Plan, our strategic plan for the next two years.
• The Davidson Board of Commissioners are standing by their February 23 decision to withdraw from the Lake Norman Transportation Commission, but agree that some type of regional transportation group, with a paid staff member, is very important to our area. The mayors, commissioners that represent each town in matters related to transportation, and town managers will meet again soon to plan the next steps in the creation of a new regional transportation organization.
Capital Projects Financing
At the February 23 work session, I reviewed a list of capital projects that we would like to complete to meet our municipal needs and benefit the citizens of Davidson. Some projects are:
• Making improvements to town facilities
• Building a second fire station on the east side of town to improve response times
• Building more sidewalks based on the priorities in the Walks and Rolls Active Transportation Plan to enhance safety and improve connectivity
• Connecting streets and upgrading intersections to improve mobility around town
• Extending existing and building new greenways
• Building additional parks and athletic fields
• Purchasing open space
• Downtown parking solutions
We are in the process of exploring what financing options are available to us – using funds in our fund balance, installment financing, general obligation bonds, or a combination – and reviewing the various financing scenarios. Pieter Swart, our finance director, and I will share more at our March 22 work session at 6:00 p.m. I encourage you to attend to learn about our projects and financing options.