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Town Manager Jamie Justice

Manager’s Report: September 26, 2017


All supporting documents for the September 26 board of commissioners’ meetings are available here: https://davidson.novusagenda.com/agendapublic/MeetingView.aspx?MeetingID=586&MinutesMeetingID=-1&doctype=Agenda 
 
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A summary of the 4:00 p.m. work session:    

  • Dr. Dan Morrill of the Mecklenburg County Historic Landmarks Commission gave a presentation on the Historic Landmarks Commission and discussed past impacts and future implications for historic landmark preservation in Davidson. The Davidson Board of Commissioners directed planning staff to review our current local and national historic districts, continue to coordinate with the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) to enlarge the local historic district, review the historic landmarks in Davidson, and engage Dr. Morrill and his staff to develop next steps to landmark appropriate properties.

  • Economic Development Manager Kim Fleming gave an update on downtown parking after meeting with downtown merchants. We need to strike a balance between all-day parking options for employees that work downtown and 2-hour spaces to allow visitors to Davidson to find parking on a regular basis. Downtown workers are encouraged to park on the free public lot at Davidson Presbyterian Church, saving on-street parking and Jackson Street parking lots for customers. We will review options to increase parking and present them to the board of commissioners at a future meeting.

 


A summary of the 6:00 p.m. meeting:

  • As part of the conditional master plan process, Planning Director Jason Burdette and Senior Planner Trey Akers gave an update on the Hyatt Place hotel proposed for 131 Davidson Gateway Drive. The applicant proposed a conditional master plan and the board of commissioners and town staff requested specific conditions. For a detailed staff analysis, please click here. The next step in this conditional process is for the planning director to present the staff analysis, the planning board to present their recommendation, and the board of commissioners to consider a vote. This is scheduled for the October 10 meeting.

 
COMMISSIONER REPORTS  
The commissioners gave reports on the boards/commissions on which they serve.
 
Commissioner Stacey Anderson shared a video produced by the Arts and Science Council (ASC) on the positive economic impact of culture and arts on our community.
 
Commissioner Beth Cashion gave an update on the Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization: The Transportation Improvement Program plans were passed, including projects that benefit Davidson (Robert Walker Drive roundabout and Kincaid Trail extension). Here is a link to the CRTPO’s Metropolitan Plan: http://www.2045mtp.org/plan-info/
This is a video that explains the CRTPO process.
CRTPO also reviewed the report by consultant Mercator on the I-77 Managed Lanes project.
 
Commissioner Jim Fuller: North Mecklenburg Alliance: They discussed plans for the Recreation Center slated for construction on NC 115 in Cornelius to serve our area. Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce: Their diversity luncheon was well attended and reflected the diversity of the Lake Norman business community.
 
Commissioner Rodney Graham: Lake Norman Regional Economic Development Corporation (LNREDC): A new company out of Barcelona is locating an operation in the Huntersville Business Park creating 40 new jobs. The LNREDC is pursuing 27 active projects, six of which are in the finalist stage. They just launched a new website: www.lnedc.com  
 
Mayor John Woods: Metropolitan Transit Commission (MTC): The blue line extension from Charlotte to the UNC-Charlotte campus is scheduled for completion in March. They are conducting a Lynx expansion study to examine alternative routes for transit in North Mecklenburg County. Jason Lawrence, a representative from CATS, will share information on the north corridor mobility study, which will offer ideas for improving the 77X and Village Rider bus services, at a future meeting. Citizens will be asked to provide input at future information sessions.


Announcements:


  • Mayor Woods presented a proclamation for International Walk to School Day on October 4, 2017. We had hundreds of people (children and volunteers) participate!


Kids on green
Students from Davidson Elementary walk to school from the town green
  • Mayor Woods presented a proclamation for PANDAS-PANS* Awareness Day. *Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections/Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndromes -- a sudden, dramatic change in a child’s personality displayed as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder with accompanying symptoms following a strep, bacterial, or viral infection.


New Business:

  • Fire Chief Bo Fitzgerald asked the Davidson Board of Commissioners to consider the approval of a fire truck replacement contract to purchase three fire trucks – an engine, a tanker, and a pumper. The Davidson Board of Commissioners approved the purchase of all three vehicles for a total cost of $1,212,112.

  • The Davidson Board of Commissioners approved the re-allocation $42,000 for the affordable housing down payment assistance program.


Discussion:

  • Economic Development Manager Kim Fleming provided a recap of the Davidson Business Summit held Friday, September 22, where an enthusiastic group of attendees participated in reviewing Main Street retail trends, food as a destination, and entrepreneurship. Davidson created an environment that is very appealing to retailers and customers -- our businesses on Main Street, South Main Street, and Circles @ 30 are thriving. 

ANNOUNCEMENTS


On Tuesday, October 3, the EPA hosted their final community meeting to provide an update on their successful asbestos remediation project on the properties adjacent to 301 Depot Street. They have been a wonderful community partner throughout the remediation process.
 
Please join us for Davidson Connections on Thursday, October 5 at 9:00 a.m. at Ben & Jerry’s.
 
On Thursday, October 5 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. NCDOT will host a public meeting to discuss two projects at Cornelius Town Hall. One project proposes to improve the intersection of N.C. 115 (Main Street) at Potts Street, potentially with a roundabout. The other proposes to extend Potts Street to Sloan Street, including a multiuse trail between N.C. 115 and Griffith Street, and a roundabout at the Sloan Street/Griffith Street intersection. The Parks and Recreation bus will shuttle people from Davidson Town Hall to and from Cornelius Town Hall on a continuous loop starting at 4:50 p.m.
 

Kids Bike Clinic
Our Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a Fisher Farm Family Bike Fest  at Fisher Farm Park on Sunday, October 8 from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. There is no charge for this event and information is on our website.

Our Public Works Department seeks to hire a Maintenance Technician with a focus on landscaping. Applications can be found on our website or picked up at the front desk at town hall. 

 

Other updates:


Beaty Street Project

The Davidson Board of Commissioners and town staff have undertaken a process over the past 18 months to consider the sale and development of 19 acres of town-owned land on Beaty Street. On July 11, 2017, the Davidson Board of Commissioners voted to move forward with contract negotiations with the “Luminous” plan developer. Now, at this stage in the contract negotiation process, the Davidson Board of Commissioners and the “Luminous” plan developer are unable to agree to contract terms.
 
This current board of commissioners will not pursue development of this land, but options could be considered for the property going forward.
 
During this process, the town sought appraisals from two appraisers:
TB Harris (July 26, 2017) – Results: $1.91 million
Carol Fortenberry (August 4, 2017) – Results: $1.765 million
 
A local group sought a third appraisal:
Valbridge/Bosworth (August 7, 2017) – Results: $4.6 million
 
Because there was such a big discrepancy in the numbers, the town hired an independent appraisal reviewer (a typical practice when reports do not match) from the Hanes Group to analyze all three appraisals. The Hanes Group concluded that the value range of $1,765,000 to $1,910,000 is more reasonable and supported. The appraisal review is here.

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MI-Connection Upgrades Itself to Continuum


MI-Connection, the communications company owned by the Towns of Mooresville and Davidson, announced this week that they are changing the company’s name to “Continuum” to better reflect who they are as a company. They are local, reliable, and their focus is on customer care.  Research conducted last year showed that over 80% of survey responders rated the company as very good or excellent in their technical support and close to 70% gave the same rating in customer care.  The name represents the many advances they’ve made since their origination in 2007 such as faster internet speeds, new technologies like TV Anywhere, and Continuum Whole Home DVR.
 
You can check out the company’s new website at ourcontinuum.com.

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