To the Davidson Community,
Yesterday, all of our cell phones simultaneously sounded at 7:50 a.m. The Stay at Home Order was about to take effect within Mecklenburg County, including those of us in the Town of Davidson. The COVID-19 pandemic is something that none of us expected to face while in office, or even in our lifetimes, but we can all agree these are unprecedented times.
Lucky for us, Davidson is a community unlike any other. If any town can (figuratively!) come together to meet a challenge head on, it’s Davidson. Here are a few things we’d like for you all to keep in mind in the days ahead:
- It’s important to follow the Stay at Home Order. This order was not issued lightly. We know it impacts every resident and every business owner in this community tremendously. The decision was made after careful consideration and with the health and safety of the entire county in mind. For it to be effective, we all need to follow the guidance put out by the county’s health department and only leave home for true essentials (food, medicine, etc.). You can learn more about what you can and should not do, and get a list of FAQs, on the town’s website here.
- Parks and greenways remain open. In addition to being a vital part of our transportation network, we recognize that greenways and parks are incredibly valuable to people at this time to be able to exercise and maintain good mental health. To fully comply with the order and best protect the health and safety of our residents, active park features including playgrounds, tennis courts and basketball courts were closed at all town park facilities. Public restrooms were also closed at these locations. However, hiking, walking, and biking is still open for residents – we just require everyone to maintain social distancing and remain six feet apart from other greenway and park users.
- You can still get curb-side pick up or delivery from local restaurants. While many of our local businesses unfortunately had to shut their doors as of yesterday due to the Stay at Home order, several are still open. While you can’t go out and dine on the street as you normally like to on a Friday night, you can still order food from one of our awesome local restaurants online and drive by to pick it up – there are even prime parking spaces reserved specifically for curbside pick-up to make things easier. You all know our local businesses are a huge reason why Davidson is such a vibrant place – check out this page on the town website here to see which businesses are open and how you can help support our local economy!
- We’re working on a way forward. We are constantly working with staff and community partners to make Davidson the best place it can be, and that work doesn’t stop now. If you have a concern or a question, lift that up to us. You can email all five commissioners and the mayor by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. Please know that we are working with town staff to try to move ahead with town business when possible and appropriate. We’re refining ways to hold board of commissioner and advisory board meetings virtually so that we can continue the hard and rewarding work of planning for the future of Davidson, while still making sure we’re making everything accessible to the public. More information about this will be coming soon.
We know it’s a difficult time with a lot of unknowns and a lot of uncertainty. We encourage the Davidson community to be grounded in the fact that so much of what we love about this place- our small-town feel, our unique local businesses, the value we place on our natural and built environment, the friendliness and kindness of our residents – these are the things that make us strong during a crisis like this. These are the things we can hold tight to and can trust will see us through.
Mayor Rusty Knox
Commissioner Jane Campbell
Commissioner Jim Fuller
Commissioner Matthew Fort
Commissioner Autumn Rierson-Michael
Commissioner David Sitton