The Town of Davidson comprises just 5.1 square miles (not including the extra-territorial jurisdiction – ETJ). Our town is a finite area with separate and competing needs (residential, commercial, open space, active space, etc.). How we balance these needs going forward is critical as the east side of town develops. We do not want to repeat the issues we are experiencing in the village and on the west side of Davidson.
As a businesswoman for the past 30 years, I believe fiscal responsibility is of utmost importance. Whether it involves managing a household, running a business, or leading a department, it is essential to prioritize spending appropriately and to make tough choices and good decisions. The same applies when overseeing a town government. We must be good stewards of the taxpayers' money if we want Davidson to maintain its charm, attractiveness, and value as a great place to live, work and play.
From 7-9 am and 3:30-6:30 pm even the most patient people can become exasperated with our traffic – it can take 20 minutes to travel two miles! And rush hour is not the only problem. Like it or not, Davidson has become a “cut-through” town for trucks and commuters making their way from Concord to Mooresville and vice versa. This increasing load is only going to get worse as development along Highway 73 and in Mooresville continues. Improving traffic flow needs to be a priority.
As citizens of Davidson, we rely on a safe, clean community in which to live and raise our families. Citizen safety encompasses many facets. Adequate police, fire, and EMS resources, as well as, well-maintained roads, sidewalks, and greenway connections are components that work together to keep our citizens safe and maintain our quality of life.
In August 2007, the Board of Commissioners approved the purchase of the old Adelphia cable system for $80 million (plus an additional $12.5 million one year later), without voter support, thereby setting Davidson on a financially devastating trajectory for the next decade. MI-Connection has been a proverbial albatross hanging around our town’s neck. Our budget is struggling. It is time to develop an exit strategy.
The town of Davidson has done a wonderful job of preserving hundreds of acres of open space with trails and park benches. However, we have not focused on providing enough active space, especially for our teenagers and families. It’s time to turn some of our attention to providing basketball courts, soccer fields, tennis courts, and other active spaces, as well as finishing several critical greenway connections.