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Donna Pollack May 14, 2018, 8:32 PM

What type of meeting would be beneficial to you for an open Q&A session with our elected officials?
Quarterly coffee chats at Davidson Town Hall (alternating 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. start times to accommodate schedules), Quarterly coffee chats at another location (alternating 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. start times to accommodate schedules)


If you selected "quarterly coffee chats at another location" as your top priority, where do you recommend holding these coffee chats?
DCPC Fellowship Hall, DUMC Fellowship Hall


What are your OTHER ideas for Q&A sessions with the elected officials:
I would prefer that at least two board members be in attendance. I do not like one on one meetings with a commissioner and citizen.


What is your reaction to the overall new schedule (work sessions on the first and second Tuesday, regular meeting on the fourth Tuesday, all with agendas, all with a 6:00 p.m. start time)?
I like the idea of having public comments at the last work session but worry about the timing of a vote if it is to take place on that same night.

Name not shown May 14, 2018, 1:39 PM

What type of meeting would be beneficial to you for an open Q&A session with our elected officials?
Monthly coffee chats at Davidson Town Hall (alternating 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. start times to accommodate schedules), Quarterly coffee chats at another location (alternating 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. start times to accommodate schedules)

Nancy Gardner May 14, 2018, 1:32 PM

What type of meeting would be beneficial to you for an open Q&A session with our elected officials?
Quarterly coffee chats at another location (alternating 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. start times to accommodate schedules) , Monthly coffee chats at Davidson Town Hall (alternating 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. start times to accommodate schedules)


If you selected "quarterly coffee chats at another location" as your top priority, where do you recommend holding these coffee chats?
Some place similar to the Egg so folks can enjoy beverages--and it adds to the informality of the sessions. But would like them to be monthly rather than quarterly.


What are your OTHER ideas for Q&A sessions with the elected officials:
Try to encourage some other folks besides the SD people to attend.


What is your reaction to the overall new schedule (work sessions on the first and second Tuesday, regular meeting on the fourth Tuesday, all with agendas, all with a 6:00 p.m. start time)?
no opinion here

Carol Jones May 13, 2018, 8:46 AM

Have you reviewed the proposed budget for FY 2018-2019?
Yes


Do you approve of the proposed budget for FY 2018-2019?
No


Please explain:
I don't see the correlation between the Strategic Plan and the budget.

Land Use is the primary goal, but the budget for the Planning Department has been substantially decreased. The Planning Department has a lot of work to do (along with the Economic Development Department to focus on commercial growth), but do they have the necessary resources to get it done?

Community Engagement is another primary goal. But a mailer, a citizen survey, and a dinner isn't enough!


Please list in order the priorities on which you believe the Town of Davidson should focus for FY 2018-2019:
Fire and Police, Economic Development (not historic preservation), Community Engagement

Cathleen Santeiu May 13, 2018, 8:26 AM

Have you reviewed the proposed budget for FY 2018-2019?
Yes


Do you approve of the proposed budget for FY 2018-2019?
No


Please explain:
Close scrutiny should be given to line items being maintained at last year's budget level but for which spending has not occurred. If there is a large variation (plus or minus) from the previous year, it would be helpful to explain in notes.


Please list in order the priorities on which you believe the Town of Davidson should focus for FY 2018-2019:
Economic development (commercial/business use), Community engagement (communications and outreach), Mobility/transportation (streets and sidewalks), Planning (for managed and sustainable growth), Operations (staffing, public safety and facilities)

Cathleen Santeiu May 13, 2018, 5:39 AM

What type of meeting would be beneficial to you for an open Q&A session with our elected officials?
Monthly coffee chats at Davidson Town Hall (alternating 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. start times to accommodate schedules)


What are your OTHER ideas for Q&A sessions with the elected officials:
Provide a survey form at meetings to gather more feedback from citizens instead of relying on just the vocalized input., Broaden and promote the use of the on-line "Open Town Hall" to collect questions, identify priorities, and gather more input from citizens.


What is your reaction to the overall new schedule (work sessions on the first and second Tuesday, regular meeting on the fourth Tuesday, all with agendas, all with a 6:00 p.m. start time)?
What's the difference between a work session and a regular meeting? They need to be distinctly different, otherwise you will just be holding three meetings a month, with one being longer than the other two because of the added opportunity for citizens to speak., The work sessions should be reserved to study, analyze, and clarify specific issues, and include public input. No decisions should be made except in regular meetings. Therefore, I think there should be no public input during regular meetings, just in the work sessions. , All work session topics should include use of the on-line "Open Town Hall" to gather more input than from just the same few vocal speakers.

Carol Jones May 13, 2018, 5:35 AM

What type of meeting would be beneficial to you for an open Q&A session with our elected officials?
Monthly coffee chats at Davidson Town Hall (alternating 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. start times to accommodate schedules)


What are your OTHER ideas for Q&A sessions with the elected officials:
Q&A sessions should focus on specific topics and be announced prior to the meeting. This will allow citizens concerned about the specific topics to ask questions and listen to other comments about those topics. The loose structure and "no agenda" of the Coffee Chats have turned them into little more than complaining sessions for the "vocal minority.", Ask citizens to submit topics or questions via the website and/or the CivicMobile app, or provide a short survey form at the meeting. You'll then have a running list from which the Commissions can select a topic of discussion for the next meeting., Commissioners can kick-off the Q&A session with a short overview of the topic, so that it sets the stage for citizens to provide their feedback, ask questions, and propose ideas. The Mayor (or facilitator) should ensure that both "sides" of an issue have exposure. Commissioners should be prepared to answer questions., Commissioners and citizens who are speaking should be asked to stand up and speak into a microphone, so they can be both seen and heard in the taped video. , Schedule "Lunch and Learn" sessions at Town Hall, where people can bring their own lunch and spend time with a Board Member or a Department Head who can talk about a topic-of-the-day and get citizen feedback.


What is your reaction to the overall new schedule (work sessions on the first and second Tuesday, regular meeting on the fourth Tuesday, all with agendas, all with a 6:00 p.m. start time)?
Scheduling all meetings at 6:00 p.m. gives those working 9 to 5 the opportunity to attend, but not everyone has a 9 to 5 work schedule or wants to be out after dark, especially when the meeting runs late.

William Boehmler May 12, 2018, 1:35 PM

What type of meeting would be beneficial to you for an open Q&A session with our elected officials?
Monthly coffee chats at Davidson Town Hall (alternating 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. start times to accommodate schedules), Quarterly coffee chats at Davidson Town Hall (alternating 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. start times to accommodate schedules), Quarterly coffee chats at another location (alternating 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. start times to accommodate schedules)


What is your reaction to the overall new schedule (work sessions on the first and second Tuesday, regular meeting on the fourth Tuesday, all with agendas, all with a 6:00 p.m. start time)?
Makes sense. Would allow most people to attend work sessions. May make the fourth Tuesday with citizen opportunity to speak run rather late into the evening.

Rick Short May 12, 2018, 12:15 PM

Have you reviewed the proposed budget for FY 2018-2019?
Yes


Do you approve of the proposed budget for FY 2018-2019?
No


Please explain:
The $400k "carve out" for capital projects should instead be used to halve the solid waste fee implemented to provide cash to subsidize Mi-Connection.

It is time to provide relief to taxpayers on this subject.


Please list in order the priorities on which you believe the Town of Davidson should focus for FY 2018-2019:
Public Safety (Police and Fire), Tax relief to lower the extreme disparity with neighboring towns, Roads, Complete missing sidewalk sections

joan adams May 12, 2018, 11:12 AM

What type of meeting would be beneficial to you for an open Q&A session with our elected officials?
Quarterly coffee chats at another location (alternating 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. start times to accommodate schedules)


If you selected "quarterly coffee chats at another location" as your top priority, where do you recommend holding these coffee chats?
I recommend that an apology be sent to The Egg for the rudeness of the people and the commissioners. Then, continue at The Egg. Also, suggest that people attending the meeting leave a tip for the workers.


What is your reaction to the overall new schedule (work sessions on the first and second Tuesday, regular meeting on the fourth Tuesday, all with agendas, all with a 6:00 p.m. start time)?
I feel that specific topics are better than an agenda. Also, commissioners need to introduce themselves. , Guidlines for civility is not followed. The last participants in the "chat" had personal agendas. This was very disturbing.