by Katie Orlando

Two Davidson commissioners stepped down Tuesday, Dec. 13, after declining to seek reelection for another two-year term. One is leaving the board after one term, the other ending a 16-year legacy.

Mayor John Woods presented Tim Dreffer a resolution of appreciation for his service as a commissioner, highlighting his work with the Davidson Farmers Market.

Dreffer is stepping down to focus on work and family.

“It’s really the season of my kids at this moment,” he said.

Former Mayor Randy Kincaid called Margo Williams’ departure from the board after 16 years “the end of an era” in which the town conceived affordable housing, greenways and design standards.

Williams has been instrumental in health initiatives, most recently with the Centers for Disease Control grant of $350,000 to conduct Health Impact Assessments over the next three years.

“We know that our precious town is even more precious for you having served on this board,” Kincaid said.

Commissioner Laurie Venzon presented Williams a book of pictures and six-word stories about Williams, including a tribute from Evelyn Carr, one of Davidson’s longest residents.

Family members helped swear in re-elected commissioners, Woods and new commissioners Rodney Graham and Jim Fuller.

In 2012, Woods said financial stability will be a top priority, with focus on economic development opportunities like the Red Line.

In other business:

• The board elected Brian Jenest Mayor Pro Tem.

• Downtown Manager Kim Fleming reported that 30,000 people attended Christmas in Davidson, with no major incidents during the three-night festival. The town made $3,219.56 at the event, which will support business development programs. Many nonprofit organizations made more than $5,000.

• Public Works Manager Doug Wright is evaluating visibility crosswalk. His preliminary recommendations are installing in-street signs at Thompson and Concord roads and Chambers Street and Concord Road, among others. Wright also plans to recommend a flashing light signal at Beaty and Magnolia Streets and Concord Road and either Faculty or Baker Drive.

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