An update on the Vine Street Park…..at the September City Council Meeting we will be selecting the company to construct the new park, We are also applying for a Campbell County Extension Environmental Sustainability Grant for the planting of trees and a butterfly garden at the park.
We have received authorization for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to begin the design work for the Dayton Pike Safe Routes to School and the Streetscape between McKinney. It’s great that we are now able to get these projects moving forward.
I’d also like to let you know about TreeDevelop Dayton. It’s an initiative to bring more trees to Dayton. TreeDevelop Dayton is offering to plant trees for residents and business owners for only $25. We’re, also looking for volunteers to help plant the trees. If you're interested in getting a tree or volunteering to help plant trees, please fill out the online form for volunteering or the application for a tree available at www.daytonky.com/trees or contact Bob Yoder, Main Street Manager at 859-491-1600.
The Dayton Civic Association will be putting on Kitefest again this year on Saturday, September 30 from 12 PM - 5 PM at Gil Lynn Park. Kitefest will have free kites to the first 500 children in attendance, over 14 local area mascots, princesses, and super heroes. The Mascot Parade starts at 12 noon with festivities going until 5:00. Games, photo booth, craft vendors, food and more. It’s going to be a great day for the family, so come out join us in the fun!
Thanks to the grant writing skills of Karen Strickley of the Fire Department of Bellevue-Dayton, I am pleased to announce that the cities of Bellevue and Dayton will be receiving a new pumper truck from grant money awarded to the department by FEMA’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program.
The Fire Department received the notice last month of a grant award for $456,191, or approximately 95 percent of the $479,000 it had requested from the grant program. The purchase of a new pumper will replace the department’s 21-year-old Ferrara pumper. Great Job Karen!
In other grant news, the Kentucky Department of Homeland Security has given us the go ahead to begin installing cameras at multiple locations across the city. We also expect to have the approval from the Transportation Cabinet to begin the design work on the Safe Route to School project along Dayton Pike, and the streetscape project along Sixth Avenue, soon.
In the City Building, I’d like to congratulate our Assistant City Clerk, Tiffany Myers on her completion of the coursework for her designation as a Certified Kentucky Municipal Clerk. This is a designation from the Kentucky Municipal Clerks Association and takes three years to complete.
The Civic Association is working on Kite Fest, which will be held on September 30th at Gil Lynn Park. The Main Street program will have its final Food Truck Thursday on September 7th and is working with the Dayton Band Programs on a concert at the Memorial Park on Saturday, September 9th. Lastly, don’t forget the kids go back to school on August 16th, so please drive carefully.
Until next month,
Mayor Virgil Boruske
I feel it is important for me to take this opportunity to clarify the intentions of my administration regarding the plans and construction of a new community center/city building for the City of Dayton. I ran for Mayor with the promise of doing everything within my means to reinstate progress towards a design and eventual construction of a community center, and I believe it can become a focal point of our growing business district.
The City began to plan for a new community center in 2005 when plans for a new community center and its location were outlined and approved unanimously by council as part of the Manhttan Harbour Development Agreement. In the following years the city began to invest thousands of dollars to acquire and demolish property to ready the Berry Street/Sixth Avenue site for the project. As plans and progress for Manhattan Harbour slowed in 2009 due to the recession, so too did the city’s actions for acquiring the remaining property needed for the community center. I am pleased to announce that at the May 2nd council meeting of this year, the Dayton City Council voted to purchase the last property needed for the community center site.
The City is in desperate need of a new building to conduct city business. We have completely run out of room in the current building to store the files we are required to keep for extended periods of time. We have had to resort to storing other non-sensitive information in several other buildings across the city. We often host developers and investors from all over the country to discuss development and we are forced to cram them into small meeting rooms or offices that are not to the level of professionalism that should be expected for a city with the high level of development space we have to offer. For three years we have relied on the school to host our council meetings along with various other board meetings of the city and it would be nice to bring all of that back under the city’s roof.
One of my major concerns is the conditions for our police department. Most of our Police Officers have their offices in the basement of the current building. The Police Department offices are so crowded the Chief, Lieutenant, and Clerk now occupy the space that was formally our council chambers. Our evidence room has reached its capacity and the rest of our officers are forced to create working space in any of the remaining areas. As we continue to grow the department, keep our city safe, and keep our officer’s moral high, we need a high quality facility to match those motives.
Since we recently acquired the last remaining piece for the community center site, what does this mean going forward? I want it to be known that we have no intention of taking away the green space, veteran’s memorials and monuments, and other amenities that our citizens and those visiting have come to know and love. While some preliminary designs for a community center were done in 2008 and 2009, we have every intention of completing a new design so we can be sure all of the elements listed above are incorporated into the site. A lot has changed in 10 years and I think we should design a community center to reflect Dayton’s current needs.
The Dayton Community Center project has been a vision for our community for well over a decade. Through the years, we have worked to acquire the property to move forward with the project. We have shown the need, and we are taking the next steps to make this long term community vision a reality.
Until next month,
Mayor Virgil Boruske
Looking back a little, May was an incredible month in Dayton! First I want to congratulate all of this year’s graduates! With Dayton High School’s College and Career Readiness score of 100, an average ACT score 20.7, and over $4.5 million in scholarships, the hard work you’ve put in really shows!
Last weekend, I had the honor of walking in the 88th Annual Dayton-Bellevue Memorial Day Parade. I want to thank the Parade Committee as this was one of the best Memorial Day Parades I can remember. Kudos also need to go out to our public works department for all of their hard work in getting the city ready for the parade.
We had another ribbon cutting in our Main Street District, welcoming Trotta’s Steak and Seafood to Dayton. The Main Street program also had their first Food Truck Thursday, the next Food Truck Thursday will be July 13 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.
Last but not least, the new fire truck was delivered to the Bellevue-Dayton Fire Department just in time for the parade.
Looking forward, Paint the Town will be here painting 19 houses in Dayton on Saturday, June 10. The Dayton Civic Club is getting everything ready for the River City Music Fest II on Saturday, June 17, with 10 bands, crafts, food trucks and more.
Mark your calendars for the Dayton City-Wide Yard Sale on July 22nd. You can sign up by calling the city at 491-1600, or register your yard sale online at www.daytonky.com/yardsale. Remember this is the one day a year you can have a yard sale, without needing to get a yard sale permit.
Until next month, enjoy the summer!
Mayor Virgil Boruske
As I write this it’s raining, again. I know the recent rains have caused a lot of flooded basements. SD1 has recently announced their new Backup Assistance Program. Through this program, SD1 is offering financial assistance to help property owners prevent sewer backups caused by wet weather. For more info, check out: www.sd1.org/seweremergency.
There have been some beautiful spring days too for the baseball and softball games on the fields at Gil Lynn Park. I want thank the Dayton Park Board and everyone who worked on the new dugouts. The new dugouts look great!
I am looking forward to the 88th annual Bellevue-Dayton Memorial Day Parade on May 29th at 10:30 am. Honoring our veterans is a long held tradition in Dayton. I also want to recognize the hard work of our Public Works Department to repair the damage to the War Memorial after the accident.
Dayton has again been chosen as one of the six communities that are eligible for the myNKY Nano Grants program. This program provides up to $250 for creative ideas to strengthen the community. The application deadline is May 31st, so if you have an idea for a project you can download an application or you can apply online at http://www.greatneighborhoods.org/grants/skyward-nano-grants.
The Main Street program is starting their Food Truck Thursdays starting June 1st. Once a month from June - September we will have Food Trucks at the Town Center/Memorial Park at Sixth Avenue and Berry Street from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM. For June, the Main Street Program will be hosting Packhouse Meats and Mister Softee.
Mark your calendars, and clean out the attic. The Dayton City-Wide Yard Sale is scheduled for Saturday, July 22 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM. The Main Street Program will be renting out spaces at the Town Center/Memorial Park. If you’d like to sign your house up for the yard sale or rent a space, contact Robert Yoder, Dayton Main Street Manager at email@example.com or call the office at 491-1600.
Until next month,
As spring approaches and the days become longer, I hope to see our citizens spending more time outside enjoying some of our city’s great springtime traditions. I always look forward to St. Bernard’s Fish Fry during the Lenten Season, which is every Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. The Dayton Civic Club is working hard on planning its annual Easter Egg Hunt to be held at Gil Lynn Park on Saturday, April 8. The event will begin at 1 p.m. and is always a fun time for the kids and their families.
I’m excited to announce that our city is applying for a Recreational Trail Program Grant to build a network of hiking and biking trails in Sargeant Park. The plan for the trails will help us increase the usage of the park and provide residents with a way to get more active and enjoy the natural surroundings that the park offers. There will be a public meeting on the grant application at the Main Street meeting on Tuesday, March 28 at 7 p.m. at the VFW Hall on the corner of Sixth and Main. If you’re interested in hearing more about the trails, please join us at the meeting.
Our Main Street Program has many good works going on for our city. We’ve received a $1,550 Urban Forestry Grant from the Campbell County Conservation District in support of the Main Street Program’s Tree Hab Project, so we will be planting trees throughout the city this fall. Also, the Main Street Program has ordered eight bike racks that will be installed in the Main Street District to be used by residents and the many cyclists who ride bikes in and through Dayton. Once the racks are installed, people will be able to stop, lock up their bikes and visit our shops and restaurants.
Until next month,
At the close of each year, we look forward to change and renewal in the coming New Year. This year, 2017 promises to be a great year of change, renewal and progress for our city. I'm excited to announce that Gateway Apartments, which is part of our Manhattan Harbour Development Project, broke ground in January. The project includes 76 new apartment units with river views and direct access to the flood levee walking path. The City anticipates the plans for other development phases in Manhattan Harbour to to progress in 2017 as well.
Two other projects that I’m excited to tell you about will lead to some drastic visual changes for the city and for the public to enjoy. This year, work will begin on the making of Riverfront Commons, a 1-mile pedestrian trail along the river. We will also be adding some new lighting enhancements to our Central Business District that will enhance our streets and brighten the district at night. Both of these projects are in the design phase, and I anticipate construction to begin sometime this summer or early fall.
I am pleased to announce that Arts Wave has awarded the Dayton Civic Club Activities Board a $4,725 grant to fund the Third Annual Northern Kentucky Kite Festival this year. Arts Wave awarded Neighborhood Arts and Festivals Grants to 8 community-based organizations across the Greater Cincinnati region in January. We greatly appreciate the Arts Wave organization for the grant and look forward to this year’s Kite Festival.
Until next month,
Mayor Virgil Boruske
I want to extend my best wishes for a Happy New Year to the citizens of Dayton. Dayton has greatly benefited from our planning as a quality city and our strong partnership with our fine citizens and community organizations.
I also want to welcome our new incoming City Council members Jeff Haas and Jeff Volter, as well as welcome back our re-elected Council members Bill Burns, Denny Lynn, Ben Baker and Joe Neary. Our City Council and administrative staff will continue to provide citizens with quality services and opportunities for economic growth.
I believe that we are on track with our vision for Dayton and we will continue to work on making our vision a reality in 2017.
Best wishes for the coming year,
As we come to a close this year, I want to thank everyone for all of their hard work and dedication that you have contributed to our city. I am so proud to live here and be your Mayor, and I’m looking forward to this coming New Year as we continue to move forward with our economic development projects and ongoing special events.
I also want to thank the Dayton Civic Club for pulling off another great Light Up Dayton event on Sunday, December 4. Watching all the kids come through the line at the fire house to meet Santa, receive great gifts and enjoy a slice of pizza was a gentle reminder of what fun children bring to the Christmas season.
In closing, I urge our citizens to remember to be safe during this holiday season. Please take care of yourselves and enjoy each day responsibly. From all of us at the Dayton City Building, we would like to wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas season.
Mayor Virgil Boruske