As you all know, summer is approaching and there are some Code issues that the City will be stepping up enforcement on this year to keep Dayton a safe, clean and beautiful community.
For the past year I have been doing Addresses or Building Identification as a secondary charge when a more pressing issue comes to my attention through a complaint or by way of an observation. Addresses are “VITAL INFORMATION” for Police and Fire when responding to an emergency run; a few extra minutes could be the difference in saving someone’s life. We are requesting everyone in the city to please get your address numbers (4 inches) up on the front of your building to identify your address. If you receive a violation in the mail for not having your numbers posted, you will be given 10-14 days to obtain the numbers and have them posted before a citation will be issued. It will be much more economical to post your numbers than to pay a $250.00 fine for not having them posted.
We will also be stepping up enforcement on garbage; the ordinance for garbage is Chapter 50 which will provide the info on proper containers, what you can and cannot sit out for pick-up, as well as setting out large items.
A brief explanation; by City Ordinance you can sit out up to SIX containers for trash pick-up weighing no more than 35lbs each; the containers must be made of durable, water tight, rust-resistant material with handles and a lid to help with collection.
If you would like additional information or would like to read the entire Ordinance, a copy can be obtained at the City Building or you can read chapter 50 on the website. Anyone failing to follow the above requirements for trash pick-up will be subject to a $50.00 fine for each infraction.
We will also continue enforcement on grass for the upcoming season. If you are given a violation or a Door Hangar for high grass and/or weeds you will be given FIVE (5) days to cut your grass. After the five days, the city will issue you a citation in the amount of $250.00. Please keep your yard cleaned up and your grass cut to prevent receiving a violation and/or a citation from the City.
Let’s all work together to keep Dayton a safe, clean and beautiful community!!!
Phil Liles Jr.
Last year when Avenue Pharmacy in Dayton learned that their lease wouldn’t be renewed, owner Sam Colleta reached out to Robert Yoder, Dayton’s Economic Development Director for help. “Robert had a list of available properties in Dayton, many of which weren’t listed for sale, and told us about the Commercial Community Advantage Program,” said Sam Colleta.
Avenue Pharmacy found a new location at 201 Sixth Avenue, the former Smitty’s Bar, but they knew the building would require extensive renovations. This is where Dayton’s Commercial Community Advantage Program (CCAP) would provide gap financing to make this project possible. “We wanted to keep Avenue Pharmacy in Dayton,” said Robert Yoder, “It’s vital to a small town like Dayton to have a local pharmacy to meet the needs of our residents. We were able to provide $30,000 in matching funds for this project. That turned a vacant tavern into this wonderful new pharmacy.”
At the ribbon cutting on Thursday, March 14, Dayton Mayor Ben Baker said, “We thank Avenue Pharmacy for their commitment to serve the residents of Dayton and for their investment in our historic downtown. Having a pharmacy in our downtown is critical not only to the health of our residents, but to the walk-ability of our main street."
For more information on the City of Dayton’s Economic Incentives visit http://www.daytonky.com/visitors/economic-development/ or contact Robert Yoder, Economic Development Director at 859-491-1600 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally, spring is not just here on the calendar but here in the air! Lawnmowers, power washers, paintbrushes, and brooms are breaking out all over. With temperatures warming up, folks will be outside reconnecting with their neighborhoods, cleaning up their properties, tending their gardens, and planning their seasonal plantings.
The Dayton Community Garden on Third Street is already being prepped for the growing season, thanks to a great group of volunteers who’ve continued this project. Contact Allen Smith if you want to join, and if there’s enough demand and volunteers, we can consider additional garden locations.
With spring rains can come rain water issues, as we recently experienced on east Sixth Street and Seventh Street. I have created a new Infrastructure Super Task Force to address runoff issues, as well as many other infrastructure needs around our city. They’re already working hand-in-hand with my Administration team and our great Public Works Department, to help identify and address issues like runoff, public safety, traffic, and other topics that affect our everyday lives. Thanks to the Task Force and Public Works and SD1, the issues on east Sixth and Seventh Streets have been addressed, and the list of other needed projects is growing. You can report any issues to me, my Administration, or to Task Force Members Volter, Beseler, or Neary.
Thanks to our Civic Activity Board and many volunteers and donors, Dayton’s traditional Egg Hunt will be held at Gil Lynn Park on April 13 at 1:00 pm. The event is open to all children (12 and under) who are Dayton residents, and with food and drinks available is always a fun time for all. Louisville might host the Derby as “the fastest two minutes in sports “, but Dayton has “the fastest two minutes in egg hunts!” Stop by and cheer them on!
Spring sports are in full swing at our Schools, and our students are leading the way in many athletic and academic contests. Check the Dayton Independent School District schedule, and attend at least a few of these events to cheer on our kids and show them your support.
The RiverWalk Trail construction should start as soon as the weather permits, and our Safe Sidewalks projects are also on target to begin this spring and summer. These projects will complement our great park system, and give us more options to walk around our city.
Speaking of walking, remember that April is Pedestrian Safety Month. A healthy community depends on being able to move around safely on foot, so we don’t have to drive every time we want to go somewhere in town. Pedestrian Safety is a two-way street; it depends on pedestrians being aware of traffic and their surroundings, and drivers being aware that the right-of-way in crosswalks belongs to the pedestrian. Please be more aware that with warmer weather more people will be out walking, and please follow safe practices to keep Dayton a walkable community.
The construction of the Gateway complex at Third and Walnut is moving along, with interior work progressing quickly. The progress on the Tapestry project on Manhattan Harbour Boulevard (near the marina) is exciting to watch, with more walls and floors going up every day. These two developments will bring around 350 new residential units to our city, with hundreds of new citizens. Marketing of the units has already begun, emphasizing how great it is to live in Dayton KY. Check the city site and Facebook pages as we post some of those materials, as they make me proud to be a Dayton resident.
Your Planning & Zoning Board recently approved 170 more units along the riverfront development, consisting of 2- 4- and multi-family units with beautiful designs that will fit into the existing plan. Completion target is 2025, so the next few years will be an even more exciting time for our city and staff.
We have so many other projects we’re working on, if I listed them all I’d fill a whole page or two!
I want to thank all my staff for making my first three months as Mayor so productive and smooth. We have great employees here in Dayton who work so hard for our city and our citizens. And SINCERE THANKS to all our citizens who are supporting our efforts to make Dayton KY an even BETTER place to live!
Adaptability. How important is it?
Traditionally, most folks attribute success to how smart you are which is measured by your IQ (Intelligence Quotient). Some have also added to this success formula the idea of your emotional intelligence/EQ. This would be measured by your ability to be aware of and in control of one’s emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships. You could also think of this as your social skills. Recently, a third member has joined this success formula and it is your AQ, or adaptability quotient. Your adaptability quotient is measured by your ability to adapt to and thrive in an environment of change. I am not going to debate if one is more important than the other, but I believe that we can all agree that all three of these are important to the success of an individual or the success of an organization.
At Dayton Independent Schools, we are constantly looking for new and different ways to - challenge our students intellectually, aid them with their social/emotional needs, and help them adapt to their ever-changing and sometimes unpredictable environment. Some examples of how we are adapting to meet the needs of our students are as follows:
We are proud of our continued growth and excellence. We will continue to look for ways to adapt to better meet the needs of all our students.
Proudly serving as Superintendent of Dayton Independent Schools
The Power of Positivity
We continue to pride ourselves here at Lincoln on recognizing students for their hard work. We believe that focusing on the positives is very powerful. We would love to share with you some of the ways that we “highlight” our students here at LES.
We are extremely proud of our students’ hard work and dedication in becoming the best person they can be. We are also very grateful and proud for our dedicated staff members who help inspire, engage and grow EACH Lincoln student.
Proudly serving the students and families of Lincoln Elementary,
Heather Dragan, Principal Tim Chenot, Assistant Principal
Betty Lightfoot, a member of First Baptist Dayton since 1952, celebrated her 104th birthday in February, and a birthday party was held in her honor. Betty will also be receiving recognition from the City of Dayton at the next council meeting on March 5.
Among other good news from First Baptist Dayton, two new members have joined the church through baptism recently. Matt Sumpter and Rhonda Brown are shown on the right, posing with their baptismal certificates and Pastor Harold Pike.
Submitted by: Gail Myers
Avenue Pharmacy has proudly served Bellevue, Dayton, and the surrounding communities since 2002. We started in a small space inside Riverside SuperValu, moved into a larger space within the grocery building, and are now excited to announce that we are expanding again!
We recently purchased the building at 201 6th Ave in Dayton (formerly Smitty’s Bar). After several months of extensive renovations, we will officially open in our new location on Monday, March 18th. We will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and our phone number will remain the same; (859) 491-1700.
After we’ve had some time to settle in at our new location, we plan to host a Grand Re-opening celebration on Saturday, April 27th. At the Grand Re-opening, you’ll have the opportunity to get a closer look at our new home. We will provide food and drinks, and have several drawings for prizes.
We are grateful to the city of Dayton for all they’ve done to facilitate our search and relocation efforts. We are also very thankful for the tremendous support of our customers who have wished us well throughout this process. We are eager to share the transformation with you, and we are excited to continue our commitment to the communities we have grown with since 2002.
Congratulations to Grace Workman in becoming a member of the 1000 Point Club in her time playing with the Lady Devils Basketball Team. A gifted athlete, Grace will move on to the baseball field for Lady Devil Softball after basketball season. Best wishes, Grace!
We have had so much to celebrate at LES over the past month of school because of the many great accomplishments of our students and due to our continued community partnerships. At our recent quarterly Recognition Assemblies, primary and intermediate students were recognized for perfect attendance and for academic excellence (Honor Roll, Sight Word Stars, etc.) for the 2nd quarter of school.
Our students also have shown their hard work in areas outside of the classroom. So many of our students take advantage of the many after-school clubs that our amazing teachers provide for them. Our Academic Team and STLP club continue to be stand-outs in the region; our Drama Club is already working on their upcoming production of Lion King Jr. set for April 26th and April 27th; our Robotics Team continues to prepare for their upcoming March state competition; our student council members meet weekly to plan various leadership projects for around the school; the Kind Hearts Club continues to meet monthly doing kind deeds around the school which include their High Five Fridays.
There are so many great things to help our little devils grow outside of the classroom, too. The community partnerships that we are lucky to have secured continue to bring great opportunities for our students. The Scripps Howard Foundation donated an amazing Scholastic Book Fair to our students last month. All 591 preschool through sixth grade students got to participate in this opportunity, which allowed every student to select two books of choice to take home. Our Reading One to One Program through the Northern Kentucky Education Council continues to bring adult and Dayton High School volunteer readers into our school weekly by providing reading and math mentoring to our students in the primary grades.
We are also so very grateful to our Dayton partners. We would like to give a BIG shout out to Tim and Crystal Hall, owners of Hometown Heroes, for their continued support of our school. This week they walked in with a donation of 50+ hats and gloves for our Family Resource Center and later this month our fifth graders will be enjoying their annual trip to Camp Joy thanks to their $3000 donation from the fundraiser they held back in the fall. We love and welcome our community members to become a part of our school community!
We are extremely proud of our students’ hard work and dedication in becoming the best person they can be. We are also very grateful for and proud of our dedicated staff members and community partners who help inspire, engage and grow EACH Lincoln student.
Proudly serving the students and families of Lincoln Elementary,
Heather Dragan, Principal Tim Chenot, Assistant Principal
Children Will Be What They See
We are excited to announce that Dayton Independent Schools has been awarded an Innovative Approaches to Literacy Grant that will span three years and bring books, resources, technology, and additional instructional support to our students and staff. This is yet again, another step forward as we look for ways to Inspire, Engage, and Grow each of our Students.
Our district continues to put great effort into improving literacy for all students. We just recently finished one of three Scholastic Book Fairs in which each child at Lincoln Elementary, preschool thru 6th grade, received two free, self-selected books. We anticipate at least two more of these free Book Fairs.
So, you might be asking yourself, “What’s the big deal about reading?” Great question. Like nothing else, reading alters a child’s academic and intellectual trajectory. Research supports that there is a compelling relationship between time spent reading and reading achievement. If a student at the 30th percentile merely read for an additional 10 minutes per day, they would be reading the same amount as those at the 70th percentile.
As famous author Aldous Huxley writes, “Every man who knows how to read has it in his power to magnify himself, to multiply the ways in which he exists, to make his life full, significant, and interesting.
Let’s work together to make sure that every Greendevil is spending time in school and out of school reading. One of the best ways to make this happen is to model this practice in our homes. One of my favorite quotes is “Children will be what they see.” Do they see you reading?
Proudly Serving as Superintendent of Dayton Independent Schools
Love is in the air as we approach Valentine’s Day and there are many things to love here in Dayton. We certainly love our public works department, as over the past month they have worked diligently at all hours of night and day making sure that our streets are safe from the snow and ice. I’m sure you remember how cold it got and can appreciate the hard work that they perform.
Another thing we can love in Dayton is the many different dining options we have to take our sweetheart out to on Valentine’s Day. No matter what your beau likes, you have many great choices with food at Hometown Heroes, Trotta’s, Divine Waffles and Weck, Buck’s BBQ,, Purple Poulet, and AA Wok! Gotta love that!
And of course in Dayton we love our neighbors. During the last snow storm I had multiple people call me to mention how great their neighbors were in helping to shovel snow and keep their sidewalks safe. Thanks to all those who helped their neighbors out and making Dayton a lovely place for us to call home.
All my love,
Mayor Ben Baker
Our Public Works crew has had a busy month and they have done a great job keeping the streets in drivable conditions, given the amount of snow, ice, and sub-zero temperatures we have experienced. We have received a fair number of calls about constant ice build-up in certain areas of the community. We are exploring all options on how best to remedy or intervene in these situations as they are all different and all deal with private property.
Contracts for Phase I – Riverfront Commons construction have been completed and are being signed. A Pre-construction meeting has been set and construction should begin in the Spring, with weather dictating how quickly the project can get underway. Construction documents for the Riverfront Commons project and Sidewalk Enhancement project are now posted online under attractions.
Please note that all City Council members now have daytonky.com email addresses. These new emails are posted online under Government - Mayor and Council Members.
I met with the Northern Kentucky Area Development District and we have discussed the completion of the City’s Comprehensive Plan. They have fallen a bit behind because of some staffing vacancies in their office. There are still a few sections of the plan that will need to be completed and they don’t anticipate wrapping up the report until sometime in February or March.
We received three (3) banking bids from our RFP. I will begin to review the proposals in February and will have a report to you by the end of the month leading up to the March Council meeting.
The Dayton Housing Authority is accepting bids for the Executive Director position. Resumes are due by 4:00 PM February 8th to the Dayton City Building.
There will be a Planning and Zoning Meeting on February 6th at 7:00PM at the School Administration Building at 200 Clay Street.
Upcoming Meetings: BAR – February 12th Main Street – February 26th
Michael Giffen, City Administrator
My grandson and I got to the fishing show around 3:45, and then we started hunting for our friends booths. We finally did find them up on the second floor of the building. We did ask Mark and Vince some question about baits to use this season. Vince likes Catawba worms for catfish, Mark did not think they worked in the river. We then walked around the other booths nearby to check out all the different things up for sale. Never did get down to the first floor where all of the boats and kayaks were on display.
Finally we got set up to listen to Mark’s presentation around 5:30. His talk was about “TROLLING FOR CATFISH”, which is an up and coming way to catfish on the tournament trail. The big advantage of this style of fishing is you are covering such a wide area of water with your baits. It is good on mud flats in river and lakes, but not so good on rocky bottom bodies of water.
A rig with a rubber coated slinky sinker is required to just bounce or slide your bait off the muddy bottom. He also stressed using a high power trolling motor to help control the speed of the boat. Trolling also requires the use of planner boards to spread out the lines from the boat. He and others use up to six planner boards if that many rods are allowed. To fish this way means there has to be at least 2 persons in the boat to work this complicated system. I will not use this style of catfishing, as I do not have planner boards or a powerful trolling motor. Even when my grandson is in the boat I will be anchoring up to fish.
The trip to the fishing show did get my grandson and I thinking about our up and coming season as we drove home in a very cold and steady rain.
Until next month,
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