I thought I'd take some time to update on development projects happening around Dayton. Arlington Properties has announced that they will be developing Tapestry on the River, a 263-luxury apartment complex on the east end of Manhattan Harbour Boulevard.
The Gateway Flats at Manhattan Harbour is another apartment development currently under construction on the west side of the Manhattan Harbour development at the corner of Walnut Avenue and Third Avenue. This is the first phase of Gateway Flats and it will have 74-luxury apartments.
Another exciting development that is moving forward is Redknot Homes' Pottebaum Point development at the corner of 10th Avenue and O'Fallon Avenue. This project will develop nineteen custom homes with some of the best views in the region.
From the City of Dayton, we are glad to announce that the cameras we requested as part of a Homeland Security Grant have been installed around the city. Also, the design phase for the Riverfront Commons Trail has been completed and is currently being reviewed by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. The design phase for the Sixth Avenue streetscape and Dayton Pike sidewalk projects are also wrapping up, and we expect to send these designs to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet this month.
The 89th Annual Bellevue-Dayton Memorial Day Parade will be Monday, May 28th. The parade will assemble at 10:00 AM with a 10:30 AM starting time. If you would like to participate in this year's parade contact Ann Sparks at 859-448-0665.
Also, on May 12th there will be a flower sale by the War Memorial on Sixth Avenue and Berry Street from 11:00 AM until 2:00 PM, just in time for Mother's Day. And the Dayton Eagles will be having their Rockin' on the Porch event on May 26 from 6:00 PM to Midnight.
Until next month,
It is time to stop saying, “It could have been worse.”
As this year’s legislative session has come to a close we can now put a recap on the impact on teaching and learning in our schools. The news for school funding is not good as according to the Louisville Courier Journal, when adjusted for inflation, per-pupil funding in Kentucky is 16 percent less than it was in 2008. It is time for our state budget to reflect our priorities to educate and grow our most valuable asset…our children.
For the past 8 – 10 years educators, students and families have been left saying, “It could have been worse.” Each year more and more is expected from our teachers and staff and funding levels continue to be cut or they lack in keeping up with the cost of inflation. This year we saw our teachers and staff advocating both in front of our schools and in Frankfort, not for additional funding, but to keep the funding and pension plans they have been promised and paid into. And yet again, our statement coming out of the session was, “It could have been worse.”
This legislative session has left our schools once again losing funding. For Dayton Independent Schools we estimate an overall loss of revenue for textbooks, professional development, preschool, gifted and talented, and extended school services to be $41,000. We are also expected to pay more for classified retirement in the amount of $11,600. (This amount will balloon overtime to be an additional $116,000) Our required salary step increase for years of service will equal about $60,000. The state did increase our SEEK money by 19 dollars per student, that equals around $14,000 in additional revenue. So when you do our additions and subtractions it shows our school funding for next year at a loss of $98,600.
The loss of these funds will reduce services for students and continue the slow drip of underfunding for teaching and learning. I ask that this fall and in future elections you ask candidates the following question:
How have you and how will you support Kentucky Public School education? 90% of Kentucky kids attend public school. 65% qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch. If not our schools, where are they going to get the support, structure, experiences, and opportunities to grow up to be great?
Proudly serving as Superintendent of Dayton Independent Schools
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Congratulations to the 2018 Lincoln Elementary Academic Team. The team finished the season with a record of 14-2. Comprised of 4th and 5th grade students who compete against other area elementary schools, Lincoln's team had a terrific season.
Each Academic Match has two games, and students are required to answer academic questions that are quite challenging. This year's team lost only two of the sixteen games played beating teams from John G. Carlisle, Latonia, St. Agnes Ft. Wright, Newport, Glenn 0. Swing and St. Catherine-Fort Thomas.
The members of the team include 5th graders Kevin Buemi, Peyton Young, Devin Volkering, Mason Fromeyer, Nikki Lynn, and Conner Morgan. The 4th grade members of the team are Anna Carnes, Casey Chenot, Gabrielle Cabrera, Emily Hall, and Max Simpson.
A special thank you goes out to Mrs. Lennea Thomas, Ms. Katie Bush, Mrs. Heather Young, and Mrs. Holly Chenot who all served as officials for the Academic Matches this season. Lincoln Elementary School could not be more proud of this outstanding group of students who represented our school very well. Great job kids!
Submitted by: Karen Fuchs
Academic Team Coach
The Dayton Vintage a men’s and women’s vintage clothing and accessories store celebrated its grand opening with an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony officiated by Mayor Virgil Boruske. The new retail is located at 505 Sixth Avenue, in the Dayton Main Street District. The shop is open Monday - Saturday from 11 AM to 5 PM.
Dayton Vintage is run by Elizabeth Finch, who has 30 years of experience in selling vintage fashions, describes Dayton Vintage as, "A shop focused on a variety of vintage clothing and accessories for women and men from wool, cashmere, and furs to shoes, boots, and purses. The shop has practical clothing for everyday wear, and also hard to find vintage items for people looking for the unique.”
“Working with Elizabeth has been great, and we look forward to having her as part of our vibrant and growing business community,” said Robert Yoder, Dayton Main Street Manager.
Dayton Vintage has been awarded rental abatement and a uniform signage grant from CCAP, the City of Dayton’s Commercial Community Advantage Program. For more information on the City of Dayton small business incentive programs contact Robert Yoder at 859-491-1600, or visit www.daytonky.com/visitors/economic-development/.
Submitted by: Bob Yoder, Main Street Manager
It is baby time. Soon you may see kittens, baby birds, deer etc. Wild babies, for the most part, do not need any intervention. However, kittens we want to know about. Let’s talk about how to handle a baby situation and know if the baby needs help or not.
A baby bird that has fallen from the nest is very common. Most mamma birds will kick them out when its time for them to go and they spend 2 days or so on the ground before they learn to take flight. The parents still come to feed the baby until it learns to fly.
Baby birds are not professionals in the beginning. The ‘wait and see’ attitude is fine if the baby is not in danger. If you can reach the nest safely feel free to put it back. It and its siblings may be back on the ground a few minutes later, but you tried. If cats are prevalent in your area or if the baby is already injured, then a wildlife rehabber is your answer. We only have one bird rehab in our area at this time. Her name is Ginger Rood and her number is 859-384-4022.
Baby bunnies and baby deer are frequently found lying alone with “no mother in sight”. That is the master plan for these animals considered “prey” animals. They are always in fear of being eaten. So they do not lay with their babies. They do not want to draw attention to them or make them have too much of an odor.
If you have to chase a bunny to “save it”, then it does not need to be saved. It is on its own. If they have hair and their eyes are open, they are not in need of your care. Injured bunnies most times do better without us. Mother Nature heals her own animal, for the most part. There is only one antibiotic you can give a rabbit and they can stress and die just from being handled. You can help most by not helping.
Fawns need intervention when they are crying aka “bleating”, the grass has died under where they are laying or they have maggots/flies all over. If you feel a baby needs rescue call Animal Control or a Wildlife rehabber please. I created a Face book Group for anyone interested in becoming a rehabber or assisting wildlife by transporting them etc. it is called NKY Wildlife Rehab. We have a desperate need for bird and mammal rehabbers in our area.
We get calls for baby squirrels, raccoons, opossums etc. Remember unless you are a licensed rehabber or in the process of being one, you can not raise these babies. Never feed a cold baby and never give milk products. If you absolutely have to give the baby something once it warms up, just until you can get it to rehab use pedialyte only. A baby bird would be fed dog food kibble soaked in water. Small pieces behind the tongue every 30 minutes.
Domestics/feral/stray kitten season is almost here too. Our county has adopted a new program to help our county shelter be no-kill. This means if there are feral or stray cats reproducing, spraying and causing problems in your neighborhood, we will trap them have them vaccinated, spay/neutered and an eartip and release back into the area.
This keeps new cats from vacuuming (Moving into) the neighborhood and you area cats are healthier (not spreading disease) and no longer spraying, fighting etc because they are altered.
Some kittens can be placed up for adoption, but for the most part, mom keeps them hidden until the prime socialization period is over. This means they will never be sweet, tame, indoor cats your kids can pet. Those kittens will at least be altered with this program. We have had this program in place since October 2016 and we have dramatically reduced the number of cats euthanized. Only terminally injured/sick cats are euthanized now.
Please be proactive and help us continue to save lives. Call 859-572-1211 and we can discuss trapping in your area. If it is an emergency please call me through dispatch 859-292-3622. Your cat can get spayed/neutered for free if you qualify for low income. If you do not qualify it is only a $20 co-pay. You also need proof of residency; this is a grant for Campbell County. If you have friends that need cats done in surrounding Counties have them check with their local shelter. The grant incorporates 5 NKY counties.
LOW COST SPAY/NETUER FOR CAMPBELL COUNTY
There is not a true “Puppy season”; however there is also a grant for dogs to get done thru UCAN. If the mobile once a month transport is utilized it will be $25 for spay/neuter and $10 for rabies vaccine if proof can not be provided. I hope you find this article was helpful. Please spay/neuter your pet!
Submitted by: Terri Baker
Animal Control Officer
Spring has Sprung!
Spring is when everything comes to life, flowers bloom, animals come out of hiding, and our neighbors begin to emerge from their houses. We hibernate like bears during the snowy cold winter months, so it is nice when the weather starts to warm up. We love going outside, sitting on the front porch and enjoying the warmer temperatures.
As Christians, we celebrate Easter each spring, which is a celebration of the death and resurrection of Jesus. Because His death and resurrection means eternal life for us, forever with Him in glory!
Spring signifies a new day, a new beginning, a new start for a troubled soul. Make a promise to yourself to start new and fresh. Make changes to make your life better. Here are some ideas for your Spring Bucket list:
Submitted by: Melody Dilts
The girls track team took a 3rd place team finish at the First Annual Bourbon County Relays! Great job girls, in a meet that was unclassed and truly unique!
The Dayton boys’ Track and Field team brings home the title from the opening meet of the season!
We would like to recognize Megan Downard as the March Athlete of the Month! This is the second time this year that Megan has received this honor and it is well deserved. Megan has earned the honors of the Conference Player of the Year for basketball - as voted by opposing coaches - as well as being named the Defensive Player of the Year - also voted on by opposing coaches. Megan was also voted player of the week at Cincinnati.com and has been named to numerous all-tournament teams. Megan continues to attain all of these athletic honors while still maintaining a perfect 4.0 GPA. Amazing job Megan!
Submitted by: Kati Newsome
First Baptist Dayton is excited about getting some off-street parking. The church has just purchased a house across the street from the church at 512 Dayton Avenue. We plan to tear the house and garage down and develop off-street parking. First Baptist Dayton plans to use this area not only for parking but also for special events like tent revivals, Vacation Bible School and more. This new parking lot will enable First Baptist Church to host many different kinds of meetings for our Northern Kentucky Baptist Association and for city functions.
When we get the area developed, it will open the door to a wonderful and bright future for our church and the many ministries we are now involved in for Jesus. All of our members pause to say Thank you, Lord, for making this property available to us to enable us to reach many more people for Jesus and our church.
Mark your calendars for Vacation Bible School – June 3-8, 2018
Mark your calendars now for Vacation Bible School at First Baptist Dayton, June 3-8, 2018. Starting on Sunday evening, June 3, we’ll meet from 6:15 – 8:30 p.m. each evening. VBS is for kids from age 3 through fifth grade. Friday night is family night and the theme is GAME ON! More details to follow!
Submitted by: Gail Myers
Dayton Community News