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!
Happy New Year Dayton! I hope that the holidays were peaceful and enjoyable for you and your family. Throughout the city last month, we had some great events to share the holiday spirit.
The Dayton Civic Club had an amazing turnout for our annual Light Up Dayton event. Hundreds of children got to meet Santa, Mrs. Claus, and of course Rudolph. Our Fire Department also participated in their annual Christmas Delivery, delivering toys and essentials to families across our city. The Police Department also held their annual “Shop with a Cop” event bringing even more joy to our city. Thank You to all of the volunteers and city staff for sharing the joy of the season!
As the new year progresses, our city administration is very busy and we are excited to meet 2019. I have had the pleasure of working alongside our staff in the many projects ahead in the upcoming year which will increase the quality of life in our town in the upcoming years. The Gateway development at the foot of Walnut is rapidly taking shape, and pilings are being put in place at the Tapestry project. We’ll soon see changes in our Central Business District as we finalize work with the state on sidewalk improvements that will add even more walkability and pedestrian safety.
With winter here, our Public Works department is ready to make sure we are safe and have literally tons of salt at the ready as well as trucks and crew to clear our hills and streets. We’re lucky to have the crew we do and as we all know, they’re the best!
I’m looking forward to bringing you even more great news in 2019, and wish you and your family much health, happiness and success!
Until next month,
Mayor Ben Baker
The end of December will end my 20 years of service to the City of Dayton - sixteen years on council and four years as mayor. We have accomplished a lot and I am very proud of the work we have done over the past four years.
At this time I would like to thank City Manager Michael Giffen and all the staff for the outstanding job they have done in my tenure as Mayor. Thanks also to Donna Leger and Tammy Cornett for all of their activities and hard work they have done for the citizens of Dayton through Kite Fest, Easter Egg Hunt, Light up Dayton, and Music Fest.
I want to thank Chief David Halfhill and the Dayton Police Department for an exceptional job of protecting the citizens of Dayton. I wish Fire Chief Chris Adkins the best of luck. He has already shown such great leadership and I look forward to watching his career progress.
Without Jeff Haas, Bill Burns, Denny Lynn, Ben Baker and Jeff Volter we would not have accomplished many of the improvements that have taken place in Dayton over the past four years. Thank you, gentlemen, for all of your support.
I would like to take this time to thank Karen Strickley for her support and loyalty, as well as Sara Bin and Jeff Haas for the thankless job they did on the Fire Department Bellevue-Dayton Fire Board.
Finally, I would like to thank my family and the citizens who supported me. I leave my term as mayor with Dayton stronger and more vibrant. I wish the new mayor and council the best. I look forward to their efforts to keep the city of Dayton moving forward.
We had a great October in the City of Dayton, starting with the senior luncheon at the VFW. I’d like to thank Donna and Tiffany for all their efforts in planning the event and gathering all the prizes, Hometown Heroes for providing the lunch, Officer Josh Wilhoit for providing the musical entertainment, and everyone who helped put on the great event.
Next, we had the Dayton Civic Club’s Taste of Dayton, where we showcased the great restaurants in Dayton, our local musical talents, our wonderful retail shops, and local crafters. It was a fun time, and something I hope we see returning in future years.
I’d also like to point out two city projects at Gil Lynn Park. The first is the installation of two Concrete Picnic Tables next to the basketball courts. These tables have inlaid chess boards in honor of Dayton Independent School’s chess club. This group of Dayton students has done a great job competing against other schools in the region. It was great to meet these fine young students and their coaches at the ribbon cutting ceremony. The second was the installation of a sidewalk connecting the Lou Brueggen Walkway Park (The walking path on top of the Levee) to Gil Lynn Park.
On November 13, at the Dayton Independent Schools’ Administration Building we will have a public meeting to go over the draft of our new Dayton Comprehensive Plan. Working with the Northern Kentucky Area Development District, representatives from Dayton City Council, city staff, and the public we have been working for the past year on updating and expanding our comprehensive plan. A comprehensive plan is our effort to establish goals and objectives for development and redevelopment of the city over the next five years. This meeting will be an opportunity for the residents of Dayton to review the work and to provide input on the plan.
The Real Estate Tax bills have been mailed. If you have not received your bill, contact the Clerk’s Office at 859-491-1600. If your taxes are paid through an escrow account, please forward your bill to your mortgage company. Taxes are due on or before November 12, and will become delinquent on November 13. A penalty of 10% and interest of 1% per month will be added after November 12, 2018. The Clerk’s Office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
Lastly, the City of Dayton administrative offices will be closed November 22nd and 23rd for the Thanksgiving holiday. I would like to wish everyone and their families a Happy Thanksgiving.
Until next month,
Mayor Virgil Boruske
There are a lot of great things happening in Dayton! I hope you noticed the planters on the new decorative street lamps along Sixth Avenue. Public Works did an excellent job getting them up before Beyond the Curb.
The Beyond the Curb Tour was a great success, with 577 attendees. It was a fabulous event that showcased all of the wonderful things happening in Dayton. I want to thank all of the volunteers, businesses and organizations that helped make this a success.
Our next big event will be the Taste of Dayton on Sunday, October 14 from noon to 6 PM. We will be closing Sixth Avenue from McKinney Street to Berry Street. There will be six bands on two stages, food from our local restaurants, and our retail businesses and vendors will be joining in with arts, crafts and more and a lot of fun for the whole family!
There’s also a lot of development news happening. Tapestry on the River, the 263 unit luxury apartment complex, to be located on the east end of the Manhattan Harbour project has closed on the property for the development. A groundbreaking for the Tapestry on the River should be announced soon.
Along Sixth Avenue, there are several rehab projects underway including 201 Sixth Avenue, the old Smitty’s Bar, which will be the new larger Avenue Pharmacy, and 620 Sixth Avenue, which is undergoing a top to bottom rehab with two high-end apartments, and an approximately 900 sq. ft. retail space.
Our Riverfront Commons Trail project continues to move forward. We expect to begin with the western portion of the project, a riverfront trail from O’Fallon Street to Berry Street. The second phase has just been awarded a $810,000 grant from the Ohio Kentucky Indiana Regional Council of Governments to complete the trail from Berry Street to Clark Street. Lastly, Halloween Trick-or-Treat will be on Wednesday, October 31, from 6 PM to 8 PM. Be safe!
Until next month,
I hope you had the opportunity to enjoy the River City Music Festival. It was a wonderful two nights of music and fun! I applaud the Dayton Civic Club and all their work to put on such an amazing event to raise funds for Light Up Dayton and to purchase toys for our city’s children.
The Dayton Main Street Board’s I 8 in Dayton program is wrapping up. It was a great promotion that brought a lot of attention to our many great restaurants. I got all my stamps for I 8 in Dayton, as it was fun, and I had a lot of great meals. If you’ve got all eight stamps, you can pick up your t-shirt at the city building.
The Beyond the Curb tour returns to Dayton on Sunday, September 30 from 9 AM - 5 PM. Beyond the Curb is a program put on by the Catalytic Fund to encourage urban living in Northern Kentucky’s river cities by showcasing the wide array of housing options and amenities. This year marks the 5-year anniversary for the Catalytic Fund, and they are planning the biggest Beyond the Curb tour showcasing properties in Dayton, Bellevue, Newport, Covington, and Ludlow. For more info, visit the Beyond the Curb website at www.https://beyondthecurb.org.
Mark your calendars, because this year's Senior Luncheon will be October 9, at 11 AM at the VFW, 828 6th Ave. This year’s Senior Luncheon will be a blast from the past with a 1950s Sock Hop theme. There will be entertainment, games, door prizes and bingo. There will also be prizes for the best costume, so slick back that hair or put on your poodle skirt! This event is open to all Dayton residents 60-years-old and up. To rsvp call the city building at 491-1600.
Until next month,
Summer vacation is coming to an end this month and our children will be heading back to School on August 15th. We all need to be extra aware of children walking to and from school.
We have a couple of community events coming up this month. First, the Main Street Board is putting on a Dayton Kentucky Community Picnic on August 11th from 6 PM to 9 PM at the Town Center on the corner of Sixth Avenue and Berry Street. Music will be provided by Moonshine and Wine.
Dayton's River City Music Fest returns on Friday, August 31 and Saturday, September 1. The River City Music Fest is a two-day music festival. Cold beer, good food, and great music. Both days gates open from 5 PM until midnight. All proceeds benefit Light Up Dayton and will help pay for gifts for the children of Dayton.
Dayton author Robert Schrage will be having a book signing for his latest book Lost Northern Kentucky on Saturday, August 11th from 10 AM to Noon at the Dayton Heritage Museum 718 W Sixth Street.
I hope you like the new lamp posts, as we have installed six new decorative streetlights along Sixth Avenue at the corners of Walnut Street, Vine Street, and Ervin Terrace.
Lastly, Beyond the Curb will be coming in September. Beyond the Curb encourages urban living in Northern Kentucky’s river cities by showcasing the wide array of housing options and amenities. This year’s Beyond the Curb will be featuring properties in Dayton, Bellevue, Newport Covington and Ludlow. For more information, please visit www.beyondthecurb.org.
Until next month,
First off I hope that everyone enjoyed a Happy and Safe Fourth of July!
The Dayton Main Street Board has just kicked off the “I 8 in Dayton” campaign, promoting eight great Dayton restaurants on KY 8 in Dayton. Eat at all 8, and you can get an “I 8 in Dayton” T-shirt. For more information, check out the “I 8 in Dayton” Facebook page.
Congratulations to our Chris Adkins for being promoted to the position of Fire Chief for the Fire Department of Bellevue and Dayton!
The decorative streetlight project for the blocks of Sixth and Walnut, Sixth and Vine, and Sixth and Ervin Terrace is underway and should be wrapping up around the 15th of July. In other news about Sixth Avenue, the plans for the Sixth Avenue Streetscape and Dayton Pike Sidewalk project have been submitted to the Transportation Cabinet.
Don’t forget the Dayton City-Wide Yard Sale is Saturday, July 21st, from 9 AM to 2 PM. You can sign-up at www.daytonky.com/yardsale/ or call Bob Yoder at 491-1600. If you don’t have space in your yard, the Main Street Board is renting spaces in the green space by the War Memorial for $5. To reserve a space contact Bob Yoder at 491-1600.
Until next month,
First, I want to congratulate all of this year’s graduates! The students, teachers, and everyone one at Dayton Independent Schools continue to do a great job!
Last weekend, I had the honor of walking in the 89th Annual Dayton-Bellevue Memorial Day Parade. I want to thank the Parade Committee as this was another great Memorial Day Parade! Also, I need to thank our public works department for all their hard work in getting the city ready for the parade.
As you may know, we are currently working on our Comprehensive Plan. A City’s comprehensive plan develops a community’s goals and aspirations in terms of community development. When complete the comprehensive plan both expresses and regulates public policies on transportation, utilities, land use, development, recreation, and housing.
You may have seen some of our city staff and volunteers out before the Memorial Day Parade asking people to take part in a survey for the comprehensive plan. We want your opinion, we have just released an online community survey for the comprehensive plan. If you’d like to share your opinion, we are asking everyone to take the following short survey at www.daytonky.com/survey/ (All survey responses are confidential).
Also happening this month, we will be installing decorative streetlight on the corners of Sixth Ave. and Walnut St, Sixth Ave. and Vine St., and Sixth Ave. and Ervin Terrace.
Don’t forget the annual Dayton Yard Sale is Saturday, July 21 and you can sign up by calling the city building or register online at http://www.daytonky.com/yardsale/.
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 from11:00 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,
Mayor Ben Baker
Ben Baker is currently serving his first term as mayor after two consecutive terms on Dayton City Council. Mr. Baker lives on historic 6th Avenue and enjoys the walkable nature of Dayton as well as it’s many friendly streets.