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
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.