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
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