As a reward for their hard work that has resulted in our school district being named a Kentucky Proficient District for the first time, and our DHS/DMS earning the highest standard of Kentucky Distinguished Schools, DHS/DMS students were treated to a party in Gil Lynn Park on October 28.
While Principal Ryan "Mr. K" Kellinghaus provided the music with his awesomely high tech sound system, the students were treated to a grill out with all of the fixings, cake, an Olympic Obstacle Course, Big Foot Races, Giant Jenga, Trike Races and prizes. Congratulations to Dayton Independent Schools and their students on a job well done.
Before you enter the voting booth on November 8, it is important to learn all you can about each candidate. With a Meet the Candidates event scheduled for 7 p.m. on November 2 at the Margaret Erl Center (east end of Lincoln Elementary School), we have reached out to each of the council candidates for a statement on their respective platforms. We really appreciate the efforts of these nine candidates for taking the time to share this information with you. Below you will find their written replies, which have been posted in the order they are listed on the ballot:
Bret NEUSPICKLE (Challenger)
My interest in running for city council is in providing representation, and not having political aspirations. I want to open up other avenues of communication, to better reflect the citizens’ concerns, opinions and ideas. Not everyone is available or capable to attend a meeting, and I want to be that accurate ear and voice for those citizens.
While we continue to move forth, I feel like there always needs to be changes in bringing fresh ideas and new visions. I want to share my ideas and visions while providing that representation of community concerns, opinions and ideas.
With all the new coming into our city, I feel there has been some lost emphasis on what has already been here. I want to look at ways of helping to reconnect with those that may feel they've been slighted or overlooked.
I feel we have yet to tap into our greatest resource in building for our community’s future; that being our young men and women in our schools. I'd like to see a program where it encourages in hopes of our youth taking more interest now, in becoming the citizens and administration of the future.
While in strong agreement with direction being pointed towards improving our fire, police, public works and administration within the city, I feel that some direction has been lost in looking towards the citizens themselves. I want to see a balance that works for everyone. I would also like to do more research in looking for grants and other methods of efficient spending and controls.
We have rested in the promotion of our city. While local media outlets provided us a great benefit in promoting our city with Homefest, Beyond The Curb, CCAP and the new development, there was little done in carrying that momentum forward to showcase our community. I want to see a new emphasis in promoting our city, bringing us up to speed with other river cities by becoming the next "up and coming". It just doesn't happen without the committed effort.
I would also like to see more pattern in following formulas that have been successful in other communities. One being with a big emphasis on the local VFW, beautification programs, and united community participation events. We have a great city. We need to share it and show it to people.
Dennis "Denny" LYNN (Incumbent)
My name is Denny Lynn and I am seeking Re-Election to Dayton City Council. I have lived in Dayton for over 50 years. I have been married for 39 years and have three children; all three have graduated from Dayton High School. I’m also the proud grandfather of 3 grandchildren, with one due any day now.
I’m a Retired Fire Chief for the Dayton Fire Department and the Fire Department of Bellevue-Dayton. I have 40 years of experience working in City Government, balancing city budgets and administration. I currently am the Chairperson of the City’s Finance Committee; I am also on the Safety Committee and the Personnel Law and Printing Committee.
During the 22 months that I have been on council, we started the Commercial Community Advantage Program (CCAP) to bring in businesses to the central businesses district. This program helps with rental abatement, uniform signage and structural improvements. We lowered our trash collection fees, we have not raised property taxes and we came in $89,700 under budget. We also approved to pay half along with the City of Bellevue to purchase a new Rosenbauer Aerial Fire Truck for the Fire Department.
In the Police Department we purchased new cruisers and some body cameras. In the Building Department we have new computer programs and ordinances to help in the fight against blight. We have new development both on the north and south side of the floodwall with new apartments at the bottom of Walnut Street and soon up the hill between O’Fallon and Walnut Streets above Tenth Street there will be 17 new single-family homes.
Remember to VOTE on November 8, 2016
FOR CONTINUED PROGRESS , RE-ELECT DENNY LYNN TO DAYTON CITY COUNCIL
Endorsed by the Fire Department of Bellevue-Dayton Local #3751
Jerald L. GIFFORD (Incumbent)
My name is Jerald L. Gifford and I am seeking re-election to Dayton City Council. I have had the blessed opportunity to serve my city as a council member for several terms. I am currently chair of the Bellevue-Dayton Fire Board. I have served as a coach for several years in basketball, baseball, football, women and girls’ softball, and Junior Olympics. I served as president of the Dayton Park Board for 5 years.
I believe in our city and its people. In this world, just as in the sports world, we need a mix of new and experienced people for the best results to be obtained. I have enjoyed working with our current group and would like to see us continue. Our city needs to move forward, but not at the expense of where we came from. The women and men who got us where we are should not be forgotten.
I am all for progress that moves us in the right direction economically speaking. The Main Street CCAP program is helping the movement. Our citizens rallying to do civic pride events shows we still care. Our school improvement shows we are moving forward. Our school board members are doing a great job. If all of us row in the same direction, we will get to our destination more unified; not necessarily faster, but together.
Thank you all for being Daytonians. My wife, my three children and three grandchildren have gone through our school system and still volunteer for our city. I hope all of you feel the same way as we do. I will always do my best to stand up for what is right and in the best interest of you. Please consider me for re-election.
Jerald L. Gifford
Dayton City Council Member
Endorsed by Fire Department Bellevue-Dayton Local #3751
William "Bill" BURNS (Incumbent)
My name is Bill Burns and I am running for re-election for Dayton City Council on which I have served for the past four years. For those of you who may not know me, I am the guy on the streets with the curly hair and white mustache.
I'm a lifelong resident,born at Speers Hospital and raised in this great city. I graduated from Dayton High School (Class of 69) and married my wife of 46 years, Ginny, also a Dayton graduate. We were married at First Presbyterian Church in Dayton where I am still a member today. I was soon called to duty where I proudly served 4 years in the US Air Force, where I received the Air Force Commendation Medal. During my service our son was born, and due to our love for this city, we chose to come back home to raise our family. My son (William II) is a 1989 graduate of Dayton High school as are my two grandchildren (William III -2012 & Katelyn - 2013).
Upon returning home, I worked for CG&E, now Duke, for over 38 years until my retirement in 2006. I am presently employed part-time at Fresh Thyme Markets. I always knew I wanted to give back to the community where I grew up. This desire led me to two influential men in my life - Mr. Lee Reiber and Mr. Harry Rifkin, both of whom became my mentors. I am privileged to call them my role models. Over the years, I've been honored to serve as part of the following community organizations:
While serving on the Council, I have been steadfast at keeping taxes from being raised. There has been no tax increase during my tenure on Council. I believe that we should continue with the CCAP program, and that we must also find avenues to increase our revenues. In my opinion, we need to explore bringing businesses into our Industrial Park, as this would increase payroll taxes and occupational taxes.
Remember I am a VOICE, not an ECHO.
PLEASE REMEMBER TO VOTE NOVEMBER 8th, 2016
Thanking you in advance for your vote
Endorsed by the Bellevue-Dayton Fire Department Local #3751
Jeff HAAS (Challenger)
Two years ago I set out to earn your vote for Dayton City Council, during which I met many citizens of our community and was privileged to discuss our local issues. Through this humbling process, I developed a fundamental understanding of our community, its people and the organizations that make our small town a great place to live, work and grow.
Being new, I knew I had to engage the citizens of this community. What I did not know was I have become part of a community that I love and admire.
This belonging has resonated within me since and has transcended into a desire to continue serving the people of this great city. I have learned most people want Dayton to be a safe, clean and growing community. I believe this can be achieved through focused investment in core services first.
With their limited resources, it is no secret that our Fire and Police departments do a fantastic job. As a member of the FDBD board, I’ve learned firsthand what challenges our fire department faces serving our community. I have been witness to the daily struggle the police department must overcome. That is why I will fight to provide these departments with the proper tools to do their job. I believe this will create tier one departments that will improve the safety of our community.
We’ve all driven on the snowless roads and seen improvement in housing due to the efforts of our Public Works department and our Code Enforcement officer. No community can prosper without a strong foundation in these two departments. That is why improving on their great success will too take precedence in my voting as we move towards a cleaner city.
The City has seen great success transforming our Avenue through the CCAP program. Once our core services are taken care of, we can direct more focus to economic growth and continue the success of the CCAP program. Using it as a foundation, I believe we can finally finish the industrial park and develop similar growth programs with a strong housing focus.
I ask for your support as we aim to cultivate a safe, clean and growing Dayton, Kentucky. I ask for your vote on November 8th and look forward to continuing to serve this community.
Endorsed by Fire Department Bellevue-Dayton Local #3751
Alex KRAEMER (Challenger)
I am honored to be running for Dayton City Council. It has been a pleasure getting to know many of you as I go around town knocking on doors. My wife and I have also enjoyed being a part of many community meetings and events, such as Main Street Board meetings, the Kite Festival (dressing up as Thing 2 & Slush Puppy was fun!), football games, volunteering at St. Bernard’s festival, etc.
My experience working for the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, a United States Senator, and a State Representative have provided me the skills to be an effective councilmember. Also, as a student in NKU’s Master in Public Administration program, I studied how to improve small town main streets.
Dayton’s great potential exists due to our active citizens, our close proximity to Cincinnati and the Ohio River, and regional non-profit organizations that can provide expert assistance. One of my major focuses is on enhancing our Main Street, (6th Avenue) from our western border with Bellevue through our Business District. At the west entrance to Dayton, we need more visible city signs with directions to our Business District, along with street beautification. For our Business District, we need continued promotion of our current businesses and concerted efforts to bring in good businesses. I will make sure we stay diligent on attracting the best possible businesses to our Main Street to create more community vibrancy.
Other major goals of mine include restoring vacant and abandoned properties throughout our city and preserving our parks and seeking out areas for new parks or community gathering places.
If you elect me, I will be fiscally responsible with your tax dollars. I will continue to promote our city and assist with the construction of Riverfront Commons that will connect all of us with the riverfront. I will listen and respect all ideas and concerns and work with anyone who is willing to work with me. Dayton has so many great people and great potential…Your vote for me on November 8th will help us reach that potential!
Jeff A. VOLTER (Challenger)
Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Jeff Volter and I am a first time candidate for City Council of Dayton, Ky. I am running for council for one reason, and one reason only. That reason is to promote continuous growth and improvements within our city. I have no hidden agenda. I believe that my experiences, ability to connect with people and desire to improve our city make me a strong candidate for Dayton City Council.
Background Information: I am a lifelong resident of Dayton and graduate of Dayton High School, NKU, and Xavier University. I have been married to wife, Cathy, for 42 years and have two children, Heather and Jeffrey.
Experiences: I have served previously as the Dayton Zoning Board Chairman, Board of Adjustments Member, Dayton School Board Member and Northern Kentucky YMCA Board Member. I have served as a professional educator for 37 years, with 20 years in the Dayton Independent School System as a teacher and Principal. I currently serve as a Consultant to Covington Independent Schools.
My Candidate Platform is:
Ben BAKER (Incumbent)
What an incredible two years it has been since our last Council election, with growth and opportunities in Dayton. Since 2014, we have seen the transformation begin in our business district. Accelerated in part by the Commercial Community Advantage Program (CCAP), Sixth Avenue is receiving more interest and attention in the region. New businesses are giving our neighbors and visitors new destinations to eat and shop. During my years as chair of the Economic Development Board we have worked with city staff, the Main Street Board and fellow council members to bring these exciting changes to The Avenue.
Our residential neighborhoods are developing and improving as well. With a focus on code enforcement, keeping properties and landlords to a high standard, we’re increasing our property values. City Council worked with other River Cities to have SD1 help our neighbors with lateral lines so that residents wouldn’t receive the bill. The continued development of communities, both within Dayton’s traditional borders and in new areas along the river, maintains our taxes. And soon, we will be able to lower taxes to give all neighbors a break at the end of the year.
Importantly, since 2014, we have tackled tough issues while maintaining our budget. Serving on the Bellevue Dayton Fire Department Board, we worked with both cities and councils to continue to provide quality, life-saving equipment while staying within budget.
Over the last 24 months, it has been a great pleasure and privilege to work with boards, committees and volunteers to continue to give Dayton residents the quality of life we deserve. The number of volunteer hours that our neighbors commit to Dayton Schools, Civic Club activities, the Dayton Community Garden and Park Board count well into the thousands. Civic spirit is alive in Dayton; it makes us who we are.
Ours is a great city. But more can be done. The next two years are critical to maintaining such growth and vibrancy, to seeing projects completed. If you honor me with the opportunity to serve again, I would continue to work with ALL of Dayton to build on our successes and achieve new ones.
Joseph "Joe" NEARY (Incumbent)
Dayton has made great strides in the past two years, and it’s been an honor to serve on your City Council that has enabled this progress.
We pushed for stronger nuisance ordinances and code enforcement, resulting in many problem properties being addressed. Neighborhoods are improving and property values are going up.
We pushed for more transparent communications with our citizens. City ordinances and contacts are now online, more up-to-date information is made public, and we have a Council that is “in touch” with the community.
We pushed for more fiscal responsibility, and now Council gets a monthly register of all transactions. Our overall budget and expenditures increased without increasing property taxes.
We pushed for more residential and commercial investment. We’ve gained new businesses in our Central Business District, and investors are rehabbing many properties. New homeowners are moving into our city and getting involved with our schools and civic activities.
We pushed to build relationships with groups outside of Dayton who could help us move forward. We now have stronger support from SouthBank, The Catalytic Fund, and county and state officials. These efforts brought more grants for projects and events like the Riverfront Trail and Beyond The Curb.
We pushed to address public safety needs, and now our police have body cameras, and our fire department has new medical equipment and a new aerial truck on order. We helped build a city-wide atmosphere of respect and civility, where different ideas and opinions are considered without contention. We can now focus on the challenges that lie ahead, and base our decisions on “best practices”.
As proof, River City News named us “the most improved river city”. Dayton has quickly become the envy of our neighboring cities on both sides of the river. To continue the positive momentum we’ve all worked so hard to build, we need another open-minded and hard-working City Council.
When you vote November 8th, pick the best six candidates who will keep pushing Dayton forward. I humbly ask that you include me among them. Save your best vote for the last name on the ballot! Contact me at email@example.com
Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at 7 p.m.
Margaret Erl Center at Lincoln Elementary School
(Gymnasium on east side of school)
Congratulations to the Dayton Junior Girls cheer squad as they recently took 1st Place and were named Grand Champions in Division I of the 2016 Northern KY Youth Football Cheer Competition held Saturday, October 8 at Dixie High School gymnasium.
Proud Coaches are Left to Right: Jennifer Helfenstein, Nathan Gifford, Madison Gifford, Elizabeth Ballard and Tiffany Gifford.
Submitted by: Jerry Gifford
Steak Dinner Benefit being held as completion of air-conditioning project at St. Bernard Church nears
We are getting very close to our goal of completing the great task of having air-conditioning installed in our church for the first time! But we need some help getting over the hill and reaching the financial goal set to accomplish this project. I know the air is getting cooler and there is not much thought about air-conditioning right now, but come next June we will be blessed to experience some cool air in our church!
Join us for our STEAK DINNER BENEFIT on October 22 at 5 p.m. Admission is $35, which includes: Dinner, Draft Beer, Wine, Soft Drinks, and a musical show performed by "Another Colour". There will also be a Silent Auction and Raffles. And don't forget to buy your $5.00 ticket for a chance to win a beautiful set of Diamond Earrings, generously donated by Cleves & Lonnemann.
For more information or tickets, please call the church office 859-261-8506 or Carol Buemi 859-581-0487. Only 250 ticket will be sold.
The Commercial Community Advantage Program, better known as CCAP has been in full swing for over a year now in the city of Dayton, Kentucky. Its success can be measured in companies such as the two that we are featuring this month. It’s hard to believe that Odessa at NKY Designs and Joe at Ables Upholstery have graced Sixth Avenue with their beautiful storefronts since July of last year. This is what they say about doing business in Dayton:
Odessa: In August, NKY Custom Designs celebrated our One Year Anniversary. To some this may not sound like a big deal but to us, this was a critical step to becoming an established business in the City of Dayton.
Before we focus on some of our accomplishments, it would be negligent of me if I didn’t speak about what made this year successful. The number one driver in our success is our customers; the great citizens of this little, but big town. Since day one, everyone has accepted us like we’ve been here for years. A comfort level was immediately established with many of you. Many friendships were also developed along the way!
Over the past year, we were able to partner with several organizations within Dayton. These partnerships allowed us to provide service to these organizations for the good of the community. It’s an amazing feeling when we see our product being displayed proudly on men, women, and children of all ages. We look forward to continuing to plant our roots in this great town by providing an amazing service while creating a network of relationships with everyone. We are blessed to be a part of this amazing community!
Right next door to NKY Custom Designs is Ables Upholstery, a company with a very solid reputation in the field. Odessa is the owner of NKY and her father Joe is owner operator of Ables Upholstery. Here’s a brief overview of Joe’s business, with a little bit of history about this company that does such wonderful work.
Joe: In August, Ables Upholstery surpassed our one year mark of being located in the City of Dayton. The community experience has been wonderful. This relocation of my business to Dayton was instrumental for the success of the business. With the convenient location, I’m able to attract customers from several different areas.
Ables Upholstery has been in business for 39 years. Our initial business, formally known as J &C Upholstery, was located on the Avenue in Bellevue, KY. After several years, I relocated to Daytona Beach, FL in order to become an expert in marine upholstery services. After 19 successful years in Florida, I decided to move back home to Kentucky to be closer to family and friends. I’m looking forward to the continued growth of business and friendships alike.
The city began this program in order to attract good, solid businesses to Dayton and these two businesses are very important to the growth of our Central Business District. Happy Anniversary to Joe at Ables Upholstery and Odessa at NKY Custom Designs.
Submitted by: Tina Neyer, Main Street Manager
The Fire Department of Bellevue-Dayton is both happy and sad to announce that Captain Chuck Enzweiler retired from the department on September 30, after providing 34 years of professional fire service to the communities of Bellevue and Dayton.
After graduating from Morehead University, Captain Enzweiler worked as a recreation director in Bellevue and in 1982 he began his professional Firefighting/EMT career at the Bellevue Fire Department. Upon the merger of the Bellevue and Dayton Fire Departments in 2002, Chuck earned the title of Captain. Throughout the last 14 years, new firefighters in the department have highly benefitted from Captain Enzweiler’s experience and unconditional devotion to the fire service. His thoughtful style of leadership and his eagerness to share knowledge, as well as his ability to make us laugh (when needed) contributed to the department’s family-like atmosphere and its highly skilled firefighters.
On Friday, September 30, the fire department held a luncheon to honor Captain Enzweiler for his 34 years of service to the cities of Bellevue and Dayton. We are happy that he goes into retirement a happy and healthy man, but we will miss him at the station. Although he feels this is his time to take a well-deserved vacation from the fire service, we know the fire service will never truly leave him. When you’re a firefighter, you’re a part of a family. And when you retire, the family never leaves you.
Captain Enzweiler, your many years of service were very well done. We wish you the best of everything possible.
Fire Department of Bellevue-Dayton
Submitted by: Karen Strickley,
Secretary, Fire Department of Bellevue-Dayton
Thanks to the generosity of Darkness Brewing, members of the FDBD were given the honor of serving as Guest Bartenders for the unveiling of a very special Fireman's Brew 3751 Amber. Between 6 - 10 p.m. on September 22, a large gathering of Bellevue and Dayton citizens came out to show their support of the FDBD to help raise funds for the additional state-of-the-art equipment needed to accessorize the new pumper truck that is slated for December delivery.
Adding to the evening's success was the generosity of Larry Brondhaver at Avenue Brew, who donated his time and grill to serve food in exchange for donations to the cause. There were also many raffle tickets sold by the FDBD Ladies Auxiliary for some great door prizes that were raffled. Live music was provided by Strange Brew's Jerry Gifford and Mike Meredith (Hey Bartender).
ORDINANCE NO. 2016- #13
AN ORDINANCE PROVIDING FOR THE IMPOSITION, LEVY, COLLECTION AND APPORTIONMENT OF TAXES FOR THE CITY OF DAYTON, CAMPBELL COUNTY, KENTUCKY FOR THE FISCAL YEAR JULY 1, 2016 THROUGH JUNE 30, 2017.
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY OF DAYTON, CAMPBELL COUNTY, KENTUCKY AS FOLLOWS:
There shall be imposed, levied and collected for the Fiscal Year July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017, by the City of Dayton, Kentucky, the sum of .4950 under the General Chapter of said City, as amended, and also an Act concerning the assessment and valuation for taxation of the corporate franchise and intangible properties, as amended, on each $100.00 valuation of real and mixed property; .5009 on all automobile and watercraft personal property and .7130 on all other personal property, choses in action, evidence of debt, and corporate franchises within said City as certified by the Property Valuation Administrator to Council, as assessed and returned for taxation to said City by the State Railroad Commission, the State Board of Valuation and Assessments and the Revenue Cabinet and certified by the State Auditor to the Council; if for any reason property has not been listed for taxation, then by the Mayor and Council; further, upon such property within the corporate limits of said City subject to taxation, except the deposits of Banks and Trust Companies, hereinafter mentioned.
Said levy and assessment of .4950 on real and mixed property; .5009 on all automobile and watercraft personal property and .7130 on all other personal property on each $100.00 valuation as set out above, shall be imposed, collected, levied and apportioned to and for the following purposes, and in the following proportions:
For the current general and incidental expenses of said City the sum of .4450.
For the acquisition and maintenance of parks within the City, the sum of .0500.
For the current general and incidental expenses of said City the sum of .7130.
For the acquisition and maintenance of parks within the City, the sum of .0000.
Automobiles and Watercraft:
For the current general and incidental expenses of said City the sum of .7130.
There shall be imposed and collected for said City, as permitted under KRS Chapter 136 on the taxable fair cash value of bank deposits within the city as assessed, corrected, altered, certified and returned by the Revenue Cabinet or as assessed by the Mayor and Council, if for any reason said deposits have not been listed in any manner for taxation, sum equal to twenty-five thousandths of one percent (.025%) of those deposits. The levy called for in this Section shall be imposed, levied, collected and apportioned for payment of incidental expenses of the City. Those banks upon which the above tax is imposed may pay the sum due less 2% if paid by December 31, 2016 or the full amount by January 31, 2016. Thereafter the penalty and interest herein shall be imposed.
All revenues received are hereby apportioned as in the preceding Sections and set apart and shall be apportioned and set apart exclusively for the several purposes therein mentioned. Any transfer of such funds are hereby prohibited.
The City Clerk/Treasurer shall make out the tax bills in accordance with the altered, corrected and returned assessment list in books provided for that purpose and said City Clerk/Treasurer shall show in the books of the City the total amount of taxes collectable for the year. Further, the City Clerk/Treasurer shall publish all notices of taxes due as required by law, if any, according to the requirements of KRS Chapter 424.
The taxes hereby levied shall be due and payable on and after September 30th, 2016 at the office of the City Clerk/Treasurer and shall be delinquent after November 8th, 2016, or as otherwise provided by Council by order, and the City Clerk/Treasurer shall thereafter proceed to attach to each bill a penalty of 10%. The City Clerk/Treasurer shall proceed to collect the delinquent taxes as provided by law until such time as the Council shall instruct the City Clerk/ Treasurer to refer all delinquent bills to the City Attorney for collection by taking legal action, if necessary. Interest at the rate of 12% per annum shall be charged on the account of such tax from November 9th, 2016, or as otherwise provided by Council by order, to the date of payment.
This ordinance shall be signed by the Mayor, attested by the City Clerk, recorded, published, and shall be in effect at the earliest time provided by law.
PASSED by City Council of the City of Dayton, Campbell County, Kentucky assembled in regular session.
First Reading: Sept. 6, 2016
Second Reading: Sept. 20, 2016
Results from our spring 2016 assessments are in and the news is fabulous. For the first time our District has been named a Kentucky Proficient District and our High School and Middle School have earned the highest standard, being named Kentucky Distinguished Schools. Our Elementary school showed continued progress and improved their overall accountability score by 0.7 and is only 1.7 points from reaching the proficiency level.
We are very proud of the effort of our students, staff, and community to reach these high levels of achievement. Our students have worked hard and are seeing that they can learn at high levels when they put their minds to it. Our staff has inspired and engaged students at all levels. Inspired and engaged students equal positive growth and we are clearly seeing the results.
We also want to take a moment to thank our community, parents, and families for trusting us and working with us to grow forward. Together we GROW forward!
Proudly serving as Superintendent of Dayton Independent Schools
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