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!
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