Dayton seeks appraisal for rails-to-trails elevated bike path

Published: Monday, July 17, 2017 @ 4:25 PM

The City of Dayton is trying to acquire 6.5 miles of railway that runs from Kettering to downtown Dayton for use as "high-line" biekway and parks.

The city of Dayton is seeking a new appraisal for 6.5 miles of rail line that travels from downtown to East Dayton, which the city wants to turn into an elevated bike path and public park.

The city is in negotiations with Norfolk Southern rail company to buy a rail line the company has abandoned that stretches from the eastern end of the former Garden Station site to the Tenneco property in Kettering.

RELATED: Dayton could get ‘high line’ elevated bike trail like NYC, Chicago

An artist rendering or what Dayton’s elevated recreation trail could look like. CONTRIBUTED(Staff Writer)

The city previously had an appraisal for the line that pegged its value at about $730,000. But Norfolk Southern has claimed the line is worth more than that.

The city this week is likely to approve hiring another firm to determine the line’s market value, based on a variety of factors, including location and market conditions. The appraisal is expected to take less than two months to complete.

RELATED: Dayton begins negotiations for ‘high line’ elevated bike track

The city of Dayton is interested in transforming the line into an elevated bike path, similar to popular elevated rails-to-trails parks in New York City and Chicago.

The recreation trail would connect downtown to Inner East neighborhoods and would provide unique views of downtown and East Dayton since the rail line is elevated for several blocks and runs parallel to Third Street and U.S. 35 at spots.

Man seriously injured in West Chester Twp. workplace accident

Published: Thursday, July 27, 2017 @ 10:14 PM


A man was taken by AirCare tonight to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center following a workplace accident in West Chester Twp.

The incident was reported around 8:30 p.m. at Cincinnati Processing, 113 Circle Freeway Drive, according to West Chester Twp. police and fire dispatch.

According to initial reports, the man's arm was stuck in an escalator, but the dispatch center did not confirm those reports.

Cincinnati Processing is a meat packing company. According to the Ohio Secretary of State’s website, the company is a subsidiary of Empire Packing Co., based in Memphis, Tennessee, which is a subsidiary of Empire Foods based in the city of Blue Ash in suburban Cincinnati.

Joint Chiefs: Transgender policy won't change until Pentagon gets it in writing from Trump

Published: Thursday, July 27, 2017 @ 11:46 AM

Trump: Transgender People Won't Be Allowed In The Military

The nation’s highest ranking military officer said in a letter Thursday to top military officials that there will not be changes to the military’s transgender policy until after President Donald Trump sends direction to the Pentagon.

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"I know there are questions about yesterday's announcement on the transgender policy by the president," Marine Gen. Joe Dunford wrote in the message, addressed to the chiefs of the services and senior enlisted leaders, according to Politico. "There will be no modifications to the current policy until the president's direction has been received by the secretary of defense and the secretary has issued implementation guidance.”

A photo of the letter was shared on Twitter Thursday by CNN reporter Barbara Starr.

Trump: Transgender people won't be allowed in the military

Published: Wednesday, July 26, 2017 @ 9:13 AM

Trump: Transgender People Won't Be Allowed In The Military

President Donald Trump on Wednesday said transgender people will be barred from serving “in any capacity” in the U.S. military, writing on Twitter that such service would cause “disruption” and burden the U.S. with “tremendous medical costs.”

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Current Department of Defense policy allows for transgender people to serve openly and says individuals “can no longer be discharged or otherwise separated from the military solely for being transgender individuals.”

Trump said the decision was made after he consulted his “generals and military experts.”

“Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail,” he wrote in a series of tweets.

Dayton schools change route, will bus kids to daycare

Published: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 @ 8:00 PM

            Daycare providers applaud Dayton Public Schools’ decision to provide busing service, as DPS Superintendent Rhonda Corr (center) credits Associate Superintendent Shelia Burton (left) for making the plan work. JEREMY P. KELLEY / STAFF
Daycare providers applaud Dayton Public Schools’ decision to provide busing service, as DPS Superintendent Rhonda Corr (center) credits Associate Superintendent Shelia Burton (left) for making the plan work. JEREMY P. KELLEY / STAFF

Dayton Public Schools has reversed a previous plan and will continue to transport students to for-profit daycare centers in 2017-18.

The district had planned to eliminate that service, which affects about 500 students, as part of a broad effort to reduce the number of buses needed and make busing more efficient. But several daycare providers objected to the policy at last week’s school board meeting.

LAST WEEK: Busing decision angers daycare providers

In a meeting with more than two dozen daycare providers Tuesday, DPS officials announced the switch, saying there will be bus stops directly in front of roughly two-thirds of the 45 centers, and there will be stops within walking distance of the other third.

“We heard you very clearly the other night,” Superintendent Rhonda Corr said. “We heard your concerns and heard your passion and compassion for our kids and for their parents who have to work.”

ORIGINAL PLAN: DPS considers major busing changes

Corr said DPS worked with its transportation department to adjust some bus routes and stops to make this system work. She said the district couldn’t put a stop in front of every center, but wanted to meet its partners halfway.

Several daycare providers raised questions about liability for students dropped off a block or two away from their center. Corr urged those daycare providers to have a staffer meet the bus and walk the students to the center.

RELATED: DPS drops RTA plan for middle schoolers

Associate Superintendent Shelia Burton said if a preschool or kindergarten student is being dropped off and there is not an adult there to meet the children, they would be brought back to district offices, as they have been in past years.

Burton said DPS is committed to this plan for the entire 2017-18 school year, then will revisit the idea next summer. The daycare providers were generally in favor of DPS’ new plan.

LAST YEAR: Dayton schools’ busing woes continue

“I would like to thank you,” said Neal Holtvogt, owner of Bluebook Schools childcare. “You did listen, and I think it’s a fabulous plan … your decision was a good decision for children.”