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Published: Thursday, September 14, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Thursday, October 26, 2017 @ 8:19 PM
— A coalition of downtown Dayton businesses and the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce are putting together a campaign to urge voters in one downtown precinct to allow bars and restaurants in that precinct to start serving alcohol at 10 a.m. instead of 11 a.m. on Sundays.
The issue — which supporters have dubbed the “brunch bill,” and which will appear as Local Issue 11 on the ballot — will be decided by voters in Precinct 1-B in downtown Dayton. There are about 1,100 registered voters in precinct 1-B, which includes the business strip of the Oregon District on East Fifth Street as well as the area around the Cannery and part of the Water Street development. It does not include the residential neighborhood just south of the Oregon District strip on East Fifth Street, which is part of another precinct.
“The pendulum for downtown Dayton is on the upswing right now, and we want to keep that momentum going,” said Chris Kershner, vice president of public policy and economic development for the Dayton chamber.
Kershner said several downtown Dayton restaurants approached chamber officials about seeking the change, and the chamber spearheaded the petition drive to place the issue on the fall ballot. A “yes” vote will allow the one-hour-earlier start time only at those alcohol-permit holders in precinct 1-B, and would have no impact on other restaurants and bars outside of the precinct.
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Kershner said supporters are concerned about the ballot language as written by the Ohio Secretary of State’s office, because it doesn’t make clear that a “yes” vote would simply move the start time for Sunday alcohol sales from the current 11 a.m. state-mandated start time to 10 a.m. Some voters may read the language and think the measure would allow Sunday alcohol sales for the first time, Kershner said.
Here’s how Issue 11 will appear on the ballot of voters in precinct 1-B:
“Shall the sale of intoxicating liquor, of the same type as may be legally sold in this precinct on other days of the week, be permitted in this Dayton 1-B Precinct for consumption on premises where sold between the hours of 10 a.m. and midnight on Sunday?”
The “vote yes” campaign will focus on education rather than advocacy, Kershner said, to make sure voters know a “yes” vote simply allows for the one-hour-earlier start time on Sundays.
Steve Tieber, owner of the Dublin Pub at East Fifth Street and Wayne Avenue, said Sunday sales are important to his restaurant and to many other alcohol-permit holders in downtown Dayton.
“Sunday is our third-busiest day,” behind only Friday and Saturday, Tieber said of the Dublin Pub. And most of the pub’s Sunday sales are related to its brunch service.
Restaurant owners told chamber officials it is frustrating to be forced to refuse customer orders of brunch cocktails such as Bloody Marys and mimosas during what for some is the first hour of their brunch service. The change will give restaurants more flexibility, boost sales and ultimately create and preserve jobs, Tieber said.
The precinct has about 1,100 voters. Kershner and Tieber are helping to put together a grass-roots campaign led by retailers and other “brunch bill” coalition members, which number about 20 and include the Downtown Dayton Partnership and the chamber.
Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 9:16 AM
— Wright State University is continuing to deal with financial problems as the school has so far overspent its budget for employee benefits by millions this year.
The university has spent $6 million on employee health benefits that were not planned for in its fiscal year 2018 budget, according to financial documents presented to the board of trustees in a meeting this morning. Trustees are expected to discuss the $6 million benefits overrun this morning.
The surprise expense isn’t great news for Wright State, which is aiming to increase reserves by $6 million by June 30.
Wright State trustees in June slashed more than $30.8 million from the school’s budget in an attempt to begin correcting years of overspending.
On top of the benefits costs, WSU officials have also been trying to remediate more than $5.9 million lost through enrollment declines and unexpected scholarship and fellowship costs of more than $1.5 million.
Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 9:07 AM
— A Kentucky teacher was arrested Thursday on suspicion of snorting drugs in class, WLEX reported.
Students at Menifee County Elementary/Middle School in Frenchburg told officials they saw Cherish Rednour, 41, crush a pill with a credit card and make a line with the powder. They alleged that after snorting the pill, Rednour slumped over her desk and was having trouble staying awake.
Rednour was confronted by the principal and officials from the Menifee Sheriff''s Office about the allegations. WLEX reported. She was subjected to several field sobriety tests and was arrested shortly after.
Sheriff's officials said they found a white residue on her desk and a credit card with residue.
When a deputy searched Rednour at the Sheriff's Office, they found a tampon applicator in her bra that "resembled a very small, cut straw," according to arrest records.
Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 9:03 AM
— This year marks the 30th anniversary of the passage of a law making March Women’s History Month in the United States.
The observation, which was born out of a California school district’s celebration of women’s achievements, now is celebrated across the country, and includes parades, lectures, health screenings, art exhibits and other activities that highlight women’s contributions to society.
Here’s a look at the history of the movement, why it’s celebrated in March, this year’s theme and the National Women’s History Project honorees.
What is it?
Women’s History Month is a celebration of women’s contributions to society.
When is it?
In the United States, it is celebrated each year in March.
March was chosen as the month to celebrate women’s history because the first observances of Women’s History Week revolved around International Women’s Day, which is March 8. International Women’s Day, which honors women’s achievements worldwide, was first celebrated on March 8, 1911. The United Nations has sponsored International Women’s Day observances since 1975.
How did it start?
In 1978, a school district in Sonoma, California, decided to honor women’s achievements by participating in a Women’s History Week event. According to the National Women’s History Project, schools hosted essay contests, presentations by women were given at many of the schools in the district and a parade was held in downtown Santa Rosa, California.
The following year, a two-week conference examining women’s history was held at Sarah Lawrence College. Those participating in the conference learned about Sonoma County's Women's History Week celebration and decided to organize similar celebrations within their own schools and organizations.
During the following seven months, they lobbied for a declaration of Women’s History Week and in March 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued a presidential proclamation declaring the week of March 8, 1980, as National Women's History Week.
In 1981, Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and Rep. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., co-sponsored a joint congressional resolution calling the week of March 7, 1982, Women’s History Week.
Schools across the country began to incorporate Women’s History Week into their curriculum and, eventually, the week grew into a monthlong observance.
Fourteen states had declared March Women’s History Month by 1986. In 1987, the National Women’s History Project asked Congress to establish March as Women’s History Month. On March 12, 1987, the celebration became official when legislation was passed to designate March as Woman’s History Month in the United States.
What is this year’s theme?
The 2018 National Women’s History Month theme is “Nevertheless, She Persisted: Honoring Women Who Fight All Forms of Discrimination against Women.”
The theme refers to remarks made by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., after he objected to Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., reading a letter from civil rights leader Coretta Scott King that condemned then-Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala. The Senate was debating Sessions nomination to become U.S. attorney general. McConnell objected to the reading of the letter on the grounds of “Rule XIX” which prohibits ascribing "to another senator or to other senators any conduct or motive unworthy or unbecoming a senator.” He called for a vote to silence Warren, which passed on party lines.
Who is being honored this year?
Here, from the National Women’s History Project, is a list of those being honored this year.
Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 5:00 PM
DAYTON — Dayton has called on neighboring communities to send a message to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base to more urgently resolve concerns over the potential threat of contamination of a drinking water aquifer from tainted groundwater.
The city has urged city managers to join it in signing a letter asking the base’s commander to act quickly prior to groundwater contaminated with a byproduct of firefighting foam reaches seven city drinking water wells shut down as a precaution in April at Huffman Dam near the base boundary along the Mad River.
So far, some communities have said they will not sign the letter, at least one has endorsed Dayton’s efforts while others say they are studying the problem and weighing options.
Dayton and state officials have said drinking water is safe today.
The city has pursued communities backing while asking the Air Force to reimburse Dayton nearly $1 million for an environmental study and testing tied to concerns tainted groundwater at Wright-Patterson could reach the Huffman Dam well field.
“This was always about getting the attention above Wright-Patterson Air Force Base leadership where the decisions are made for resource allocation to address contamination,” City Manager Shelley Dickstein said in an interview. “Because there are hundreds of these (contamination sites) across the country, our primary goal was and continues to be the squeakiest wheel because of the proximity of the aquifer and well fields.”
The city reported it discovered polyfluroalkyl substances (PFAS) in the raw water intake of its Ottawa water treatment facility near the Mad River last November. The contamination level was less than 10 parts per trillion, below the Environmental Protection Agency health advisory threshold of 70 parts per trillion for lifetime exposure in drinking water, city officials have said.
The substance has not been detected in treated water in the distribution system, city leaders have said.
Communities react to Dayton plea
Kettering, Centerville, Miamisburg and Vandalia officials have said they will not support Dickstein’s request in a Feb. 7 letter she sent to city managers. Moraine also indicated it has not co-signed the document, and Riverside and Miami Twp. indicated no immediate plans to act on the letter.
City Council leaders in Brookville, a direct water customer of Dayton water, voted Tuesday to go on record supporting Dayton’s efforts, and will send a letter to water customers updating them about the water issue, according to City Manager Gary Burkholder.
Fairborn and Clayton city managers say they need more time to gather information.
“We certainly want to understand what we are signing on to before we agree to do that,” said Fairborn City Manager Rob Anderson. The city indicated in a 2015 test it did not find polyfluroalkyl substances (PFAS) found in firefighting foam in its groundwater field north of Wright-Patterson’s main flight line.
Montgomery County Environmental Services purchases water from Dayton and distributes it to communities across the area, including the cities of Centerville, Clayton, Kettering, Moraine, Riverside and Trotwood and the townships of Butler, Harrison, Jefferson, Miami and Washington. It also sells the water wholesale to Greene County.
“From all the information I have received, I have every reason to believe our water is safe to use and drink,” Riverside City Manager Mark Carpenter said in a statement to the Dayton Daily News.
Fairborn and Miamisburg are among regional communities with their own well fields and water distribution systems. Vandalia receives most of its water from the Northern Area Water Authority, which draws water from wells in Tipp City, according to Vandalia city officials.
A Dayton official was expected to brief Clayton City Council members on the concerns March 1, according to City Manager Richard C. Rose. Clayton is a direct water customer of Dayton, along with Trotwood and Brookville.
In a statement, Kettering City Manager Mark Schwieterman said city administrators have talked about contamination issues with Dayton officials, but opted not to sign the letter “because we feel that given current information the matter would be best resolved by the two parties directly involved.”
Centerville City Manager Wayne Davis said in an email the suburb won’t co-sign the letter “since the issue was initially raised by the City of Dayton and is a matter between the City of Dayton and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.”
Pressure to act
The proposed letter to Wright-Patterson commander Col. Bradley McDonald said a “lack of action” to protect Huffman Dam drinking water wells was “unacceptable,” while the Air Force continues to conduct tests, rather than act.
“By doing so, you are jeopardizing the health of more than three million people who rely on clean, safe and untainted water when they turn on their faucets,” it said. “We are demanding that you take immediate steps to stop the flow of PFAS from the Base and into our water supply. We can no longer wait until you have more results before you act to protect our communities.”
Wright-Patterson spokeswoman Marie Vanover said in an email the base was not aware of the letter and was preparing to respond to Dayton’s demands to take action.
Jeff Hoagland, chief executive officer of the Dayton Development Coalition, said he was “surprised” Dayton sent the Feb. 7 letter to municipal leaders since city and base authorities have worked on the issue over two years.
The two sides met at DDC headquarters in downtown Dayton last August, he said.
“We walked out of there knowing the No. 1 topic was to properly address the water issues,” Hoagland said.
“The city asked us to come and see if we could listen to what was going on and see if there was anything we could do to make sure these issues were being taken care of at the highest levels,” he said.
Wright-Patterson has approached water contamination concerns “seriously,” Hoagland added.
Dayton leaders sent a suggested second letter to neighboring municipal leaders to tell customers the drinking water is safe, but also to inform water consumers about concerns for the potential of future contamination of the aquifer from polyfluroalkyl substances. The substances are found in consumer products from clothing to cookware, but were also used in industrial processes and in firefighting foam.
The U.S. EPA reported human epidemiology and animal testing studies indicate exposure to the contaminant suggest it may be responsible at certain levels for testicular and liver cancer; changes in cholesterol; low birth weight in newborns; liver tissue damage; and effects on the immune system and thyroid.
Both state and city leaders want Wright-Patterson to act faster to respond to the potential threat of reaching Huffman Dam. Ohio EPA Director Craig W. Butler has called the pace at which the Air Force was reacting to the situation “unacceptable.” The EPA director cited the base in recent weeks under a state public nuisance law to prevent water pollution and ordered Wright-Patterson to submit a work plan within 30 days to better track tainted groundwater and to prevent the plume reaching the Dayton well field, among expected actions.
In October 2016, Ohio EPA ordered Wright-Patterson to shut down two groundwater wells that supplied water to the base that exceeded EPA thresholds. A health advisory was issued at the time for pregnant women and breast-feeding infants, and the base provided bottled water to affected residents.
Pumping at the wells resumed after Wright-Patterson built a $2.7 million water treatment plant.
The groundwater contamination at the base was believed to have come from a discontinued formula found in a firefighting foam. The Air Force faces PFAS groundwater contamination woes at dozens of bases.