Fairborn to invest $1.3M in Main Street projects

Published: Saturday, January 12, 2013 @ 9:20 PM
Updated: Saturday, January 12, 2013 @ 9:20 PM

The city of Fairborn plans to invest nearly $1.3 million on a pair of projects that city officials say will ultimately lead to more interest downtown.

Main Street received a $2 million facelift last year, and these two projects — connecting two bike paths and making more road improvements — will complete Fairborn’s goal of redefining the city’s historic downtown by 2015.

“We’ve been working on it for many years, and having it completed will be a great accomplishment,” City Manager Deborah McDonnell said. “It also sets the stage for development along Xenia Drive and new redevelopment along Kauffman Avenue. It’s critical that we finish that and move on to other projects.”

More than half of the cost will be funded by grants that were awarded to the city. City Council recently approved resolutions agreeing to comply with Ohio Department of Transportation requirements, such as design standards and contractor selection.

A three-quarter-of-a-mile bike path is scheduled to be constructed in 2014, a project that will cost $666,204 and provide bike access to Main Street. The design phase will begin this spring.

The third and final phase of Streetscape will follow a year later. The first two phases — which entailed a two-thirds mile stretch from Broad Street to Pleasant Street — were completed in October and cost $2 million.

The third phase of Streetscape is estimated to cost $621,476, which includes storm sewer work, curb and sidewalk replacement, striping and landscaping from Pleasant Street to Dayton Drive — just under a quarter of a mile. A gateway feature, similar to the one at Main Street/Broad Street, could be constructed at the Main/Dayton intersection, City Engineer Jim Sawyer said.

The remaining balance for the bikeway ($286,019) will come out of the Capital Improvement Fund, while the County Motor Vehicle License Tax funds will help pay for phase III ($321,476).

“You can’t just do one thing to make a town,” said Linda Riffle, president of the Downtown Fairborn Betterment Association. “You can’t just remodel storefronts or redo streets. You have to do this in combination to have an attractive downtown. The bike path and Streetscape will only make Main Street better.”

Joann Scott — owner of Expressions Coffee House at 313 W. Main Street — said business hasn’t returned to the level that it was prior to the Streetscape construction. Expressions was averaging about 160 to 170 individual purchases per day, but that figure now hovers around 120 or 130.

Scott said she’ll have a better gauge in the summer of how the downtown upgrades have impacted her business.

“Our growth was going well until that happened,” Scott said. “We see some spikes when there’s an event downtown, and our regular customers are really dedicated and never stopped coming. But it will take a while for everyone to come back. I definitely think the (bike path) will be helpful.”

The bike path will be a 10-foot wide hard surface that connects the existing bike path on Central Avenue at Ohio Street and the one on Xenia Drive that ends just east of Dayton Drive. The new bike path will also feature fencing and a rest area along the side, Sawyer said.

“It’s one of those things we’ve needed for a very long time,” Riffle said. “Fairborn is the perfect place to have a bike path close to downtown because we do have a downtown with stores, restaurants, a library — things for people to do.”

The average daily traffic count for Main Street is 3,000. Sawyer said an updated traffic count hasn’t been taken since construction was completed in October.

Suspect in custody after shots fired near Dayton motel

Published: Thursday, March 30, 2017 @ 5:41 AM

UPDATE @6:20 a.m.

Dayton police have taken a man into custody suspected of firing shots near the Dayton Motor Motel.

We’re working to determine if the suspect fired shots from the motel roof or the roof of a building next door.

UPDATE @5:58 a.m.

The suspect is in custody on the roof, according to police scanner traffic.

Police are requesting a ladder truck or bucket truck from Dayton Power & Light  to get the suspect off the roof.

Police are also working to determine if there were any others with the man taken into custody.

A gun was located on the motel’s roof.

UPDATE @5:47 a.m.

Police are working to take a man suspected of firing shots near the Dayton Motor Motel into custody.

Multiple police officers from several jurisdictions are on scene.

Reports indicate the suspect is on a roof or scaffolding. 

The Keowee Street bridge is blocked and motorists should avoid the area.

FIRST REPORT

Multiple police units have been requested to the Dayton Motor Motel after shots were fired.

Police were called to the hotel around 5:20 a.m. after someone reported shots fired. Initial reports indicate the gunfire may be related to an abandoned car found along the riverbank that was involved in an earlier pursuit in Riverside.

This story will be updated as additional information becomes available.

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Christian school principal arrested on child porn charges

Published: Thursday, March 30, 2017 @ 5:50 AM

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A principal at a Christian school in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is facing child porn charges.

Jeff Goss is the principal at the Christian Education Alliance in west Tulsa.

Goss was arrested Tuesday morning by federal officials after they reportedly caught Goss using an online application to view child pornography.

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Authorities said the application lets people enter chat rooms and share videos, pictures and more.

Agents from Phoenix said Goss showed his face in the chat room, and they were able to track his IP address.

Goss reportedly confessed to using the app at least five times.

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Agents said he preferred children ages 10 to 12 and did not care if they were girls or boys. Goss allegedly told officers that he primarily teaches children ages 12 and 13.

School officials said they did not find out about the allegations against Goss until FOX23.com called them. They said he did not show up to work Wednesday.

The station confirmed that he is in the Tulsa County Jail.

The school's website says that it has served home-school families for more than 20 years.

Counties may be able to raise driver’s license fees

Published: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 @ 4:19 PM
Updated: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 @ 4:19 PM

Ohio will let counties raise driver’s license fees

Counties will be allowed to bump up license plate fees by $5 without first seeking voter approval but the people will still have the power to block those fees through referenda.

The fight over the $5 fee increase was one sticking point ironed out between the House and Senate in the two-year state transportation budget bill.

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Both chambers on Wednesday approved the compromise version and the bill now heads to Ohio Gov. John Kasich. The governor may use the power of line-item veto to strike out portions he doesn’t like or sign the entire bill into law.

The bill prescribes how Ohio will spend $7.82 billion on transportation over the next two years. The revenue comes from fees, federal highway money and the state gas tax, which has stood at 28 cents per gallon since July 2005. As fuel efficiency improves, money available for road projects drops. Senate President Larry Obhof, R-Medina, said lawmakers will examine alternatives to boost funding.

The legislation gives the Ohio Department of Transportation director the authority to change the speed limit on certain interstate highways, based on the time of day, traffic and weather conditions. For example, if lake effect snow were causing a white-out along I-90 from I-271 to the Pennsylvania state line, ODOT could lower the speed limit until conditions improved.

The variable speed limit program will be tried on I-90 as well as I-670 in Columbus and I-271 in Cincinnati. Rolling it out statewide would require legislative approval.

Here are some other items that the bill does:

Earmarks $33 million for public transit, an increase of $10 million.

Eliminates the requirement that a spotter be used for water skiers. Now the boat driver can use a review mirror to keep watch on the skier.

Allows the use of ATVs and snow mobiles on state routes on South Bass Island between November and April.

Cracks down on third-party websites that look like BMV sites and attempt to dupe people into paying extra fees.

Authorizes the registrar of the BMV to set transaction fees as high as $5.25, up from the current $3.50.

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Florida couple drinks, shoots up hot-water tank, police say

Published: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 @ 4:06 PM

Clifford Boyce and Kari Coleman (Lake County Sheriff's Office)

A Florida couple has been convicted of shooting at a hot-water tank in the middle of the night.

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According to Villages-News, Clifford A. Boyce, 29, and Kari L. Coleman, 27, were accused of drinking and firing guns at a hot-water tank in January outside of a home in Lady Lake. Police were called to the home in the middle of the night after reports of gunshots in the area.

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Authorities said Boyce and Coleman surrendered two 12-gauge shotguns when they arrived.

The couple was charged with discharging a firearm in public, and Boyce faced an additional charge of possession of a short-barreled shotgun.

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Coleman was sentenced Friday to six months probation and Boyce was placed on 36-months’ probation. Both were ordered to stay away from alcohol, and Boyce also was ordered to surrender his firearms and complete a firearms safety class.

Read more at Villages-News.