Greene County to add traffic signal near Cornerstone

Published: Wednesday, January 11, 2017 @ 3:11 PM


            Greene County to add traffic signal near Cornerstone

A new traffic signal will be going up at the intersection of Brown Road and Wilmington Pike near the Cornerstone of Centerville to help aid with the traffic flow created by the retail center.

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“When they widened Wilmington Pike for Costco, the people that lived in the end of Browns Run and the school buses had trouble getting out onto Wilmington to make a left turn safely,” Greene County engineer Robert Geyer said.

The signal will cost between $150,000 and $200,000 and is expected to be operational before the start of the 2017-2018 school year. The signal will be owned by Centerville, but paid for by the Greene County engineers office.

“We did a traffic study and it determined it warranted a signal. I couldn’t get anybody else to do it. Even though it’s in the city of Centerville, I’m paying for the signal to get it up because it’s protecting the residents of Greene County,” Geyer said.

Butler Twp. cancels meeting

Published: Friday, February 24, 2017 @ 1:06 PM

BUTLER TWP. — The Butler Township Board of Trustees meeting scheduled for Monday, Feb. 27, has been canceled, according to the township’s website. No reason was given for the cancellation.

The next regularly scheduled meeting is set for Monday, March 13 at 7 p.m.

City considers ban on feeding stray animals

Published: Friday, February 24, 2017 @ 8:47 AM


            City considers ban on feeding stray animals

VANDALIA – The city is considering passing a ban that would prohibit residents from feeding stray animals.

City Manager Jon Crusey recommended the ban as a starting point in addressing problems with the stray animal population. The situation should then be monitored and additional action take later if needed, he said.

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Crusey also suggested residents with bird feeders raise them higher off the ground to not attract other animals.

“We have been working with a law director to draft an ordinance to prohibit the outdoor feeding of stray animals. We should have it back for the next council meeting, March 6,” Crusey said.

“We also discussed that if this does not work, then we will pursue other avenues,” said Mayor Arlene Setzer.

The legislation will be modeled after an ordinance passed in 2013 in West Carrollton, where leaving food out after daylight hours or unattended to allow stray or wild animals to feed upon is prohibited.

During the Monday, Feb. 20 meeting, council member Candice Farst called the cat problem “out of control” and agreed that council needs to act on the issue.

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Kathleen Durig, a resident, spoke during the council meeting, saying the number of nuisance cats in her neighborhood is an issue. The cats are preying on birds that visit her bird feeder and they also leave waste in her flowerbeds, she said.

“Twice I have spoken with my neighbors to discourage the feeding and sheltering to the undisclosed number of nuisance cats,” Durig said.

Durig said she is also concerned with feral cats having diseases, parasites, and other conditions, which often leave the cat in pain, as they are not seen by a veterinarian. Animals being fed and being allowed to breed season after season is considered animal abuse, Durig said.

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Once legislation is in place, the city plans to utilize the quarterly newsletter and social media to reach the community to raise awareness that the feeding of stray animals is prohibited.

The next city council meeting is scheduled for at 7 p.m. on March 6.

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Mayor: Dayton is ‘roaring back’

Published: Wednesday, February 22, 2017 @ 9:38 AM


            Mayor: Dayton is ‘roaring back’

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley’s fourth State of the City address this morning made the case that Dayton is “roaring back” to life, and framed the last several years as highly productive to address issues like blight, infrastructure needs and the city’s fiscal health.

In a speech to a packed house at city commission chambers, Whaley said there are abundant signs of growth and renewal in Dayton.

She said the city has removed about 40 percent of vacant and blighted structures in the city and the greater downtown housing market may be hotter than it has ever been.

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She said downtown is now home to about 1,300 market-rate housing units and about 630 more are on the way.

Last year, Dayton voters approved raising the city’s income tax rate to 2.5 percent from 2.25 percent, which is expected to generate an additional $11 million annually.

Whaley said this puts Dayton on solid financial footing for many years to come and will allow the city to address some serious quality-of-life issues in local neighborhoods.

“Once again, the people of this city have answered the call for sacrifice and courageous action,” she said.

The mayor said challenges remain, including stemming the tide of drug overdoses and adequately preparing the workforce for the job market.

You may pay more for license plates, driver’s license in Ohio

Published: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 @ 1:19 PM
Updated: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 @ 5:25 PM

It could get more expensive to get your license plates and driver’s license in Ohio.

The Ohio House of Representatives Finance Committee on Tuesday proposed allowing county commissioners to increase the fee paid for an Ohio license plate by $5. 

The money would be used to pay for transportation projects.

If approved it would increase the total base cost of a passenger car plate to $39.50 and a motorcycle plate to $33.50.

However, local jurisdictions already can add permissive local taxes ranging from $5 to $20 and so the current cost of plates can be as much as $54.50 depending on the county you live in, said Lindsey Bohrer, BMV spokeswoman. 

That is the fee currently charged in Montgomery County, said Mike Brill, spokesman for Montgomery County Auditor Karl Keith, who runs a BMV office in the county building.

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A second proposal in the state transportation budget would increase the service fee paid to the deputy registrars who run the state’s approximately 200 Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) offices. The transaction fee would go up by $1.75 to $5.25 for services provided by the BMV, according to Bohrer. 

She said the fee paid to the contractors who operate those offices hasn’t increased since 2004.

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“This issue is really being pushed by the Ohio Deputy Registrar Association,” Brill said.

Both House Minority Leader Fred Strahorn, D-Dayton, and State Rep. Niraj Antani, R-Miamisburg, oppose the changes.

“We need to rebalance taxes so consumers and the middle-class families who drive our economy have economic stability, not find new ways to nickel-and-dime working people struggling to get by,” Strahorn said. “Using fee hikes to help pay for yet another tax-shift to benefit the wealthy will not create jobs or drive economic growth, but continue to hold Ohio back.”

 Antani said he is “against all tax increases.”

“Working families have a hard enough time trying to make ends meet and transportation is vital. Transportation gets people to their jobs,” Antani said. “I don’t want to make it more expensive for a single mother or a working family to get their license plate renewed.”

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