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Miami Twp. ending employment of compliance, ethics officer

Published: Tuesday, December 19, 2017 @ 1:02 PM
Updated: Tuesday, December 19, 2017 @ 2:43 PM

            Miami Twp.
Miami Twp.

Miami Township is moving to reach a separation agreement with its chief compliance and ethics officer.

Township trustees voted 2-1 this afternoon to end the employment of Mukesh Singh effective Dec. 31. Singh is under contract through 2020, according to the township.

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“Upon the execution of a separation agreement the employment agreement will end effective Dec. 31, 2017,” according to the resolution approved by trustees.

Board of trustees President Andrew Papanek and Eric Flasher voted in favor of the move; Vice President Doug Barry did not. The vote followed a nearly 40-minute executive session.

Papanek declined comment after the vote. Flasher and Barry did not immediately return messages.

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Singh, whose contract approved last year pays him $119.46 per hour in a part-time capacity, joined the township in 2013 following a series personnel shake-ups that included firings, lawsuits and settlements.

His employment became a campaign issue in this fall’s election when challenger Donald Culp funded a campaign mailer saying Singh’s contract is “poor judgment and mismanagement of our tax dollars.”

John Morris and Culp won the seats held by Papanek and Flasher, who finished third and fourth, respectively, in a five-way race.

We have reached out to Singh and will update this story with his comments if he responds.


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Mike Gibbons says he will beat Sherrod Brown, puts $5M in Senate race but may first face Renacci

Published: Wednesday, January 10, 2018 @ 9:33 AM
Updated: Wednesday, January 10, 2018 @ 1:32 PM

Gibbons says why he will use millions of his own money

The Republican race for U.S. Senate in Ohio appears to be in flux with the front runner out, the remaining candidate promising a huge cash infusion of his own money, and a conservative author and a candidate for governor both considering runs.

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike Gibbons is hoping the $5 million cash infusion he will give his campaign delivers a message to any potential rivals in the Republican primary now that Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel has dropped out of the race.

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike Gibbon visited the Cox Media Group newsroom on Tuesday. Jim Otte/STAFF(HANDOUT/Jim Otte)

“I think that was somewhat strategic, because other people may be joining this race. And I want them to know I’m serious,” Gibbons said during an exclusive interview with Cox Media Group reporters in Dayton. “And I’m going to win this.”

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Gibbons  said he had not done a good job raising money from other sources but “that’s all changing.”

Late Wednesday, sources told the Dayton Daily News that U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, R-Wadsworth, will drop out of the race for governor and run for U.S. Senate.

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In a Monday interview on the “Wills and Snyder Show” on WTAM radio in Cleveland Renacci said he would consider joining the senate race if President Donald Trump asks him to, according to Renae Eze, campaign press secretary.

U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, R-Wadsworth, campaigning for governor in Liberty Twp. in August. . MICHAEL D. PITMAN/STAFF(Michael Pitman/Staff)

The winner of the Republican primary would face U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, in the Nov. 6 General Election. The primary filing deadline is Feb. 7.

Gibbons, a Cleveland investment banker, may face a GOP challenge from U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, R-Wadsworth, who is currently running for governor, and J.D. Vance, the bestselling author of “Hillbilly Elegy.”

Jai Chabria, a former aide to Ohio Gov. John Kasich and close ally of Vance, said Vance is seriously considering running for the GOP nomination in the U.S. Senate race.

“It has been amazing how many Ohio leaders and people who have an interest in the Senate race want J.D. to run because they know he has the best message against Sherrod Brown in November,” Chabria said.

Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones on Wednesday announced he will not run for the nomination.

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Gibbons, whose campaign says his net worth is $90 million to $100 million, has already spent about $1 million of his own money on the Senate race. When Mandel dropped out on Friday due to his wife’s health problems, Gibbons pledged he would spend an additional $5 million “if needed to win,” according to his campaign.

Gibbons said he is unconcerned about reports that top Republicans are trying to recruit someone to replace Mandel in the race.

“I am an unknown. I’ve obviously rubbed some feathers the wrong way,” Gibbons said. “I think they are more concerned, ‘Am I going to be a team player?’ and I am.”

Gibbons said he called Mandel after he withdrew from the race.

“He hasn’t returned my call,” Gibbons said. “I’m sure he has a lot more important calls to return right now than me.”

As a first time candidate for any public office, Gibbons says he is not a part of the “establishment” and he believes his business background gives him the skills needed to be a senator.

“I think when people hear my message I’m going to have a very good chance of beating Sherrod Brown,” Gibbons said.

“Mike Gibbons is a longtime supporter of policies that cater to out-of-touch corporate executives, like himself,” said Jake Strassberger, spokesman for the Ohio Democratic Party. “He’s the last person who should be talking about hardworking Ohioans and their struggles to get ahead.”

Gibbons said the government is too involved in health care and that has distorted prices. He said he would not end Medicare but thinks it needs to be changed to have a stronger “free enterprise component.” Gibbons called for rewarding people for choosing “equal quality, lower cost” medical procedures and treatments. He said there is not competition in the health insurance industry.

“One of the problems we have is it’s become employer-provided health care. If we do it right we can change that,” said Gibbons, “I might create a competition with, for lack of a better term, a voucher system.”

He also wants to expand the massive tax cut that was passed in December to make it permanent to individuals and more generous to small businesses.

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“I had to lay people off and not hire people because I was paying so much to the government in taxes,” said Gibbons, who aside from being an investment banker is also in the real estate business.

Gibbons believes the tax cut will fuel the economy, creating more government revenue he would spend on the military, and also lead to higher wages. He said he doesn’t know any employer “that doesn’t want to pay their people more wages.”

One the one hand Gibbons touted the country’s economic growth, but he also said the government is thwarting job creation.

“We’ve thrown up a barrier every step of the way through tax laws, onerous tax provisions, through regulations that many times are unnecessary, through bureaucrats making law instead of legislatures making law,” Gibbons said. “We need to clear a path for the entrepreneur. We need to clear the path for somebody to create a business.”

Staff writer Laura A. Bischoff contributed to this report


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Lebanon city council split in joining lawsuit against drug companies

Published: Tuesday, January 09, 2018 @ 9:50 PM

            Doug Shope was one of two Lebanon council members who voted against joining multi-district litigation opioid makers and distributors.
Doug Shope was one of two Lebanon council members who voted against joining multi-district litigation opioid makers and distributors.

The Lebanon City Council voted 4-2 on Tuesday to join other local governments, including Dayton, and seven states in a “multi-district litigation” claiming drug manufacturers and distributors have contributed to the deadly national opioid epidemic.

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Lebanon and Dayton are among local governments in Alabama, California, Illinois, Kentucky, Ohio, Washington and West Virginia bringing public nuisance lawsuits against drug companies, all of which are to be handled by Judge Dan Polster of U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio.

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Lebanon Councilman Doug Shope joined Councilwoman Wendy Monroe in voting against the resolution authorizing the city to contract with Columbus lawyer to David J. Butler to bring Lebanon’s lawsuit designed to win a settlement helping the city pay for the costs of delaying with overdoses and other aspects of the epidemic.

“I don’t think this is the right tool to fix it,” Shope said.

Mayor Amy Brewer and council members Krista Wyatt, Jeff Aylor and Jim Dearie voted to join the legal action.

“What really galls me is they are making tons of money off of it,” Dearie said.

Councilman Mark Messer was absent.

Springboro council OKs new housing, meets neighbor concern

Published: Thursday, January 04, 2018 @ 10:35 AM

Heatherwoode residents protest proposed 7-lot residential rezoning

The Springboro City Council tonight approved, with conditions, rezoning and the general plan for 2.3 acres at 1360 S. Main Street in Springboro.

The housing development, to be known as Streamside at Heatherwoode, had been opposed by residents of the 212-home Heatherwoode community.

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The land for the proposed development is just north of the entrance to Heatherwoode, which features the city-owned golf course.

The proposed development’s property owners, the Daniel Family Trust, want to develop a 7-lot subdivision.

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Staff and the planning commission have recommended approval.

On Thursday, the council - except Mayor John Agenbroad, who recused himself because he lives across Main Street, Ohio 741 in Springboro, from the development area - discussed the issue before the formal meeting to consider issues that included the association formed to represent the residents of the development and liability for its maintenance.

Heatherwoode residents have expressed concern about the new homeowners being represented by a separate homeowners association.

As a condition of approval, the council required the developer to work out questions about the homeowners association before breaking ground.

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City Manager Chris Pozzuto also emphasized that the developer would need to meet other guidelines before winning permission to begin construction.

The conditional approval was passed by council after a work session but before arrival of the developer’s representatives and all but one of the Heatherwoode residents attending the meeting.

Shawn Hunter, president of the Heatherwoode association, thanked the council and said he looked forward to continued cooperation as the development moved forward.

Restaurant owner who took on NFL among county commission candidates

Published: Thursday, January 04, 2018 @ 8:54 AM

DeFries campaign launch

The race to fill an open seat on the Montgomery County Commission is taking shape.

Bill DeFries, who pledged not to air NFL games this year in his Beavercreek restaurant because of players’ national anthem protests, will formally announce today he’s running as a Republican for an open seat on the Montgomery County Commission in November.

Earlier this week, Montgomery County Treasurer Carolyn Rice, put into a Facebook post her intentions to replace fellow Democrat, Dan Foley, who is not running for re-election.

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As of Wednesday, petitions had been obtained from the Montgomery County Board of Elections by four other Republicans, current Miami Twp. Trustee Doug Barry of Miamisburg, Greg Hart of Oakwood, Bob Matthews of Miamisburg and Joshua Smith of Dayton.

Bill DeFries, owner of the Centerville Beef ‘O’ Brady’s, surrounded by memorabilia of local teams, Tuesday, November 20, 2007. He plans to run for Montgomery County commissioner.(Staff Writer)

In addition to Rice, Daryl Ward, senior pastor of Omega Baptist Church, is the only other Democrat to signal an intention to run for the four-year term that begins in January 2019.

DeFries, who is launching his campaign today with an 11 a.m. event at the Engineer’s Club in Dayton, said a major concern for him is the county’s finances.

“I really believe in order to have a thriving community we need stronger fiscal management,” said DeFries, who lives in Clayton and owns Copp Integrated Systems as well as the Beef O Brady’s restaurant. “The county is facing some major shortfalls this year, and they need to pull their budget back and make some tough choices.”

Montgomery County Treasurer Carolyn Rice at the Ohio delegation hotel in Philadelphia for the Democratic National Convention in 2016. She plans to run for Montgomery County commissioner. LYNN HULSEY/STAFF(Staff Writer)

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Rice of Kettering said her leadership as county treasurer for 11 years has helped the county weather an economic storm and foreclosure crisis.

“I have experienced firsthand the problems the county has faced due to the Great Recession as well as decisions made in Washington, D. C. and Columbus that have a local impact,” she wrote on Facebook. “Through it all, Montgomery County has been governed well and positive momentum has been made on numerous fronts.”

Rice also unveiled a campaign logo and has scheduled a Jan. 10 launch fundraiser at a Dayton law firm.

The Rev. Daryl Ward, senior pastor of Omega Baptist Church in Dayton. He plans to run for Montgomery County commissioner. JIM OTTE/staff(Staff Writer)

Bob Matthews, a former Miami Twp. trustee, ran a close race in 2016 against current Montgomery County Commissioner Judy Dodge. He said the lack of an incumbent this year could help put a Republican on the board for the first time in more than a decade.

Ward of Dayton said last month he is running because he wants to bring people together.

“I have no history of being a politician or elected official, but I do believe I can bring a fresh voice rooted in common sense to how we meet the challenges of our community,” he said.

Party candidates have until Feb 7. to file petitions. The certification of more than one candidate in a party by the Board of Elections will trigger May primaries.