Springboro OKs combined $9.7 million in street repairs, refinancing

Published: Friday, February 17, 2017 @ 1:54 PM

On Thursday, the Springboro City Council approved contracting with R.A. Miller Construction Co. for more than $1.1 million for repair and resurfacing of local streets, curbs and gutters, sidewalks and driveway aprons.

Streets included in this year's program include Artesian Court, Barley Court, Bentbrook Court, Cedar Hill Lane, Cold Springs Court, Huntley Court, Saddlebrook Court, Woodstream Drive, Parkridge Court, Twincreek Court, Creekview Court, Roundtree Court, Paw Paw Drive, Catalpa Drive, Red Bud Drive, Graham Drive, State Street and King Court.

Property owners are assessed for the curb work.

In addition, the council approved refinancing $8.6 million for road, building and other infrastructure projects.

The council also passed a resolution opposing centralized collection of business net-profit tax returns by the State of Ohio and other municipal income-tax provisions that are in the 2017-2018 State of Ohio budget proposed by Gov. John Kasich.

Additionally, council approved a $259,600 contract with Maguire Iron Inc. for exterior painting and repairs to the water tower on Lytle Five Points Road and a plan for a proposed coffee shop at 860 W. Central Ave.

The council meets at 320 W. Central Ave. Work sessions begin at 6 p.m., formal meetings at 7 p.m.

For more information, call 937-748-4343.

NEW DETAILS: Using alternative landfill too costly, study says

Published: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 @ 11:44 AM


            NEW DETAILS: Using alternative landfill too costly, study says

Diverting solid waste from a Dayton landfill that for months has been the focus of odor complaints would cost Montgomery County about $2.1 million more, making the move too costly, documents show.

The county had been exploring the use of an alternative site to Stony Hollow Landfill after hundreds of complaints were lodged from several nearby communities about the Waste Management-owned site’s inability to contain odors at the South Gettysburg Avenue location.

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But a financial advisory committee for the county’s solid waste management has recommended against that move. Documents indicate the costs to use another location would be $15.6 million over a 14-month span. The current option costs $13.4 million over the same time period, records show.

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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