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Published: Friday, February 17, 2017 @ 1:54 PM
Council to OK $1.1 million in street repairs, $8.6 million in refinancing — 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.
Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 10:31 AM
Updated: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 10:31 AM
A lawsuit filed by some unsuccessful applicants to grow medical marijuana in Ohio claims state regulators failed to follow their own rules last year when they awarded provisional licenses for growing facilities.
Several groups including CannAscend Ohio LLC filed the lawsuit Tuesday in Franklin County Common Pleas Court in Columbus.
The lawsuit challenges the Ohio Department of Commerce’s process for awarding the provisional licenses to 12 companies for large-scale growing facilities.
The lawsuit alleges various failures in the licensing process, including “scoring errors, undisclosed conflicts of interest, and undisclosed loopholes in the security of information.”
» TRENDING COVERAGE: Medical marijuana dispensaries are more like bars than pharmacies
Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 10:43 AM
Updated: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 10:43 AM
— Willis E. Blackshear, longtime Montgomery County recorder and Montgomery County Democratic Party stalwart, has died, Dayton and county officials confirmed today. He was 57.
“He was always passionate about public service and really passionate about how people can make a difference in their communities if they got involved in politics,” said Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, who said Blackshear died overnight in hospice care after a long illness.
Blackshear worked his way up the ranks during 22 years in the county’s treasurer’s office. In 2006 he was appointed county recorder. In 2008, he was elected to his first full term and was re-elected in 2012 and 2016.
Born and raised in Dayton, Blackshear continued to reside in the city with his wife, Regina. He also leaves behind an adult son, Willis Jr.
Blackshear graduated from Paul Laurence Dunbar High School and received his BA in political Science from Fisk University in Nashville, Tenn., according to his county biography.
We will continue to update this story as it develops.
Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 2:32 PM
TROY – Details are being finalized for the housing of federal prisoners in Miami County for the first time in nearly a decade.
Sheriff Dave Duchak said his staff is working with the federal marshal’s service on a contract under which up to 20 prisoners would be housed in pods at the county Incarceration Facility located between Troy and Piqua.
The proposed agreement would allow for up to 15 males and five females. The county would be paid $59 per day, per prisoner and would be paid to transport the prisoners to and from the facility to federal court in Dayton.
The Incarceration Facility was built in 1999 with the goal at the time of using one half of its four, 60-person pods to house local prisoners and to rent the other half to help offset facility operating costs.
The county housed prisoners for other counties and the federal marshal’s service before the facility was closed at the end of 2009 because of budget cuts blamed on the recession. The sheriff’s office reopened one of the facility’s pods in 2013, the second in 2014 and a third last year.
Last year, the sheriff’s office again started renting a few beds to the Darke County Sheriff’s Office and Greenville police. More recently, the Pike County Sheriff’s Office has been renting beds. Those agencies are using about 10 beds a day. Last year, the sheriff’s office brought in around $100,000 from bed rentals.
“I don’t have a problem renting out beds as long as it doesn’t hurt our judges’ ability to incarcerate,” Duchak said.
County Commission President John “Bud” O’Brien said he and fellow commissioners are “certainly in favor of the sheriff renting beds to whoever he can.” The rentals help supplement the cost of operating the facility, he said.
“We haven’t seen the contract yet, but are looking forward to seeing it,” O’Brien said.
Duchak said the arrangement for housing federal prisoners would be like the previous agreement.
Miami County also has a jail at the county Safety Building in Troy, where up to 48 prisoners can be held. That space is used for primarily for violent offenders, while nonviolent offenders are housed at the Incarceration Facility. The federal prisoners would be nonviolent people facing charges for financial and other crimes, Duchak said.
Published: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 @ 5:22 PM
Updated: Friday, February 16, 2018 @ 6:06 PM
DAYTON — One candidate for judge won’t make the May 8 primary ballot in Montgomery County after the board of elections on Tuesday certified nominating petitions submitted by candidates.
Democrat Alan D. Gabel of Dayton submitted nominating petitions with the wrong commencement date for the Montgomery County Common Pleas Judge-General Division position he sought, said Steve Harsman, deputy director of the board.
Failing to put the correct date on the petition is considered a “fatal error” because each common pleas judge position has a specific start date and the correct one must be listed on nominating petitions signed by registered voters, Harsman said..
That means there will be no primary race for the remaining Democrat, Montgomery County Juvenile Court Magistrate Gerald Parker of Centerville, who will face Judge Erik R. Blaine, a Republican, in the November 6 General Election.
Gabel said on Friday that he will fight the decision, first by asking the local board to reconsider and then by appealing in court. He said it was clear which judgeship he was running for and that his petitions should have been accepted even though they had the wrong date.
All other candidates were certified except some seeking political party state central committee spots.
County voters will see contested primary races for U.S. Congress and the Ohio House.
Boards of election in Ohio must certify petitions for the May primary election by Feb. 19.
Other stories by Lynn Hulsey