Beavercreek residents can keep bees, not chickens

Published: Monday, August 13, 2012 @ 8:38 PM
Updated: Monday, August 13, 2012 @ 9:38 PM

Beavercreek City Council on Monday approved the keeping of bees in city neighborhoods, but dropped from consideration provisions concerning the keeping of chickens — at least for the time being.

“I thought the bees would be controversial,” Vice Mayor Jerry Petrak said. “The chickens are.”

Council approved an ordinance concerning zoning codes related to bees, farmer’s markets, placement of trash receptacles, business district signage and digital billboards by a vote of 6 to 0.

Mayor Vicki Giambrone was not at the meeting.

The chicken codes were taken out of the ordinance at the urging of Council Members Brian Jarvis and Zach Upton, who voiced reservations about allowing chickens in neighborhoods.

Opponents have questioned the cleanliness of chickens and whether allowing them in neighborhoods would open the door for the keeping of other farm animals.

The chicken-related codes were separated from the ordinance by a vote of 4 to 2 with Council Members Scott Hadley and Debborah Wallace voting in favor of keeping the original ordinance intact.

Before the votes, Hadley, a supporter of residential chickens, said he had been under the impression that everyone was in agreement concerning the chicken codes and other matters the ordinance addresses.

Council’s move was similar to a vote earlier this year by the Beavercreek Planning Commission.

It too separated the bee and chicken issues — voting 5 to 0 in support of allowing bees and 3 to 2 against allowing chickens.

City staff began researching beekeeping and municipal chicken rearing issues after receiving inquires from residents interested in urban farming.

Several area cities now allow beekeeping.

If the chicken codes had been left in the ordinance, Beavercreek would have been the only city in the region to allow chickens in neighborhoods.

Cleveland, New York and Seattle are among the cities that have passed regulations that allow chickens as part of the food sustainability movement.

Petrak suspected the chicken issue would appear again in Beavercreek, saying those interested in green issues would want the issue reexamined.

Bees were allowed in residential neighborhoods when the city was incorporated in 1980. They were restricted to agricultural areas following the city’s 2009 comprehensive review of zoning codes. The new provision was drafted earlier this year with input from local beekeepers. It allows up to four beehives to be kept on lots between 7,500 and 15,000 square feet large.

In a separate action, the council moved to a second and third reading of an ordinance that would rezone 12 acres at 893 North Fairfield Road from residential to agricultural at the request of Dr. Sehbi Simran Kaur, a city resident. Kaur and his associates want to use the land for natural and sustainable gardening.

One flown to hospital from scene of Champaign Co. multi-car crash

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 7:29 PM

Jim Pancoast, President and CEO of Premier Health, speaks during a christening of the new Careflight medical helicopter was held on the helipad of Miami Valley Hospital Wednesday, Sept. 3 in Dayton.  Michael Franz / Staff
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Jim Pancoast, President and CEO of Premier Health, speaks during a christening of the new Careflight medical helicopter was held on the helipad of Miami Valley Hospital Wednesday, Sept. 3 in Dayton. Michael Franz / Staff(HANDOUT)

A medical helicopter is responding to the scene of a three-car crash in Champaign County Monday evening.

Champaign County dispatchers said a crews were sent to the 4000 block of U.S. 68 in Urbana Twp. around 6:30 p.m. 

A semi is involved in the crash and at least one person is being flown from the scene. 

Dispatchers said it is unknown what led to the crash or how many victims are reported at the scene. 

A portion of U.S. 68 has reopened after briefly closing as crews responded. 

We will update this story with new details when available.

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Land owners turn out to hear plans for County Road 25-A area in Miami County

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 8:47 AM
Updated: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 10:11 PM

Public meeting planned for developing I-75 interchange

UPDATE @ 10 p.m.): Property owners and interested citizens attended the first of at least two public meetings tonight pertaining to a study being conducted in Miami County. 

The study focuses on the future of an undeveloped interchange off I-75 and County Road 25-A, between Piqua and Troy. 

The area under study includes 3,000 acres. 

Consultants from Burton Planning Services of Westerville, Ohio, will return with their recommendations within the next couple months.

The county contract with Burton Planning was for $48,000. There are seven interchanges on I-75 through Miami County. The one under study is the only exit that remains rural.

Residents and land owners attended a public meeting Monday night about the undeveloped interchange of the interstate and County Road 25-A between Piqua and Troy. (Steve Baker/Staff)

INITIAL REPORT

A community meeting on the future of the County Road 25A area between Troy and Piqua will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday at Troy Junior High School, 556 Adams St.

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The Miami County commissioners hired Burton Planning Services earlier this year to help conduct a study of the future of the area bordered to the south by Troy, to the north by Piqua, to the west by Washington Road and to the east by the Great Miami River. 

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The area also includes the undeveloped area near Exit 78 of Interstate 75.

For more information, contact ROsgood@MiamiCountyOhio.gov or DSuerdieck@Miami-CountyOhio.gov.

Trial begins for school bus stop sex assault suspect

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 3:58 PM

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A Dayton man accused of kidnapping a girl at knife-point and sexually assaulting her while she was waiting for the school bus was in court this afternoon for the start of his trial.

Randy Stanaford, 39, is charged with rape of a child less than 13 years old and kidnapping.

Stanaford, a registered sex-offender, was accused of kidnapping the 11-year-old girl while she was waiting for the school bus near the intersection of Edgar and Heaton avenues in Dayton last September, according to prosecutors.
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"This defendant, a homeless registered sex offender, kidnapped and raped an 11 year old girl, who was a complete stranger,” said Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck Jr.

The 39-year-old was convicted in Butler County in 2008 for attempted kidnapping and public indecency and was released from prison in August 2015.

A jury was selected for Stanaford’s trial Monday morning and opening statements began shortly after 3 p.m.

If convicted as charged, Stanaford would face a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole.

I-675 wrong-way crash: 18-year-old victim ‘best friend anybody could ask for’

Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 10:51 AM
Updated: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 8:38 PM

Two men died in a wrong-way crash on Interstate 675 in Centerville Monday night.

(UPDATE @ 8:40 p.m. Oct. 23): Kalip Grimm, 18, one of two men killed in the Oct. 16 wrong-way crash on I-675 in Centerville, is being remembered as “the best friend anybody could ask for.”

Two of his best friends, in Collin Hare and Ty Marker, spoke about Grimm following his funeral Monday morning.

“His personality was just an amazing thing and every time he saw you, every single time, he said, ‘wasss up baby.’ That was his go-to line,” Hare said.

Hare and Marker wore orange -- Grimm’s favorite color.

Nearly 400 vehicles were part of the procession and there were nearly 2,000 signatures in the guest book.

RELATED: 2 killed, 2 injured in I-675 wrong-way driver crash

  • Police: Melvin Bonie Jr., 69, was the wrong-way driver 
  • Grimm was driving the car Bonie hit head-on, police said
  • Police: Initial findings point to excessive speed, not alcohol

Grimm graduated from Miamisburg High School in the spring and was working a full-time job since graduation, according to his mother Stacy Grimm. His 19th birthday would have been Sunday

I-675 wrong-way crash, Oct. 16, 2017. Staff photo

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The fatal crash Monday occurred five days before Kalip’s 19th birthday, Grimm said.

Melvin Bonie Jr. was a Beavercreek resident who was a retired analyst from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, according to friend Karen Rase of Beavercreek.

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He was a wine connoisseur who spent much of his retirement traveling, collecting art and enjoying dinners, she said.

“He never made ordinary stuff other people would make,” she said. “When he did cook…it was roast duck and he always had the perfect wine. “

Bonie was a wine consultant with Tramonte & Sons, according to the wine distributor’s website, who was known to attend and hold wine-tastings around the area.

A native of New Orleans, he was a graduate of the University of New Orleans, according to his Facebook page.

We’ll continue to update this page as we learn more both men.