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Partners put up $1 million to promote river’s value for 16 local cities

Published: Tuesday, January 02, 2018 @ 4:38 PM


            Hamilton residents, property owners and others have provided their ideas about what the future of development along the Great Miami River should be like. MIKE RUTLEDGE / STAFF
Hamilton residents, property owners and others have provided their ideas about what the future of development along the Great Miami River should be like. MIKE RUTLEDGE / STAFF

A new regional coalition plans to step up its efforts in 2018 to promote the Great Miami River as a resource not only for water and play, but also as a driver for tourism and economic development for 16 communities up and down the 99-mile corridor.

“It is not just for recreation. It is also for cultural tourists. It’s for people who love to dine on the river. It’s for people who are going to festivals. ,” said Elizabeth Connor, who is coordinator of Great Miami Riverway, the branding, placemaking and way-finding effort.

By the end of the year, those launching kayaks in the river or pedaling bikes down a trail may find a dozen or more new kiosks along the river. The 9-feet-high kiosks made primarily of aluminum will provide locational information as well as highlight nearby attractions and upcoming destinations. About 50 sites have been identified for the kiosks that will be installed over the next several years.

RELATED: More downtown Great Miami River access coming for kayakers

MORE: Increased drug use triggers new worry: water quality

Great Miami Riverway’s scope extends from Sidney to Hamilton and is a collaboration of 19 jurisdictions and organizations to help promote the waterway and its nearby amenities to both area communities and broader audiences.

The partners put up $1 million to see the effort through five years. The plan also includes a website.

“We want to be sure we are highlighting this as a destination for not just regional people, not just the state, but for people throughout the United States,” Connor told Montgomery County Commissioners during a presentation Tuesday.

RELATED: Study: River effort will stimulate jobs, development

Montgomery County attracted and funded a fifth of a $250,000 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 2014 study of the river that helped lead to the initiative’s formalization last year as Great Miami Riverway. Other key events in the formation included University of Dayton’s first River Summit in 2008, the Ohio’s Great Corridor Association in 2010 and a 2015 Dayton Development Coalition Community Fly-In to Washington, D.C., that featured discussions about riverfront development with area lawmakers.

Communities along the riverway have invested more than $500 million in riverfront development during the past 10 years, according to the organization.

RELATED: 20-year plan tries to make Dayton’s rivers more accessible, profitable

Seven of the cities — Dayton, Hamilton, Miamisburg, Middletown, Piqua, Troy and West Carrollton — have projects in the works or putting new riverfront plans together to leverage the natural resource.

“The river is our mountain. It’s our ocean,” said Sarah Hippensteel Hall, manager of watershed partnerships at the Miami Conservancy District, the fiscal arm of the regional partnership. “We have something very special in our backyard.”

In November, Troy officials received the results of a riverfront study. More use of the area north of the river near the downtown was among the recommendations including the prospect of a northern river district.

RELATED: What does a $140K study say about Troy’s development potential?

Hamilton also embarked on a new master plan, gathering input in November. The River District Master Plan is being developed by W Architecture and Landscape Architecture in Brooklyn, N.Y., and should be completed within a couple months.

MORE: Future of Hamilton’s riverfront development starts tonight

MORE: Miamisburg’s $1.5 million plan would improve downtown park access

Dayton and Miamisburg have made millions of dollars in improvements to their downtown riverfront parks in recent years. So, too, has Middletown, where plans have been sluggish for a $1.1 million Bicentennial Commons River Center. Plans there are expected to move forward this year.

By the numbers:

Great Miami Riverway

16 communities

330 miles multi-use recreational trails

291 miles waterway trail

20 boat ramps

40 trail heads

65 access points

Great Miami Riverway partners and sponsors

Partners:

-Dayton

-Five Rivers Metroparks

-Franklin

-Hamilton

-MetroParks of Butler County

-Miami Conservancy District

-Miami County Commissioners

-Miami County Park District

-Miamisburg

-Middletown / Middletown Visitors Bureau

-Montgomery County Commissioners

-Piqua

-Sidney

-Troy

-West Carrollton

Sponsors:

-Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission

-Miami County Convention and Visitors Bureau

-Sidney/Shelby County Visitors Bureau

-Tipp City

Changes promised in wake of racially insensitive basketball jerseys incident

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 10:31 PM

Change coming to Kings School board

Changes are being promised for Kings Schools in the wake of last week’s racist incident that drew national attention, but Tuesday evening district officials said details about those changes will come later.

That was the message from Kings’ leader and school board members, who took the resignation of their board vice president in the wake of some white, local teens wearing basketball jerseys that displayed racist slurs.

 MORE: Kings and Mason schools facing outcry in wake of racial incidents

The Kings Board of Education voted 4-0 to formally accept the resignation of member Kerry McKiernan, who previously cited his own failure in stopping some of the boys on the recreational league basketball team – not affiliated with Kings -- from wearing jerseys with names that appeared to slur African-Americans.

The names on the backs of the jerseys included "Knee Grow" and "Coon." The team played in the Cincinnati Premier Youth Basketball League.

McKiernan, whose son played on the now banned team that used Kings’ facilities, did not attend Tuesday’s board meeting and has not responded to requests for comment.

Last week McKiernan emotionally announced his intentions to resign, citing his failure to stop the team from wearing the jerseys during its first four games.

 MORE: Kings board member and father said he shares responsibility for failing to report racist jerseys

Superintendent Tim Ackermann told this news outlet he will soon be proposing systemic changes design to raise student, school staffers and community members’ awareness of the importance of racial and other diversity for the predominately white Warren County district.

“It’s really important to move forward and sustainable change is extremely important to us so that we can work to create a more loving, acceptable tolerant society,” said Ackermann. “We believe this is a community and societal issue around racism … intolerance, hate and bigotry and we all need to work together to make Kings the best place for all of our kids.”

He declined, however, to give details as to what district efforts are coming, saying the changes are still being studied.

“I don’t want to create something just to create something. Sustainable change doesn’t happen overnight,” said Ackermann.

Tom Squires, an African-American parent at Kings, was among the more than a dozen residents who attended the board meeting.

Afterward, Squires said the jersey incident, which has drawn national media attention, was “unfortunate.”

“We didn’t pay that close of attention as parents and we should have. We have to react swiftly and we have to make sure that people understand that this is not a district that condones that kind of thing,” said Squires, who has lived in the Deerfield Twp. school community for more than a decade.

“When you make a mistake you have to make sure you correct that mistake. Sometimes it’s not always fast but we have to make sure we make the right correction,” he said. 

“This thing (reaction to the incident) is still evolving so it’s kind of hard for me to be critical of the district. They are still trying to make the correction and I think we should give them the opportunity to do so,” said Squires.

Under Ohio school law, the board now has until Feb. 9 to appoint a new board member and agreed during its meeting to accept applications until 4 p.m. on Jan. 24. 

Applications will soon be available on the Kings Schools website.

The board will then vote at its Jan. 31 meeting – after interviewing all applicants – on who will fill McKiernan’s seat through his term, which ends December 2019.

Dayton apartment residents able to stay after judge issues order

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 1:15 PM

Judge tours building to make sure residents have heat

UPDATE @ 3:02 p.m.:

Judge Richard Skelton has issued a temporary restraining order that blocks the city of Dayton’s emergency vacate order for the Newcom building.  

Skelton said the building owner must purchase infrared heaters today for the remaining 18 tenants in the building.  He ordered that the building be available for inspection to the court.

Skelton said he will review the matter every two days and planned to inspect the building tonight.  “I will be watching this very closely,” Skelton said.

UPDATE @ 2:07 p.m.:

Judge Richard Skelton said he is willing to work with the building owner to avoid kicking residents out of their homes.

But he said he wants to know how quickly owner Howard Heck can acquire infrared heaters for the 18 residents who remain in the building. 

WATCH: Residents live in apartment building with no heat

RELATED: Dayton issues vacate order for downtown apartment building

About seven residents have moved out owing to the vacate order. 

Heck’s attorney at first said his client would order the heaters on Amazon, but Skelton said he wanted a quick and definite plan for obtaining the heaters. 

Skelton took a short recess in court to allow Heck time to try to figure out how he could get the heaters quickly. 

INITIAL REPORT:

The roughly 50 residents of a downtown Dayton apartment building who were ordered to vacate by Tuesday if the heating system was not repaired were awaiting the results of an emergency hearing this afternoon

Last week, city of Dayton housing inspection officials issued an emergency vacate order to residents at the Newcom Building, located at 255 N. Main St.

The building’s boiler was shut off because it was releasing dangerous levels of carbon monoxide, which can cause deadly poisoning.

Dayton crews discovered high levels of carbon monoxide in the boiler room after responding to a medic call at the Newcom building.

RELATED: Dayton issues vacate order for downtown apartment building

The city told the building’s ownership it had to repair or replace the boiler by Tuesday or the building would be boarded up and all residents would be required to leave.

The building is not safe to live in because it does not have a functioning heating system, officials said, and the especially cold weather poses a threat to residents.

A small number of residents had moved out by Tuesday late morning, but most do not have any place to go and moving itself would be very difficult since some residents are elderly or disabled, said Bradley Brumit, who lives in the building.

Dayton traffic from the WHIO traffic center

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 12:50 AM
Updated: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 12:50 AM

VIDEO: Rollover crash on I-70 West
VIDEO: Rollover crash on I-70 West

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Fireplace embers ignite house fire on Kensington Drive in Dayton

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 10:08 PM
Updated: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 11:39 PM

Kensington Drive fire

UPDATE @ 10:49 p.m.: Burning embers that jumped from the fireplace onto something combustible led to the house fire on Kensington Drive, Dayton Fire Battalion Chief Barry Rose said. 

The resident started the fire and then left the house. He was not injured, Rose said. 

Rose estimated the damage to the structure and contents at $10,000.

INITIAL REPORT

Crews are on the scene of a house fire in the 1900 block of Kensington Drive in Dayton. 

We're hearing there is fire in the attic of the 1-1/2 story dwelling. Crews were dispatched about 9:45 p.m. 

OTHER LOCAL NEWS: Coroner IDs Greenville house fire victim

We're also hearing that everyone who was inside has been able to escape without injury. 

We have a crew on the way. We will update this developing report. Stay with whio.com for breaking news. 

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