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Published: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 @ 10:19 AM
— With one member dissenting, Xenia City Council approved a pre-annexation agreement with Central State University, one of the required components in the city's petition to bring the university into the city's corporate limits.
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The pre-annexation agreement spells out the first of three phases for the annexation to be implemented and what services the city will provide to the university.
The city owns approximately 41 acres of the Ohio to Erie Trail, which is "contiguous" with about 4.5 acres of state land that is used by CSU, and that meets the requirements for a Type 2 annexation, according to the agreement.
A Type 2 annexation has been referred to as a balloon-on-a-string annexation, in which a municipality leverages a small strip of land to acquire a large tract of property.
Councilman Dale Louderback does not support the push to annex the university and voted "no" on the pre-annexation agreement.
Louderback said the city stands to gain only $158,000 in added annual income tax revenue, and Xenia taxpayers will have to pay more on water bills to accommodate the loss in the 20 percent surcharge the university is currently paying for water and sewer services from the city.
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"People think I'm anti-CSU. I'm not anti-CSU. I represent the taxpayers of Xenia. I just don't think it's a good business decision," Louderback said.
The pre-annexation agreement states that the city and the university "shall cooperate with each other in the proposed annexation," including signing and filing the appropriate petitions with the Greene County Board of Commissioners.
The agreement states the city will provide a host of services to the university: fire protection and inspection; EMS and law enforcement services; engineering staff; parks and recreation programming; street maintenance; and water/sewer services.
Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 4:27 AM
Updated: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 12:40 PM
— Many rivers are in flood stages due to the recent rains, which included a record-breaking day for Dayton, which saw 1.84 inches of rain Saturday to surpass the old daily rainfall record of 1.63 inches set in 2016.
With all the rain, the Great Miami River in Dayton is expected to crest around 7 p.m. today at 32.2 feet, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said.
Other rivers are considered in minor flood stage, such as the Mad River near Springfield, the Little Miami River near Spring Valley in Greene County and the Great Miami River near Middletown in Butler County. These rivers are expected to recede heading into Monday.
The Great Miami River near Sidney is expected to crest in minor flood stage early Monday, then recede, Collar said.
There are flood alerts over the next couple days.
There’s a lag between the heavy rain and water levels rising, which is why creeks, streams and rivers won’t recede until the start to the new week, Zontini said.
The Great Miami River is expected to crest, or hit its highest levels, this weekend.
In Troy, the Great Miami River is expected to crest at 13.6 feet Sunday, and in Dayton, the river is expected to crest, also Sunday, at 32.2 feet. And in Middletown, the Great Miami River is expected to crest at 12.4 feet Sunday.
The Stillwater River in Englewood is expected to crest Monday at 33.6 feet.
When the river does crest, here are the areas that will see flooding, according to the National Weather Service.
ENGLEWOOD (Stillwater River)
DAYTON (Great Miami River)
SIDNEY (Great Miami River)
Published: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 6:50 AM
Updated: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 7:17 AM
SPRINGFIELD TWP. — Two donkeys were rescued early Sunday after being stuck in a flooded field in four feet of water.
Springfield Twp. Fire Department was dispatched around 5:20 a.m. to the 3600 block of Lower Valley Pike to a report of of the donkeys stuck in a field with water up to their necks, according to scanner traffic.
Animal rescuers also were called to the scene with additional personnel requested at 5:45 a.m.
A fence was cut and rescue workers walked the donkeys to the road, according to Clark County dispatch.
The donkeys were not injured but the smaller donkey was restless due to swimming, dispatch said.
The smaller donkey, Poncho, reportedly rested its head on the larger donkey, Eddie, to help keep its head above water.
It is not known how long they were in the water or who their owners are.
A neighbor took them in their care following the rescue.
Lower Valley Pike was reportedly flooded at the time.
Published: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 1:50 PM
— The rain may be over, but rivers remain in flood stage and some area roadways are closed due to high water, including Lower Valley Pike near state Route 4 in Clark County.
Dayton set a record with 1.84 inches of rain on Saturday, which broke the old record for daily rainfall of 1.63 inches set in 2016. However, the most rainfall reported in the region was 2.07 inches in Fairfield in Butler County.
How much did your area see? Following are 24-hour rainfall totals reported in inches as of 12:26 p.m. today by the National Weather Service.
2.07, Fairfield, Butler County
2.05, Eaton, Preble County
1.87, New Lebanon, Montgomery County
1.74, Kettering, Montgomery County
1.73, Centerville, Montgomery County
1.64 Vandalia, Montgomery County
1.6, Tipp City, Miami County
1.44, Botkins, Shelby County
1.25, Pleasant Hill, Miami County
Published: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 4:52 AM
Updated: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 11:05 AM
— Flood advisory until 3:15 p.m. for the following counties:
Clinton, Champaign, Clark, Greene, Montgomery and Warren
Mostly cloudy skies becoming partly cloudy are expected this afternoon. It will be a dry day with highs in the upper 40s. Some spots may get into the lower 50s. It will also be breezy with winds gusting over 25 miles per hour at times.
TONIGHT: A dry and cool night is expected. Temperatures will drop into the middle 30s.
MONDAY: Mostly sunny skies are expected with highs in the lower to middle 50s.
TUESDAY: We get back into the upper 50s with mostly sunny skies.
WEDNESDAY: The chance for rain returns in the afternoon and evening. Highs will be in the upper 50s.