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Published: Thursday, November 30, 2017 @ 7:36 AM
— The Ohio EPA wants to clean up an open dump near Kiser Elementary School that has had issues with mosquitoes, some of which tested positive for the West Nile virus, the agency said.
The Environmental Protection Agency has asked the Ohio Controlling Board to approve a $500,000 appropriation to remove waste from a property at 1227 Deeds Ave. in Old North Dayton.
Quality Farms, the former property owner, accepted beer, wine and soft drink products that were expired, mislabeled or produced incorrectly, the agency said.
Quality Farms sought to provide recycling services for the beverage industry, turning wine and beer waste into bio fuel or animal feed, according to city and state officials.
But the products, which were stockpiled outside and in trailers and a warehouse, were not processed and recycled in compliance with environmental laws and local health code regulations, the EPA said.
There are more than 5,000 tons of beverages piled up on 4.5 acres, which Quality Farms was supposed to — but did not — recycle, said Heidi Griesmer, Ohio EPA’s deputy director of communication.
“This project is a public-private partnership to resolve an eyesore and nuisance in Dayton,” she said.
The beverage industry, the private partners, will contribute $160,000 to the site cleanup.
This includes the Ohio Soft Drink Association and its members, the Wholesale Beer and Wine Association of Ohio and its members, along with MillerCoors and Anheuser Busch, the EPA said.
The Ohio EPA has asked for the authority to approve a contract with Rumpke to clean up the site, which is expected to cost about $432,815, state documents show.
The new property owner, Good Deeds Recycling, lacks funds to remediate conditions at the site, which need to be abated soon before materials start to freeze, causing containers to burst, according to the EPA.
Quality Farms bought the property from American Lubricants Co. in 2013.
The company sold the property to Good Deeds Recycling in June for about $395,000, according to Montgomery County real estate records.
Attempts to locate and contact the owner of Quality Farms were unsuccessful. Good Deeds did not immediately return a request for comment.
Beverage companies used the site as part of “green” efforts to recycle beverage containers and the liquids inside, Griesmer said.
But though companies paid for the recycling service, their materials and liquids were never recycled, she said. However, the companies have voluntarily decided to contribute to assist in the clean up.
One issue is that plastic tanks containing the beverages were rupturuing and the liquid was flowing into the storm sewers, state and local officials said.
“They had beer, wine coolers — sticky, stinky stuff,” said Mary Faulkner, senior economic development specialist with the city of Dayton. “It’s not like it was oils and hazardous materials, it’s just nasty.”
In September, Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County learned about standing water issues at the facility that were attracting mosquitoes, said Tom Hut, public health’s supervisor of the special services.
The facility was issued a notice of violation, and public health treated standing water on the property with insecticide, Hut said.
Some mosquitoes caught in traps on the property tested positive for West Nile. More than 70 mosquito pools collected across the county this year have tested positive for the virus, Hut said. There has been no confirmed cases of West Nile in the county this year.
Though West Nile virus for the most part causes mild symptoms in children and adults, it is a public health concern, Hut said.
The EPA also says it is reviewing legal options to seek penalties for the problems at the site and try to recover clean-up costs. The Ohio Controlling Board will consider the request at its next meeting on Dec. 4.
Published: Sunday, April 15, 2018 @ 10:21 AM
— A 23-year-old Dayton Fire Department recruit was accused of punching someone at Timothy’s Bar & Grill on Brown Street near UD, according to a police report.
A University of Dayton student stopped police that were patrolling the area around Timothy’s and told officers his friend was assaulted inside the business, the report states.
Police spoke with the suspect who said he was talking to a girl at the bar when someone tried to hit him, the report states.
He said he wasn’t sure what was going on and started swinging back and was not sure if he hit anyone. He told police he was a recruit for the fire department.
Timothy’s staff told police they saw the offender hit the victim in the back of the head and then escorted him from the bar. The victim had trouble articulating what happened, and all parties were intoxicated, the police report states.
The suspect was summons arrested for misdemeanor assault and the victim was ordered to the prosecutor’s office, the report states.
Earlier this year, a Dayton firefighter, Jacob Freels, was arrested on suspicion of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and driving while intoxicated, which was his third arrest for OVI in the last four years, records showed.
Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 1:09 PM
The first official Ahiska Turkish mosque in many years has a grand opening in Old North Dayton on Sunday that is expected to attract dignitaries from across the globe and that is a testament to the strong growth of the local Turkish population.
But the Osman Gazi Mosque and Sunday’s celebration aren’t just for Turkish people or Muslims, leaders say.
The mosque, located at 1508 Valley St., is a public place that welcomes the entire community, and the goal is to unite people with interfaith events and activities, said Mirza Mirza, who is the secretary on Osman Gazi’s board of directors.
“We want to create something that is multicultural, multilingual, and gets everyone together,” he said.
Osman Gazi’s grand opening is at 1 p.m. Sunday, and festivities include a picnic in a park owned by the mosque and a prayer service.
Local leaders, out-of-town guests and religious representatives and consul from Turkey will be in attendance. The public is invited and encouraged to come.
People have prayed at the Valley Street building since it was first purchased by Osman Gazi in 2014. The building was formerly a funeral home that had been vacant for years.
But using donations, Osman Gazi has transformed what was an eyesore into an eye-catching house of worship.
The exterior of the building is turquoise, with green trim. The inside has Ottoman Empire-style designs, featuring colorful tile and turquoise carpet that were hand-crafted in Turkey.
A gold chandelier hangs from the ceiling. On the ceiling is written the “99 names of god.”
The walls are covered in calligraphy, and entryway arches have been painted to resemble roman stone.
More than $500,000 was invested into the prayer spaces, and that doesn’t count other projects.
“We tried to put a 1,000-year history in this house,” Mirza said.
Osman Gazi’s investment in that part of Old North Dayton is far from over.
Leaders purchased an old church building across the street that it is using as a school .
The school hosts Saturday and Sunday classes for children on the Koran and Islam. Right now, the school is open only to Turkish children and a couple of kids from Somalia.
But once the building is renovated, possibly by next year, classes will be opened up to everyone, Mirza said. Also, the school plans to host after-school programming, such as sport leagues and other recreational activities.
The church and school have a significant amount of green space that leaders hope to use for barbecues and other community events.
The mosque has taken years to build because there were fewer Ahiska Turkish families in the Dayton region several years ago, and families often have limited incomes shortly after relocating here, Mirza said.
Published: Tuesday, April 17, 2018 @ 9:00 PM
— Daryl Ward and Darryl Fairchild have some things in common. They are both pastors of more than 30 years who are running as Democrats to be the next Dayton city commissioner.
On May 8, Dayton voters will elect one of the two to serve as the newest city commissioner, replacing Joey Williams, who resigned two months ago.
Despite the similarities, Ward and Fairchild at a Tuesday debate tried to show the public that there are important differences in their core priorities and that they are the best person for the job.
Fairchild, the manager of chaplain services at Dayton Children’s Hospital, portrays himself as a strong voice and advocate for the city’s neighborhoods, which he says have been overlooked and desperately need a comprehensive revitalization plan.
Fairchild said unlike his opponent, he’ll be ready to lead from “day No. 1” because of his experience in community organizing, nonprofit work and what he says is a thorough understanding of the political process and main issues facing the city.
Ward, the senior pastor at Omega Baptist Church, depicted himself as a a servant of the community who has a special talent for working with people to get things done.
He said he is running for office because he cares deeply about the community and understands how collaboration can fix Dayton’s pressing problems. He said education is the largest problem outside of City Hall.
“I work hard at what I do,” he said. He later said, “I can bring hope, I can bring light and I’ve done that throughout my career in Dayton.”
Ward and Fairchild talked about their views and plans if elected during a wide-ranging debate at Stivers School for the Arts.
Darryl Fairchild explains why he is running for City Commission pic.twitter.com/Ea6untJ8lZ— Cornelius Frolik DDN (@CFrolik) April 18, 2018
The event, which drew more than 150 visitors, was sponsored by the Dayton Daily News, WHIO-TV and Radio and the League of Women Voters of the Greater Dayton Area.
Ward said he will fight for the city and people of Dayton that he loves. He didn’t offer many specifics about what he might do on the commission.
But he said he has the determination and work ethic to make a difference.
And he said he would work closely with commissioners to come up with ways to improve neighborhoods and would collaborate with the Dayton Public Schools to improve the quality of local education.
“We have to work together to bring hope — I really believe in this place,” he said.
He said he doesn’t have all the answers but will bring citizens together to figure out solutions to problems like hunger in the community and disinvestment in west Dayton.
Fairchild said the current commission acts in lockstep and he would be the independent voice the commission needs to bring new ideas and spark healthy debate.
Many city neighborhoods are in rough shape because because the city does not have a clear vision and plan for their revitalization and reinvestment, said Fairchild.
“People don’t want to invest in Dayton primarily because they don’t know where we’re going,” he said. “We have a great plan for downtown, but that’s only 7 percent of our whole city. What about the other 93 percent?”
Fairchild said he would be an accessible elected leader. He accused the city of putting up roadblocks when constituents come to air grievances.
Daryl Ward, Dayton City Commission candidate, summarizes why he is running for commission pic.twitter.com/nD4sBEkBAv— Cornelius Frolik DDN (@CFrolik) April 17, 2018
Fairchild said too many people don’t feel safe in their neighborhoods and don’t believe their neighborhoods are a good place to raise a family.
“That is unacceptable to me,” he said. “When I’m elected, I’ll bring urgency to address these issues, and I’ll be a champion for our residents and neighborhoods.”
Other topics on Tuesday night included Good Samaritan Hospital’s closure and food access.
An audience member asked the candidates if they would be willing to stand up to Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, if needed.
Ward said he is willing to work with, and willing to stand up against, anyone if need be.
Fairchild said he is willing to speak truth to power and stand up for what’s right, even if it’s unpopular.
Published: Tuesday, April 17, 2018 @ 7:55 PM
— If you filed your taxes before Feb. 9th of this year, there is a chance you may be able to obtain extra money thanks to the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018.
Enacted on the 9th, the new tax law extended the date for many benefits, including a mortgage insurance deduction.
Both private mortgage insurance (PMI) and mortgage insurance premiums (MIP) are included in this deduction (but not homeowners or hazard insurance), which was recently added to the tax code by state governments.
A tuition & fees deduction, home energy credit, energy-efficient vehicle credit, and energy-efficient vehicle charging station credit were also recently added to the tax code because of the Bipartisan act.
Tax experts say those who filed taxes on their own may be unaware of these breaks, but can file an amended return within a three year time frame.
Amended returns can only be filed by mail, and may take up to 16 weeks for processing.