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Published: Thursday, April 20, 2017 @ 7:22 PM
Updated: Thursday, April 20, 2017 @ 7:22 PM
DAYTON — Area lawmakers are upset Wright-Patterson Air Force Base was shut out of a share of $5 million in state aid vowed changes Thursday to a state panel that decided to split the money for projects at two Ohio Air National Guard bases.
U.S. Rep. Mike Turner and state Reps. Niraj Antani and Rick Perales spoke at a Thursday press conference about their frustrations with Wright-Patterson’s being shut out in a plea for funding for four infrastructure projects, covering everything from roof repairs to security gates.
Antani, R-Miami Twp., and Perales, R-Beavercreek, vowed to work to change how the money was awarded and review who sits on the nine-member Ohio Military Facilities Commission, five of whom were former high-ranking Ohio National Guard leaders.
Turner, R-Dayton, said he was “outraged” when he learned the commission bypassed Wright-Patterson for a share of millions of dollars to help pay for infrastructure projects.
“We know there are facilities that need funding all across the state but certainly with the largest single-site employer in the state right here in the Miami Valley we were very surprised and disappointed that not a dollar of the $5 million would come to Dayton, Ohio,” he said at a press conference in his downtown Dayton district office.
The congressman, a member of the U.S. House Armed Services Committee, said he had worked with Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger, R-Clarksville, to push for the creation of a pot of state money to defray infrastructure costs at federal installations like Wright-Patterson in a bid to compete with other states doing the same thing and out to capture new missions and jobs.
Turner said he expects a base realignment and closure process, or BRAC, will begin next year and start to have an impact in 2020.
Wright-Patterson has a workforce of about 27,000, the most at one employer site in Ohio. The panel voted to send $2.5 million to help relocate a taxiway at Mansfield Lahm Air National Guard Base and $2.5 million to help build a combined deployment and processing and physical fitness center at Toledo Air National Guard Base.
“As the largest single-site employer, the entire region benefits from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and if this is only going to fund athletic facilities at National Gaurd bases which really don’t face a threat from the federal government to move jobs and missions around, we don’t want to support that funding,” Antani said.
For the panel to divide the “entire pot of funds for two facilities makes you question really what was doing on with the commission and the implications that were in front of them,” Turner said.
The evaluation process should include the workforce size at the facility and the spin-off technology created to “reflect the true value of the military installations” in Ohio, Perales said. He has a budget request for $5 million more to fund the program in the future.
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The two state lawmakers also noted the majority, or five of the nine members of the commission, were former high-ranking Ohio National Guard leaders.
Antani said the Dayton region, which had one commission member, should have a higher share of the appointees with the state’s largest work site at Wright-Patterson.
“I think we need to retake a look at who’s getting appointed and if they have a conflict of interest in serving in the National Guard,” he said in part.
In an email Thursday, Commission Chairman Mark D. Wagoner Jr., a Toledo area lawyer and former state lawmaker, referred questions about who sits on the commission to the appointing authorities, which were the House, Senate and the governor’s office.
“I would also note that the vote of the Commission was unanimous, so the four members with no previous affiliation with the National Guard also voted to adopt the rankings of the neutral evaluator,” he wore in an email.
According to an OFMC document, chosen projects had applications with supporting documents that gave “much greater detail directly tying the infrastructure projects to military value” and the last base realignment and closure guidelines.
Published: Friday, April 13, 2018 @ 11:41 AM
Updated: Tuesday, April 17, 2018 @ 10:40 PM
DAYTON — Dayton City Commission candidates Darryl Fairchild and Daryl Ward took part in a debate tonight ahead of the May 8 election.
During the hour-long debate they focused on what’s next for Good Samaritan Hospital site, drugs, neighborhood needs and education.
The two are running to fill the seat of longtime commissioner Joey Williams who resigned in February.
The debate was at Stivers School for the Arts, Eichelberger Theatre, 1313 East Fifth Street in Dayton.
The debate was sponsored by the Dayton Daily News, WHIO-TV and Radio and the League of Women Voters of the Greater Dayton Area.
The debate was moderated by WHIO-TV’s Jim Otte and Etana Jacobi of UpDayton.
Ward is the senior pastor at Omega Baptist Church and Fairchild is manager of chaplain services at Dayton Children’s Hospital.
This is Ward’s first run for public office. Earlier this year he was running for a seat on the Montgomery County Commission, but moved to the city commission race when Williams stepped down.
Fairchild has run for city commission twice before. He narrowly lost a seat to newcomer Chris Shaw in 2015, but was defeated by a much larger margin by incumbent commissioners Williams and Jeff Mims Jr. last year.
The Dayton Daily News, WHIO and the League of Women are sponsoring the debate to help educate voters before Election Day.
“The mission of the League is to provide nonpartisan information to voters on candidates and issues they can use when they cast their ballot. Dayton is the hub of the Greater Dayton Area, we feel this is an important race for the city, its residents and the extended community, said Dayton Area LWV Executive Director Susan Hesselgesser.
We asked both Ward and Fairchild a series of questions for our voters guide. You can find all of their answers at vote.daytondailynews.com
Here’s a look at some of their answers as submitted by the candidates:
Q: What are the two biggest challenges facing the city and how would you deal with them?
Darryl Fairchild: 1) A year after passing a levy to increase taxes, the city announced they were still having funding issues and that there are structural problems with the budget. The loss of Commissioner Williams, who was perceived to bring fiscal discipline to the commission, raises concerns about the financial well-being of the city. I will bring my experience and tough mindedness, developed from being an executive director, 12-year board member of the Otterbein Homes, and current commissioner of Great Dayton Premier Management to monitor our fiscal decisions.
2) A majority of residents do not feel safe in their own neighborhood. The social fabric in many of our neighborhoods is so frayed that we do not have the deep relationships that create community. As commissioner, I will champion our residential neighborhoods, support new, local economic initiatives, and advocate for our children and youth. We need a clear plan to bring focus, set priorities, and recruit resources to address these issues.
Daryl Ward: Education and out of school activities for young people. Need a network of out of school sites that can hold all of us accountable for our future neighborhoods need housing and street maintenance, safety and security, unity.
Q: How will you work with the schools to improve education in the city?
Darryl Fairchild: We need our students, school district and new superintendent to be successful. Unfortunately, parents and the general public do not have confidence in the school district demonstrated by the student population loss. Likewise, the majority of our charter schools are failing our students too.
As the only candidate or commissioner with a student in Dayton Public Schools, I bring a unique perspective to education. Additionally, I have been active in working with other parents to voice concerns, offer solutions, and work for improvement.
What is Dayton’s biggest problem outside of city hall? Darryl Fairchild says divisions in the community. He said he must overcome them. Daryl Ward’s answer is education. He says he will work with leaders to improve the education system. pic.twitter.com/TIU1N59LCK— Cornelius Frolik DDN (@CFrolik) April 17, 2018
I would use my collaboration skills to bring parties together and to bridge the mistrust created by the untimely reduction in force, the miscommunication between the city and DPS regarding levies, the prolonged contract negotiations, and the controversial appointment of a task force.
Additionally, I will work with community leaders to restore a shared commitment to education - students, parents, residents and leaders.
Dayton commission race is pastor Daryl vs pastor Darryl. But they say there a differences between them. Daryl Ward says he’s a servant. Fairchild said he’s a neighborhood champion. #daytonraces pic.twitter.com/EvflTD6unT— Cornelius Frolik DDN (@CFrolik) April 17, 2018
Daryl Ward: Get behind the new superintendent and board to partner with the other churches and community organizations to make change.
I am a Big brother in the big brother big sister organization. I have been working with my little brother for about four years. When I have done best with him I have set the expectations higher than anyone else around him. And he surpassed my expectations.! But we must surround our children with positive activities and experiences. Because achievement will fade if not enforced.
Let’s create a network of churches and other community organizations to support our children with out of school activities and recreation.
Dayton city commission candidate Darryl Fairchild said too many residents come to city hall with grievances and end up with “wall in the face.” Candidate Ward says the city needs constituent days to hear from residents. Ward says he’s in agreement with City Hall’s work. pic.twitter.com/goQgu5KAHn— Cornelius Frolik DDN (@CFrolik) April 17, 2018
VOTERS GUIDE ONLINE
Our team reached out to the local candidates on the ballot May 8 to help you be an informed voter.
Go to vote.daytondailynews.com to see what candidates and issues are on your ballot May 8. There you will find coverage for races including governor, U.S. Senate and Congress, statehouse, county races and more.
Published: Tuesday, April 17, 2018 @ 6:40 AM
LEBANON — The new Warren County jail is expected to be built near the existing facilities in the county government complex in Lebanon, according to the county commissioners who are to make the decision.
Talk of instead building a new jail off Ohio 63 and Markey Road on Lebanon’s west side at last Tuesday’s meeting prompted a backlash, according to Commissioner Dave Young.
The land is near expensive new homes and the city’s western gateway, expected to see development for homes and businesses in coming decades.
On Friday, Young said he, Sheriff Larry Sims and a group put together to advise the commissioners met with the jail architect after the public discussion with the commissioners.
“My primary goal is to build the new facility contiguous to the existing one. And I think we’re going to be able to do it,” Young said.
Young said architects Wachtel & McAnally were tasked with developing a different plan, opening up space in the complex by razing maintenance garages.
Sims has been pressing for a new facility for two years. Last week, he said “Last September” when asked when he wanted to begin designing the new facility.
RELATED: Sheriff calls for faster action
On Monday, commissioners Tom Grossmann and Shannon Jones agreed the county complex seemed like the best place for the $50 million jail expected to hold more than 450 inmates and provide adequate space for decades.
“I’m not considering anything else,” said Grossmann, while holding out for a design that would enable future expansion.
“I don’t want to create a problem in the future,” he said.
Jones joined the other two commissioners in favoring the complex area, but said she awaited the architect’s design and plans for relocating the maintenance facilities.
Published: Tuesday, April 10, 2018 @ 7:07 AM
The asphalt plants have opened after shutting down for the winter, and the city of Dayton hopes crews will be out filling potholes and resurfacing streets beginning next week.
Dayton City Commissioners last week approved a nearly $2.2 million contract for asphalt resurfacing for streets in about 13 neighborhoods. This is the city’s first residential paving contract for 2018.
Here is a list of all the residential streets that the city will repave in 2018: list of roads.
Weather permitting, crews will get to work grinding existing asphalt and installing new blacktop on streets in neighborhoods including Fairlane, Five Oaks, Five Points, Grafton Hill, Highview Hills, Old Dayton View, Roosevelt, Southern Dayton View and Wolf Creek.
But citizens who wish to report potholes can use the city’s Dayton Delivers app. Citizens can upload photos of the holes on the app. People also can report potholes to the city’s call center by calling 937-333-4800.
“Please help us out by letting us know where we have potholes that need attention,” said Shelley Dickstein, Dayton city manager, “and our staff will work to address those as quickly as possible.”
Published: Thursday, April 05, 2018 @ 6:00 AM
DEERFIELD TWP. — The Warren County Port Authority voted to subsidize development of a 242-unit apartment building to launch a mixed-use community in southern Warren County.
In a teleconference meeting this week, the board approved a resolution agreeing to enable developers of the building as much as $750,000 in sales tax savings on the $28 million, 242-unit apartment building - the first of 12 planned at the District at Deerfield.
The vote, conditional on obtaining a letter and development agreement demonstrating Deerfield Twp.’s support for the deal, was cast in the absence of board member Dave Bolton, who questioned the deal last week.
“I don’t see how that’s economic development,” Bolton said during a meeting last week. “I don’t understand why this money is being spent by the public.”
Five board members, Greg Sample, Tiffany Zindel, Tammy Laine, Matt Layer and Cheryl Reindl-Johnson voted to conditionally approve the resolution.
Bolton and board member Greg Ficke were absent and did not vote.
After the meeting, the county obtained a copy of a development agreement between the township and Wilkens Associates II LLC, the name Silverman has taken for this project. The township has agreed to use property tax funds diverted into a tax incremental financing fund to pay for the main road into the development. Also the township is to own the park area at the center of the District of Deerfield.
In the agreement, the township agrees to contribute nearly $4.8 million to the project. The developer has until the end of 2021 to complete the development.
With two members absent on Monday, the board approved 5-0 a resolution to enter into leases with the developer, Silverman and Co. The leases and other agreements needed to seal the deal were not approved on Monday.
The 28-acre District at Deerfield would join a handful of walkable, planned, mixed-use communities in the area, including The Greene, Austin Landing, Liberty Center and the proposed Austin South Springboro.
West of the Fields-Ertel-Mason-Montgomery Interstate 71 interchange, the District at Deerfield is to include $140 million in development, including a two-acre public square and an entertainment district, brewpubs, retail and restaurants.