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Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 8:00 AM
Montgomery County municipalities, schools, nonprofits and businesses with projects in mind that promote recycling and litter prevention can apply for local grant money to help put those ideas into action.
The Montgomery County Solid Waste District is now accepting applications for two 2018 recycling incentive programs providing a total $400,000 in available funding.
“It benefits the community as a whole if we reduce the amount we rely on the landfill and reuse materials for a better purpose,” said John Woodman, who administers the programs for the county. “We try to encourage and support as many projects as we can. They are all over the county and come in many shapes and sizes.”
The 2018 Recycling Incentive Grant Program for municipalities, schools and nonprofits has a total pool of $250,000, while the Business Recycling Incentive Grant funds total $150,000.
The result of some previous grants can be found in the form of recycling receptacles at Carillon Historical Park, Dayton International Airport and Five Rivers MetroParks’ 2nd Street Public Market. A grant helped Kettering install four solar compacting trash bins a couple years ago.
Interested applicants must attend a Feb. 6 meeting. Grant recipients will be announced in May.
About $4 million has been awarded in jurisdictional grants over the past couple of decades. The newer program for businesses has distributed nearly $500,000 over the past five years, Woodman said.
“We do put significant resources out there,” Woodman said. “We feel like it is having an impact and helping stimulate waste reduction and recycling activities in the community.”
The grants open to all Montgomery County municipalities, schools and select nonprofit organizations will be awarded to projects focused on the following five areas: recycling, waste reduction, litter prevention, composting opportunities and end-use markets of recycled materials. An endorsement letter is required for schools and nonprofits from their local jurisdiction.
The business grant funds are available on a competitive basis to all Montgomery County businesses. The business grant funding is split: $120,000 to fund capital equipment purchases and $30,000 for new recycling service contracts.
Business grant funding can be used for any of the following projects:
- Capital equipment purchases to initiate or expand recycling
- New or expanded contracts for on-site recycling service
- Composting service
- Equipment, materials, and software purchases to increase or expand operations for recycling processors.
During the 2017 cycle, 18 of 19 jurisdictional applicants received at least partial project funding, while four of five business proposals were awarded funding.
HOW TO APPLY
Applicants must attend a mandatory briefing session on Feb. 6. Municipal, school and nonprofit applicants meet at 9:30 a.m. The business applicant briefing is at 1:30 p.m. Both sessions will be held at 2550 Sandridge Dr., Dayton, Ohio 45439.
For an application, visit www.mcswd.org or call (937) 225-4999.
Deadline to apply for either program is March 30. Grant recipients will be announced in May.
Published: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 @ 2:44 AM
Updated: Sunday, May 27, 2018 @ 10:16 PM
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Published: Sunday, May 27, 2018 @ 5:58 PM
Updated: Sunday, May 27, 2018 @ 5:58 PM
DAYTON — A company says that Dayton is giving some teens in foster care no place to go after a zoning board denied its request to help establish a new “group home.”
Griffin Academy LLC says that the city’s zoning code does not explicitly define the type of group home for male teens it wants to open at 437 Black Ave. in east Dayton.
The facility would house up to 16 teens in foster care, providing housing, supervision, social services and educational services.
City of Dayton staff and its zoning administrator say the proposed group home most closely fits the definition of a transitional housing facility, which is not permitted in that neighborhood.
Griffin Academy’s appealed the zoning administrator’s determination that the proposed operation would be transitional housing.
Griffin Academy claims the group home is most like a residential facility, which is permitted in the district. The proposed site of the group home on Blackwood Avenue is a former nursing home that has been vacant for years.
But the Board of Zoning Appeals unanimously voted to uphold the zoning administrator’s refusal.
Griffin Academy did not provide clear and convincing evidence that the zoning administrator’s determination was incorrect and his interpretation seems reasonable, board members said.
City of Dayton staff said the scope of services, length of stay and foster youth clientele for the proposed facility most closely fits the definition of transitional housing.
But Griffin Academy said transitional housing facilities, by the city’s own definition, are run by public or nonprofit agencies, and Griffin Academy is not that — it’s a private company.
Residential facilities, by the city’s definition, are for room and board and other services for developmentally disabled people in a family setting.
The Griffin Academy owners say they are considering taking legal action to try to move forward with opening the group home.
“You are zoning us out,” said Theresa Darr, the company’s owner. “Where are our children supposed to go if we can’t find a place for this in the code?”
“This is just devastating,” she said.
Greg Gantt, an attorney representing Griffin Academy, said other Ohio communities have faced litigation for fair housing law violations after attempting to zone group homes out of existence.
“I believe we fit residential, clearly and convincingly,” Gantt said.
Under the city’s zoning code, uses that are not specifically listed are prohibited, and only if the zoning administrator determines that a proposed use is substantially similar to a permitted use will it be allowed, said John Musto, city of Dayton senior attorney.
In March, some residents who live near the proposed site said a facility for at-risk teens would be a bad fit for the Wright-View neighborhood, which already struggles with crime, drugs and registered sex offenders.
Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 10:36 PM
Updated: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 8:30 PM
— Alberto, the first named storm of the Atlantic Ocean season, is forecast to strengthen as it continues to move over the open waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
The latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center brings the system to strong tropical storm strength before making landfall somewhere along the Louisiana to Florida coastlines Monday afternoon, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said.
The forecast track then indicates the remnants of Alberto could influence the weather here on Wednesday and Thursday. The main threat for this area would be some decent rain; however, there could be a few storms as well, Collar said.
It also is important to note that your WHIO Weather App may alert you if the Miami Valley is placed within the uncertainty cone issued by the National Hurricane Center sometime this weekend. If you get that alert, it doesn’t mean to expect a tropical storm … but that there is an increased possibility of some influence of the storm.
Published: Sunday, May 27, 2018 @ 7:12 AM
DAYTON — Robert Martin Jr., 30, who gained national attention in 2005 for playing football at Colonel White High School in Dayton, despite being born without legs, was booked into Montgomery County Jail Sunday morning for failing to comply with officers.
According to a Dayton police report, Martin was driving one of the eight to 10 ATVs traveling southbound on N. Main Street around 12 a.m.
Several of the ATVs then fled in different directions from police moments later in the area of E. Third St and Main, the report said.
An officer followed Martin, who was traveling at a high rate of speed, driving a blue Kawasaki ATV to the railroad tracks in the 300 block of N. Paul Laurence Dunbar St.
According to the report, Martin was found on the ground crawling toward nearby bushes while the ATV was on its side.
When asked his name, Martin said, “It’s me, Bobby.”
Martin was issued traffic citations and faces charges in Clark Co. for an outstanding OVI warrant.