City of Dayton responds to Turner’s allegations HUD funds mismanaged

Published: Monday, October 16, 2017 @ 7:06 PM



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The city of Dayton has responded to allegations from U.S. Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, that accuse the city of "mismanagement and loss" of federal HUD HOME Investment Partnership Program funds.

Monday, Republican Congressman Turner wrote in a letter to Mayor Nan Whaley, asking for an "update on the city's mismanagement and loss of (HUD) funds from the program:

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"As a former Mayor of The City of Dayton, I am well aware of the housing issues facing the community, roughly 35 [percent] of which is in poverty. 

"It appears that the city has lost nearly half a million dollars that was granted to help Daytonians in need get affordable housing. Additionally, Dayton has nearly $4 million in federal funds that have been granted for the purpose of providing affordable housing, but has not made any plans for that critical money to be used to better our community. 

"This is concerning and needs to be addressed." 

U.S. Rep. Mike Turner

Late Monday afternoon, City Manager Shelley Dickstein issued the following statement, in response to Turner's request: 

"The City of Dayton has funded hundreds of projects that have helped thousands of low- and moderate- income Dayton residents. 

"Since 1992, these funds have been used to help families purchase new homes and renovate their existing homes, to renovate formerly dilapidated and obsolete apartment buildings, and to construct thousands of new housing units for purchase and rent. 

Dayton City Manager Shelley Dickstein (Staff/Cox Media Group)

"HUD determined that two of the City's 2012 HOME projects, contracted with developers in 2014, did not meet the contract date set forth by HUD although the City Commission approved the contracts prior to the commitment deadline. 

"The City was not required to repay funds and the two projects were completed successfully. 

"Because HUD recognizes the challenges inherent in the current commitment deadline regulations, the two-year commitment deadline has been suspended for 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 HOME program years. 

"As required through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the City submits annual action plans that outline how we will spend our federal allocation. It has been reported that the City has $3.96 million dollars in uncommitted HOME funds. However, all $3.96 million has been committed through our 2015, 2016, and 2017 Action Plans."

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Plans move forward for new mid-priced hotel in Beavercreek

Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 7:55 AM



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A rezoning request has been approved by leaders in the city of Beavercreek on plans to build a Holiday Inn Express.

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City Council approved the rezoning request and the concept plan for 2.4 acres of vacant land that sits on the west side of Esquire Drive, north of the intersection with Lakeview Drive.

City leaders have stipulated that the hotel should have no apparent rear; dumpsters should be enclosed on three sides with material matching the main building; and any building must be set back at least 50 feet from western property line and 40 feet from the eastern side, according to a city staff report.

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A Holiday Inn Express is a hotel chain under the InterContinental Hotels Group that focuses on providing limited services at a mid-priced hotel rate.

 

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Meet 7 of Dayton’s ‘Most Influential Women’

Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 8:52 AM

Here are YWCA Dayton 2018 Women of Influence. Video by Amelia Robinson

    

Influencing change most definitely has its rewards. 

The YWCA Dayton once again honored some of this community’s most influential women for making Dayton a better place. 

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The 148-year-old organization that promotes the protection of women and girls from abuse and discrimination held its 2018 Women of Influence Luncheon on March 8 at the Dayton Convention Center, 22 E. Fifth St. in downtown Dayton. 

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Seven Dayton-area women were honored this year, including Pamela Morris, the founder and CEO of CareSource. She will be recognized as the 2018 Women of Influence Lifetime Achievement honoree

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Below, find more information about this year’s Women of Influence.

Pamela Morris, founder and CEO, CareSource(Photo: courtesy of YWCA Dayton)

Pamela Morris, 2018 Women of Influence Lifetime Achievement

Founder and CEO, CareSource 

From her bio:

Pam Morris has more than 40 years of experience in managed health care and the public sector. As an entrepreneurial architect, she pioneered Ohio's first mandatory Medicaid managed care program and built Dayton Area Health Plan, funded with a half-million dollar grant from the State of Ohio and 38 employees (1989), to present-day CareSource, boasting a 2016 revenue of $7.2 billion and 3,100 employees. 

Nearly 30 years later, CareSource is one of the nation’s largest Medicaid Managed Care plans, serving more than 1.8 million members. The company was recently the only non-incumbent health plan selected to serve Medicaid members in both Indiana and Georgia, and will soon have members in five states. The plan has reinvested more than $13 million back into the communities it serves through the CareSource Foundation. As President and CEO of CareSource, Pam has been recognized for her leadership and commitment to improving the health and well-being of the members CareSource serves. 

She was named the 2007 National Entrepreneur of the Year, Healthcare Services by Ernst & Young. Pamela has also won several local awards, including the 2014 Maureen Patterson Regional Leader Award from the Dayton Development Coalition. Pamela is a former Chair of the Hospice of Dayton and the United Way of Greater Dayton Area Board of Directors, and is a past board member for Dayton Power & Light. She was recently elected to the America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) Board of Directors.

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Sharon Rab, founder and chair, Dayton Literary Peace Prize(Photo: courtesy of YWCA Dayton)

Sharon Rab 

Founder and chair, Dayton Literary Peace Prize  

From her bio:

Inspired by the Dayton Peace Accords (which ended the war in Bosnia in 1995) and an enduring belief in the power of literature, Sharon Rab created a literary award to advance peace through literature. With her leadership, a dedicated group of community leaders launched the Dayton Literary Peace Prize: An International Award, the only literary prize honoring the power of literature to promote peace in the country.

Rab's work for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize caps a high school and university English teaching career dedicated to generations of students within and beyond the Dayton community. She served as the Education Director of the Muse Machine and the Executive Director of the national Muse Machine’s Creative Education Institute. Rab – who hosted the local cable show, Writer 2 Writer, for more than 20 years – received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Wright State University and was inducted into the Chester Roush Educational Hall of Fame and the Montgomery County Public Education Academy of Excellence. She is a past “Dayton Daily News” Top Ten Women awardee and was twice a finalist for Ohio Teacher of the Year. A writer herself, her manuscript “Paper, Scissors, Rock” was a finalist for the Pen Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction.

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Daria Dillard Stone, parent advocate and educational consultant(Photo: courtesy of YWCA Dayton)

Daria Dillard Stone

 Parent advocate and educational consultant 

From her bio:

Stone spent 15 years employed at the Dayton Urban League, first as executive secretary for CEO Willie F. Walker, then as an employment specialist and GED Preparation Coordinator (at Wesley Center). She was always helping people who experienced barriers – such as not having a high school diploma, having just been released from incarceration, helping teen parents gain confidence and hope, and serving those who needed employment preparation.

For 14 years Daria served as the program manager for Parents Advancing Choice in Education(PACE)/Parents Network, traveling across the country to research, and then implement in Dayton, a plan that helped foster school choice for all parents, especially low-to-moderate income families. For her efforts, she received the first Virginia Walden Ford Parent Leadership Award given by Children First America. As a certified Family Development Specialist (certified by the National Resource Center for Family Centered Practice and University of Iowa School of Social Work), Daria is helping to meet parents where they are giving them the resources and/or mindset to be the primary educators of their children no matter what circumstances they are experiencing.

Since her career at PACE transitioned in 2014, Stone has served as the Parent Advocate Consultant for Dayton Public Schools, Senior Outreach Specialist for Preschool Promise and is currently the Parent Engagement Liaison for Dayton Metro Library. 

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Jacque Fisher, deputy of Sensors Division at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base(Photo: courtesy of YWCA Dayton)

Jacque Fisher

Deputy of the Sensors Division at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base 

From her bio: 

Jacque Fisher has dedicated 30 years to supporting the Warfighter and has worked her way from a clerk typist (GS -2) and achieved the senior leadership rank of GS- 15 (Colonel Equivalent). Says her nominators, Jacque’s honesty, forward-looking vision, competency, intelligence, and her ability to inspire everyone who knows her has made her an award-winning USAF leader that gets the job done. 

Fisher initiated a mentoring program in her 250-person organization in which she inspires and provides guidance to more than 25 hand-picked future U.S. Air Force leaders 15 of which are females. Of note, four of the women she has personally mentored and empowered have won USAF-level awards for rising leaders. This program has been recognized at the 4-star General level and is used as the benchmark for many other USAF programs. 

She also leads her organization in addressing attitudes that can disrupt its mission focus and harm the mental wellbeing of those in the unit. She enforces a zero tolerance policy of racism and sexual harassment and continuously hosts workshops and group sessions to prevent a toxic climate to her organization.

Kim Faris, Radio Host of Hot Country B94.5 and Mix 107.7 (I Heart Media/Dayton)(Photo: courtesy of YWCA Dayton)

Kim Faris

 Radio Host of Hot Country B94.5 and Mix 107.7 (I Heart Media/Dayton) 

From her bio:

In addition to being one of the strongest and most recognizable female voices on Dayton-area radio for nearly 40 years, Kim Faris has been a tireless advocate and enthusiastic spokeswoman for numerous issues affecting women's health and safety in our community. She has lent her time and talent to numerous nonprofit organizations in Dayton – with a specific focus on those that affect women and   families. 

Says her nominator, Kim’s voice is the one women in our community hear, urging them to get a mammogram, to pay attention to the risks of heart disease, to plan a healthy pregnancy, and more. Her leadership as a successful woman in the male-dominated world of radio as well as her outreach in promoting women's and family health issues have reached women of all ages, races and economic status in the greater Dayton area. 

Faris is a member of the Dayton Area Broadcasters Hall of Fame and has mentored numerous young professionals, both formally and informally. She was the first female broadcaster from the Dayton area inducted into the Radio/Television Broadcasters Hall of Fame of Ohio.

Mary Ann Bullen, community philanthropist and founder of Home Is The Foundation(Photo: courtesy of YWCA Dayton)

Mary Ann Bullen 

Community philanthropist and founder of Home Is The Foundation 

From her bio:

Dubbed by her nominator as THE woman of influence in Preble County, Mary Bullen’s love for her community is evident – her license plate even reads PREBLCO. ͞Influence is a perfect word to describe Mary, her nominator said. She makes things happen in her community and with people – and she’s very invested in people, of every background, every age, every race.” 

Bullen’s father founded Bullen Ultrasonics, a company she co-led to a national Great Places to Work Award. In addition, she founded Home is the Foundation, a not-for-profit organization formed to meet the critical shortage of affordable housing options in rural Preble County– which became a key partner when YWCA Dayton assumed operations of Preble County’s only domestic violence shelter in 2004. Bullen belongs to the Preble County Rotary Club, past board member and board president of the Preble County Council on Aging board, and board president for THE BISTRO at Eagles Point, a pay-it-forward restaurant concept in Eaton. Most recently, she was a key player in transforming the old Eaton High School building into the Eagles Point development, providing 40 units of one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartment homes that include modern amenities you would expect to find in luxury units at affordable rental rates, THE BISTRO, future STAR Theatre and THE GYM at Eagles Point.

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Janice Allen, treasurer/chief financial officer of Trotwood-Madison City School District(Photo: YWCA Dayton)

Janice Allen

Treasurer/chief financial officer of Trotwood-Madison City School District

From her bio:

“Janice Allen was one of the first African-American triplets born in Dayton; was one of only 40 women selected from around the U.S. to participate in the University of Dayton’s re-entry engineering program for women with math and science degrees; was a member of the first graduating class of Chaminade-Julienne High School; and currently represents less than 1 percent of all African-Americans, and less than 25 percent of all women, school treasurers in the State of Ohio. You can say she got her start at YWCA Dayton; her mother, who is from Greenville, Miss., often told her stories of how YWCA helped her family find a place to stay when they migrated from the South in the 1950s.

Allen joined Trotwood-Madison City School District as treasurer/chief financial officer in November 2011; she is responsible for a $40 million budget that provides resources for 3,300 students and more than 350 employees. She began her career as a program analyst for NCR Corporation, and after receiving a National Science Foundation scholarship to study electrical engineering at UD, she took a job with Dayton Power & Light as a microwave engineer, responsible for the company’s telecommunications. Her love of numbers brought her to Dayton Public Schools for two decades, where she held several financial positions, the last being assistant treasurer.”

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Here’s when, where 3 OVI checkpoints will be tonight

Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 8:52 AM



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The Ohio State Highway Patrol Xenia Post and the Butler County OVI Task Force have announced the locations and times of three OVI checkpoints that will be held tonight.

In Greene County, the Greene County Sheriff’s Office, Beavercreek and Fairborn police will assist the patrol in checking drivers for sobriety on Colonel Glen Highway, according to a release from OSHP.

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The first checkpoint is set to happen from 8 to 10 p.m. in the city of Beavercreek; The second will be held on Colonel Glen from 10 p.m. to midnight in the city of Fairborn, according to the patrol.

In Butler County, the OVI Task Force will be checking drivers from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. on Ohio 4, just north of Symmes Road in Fairfield.

Police will be patrolling the areas near the checkpoints as part of the effort to “aggressively combat impaired driver-related injury and fatal crashes,” according to the patrol.

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The patrol advises those who plan to go out and drink should use a designated driver or make other travel arrangements rather than driving.

“Don’t let another life be lost for the senseless and selfish act of getting behind the wheel impaired,” a statement from the patrol reads.

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Dayton traffic from the WHIO Traffic Center

Published: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 @ 1:18 AM
Updated: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 7:56 AM

Traffic issues can be reported by calling our newsroom at 937-259-2237 or tweeting @WHIOTraffic .

Traffic conditions are updated every six minutes on AM 1290 and News 95.7 FM.

Major Highway Incidents

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Surface Street Incidents

  • On Gettysburg Avenue and Hoover Avenue in Dayton, pedestrian strike reported around 7:50 a.m. 

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    MONTGOMERY COUNTY

    • Arlington Road between Pleasant Plain and Upper Lewisburg Salem Road, BRIDGE CLOSURE, March 5 - Sept. 30. All ramps for I-70 will remain open. 
    • Keowee Street north of Stanley Avenue, bridge closed until 2019. The official detour is: Keowee Street to Stanley Avenue to I-75 to Wagner Ford Road and back to Dixie. More information is available here.
    • Stewart Street Ramp to US 35 East, RAMP CLOSURE March 28 - Sept 30, 2018. The official detour is: Stewart Street to Edwin C. Moses Boulevard to I-75 north to US 35 west to James H. McGee Blvd. to US 35 east.
    • SR 4 north/south between I-70 and Lower Valley Pike, Lane closure April 2 - 26. One northbound and two southbound lanes will remain open. 
    • I-75 north Ramp to US 35 west, RAMP CLOSURE, March 12 - Sept. 30. The official detour is: I-75 north to US 35 east to Jefferson/Main Street to Ludlow Street to US 35 west. 
    • Airport Access Road South between US 40 and I-70, Lane closure April 2 - 27. One southbound lane will remain open. 
    • SR 48 between First Street and Riverdale Street, Lane closure April 2, 2018 - April 1, 2019. One lane will remain open in each direction.

    GREENE COUNTY

    • Trebein Road from U.S. 35, Lane restrictions April 16 - August, 2018 for construction of a right turn lane. One lane will remain maintained at all times with flagging operations. 

    WARREN COUNTY

    MIAMI COUNTY

    • N. Market Street between Foss Way/Kirk Lane and Stonyridge Avenue, ROAD CLOSURE March 5 at 7 a.m. - Aug. 10 at 5 p.m. 
    • US 36 westbound between Scott Drive and Kienle Drive, Lane closure March 26 - June 30. One westbound lane will remain open. 

    DARKE COUNTY

    • SR 49 between Hollansburg-Sampson Road and Arcanum Bears Mill Road, Lane closure April 16 - May 16. One lane will remain open in each direction through the use of portable signal.
    • SR 716 between Washington Street and Water Street, ROAD CLOSURE April 16 - 22. The official detour is SR 705 to SR 364 to SR 119

    MERCER COUNTY

    • SR 49 between Frank Road and Winkler Road, BRIDGE CLOSURE April 9 - 22. The official detour is SR 49 to SR 707 E to SR 118 N to US 33 W to SR 49
    • SR 117 between US 127 and SR 116, Daily lane closures April 23 - July 31 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. 
    • SR 49 between Menchhofer Road and SR 219, ROAD CLOSURE April 16 - 30. The official detour is: SR 29 to SR 118 to SR 219
    • SR 707 between Taylor Road and Lewis Street, ROAD CLOSURE April 23 - 27. The official detour is US 127 north to SR 117 east 

    SHELBY COUNTY

    • SR 47 between Fifth Avenue and Wilkinson Avenue, Lane closures Jan. 21 - Nov. 27. One lane will remain open in each direction at all times. 
    • SR 274 between Shroyer Road and Island Avenue, Lane closure April 9 - June 9. One lane will remain open in each direction. 
    • SR 66 between Basinburg Road and Mason Road, ROAD CLOSURE April 9 - May 11. The official detour is: SR 66 to SR 47 to I-75 to SR 29 to SR 705 to SR 66

    CLARK COUNTY

    • I-70 east Ramp to I-675 north, RAMP CLOSURE March 15 - Aug. 15. The official detour is: I-70 east to I-675 south to SR 444 to I-675 north
    • Spangler Road south between Restoration Drive and I-70, Traffic pattern switch March 26 - August 15. Southbound Spangler Road traffic going to I-675 south and I-70 east will be moved to northbound side of I-675. Traffic will then be redirected to the southbound side of I-675 after passing over I-70. 

    CHAMPAIGN COUNTY

    • Upper Valley Pike between State Route 296 and Lippincott Road, ROAD CLOSURE, starting April 16 for approximately four weeks.

    LOGAN COUNTY

    • US 68 between SR 508 and Township Road 310, ROAD CLOSURE April 23 - 27. The official detour is: US 68 to SR 296 to SR 29 to SR 235 to SR 47 to US 68. 
    • SR 235 between Township Road 93 and Township Road 250, ROAD CLOSURE April 30 - May 4. The official detour is SR 366 to US 33 to SR 385 to SR 117/SR 235.
    • SR 274 between Morris Rose Road and SR 235, Daily lane closures May 1 - June 29 between 7 a.m. 5 p.m. 
    • SR 235 between SR 720 and SR 117, Daily lane closures May 1 - June 29 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.
    • SR 68 between SR 508 and Gunn Town Road, Daily lane closures April 23 - June 29 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. 

    AUGLAIZE COUNTY

    • SR 197 between Township Road 117A and Ridge Street, Lane closure April 2 - May 3. One lane will remain open for travel in each direction through the use of temporary signal.
    • SR 116 between Hesse Road and Baker-Wright Road, Lane closure April 2 - 30. One lane will remain open for travel in each direction through the use of temporary signal.
    • US 33 between SR 29 and I-75, Daily lane closures March 26 - July 31 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. One lane will remain open in each direction. 
    • US 33 between SR 65 and Center Street, Lane closure April 16 - May 9. One lane will remain open in each direction through the use of temporary signal.

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