Dayton to give ‘stamp of approval’ to rentals that pass inspections

Published: Wednesday, January 24, 2018 @ 1:41 PM

City fights slumlords

A new city of Dayton program seeks to reduce substandard rental housing and combat slumlords by promoting living spaces that pass voluntary inspections.

Dayton’s Preferred Property Program will give a “stamp of approval” to rentals that meet certain requirements, including having no housing violations and passing a safety assessment and structural inspection.

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Property owners or managers also will be required to complete a property management training course and register their housing with the Montgomery County rental registry.

Program participants will get a free listing on the city’s website (daytonohio.gov) and will receive assistance with marketing their apartments and rental homes, officials said.

The city has programs in place to punish neglectful or irresponsible landlords, but this new initiative will reward good stewardship, said Michelle Zaremeba, the coordinator of the Dayton Mediation Center.

“It’s a chance for tenants to see that the city actually has vetted these properties,” she said.

Dayton Commissioner Matt Joseph pushed to create the new program after receiving complaints from residents about rental housing in their neighborhoods.

City staff met with members of the Greater Dayton Apartment Association and the Greater Dayton Real Estate Investment Association to devise ways to improve the quality of rental product.

The preferred program, which is for properties with four or fewer units, will provide a stamp of approval to housing that passes an external housing inspection and safety assessment by the fire department, said Zaremba.

Property managers and owners also will have to fill out a preferred property application and attend property management training.

Properties in the program will be published on the city’s website, including on an interactive map, to show potential tenants and housing seekers that they have met certain standards, officials said.

The stamp of approval will be a “preferred property seal” that people can post on their properties or on their websites or promotional materials, officials said.

“Hopefully, this will attract tenants to rent properties from the preferred property members and this will eventually reduce the inventory of poorly managed properties,” Zaremba said.

The city has limited resources and can only do so much to punish bad landlords and property managers, and it is time to introduce a carrot to encourage good management, said Commisioner Joseph.

“I have high hopes for this,” he said. “After we get going, I hope this really makes a dent in what has been a persistent problem with sub-quality rental properties.”

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Cloudy with a Chance of Podcast: Joey Picca talks the Storm Prediction Center 

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 7:55 AM

This week on Cloudy with a Chance of Podcast, Joey Picca sits down with Kirstie and McCall to talk about his role at the Storm Prediction Center.

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The SPC is part of the National Weather Service and is one of nine Centers for Environmental Prediction across the country. The SPC, especially in the spring and summer, is busy producing products that help give timely and accurate outlooks and watches for severe weather. 

Joey Picca is now an outlook/mesoscale forecaster at the SPC which is in Norman, Oklahoma. As a forecaster at the SPC, his primary duties include: issuing outlook and near-term forecasts for severe, fire, and winter weather across the contiguous United States. Picca first worked was a meteorologist at NWS New York, NY, where he supported operations for numerous high-impact events such as Hurricane Sandy and the Northeast Blizzard of February 2013. 

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Every day Picca has to tell the weather story of the entire country, first starting broad and zooming closer and closer until he is pin-pointing where severe weather could occur. The Convective Outlooks he produces are important in the Miami Valley and are just one tool the Storm Center 7 team uses when developing local forecasts each day. 

Picca gives an in-depth and honest look at the interesting job he has in the field of meteorology as well as some of the stressors he must overcome. 

“The atmosphere really knows how to slap you over the head and say, 'Oh, I've got many tricks up my sleeve,'" explained Picca.

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Xenia, Middletown buildings top 2 vote-getters in Heritage Ohio’s photo contest

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 7:38 AM

Vote for your favorite photo on Heritage Ohio's website.
Jennifer Dunn
Vote for your favorite photo on Heritage Ohio's website.(Jennifer Dunn)

Photos showcasing empty buildings in Xenia and Middletown are leading the four finalists in Heritage Ohio’s photo contest.

Voting continues until May 29 to choose a winner among the four, which are featured on Heritage Ohio’s website. The page has garnered more than 25,000 views since it was launched.

To cast your vote, visit the photo contest page

The Xenia entry features the Eavey Building at 17 West Third Street. Co-owner Jennifer Dunn took the photo of a bicycle with loaded side-baskets inside the former grocery warehouse.

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The Middletown entry is of the bank vault inside the Goetz Tower, the city’s tallest structure built in 1930.

Bank vault inside the Goetz Tower, Middletown

“The City of Middletown believes that this building has the potential to be converted into a destination location for premier space for offices, retail, and restaurants as well as offer luxury apartments for those wanting to get away from the suburban lifestyle and reconnect with their community,” according to the photo’s description.

The description on the Eavey Building offers the potential uses for the 90,000 square-foot structure, which was built in 1908.

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“This ... behemoth has the potential to be your son’s first home away from home, your mom’s loft, your favorite bike shop, a delish restaurant, your daughter’s wedding venue, where you heard that brilliant new band, an intimate wine and cheese shop, and a “kickbooty” penthouse bar,” according to the description.

As of this morning, the Goetz Tower photo is first, with 43 percent of the votes; The Eavey Building’s photo is close behind with 39 percent of the vote.

The winner of the contest will receive an award for best photo, which will be featured on the cover of Heritage Ohio’s quarterly publication and be recognized at the Heritage Ohio Conference in the fall.

Heritage Ohio is “Ohio’s official historic preservation and Main Street organization” with a mission to preserve historic structures and revitalize downtowns and neighborhoods, according to the website. 

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1 ejected, 4 injured when car fleeing troopers loses control, overturns

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 2:45 AM
Updated: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 3:46 AM

4 injured, 1 ejected from crash after pursuit on Needmore Road

UPDATE @3:48 a.m.

Four people were injured, including one person who was ejected, when a car fleeing troopers lost control and overturned.

The pursuit started in the area of Shoup Mill Road near Riverside Drive when the car, which was clocked going 70 mph in a 45 mph zone, failed to stop for a trooper, said Ohio State Patrol Sgt. Brent Johnson.

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The car accelerated to approximately 90 mph, lost control, drove over the right side the roadway and overturned multiple times in the area of Needmore Road and Frederick Pike, less than a mile from where the pursuit started.

One person was ejected and all four occupants were injured, Johnson said. All were taken to Miami Valley Hospital with injuries not considered life-threatening.

It’s unknown why the car fled.

The driver will likely face fleeing and eluding charges.

FIRST REPORT

A vehicle that fled from troopers early Friday morning has crashed resulting in multiple injuries, according to reports.

The vehicle crashed in the area of Needmore Road and Frederick Pike around 2:30 a.m. Initial reports indicate the vehicle rolled multiple times, and as a many as four people may be injured.

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Coroner called to crash, car fire in Trotwood

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 2:04 AM

Crash, car fire fatal in Trotwood

The Montgomery County Coroner has been requested to a fiery crash in Trotwood.

The crash was reported around 1:20 a.m. in the 5200 block of Little Richmond Road. Initial reports indicated one person was trapped in the car after the car crashed and caught fire.

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This story will be updated as additional information becomes available.

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