City of Dayton

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The City of Dayton is looking into bringing back its automated red light camera program. It ended in July 2015, after the state mandated that police officers be present in order to issue citations.

Since then, Chief Richard Biehl says traffic accidents have increased. In response, they’re now seeking proposals from camera vendors to restart the program.

“I think the argument is there that it is a very effective, and if done properly, a very fair way of doing traffic enforcement and it certainly then changes driving behavior.”

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Juliet Fromholt

The latest U.S. Census data has revealed that the City of Dayton has lost nearly a thousand people since 2010. And, about 25,000 people have left the city in the last 15 years.

Dayton isn’t the only Ohio city with this problem. Cleveland has lost nearly 9,000 people since 2010. Toledo lost about 7,000.

 

Downtown Dayton may be getting a new hotel for the first time since the 1970s.

Woodard Development is set to construct a Fairfield Inn in the Water Street District. The area already houses residential developments and office space.

Tony Kroeger, Dayton’s City Planner, said the district has seen a lot of new development recently.   

“The fact that somebody’s willing to make an investment like this in Downtown certainly would be a sign of confidence,” said Kroeger.

Dayton is banning its employees from non-essential government travel to Mississippi and North Carolina, saying recent laws passed in the two states discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

A Thursday memo from Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley forbids city dollars paying for non-essential travel to the states.

The Dayton Daily News reports Whaley said the new laws conflict with the city's values and anti-discrimination ordinances enacted by city commissioners.

Details of a plan to merge the governments of the City of Dayton and Montgomery County were revealed yesterday by members of the non-profit group Dayton Together.

They’re aiming to create what’s called a metro-style government, partially modeled after the 2003 merger of the city of Louisville and its surrounding county.

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County officials have unveiled a proposal that would merge the government for a southwest Ohio city and surrounding Montgomery County.

The Dayton Daily News reports that details released Thursday call for creating a metro-style government for Dayton and Montgomery County.

The government would be overseen by a council and manager. County voters would select a mayor and 10 representatives using new geographic districts with similar populations.

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley delivers the 2016 State of the City address at City Hall
Jerry Kenney

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley delivered the annual State of the City address Wednesday at City Hall.

In the 20 minute speech, the Mayor outlined the city’s progress in job growth, infrastructure improvements, and investments in revitalization projects like the Dayton Arcade, Welcome Dayton and residential housing in the downtown area.

Dayton City Manager, Shelley Dickstein
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The City of Dayton has appointed a new city manager. Shelley Dickstein has been acting as interim city manager since Warren Price stepped down last September.

 

  Dickstein will take over the position permanently on Wednesday. She’s worked for the city of Dayton since 1996 and has most recently served as assistant city manager.

 

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Beginning Monday, January 11th, the Webster Street Bridge in downtown Dayton will be shut down.

The city of Dayton says it’s tearing down the 100-year-old structure and will replace it with a new one at a cost of more than $10 million dollars.

The city issued a statement saying demolition and construction of the new bridge is expected to be complete by November 2017 and it will feature “wider sidewalks, enhanced lighting and observation plazas.”

In the meantime, Monument Avenue and Keowee Streets will serve as alternate routes for motorists.

Dayton police say response times depend on call volume and the priority level of the call.  dayton police car
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Akron has been rated the best city in the nation when it comes to return-on-investment on spending for police, with Dayton coming in second.  

The calculations of the personal finance site WalletHub compare tax dollars spent per capita for police protection to crime rates, with adjustments made for poverty and unemployment rates and household income. By those calculations, three Ohio cities come out in the top 10 – with Akron ranked first, Dayton second and Cleveland seventh.

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