Moraine Economy Still “Dog-Paddling”: WYSO’s Lewis Wallace Talks To City Manager David Hicks

May 1, 2014

Moraine City Manager Dave Hicks says the city isn't out of the woods yet in terms of finances.
Moraine City Manager Dave Hicks says the city isn't out of the woods yet in terms of finances.
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO

The City of Moraine is asking voters to approve a .5 percent increase to its municipal income tax in the Tuesday, May 6 primary election. Moraine City Manager David Hicks says the south Dayton town is in a tough spot financially—and still dealing with empty buildings and polluted superfund sites years after the departure of industry that created it. That’s despite the news that a Chinese auto-glass company, Fuyao, is coming soon to fill parts of the vacant former GM plant.

“We’re an employment base for the region,” says Hicks. “There’s a companion piece that goes along with that...the truck traffic, the pollution, all of those things that are companions to that arrive here.”

While he says they’re not as concerned about new environmental risks, some of the old contamination sites will never be fully cleaned up.

“It’s hard to compete with a green space somewhere,” says Hicks.

Under Construction is WYSO’s series on growth in the greater Dayton area. We dig underneath the physical and economic markers of growth to look at the human consequences. Check back Thursdays for new installments.

Lewis Wallace is WYSO's economics reporter. Follow him @lewispants.