City of Dayton

A.J. Wagner is a former Montgomery County court judge and county auditor. He says his experience is what distinguishes him as a candidate for Dayton mayor and hopes to win the primary in May, as he challenges incumbent Gary Leitzell and Democrat Nan Whaley. WYSO's Emily McCord is interviewing all the candidates to learn more about them and their positions.


On May 7th, Dayton residents will go to the polls and vote in the primary for city mayor. Independent incumbent Gary Leitzell will face two Democratic challengers, AJ Wagner and Nan Whaley. WYSO's Emily McCord  sat down with all three candidates to hear more about them and their positions and begins her series with Mayor Gary Leitzell.


Dayton’s plan to use aerial surveillance to address crime in the city has been shelved. City manager Tim Riordan says it will not pursue a $120 thousand contract with Persistant Surveillance Systems Inc., a company that would have provided manned aircraft to monitor crime above the city. Riordan made his remarks at Wednesday's commission meeting.

In a press release to WYSO, Tim Riordan says:

The Dayton City Commission is considering a contract with a company that provides aerial surveillance for the city to monitor crime. It’s created controversy with civil rights groups and local citizens who say this is potential violation of privacy. Emily McCord speaks to Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl about the technology and its implications.

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The city of Dayton is holding a public meeting Tuesday evening to address the city’s plan to use aerial surveillance. As WYSO’s Emily McCord reports, the program has is facing opposition from civil rights groups.

City officials in Dayton are spending $875,000 to tear down 80 vacant houses and buildings.

But, the officials say, that will barely put a dent in the 7,000 abandoned structures in the city. Deputy City Manager Shelley Dickstein said the goal is to tear down 150 of them this year.

On average, it costs the city $10,000 to demolish a vacant structure.

The Dayton Daily News reports that the money comes from the federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program. The expenditure was approved by city commissioners Wednesday.
 

Dayton mayor Gary Leitzell has returned from a trip to Turkey with other area mayors, university officials, business leaders and other community members. As Emily McCord reports for WYSO Dayton is uniquely positioned to bring their business here.

Tonight the City of Dayton is holding a public meeting to show new design concepts for the proposed Webster Street replacement bridge over the Mad River.  Bridge designer EMH&T will be on hand to hear suggestions and answer questions.

Assistant Director of Public Works, Steve Finke says the bridge is still structurally sound but the replacement is needed.

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