Dayton City Commission

The commissioners of Montgomery County and the City of Dayton say they have identified several projects they’ll be able to work on together. The commissioners say the collaborative efforts, tagged as the Dayton/Montgomery County Compact, will save taxpayer dollars and improve services.

In a statement Wednesday, County Commission President Dan Foley said the city and county are “committed to better serving its citizens.” Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley said partnerships are essential for improving city and county operations.

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Governor Kasich’s Democratic challenger Ed FitzGerald spoke at the Ahiska Turk Community Center in Dayton on Wednesday, harshly criticizing the Republican governor’s economic policies.

The party line at FitzGerald’s Dayton event: Kasich takes from poor, and gives to the rich.

“His budgets have undeniably been a tax shift away from the poor and middle class,” said newly-minted city commissioner Jeffrey Mims, “and moving towards doing everything they can to help his buddies and his friends who are at the top of the financial food chain.

This week WYSO has reported on how hard the city of Dayton was hit when the mortgage crisis and great recession began more than five years ago. The resulting federal funds made available to cities like Dayton to stabilize neighborhoods, and how those funds are running out. In this week's Politics Ohio we continue our look at neighborhood stabilization; we spoke with Dayton City commissioner Matt Joseph about what other steps the city is taking to revitalize neighborhoods.

Ohio Voters are going to the polls Tuesday to weigh in on a handful of issues, school levies and charter amendments. In Dayton, the outcome will decide who will be on the November ballot for Dayton mayor as well as city commissioners.


While surrounding cities, like Beavercreek, Oakwood and Centerville, are taking to the ballot to ask residents for additional funds for schools, road repairs, and government operating expenses, In Dayton, voters will also decide who ends up on the November ballot in the mayoral and city commission races.  

WYSO has reported extensively on the three candidates for Mayor, Incumbent Gary Leitzell, former judge and county auditor A.J. Wagner, and City Commissioner Nan Whaley. Two of the three will end up on the November ballot.

Nan Whaley is a Dayton City Commissioner and endorsed by the Democratic Party, who says the economy will be her focus if she's elected mayor. Whaley says she has plans to bring jobs through leveraging the city's assets and will restore blighted neighborhoods by tearing down unlivable properties. Whaley also says a welcoming, vibrant community will attract people here. Whaley sat down in an interview with Emily McCord April 18, 2013 ahead of the Mayoral Primary May 7th, where she faces incumbent Gary Leitzell and Democrat A.J. Wagner.

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.

The City of Dayton is spearheading a project aimed at extending Patterson Boulevard Canal Parkway. The Dayton Daily News reports that the city will be using a $2.2 million dollar grant in to expand the Parkway the length of four blocks.

The State of Ohio awarded the grant to the City in 2008 to begin construction on a cultural project. Original plans were to fund a mixed-use project in the RiverScape area.  Those plans  fell through.  

The City was allowed to use that money for the Canal project.

On Tuesday voters will decide on who will fill two seats on the Dayton City Commission. Mark Manovich and William Pace are challenging incumbents Matt Joseph and Dean Lovelace.