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Street Changed to One-Way in Dayton

Dayton City Council voted to make the 100 block of Fifth Street a one-way street with a near unanimous vote, with only Councilman Joe Neary dissenting.

City Administrator requested the input of residents and businesses on the block, but said that he had only heard back from one person on the matter. 

Neary said that he wanted to wait to see what development will go in at the end of Walnut Street before making a decision on a one-way street on Fifth.  The last presentation that City Council saw from a developer was to install a 100-car parking space in that area. 

“If they’re going to all be accessing that on Walnut, to get out to Sixth, and back onto Walnut to get home, there’s going to be a lot of congestion there.  I just think that putting any additional traffic on Fourth Street is so narrow,” Neary said.

He also said that people on Fifth Street who regularly park their cars in the opposite direction of the way traffic goes on the street adds unnecessary confusion.

“I think the easiest option would be to put reminders on the vehicles that are parked there to park with the traffic. There’s plenty of enough room to get around all the traffic and all the parked cars there. I’m not trying to ticket anybody. Just inform everybody to park with the direction of traffic and that would avoid a lot of the confusion,” he said.  

Neary was also the only who voted against the proposed city budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year.

City Council voted to execute an easement in favor of the Northern Kentucky Water District in order to put in a new water main in the city.

Dayton Police Chief David Halfhill displayed the new Neighborhood Watch posters that residents can apply to participate in. He said that background checks are done on the applications for the Neighborhood Watch program and that not everyone will automatically get a poster to display on their streets.

Halfhill also said that six people have been charged with the desecration of graves at St. Francis Cemetery last year. “We have six people that are being held accountable.  So we will go through the due processes and see what happens.”

Dayton City Administrator Michael Giffen recommended against designating a street parking spot as a handicapped spot because the person at the address has no registered vehicle. 

Councilman Ben Baker made a motion that was passed to allow a Little Library to be put in the community garden there that will house cook books of things people can cook that are grown in the garden.  The initiative was started by Christopher Kubik and a permit was not required to have the small library there since the city owns the land. 

Written by Bryan Burke, associate editor