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As Director Departs, a Plea for Funds for Dayton YMCA

Dayton City Councilman Joe Neary stated that no one has had more of a positive influence over the city within the past several years - specifically among its younger population - than departing Dayton YMCA Teen Center Program Director Justine Ryan. Ryan is heading to Pittsburgh to care for an ailing family member, but the vital element connecting Dayton’s teens still needs help, she pleaded with council Tuesday night.

Despite leaving, Ryan asked the city to make the following considerations: $11,749.29 to maintain programs the Teen Center currently offers; $8,250 toward new flooring, professional cleaning and miscellaneous repairs. Secondly, to fund family and community programming such as yoga, dance, fitness. Lastly, to help cover funding losses in the 21st Century programs at Dayton High School, as its revenue stream for 2016-17 is being decreased by $7,500. No decision was made Tuesday evening but the scenario is on the table for council to weigh moving forward.

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The question remains whether it is financially feasible for the city to grant her request now or whether it has to be set aside under the next fiscal year. “I’d love to be able to write you a check for what you need. But if you’re asking the city for it, then we have to be responsible for the finances of the city,” Neary said to Ryan. As the Program Director concluded her presentation, council commended her tireless work in the community.

Also Tuesday, the city entered into an agreement with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to receive grant funding for the Riverfront Commons project, totaling $530,387.

Continuing its momentum in the central business district, the city named resident Tina Neyer as Main Street Director. “I’m really anxious to get started on doing the work that needs to be done to keep us moving forward. I come from Dayton, it’s my hometown, and I walk this city all the time…I’m anxious to be a part of it and to see us grow further,” she added.

“I really think, if you haven’t already started to notice a difference on Main Street and Sixth Avenue, with the new businesses coming in, with some of the street work we hope to do this year and next year, you’re really going to be blown away with how much we’re moving forward,” City Administrator Michael Giffen said.

Other Notes:

Council members gave the go-ahead to marina owner Nelson Stark to have the entrance to his business paved this spring, as opposed to autumn. In order to help spruce up the marina in preparation for the Memorial Day weekend beginning of boating season, Stark asked to have a new driveway paved in the spring instead. Council approved Neary’s motion to place two separate bids to pavement companies: 600 ft. (length) x 30 ft. (width) and 600 x 50, and compare the price ranges.

Dayton Police officer Tony Baldwin was honored for his 20 years of service to the community. Police chief David Halfhill remarked how much he’s learned from Baldwin during his time serving the city, as well while presenting a plaque commemorating the occasion to his fellow officer.

The city-wide yard sale will take place on May 14 with a make-up date of June 4.

Written by Jason Finnell, RCN contributor

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Officer Tony Baldwin and Chief David Halfhill