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Dayton: Concern Over Preservation Rule, Music Fest is a Hit, & One-Way Street Issue Tabled

At Tuesday night's City Council Meeting, Dayton resident Tammy Cornett announced that the River City Music Festival, hosted by the Dayton Civic Club, was a huge success. With a resurgence of interest in the event that occurred on June 18, the organizations that participated helped raise over $10,000. Proceeds from the event benefit organizations like the city’s youth football and baseball leagues, which both walked away with $1,650 each, and the city’s Park Board which got $700. Cornett went on to report that there were over 800 people who were able to enjoy the day’s event.

The Dayton Civic Club is currently preparing for their next fundraiser, “Dine & Donate”, scheduled for July 14 at Applebee's (2810 Alexandria Pike in Highland Heights).  A portion of the proceeds from each meal sold during the all-day event will go directly to the Civic Club. In addition, the Civic Club is ramping up for its second Kite Festival scheduled for Oct 1.

Residents also came to bat for the only beachfront property from the early 1900’s left on the Ohio River in our region. Residents brought their concerns about a current city ordinance which would mandate that these historic buildings make changes to their structures which could risk their chance of gaining entry onto the National Register of Historic Places.

Because of periodic flood damage, residents who own cottages at the Doyle Country Club relayed that certain improvements are required in order to keep the buildings safe and habitable. Calling for an exemption, they claimed that a current city ordinance would cause the aforementioned interior improvements to be labeled “significant improvements” and mandate that they raise the foundation of these historic buildings to a level that could take them out of the consideration of being “historic”.

Doyle Country Club, a community staple in the City of Dayton for over a century, says to have many of the same families in ownership since its inception. One property owner was in attendance to inform council that the property is currently seeking a nomination to the National Register. The Doyle Country Club, formerly Clark’s Grove, is a nonprofit social club and was formally incorporated in 1919.

Dayton City Attorney Tom Edge plans to meet with the concerned citizens for a resolution.

As with most burgeoning cities, the changing of streets from one-way to two-way is a hot topic and was apparent at this month’s council meeting. After several minutes of discussion, the Dayton City Council voted Tuesday to table the motion to make the now one-way Berry Street into a two-way thoroughfare. As a proponent of the two-way change, City Administrator Michael Giffen said that the change would be greatly enhanced by removing the parking on the west side of the street where the least number of residents would be effected.

Council opted to contact the residents living on the street, giving them a chance to weigh in at next month’s council meeting.

Written by K.A. Simpson, RCN contributor