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Tattoo Parlors, Two-Way Street Considered in Dayton

Nearly three decades since the last major improvement to its walking trails, the City of Dayton announced plans to pursue grant money to rejuvenate Sargeant Park.

“I am in the process of completing a grant which will allow the City of Dayton to upgrade a network of trails in the park,” said Bob Yoder, the city’s Main Street manager, at Tuesday evening’s city council meeting. “The grant does require a 20 percent match, so I am requesting that city council approve up to $14,000, which will cover our 20 percent.”

Currently, the City of Dayton has a fund dedicated strictly for the upkeep of Sargeant Park that contains just over $36,000, as reported by City Administrator Michael Giffen. Council voted to move forward with the plan.

At next month's city council meeting, council members may vote on a proposal to allow tattoo shops to open in several areas of the city.

Currently, there are no tattoo parlors in the city.

That could change in a few months.

At Tuesday evening’s council meeting, city officials heard the first reading of a resolution to decide whether to OK a proposal to allow tattoo parlors in the city.

In other news, to give residents an alternate route to exit their neighborhood, city officials are proposing to make Ervin Terrace a two-way road between Fifth and Sixth Avenues.

The proposal didn't sit well with some residents at Tuesday's council meeting. Karen Tuerk, a local resident, addressed the council, expressing her opposition to this change. In an email that she sent to council, she attributes her opposition to the fact that she hasn’t ever experienced difficulty when turning east or west on to Sixth Avenue from Ervin Terrace where her vehicle is parked. The email went on to claim that the one-way change would “result in major problems in both impeding traffic flow and commerce.”

Councilman Joe Neary voted to table the resolution citing the need for a clearer picture of not only who would pay for the change but what the total cost of the project would be.

-K.A. Simpson, RCN contributor