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Dayton Council Approves Resolution Supporting Climate Change Policies

The Dayton city council on Tuesday approved a resolution in support of policies that combat climate change.

In a 5 to 1 vote, council expressed its support for efforts to create policies relating to climate change.

Among the points outlined in the resolution was that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers "has published findings that the effects of climate change will contribute to stronger storms, increased flooding and periodic droughts throughout our country" and that "the effects of climate change may pose serious threats to the economic, public health and environmental conditions of Dayton, Kentucky due to it being a river city."

The resolution stated that "the City of Dayton, Kentucky recognizes that the city has the fundamental responsibilities to enhance the health, safety, economic vitality and quality of life for all of its residents."

"(A)ggressive, honest and fruitful discussions take place related to wider availability to renewable energy sources, to the importance of taking necessary steps to reduce greenhouse gases into the atmosphere and to develop sustainable-based policies."

In the resolution, the city also vowed to work closely with state and federal representatives to develop public policies to combat the effects of climate change.

Discussion among council members ahead of the vote on the resolution included claims by Councilman Bill Burns that developers working on housing projects near the riverfront have not been held accountable for the dirt the work trucks track through the city. He ultimately voted against the resolution. "We got too many other important things," he said.

Councilwoman Tammy Cornett also used the moment to note that street sweeping has not been up to par, an issue that City Administrator Michael Giffen said would be addressed.

Cornett joined council members Scott Beseler, Denny Lynn, Joe Neary, and Jeff Volter in approving the resolution.

Written by Michael Monks, editor & publisher