Friday, March 29, 2013

Looking For a Sign?






I would like to point something out. As an Independent Mayor I can do this without political retribution. There is a law here in Dayton and it seems that it has been in force since 1925. I have underlined the relevant sentences. 

Sec. 110.13. - Advertising on public property.
(A)No person shall place any placard, notice, or advertisement of any kind on any public property situated in any park or on any boulevard or levee in the city.
(B)This section shall not be construed to prohibit the placing of appropriate advertising signs by the park management of articles for sale in the park or signs containing the necessary notices of the park management in any park within the city upon permission first received from the Director of Human Resources.

(Ord. 12693, passed 12-30-25)


Here is the penalty


Cross reference— Penalty, see § 110.99.
Sec. 110.99. - Penalty
(A)Whoever violates §§ 110.14, 110.15, or 110.16 of this chapter shall be guilty of a minor misdemeanor.

(B)Whoever violates any other provision of this chapter shall be guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree.



Signs in the right of way are ugly and make our city look awful. The people know it and they don't like it. They tell me every day how bad this makes the street scape look. Even I notice when they go up, often many disappear soon afterwards.

What is most interesting is that the two candidates vying for the title of MAYOR, who is a member of a body that enacts legislation, are willing to break the law in order to get elected. What is particularly disturbing about this is that one candidate has been on the city commission for 7 years and should know better. The other candidate is a former county auditor, judge and lawyer and should also know better .....


Here is a solution to the problem. Upon application for a permit and remittance of a $200 permit fee, candidates for election can place their signs at designated intersections within city limits 30 days prior to an election. Signs can not be placed in the meridian of a road or anywhere along the length of a road, only at designated intersections where signs will not block line of sight for traffic. The candidates have 10 business days to remove signs after said election otherwise the City will collect signs left over and dispose of them. (The fee pays for this service.)
Of course this won't happen in 2013 but I would be happy to introduce this in 2014 when re elected. In the mean time I am placing my signs on PRIVATE PROPERTY. If you ever see one of mine in the right of way then you have my permission to remove it. I would hope that you would inform me so that it can be collected and reused but I understand the logistics!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Four Years of Appreciation (and still going!)

This is entering the fourth year and is a regional event for any local government employee to participate in. In my opinion this is something that could have been happening a decade ago. I would like to point out that no other member of the city commission has come up with something like this for .... well....EVER. So to ALL the civil servants out there, know that the Mayor of Dayton appreciates everything you do for the citizens of the region and takes time to make sure this event has been a regular one for at least four years!

Here are the preliminary details of the fourth annual Municipal Employee Appreciation Week, running Sunday, March 31, through Saturday, April 6, 2013. During this week, municipal and public employees of local governments throughout the region will receive special discounts at a variety of local businesses when they show their ID badges. Participating businesses include:


All Cuts Barber Shop, 3405 West Siebenthaler Avenue—10% discount
Angel Heaven, 11 N. Miami Street West Milton—10% discount
Baker’s Heating & Cooling, 2500 N. Main Street—10% discount
Butler’s Concrete LLC, 937-835-3194 or 937-307-3856—10% discount
Carmen's Deli, 40 n. Main St. Ste. 60 — Free fountain drink with meal.
Champion Auto Service, 1524 Milburn Ave.—10% discount
Christopher’s Restaurant, 2318 E. Dorothy Lane—10% discount
Color Tile and Carpets Plus, 3609 Linden Ave.—10% discount
Desserts By Ann K, 600 E. Second Street—10% discount
Dublin Pub, 300 Wayne Ave.—10% discount
Randall Dwillis Massage Therapy, 8529 N.Dixie Dr.937-890-6050$10 off massage services
Ghostlight Coffee, 1201 Wayne Ave.—10% off coffee and a baked good
Goodyear Tire, 21 Otterbein Ave.—10% discount
Goodyear Tire, 4220 N. Main Street—10% discount
J Gumbo’s, 1822 Brown Street—20% discount
Main Hardware, 3016 N. Main Street—10% discount
Mendelson’s, 340 E. 1st St.—10% discount
Ohio Automatic Transmission, 3164 Salem Ave.(937) 275-5574 .—10% discount
Olive An Urban Dive, 416 E. Third St — 10% discount
Patterson Chase, 460 Patterson Road—15% discount
Price Clothing Store 4th & S. Jefferson St.  Additional 5% off on sale merchandise
Rut’s Eatery, 32 James H. McGee Blvd.—10% discount
St. Anne’s Violin Shoppe, 1500 E. Fifth Street—20% discount
Smokin’ Bar-B-Que, 200 E Fifth Street—10% discount
Top Of The Line Salon & Barber, 2836 Salem Ave.—10% discount
Top of The Market, 32 Webster St.—10% discount
Uno’s Chicago Bar & Grill, 126 N. Main St.—15% discount
Upper Deck Tavern, 2652 Blanchard Ave.—10% discount on all entrees

Discounts do not apply to alcoholic beverages.

This particular week was chosen because Dayton was settled on April 1, 1796.
Employee Appreciation Week is a way of acknowledging the hard-working men and women who serve the citizens of this community. Dayton’s small business community has really stepped up to show our local government employees how much their work is appreciated, whether it’s plowing streets during the winter, filling potholes in spring, patrolling neighborhoods, or addressing citizen concerns. We hope this small gesture—which won’t cost taxpayer’s a cent—conveys a big ‘thank you’.
During this time I would ask all citizens to show their appreciation for the entire region's civil service workers by waving and saying “thank you.”