Miami Township Monthly
February 2018
Board of Trustees set course for 2018
2018 holds great promise for Miami Township. New businesses like the Midmark Corporation and the Humane Society of Greater Dayton are in the planning stages to move within township borders. We will celebrate the re-opening of Layer Park and the 10 th anniversary of the township’s Veterans’ Memorial. Two new trustees, John Morris and Don Culp, join Doug Barry to lead the community. Morris will serve as president this year and expressed his hope for the township’s future.

“We're going to focus on fiscal responsibility and transparency in government. We're going to encourage the community to get involved. I've met with each department head. We're going to look at legislation with our representatives to try and improve purchasing and I'm very pleased to see what's going on in our Finance Department, our Public Works Department and our Community Development Department.”

The police department is looking forward to more efficient operations that benefit the community with the opening of newly renovated offices this summer and is already looking forward to the department's nationally recognized National Night Out event. The Miami Valley Fire District welcomed new board member, Greg Bell, to help lead the district in the new year, and expects to make new hires in the months ahead.
At Your Service
RTA to change local stops February 18
The Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority (RTA) recently announced route changes and fare increases, effective February 18, 2018, that will affect riders in Miami Township. RTA officials say the cuts are necessary to offset the impending loss of $4.6 million in revenue this year and beyond.

Most notably for our township is the elimination of Route 61. The current bus stop along Miami Village Drive, east of Route 741, will be replaced with two stops at the intersection. The northbound stop will be located on 741 near the Universal 1 Credit Union. It will be serviced by routes 60 and X5. The southbound stop will sit near MetLife and will be serviced by Route 60.

In addition, routes 23 and 60 will longer have Saturday and Sunday service, and all Saturday and Sunday northbound trips onboard Route X5 will now service Austin Landing. Please visit the RTA online for more information about pickup times and location changes. Cash fares will increase to $2.00 for adults and $1.00 for seniors and the disabled. For more on changes to bus passes, visit the RTA online .
Rumpke services full speed ahead
Rumpke Waste and Recycling reports that crews are finishing up the initial removal of Waste Management bins. It estimates more than 1,700 bins were removed in January, adding up to more than 42 tons of trash. Moving forward, Rumpke will continue to remove any WM cans it sees during the regular pick up schedule with no specific end date.

With Rumpke service in the township now in full swing, any questions and concerns should be directed to Rumpke at
937-461-0004 or 1-800-828-8171 .
Paving project set for Washington Church Road
Plans are moving forward on a paving project along Washington Church Road. The Board of Trustees approved the final paperwork required by the Ohio Department of Transportation and a $48,056 township expenditure at its January 9 meeting.

Those funds along with allotted federal funds will be used to mill and re-pave the road from the Spring Valley Pike intersection south approximately one-half mile. The township first authorized the project in October 2015 and has been working with ODOT ever since.

ODOT will now move ahead with its bidding process to hire a company to complete the work. The project work is expected to begin in May, weather permitting.
Renovations begin at police department
Offices are empty and renovation work is underway at the police department. Becker Construction is turning what used to be second floor administrative offices into the new detective section. The layout will include a separate entrance for citizens to privately access appointments with detectives. The police chief and captains will move to the first floor for better communication with officers.

Funding for the project was secured through Tax Increment Financing (TIF) and does not involve residential property taxes or the general fund. The entire project should be complete this summer.
Next Land Bank property ready for demolition
A sixth blighted property in the township is scheduled for demolition with the help of the Montgomery County Land Bank. The property sits at 9174 South River Road.

The Land Bank allows communities like ours to take advantage of federal and state grants to remove abandoned properties that are causing neighborhood blight in the hope that this will spark new growth and improve the value of neighboring properties.

Two properties in the Chautauqua area were demolished last August. Three more were demolished in November. One other is in the application process.
Making Headlines
In the News
Miami Twp. trustee: State wage law 'discriminatory,'...

A Miami Twp. trustee is asking the state to pay for the costs of what he called an unfunded mandate that is "most discriminatory" and that he said wastes millions of dollars across Ohio.

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Meet the Neighbors
Shirley and Bob Tate
Neighborhood pride is apparent in Miami Township and perhaps most notable in the Villages of Miami. Ask Bob and Shirley Tate what brought them to the neighborhood and they recite a laundry list of reasons why they moved in eight years ago.

“We knew this area was growing and we love the services that are so close,” Shirley said. “Everything is so well planned and easy to get around. It’s really an up and coming area.”

While they love nearby businesses and the convenience of a Dayton Metro Library branch, it is Reeder Park that first attracted them to their home. On any given day, you might see them organizing a bubble-making adventure or a jump rope competition with the children who visit the park.

“I take my grandchildren there almost every day during the summer,” Bob said.
“The park is a real draw for young families. It’s a nice, quiet neighborhood, appreciating in value.”

“You see the people here out walking in the evenings, walking their dogs. It’s a wonderful spirit in the neighborhood,” Shirley said.

The Tates feel strongly that residents crave a sense of community and friendship. They are active in a grassroots effort to revitalize Reeder Park and are very active in their church. Shirley volunteers her time organizing church field trips to area nursing homes at which the children entertain. The Smile Makers, as they proudly call themselves, also make activity bags to hand out that help keep residents occupied while waiting on various appointments.

The couple married 44 years ago and believe their faith is what keeps them together. In fact, they were engaged during a trip to the Holy Land that Bob earned by selling the most Bible storybooks during his salesman days in Kansas. He won two plane tickets, gave one to Shirley, and the rest is history.

“We were engaged by the Sea of Galilee.”

“It was spring in the Kibbutz and the wind was blowing in the olive trees. We sat on a bench under a tree and got engaged!”

While their immediate family tree sprouted along the banks of the Sea of Galilee, the roots are now firmly planted in Miami Township, and the Tates say they plan to keep it that way.
Business Insider
Simply Hyacinth
Boutique manager, Cathy Payne, displays some of the items for sale
Simply Hyacinth is located at the Villages at the Dayton Mall
Simply Hyacinth opened in the Villages at the Dayton Mall in 2014. Owner Hyacinth Paul, Ph.D., puts her business to work for the community.

Tell us a bit about yourself.
I have a Ph.D. in Biochemistry. I retired after 25 years of teaching and research.

How did the idea for the boutique come about?
I was discussing a Dayton Daily News article with someone I knew for seven years, citing that 27% of people in Dayton live below the poverty level and the person said she was one of them. That really moved me to do something about uplifting people who made things in the United States. This started Simply Hyacinth.

What sets Simply Hyacinth apart from other businesses?
We sell unique products mostly made in the U.S., and if procured from abroad, they are from socially responsible businesses. 25% of the net profits is given to scholarships in education and entrepreneurship. Most items are one of a kind. 

Valentine's Day is in February. What unique gift ideas do you have?
Jewelry, apparel and gift items.

What are your business hopes and goals?
We hope that more people will shop at Simply Hyacinth so we can grow. We need local support as the foot traffic in our store is dismal. In Dayton, we need people to support small businesses because without their support we cannot do bigger and better things.
Staff Spotlight
Three off-duty officers perform lifesaving CPR
Photo from left: Tipp City Sergeant Marc Basye, Miami Twp. Detective Dan Wessling and West Carrollton Officer Chris Fairchild
Name: Dan Wessling
Title: Police detective
Years of service to township: 3

It was supposed to be a casual dinner to discuss a trip to Washington, D.C. during National Police Week this May. But, for Miami Township Police Detective Dan Wessling and two of his friends, it turned into a lifesaving event.

Detective Wessling was enjoying a night out with Tipp City Sergeant Marc Basye and West Carrollton Officer Chris Fairchild at Hinders Sports Bar & Grill in Tipp City. When asked to share what happened January 11, Wessling immediately showered praise upon his fellow officers.

Wessling says Officer Fairchild noticed a man in medical distress and without hesitation, all three officers, who were off-duty at the time, jumped into action. After Wessling and Fairchild discovered the victim had no pulse, Fairchild began CPR. Sgt. Basye then assisted with CPR while Wessling cleared the way for medics to arrive. They successfully revived the man, who ended up walking out of the bar with his wife by his side. The officers even paid the man's bill!

The victim did seek medical treatment later for a cardiac condition. He thanked the officers profusely for saving his life.

Detective Wessling has been a police officer for 12 years, starting his career in Jackson Township, then moving to West Carrollton before coming to Miami Township in 2014. He trained Fairchild while working as a Field Training Officer in West Carrollton.

“I’m very proud of the great officer he is,” Det. Wessling said.

Seems police officers are always on duty, even when they’re not.
Township Snapshots
Ceremonial swearing-in of Trustee John Morris
Ceremonial swearing-in of Trustee Donald Culp
Record-breaking temperatures to start the year
Township road crew salting icy streets Jan. 8
Greg Bell sworn in as trustee for Miami Valley Fire District
Winter Fire Safety Checklist
The U.S. Fire Administration says more house fires occur during the winter months than any other time of year. See if your family can check all the boxes on this safety checklist:

  • Have you tested your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms?
  •  Have you had your furnace professionally inspected?
  • Have you had your chimney professionally cleaned and inspected?
  • Have you checked your appliances for worn or damaged cords?
  • Have you checked your dryer exhaust vent for lint buildup?
  • Do you have a covered metal container ready to dispose of cooled ashes?
  • Did you remember to sit your fireplace ashes outside to completely cool?
TOO HOT TO HANDLE                                          
  • Do your portable space heaters have an automatic shutoff?
  • Is there at least 3 feet of space between space heaters and other objects?
  • Do you turn space heaters off overnight or when unattended?
  • Are your space heaters plugged directly into an outlet?
  • Do your children know to stay 3 feet away from any space heater?
  • Do you always use a fire guard in front of a burning fire?

JUST IN CASE                                                                      
  • If there's a fire hydrant near your home, are you committed to keeping it free of snow?
  • Have you made and practiced a fire escape plan?
  • Do you have a fire extinguisher handy?
  • Do your children know how to dial 911?
  • Are your house numbers easily visible?
  • Have you packed an emergency supply kit for your home?
Courtesy Miami Valley Fire District               
Did You Know?
  • The Miami Valley Fire District is cooking up a pot of its best chili to compete for bragging rights at the 3rd annual Chili Cookoff at West Carrollton High School, Feb. 9, from 5 - 7 p.m. The event is free, and remember to take along a jar of peanut butter for a collection challenge. Learn more!

  • Township business leaders are invited to attend the quarterly Breakfast with the Board, Feb. 14, at 8 a.m., hosted by Homewood Suites, 3100 Contemporary Lane. Click to RSVP

  • Head to Austin Landing Feb. 17, from 2 - 6 p.m., for WinterFest! Watch ice carvers create beautiful sculptures. An Ice Battle begins at 5 p.m.

  • Administrative offices are closed Feb. 19 in observance of Presidents' Day.

  • ICYMI: Start times for the Zoning Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals meetings have changed to 6 p.m. in 2018. The Zoning Appeals Board meets on the first Monday each month while the Zoning Commission meets on the third Tuesday each month unless otherwise noted or falls on a federal holiday.


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