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KETTERING LEADS THE WAY IN COMMITMENT TO OPEN GOVERNMENT
In recent years the City of Kettering has placed a focus on transparency because we believe it is your right to understand how your tax money is used to better our community.

In 2015, we were among the first cities in Ohio to launch a comprehensive web-based tool allowing anyone to search records for city employee compensation. The data for every year since 2015 is included in the database and easily accessible on our website.

Also in 2015, we were one of the first Ohio cities to participate in the Checkbook Online program. From a link on our website you can easily search a database of city expenditures for every year since 2015.

In the four years since leading the way on transparency in Ohio, the City of Kettering's commitment to open records continued to evolve. In addition to financial records, we added complete access to collective bargaining agreements, current employment contracts, archived videos of City Council meetings and Annual Reports including key performance metrics.

In early 2019 we initiated a project to update our public interface to make all of our previously published open data easy to access directly from our home page.

The new City Information / Open Government Portal section of our website includes links to:

RIDGEWAY ROAD BRIDGE PUBLIC MEETING
The City of Kettering is planning for the replacement of the Ridgeway Road Bridge. The replacement bridge will be similar to the existing bridge, and will be capable of carrying vehicles, bicyclists, and pedestrians. It will also include a public art component installed as part of the CitySites program.

We encourage anyone seeking more information about the proposed project to attend the public meeting:

April 4, 2019 from 6:00 – 7:30 PM
Kettering Fairmont High School Recital Hall
3301 Shroyer Road - Kettering, Ohio 45429

The Ridgeway Road Bridge Replacement Project was selected for funding under the Ohio Department of Transportation's (ODOT) Municipal Bridge Program. ODOT will fund 95% of the construction cost to replace the bridge, up to $2,000,000. The current estimated cost to replace the bridge, including engineering design and right-of-way costs, is $2,675,000. The public art component of the project has been budgeted at $350,000.00, for a total estimated project cost of $3,025,000. Construction is currently scheduled to begin in late 2020 or early 2021, when the Municipal Bridge funds are available from ODOT.

If you are unable to attend the public meeting, please visit the City of Kettering website or email the Kettering City Manager’s Office at  KetteringCityManager@ketteringoh.org  for additional details.

The City of Kettering invites people with disabilities to enjoy our programs, services, parks, and facilities. Please call 296-2439 for more information about accessibility or to request a modification. For TTY assistance, contact Ohio Relay Service at 1-800-750-0750.
KETTERING YARD DEBRIS CENTER OPEN FOR 2019
Hours are Monday - Friday 3 - 8 PM and Saturday 9AM - 3 PM.
Information Line: (937) 296-3255
Location:1840 Woodman Center Drive


*Please be prepared to present proof of residency when dropping off debris.



Brush, limbs and trimmings should be cut to 6′ length and 4″ diameter. Items exceeding these specifications may be refused.

Yard debris we cannot accept:

• Grass Clippings
• Thatch
• Sod
• Dirt
• Rocks
• Concrete
• Building and Construction Materials
CHARTER MANDATED POSTCARD MAILED TO ALL
REGISTERED VOTER HOUSEHOLDS THIS MONTH
This month, all registered voter households in Kettering will receive a postcard in the mail that lists compensation information for a very small number of City of Kettering employees.

A recent amendment to the City Charter requires that in odd numbered years, the City must create a document that provides salary and benefit information for the top, middle, and lower 15 full time city employees by earnings and mail it to all registered voter households in Kettering.   A group of Kettering residents secured enough petition signatures to place this amendment on the ballot, and Kettering voters approved it in November 2016. The City of Kettering mailed this required postcard to all registered voter households for the first time in late March 2017. The taxpayer cost of the mailer was approximately $6,300.  

The Charter amendment prohibits the City from providing any context to the figures on the postcard such as the data used to calculate earnings, salary comparisons, information on how compensation is determined, and how the City has achieved personnel savings in recent years.

It is important that the Kettering community knows that a complete and searchable database of compensation information for ALL City employees, not just the select handful on the postcard, as well as a searchable database of all city expenditures is posted on the city website . This resource is accurate, available 24/7 year round, and goes far beyond the information contained in the required postcard.

Here are some of the ways we are effectively managing our personnel expenditures:

  • 2018 budgeted city expenditures were a REDUCTION of $1.3 million from 2017 budgeted expenditures.

  • Personnel changes in 2017 & 2018 resulted in a REDUCTION of overtime expenses while maintaining excellent levels of service to the community.

  • Personnel expenditures including salary and benefits in 2018 made up approximately 68% of our approved operating expenditures, a REDUCTION from 69% of our approved operating expenditures in 2017.

Should you have any questions about the salary postcard or any city expenditures, please contact the City Manager’s Office at (937) 296-2412 or by email at KetteringCityManager@Ketteringoh.org  .
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE!

Throughout 2019 we will be celebrating the 40th Anniversary of our City Volunteer Program. What began in 1979 with a small group of volunteers planting marigolds (our city flower) in our medians has blossomed into a force of more than 1,000 dedicated volunteers.

Do you enjoy spending time in the kitchen? Volunteers are needed for dicing, chopping and stirring! Our Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts Dept. is in need of help with food preparation for special events and classes. This is a great way to do what you love while helping our staff.

Perhaps crafting is your gig. How about becoming part of a group of volunteers who will assist with creating items such as centerpieces, party favors, and decorations designed to complement activities and events held throughout the city. We’d love to know if you would be interested in learning more about this newly formed group of volunteers.

Maybe you enjoy music and the outdoors. Why not consider volunteering at Fraze Pavilion this summer? This is a great opportunity to meet people as you welcome them to the venue.

Do you like working with children? If so, we have many opportunities to help with summer camps at Rosewood Arts Centre and Habitat Environmental Center. Seeing the world through the eyes of a child can put a whole new perspective on things. This is also a great chance for high school students to gain volunteer job experience.

For information about volunteering for any of these positions, please contact the City of Kettering Volunteer Office at 296-2433.
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR 2019 KETTERING SAFETY VILLAGE
Kettering Safety Village is a week-long transportation and life-safety program sponsored by the Dor-Wood Optimist Club. The City of Kettering’s Engineering Department Safety Section in collaboration with Kettering City Schools is proud to operate this program designed to teach our youngest citizens how to be safe.

Safety Village instructors are joined by Kettering police, fire and school personnel to provide age-appropriate classroom instruction on a variety of safety topics to participants. Children get to practice and reinforce what they’ve learned at our indoor Safety Village, with child-size replicas of streets, intersections and buildings. Children also participate in a variety of additional activities, including a ride on a Kettering school bus and a “Safe Walk” in a neighborhood. Through classroom instruction and fun and exciting hands-on experience, young children will begin to develop safe habits for a lifetime.




Spring registration for all
Play Kettering activities now open to Kettering residents!


Register by March 18 to save 10%. 
JOIN OUR TEAM!
We want you to Join Our Team!

Our summer jobs are a fantastic way to develop communication and leadership skills, practice problem solving skills, and learn how to work as a team, all while receiving on-the-job training and competitive pay.

Numerous seasonal temporary job opportunities are available, each of them offering the chance to work with talented people who are dedicated to the community and want to make a difference.

TIME TO REGISTER FOR SUMMER CAMPS!
Kettering offers camps for the kid who loves to study bugs, get their hands dirty
and discover nature. Or a camp for the aspiring athlete who is passionate
about being active, playing games and improving their skills. There are camps for the creative spirit who loves to perform, design, paint, write and express themselves. For kids who embrace the traditional summer camps experience, Kettering provides summer day camps that include crafts, games, field trips, new experiences and more.

In addition to the countless hours of pure fun, there are many other important, intangible benefits of the summer camp experience. Research shows that camps are distinct from other learning environments. Summer camps can:

  • Provide opportunities for children to discover and explore their talents and interests in a low pressure atmosphere

  • Create experiences that meet children’s need for physical activity and team participation in a community environment

  • Develop self-confidence by offering opportunities to learn, contribute and overcome obstacles

  • Cultivate problem solving skills, personal responsibility and social maturity

  • Promote the value of physical activity and healthy lifestyles in a daily atmosphere of fun and learning

  • Offer opportunities for creative expression in an unconventional and fun learning environment

Kettering Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts offers one-day drop-in camps along with full and half day camps for children ages 3-18. To meet the demands of family schedules, many of the camps have extended care (for an additional fee) from 7-8:45 a.m. and 4:10-6 p.m. A Partial Payment Option is available to anyone who registers prior to April 30 for a camp that costs more than $100. This option allows for 50% payment of the weekly camp fee at the time of enrollment, with the remaining 50% to be billed May 24.

Kettering residents may begin registering online now, while non-residents may begin April 8. Anyone who registers before April 30 will save 10%.

For detailed information about traditional, sports, environmental and art camps, visit the Play Kettering website
KETTERING SISTER CITIES SEEKING HOST FAMILIES
FOR SUMMER YOUTH EXCHANGE
Kettering Sister Cities is currently looking for host families for the annual youth exchange program. Austrian students will visit from our Sister City, Steyr, Austria from July 3-17, 2019. Sister Cities organizes a Polen Farm picnic, Dragons Game, Dayton City bike tour, Kings Island trip, and more!


Interested families should contact Emily Zimmer at emilyczimmer@gmail.com for more information.
KETTERING POLICE DEPARTMENT SATISFACTION SURVEY
The Kettering Police Department and Dispatch Center are conducting their annual Satisfaction Survey. 

We invite Kettering residents to participate in the survey by visiting the Kettering Police Department website now through March 31, 2019. 

We thank you for your participation.
OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE TO SERVE ON CITY OF KETTERING
BOARDS & COMMISSIONS


The City of Kettering offers numerous opportunities for community volunteers to serve in leadership roles on our various city boards and commissions.
UPCOMING CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS
Kettering City Council meetings are held the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at 7:30 PM in City Council Chambers on the second floor of the Kettering Government Center at 3600 Shroyer Road.

You can always visit our website to see the City Council Agenda for each meeting and every meeting has several opportunities for public comment.

This month City Council meetings will be held on Tuesday, March 12th and Tuesday, March 26th.

STAY IN TOUCH WITH YOUR CITY
KETTERING EVENTS CALENDAR
Did you know that in addition to our City of Kettering Facebook page and Twitter posts, the City of Kettering uses a system called Code Red to notify our residents of emergency incidents and critical community alerts?

Enrolling in CodeRed takes just a few minutes. Easily select to receive notifications by phone, email and/or text message.

Please note that because of the emergency nature of some alerts, notices may be received at all hours. Should you wish, you can easily decide later to opt out from receiving future alerts. Please be aware that if you opt out, you will not receive any future notifications including communication about interruptions in service or emergency alerts that are relevant to you.
The City of Kettering invites people with disabilities to enjoy our programs, services, parks, and facilities.

For more information about accessibility or to request a modification, please call 937-296-2412.
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