by Jennifer Sierra
Watch the entire Dayton City Council Meeting here:
Superintendent Jay Brewer addressed council to update them on the status of Dayton, Kentucky Independent Schools. The school ranks at 125th out of 173 districts in the state. Last year the district was ranked at 152nd in the state. According to Brewer, “4 or 5 years ago the school was ranked at 172th. As a district we are .6 points from being considered a proficient district in the state of Kentucky.”
In 2016 the district intends on remodeling their façade on the high school The district has about $1.2 million to work with in bonds that they can use to create a safer and more secure entry into school as well as make the entry more recognizable. The new design will improve the appearance of the High School from Manhattan Harbour and Greendevil Lane and improve parking around the school. “Construction should start in August or September,” Brewer stated.
Roy Newman who lives on Belmont spoke regarding an unimproved, unpaved right of way on Belmont Road. They homeowners that live there and have this right of way on their property have started going through the process of having this declared an abandoned right of way. The proposed park on Dayton Pike is impeding the homeowners’ plans with continuing construction of a new home on their property because nothing has been finalized with the proposed park yet and the set back lines may change with that park design and proposal. The homeowners were also concerned with the fact they were not notified of any of the planning and zoning meetings that discussed these issues and directly impacted their property. Mayor Boruske said, “All planning and zoning meetings are open to the public.” Newman replied, that he was never notified of such meetings. By law the city has to notify each property owner of meetings where issues that directly affect one’s property will be discussed and voted on. According to Mr. Newman, the final project will double or triple the property owner’s taxes paid to the county and city and he estimated his property to be worth $500,000.00 when his project is completed. Later in the meeting City Attorney Tom Edge was asked why the homeowners weren’t notified of the planning and zoning meetings and he stated that they were notified through email. The homeowners looked at each other and nodded their heads, “no.” Mr. Newman said, “If you contacted me through email, that isn’t contacting me.” Council Member Ben Baker spoke up and said, “Shouldn’t this be through certified public mail?” Attorney Edge said there is no requirement for people to be notified through certified mail. Baker replied, “It’s concerning someone’s property line, I think we want to make sure he actually receives it.” Then Mayor Boruske ended the debate by saying, ”We will need a good email.” Joey Tucker requested this matter go to Parks and Real Estate for further review and perhaps a resolution.
A special council meeting will be held on December 15th tat 7:00 PM at the School Board to review the findings regarding the purchase of a new fire truck.
Council member Baker brought up the issue regarding commemorative bricks that have been purchased by citizens in Dayton and remain unused. The mayor stated that they were going to be placed in front of Lincoln School and Baker said people had purchased those bricks thinking they were going to be used at Memorial Park. Mayor Boruske said, “The park, we call it a park but it isn’t really a park. We bought the property to put a city building there. That is why we own 701 and two other pieces of property down there. That is going to be a city building. If you put them down there, you will have to rip them up again and put them somewhere else.” Baker responded, ”Isn’t that where they purchased those bricks to be placed at? Seems a little crazy that someone sold some bricks that the city was going to develop.” Donna Ledger, the city Clerk interrupted and said, “The city sold them.” Council Member Lynn asked Donna, ”For what intent?” Ledger confirmed that the bricks were sold to people that wanted to commemorate someone and she owned one with her family name on it. Council Member Lynn said, “So those people thought those bricks would be put at that park.” Mayor Boruske said, “We are going to go with Lincoln School all together as one area were people could sit on the bench, look at the bricks, walk down 5th Street, look at the bricks. They are right there. The other place they are in the park. You have to go through grass and everything else. This will all be on concrete. I don’t care what they do with the bricks. I didn’t buy one. Whatever you do with the bricks is oaky with me.” Citizen, Tammy Kroger addressed council to ask, If you are going to put a city building there, where are you going to put the monument? Where is the stuff going to go for the veterans?” Mayor Boruske replied, “That is all going to have to be moved.”Council ended up voting to install the bricks at Lincoln Elementary School.
Council Member Bill Burns wants to know why we are a month behind to show the city council meetings. “We are still showing October’s meeting!” Burns said. As always, you can watch the Dayton City Council meetings here at BDSunKy.com. They are available for view within 24 hours of the meetings.