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Spring Edition!

The Xenia Communicator Spring 2018 Issue

REACH ... IT’S GROUNDBREAKING What started as a dream is now becoming a reality. The Recreation, Education, Activity, Community, and Health (REACH) Center will be a 75,200-square-foot shared building complex with spaces housing the Xenia YMCA facility, Xenia Adult Recreation and Services Center, Kettering Health Network, Central State University, and Clark State Community College. This $16 million, multi-generational campus will be located in Xenia at center of Greene County, offering easy access to residents in Beavercreek, Bellbrook, and from all over the Rendering provided by Ferguson Construction Company county. Brent Merriman, the Xenia City Manager stated, “A new centralized campus will play an important role in our efforts to develop Xenia and surrounding communities into a vibrant and highly desirable place to live.” The new YMCA will host an aquatics center with a six-lane competition pool, a warm water therapy pool, a gymnasium, a suspended walking track, a fitness center with cardio and weight training equipment, a nursery and child waiting area, locker rooms, classroom space, outdoor recreational facilities and more. Additionally, the REACH Center could retain and add up to 165 full- and part-time jobs in Xenia. When completed, the new facility will offer a common location to fulfill a variety of needs for diverse populations. Many of these services and areas will be shared and will benefit partner organizations within the building. Clark State and Central State will use the center for additional campuses. Kettering Health will feature offices for primary care physicians and an on-site pharmacy – as well as a medical imaging lab and cardiac rehab room. Xenia Adult Recreation and Services Center will hold a commercial kitchen for daily meal service and offer a full-service café that will be open to the public. “From the seniors’ viewpoint, it’s going to be a facility that we couldn’t have on our own,” said Xenia Adult Recreation Center Executive Director, Judy Baker. The momentum on the project was exponential and could not have been completed without the generous donation of 35 acres of land from Kettering Health Network or without the help from the City of Xenia. Thanks to the incredible staff and donors who participated in the REACH Center capital campaign, the YMCA of Greater Dayton reached its $11.3 million dollar goal. The REACH Center construction has already started with plans to open to the public in January 2019. For more information and updates on the construction progress, stay tuned to our Facebook page for photos, videos, and more or visit the YMCA’s website page for the project at

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Personnel Page 3

Development Page 4

Planning Page 5

Community Pages 6 & 7

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Page Page 2 2 Spring 2017 Spring 2018 HYPER-REACH ALERTS It's as easy as 1,2,3 ... Well... 937!


State of the City

Add your home or cell phone numbers to HyperReach, a mass notification system that informs Xenians of events happening in Xenia including severe weather alerts, major incidents in Xenia, or community events, such as Neighborhood Night Out, the Fireworks Festival, and others. Visit our website to sign up to receive Hyper-Reach Alerts or

The Xenia Police Division (XPD) recently received a daring 2017 Dodge Ram Pickup Truck from Key Chrysler to be used in XPD’s Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program. The truck will replace the 2002 Cadillac Escalade currently used as the DARE program vehicle. The Tobey Auto Group (Chris and Alexandra Tobey) collaborated with the XPD to provide a vehicle that would draw attention to the DARE program and showcase the relationship between the XPD and Xenia Community Schools. Chris Tobey of the Tobey Auto Group stated, “As a family, we recognize the dangers that drug use poses to all our children and we are grateful for all of the good things the DARE program accomplished in our community and for the children. We are proud to be able to support the DARE program and all of the dedicated people that make it happen.” The City of Xenia and Xenia Police Division extends a sincere “Thank You” to all parties involved!

SEMI-ANNUAL HYDRANT FLUSHING Twice a year the City of Xenia flushes fire hydrants to test the hydrants and clean the water mains. Hydrant flushing is typically done in May and October to avoid inclement weather. In 2018, this important maintenance has been scheduled for the weeks of May 7 - 11 and October 1 - 5. Flushing hours are 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily. During the week, residents should not be alarmed but may notice discolored water, low water pressure, and hydrants flowing for long periods of time. The water is safe to drink; however, it is suggested that ALL residents check their water before attempting to draw water or do laundry. Residents should be aware that when hydrants are flushed in one area of the City, water could become discolored in other areas. For residents with water softeners, we suggest the unit not be cycled at night unless the water has been checked. In addition, the softener can be bypassed if the water is discolored for any length of time.


Northwest of W. Church St., north of Market St. and Dayton Ave. and west of N. Detroit St. (Beverly Hills, Fairmoor Heights, Timber Ridge, North Galloway Areas and Laynewood north of Dayton Ave.)


West of St. Rt. 35 and northwest of Bellbrook Ave. (the Colorado Sections of Arrowhead, Sterling Green, Childers, Reserve of Xenia and Wright Cycle Estates)


North of E. Church St. and east of N. Detroit St. including Amlin Heights and Old Springfield Pike. (Kinsey Meadows, Summer Brooke, Stadium Heights, and Greene Memorial Hospital)

Thursday Friday


Between Church St., Market St. and Dayton Ave. on the north and south of E. Third St. along Cincinnati Ave. to Industrial to Bellbrook Ave. and northeast of St. Rt. US 35 (including Arrowhead north of US 35, Laynewood on both sides of W. Second St. and the Downtown Area going east to the Corp Limit) South of Third Street and east of Bellbrook Ave. to Industrial Blvd., then east of Cincinnati Ave. (including South Hill, Legacy, and Industrial Park)

It is the mission of the City of Xenia to provide exemplary Mission municipal services through responsible stewardship of community assets, Statement and the promotion of economic, environmental, and social vitality.


JUDGE MURRY RECEIVES AWARD Xenia Municipal Court Judge Michael K. Murry recently received the 2018 “Model of Justice” Judicial Award from the Ohio Victim Justice Center in a special presentation in Columbus, Ohio. Murry was recognized for his significant contributions in protecting, preserving, and advancing the rights of crime victims. Wendy Ricks-Hoff, Director of the Victim Assistance Program for the City of Xenia nominated Judge Murry. In her nominating submission, Ricks-Hoff stated, “the Honorable Michael K. Murry, who took the bench of the Xenia Municipal Court on January 2, 2008, has been a model of justice for all. Judge Murry had one mission when he was elected, to run an exemplary court and treat any person before the court with dignity and respect. This was not just a promise reserved for persons charged with an offense, but for anyone, including crime victims.” Ricks-Hoff continued, “the Victim Assistance Program through the Xenia City Law Department has been a daily presence in the courtroom because of the efforts of Judge Murry in ensuring all victims of crime have a voice and have access to their rights. Judge Murry believes that crime victims’ input is vitally important and that crime victims’ rights are an integral part of the process. Judge Murry is careful to ensure that both defendants and victims of crime are treated with dignity and respect and views this position as imperative in maintaining fairness and protection of the rights of all.” Judge Murry stated, “I am pleased and honored to have received this award from the Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center. It has always been my intent to respect anyone and everyone who appears in my courtroom. Receiving this award is truly an honor for me, but it’s more a reminder and testament to how I would hope all courtrooms would operate at all times.”

Leah Lind serves as a Registered Victims Advocate in the Xenia Law Department and has since 2000. She has recently received her certification as a Credentialed Advocate at the Advanced Level, with the designation of comprehensive victim intervention specialist. The National Advocate Credential Certification is important and beneficial, but also challenging and costly. It is an achievement to be proud of and helped her move to senior standing in her department. Also, it signals the attainment of her working 32,000 hours with victims inside and outside of the court room setting. She didn’t do this alone though. A pup named Willow helped her attain some of the necessary hours to receive her certification. Willow was saved from an abusive owner in August 2017 at only 8 weeks old. Willow’s case was one of the first where abuse towards a dog resulted in a domestic violence case against the abusive owner in the State of Ohio. Willow’s previous owner was convicted of extreme cruelty towards an animal and imprisoned as a result. Lind had the opportunity to adopt a spunky, energetic, high spirited puppy and Willow has now become a part of the Lind family. They are grateful that Willow’s spirit wasn’t broken. Currently, Willow is going through a slow but progressive recovery and from time to time will come with Lind to the office brightening everyone’s day. Lind and Willow’s story is further proof that anyone can be a hero, as they both are.

OFFICER DAVID ELLIOTT RECEIVES AWARD FROM MADD Xenia Police Division Officer David Elliott was honored at the annual southwest Ohio MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Drivers) Chapter’s Awards Banquet on March 29, 2018. Officer Elliott was honored for his dedication to removing impaired drivers from the streets of Xenia. Since being hired by the City of Xenia Police Division in 2014, Officer Elliott has consistently been one of the Police Division’s top enforcers of drunk and drugged driving. In 2017, Officer Elliott issued a total of 161 traffic citations. Of that number, 33, or 20%, were for drunk or drugged driving. Officer Elliott also teaches OVI enforcement to the police academy and to other officers in the division. In 2017, he attended a federally sponsored three-week class to become a Drug Recognition Expert (DRE). The DRE designation is very difficult to receive and technical training required him to complete stringent written and practical examinations. Now that he is a certified DRE, he is considered an expert in the field and has added another layer of enforcement tools to help keep impaired drivers off the roadway and keep the citizens of Xenia safe. The XPD and the City of Xenia congratulate Officer Elliott for his accomplishment and thank him for his dedication and service to the citizens of Xenia.

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WE WELCOME A FEW NEW FACES:  Brandy Johnson, Public Relations Intern

 Sarah Young, Finance Clerk

 Trey Galliger, Seasonal Code Enforcement Officer

 David Morrow, Laborer (Public Service Dept.)

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Page Page 4 2 Spring 2017 Spring 2018 NEW BUSINESSES IN XENIA!! Looking for something new? Try some of Xenia’s New Businesses …           

Moore’s Body Shop: New Automotive Body Shop at 176 Washington Street 5 Points Café: Former Linda’s Restaurant relocated to 131 Cincinnati Avenue with new name Devil Wind Brewing: A new brewery located at 130 S. Detroit Street Triple J’s Comics and Collectibles: Downtown toy and hobby store at 57 W. Main Street Barr’s Hometown Pharmacy: Downtown independent pharmacy at 28 W. Main Street The Loft on South Detroit: Downtown kitchen and bath showroom at 65 S. Detroit Street Ferguson & Ferguson LLC: Law Offices at 234 Dayton Avenue Greene County Republican Headquarters: Relocated downtown at 45 E. Main Street Route 68 Vintage Toys and Collectibles: Downtown vintage toy and collectible store at 68 S. Detroit Street Wright-Patt Credit Union: Relocating to new building at West Park Square shopping center Diamonds and Pearls Dance Group: Nonprofit dance group at 485 Dayton Avenue

GOT PERMITS? As the weather warms, many Xenians will start working on home or business improvement projects that they have been dreaming about all winter. All of this is great for Xenia, as continued investment and improvement keeps our community strong! Many of these projects require permits, which are a way of ensuring that the work completed meets code requirements that ensure the health, safety and welfare of a building’s occupants and the general public. It is important to check with the City of Xenia to find out whether a permit is needed or ensure that whoever is doing the work has applied for the proper permits. This can be done by contacting the City’s Planning and Zoning Department at 376-7277 or Additionally, a chart on the City’s website (, under Doing Business Tab: Building or Zoning Permit), lists permit requirements by project type and includes links to online applications (for zoning permits) and links to applicable agencies (for building/health permits). Below is a general guide to permit requirements:


It is the mission of the City of Xenia to provide exemplary municipal services through responsible stewardship of community assets, Statement and the promotion of economic, environmental, and social vitality.


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MAKING XENIA STREETS SAFER FOR EVERYONE Did you know that 2017 saw the highest number of pedestrian fatalities due to traffic crashes in the U.S. (5,987) since 1990? Or that the pedestrian fatalities as a share of traffic-related deaths increased from 11% in 2006 to 16% in 2017? Did you know that a pedestrian is twice as likely to be killed by a 30 mph car as compared with a 25 mph car, and 3.5 to 5.5 times more likely to be killed by a 40 mph car as compared with a 30 mph car? Speed clearly plays a role in traffic safety. One way to address this is enforcement. But it’s impossible for a police department to prevent every driver from exceeding the speed limit. That is why the design of a street is also important. Overly wide streets tend to encourage speeding and are more difficult for pedestrians to cross. A lack of adequate safety features can further imperil pedestrians and cyclists crossing or riding in the street. The design of a street also can affect how safe the street is for drivers. Nowhere in Xenia are these issues more relevant than our downtown. The downtown area is where Xenia’s bike trails and primary surface roads converge. It is also a densely developed area where people must walk along public streets from their car to their destination or from one destination to another. Xenia’s greater downtown area has streets that are wider than necessary given their traffic volumes. It includes unsafe pedestrian/bike crossings. It includes one of Miami Valley’s most crash-prone road segments. It serves as the only portion of the 80-mile-long Little Miami Scenic Trail that forces cyclists to use downtown sidewalks or streets. The City received grant funds to address these problems and make our downtown safer and more vibrant in an initiative called the Downtown Safety Project. Construction is underway and will be finished by May 31, resulting in the following changes to the downtown area: 1. Two-Way Protected Bike Lane and narrowed roadway on Detroit Street from Church to Third 2. Consolidated Traffic Signals on W. Main St. between Detroit and Church 3. Redesigned and Safer Detroit/Church Intersection 4. Safer Bike/Pedestrian Crossings at N. Detroit St./Market St., S. Detroit St./Prairie Grass (Ohio-to-Erie) Trail and W. Main St./Creekside Trail (coupled with improved vehicular safety on W. Main)

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Page Page 6 2 Spring 2017 Spring 2018 PARTNERING WITH YOU TO MAINTAIN GREAT NEIGHBORHOODS! Xenians take great pride in their neighborhoods and business districts, making Xenia a great place to live, work and play. However, like many older and diverse communities, Xenia faces disinvestment and vacancy in some areas. This results in deferred maintenance of some homes and businesses. The Property Maintenance Code exists in order to ensure that all properties are maintained to a clean, safe and sanitary standard. It is the job of the City’s Code Enforcement Officers to work with property owners to maintain their properties at this standard. Xenians placed a high priority on improved property maintenance during the 2013 X-Plan process. Clean, safe and sanitary neighborhoods and business districts are critical if we wish to have a livable and desirable community! Code Enforcement staff do their jobs proactively by assessing neighborhoods and identifying violations before they become a nuisance in an annual effort called the Community Checkup. The City aims for voluntary compliance – i.e. interacting with residents in person or by phone, building a rapport and working out a compliance plan instead of immediately issuing a violation letter. While some violations like tall grass or trash require quicker issuance of notices, City staff strive to build constructive working relationships with tenants and owners whenever possible. When individuals lack financial capacity to address major violations, the City tries to help owners find assistance through charities, grants, or cost-cutting advice. The goal is compliance—not penalties. Common examples of property maintenance code issues include tall grass, trash strewn about a property, inoperable vehicles, deteriorating building facades, structural problems, occupied buildings without utilities, unsafe or unsanitary interior/ exterior, etc. Many violations can be addressed or prevented with good communication and cooperation among neighbors, along with a neighborly helping hand for those in need. When this is not possible, it is possible to report a violation by calling 376-7287. The City looks forward to another year of working together with residents to keep Xenia’s neighborhoods great!


INFORMATION ON THE CITY ADMINISTRATION BUILDING The new City Administration Building is a one-stop shop for business in the city including paying your utilities and taxes, applying for a job, reserving a park, or even obtaining a permit. The building is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily for the following departments:



Utility Billing & Income Tax


Planning & Zoning

Human Resources

Finance Office

Public Relations

City Clerk

City Manager’s Office

AROUND THE CITY It’s been busy in the City since we published our last newsletter! Here’s an idea of some of the things that have happened, many of which were covered on Facebook, in the news media, and on our website!

 Election of Mayor Sarah Mays, Councilman Levi Dean and reelection of Councilman Wes Smith  Appointment of Councilman Thomas Scrivens to vacated Council Seat  Unveiling of ExploreXeniaTV  Video and Website presentation of the 2017 State of the City Address  Opening of Penn Station and Rapid Fire Pizza in the Progress Drive Corridor  Groundbreaking Ceremony for the new REACH Center  Unveiling our new online ExploreXenia e-Newsletter  Easter Egg Hunt  Key Chrysler and Tobey Auto Group Donation and Delivery of New D.A.R.E. Police Vehicle (see pg. 2)  XPD Officer Dave Elliott MADD Award Recognition (see pg. 3)  Establishment of Streets Solution Committee  Commencement and near completion of the Downtown Safety Project (see pg. 5) Keep checking us out online on Facebook, Twitter, and soon to be up and running Instagram! Also, check our website and our digital ExploreXenia e-Newsletter, as well as our “oldfashioned” print Communicator Newsletter!

It is the mission of the City of Xenia to provide exemplary Mission municipal services through responsible stewardship of community assets, Statement and the promotion of economic, environmental, and social vitality.

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Upcoming UpcomingEvents Events&&Activities...! Activities! FIRST FRIDAYS NEIGHBORHOOD NIGHT OUT May 4 (5-9 pm) Tuesdays from 5-7 pm

June 1 (5-9 pm) *July 6 (5-9 pm)

May 15 at Shawnee Elementary August 28 at Arrowood Elementary September 18 at Cox Elementary

(*Also Kevin Sonnycalb Fireworks Festival)



May 18, 19, & 20, 2018

Saturday, June 2, 2018 Shawnee Park Registration: 8:30 am Fishing: 9 to 11:30 am Awards/Door Prizes: Noon

Greene County Fairgrounds


BLOOM WITH XENIA Help us keep Xenia beautiful by adopting one of the downtown flower beds or flower pots with our “Bloom with Xenia … Adopt-A-Spot” program! Contact Nelson King at 266-0868 for more information.

If you don’t have space to garden at your home, the City has garden plots for rent for only $20 per 20’ x 30’ plot. The plots are located on Towler Road across from West Side Park. All gardens must be organic. Water is available at the site. Contact Public Service at 376-7265 for information.

2018 HERITAGE TREE In 2011, the Tree Committee, a subcommittee of the Board for Recreation, Arts, and Cultural Activities, launched the Heritage Tree Program, and to date, more than 32 nominations have been approved by City Council. The program was developed to recognize, honor, and foster appreciation of trees on public or private property for their unique history, shape, size, beauty, and species that have cultural, historical, and aesthetic value. This year’s nomination, a White Oak tree located on Country Club Drive, has a trunk diameter of 48”, it’s 80’ tall, its canopy spread is 65’, and it is approximately 240 years old. Learn more about the Tree Committee by visiting the City’s website and searching for “Tree Committee” or visit their Facebook page by searching “City of Xenia Tree Committee.”

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Upcoming Events & Important Dates 

May 1 – BRACA Meeting @ 6 pm May 1 – Community Garden Plots Available May 2 – Planning & Zoning Commission Meeting @ 6 pm May 4 – First Friday from 5-9 pm May 7-11 – Semi-Annual Fire Hydrant Flushing May 7 – Traffic Commission Meeting @ 7 pm May 8 – Economic Development Advisory Board Meeting @ 6 pm May 10 – City Council Meeting @ 7 pm May 14 – Civil Service Commission Meeting @ 5:30 pm May 15 – Neighborhood Night Out: Shawnee Elementary, 5-7 pm May 18-20 – Hamvention: Greene County Fairgrounds May 24 – City Council Meeting @ 7 pm May 28 – Memorial Day: All City Offices Closed in Observance May 30 – Board of Zoning Appeals Meeting @ 6 pm June 1 – First Friday from 5-9 pm June 2 – Annual Youth Fishing Derby: Shawnee Park, 9 am June 4 – Traffic Commission Meeting @ 7 pm June 5 – BRACA Meeting @ 6 pm June 7 – Planning & Zoning Commission Meeting @ 7 pm June 11 – Civil Service Commission Meeting @ 5:30 pm June 14 – City Council Meeting @ 7 pm June 24 – Kiwanis Club of Xenia Community Picnic at Shawnee Park from 5-8 pm June 25 – Board of Zoning Appeals Meeting @ 7pm June 28 – City Council Meeting @ 7pm July 2 – Traffic Commission Meeting @ 7 pm

July 5 – Planning & Zoning Commission Meeting @ 7 pm July 6 – First Friday from 5-9 pm July 6 – 4td Annual Kevin Sonnycalb Memorial Fireworks @ Shawnee Park July 9 – Civil Service Commission Meeting @ 5:30 pm July 12 – City Council Meeting @ 7 pm July 23 – Board of Zoning Appeals Meeting @ 7 pm July 26 – City Council Meeting @ 7 pm July 29 – Greene County Fair Begins August 2 – Planning & Zoning Commission Meeting @ 7 pm August 4 – Greene County Fair Ends August 6 – Traffic Commission Meeting @ 7 pm August 7 – BRACA Meeting @ 6 pm August 9 – City Council Meeting @ 7 pm August 13 – Civil Service Commission Meeting @ 5:30 pm August 14 – Economic Development Advisory Board Meeting @ 6 pm August 23 – City Council Meeting @ 7 pm August 27 – Board of Zoning Appeals Meeting @ 7 pm August 28 – Neighborhood Night Out: Arrowood Elementary, 5-7 pm September 3 – Labor Day: All City Offices Closed in Observance September 4 – BRACA Meeting @ 6 pm September 6 – Planning & Zoning Commission Meeting @ 7 pm September 10 – Civil Service Commission Meeting @ 5:30 pm September 13 – City Council Meeting @ 7 pm September 14-15 – Community Festival @ Shawnee Park September 18 – Neighborhood Night Out: Cox Elementary, 5-7 pm September 24 – Board of Zoning Appeals Meeting @ 7 pm

Spring 2018 - Xenia Communicator Newsletter