Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Park Program and T-Ball in the Park

The Summer Park Program and the Co-ed T-Ball program start on Monday June 19th. The Park Program is 10:00AM to 2:00PM Monday through Friday and is open to any child who shows up.
The T-Ball Program is for age groups 4-5 years and 6-7 years. Teams will have a half hour of practice followed by a half hour of games. To sign up your child, call Theresa Wendell at 259-1898.
We still need some volunteers to help with both programs. Call Theresa if you wish to be a volunteer or if you would like to sponsor a craft or educational event that can be incorporated into this program. This is another thing we would like to get better each year!

Neighborhood Yard Sale Plans

This idea has been discussed and a date has been set for September 9th, 2006. We are still in the planning stages for this event and are willing to expand on it in future years to include open houses and garden tours but for now the concept for this is simple. Everyone is encouraged to have his or her own yard or garage sale. The Walnut Hills Association will publish an official map showing yard sale locations and publish this on a web page and distribute flyers through the libraries and any other means. We will also advertise the event. If you wish to be identified on the map, the fee is $5.00. This will offset the costs of maps and advertising.
The neighborhood will be divided into sections. The lower section from the Wayne/Wyoming triangle up to Illinois Ave has enough volunteers to organize and attend a starting/information station at the Family Video parking lot. If you live in this section and want to participate, call Gail at 253-9041.
We would like to expand this event to have another station at the Ohmer Park Church if possible but need 5 or 6 people to organize this section and attend the station. If you live between Indiana Ave and Pursell Ave and would like to participate or help, contact Sarah at 252-2210. We need two or three people to organize the section on the west side of Wayne Ave if people would like to participate in that area, call Gail at the number above.
If you don't want to have a yard sale, but would prefer to donate your items to the Association, you can. These items will be sold at the two stations and the proceeds will go towards the Walnut Hills Association. Any items that are not sold will be given to a local church or Goodwill after the event. If anyone would like to assist with the planning of this event call Gail at 253-9041 or Chad at 258-2392.

Summer Reading Program

The summer reading program kicks off with Family Pajama time on Tuesday June 6th at 6:30 PM. Events are; Tuesdays - Pajama time at 6:30 PM. Wednesdays - Toddler time at 9:30 AM, Story time at 10:30 AM. Thursdays - Crafts and games at 10:00 AM. This years theme is from "Giggle, Giggle, Quack" by Doreen Cronin. The Library is located at 2008 Wyoming Ave. Come and enjoy the fun!

Neighborhood Crime Deterrent Plans

Eric Jones made a presentation at the last meeting offering to establish a crime deterrent service for those areas of the neighborhood where he could gain adequate support from residents. He is willing to do nightly patrols to deter petty crime and illicit activity but cannot be a security service. His concept was a compensated form of neighborhood watch. If enough people on an individual street were willing to pay $5.00 a month ($60.00 year) and it were economically viable for him to establish this as a business then he could start later this year.
If every household in the neighborhood was willing to subscribe to such a service it would generate enough revenue that we could have more effective security and possibly better police response as a result. Certainly worth considering.
For details or information, call Eric at 673-8585.

4th July Picnic

Mark your calendars for Tuesday July 4th for our first Annual Picnic in the Park! We have notified the city that we would like to use the park on this day between noon and 6:00PM for a neighborhood picnic. So, if you plan to have company that day, just bring them up to the park and bring a covered dish or two! Since this hasn't been tried before there is no indication of how many people will attend. If it is anything like the Easter Egg hunt though, then we should be able to expect around 100 people. The plan is that the neighborhood association will provide some hamburgers and hot dogs but you may want to bring some of your own and a grill if you plan to arrive late. The idea is to make this event bigger and better each year.
If anyone would like to entertain the children with traditional games like bean-bag, egg and spoon or three-legged races for an hour or two feel free to bring along the items needed. We may be able to give some prizes to the winners!
This is an attempt to create an ongoing sense of community. The only difficulty we face is having a large enough grill to cook all the meat. If anyone can help or has any ideas, call Gary at 253-1359.

Monday, May 01, 2006

Amnesty Offered During Building Safety Week

Release Date: Monday, May 1, 2006
Contact: Bill Nelson, Director of Building Services, 333-3883

The City of Dayton will be joining other communities around the world in celebrating Building Safety Week from May 7-13.

Building Safety Week raises public awareness of building safety and promotes the use, enforcement and understanding of building safety and fire prevention codes to protect lives and property. The theme of this year’s Building Safety Week is “Building a Safer World Together”.

As part of the recognition, Dayton’s Department of Building Services, Division of Housing Inspection will offer amnesty to property owners who failed to register their rental structures within 90 days of ownership. The $50 fee per rental structure will be waived during Building Safety Week, May 7-13 only. All residential properties that are not owner-occupied are required to be registered with the City of Dayton’s Division of Housing Inspection. The rental registration forms are available in the Housing Inspection office and online at the City of Dayton’s web site at

“During Building Safety Week, I encourage the public to stop by our offices at the One Stop Center, 371 West Second Street to learn more about the work that the Building Services Department does,” said Bill Nelson, Director of the Department of Building Services.

“Building code enforcement is the job of professionals who work right here in the City of Dayton,” Nelson said. “Inspectors, plan reviewers and others in our department work to ensure that the structures you and your families live, work, and play in are safe by issuing building permits and inspecting buildings during and after construction.”

Nelson added, “Our department is using Building Safety Week to educate the community about the importance of obtaining proper permits and also registering non owner-occupied rental properties. It is an opportunity to increase public awareness of the role that building safety and fire prevention officials, local and state building departments, and federal agencies play on the front line of defense to protect lives and property. They are the ‘silent defenders’ who are seldom seen but work daily to ensure safety in the built environment.”

“We encourage people to come in and inform our staff at the front desk that you are here to take advantage of the amnesty,” Nelson said.

Building Safety Week, first observed in 1980, is sponsored by the International Code Council Foundation, an organization dedicated to changing the devastating effects of natural disasters and other building tragedies at home and around the world. The International Code Council is an association that develops building safety and fire prevention codes that are used in more than 15,000 jurisdictions across the nation.

For any building safety concerns, contact the Building Services Department at 333-3883. For housing registration questions, contact the Division of Housing Inspection at 333-3977.