Today’s meeting was held at The Amber Rose restaurant. Barry Hall opened the meeting with introductions and local updates
DPD police report:
Scott Reeves and Andy Badinghaus on the DaVinci Wayfinding Project
Scott and Andy discussed the process for the wayfinding project and what has been accomplished up to this point. Phases 1 and 2, Analysis, Planning and Design are complete and the process now moves to Phase 3 – Fundraising for implementation. The overall estimated costs for the current design totals $378,430 with optional supplemental signage costs estimated at $62,000. Fundraising sources include Dayton Children’s, Dayton Library, Metro Parks, Salvation Army as well as mini-grants and commitments from other local businesses and business/community groups. Commitment cards were distributed to all attendees.
Mont. Co. Sheriff Phil Plummer and Captain Mike Brem on the heroine epidemic
Capt. Brem presented details on the exploding heroine epidemic, including background on causes, contributors and successes and frustrations of addressing the issue. There were 264 drug related deaths in Montgomery County in 2014 and 925 inmates in the jail with drug related charges so far this year. The deaths had been on a steady increase yearly since 2009, but have recently dropped as medications became available to administer to overdose patients. Capt. Brem discussed the variety of interagency task forces that have been formed to address the problems, including the RANGE task force, the Miami Valley Bulk Smuggling task force and the Mont. Co. Drug Free Coalition among others. Information was discussed on Issue 3 regarding marijuana and the influence of gateway drugs on the heroine epidemic.
Both presentations were detailed and informative and led to interesting questions and discussion as usual. Make sure you come to the next business meeting and stay informed on local topics.
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Thanks for keeping our businesses strong! See you next month.