Today's meeting was held at the Amber Rose Restaurant, attended by numerous local business owners, managers, law enforcement and city and county representatives.
· Barry Hall, president, opened the meeting and welcomed those in attendance.
o The members present voted to approve the nomination of Steve Gaytko to serve as treasurer for GONDBA. The vote was unanimous.
o Dues statements for 2018 will be mailed/emailed soon. GONDBA is adding a line for additional contributions to raise more money for events and programs. Last year, we were unable to contribute funds for Cops Appreciation at AmVets
o GONDBA board is looking for participants interesting in discussing ideas on what our group can do to benefit members
· Kervin Valez of Dayton Police Department gave crime stats.
o B&E is up in the area, generally involving vacant structures and garages as well as some businesses (Lee Tire). The force has been doing a series of mini blitzes to look at patterns in the area, concentrating on break-ins.
o Any business or group interested in sponsoring Coffee with a Cop can contact Kervin.
o Arson pattern: over the last 15 months, there have been 26 arsons. Please report suspicious activity and let the DPD know if you have surveillance cameras that may have caught something.
o The owners of the International Market are looking for a 4 bedroom house to rent (in good condition). They are having trouble finding a place after losing their business to the arson fire.
· Matt Tepper, president of Old North Dayton Neighborhood Assoc updated the group on neighborhood activities:
o He let the group know the Ruth Pawelski broke her leg just after Christmas. Chris Pawelski will be at the neighborhood watch meeting on 3/15 at the Lutheran church on “run, hide, fight”
o The EPA will be out in the area to discuss the Behr plume. Date and time info to come.
o He brought 2 guests who are part of a University of Illinois program studying ways to bridge gaps between cultures.
· Connie Nisonger had signage and information on tax preparation for low income families and qualifying for the Earned Income Tax Credit. She also reminded the group of the mini grant programs available from City of Dayton. Last year, $99,000 was distributed for 26 projects.
Our guest speaker today was Edd McGatha, Director of Facility Management at Children’s Hospital. Edd updated the group on the new patient tower and future plans for expansion
· Dayton Children’s established a plan in 2013 to update facilities to accommodate IT demands and update HVAC systems. The new patient tower was developed from this evaluation.
· A south campus was added in Springboro with a freestanding ED, in and outpatient services, lab, and imaging services. 100 new physicians have joined the staff to accommodate more patients.
· Property was acquired at corner of Valley and Stanley Sts to develop a site for primary care, dental, lab and x-ray, behavioral health, weight management and nutrition, including a food pantry service and classes. The current plans call for a 60,000 sqft facility.
· Future plans include more outpatient services in Beavercreek, Huber Heights, Troy and potentially a 2nd tower to replace 1970’s buildings that are difficult to retrofit. An urgent care center will be added in Huber Heights.
Barry closed the meeting, thanking everyone for their participation. Our next meeting will be held on February 28th. See you then!
Thanks for keeping our businesses strong!