^Back in the old days they didn't have a secret ballot.
Speaking of local politics and McLin and Whaley, I have bad news.I just learned after being on vacation about the gutting of our city's billboard laws by the commission on February 6th.Unless this change is overturned, this city is going to be the eyesore of the nation a year from now.These monstrosities are going to go up as close as 500 feet apart in all these areas they were formerly outlawed: light industrial (I1), business park (BP) and eclectic commercial. Dan Kennedy from the east side just told me there are already 10 new erection permits in less than a month. This was pushed through by the billboard industry and rubber-stamped in spite of the protests by him and a few other opponents.To underscore how serious this is, here are just a handful of examples of where we should expect to see ugly billboards go up soon:1. several across from Carillon Park on Patterson (BP zoning where they were formerly not permitted).2. facing Island Park on Helena Street (I1 zoning where they were formerly not permitted)3. miles of the them 500 feet apart along the new Trotwood Connector (BP zoning again)These are just the examples I already noticed after looking at less than a fifth of the zoning map!Legal sizes are way up, legal spacings are way down, there is NO limitation about proximity to parks or greenways, and there's now only a 200 foot buffer instead of the old 1000 foot buffer betweeen residential and billboards.If you love Dayton you must spread the word about this so that widespread outrage can stop it now while there is still some time.-Mike MonettGrafton Hill, Dayton937firstname.lastname@example.org
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