“If this fails, we’re still going to go to an initiative petition,” he said. “And we’re going to have to go through the whole process. And it is hard, hard work.”
Croskey said referendum petitions started being circulated May 12-13. That was more than a week following a traditionally united city council’s 5-2 vote on the DORA, which was proposed by the Miamisburg Merchants Association.
Between 80-90 petitions with 27 signature slots each are out with the group passing them at several churches, businesses and other community gathering spots, Croskey said. As of mid-last week, he did not have an estimate on how many signatures had been obtained.
Mayor Michelle Collins said she is “firmly hoping that (the DORA) is going to improve the foot traffic in Miamisburg.
“And if you increase visitors to our downtown, I think it’s going to increase retail in our downtown,” she added. “This is just one tool. It’s not the save all, be all.”
But Miamisburg’s downtown is “family-friendly” and doesn’t need a boost, petition supporters said.
“The downtown is thriving,” Croskey said. “This DORA – for Miamisburg – is a solution in search of a problem that doesn’t exist.”
Croskey said he’s concerned “we’re going to attract too many people that just want to party in Miamisburg – if they can find a place to park.”
Hours for the area would be 4 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, 4 to 11 p.m. Fridays, noon to 11 p.m. Saturdays and 4 to 9 p.m. Sundays.
If the drinking area causes problems, Collins said, “it will be shutdown. It can go away with the stroke of a pen.”
The city has agreed to form a review panel to “take a look from every perspective,” reporting to council in the next few months “and council will act accordingly,” Collins said.
“Nobody wants to see the downtown fail,” she added. “Nobody wants to see any problems in downtown. If that would happen, (the DORA) would simply go away.”