Centerville is issuing $3.5 million in funding for infrastructure improvements regarding the Cornerstone Phase IV Project. The city is also working to help businesses that are still operating during the coronavirus crisis.
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Centerville to issue $3.5M bonds for Cornerstone development work

A public hearing will be held Monday, April 20 to discuss an ordinance authorizing the issuance of bonds not to exceed $3,500,000, for the Cornerstone Phase IV public improvements.

These public improvements will include road, utility, sidewalks, lighting, drainage, and other related improvements for the continued development of the north parcel at the Cornerstone of Centerville. A similar process was followed in 2015 for phases I, II, and III.

The Cornerstone development is a mix of retail, housing and commercial buildings near Interstate 675, which includes Cabela’s, Kroger, Costco and several new restaurants.

Centerville is also working to help businesses that are still operating during the coronavirus crisis.

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For small businesses and restaurants, the impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic has been fiscally harsh as the fallout from the stay-at-home order put in place to combat COVID-19 has decimated the restaurant industry as well as fitness centers, bars and other “non-essential” businesses.

Trying to be as proactive as possible, Centerville city officials are hoping that the “essential businesses” can continue to find a way to stay open during the pandemic.”

“Centerville staff members stand ready to help in any way we can. In addition to weekly email updates to our business community and weekly newsletters to the broader community, we are looking for opportunities to support and promote Centerville businesses,” Development Director Michael Norton-Smith told the Dayton Daily News.

He added that communication between the city, the businesses and community will be a key factor in providing the necessary help to local establishments that are trying to survive the crisis.

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“We have launched a series of virtual chats between Mayor Brooks Compton and local shops and restaurants, and council members and staff are personally reaching out to businesses,” Norton-Smith said.

Te city has put together a comprehensive list that outlines restaurants that are open for delivery or carry-out during the pandemic, as well as their hours, contact information and options for purchasing.

“We have made other adjustments to operations to support businesses, such as relaxing enforcement of signage rules and facilitating temporary drive-thrus,” Norton-Smith said.

Councilwoman Belinda Kenley said buying local has taken on a whole new meaning during the coronavirus outbreak.

“My family supports Centerville shops and restaurants as often as we can,” she said. “I know that support is even more critical during this period of uncertainty.”

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City Council also has repealed Chapter 268, Parks and Recreation Commission, from the Centerville Municipal Code.

“This is part of an ongoing effort to review and update our Municipal Code, the ordinance in question was adopted in 1980,” according to City Manager Wayne Davis. “The City of Centerville does not have a Parks Director and currently no one is appointed to this commission nor has it met or taken any action in recent history.”

All but two parks in Centerville are owned and maintained by the Board of Park Commissioners at the Centerville-Washington Township Park District.

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