A long, long time ago...

...the first settlers arrived in Dayton. The year was 1823. Four years later, the town was platted and William Bush laid out the first lots. He called it Fairfield. The next year, a Dr. Horam added to the town lots, and it was decided to change the name to Marquis because there was another town in the state named Fairfield. In 1830, David Gregory platted and laid out an addition on the north side of the existing lots. He stipulated that he would donate land for a school and schoolgrounds if the town should be called Dayton. It was so done and the Dayton Elementary School stands on that ground given by David Gregory. 

Much has happened in Dayton since then. The interurban no longer runs between here and Lafayette. The Town Hall is located in the former Bank of Dayton where the walk-in vault still exists. Single-digit phone numbers have given way to mobile phones that are used for texting more often than for voice conversations. Facebook gives us day-to-day interaction with the people in our lives, no matter how near or far they may be. Seeing posts from former classmates (w-a-a-a-y-y former, in some cases ... decades ago)  keeps us in touch so much that 10 and 20 year reunions are now not so unfamiliar. Family members in the same house or across the country read each other's posts. Even communities have a number of Facebook groups, bringing people together more often than just for a fish fry, garage sale, and neighborhood cook-out.

Per our planning and discussion over the past couple of years, this email newsletter is a publication from the Town of Dayton's elected officials. Your town website serves its purpose in making information available when you visit. The newsletter is another active step to reach out to you. We want to know your thoughts and ideas for our quality of life, roads, buildings, grounds, public safety, activities, and growth. Don't be shy. If you seek a discussion on a topic, it is likely that others do, too.

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Join the Community Planning Committee

In 2015, we will convene a Community Planning Committee. Some of our residents likely serve on a similar committee in their place of work. What would the committee do? Initially, they would identify themselves publicly as residents who desire to give back to the town via their time and expertise. We seek any resident who has ideas for the betterment of Dayton to step up and join the committee. There are many models for such a group of volunteers, and we hesitate to define one too closely in these early stages of formation. Are you interested? Let us know.

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Monthly Meetings: Better in Person

The topics discussed in the monthly meetings are written in the minutes. Nearly a dozen years of minutes are available on the website. Here is the truth: Meetings are better in person. They are better when we can have a face-to-face discussion with you, to laugh with you, to consider approaches and opinions that come with a cross-section of folk. Come and learn what we are planning for the roads in town, the zoning / growth opportunities, and keeping the town clean. Bring your voice and face to a meeting soon.

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Automated Water Meter Reader

We have begin to investigate the automated water meter reader systems. New water metering technologies offer immediate benefits to utilities. Outfitting existing meters with low-power radios allows one person to drive up and down all streets, collecting readings automatically and accurately.from 500 meters in just a few hours. Big benefits:
• Reduce the cost of owning and operating the meters
• Reduce energy consumption over the life cycle of the meter
• Reduce water loss, wasted energy and repair costs through superior leak detection and by getting early notification of trouble conditions

More information is to come in the next 60 to 90 days. Do you have thoughts on it? So do we. Let's compare notes at an upcoming monthly utility board meeting on a first-Monday of each month.