Snow Removal

It is that time of year again! Help us help you by reading some information and guidelines on snow removal in Dayton.

The Town of Dayton is committed to the safe control of snow and ice on public streets. The Town is responsible for approximately 8 miles of secondary, and residential streets. Factors having a significant impact on response time of town crews in salting and plowing streets and hauling snow include, but are not limited to-air temperature, pavement temperature, precipitation type (e.g., freezing rain, sleet, and snow), wind speed and direction, time of day, and the expected duration of the storm event.

The Town closely monitors conditions and pre-treats roads accordingly, if the possibility of icy or snowy conditions exists. Plowing and/or salt operations begin once snow or ice starts accumulating on streets.

Help us help you by following these guidelines:

  • Keep streets clear of cars, basketball goals, etc. for maximum snow plow access.
  • Place garbage and recycling toters at the foot of your driveway.
  • Shovel your sidewalk and driveway snow into your yard – not the street.
  • While driving, yield to snow plows-they are considered emergency vehicles.
  • Please be patient. Main streets are plowed first, then neighborhoods. Cul-de-sacs are plowed last because they take the most time and have the least traffic.

While snowplow operators make every attempt to minimize the amount of snow deposited in driveways, the amount can still be significant. The more snow has fallen, the greater the challenge is. One way residents can help is by piling snow you have shoveled from your driveway in your yard, instead of the street. Doing this will help snowplow drivers avoid carrying piles of snow across the driveway.

Town snow operators make every effort to remove snow as close to the curb as practical (usually within 2 feet).

Citizen Committees

Call for involvement on citizen advisory committees; Starting with known topics, where would folks like to donate their time and skills?

This chart provides an overview of 12 topics. At least two more have been identified, including Sports and Events.

William Bush Started It

A long, long time ago …

…the first settlers arrived in Dayton. It was 1825 when William Bush and others settled here, and Bush probably sold the first lots about 1827, the year the town celebrates as its founding. Two years later, the town was officially platted, in two parts. In 1829, both Dr. Timothy Horram, who owned land adjoining Bush’s, and William Bush decided it was time to file a plat. The two men used the same surveyor and filed their plats on the same day, September 16, 1829. Bush called his plat Marquis (de), with all lots lying along the south side of the state road now known as Indiana 38.  Dr. Horram called his plat Fairfield, with all lots lying north of the road. Bush’s plat for Marquis was entered first (Deed Book A, p. 381), earning him the honor of town founder. Horram’s plat for Fairfield is recorded on the following page (Deed Book A, p 382.). The name Marquis may never have been used, but for some reason early local histories often get it backward, claiming that the town was first called Fairfield by William Bush, and later Marquis by Horram.

In a deed recorded October 5, 1830 (at Deed Book B, page 278), David Gregory platted an addition to the town of Fairfield, with all lots lying west of Conjunction St (alongside Fairfield) and north of the state road (across from the west half of Bush’s Marquis plat).

When the growing town applied for a post office, it was denied the use of the name Fairfield because there was already a post office by that name in Indiana, a dilemma shared with several other aspiring Fairfields around the state. Legend says Gregory offered to donate a lot for a school if the town would take the name Dayton, after the prosperous Dayton, Ohio, in the area from which Gregory and others had come. On April 19, 1831, the Dayton post office was established, and on July 5, 1831, Gregory deeded a lot for a school (lot 19; Book 58, p. 172), although it was not, as legend says, exactly on the spot where the school stands today. It was on a lot directly in front of today’s school location but facing Main Street. The one-room school was built far back on the lot, and the land where the school stands today was also Gregory land at the time, making it essentially the same location. As new buildings were erected, they were located behind the existing building, on the north edge of the town.


Much has happened in Dayton since then…


Susan Clawson