2019 Top Ten List
In the spirit of continual improvement and thoughtful governance, the City of Centerville highlighted its ten greatest accomplishments in 2019. This work is in line with the City’s five-year Strategic Plan that outlines major goals of economic development, planning, finance, housing and infrastructure, core services and technology.
Number 10: Centerville Police Department’s new uniforms
Centerville police officers unveiled new uniforms in November. Not only are the navy shirts cheaper and more durable, they are more readily-available. Officers say the poly/wool blend is lighter and more comfortable than the current uniform as well. Whether in French blue or navy, the police department provides exceptional services every day.
This year, officers also partnered with Pink Ribbon Girls to raise hundreds of dollar throughout the months of October and November, wearing pink and not shaving in support of breast cancer awareness.
Number 9: A booming Fall Festival
It is not every day the Mayor of Centerville teaches people how to make a s’more. An estimated 5,000 adults and children came to Stubbs Park for the City’s second annual Fall Festival.
The event included pumpkin and face painting, food trucks, s’more kits, hay rides, bounce houses and a petting zoo.
The Community Resources Department organized the event, and Centerville Public Works set it up and even drove the tractors for hayrides. Police provided direction for a smooth parking experience.
The City is expanding its Summer Event Series in 2020 to include more national concert performers, live theater performances and movies in the park. The Fall Festival will certainly be back for its third year as well.
Number 8: Recycling rate improvements
The City of Centerville participated in a summer-long, grant-funded campaign to reduce recycling contamination by partnering with The Recycling Partnership, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, Montgomery County Environmental Services and Rumpke Recycling. Centerville is one of six cities across the State of Ohio to receive the grant to invest in education and outreach to improve the quality of recyclables.
The City successfully reduced it contamination rate from 19 to 11 percent.
“Our City’s longstanding commitment to recycling includes curbside pick-up, a recycling container program and a recently purchased recycling truck. We are eager to learn new ways to implement an education program, reduce waste contamination, increase recycling participation and share that knowledge with the rest of the country,” Centerville City Manager Wayne Davis said.
Please visit centervilleohio.gov to see which items can be recycled.
Number 7: Cornerstone continues to grow
Cornerstone of Centerville, the development that sits near Wilmington Pike and Interstate 675, draws some of the best retail and restaurant options in our region.
Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant was a terrific addition in 2019. The 12,500 square foot dining restaurant employs 160 people and is one of the hottest tickets in town.
Soon, Cornerstone will be a place families can call home. Cornerstone Apartments is a 240-unit complex with modern Mediterranean architecture proposed for the intersection of Cornerstone North Boulevard and the future Park Place. Dogwood Commons is a proposed 110-unit complex intended for independent 55+ living.
Cornerstone Park will soon be the City’s newest park space. It will consist of two pieces: an 11-acre passive area and an active area that will sit along the water next to Cooper’s Hawk. The active area will include a public structure, a covered pier and gazebo over the water and space to relax.
The City received $1 million in Clean Ohio grant funding from the Ohio Public Works Commission to conserve the passive 11 acres of passive parkland that will include greenspace and walking trails.
Number 6: The Uptown Action Plan
The City of Centerville completed a comprehensive visioning process for the Architectural Preservation District (APD) now called Uptown, since it is one of the highest geographic points in Montgomery County.
The City formed a focus group of more than a dozen stakeholders representing businesses, residents, government partners and community groups. The group established short-, medium- and long-term strategies for improvement. The Uptown Action Plan highlights six focus areas to prioritize: improving walkability and reducing traffic congestion, improving parking, scheduling and organizing new events, focusing on business development, developing branding and increasing greenspace.
Work has started already to transform this area into a more functional unique, upscale destination for shoppers and diners.
Number 5: Updates to Information Technology
City experts have collaborated with Back to Business IT to help complete big projects more quickly. Not only did they roll out mobile devices and remote access to its management staff, they installed kiosk workstations for employee access.
This year the City deployed Wi-Fi at the Golf Club at Yankee Trace and Public Works and upgraded the email server as well.
In Finance, the City took a giant leap forward when it left behind its 1990s DOS-based platform for a new financials module in January, planning and permitting software in April and a payroll module in October. Among many changes, this allows employees to look up their paycheck and time accrual information on demand, instead of waiting for a bi-monthly paystub.
Number 4: Tornado relief
Several Centerville departments did tremendous work helping those whose lives were impacted by the EF-4 Memorial Day tornadoes that swept through the Miami Valley.
Public Works devoted more than 500 service hours in Clayton, Brookville and Harrison Township, transporting more than 215 truckloads of debris.
The Centerville Police Department sprang into action to feed first responders in the immediate aftermath of the storms, many of whom went 24 hours without a break.
Attendees at the City’s Summer Event Series were generous: over the course of several summer concerts, they donated nearly $5,000 in cash to The Foodbank Inc. to help families impacted by the devastation.
Number 3: Street resurfacing project
This year the City embarked on its biggest resurfacing project yet: putting $5.2 million into 10-percent of Centerville’s 250 lane miles. Some of the biggest projects included Rhine Way, Princewood Avenue, Royalwood Drive and Walford Drive.
Since Centerville voters approved a 0.5-percent increase to the City’s income tax in 2016, City leaders have devoted the largest portion of the funds collected to street maintenance and repair.
“The impact is obvious, and the work and organization it takes to accomplish this mammoth task is noticed by everyone who passes through our City,” Centerville City Manager Wayne Davis said.
Crews have completed concrete work on streets like Gatekeeper Way and Waters Edge Drive, which means they will be repaved in 2020. Claridge Lane is a big project, too: the fourth project in the Concept East neighborhood funded by the Community Development Block Grant.
Importantly, Centerville does not “assess” homeowners, meaning homeowners are not billed individually if crews find curbs or sidewalks that need repairs. If a curb is found to be deteriorated or defective prior to a resurfacing program, it is replaced at no charge to the homeowner.
Number 2: Yankee Trace’s best year
For the first time in the 24-year history of the Golf Club at Yankee Trace, people played more than 58,000 rounds of golf there.
The City-owned golf course premiered virtual golf SIMS and new state-of-the-art golf cars in 2019 as well.
Number 1: Centerville Place redevelopment
Dillin LLC announced in August it had a vision for the shopping center at State Route 48 between Sheehan and Spring Valley Roads. The developer wants to create a New Urbanist mixed-use community of uniquely-connected spaces energized with a program of events. The concept plans mirror a similar plan a City focus group designed two years ago.
Many tenants at Centerville Place will continue their leases and be offered the opportunity to occupy space in the newly-created property alongside a collection of new tenants and services. Concept plans for Phase 1 include 200 residential units. Phase 2 will add approximately 140 more, including brownstone townhomes. A respected tenant has already committed to a 60,000 square foot professional office building. City Council will hear development plans for Centerville Place at its public meeting on January 27.
“A year like 2019 – and this list of accomplishments– do not happen without hard work and planning. I am grateful for the hard work of City Council and staff and the investment from our citizens, businesses and regional partners. I look forward to seeing our Top Ten List for 2020,” Davis said.
As its mission states, the City will continue delivering exceptional services through thoughtful governance to ensure progress and stability.