Market Street paving

Officials with the City of Dayton announced during Monday’s city council meeting that the Tennessee Department of Transportation will be paving all of Market Street in downtown Dayton as part of a Highway 30 paving project.

Dayton City Manager Tom Solomon said discussions about the project began a few years ago and that crews are finally ready to start the project in early August by replacing sidewalks before moving on to paving the street.

Dayton Vice Mayor Steve Randolph said a lot of work had gone in to securing the project and credited local and state officials with securing the refurbishment.

“Our State Senator [Ken Yager] and State Representative [Ron Travis] really came through for us,” Randolph said.

In other business on Monday, the city council approved the first reading of ordinances to address overgrown and dirty lots and slum clearances.

Dayton City Attorney Susan Arnold said the ordinances bring municipal code into adherence with state law, and Solomon said that the ordinances are geared toward structures that have burned out or fallen into severe disrepair. He said that any such clearances will have to be approved by the full city council.

In the Dayton City School Board meeting, which was also held on Monday, the school board accepted the resignation of six staff members, including Dayton City School Principal Chris Tallent.

Dayton City School Superintendent Trish Newsom said that current school curriculum and instruction director Lisa Montgomery will serve as interim principal with the goal of moving her into the full principal and special education coordinator position in December once she receives certification to serve as a principal.

Four city council members voted to accept the resignations and future plans with Dayton Mayor Hurley Marsh opposing the measure, saying that he believes the school is “getting a little top-heavy in administration.”

The Dayton City Council will meet next in a workshop session on Thursday, July 22, at 5:15 p.m. at the Dayton Municipal Building. The meeting is opent o the public.