DAYTON, Ohio(WDTN)- Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley continued her annual Dayton Porch Tour Wednesday night. She visited neighbors in Old North Dayton.
“Anytime we have the opportunity to build our connection with the neighbors and grow more people getting involved, that’s good for the city,” Whaley said.
Traffic, drugs, and policies on property maintenance were some of the big concerns residents voiced on Wednesday night. Residents had the chance to ask the mayor about those and other issues in person.
“It gives me great opportunity to take that feedback back to city hall but also to try to solve some of the problems together,” Whaley said.
Also in attendance at the meeting were several Dayton police officers. They often attend neighborhood meetings.
“It’s a great neighborhood. We have a bunch of people that show up to these meetings. They address the complaints. It’s everything from parking complaints to drug complaints,” Officer Kevin Johnson said.
As officers who patrol Old North Dayton, Johnson said it’s important for them to hear neighborhood concerns directly.
“We’re on first name basis with a lot of the people that come to these meetings. When they see us out, when we’re out patrolling, they feel free to stop us and let us know whats going on in real time,” Johnson said.
Issues in the neighborhood won’t be solved overnight but it’s efforts like this that help along the way.
“I feel in the past few months, we’ve really been able to engage with the community,” Johnson said.