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Holiday Fest to Include Winter Market PDF E-mail

For the first time this year, the city’s Holiday Festival on Saturday, Dec. 7, will also include a Winter Market.

The annual festival held at the Civic Center located at 300 E. Central Ave., will feature free ‘take your own’ photos with Santa Claus, horse-drawn carriage rides, a petting zoo, and musical performances by local choirs.

The event begins at 2 p.m. and features Santa’s arrival at approximately 3 p.m. The West Carrollton Nazarene Church will host a tent with children’s activities. The event concludes with the annual tree lighting ceremony.

Several food trucks and vendors who participated in the city’s Farmers Market season, including El Meson Express, Rib-N-It, Dayton Urban BBQ, C’est Cheese, Downing Fruit Farms and Blairquist Speciality Meats are planning to participate in the Winter Market which will be held in the parking lot near Weidner Park.

The Market is open to local food truck, farm and craft vendors. The fee is $10 and registration is due by Dec. 2. For more information, e-mail

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Building Officials Earn High Marks PDF E-mail

The’s building department received a Class 3 rating during its recent evaluation by the Insurance Service Organization’s Building Code Effectiveness Grading Schedule.

The city received the classification in a Nov. 4, 2013 report. “I’m pleased that we maintained our ISO Building Department Classification of 3 for both residential and commercial property,” said Renee’ Snodgrass, building and zoning inspector. 

The grading scale is 1 to 10 – with 1 being the highest.  The city also earned a 3 classification during its last evaluation in 2006, which was an improvement from its Class 5 rating in 2002.

“Municipalities with well-enforced, up-to-date codes demonstrate better loss experience, and their citizens’ insurance rates can reflect that,” according to the ISO report.

The report measures categories such as staffing, experience and training, code adoption and inspection processes. To get more information or a copy of the report, contact the planning and building department at (937) 859-5184.

 
Residents Urged to Register Phones, E-Mails for CodeRed PDF E-mail

The West Carrollton police department is encouraging residents to sign up for CodeRED - a service that enables municipalities to contact its citizens directly during an emergency situation.

“Some of our residents’ home phone numbers are in the system,” said Doug Woodard, interim Police Chief. “However, we just want to encourage our citizens to make sure that they add any new lines including cell phone numbers and keep the records as up-to-date as possible,” he said.

West Carrollton first joined the alert system in 2003. Thirteen local municipalities and townships, the MVCC CodeRED group, have subscribed to the service through the Miami Valley Communications Council. To add additional phone lines and e-mail addresses, residents can go to the link below on this website or the CodeRED website

This will allow users to be notified by their local emergency response team in the event of emergency situations or critical community alerts.  The Code Red system can also deliver specific instructions for how to deal effectively with emergency situations. This service has been used by other local governments to warn residents of natural disaster, hazardous spill situations, and public health notifications as well as to alert the public to missing persons.

“It will only be used for emergency situations,” Woodard said.

The CodeRED system uses GIS and database technologies and a high-speed dialer to allow public safety officials to select a population, create a message, and deliver the message to a specific group. It can quickly alert the public to emergency situations that require immediate action such as a boil-water notice, missing child or evacuation notices.

 
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