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July 22, 2015

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July 22, 2015 THE OAKWOOD REGISTER Vol. 24, No. 29 July 22, 2015 www.oakwoodregister.com Smith Elementary fourth-grader E.B. Boylin, at the plate, takes a pitch from Patrick Hand, working the mound, as the two classmates played a summertime pick-up game of wiffle ball at the Oakwood High School ballpark. Oakwood Ave. closed for paving Oakwood Avenue at the Five Points intersection north to Brown Street will be closed to traffic until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 22, while the street is being milled in preparation for paving. City offi- cials said drivers accessing Brown Street are encouraged to use north- bound Far Hills Avenue and then turn right on Springhouse Road. This section of roadway will be closed a second time during the repaving operation. City officials said additional information will be released once the repaving is scheduled. Au revoir Dominique's Bar and Bistro, located at 2600 Far Hills Ave. in Oakwood, closed unexpectedly Saturday after operating under two distinct names in the city since 2003. In a message post- ed on the restaurant's website, owner Dominique Fortin wrote, "It is with a heavy heart that I must share the news that we are being forced to close our doors. As of Saturday, July 18, 2015 we will no longer be open for services." A native of Chartres, France, Fortin was executive chef of the now-defunct l'Au- berge restaurant in Kettering before opening his own estab- lishment, C'est Tout, in Oakwood 12 years ago. In 2014 the restau- rant was remodeled and renamed Dominique's Bar and Bistro. Oakwood considers 'booting' automobiles in effort to enforce collection on unpaid tickets Field of Dreams Oakwood City Council on Monday proposed using immobili- zation devices — so-called wheel clamps or car "boots" — to impound the automobiles of drivers with at least two outstanding unpaid park- ing tickets in the city. In a first reading of a proposed revision to the existing city ordi- nance on impounding vehicles, Council said the city was limited in its legal options to enforce collec- tion of unpaid tickets. The proposal would broaden the city's impound- ment procedure, which currently authorizes commercial towing to an impound lot, to include the use of car boots or other immobiliza- tion devices to "impound in place" vehicles parked on city streets or in municipal parking spaces. Under the proposal, Oakwood public safety officers would be authorized to immobilize any auto- mobile that has two or more unpaid tickets which have been outstand- ing for ten days or more. Booted cars would remain subject to all city parking regulations, including time limitations for on-street park- ing, meaning booted cars could be subject to additional ticketing while immobilized. The proposed ordi- nance revisions would also make damaging, tampering with or defac- ing an installed immobilization device a misdemeanor offense in the city. The city would require motor- ists to pay a fee "in such amount as will reasonably recover the actual administrative costs associated with the immobilization" to have a vehi- cle released. While city officials said the issue of unpaid parking tickets usually involves only a handful of motor- ists, they added that problem often arises on Oakwood streets bordering the University of Dayton. "We typically have four to eight offenders in any given year that have two or more outstanding unpaid parking tickets," said Oakwood City Manager Norbert Klopsch. "The number obviously fluctuates. Most of these are U.D. students. The typ- ical number of unpaid tickets per offender is two. On rare occasions we have an offender with three or more." Klopsch noted that parking tick- ets in Oakwood — other than hand- icap space violations — are $30, and double to $60 if unpaid for more than 72 hours. He said that handi- cap space violations, which involve fines of $250, occur more frequently in the business districts and do not usually involve repeat offenders. Klopsch said four to eight offenders with a typical unpaid balance of $120 each would represent $480 to $960 per year in uncollected reve- nue. Beyond the financial aspect, however, Klopsch said outstanding unpaid tickets are an inconvenience to the city's municipal court. "These See Booting on page 3 u

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