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March 4, 2015

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Vol. 24, No. 9 March 4, 2015 www.oakwoodregister.com Overruling Commission, City Council allows Saxbys expanded hours After decades on the air, Oakwood radio personality returns to 'roots' After having spent the better part of a generation on the air- waves in the Miami Valley, both on radio and television, Oakwood's Dan Edwards has returned to his broadcasting roots — hosting the morning show at WGTZ 92.9, in the same building and under the same boss who first hired him into the Dayton market more than three decades ago. Over the course of his career, Edwards, a resident of Wisteria Drive who grew up in Logan County, has been a staple in Dayton broadcasting. He spent 15 years in 'music radio' as a deejay on local stations before making the move to the morning shift, originally as a news anchor on 1290 WHIO-AM. "I worked at WHIO as the morn- ing anchor on the news program Oakwood's Dan Edwards in the control booth at WGTZ radio in Kettering. Reversing a series of previous denials by the city on repeated special use requests by Saxbys to expand morning business hours at the corner of Oakwood and Irving Avenues, City Council on Monday approved an appeal by Routsong Realty to allow the coffeehouse to open at 6 a.m. on weekdays. The coffeehouse, which now opens at 7 a.m. six days a week, had originally sought city approval to open at 6 a.m. seven days a week, but after public comment Council approved an amended request allowing Saxbys to open at 6 a.m. weekdays for a period of one year while retaining its cur- rent weekend hours. The request was approved on a 3-1 vote, with Councilman Rob Stephens recus- ing himself. Vice Mayor Steve Byington represented the only dis- senting vote on the compromise proposal, which was introduced by Councilwoman Ann Hilton and supported by Councilman Chris Epley and Mayor William Duncan. The city's Neighborhood Business District code, which gov- erns the Routsong development at Oakwood and Irving, limits busi- ness operating hours to between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. Firehouse Subs, another tenant in the four-shop complex, previously applied for, and received, a special use request allowing the business to remain open until 10 p.m. Twenty city residents and Saxby employees gathered in council chambers for a public appeal con- vened in the wake of a Jan. 7 Oakwood Planning Commission hearing which unanimously denied the Routsong request on a 5-0 vote. Several Saxby employees and neighboring Oakwood residents spoke in support of the request, and city officials noted that the only noise complaints associated with the business development to date have been associated with trash removal rather than business operations. Other Oakwood residents, how- ever, raised objections to Saxbys expanding its morning business hours. One issue residents raised was the idea of "creep," what they described as repeated variances and special use exemptions granted to the businesses at the corner of Irving and Oakwood Ave. "When the planning commission denied this request they were very much concerned that the distinction See Saxbys on page 2 u See Edwards on page 2 u Home Improvement SPECIAL SECTION Starting on page 7

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