City of Wilmington Press Releases

PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 19, 2019

 Media Contact:
Brian A. Shidaker, Director of Public Service
937-382-6509

 **Wilmington Recycling**
Recycling Service Temporarily Suspended
Effective Immediately

LOCATION – City of Wilmington

Wilmington, Ohio – The City of Wilmington announces there will be no curbside pickup for recyclables on Thursday, June 20, and Friday, June 21. The disruption in service is due to necessary equipment maintenance. Curbside recycling will resume its regular schedule on Monday, June 24. All other trash pickup services will continue as normal. If your recycling pickup day is this Thursday or Friday, please hold your recyclables until your next regularly scheduled pickup day. 

The City appreciates residents’ patience while the equipment is repaired and we return to full operations.

For questions regarding the trash pickup or recycling programs, please contact the Wilmington Sanitation Department at (937) 382-6474.

RELEASED BY
Brian A. Shidaker
Director of Public Service
City of Wilmington
69 N. South Street
Wilmington, OH  45177

W:  937-382-6509
bshidaker@wilmingtoh.org


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 10, 2019

**PUBLIC MEETING** Rombach Avenue Project
April 18, 2019  5:30 p.m.
LOCATION – Moyer Community Room, Wilmington Municipal Building, 69 N. South Street

Wilmington, Ohio – A second public meeting to discuss proposed improvements along the Rombach Avenue Corridor will be held on Thursday, April 18, 2019, at 5:30 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Robert Moyer Community Room of the Wilmington Municipal Building.

The City of Wilmington is in the planning stage of designing roadway improvements along Rombach Avenue. To better serve the needs of the public, the City is soliciting feedback regarding the proposed roadway project. The purpose of the meeting is for the City of Wilmington to collect feedback from interested citizens and business owners regarding their concerns and desires for Rombach Avenue. Meeting attendees will have the opportunity to discuss the project with key staff. Also, and more importantly, attendees are encouraged to submit their comments in writing via a comment sheet that each attendee will receive at the meeting.

If you are not able to attend but would still like to provide your input regarding future improvements on Rombach Avenue, you can obtain a survey form by contacting the Office of the Director of Public Service at (937) 382-6509 or by email at publicservice@wilmingtonoh.org. The survey is also available online on the Municipal Services page of the City of Wilmington website: https://wilmingtonoh.org/municipal-services/.

The comment period ends at 4 p.m. on Friday, April 19.

RELEASED BY
Brian A. Shidaker
Director of Public Service
W:  937-382-6509
bshidaker@wilmingtoh.org


PRESS RELEASE

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 9, 2019

**HYDRANT FLUSHING PROGRAM** Starting Monday, April 15, 2019

LOCATION – City-wide

(WILMINGTON, OH) – Beginning Monday, April 15, the City of Wilmington Water Department will be flushing fire hydrants throughout the distribution system. This process is expected to continue for about six weeks.

The purpose of flushing hydrants is:

  • Improve the quality of water reaching customers.
  • Removal of sediment from water mains — before it hardens and adheres to the inside of the mains, which would reduce capacity and lifespan of the pipe.
  • Verify the functionality of the hydrant for fire protection.

Flushing will generally occur between 8 am and 2 pm Monday through Friday.

Customers may experience discolored water due to the hydrant flushing. Despite the color, the water remains safe to use. However, if this happens, run cold water for 15 to 30 minutes and the water should clear. If discoloration persists, call the water department at 937-382-3614.

The industry standard is to flush fire hydrants twice a year — in the spring and fall. More information on hydrant flushing is on the Water Department page of the city’s website www.wilmingtonoh.org.

RELEASED BY
Brian A. Shidaker, Director of Public Service
W:  937-382-6509
bshidaker@wilmingtoh.org


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 4, 2019

 **SUGAR GROVE CEMETERY SPRING CLEAN-UP** April 22 – May 6

LOCATION – Sugar Grove Cemetery

Wilmington, Ohio – The City of Wilmington announces that Sugar Grove Cemetery will be conducting its Annual Spring Clean-up from April 22 to May 6. While flower arrangements and other grave decorations are a popular way to honor friends and family that have passed, those items can become weathered and worn. During the cleanup, items that are on the ground will be discarded: decorations, flowers, statuaries, plaques, solar lights, etc. Any worn, faded, or holiday-themed flowers and trinkets on the grave monuments will also be removed and discarded.

If you have any decorations or personal items you wish to save, please remove them from the cemetery grounds by Sunday, April 21. You may return items to Sugar Grove Cemetery after May 6.

The Spring Cleanup enhances the cemetery’s appearance and prepares Sugar Grove for the summer mowing season.

In addition, Sugar Grove Cemetery is releasing updated guidelines for gravesite decorations. The rules can be found by visiting the Sugar Grove webpage on the City of Wilmington website:  http://wilmingtonoh.org/municipal-services/sugar-grove-cemetery/. You can also request a copy of the rules by emailing sgcemetery@wilmingtonoh.org or by calling the Sugar Grove Cemetery office at (937) 382-2059. The City encourages patrons to review these guidelines prior to placing items at the gravesites.

The City of Wilmington appreciates the public’s assistance as we continually work to beautify Sugar Grove Cemetery.  If you have questions regarding the spring clean-up schedule or the updated grave decorating policies, please contact the Sugar Grove Cemetery staff at (937) 481‑1927  or the Cemetery Office at (937) 382-2059.

RELEASED BY
Brian A. Shidaker, Director of Public Service
W:  937-382-6509
bshidaker@wilmingtoh.org


UPDATED – DETOUR CHANGE

March 13, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 20, 2019

Road Closure/Culvert Replacement – North Nelson Avenue
Starting Monday, March 11, 2019

LOCATION – North Nelson Avenue between Woodside Drive/Country Oaks Lane and Community Drive.

(WILMINGTON, OH) – The City of Wilmington announces the closure of North Nelson Avenue beginning on Monday, March 11, 2019, for 45 days, weather permitting. The closure is located at the culvert between Woodside Drive/Country Oaks Lane and Community Drive, approximately 250 feet south of the Senior Services/Community Action Program facilities, within the Wilmington city limits.

The road closure is due to a culvert replacement project. The project will also include pedestrian improvements, with new sidewalks being constructed on the west side of Nelson Avenue between Woodside Drive and Community Drive. Fillmore Construction will perform the work for the City of Wilmington.

During the construction, North Nelson Avenue will be completely closed to traffic between Woodside/Country Oaks and Community Drive. Detours will be marked to enable local traffic to avoid the road closure.

The City of Wilmington asks that all motorists be patient, reduce speed, and exercise added caution when traveling near this work zone. Questions regarding the closure may be made to the Office of the Director of Public Service at (937) 382-6509 or by email at publicservice@wilmingtonoh.org.

 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 8, 2019

City Implements New Directive

WILMINGTON- The City of Wilmington recently implemented a new directive following an incident that occurred August 23, 2018. On that day, Richard Stewart was stopped by the Wilmington Police Department for allegedly violating a protection order. During the investigation, an altercation occurred.

Although the incident occurred last summer, city administrative officials, including Mayor John Stanforth, learned of the severity of the incident in January after gaining access to the video evidence via the Clinton County Prosecutor’s Office. The officer involved in the incident, Jerry Popp, resigned in November after Warren County Sheriff’s Department concluded the internal investigation.

Stewart remains incarcerated in the Clinton County Jail on unrelated probation violations.

“What is on the recording is disturbing and inconsistent with our values and with the rules and procedures of the City of Wilmington and its police department,” Mayor John Stanforth said today. The inability for police leadership to communicate the severity of departmental situations and behaviors to city administration led Mayor Stanforth to order a new policy. In addition to an active BCI investigation, Stanforth ordered a new policy for responses to resistance and aggression reporting. Acting Chief Ron Cravens has created a new directive within the department, including additional reviews on use of force incidents and a mandatory notification procedure to city administrators.

Following the incident, other officers present during the altercation reported the incident and their concerns to police department leadership, Stanforth said. A review of the video in January by city administrators demonstrated that police department policy and procedure were not followed. “We are grateful to the officers who spoke up and condemned this behavior. We are actively taking steps, including remedial training and enhanced directives, to ensure no repetition of this ever occurs.”

Police body cameras were introduced by the city in 2016, said Stanforth. He credited the technology with providing crucial information for the ongoing review. “Body cameras provide protection for our citizens and officers alike.”

Inquiries:

City of Wilmington 
Mayor’s Office
69 N. South Street
Wilmington, Ohio 45177
937-382-5458
media@wilmingtonoh.org

 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE    

March 4, 2019

Wilmington Police Chief Submits Resignation

WILMINGTON – Wilmington Police Chief Duane Weyand will resign effective March 31, Mayor John Stanforth announced today.

A memorandum of understanding between the city and Weyand was signed Monday outlining the terms of his separation. Consistent with city benefit guidelines, the agreement does not include any monetary settlement exceeding that allowed by city policy.

Weyand joined the Wilmington Police Department in 1996, and was promoted to police chief in 2012 following a lengthy tenure as assistant chief, Stanforth said.

Weyand’s resignation comes in the wake of ongoing criminal investigations into the actions of a number of other WPD officers and staff.

“While the chief is not the subject of a criminal investigation, the city will continue to review existing policies and procedures to understand the challenges and inconsistencies in the department,” said Stanforth.

All department employees under investigation have either resigned or been placed on administrative leave until the conclusion of investigations. Stanforth also said the internal review of departmental procedures will continue and is expected to wrap up later this year.

 

Inquiries:

City of Wilmington 
Mayor’s Office
69 N. South Street
Wilmington, Ohio 45177
937-382-5458
media@wilmingtonoh.org


 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 27, 2019

On February 14th, 2019 the Wilmington Police Department responded to the reports of several houses and vehicles spray painted with red paint. Due to the large quantity of effected homes and property, additional officers arrived to assist with photographing and taking reports from victims involved. There was extensive damage, from siding and pillars on homes, to entire sides of vehicles with explicit language and hate speech.

The Wilmington Police Department identified 13 victims to this crime. An extensive investigation was conducted, resulting in criminal charges for Brook Britain, age 19, of New Vienna, Ohio. Britain was incarcerated in the Clinton County Jail on February 15th, 2019 for unrelated incidents pertaining to her current probation with the Clinton County Municipal Court.

On February 26th, 2019, Britain was issued two criminal citations that will be processed by the Clinton County Municipal Court. Britain has been charged with one count of Criminal Damaging; Ohio Revised Code 2909.06 (A)(1), a misdemeanor of the 2nd Degree and one count of Ethnic Intimidation; Ohio Revised Code 2927.12, a misdemeanor of the 1st Degree.

Many of the messages were targeted at the individuals who lived at the addresses vandalized and were hate speech with racial or religiously charged comments. Mayor John M. Stanforth commends the Wilmington Police Department for their good work and, while he is disappointed an event as this occurred, he is proud of the community’s overwhelming response in condemning this type of language and behavior.

Britain is currently incarcerated in the Clinton County Jail.

Disclaimer: All individual(s) contained in this press release are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Inquiries:

City of Wilmington 
Mayor’s Office
69 N. South Street
Wilmington, Ohio 45177
937-382-5458
media@wilmingtonoh.org

 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 20, 2019

Road Closure/Culvert Replacement – North Nelson Avenue
Starting Monday, March 11, 2019

LOCATION – North Nelson Avenue between Woodside Drive/Country Oaks Lane and Community Drive.

(WILMINGTON, OH) – The City of Wilmington announces the closure of North Nelson Avenue beginning on Monday, March 11, 2019, for 45 days, weather permitting. The closure is located at the culvert between Woodside Drive/Country Oaks Lane and Community Drive, approximately 250 feet south of the Senior Services/Community Action Program facilities, within the Wilmington city limits.

The road closure is due to a culvert replacement project. The project will also include pedestrian improvements, with new sidewalks being constructed on the west side of Nelson Avenue between Woodside Drive and Community Drive. Fillmore Construction will perform the work for the City of Wilmington.

During the construction, North Nelson Avenue will be completely closed to traffic between Woodside/Country Oaks and Community Drive. Detours will be marked to enable local traffic to avoid the road closure.

The City of Wilmington asks that all motorists be patient, reduce speed, and exercise added caution when traveling near this work zone. Questions regarding the closure may be made to the Office of the Director of Public Service at (937) 382-6509 or by email at publicservice@wilmingtonoh.org.

 

 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 15, 2019

Officer Under Investigation Resigns

(WILMINGTON) – Wilmington Police officer Anthony Mitchell resigned today. In January, Mitchell was placed on administrative leave by Mayor John Stanforth pending completion of a criminal investigation.

Stanforth said the resignation comes in the wake of the city’s decision to seek a pre-disciplinary hearing for Mitchell to address his alleged failure to follow departmental rules and procedures. Mitchell’s resignation now forestalls additional administrative sanctions against Mitchell.

Mayor Stanforth expressed his thanks to Clinton County Sheriff Ralph Fizer and the department’s deputies who have assisted the city in covering the local schools as resource officers while the city is in transition.

Mayor Stanforth said that efforts to replace Mitchell will begin immediately. “The city of Wilmington is budgeted for a full force of police officers, and I intend to work vigorously to fulfill the expectations of our residents.”

“Our actions will protect the integrity of our police department and support the important work they do for all of us,” said Stanforth. “We rely on the hard work and good faith of all the men and women who work for the City of Wilmington, and as disappointed as I am in the actions of a few, I’m satisfied that we are addressing the issues carefully and expeditiously.”  Mayor Stanforth stated that he is proud of the WPD’s ability to serve our community dutifully and faithfully during this challenging time.  Their collaborative efforts will serve us well as we rebuild.


 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 1, 2019

Source Water Protection Meeting                                                    

The City of Wilmington Water Department has launched a source water protection program to help ensure its residents continue to have viable sources of clean drinking water.  The first step in this program is to create a plan to determine the best ways to prevent contaminants from entering the water supply.  The City invites volunteers from the community to participate in the development and execution of the plan.

Wilmington utilizes Caesar Creek Lake and Cowan Creek for its water sources.  Stakeholders will work to identify factors threatening water quality, develop strategies to address water quality concerns and collaborate on projects that work to improve water quality in both water bodies.  Those interested in participating are invited to attend a kickoff meeting will be held on Thursday February 21st from 10-11AM in the Wilmington Municipal Building Community Room, located at 69 North South Street, Wilmington.

Inquiries:
Wilmington Water Department
Travis Luncan, Source Water Protection Program Coordinator 
tluncan@wilmingtonoh.org 
(937) 382-3614

 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 23, 2019

Following the advice of the City’s legal counsel, Brett Geary with Clemons and Nelson, Wilmington Mayor John Stanforth announced that Police Chief Duane Weyand was placed on administrative leave Tuesday pending the outcome of investigations of department personnel and a review of internal procedures.

The decision comes in the wake of four separate investigations now underway involving three current officers, a former patrol officer, and an administrative 

assistant. The investigations are ongoing at this time.

“The city of Wilmington takes all allegations of misconduct against employees very seriously, which is why we have sought independent investigations into allegations against our officers and staff,” said Stanforth.

Stanforth said separate investigations of alleged misconduct involve police officers Josh Riley and Anthony Mitchell, who are on administrative leave, former officer Jerry Popp, and Anna Collins, the department’s administrative assistant, who has also been place on administrative leave.  The city has further been advised by legal counsel not to discuss specific allegations against employees until the completion of investigations.

Stanforth said that Sgt. Ron Cravens has been appointed acting chief. A department employee since 1999, Sgt. Cravens was named “Officer of the Year” in 2017. “We depend on our police department to help provide a safe environment for the community, and the city is committed to protecting the integrity of our department and the faith and trust that our citizens place in it,” said Stanforth.

 

Inquiries:
City of Wilmington 
Mayor’s Office
69 N. South Street
Wilmington, Ohio 45177
937-382-5458
media@wilmingtonoh.org

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