published Friday, July 12th, 2013

More downtown concerts requested in Dayton survey

Randy Nudd, owner of Chattanooga Awning Company, makes adjustment to an awning installation at a building on First Avenue in Dayton. Exterior improvements for downtown merchants were funded through the state's courthouse private-realm grants.
Photo by Kimberly McMillian
Randy Nudd, owner of Chattanooga Awning Company, makes adjustment to an awning installation at a building on First Avenue in Dayton. Exterior improvements for downtown merchants were funded through the state's courthouse private-realm grants. Photo by Kimberly McMillian

DAYTON, Tenn. — Early results from a survey seeking opinions on downtown Dayton improvements show many business owners and residents want more musical events, officials said.

Executive Director Anna Tromanhauser, with MainStreet Dayton, said at the organization's recent monthly meeting that holding concerts in the park ranked high on surveys returned thus far.

Earlier this year, the organization's economic restructuring committee developed a residential and merchant survey to spotlight potential business and downtown needs.

Board member and building owner Jenny Nevans said the comparatively low number of responses, about 40, was not surprising as the survey was distributed during the vacation season.

Distribution of the surveys has been halted until a youth group or other volunteers can assist later this month or in early August.

During the MainStreet Dayton meeting, Rhea County Executive George Thacker briefly interrupted to announce that nearly 120 participants with the Bryan College Summit Ministries staff had offered to help with downtown projects.

Thacker called the volunteerism "priceless labor," and said the group already had helped with one project he had suggested: helping with flood clean-up, especially in Frazier Park.

The board eagerly accepted the offering of help, and Tromanhauser said they would need five to 12 students to distribute the surveys.

In other matters, MainStreet Dayton recently received a $2,300 grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission.

Tromanhauser said that money would help offset music and other expenses for this year's 25th annual Scopes Festival, set for July 19-20 in downtown Dayton.

Kimberly McMillian is based in Rhea County. Contact her at kdj424@bellsouth.net.

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