Kettering Board of Community Relations and Planning Commission to meet.


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Kettering, Ohio – The City of Kettering Planning Commission and the Kettering Board of Community Relations will hold meetings on the evening of October 18, 2021. Both entities will meet at the City Government Complex, 3600 Shroyer Rd., Kettering. The Planning Commission will meet at 7:00 P.M. in the City Council Chambers on the upper level. The Board of Community Relations will meet at 7:00 P.M. in the Deeds conference room on the lower level.

The Kettering Planning Commission typically meets on the 1st
and 3rd Monday of each month. The Commission is responsible for reviewing Zoning and Development applications. The Commission consists of 6 members who serve 5-year terms. The current Kettering Planning Commissioners are:

Don Rethman – term expires December 31, 2021
Don Shimmin – term expires December 31, 2022
Ray Wasky – term expires December 31, 2023
Ken Lackey – term expires December 31, 2024
Carol Fischer – term expires December 31, 2025
The Commission’s Recording Secretary is Connie S. Gaw

At the October 18, 2021, meeting, the Commission is scheduled to consider an application for a lot split at 1942-1950 E. Stroop Rd, Kettering. The Commission is also scheduled to hold an audience participation session to receive comments on items that are not on the agenda. The Commission also lists possible “Other Business” of Signing of Plats, Communications and Reports, and Planning Commission Comments.

The Kettering Board of Community Relations says that its purpose is “To promote and encourage the creation and maintenance of an inclusive community by fostering equal opportunities and respect for all persons.” The Board runs activities such as AccessibleKettering, Fair Housing programs, a Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Contest, Community Block Parties, landlord workshops, National Night Out, and Forward Towards Equality for All at the Rosewood Arts Center.

The Board of Community Relations has 8 members who serve 3-year terms. The current Board members are:

Tawana Jones, Chairperson – term expires 12/31/21
Gwen Owen, Vice Chairperson – term expires 12/31/23
Frank Ecklar, Secretary – term expires 12/31/23
Elom Dossa – term expires 12/31/23
Cathi Spaugy – term expires 12/31/21
Jyl Hall Smith –term expires 12/31/21
Bill Tschirhart – term expires 12/31/23
Lisa Duvall – term expires 12/31/22

The Board also has a student member, Fabrice Uwihirwe. Kettering Councilor Jacque Fisher serves as the Board’s council liaison. The Board also has two Kettering staff liaisons, Andria Perkins and Angela Brown.

At the October 18, 2021, meeting, the Board is scheduled to hear from guest speaker Jonelle Carrol, Kettering City Schools Family Liaison. The board will also:

1. Hear an Ice Cream Grant update.
2. Review the Block Party program.
3. Discuss the Community Connections – Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Group Event.
4. Review the Village of Elks July 31st training workshop.
5. Discuss the publication of the Racial Equity Survey.
6. Discuss the possibility of joint meetings with other Boards and Commissions.
7. Learn about a Diversity 101 proposal.
8. Discuss landlord/tenant workshops or videos.
9. Evaluate possible marketing for the Stayput rental assistance program.
10. Discuss a possible fall movie partnership.

The Board’s agenda also indicates that there will be a “round table” but it does not indicate what this relates to.

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As a member of the Board of Community Relations I wanted to address a question from your article. The "roundtable" is a reoccurring part of each meeting where each member has an opportunity to bring up anything that is not on the agenda. We discuss community events, recent items from the media that might relate to what we do, etc. Also I want to note that our Board meetings are open to the public. Anyone from the community is welcome to observe the meetings. Thanks!

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Ms. Duvall:

Thank you very much for your comments. This was extremely helpful information. Although I was not able to cover the actual Board meeting this week, I am planning to provide coverage of future meetings for our readers. Please always feel free to reach out to me if you think there is something we should be covering here in Kettering. I can be reached at

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