CNO 2.0 Notes 7/15/21: Michael Norton-Smith – UPTOWN Centerville

CNO 2.0 Venue and Details

The venue for tonight’s CNO 2.0 meeting was Heavier than Air Brewing Company. Thank you to the owner and CNO Member Nick Tarkany and his team for allowing us to take over their bar tonight.

There were 25 people at the meeting (20 members and 5 guests). 

Dennis Dockins – Guest
Brian Nicholas – Guest
Michael Norton-Smith – Guest
Andre Tagliamonte – Guest
Vicki Thompson – Guest
Diane Arehart – Member
Patrick Arehart – Member
Abby Branham – Member
Casey Dixon – Member
Debe Dockins – Member
Cheryl Dowd – Member
Emily Duke – Member
Evelyn Griffin – Member
Greg Griffin – Member
Mark Karns – Member
Brian Nolan – Member
Jean Pummill – Member
Ashley Simeone – Member
Michelle Tagliamonte – Member
Nick Tarkany – Member
Ron Thompson – Member
Ron Tinnerman – Member
Jayne Weikel – Member
Jon Werts – Member
Suzanne Werts – Member


Ron Tinnerman announced that the annual Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf Classic was a huge success. The 7/12/2021 event raised $40,000 that our Optimist Club can use for the youth in our community.

Community Event

  • 8/7/2021, 9 AM to 1 PM, Debe Dockins announced that we need volunteers to work at the Kid’s Day in the Park event. It will be held at 1700 Delco Park Dr, Kettering OH 45420. Activities at the event are designed for kids aged 5 to 12. Free lunch begins at 11:30.

Speaker: Michael Norton-Smith, Uptown Centerville Plans

Ron Tinnerman introduced Michael Norton-Smith, the Development Director for the City of Centerville. He came tonight to talk about the Uptown Action Plan started 2 years ago for Uptown Centerville.

Webpage for Uptown Centerville: Unique – Vibrant – Historic

PDF of the Action plan

About Michael Norton-Smith

Michael Norton-Smith grew up in North Canton and he graduated high school in 2004. The town had about 13,000 residents at that time. The largest employer until 2007 in North Canton was the Hoover Vacuum cleaner company. Hoover’s original factory was in North Canton and at its peak employed 1000 people. In 2007, Maytag bought Hoover and moved all the jobs to Mexico.

Michael saw the affects of this loss of jobs on his small town. He decided he wanted to learn how to help with this type of situation. He set out to get a degree or degrees that would show him how to make a difference in towns facing the same issue. He finally found some education that would help him help others.

His wife is a doctor and she was matched to a hospital near Centerville. This is how he came to be in our town. He is using his training and experience to help change Uptown Centerville into a vibrant section of the community.

Previous Presentation to CNO

Michael presented at a weekly lunch on 5/18/2021. You can read the article here. Many of the details from that presentation are not included in this article. This article focused on progress and changes since 5/18/2021.

Uptown Centerville Survey

In 2019, Centerville conducted a door to door survey of businesses asking questions about retail businesses in Uptown Centerville. The consensus is traffic is a problem and parking is a nightmare. This makes greatly reduced pedestrian traffic. Several retail establishments have tried to make it in the area, but they have not been able to last very long.

Uptown Vision Statement

“Uptown Centerville is a vibrant district at the heart of our community. Uptown is a welcoming, walkable destination that is home to our history and a friendly gathering place where local businesses thrive.”

Overall, the City of Centerville wants to make the area a safer, easier place to park, stay and play in Uptown Centerville.

The hope is that there will be 3 construction phases, 1 each year, starting in 2022.

Progress for the Uptown Centerville Changes

Results of the project survey were released in June 2019. Everything was going great and they were ready to start in March 2021. Then the pandemic occurred and deadlines were extended. In September 2021, they decided they had to get something going or they would lose another year, so they let the business community know that plan.

The city is excited by the great responses from businesses. There are current restaurant owners in the Dayton area that have already purchased buildings in the Uptown area even though no construction has begun. The owners feel strongly that this will be a success and are ready to commit.

Just three days ago, on 7/12/2021, the Centerville City Council approved an entertainment district in Uptown Centerville. This is an important step. This will make 15 new liquor licenses available to vendors. All other area liquor licenses are either in use or the price for them is out of reach. The new licenses are $2500 vs $30,000 and to purchase one you must be operating an establishment; you can’t just hoard the licenses to raise the price.

Michael said the project is evolving. They have been asking the public again what they think about the project as it stands now. Some plans have changed as engineers have evaluated the plans and corrected issues with rain runoff and safety issues.

Overall, the majority of feedback is positive, and they believe the project will proceed quicker than expected with the enthusiasm of the retail business community and residents.

Thank You

Thank you, Michael Norton-Smith, for joining us to educate CNO 2.0 about the City of Centerville’s plans for Uptown Centerville.

The photos taken at Today’s Meeting are here.

CNOTES: May 18, 2021 – Kate Bostdorff and Michael Norton-Smith – Centerville Uptown Action Plan

Erin Dickerson’s Prayer

Dear God,

As we begin to reemerge into a sense of our pre-pandemic normal, I cannot help but relate it to the emergence of the Brood X Cicadas.  We too have felt as if it has been a long 17 years.  We look forward to shedding our masks much like the cicadas shed their exoskeletons.  We want to make as much noise shouting in rejoice!  While we are busy making our racket of joy, help us not to drown out the voices of those who have yet to have the opportunity or the option of making a choice to be fully vaccinated.  Those children and youth are the very reason we are here and who we are working so hard to support.


Special Announcement

There is no lunch meeting on 5/24/2021 for Memorial Day Break. The next meeting will be on 6/1/2021 and will be held at Yankee Trace Golf Club.

CNO 2.0 Meeting

The next Optimist 2.0 will be on June 17, 2021, in the VIP room at Poelking Lanes. Remember that CNO 2.0 meetings are always the evening of the 3rd Thursday of the month.


Debe Dockins announced that CHS teacher and CNO member Mike Cordonnier was just inducted into the Centerville Educators Hall of Fame.

Debe Dockins said to let her know if you would like to help decorate the 2021 CNO Americana float and/or if you would like to ride on the float with her and wave to the community.

Mike Bevis, golf outing chair, said that 100 golfers have signed up so far. They need “day of event” volunteers for lots of tasks on Monday, July 12, 2021. There are jobs for all times of the day including early morning, mid-day and at the end of the day. They are also looking for donors and silent auction items like bottles of wine and gift cards.

Tom Novak, Avenue of Flags co-chair, announced that Avenue of Flags needs a lot of volunteers on Wednesday 5/26/2021 at Flag headquarters at Sinclair on Clyo Rd. The CHS wresting team cannot help because they are still in school.

Bob Lawson announced that there were 120 kids at the Family Adventure Day held at the RecPlex last weekend and was a great success. Half of the kids had never caught a fish before.

Committee Meetings

  • 6/16/2021, 6 PM, Tom Frazier Tee Off for Youth Golf 2021, Zoom hosted by Mike Bevis. Meetings in 2021 will be on Wednesdays on 1/13, 2/17, 3/24, 4/14, 5/12, 6/16, 7/7. Additional volunteers are always welcome. The golf outing will be held on 7/12/2021.
  • 6/15/2021, 6 PM, Monthly Board of Directors Meeting, Zoom hosted by President Debe Dockins.

Kate Bostdorff and Michael Norton-Smith, Uptown Centerville Plans

Mike Bevis introduced two speakers from the City of Centerville. Kate Bostdorff is the Communications Director and Michael Norton-Smith is the Development Director. They were at our meeting to talk about the Uptown Action Plan started 2 years ago for Uptown Centerville.

Webpage for Uptown Centerville: Unique – Vibrant – Historic

PDF of the Action plan

You can view the slide deck they presented here.  

Conceptual pictures are in the slide deck. There are slides at the end of the deck that explain the design of the new logo and some examples where it could be used.

Vision Statement

“Uptown Centerville is a vibrant district at the heart of our community. Uptown is a welcoming, walkable destination that is home to our history and a friendly gathering place where local businesses thrive.”

The area being re-imagined and rebranded has been known as the Architectural Preservation District (APD).  The term APD is part of the issue they want to solve. There are parking spots labeled APD and people think it is just for police parking. One of the first goals is to make it clear it is free parking for anyone.

Overall, the City of Centerville wants to make the area a safer, easier place to park, stay and play in Uptown Centerville.

The hope is that there will be 3 construction phases, 1 each year, starting in 2022.

Visioning Process

  • Unofficial Start: 2018 Business Walk
  • APD Visioning Committee (15 members)
  • Process identified 6 strategies for enhancements
    • Walkability, Parking, Events, Business Development, Branding, Greenspace
  • Uptown Action Plan released in June 2019
  • Approved as an amendment to the City’s Comprehensive plan in August 2019

Working the Plan

  • Strategic Acquisition
    • Laundromat, 39 N. Main, 32 W Ridgeway, 54 W. Franklin
  • Uptown Concept Mater Plan
  • Preliminary planning and engineering (MKSK/LJB) engineering firms
  • Create a communication plan to keep community informed
  • Release of the Uptown logo and brand
  • Launch of Uptown Upgrades façade improvement grant program
  • “Centerpieces” mural program
  • Meeting with property owners about shared parking
  • Redesigned parking signage
  • New business investment

The city started putting together a vision for an uptown project. The business community has already started working on helping with the plan.

Master Plan

  • Released in September 2020 to begin conversations with the community
  • Depicts a vision for enhancements to Uptown consistent with the six (6) focus areas of the Uptown Action Plan
  • City then hired LJB/MKSK to begin preliminary planning and engineering work in February 2021
  • Anticipate construction in Spring 2022 (Phase 1)
  • The plans are fluid and will be adjusted as it progresses

Key Enhancements

  • Redesigns existing parking areas to improve flow and connectivity
  • Increases parking capacity
  • Reduces the number of access drives and creates common drives
  • Envisions opportunities for targeted infill development (commercial and residential)
  • Creates activated outdoor greenspaces, vias, and alleys
  • Focuses on four-sided architecture for existing buildings

Vias and Alleys

  • To improve the walkability of Uptown, the concept master plan proposes creation of activated outdoor spaces
  • These include closing and repurposing existing access drives
  • Examples include outdoor patios, decks, alleys, seating areas, etc.

Thank you, Kate Bostdorff and Michael Norton-Smith, for joining us to educate CNO about the City of Centerville’s plans for Uptown Centerville.

New Member Readings and Inductions

None this week.

Welcome Guests!

Guest NameGuest of
Kate Bostdorff Today’s co-speaker from the City of Centerville
Michael Norton-Smith Today’s co-speaker from the City of Centerville

Happy Bucks

Tom NovakFor the City of Centerville purchasing 15 Avenue of Flag subscriptions each year.
Bill WilliamsFirst grandson is expected this fall.
Joe MaddenPaid a happy buck so he could make another wisecrack that is not appropriate to list here. Nothing new about that.
Paul StullFirst official day as a Sergeant. He strongly recommends that for future meetings you wear your Optimist pin.
Charlie GoodwinPaul Stull will be the recipient of the Centerville Washington Foundation’s Founders award on 10/7/2021.

Sergeants at Arms

Anyone with facial hairHaving facial hair
David LaddWearing a “loud” shirt
Charla RheaumeCreative parking at Yankee Trace
Anyone who is from Northern OhioBeing from Northern Ohio
Gary Anderson, Bob Foster, Larry England, Bill Stone, John HornerWearing shorts today
Joe MaddenBorrowed a dollar to pay a debt

Membership Anniversaries

MemberMonthDayJoined# Years
Bill DeShurkoMay185/18/201110
Jim MarkerMay185/18/201110
Rafael SantillanMay185/18/20165
Jeff RolfMay205/20/20156
Kelly GeorgeMay205/20/20156
Pete RifeMay225/22/20138


Jack AndersonMay 18
Amy BarkerMay 19
Mike BrubakerMay 19
Jim MarkerMay 23

CNO Donations – 2013 through May 2021

Click here to see a summary of donations the club has made since 2013

Thank You Notes Received

Click Here to Red the Thank You Notes we received this week

Links to PowerPoint and Pictures

A Copy of this Week’s Meeting PowerPoint Slide Deck is here

The photos taken at Today’s Meeting are here.