Town of Dayton, Indiana

July Update


Happy July!!!

For the July Update, we will borrow from Marshal Taylor on the Dayton Police Department Facebook page about the rules on fireworks:

No organized fireworks displays have been planned for Dayton.

Consumer fireworks can be set off on the following days:

June 29 through July 9th between 5:00 PM and 11:30 PM. On July 4th they can be set off from 10:00 AM to 12:00 midnight.

Fireworks may not be set off on streets and sidewalks. You are responsible for any damage caused by your display AND CLEAN UP. 

For further details review Local Ordinance 2016-5A


The most American things you can do are be considerate of your neighbors and have fun!!!!


On other notes, just a reminder that town ordinances on utilities will be enforced again beginning August 1st. This is a full year after the Governor’s prohibition on late fees and disconnects has expired. We are now offering payment plans for anyone still struggling to catch up. Contact the Utility Clerk, Bridget, for more information at 765-296-2533 or


The crews installing fiber for Mulberry Telecommunications have progressed through Deerfield and are now working east of Dayton Road. Look for them this summer and fall digging in your neighborhood.


God Bless America and God Bless Dayton, Indiana!

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Links to the audio from the 2020 and 2021 telephone meetings can be found here.


Town Updates

Special Meeting

The Dayton Town Council will hold a Special Meeting on Tuesday, July, 27th at 6:30pm at Town Hall.

The purpose of the meeting is to award contracts from the recent bid opening and vote on the litigation in Cause Number 79C01-2006-CT-000112. This meeting is open to the public and information on seating can be found here.

The agenda can be found here.


The Indiana Department of Transportation will be working to install ADA ramps on the sidewalks along State Road 38 in Dayton during the next 30 days. Be prepared for lane restrictions. 

August Council Meeting

The Dayton Town Council will meet on Monday, July 9th, 2021 at 7pm at Town Hall. A Sidewalk Ordinance and a Voting Ordinance will be on the agenda. Drafts are attached below.


The draft of the Sidewalk Cost Share Ordinance can be found here.

The draft of the proposed Voting Ordinance can be found here.



In an effort to serve residents of the town, Dayton Municipal Utilities had refrained from shutting off services and charging late penalties on delinquent accounts for an additional twelve months after the Governor's order prohibiting them expired. Effective August 1, 2021, the Town Code of Ordinances relating to late fees and disconnections will be reinstated. Find the letter sent to Dayton Utility customers here.

Dayton Town Calendar

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William Bush Started It

A long, long time ago …

…the first settlers arrived in Dayton. It was 1825 when William Bush and others settled here, and Bush probably sold the first lots about 1827, the year the town celebrates as its founding. Two years later, the town was officially platted, in two parts. In 1829, both Dr. Timothy Horram, who owned land adjoining Bush’s, and William Bush decided it was time to file a plat. The two men used the same surveyor and filed their plats on the same day, September 16, 1829. Bush called his plat Marquis (de), with all lots lying along the south side of the state road now known as Indiana 38.  Dr. Horram called his plat Fairfield, with all lots lying north of the road. Bush’s plat for Marquis was entered first (Deed Book A, p. 381), earning him the honor of town founder. Horram’s plat for Fairfield is recorded on the following page (Deed Book A, p 382.). The name Marquis may never have been used, but for some reason early local histories often get it backward, claiming that the town was first called Fairfield by William Bush, and later Marquis by Horram.

In a deed recorded October 5, 1830 (at Deed Book B, page 278), David Gregory platted an addition to the town of Fairfield, with all lots lying west of Conjunction St (alongside Fairfield) and north of the state road (across from the west half of Bush’s Marquis plat).

When the growing town applied for a post office, it was denied the use of the name Fairfield because there was already a post office by that name in Indiana, a dilemma shared with several other aspiring Fairfields around the state. Legend says Gregory offered to donate a lot for a school if the town would take the name Dayton, after the prosperous Dayton, Ohio, in the area from which Gregory and others had come. On April 19, 1831, the Dayton post office was established, and on July 5, 1831, Gregory deeded a lot for a school (lot 19; Book 58, p. 172), although it was not, as legend says, exactly on the spot where the school stands today. It was on a lot directly in front of today’s school location but facing Main Street. The one-room school was built far back on the lot, and the land where the school stands today was also Gregory land at the time, making it essentially the same location. As new buildings were erected, they were located behind the existing building, on the north edge of the town.


Much has happened in Dayton since then…

Susan Clawson