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Welcome to Tom McMasters' blog about being Mayor & life in Huber Heights

I will not be running for re-election this year.

As we move forward in 2017 there are a couple issues you should be involved with to make sure they are done right.  First make sure we only implement the good parts of the Brandt Pike Revitalization Plan.  For the most part this means take the ideas and data found from the study and use them in other parts of the city.  Definitely we need to fight the idea of funneling the traffic away from Brandt Pike so that people are forced to use Troy Pike and Rt 4.  The other issue is this $2.5 million dollar water pressure zone North of I-70.  Today all evidence tells us that the pressure there is at or above the national average for municipal cities and by spending this money we will be over pressurizing many of the houses in that area.  I intend to write more on these issues soon. 

Lastly, this November will bring in elections for councilmembers and a mayor.  Take the opportunity to meet the candidates. 

Thank you and keep in touch.


Tom McMasters
Mayor of Huber Heights
 
Mayor Tom McMasters
 

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News

PSE should not be given an extension on the City Attorney Contract

Category: Huber Heights City Government
I provided the following read ahead material for the discussion on the City Attorney Contract:


Even after the change in the person named to be the City Attorney, Pickrel, Scheaffer & Eberling has provided biased advice detrimental to the best interest of the City and I recommend terminating the working relationship. 
 
  1.  The office of Pickrel, Scheaffer & Eberling chose to endorse the City

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 Mr. Schommer is a $90,000 a year employee the city pays $140,000

Category: Huber Heights City Government

Back in the July, August time frame I reached out to the City Manager in order to start a discussion about his position with the city.  I indicated I would be in favor of waiving the contract requirement that said he needed to give the city six months’ notice before putting in for retirement.  Since his putting in for retirement also terminated his contract, I also indicated this would offer the city a gentlemanly way to transition to the next city manager.

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Mark Ave Water Main Discussion Updated 25 Nov 2017

Category: Huber Heights City Government

The discussion occurred as schedule on the 21st of November.  You can watch the entire 53 minute discussion from the city website.

It is frustrating to go through the effort of talking through an issue and getting real information on the record, only to have discredited reasoning brought up again and again.  Normally, I see this on Facebook and it is the same people that continually repeat things

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Tyler Starline implies the Huber Heights School Board are idiots

Category: Huber Heights City Government

 
If you look at this chart you will see three different ways the Alcore TIF could have been created and the amount of money the school board would receive under each method. 

Alcore TIF to Schools first 10 year options
 
You can see from this chart that if a Non-School TIF were created it would have generated $2,561,588 dollars for the schools, over the first ten years of the TIF.  Instead Tyler tells you the school board voluntarily signed

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Ward 5

Category: General

I have been distributing a flyer with condensed  statements on the candidates for office.  Here are my expanded thoughts on the Ward 5 candidates. 


 
 

  Flier Thoughts   Expanded Thoughts
Linda Morin Positives:  Decent work experience, independent, down to earth, willing to talk issues and provide insight into her analysis

Negatives:  Inexperienced in government,

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Older news

October 29th 2017, 8:33 PM The Mayoral Race -
September 26th 2017, 4:20 AM Chambersburg and Fishburg Road improvements
August 26th 2017, 8:33 AM Annual Sidewalk Program
July 9th 2017, 7:57 AM Swing for the fence
June 11th 2017, 10:07 AM How bias is the Mayor?
April 30th 2017, 12:22 PM Issue 7;  Residency requirement Yes or No
April 27th 2017, 11:49 AM Rick Stan for Council at Large
March 19th 2017, 11:53 PM 19th Amendments considerations
February 26th 2017, 3:09 AM Hiring PS&E is a big mistake
January 11th 2017, 6:59 AM Mayor's Vision - Part .2
November 11th 2016, 11:38 AM Should Thomas Cloud be baseball only?
October 23rd 2016, 9:03 PM Charter Amendments other than Issue 29

Recent Comments

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Thoughts on Signing of the 18th Amendment

In regards to your first objective… I think it is reasonable that you ask those types of questions.  But I also think you should ask yourself this… why should the city get to sit back and provide nothing, but reap all the benefits?  TIF is a pretty common thing used all across the country and in the rest of the world.  The whole purpose of it is to encourage develepment.

As for your suggestion to slow down development…. this has already been going on for how many years now and still has many more to go.  How long exactly do you want this to last?

Have you considered what happens if the city stops contributing and the developer pulls out?  The developer is currently paying millions in debt on behalf of the city are they not?  If DEC pulled out…. the city would have to start paying that debt again?  Or find a third developer at that point to take all the risk because the city doesn't want to help.

Your second objective is basically just to prove a point that you have power or to get some revenge on what some council members told the news in the past?  Tell me I didn't just read that.  You should be less concerned about what some PAC is doing and more concerned about the city.  That is just politics.  That PAC failed to even get enough signatures to support their movement 2 years ago.

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Missing page that recently made the news

Why did you send the email to the news?

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Vice Mayor Starline missed the point in his opinion

Mr. Mayor,

Can you please provide the specific rules in which you make the following 2 claims:

1.  The 3 ways that an item on an agenda (.
2.  The mayor can reject any agenda item for any reason

You claim those to be true, but what backs that up?

The rules of council referenced by Starline seem to back up his claim that the mayor has no such authority.  Section N of the document below.

http://hh-cdn.cld3.bitstormweb.com/images/huber/council/rules_of_council_2016.pdf

I have to agree with Starline's conclusion unless you can back up your claims.  All that document says is the Clerk of Council is responsible (consulting with city manager and presiding officer) or an item can be compelled by 3 council members.

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Council needs to strengthen my authority to enforce the requirement…

If the council itself doesn't want this "requirement", which doesn't seem to be anything official, why make such a big deal about it?

If you think the lack of a read aheads waste the council's time… then that is their choice.  It is their own time they are wasting.  The few public people who attend the meetings don't seem to care.  They probably get more information out of it the way it is, because they have to hear all the clarifications.

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Site Purpose

I've found that when people talk to our current city council they listen. I also believe council both needs that scrutiny and they don't like it. In fact, they proclaim they want public input but then their actions discourage it. I’ve been trying for a year and a half to get more people to learn about what council is doing because I know with our feedback the city will end up with better government. This website is new online and I have a great vision on where it can go! Right now you can review the beginning of the Aquatic Center or “The Heights” or you can create a profile and start adding content to this site. This is a great project and I look forward to working with you to ensure we get good government here in Huber Heights.
 
Tom




Flier

If you've come to this website because of a flier you probably want to see the City Lawyer's opinion paper first. At the very bottom of that page you can find a link to the flier for you to download it and pass it out yourself. 
 
Tom McMasters



Announcements

Web Designers, Authors, Ideas Wanted

This website theme has great potential especially since it is open source and free but I can see I'll need help to make it work. If you believe in the vision and you can write code for a website as sophisticated as this contact me. As useful as this site seems it loads pretty slow so if you know of another open source theme that does the same things contact me.
Also, I think if there are 8 of us willing to rotate through the committee meetings and then write about the key events we can improve this city. Contact me if you are interested.

Finally, if you have pictures of City events, construction, public areas or services I'd like to show them. Send them to me and I'll incorporate them into the site. Tom McMasters

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THANKFUL FOR ALPACAS Open House here in Huber Heights

You are invited to join Collene Miller  and the Purdy Lil' Suri Alpaca Farm for :

THANKFUL FOR ALPACAS

Open House

Thanksgiving Weekend
Friday, Nov 24 from 10am – 5pm
Saturday, Nov 25 from 10am – 2pm
Sunday, Nov 26 from 1pm – 5pm
Purdy Lil’ Suri Alpaca Farm
9454 Taylorsville Rd
Huber Heights, OH  45424
Have family visiting for the holiday weekend? 
Why not bring them out to…

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What is TIF?

Tax Increment Financing is a tool cities can use to improve infrastructure.

When a TIF is created it baselines the current value of a property and locks in the amount going toward property taxes. When development occurs this changes the valuation of t
he property and the property owner gets an increased "tax" bill. However, instead of the increase in "taxes" going to those that get the normal levies,

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Miami Valley Young Marines annual Birthday Ball - Recognized with N…

Young Marine Press Release

Miami Valley Young Marines Win National Award

On Saturday, 28 October the Miami Valley Young Marines (MVYM) and the Dayton Marine Corps League (MCL) will celebrate the end of their operational year at the annual Birthday Ball.  This year’s celebration is very special to the MVYM as it culminates a very successful year in accomplishing their primary community service mission of drug demand reduction

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Older blog posts

June 19th 2017, 3:44 AM Town Center and Home
May 28th 2017, 6:28 PM Memorial Day Service in Huber Heights
April 3rd 2017, 9:45 PM Arsenic In your private well?
March 29th 2017, 9:20 AM Law says slow behind bikes
March 28th 2017, 6:01 PM RTA Seeks Bus Drivers
March 10th 2017, 7:09 PM Good is a matter of perspective

 

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