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


I believe I will be able to make better decisions if more residents know what's happening in Huber Heights. When I started this site I hoped to inspire 4 or 5 residents to attend committee meetings and then write informative articles for the rest of the community to reference. That idea never developed and I ended up writing most of the articles.  Now that I've been elected Mayor, I've been in a quandary on what to do with the site. The city has official methods for conveying information. I plan to use this open forum to have a conversation that allows me to learn more about the city and your views. Yes I know, people shouldn't do public math.  Oh well, you're going to see it, warts and all.  With luck you'll give me insight into what you're thinking, but I'm positive it will allow you to see how I think.
Tom McMasters

As important as I'd like to think this website can be, if you really want to keep up with City government regularly look at the agenda items found on the City's Meeting Information & Audio / Video page 

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City to buy nearly "free" land and Lamandola vote likely Monday

Category: Huber Heights City Government

Two interesting items on the agenda for the Council Meeting Jun 22, 2015.
The Lamandola property zoning issue will probably be voted on tomorrow.  At least it should be voted on.
I personally don't believe they will be opening an official school.  With that I don't believe that Planned Public is the proper zoning if they  believe they qualify for that zoning based on their business being a school.  However, the dilemma is what would be the proper…

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Two sets of books to track Music Center and Aquatic Center costs.

Category: Huber Heights City Government

Last council meeting I asked about the way the financial report in the weekly report tracked the costs of the Music Center.  What prompted this question was that I heard other council members say we've had more than $1 million dollars in ticket sales yet the weekly report showed receipts of only $437,674.55.

Currently both the Music Center and Aquatic Center are managed by contractors so the…

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The pictures make it obvious a no bid contract for the new Fire Hou…

Category: General

Sometimes when you know something is wrong you have to take actions that are painful.  I fully expect that these pictures of Mr. Campbell and Mr. Conaway will get distributed over and over again this election cycle.  I should not feel bad about spreading them myself, but I do.  However, it's incredible that Councilman Ed Lyons and Councilwomen Jan Vargo and Lu Dale don't realize that incidents…

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Updates:  Zoning of old Lamandola School to allow Private Residenti…

Category: General

Updates - 23 June 2015
Too much going on to post all the updates but I'll get some now and I'll post others as they occur.

The most important is that the Applicant withdrew the application before the Jun 22 council meeting.  The paper tells us that the intention is to make a new application so  it can be heard by the planning commission on July 14, 2015.  

From the news article and from the…

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Fire House Management Contract - Part 1 - the Contract

Category: Huber Heights City Government

Monday June 1st 2015 at the Safety Service Committee meeting we discussed at length the management contract for the building of the new Fire House.  There are two themes to this article.  First I'll talk about some of the specific items in the contract I suggested but were rejected - for instance a conflict of interest / ethics clause so the project manager would have to act in the best…

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Older news

June 1st 2015, 9:20 PM Fire Pits and Campfires 0 comments
March 27th 2015, 3:18 PM The Rose Music Center Concerts as of 27 Mar 2015 0 comments
February 18th 2015, 10:14 AM Should we shovel sidewalks?   0 comments
February 12th 2015, 11:24 PM Aquatic Center Contract award based on friendship 12 comments
January 26th 2015, 8:00 AM Citizens on Patrol Unit known as P.R.I.D.E. 0 comments
January 4th 2015, 3:43 PM Why don't you run for City Council 1 comment
December 21st 2014, 1:57 PM Mayor Campaigns for School Board - and Wins 0 comments
December 5th 2014, 5:15 PM Another TIF / Music Center Discussion 0 comments
November 16th 2014, 8:34 AM No read-ahead for Tuesday's City Budget discussion 0 comments
November 6th 2014, 6:35 AM New School Board Member - With post campaign thoughts 3 comments
October 27th 2014, 12:47 AM This is to benefit Carriage Trails 1 comment
October 26th 2014, 9:57 PM A Briefing isn't a Report 0 comments
October 23rd 2014, 9:03 PM Just the FAQs flier 0 comments
October 23rd 2014, 7:23 AM ​We Won! 0 comments
October 15th 2014, 12:23 AM There are Budgets and there are Budgets 0 comments
October 13th 2014, 11:52 PM Resignation effective 31 Dec 2015 resume office on 1 Jan 2016 2 comments
October 3rd 2014, 2:03 AM Town Hall - where's the facts? 4 comments
September 26th 2014, 3:45 PM Aquatic Center and other Park discussions 0 comments

Recent Comments

The pictures make it obvious a no bid contract for the new Fire Hou…

Can't wait until November

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Early Voting has started, I won't be voting for Ms. Vargo - even th…

I think the background off all these candidates needs to be looked into.  I myself will not vote for a candidate to handle my city's money if they cannot handle their own.  

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Aquatic Center Contract award based on friendship

The management company you refer to is not sending any select soccer kids to Kettering.  A partnership program had been created to provide local families other options to avoid them leaving our community play soccer. To date, no teams have been created. The management company has held basketball camps, and a variety of other summer camps in the parks each summer as well as 5k races and a half marathon on behalf of the city's parks and recreation department.

You are right about one thing, apples to apples is very hard to do when you have a large variable such as weather that affects the operational costs and revenues. It should be pointed out that the management company chosen to run the pool does not charge the city for any staffing not used when the pool is closed! Fixed costs contracts would pay for staffing regardless of pool operating status.

Finally, it should also be pointed out that the management company selected has provided recreational services and a facility in Huber Heights for 10 years.  Having served over 700,000 visitors and participants, and with over 11,000 members, my guess is this is a much larger volume of residents being served than before the partnership was created 10 years ago.

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Why don't you run for City Council

If you do go to the Board of Elections they will tell you how many other people have come by to get petitions.  Even if it looks like there are a lot of people interested don't get the wrong impression.

Many people never file and some people file incorrectly.  In fact, I would bet that if 10 people get petitions only about 3 of them will actually file.  

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Vectren is running gas into our streets.

Email me or call me with your address.  

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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.



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


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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Information from the mayor needs to be accurate

I just got finished reading the unsigned editorial in the Jan 1st edition of the Huber Heights Courier titled "Information from the mayor needs to be accurate" found in the "Your View" section.  The unidentified author says, "It is an unfortunate event that McMasters, in his elected position as Mayor of Huber Heights, distributed inaccurate information.  It is his responsibility as mayor to be…

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Young Marines meet @ St Peters

Open House Jan 14th at 1745 (5:45 PM)  Boot Camp starts Jan 21, 2015

Who:  Any Miami Valley youth - must be accompanied by a parent/gaurdian

What: Observe regular MVYM drill activity and receive information briefing (one hour)

Where:  Saint Peter Church Basement, 6161 Chambersburg Rd. Huber Heights OH

Contact info in the flier.

Young Marine Flier

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Vectren is running gas into our streets.

I have noticed that Vectren is going to run natural gas pipes into out street with the intent of providing gas furnace service and water heater service in the future.
DP&L put this street on restriction long ago and ony serviced electric furnaces.
What I find wrong is they are staking out our front yards in what looks like a ditch to go the length of the street about 12 feet back from the curb. Only that goes through every driveway on the…

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Older blog posts

October 26th 2014, 3:20 PM Ebola will give science a bad name 0 comments
July 23rd 2014, 10:34 AM VA Healthcare Benefits 0 comments
July 11th 2014, 10:48 AM Union Negotiations 0 comments
July 10th 2014, 11:23 AM Young Marines - Boot Camp 0 comments
June 29th 2014, 6:32 PM water bill 1 comment
June 25th 2014, 10:43 AM Help with Electric Costs 0 comments


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Which city council members are up for election in 2013

Lu Dale, Karen Keleps, Ed Lyons, Jan Vargo – 2 votes
Tyler Starline, Tracy Dudley, Judy Blankenship, Mark Campbell – 4 votes