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

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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

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News

Fishburg Road (west of Old Troy Pike) will be closed from Elysian W…

Category: Huber Heights City Government

City of Huber Heights – Road Closure
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 4, 2015
 
Fishburg Road (west of Old Troy Pike) will be closed from Elysian Way to Aaron Lane for one day on Friday, May 8, 2015.   The road will only be closed during the day from approximately 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.   The road is being closed in order to finish installing a new storm culvert on the south side of the road to fill…

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Election Day Tuesday - Matt Truman - Video - Council at Large

Category: General

Matt Truman started Brick City Town Hall a Facebook page designed to talk about City issues.  You can see his campaign Facebook page here.


 

 

A short video for you this morning. Thank you all for your support and well wishes, as the election is just around the...

Posted by Matthew Truman for Huber Heights Council At Large on Tuesday, April 28, 2015

And don't forget to check out…

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Election Day Tuesday - Glenn Otto - 30 Minute Q &A - Council at Large

Category: General

Sunday at 6:00 pm Glenn Otto will be doing a live YouTube Question and Answer session.  

 You can pass him questions before hand via his Facebook site

Put it on your schedule.  You will also be able to watch the reply at the same You tube address:





And don't forget to check out the other council at large candidates:


 

Jaclynn Shook Matthew Truman Glenn

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Election Day Tuesday - Jaclynn Shook Flier - Council at Large

Category: General

I spoke with Jaclynn Lee Shook today.  I really like the idea of having a contracting officer on Council.  Here is a copy of her flier. 



Jaclynn Lee Shook Flier
Jaclynn Shook  Jaclynn Lee Shook

 Glenn Otto    Glenn Otto is also another good candidate


 Matt Truman   Don't forget Matt Truman got to love his military service and medical training





Did you know the incumbent is my favorite council member - but I won't be voting for the incumbent!

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

Category: General

Although she is my favorite council member, I can't vote for Jan Vargo in the primary election May 5th and is underway now in Early Voting.  Here is one reason why.
 
In 2002/2003 the City spent about $8 million dollars to build the Carriage Trails Parkway Connector. In 2007 the City entered the initial Development Agreement with DEC Land Co, LLC.  One of the objectives of that agreement was…

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Older news

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
September 26th 2014, 10:16 AM Spending the $750,000 Music Center Budget 0 comments
September 9th 2014, 4:13 AM Music Center Sponsorship Council meeting discussion 3 comments
September 5th 2014, 6:56 AM Marigold Festival Sept 2013   0 comments
August 16th 2014, 8:50 AM ​Aquatic Center Costs 0 comments
August 1st 2014, 11:00 AM New Library discussion 0 comments
July 31st 2014, 12:14 PM Viewing City Council Meetings 0 comments
July 24th 2014, 11:27 PM Another television appearance! 0 comments

Recent Comments

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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New School Board Member - With post campaign thoughts

Megan Baumgartner has told us about herself in that Facebook thread -

I would be willing to run - I am a 30-something's mom with two kids in this school district. We were stationed here several years ago and chose to return here upon my husbands retirement 2 years ago. We have a vested interest in the community…I'm not related to anyone here so would have no partiality to the way things have always been done. If no one else steps up I'd be happy to try it, but id want to throw my name in the hat feeling like i had some support going into it.

Ok…I'm currently a federal employee. I hold a Master's degree in Management and a bachelor's in Human Resources. Our family belongs to First Christian Church (off of Fishburg) and we volunteer there extensively. My husband is very involved in the schools as he has implemented the Watchdog program at Rushmore. I have worked extensively with at-risk children as I ran an after school program when we were stationed near Alamogordo, NM. I saw school districts at their absolute worst there - with the economy, those who could afford to buy school supplies were asked to contribute toilet paper for the school year (no exaggeration). I don't want that to happen HERE. Have I done anything like this specifically before? No. But as a mom, taxpayer, property owner and someone who just wants the best for the city we CHOSE to live in long-term, I realize there has got to be a way to find some common ground and bridge the gap between what we have and what we need. It doesn't have to be me, but some new blood and a fresh perspective would make a big difference in what we are dealing with.

I know Megan from Church.  She is a high energy, well educated professional with a great sense of family.  Show you support her by liking her post.  

Let us all know if you are interested and qualified or convince someone you know to put their name in the ring.  

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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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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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Poll

Which city council members are up for election in 2013

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