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Vote NO on Issue 29

There will be four council seats and the Mayor's position up for election in 2017.  If you are thinking of running for any of these positions you should get started now.  It only takes 50 valid signatures to get on the ballot.  I always recommend getting 100.  The filing deadline is 90 days before the primary which will make it sometime early Feb.  

Your first step should be to contact Campaign Finance at the Montgomery County Board of Elections (even the Miami County residents will have to file their petitions and reports in Montgomery County)

I am available to provide advice if you are interested.

Tom McMasters
Mayor of Huber Heights
 
Mayor Tom McMasters
 

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News

Should Thomas Cloud be baseball only?

Category: Huber Heights City Government

There are those that hope to claim Huber Heights Thomas Cloud park as a Baseball facility.  Currently the park is used for multiple sports, including baseball.  Soccer is the biggest and most successful user of the park.  Our two major soccer organizations work together as well as two organizations competing for talent can.  One of these organizations puts on two nationally recognized tournaments a year drawing hundreds of thousands of dollars to the area.

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Charter Amendments other than Issue 29

Category: Huber Heights City Government

I have not posted about the Charter Amendments other than Issue 29, until now, because of the importance of making sure Issue 29 is defeated.  I have always judge the current charter as being very well written with only Section 5 needing a re-write.  It is a shame that I have to actively campaign against Issue 29 and the proposed changes to Section 5.  

Mayor's Thoughts:  


Issue 28 -   Currently

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Help Wanted - Defeat Issue 29

Category: Huber Heights City Government

Vote no on Issue 29 yard signs are now available.   Send me an email if you will put one in your yard.  issue29@huberresidents.org Also read the article Vote No on Issue 29

Mayor Tom McMasters recommends  Vote no on Issue 29

Help me make sure all Huber Heights residents know of Issue 29 before they go to vote.  I've had some door hangers printed up.  If you can help distribute them send me an email to issue29@huberresidents.org with your contact

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Don't trust politicians - But don't shoot them either!

Category: Huber Heights City Government

Even though Council and I will be in a political battle the next couple months over Issue 29 where they will be trying to convince you that politicians should be trusted and I hope you can see we need a system with checks and balances, that doesn’t mean that you should get frustrated or turn to extreme measures.  Unless that extreme measure is to go out and make sure your neighbors are aware there is a political battle and they should be engaged (by the way Vote

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Energy Aggregation - An important lesson on gathering and documenti…

Category: Huber Heights City Government

----------------- Update - 4 Sept, 2016---------------------
The resolution passed on a 5 to 3 vote.  I vetod the resolution.  Part of that process requires I let council know the reason(s).  The read ahead on the work session agenda contains the required written objections.
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The discussion on Energy Aggregation continues with the second reading of

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Older news

June 21st 2016, 7:23 AM City issues or Summer Fun?
June 7th 2016, 2:29 AM Water Pressure North of Rt 70
April 2nd 2016, 6:18 PM Music Center Financials
March 23rd 2016, 7:53 PM Where do TIF dollars come from?
March 16th 2016, 5:15 AM Carriage Trails discussion
March 2nd 2016, 3:20 PM Update on Ward 5 appointment
February 6th 2016, 12:19 PM YMCA discussion and the Feb 2nd Work Session
January 17th 2016, 8:24 AM Water Softening Discussion
January 8th 2016, 10:05 PM Controversy, Controversy,  Controversy
January 4th 2016, 6:57 AM Anatomy of a Newspaper Article
January 2nd 2016, 1:05 PM Goodbye 2015, hello 2016
November 29th 2015, 11:02 PM What does The Impact Group do for the City?
November 5th 2015, 11:16 PM Election is over.  

Recent Comments

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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Carriage Trails discussion

I am a resident of Carriage Trails and also a resident of Huber Heights, as Carriage Trails is in Huber. With that being said city council is doing their due diligence by gathering as much information on this subject as possible. From what I have seen and gathered over the past couple weeks; are people seem to reacting with a lot of emotion, which in my experience can cloud critical thinking and ideal perception from sound decision making. Looking at this as a big picture standpoint as the City of Huber Heights, not just Carriage Trails, it is imperative to take into account whether or not the government subsistence is needed to further the development of Carriage Trails. The reason being; if the money is not needed to further develop and sell lots in Carriage Trails then the reality is the City could use that money for many other important things such as paying off debt for the aquatic center, the rose music center, and for water & sewer. However, if the research shows the sale of homes will diminish, slow, or stop if the subsistence is not paid then it may be a benefit for the City to pay the subsistence.  With all of that being said, things I would like to know; are there other developers; or has the city entertained the idea, to look at other developers to see if there is any interest to take over the project if DEC pulls out? Is $199,000 the minimum DEC would take to continue to develop the 25 lots or has the city thought about offering a $50,000 or $100, 000 as a counter offer to DEC? That is not to say they can't pay the full asking price of $199,000 but this is simple negotiating tactics. As a citizen who has to manage my family budget if I can save money somewhere I am going to take advantage of it and do it. City council, in my opinion, has the same mentality which is why they are looking into this in order to make an informed decision. Other things I've heard from others representing some of Carriage Trails residents is if the developer pulls out the home values will drastically drop, HOA fees will quadruple, and the current residents will lose horrifically. This could all be true; however, I have not seen any facts to back up those comments. Dry Run LLC is the current company who cuts grass for the HOA, owned by Ken Conaway, who also is a stakeholder in DEC, to my understanding. I would be confident if the HOA were turned over to the residents and the mowing bid was publically open for contracts the free market system would prevail and a company would be willing to cut grass for less; therefore, not quadrupling the HOA fees. These are simply my thoughts and opinions. I do not want to see Carriage Trails fail as I have a vested interest; however, I do not want to see Huber Heights fail because we are all Huber residents. I will stop with this; if the new lots being developed are sold for more money than what earlier residents paid for their lots then in the long run this can/will raise property value for the residents of Carriage Trails. Obviously, this assumes the lots would still be sold at a higher price; however, if the lots would sell then not only does create a higher value for the existing homes already built it increases the revenue stream for the city…

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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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Christmas Tree Lighting - Historical Society Nov 28th

The Wayne Township Christmas Tree Lighting will be 6 pm Monday November 28th at the Huber Center.  The Monticello and Rushmore Schools will provide music.  There will be Free Horse Drawn Wagon Rides and Mr. and Mrs Santa will be there.   See the brochure below for more of the program.  


Historical Society Christmas Tree Lighting

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Should Brandt Pike be reduced to a two lane road?

The Brandt Pike Revitalization project is being documented on http://www.discoverbrandtpike.com 

On November 17, 2016 there was a role-up briefing given.  You can find the Power Point Slides here.  I found the slides to be very useful in creating ideas.  I obviously will be advocating that the next time a brief like this is given that a video to be made so those that do not get to go to the original

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Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week

 

Hunger and Homeless Awareness week

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