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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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Concept One Academy - new application to be discussed at Public Wor…

Category: Huber Heights City Government

Tuesday at the Public Works Committee meeting there will be a discussion on the application for a major zoning change for the old Lamendola School Property.  A company called Concept 1 Academy desires to house up to thirty-two 16 - 18 year old males.
The read ahead within the agenda found on the city web site contains:
Staff Report, Minutes of the Planning Commission Hearing, Decision Record,…

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Committee of the Whole - 7 of 8 council members did not attend

Category: Huber Heights City Government

Facebook is alive with a discussion about the Committee of the Whole meeting 7 of the 8 council members did not attend. 
Here is a little background; there was a Public Works Committee meeting scheduled for 4:30 followed by a Administration Committee meeting at 6:00 pm.  Thursday July 16 at 5 pm we got notification that the Admin Committee meeting was cancelled due to a lack of agenda items.  Thursday night I called a Committee of the Whole meeting and notification went out on…

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Family Disc Golf Day August 9th

Category: General

I have been talking about a Disc Golf event since the beginning of the summer with a couple of different concepts. With the help of the Parks and Recreation Board and DDGA this idea of a introductory Family Disc Day emerged. For more information; direct registration or to volunteer to help go to Family Disc Golf Day in Huber Heights.  

Last week I took Irvin out to play disc golf for the first

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Give $15,000 to Developers or $4,000 to longtime residents.  How sh…

Category: Huber Heights City Government

This article is another attempt by me to get council to compel staff to compute real numbers that justify giving the developer of Carriage Trails $15,000 per house in financial aid.  I bring this up because Tuesday night council decided not to give a widowed retiree and long time property tax paying resident a $4,000 supplement to help her fix the lateral that connects to the sewer on the other side of Harshmanville…

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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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Older news

June 3rd 2015, 7:06 AM Fire House Management Contract - Part 1 - the Contract 0 comments
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

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


As the New Year is fresh in mind

"As the New Year is fresh in mind, the dominant question in mind of everyone is, “How will you make 2015 a great year?”


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FIFA 16 Coins
Cheap Runescape Gold

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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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Tax Split


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