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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

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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News

This is to benefit Carriage Trails

Category: Huber Heights City Government

There is an interesting (and should be controversial item) on the agenda Monday night.  It would be controversial if some of the more conservative members of the community were aware.  This is because the proposal is set up to allow the developers of Carriage Trails to get State money with no real benefit to the State or the City. 
 
Interestingly, one of the Council member was struggling with…

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A Briefing isn't a Report

Category: Huber Heights City Government

I know I gave great praise in my article "We Won" to staff for producing some written documentation that can be reviewed by residents to help us understand the financial situation of the City.  This will be somewhat helpful in helping people evaluate the city financial situation when they go to vote November 4th.  Hopefully, we are working toward the day when the information is made available…

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Just the FAQs flier

Category: Huber Heights City Government

I received an email this evening from a resident complaining the City is sending out campaign literature about the upcoming vote on the tax levy.  My first inclination was to write him back and tell him the city is forbidden by law to spend money campaigning for a tax levy.  I haven't actually read the law or the opinions that state the city or the school district is forbidden from spending…

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​We Won!

Category: Huber Heights City Government

We won the opportunity to do more work.  Monday night at the Administration Committee meeting Huber Heights residents got background information that was useful in helping us understand some of the positive and negative reasons past decisions have been made.  We received a number of briefings, accompanied by worksheets, that can help us understand the financial situation of the city.  For once…

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Older news

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

Recent Comments

This is to benefit Carriage Trails

Talking with Council Member Starline, it appears that having the City purchase the property may take it off the property tax rolls.  I'm not sure how much property taxes are paid on this property but it would go from being owned by a private entity to being owned by a government entity.  

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Resignation effective 31 Dec 2015 resume office on 1 Jan 2016

Ok, now you've got too far, stick to the issues, you're on a roll don't distract from that, and by all means do get a big head! That's what happened to Fisher, thinking he'd be in office "for life"!

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Town Hall - where's the facts?

Dismissiveness, great word for how the city is treating it's residents!  :thumbs:

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Music Center Sponsorship Council meeting discussion

I think this article flows well.  However, the lesson learned "We should have had at least one committee meeting to discuss this after we got to read the contract."  Didn't really make it into the above article.

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Have you been duped into believing the Mayor is "just" a figure head?

Tom,

Your examples are very in depth and detailed.  The reality of the topic is, when was the last time any vote on council was anything but 8-0 or 7-1.  You stand very little chance of ever getting to break a tie or veto anything the current council votes on.  Hang in there, hopefully change is coming but it is going to take some time.

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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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Ebola will give science a bad name

My apologies this really belongs on tfmsview.com but I haven't written there for awhile and I wanted to get my thoughts out quick.

While listening to Meet the Press this morning a CDC representative kept saying things like the science tells us that you can't get Ebola from a person that doesn't have symptoms and you can't get Ebola if you don't come in contact with a person's bodily fluids.  Yet we know that two healthcare works from the first Ebola patient diagnosed in America ended up with the virus.

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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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