PSE should not be given an extension on the City Attorney Contract
Even after the change in the person named to be the City Attorney, Pickrel, Scheaffer & Eberling has provided biased advice detrimental to the best interest of the City and I recommend terminating the working relationship.
- The office of Pickrel, Scheaffer & Eberling chose to endorse the City
Mr. Schommer is a $90,000 a year employee the city pays $140,000
Back in the July, August time frame I reached out to the City Manager in order to start a discussion about his position with the city. I indicated I would be in favor of waiving the contract requirement that said he needed to give the city six months’ notice before putting in for retirement. Since his putting in for retirement also terminated his contract, I also indicated this would offer the city a gentlemanly way to transition to the next city manager.…
THANKFUL FOR ALPACAS Open House here in Huber Heights
THANKFUL FOR ALPACAS
Open HouseThanksgiving Weekend
Friday, Nov 24 from 10am – 5pm
Saturday, Nov 25 from 10am – 2pm
Sunday, Nov 26 from 1pm – 5pm
Purdy Lil’ Suri Alpaca Farm
9454 Taylorsville Rd
Huber Heights, OH 45424
Have family visiting for the holiday weekend?
Why not bring them out to…
Mark Ave Water Main Discussion Updated 25 Nov 2017
The discussion occurred as schedule on the 21st of November. You can watch the entire 53 minute discussion from the city website.
It is frustrating to go through the effort of talking through an issue and getting real information on the record, only to have discredited reasoning brought up again and again. Normally, I see this on Facebook and it is the same people that continually repeat things…
What is TIF?
Tax Increment Financing is a tool cities can use to improve infrastructure.
When a TIF is created it baselines the current value of a property and locks in the amount going toward property taxes. When development occurs this changes the valuation of the property and the property owner gets an increased "tax" bill. However, instead of the increase in "taxes" going to those that get the normal levies,…
Tyler Starline implies the Huber Heights School Board are idiots
If you look at this chart you will see three different ways the Alcore TIF could have been created and the amount of money the school board would receive under each method.
Ward 4 - Andy Hill
The Ward 4 race is between Carl Urbanas and Andy Hill. My choice for that race is Andy Hill.
The reason is because Andy was the one candidate of all the candidates in all the races that was willing to go on the record as being against the deceptive tactics counsel was using in order to try to get some of the ballot measures passed. This went a long way to sway my opinion and shows he is…
I have been distributing a flyer with condensed statements on the candidates for office. Here are my expanded thoughts on the Ward 5 candidates.
|Flier Thoughts||Expanded Thoughts|
|Linda Morin||Positives: Decent work experience, independent, down to earth, willing to talk issues and provide insight into her analysis|
Negatives: Inexperienced in government, brings novice
The Mayoral Race -
I have been distributing a flyer with condensed statements on the candidates for office. Here are my expanded thoughts on the Mayoral candidates.
|Flyer Thoughts||Expanded thoughts|
Enough experience as former council member and current committee member to gain insight into the inner working of the city, but too independent to be considered an insider
Why are the Lane Park and Family Dollar TIFs irresponsible?
I decided to explain why the Lane Park TIF district on Bellefontaine road is an irresponsible TIF. I hope you will join my call to ask council to convert this TIF to a Non-School TIF. If we are successful it will result in the Huber Heights City Schools getting $1.8 million more over the next 10 years. With that I'll start with a little background on the Montgomery County TIF.
Miami Valley Young Marines annual Birthday Ball - Recognized with N…
Clarifying TIF by examining Mr. Gore's misunderstandings
When I listened to Mr. Gore's interview with Matt Truman on Inspired and Admired, I thought this interview would be a perfect opportunity to address a lot of misconceptions about TIFs. Specifically, Huber Heights TIFs. Mr. Gore was way off track on almost everything he said. In the table below, I have analyzed the 10 minutes that was spent discussing TIF districts. I highly recommend listening…
Annual Sidewalk Program
I think residents would benefit if during the discussion of the Annual Sidewalk program our read ahead material pointed to a webpage that showed how well it worked during the previous years. This could be done by publishing a table like the one below that included every address in the previous year’s program and a short paragraph that explains the Max Invoice and Deduction column’s:
Energy Aggregation Discrepancies and Questions
Two items came up in the discussion of the Energy Aggregation Plan and Governance that I believe needed more supporting documentation before council proceeded. First, we finally got a copy of the contract we signed with the consultant and nowhere in that agreement does it address the .005/KWH fee we thought the consultant would receive for their services. Second, the Plan and Governance tells…
Message and Thanks from Mayor Tom McMasters
Swing for the fence
In this article I
Last election the residents of Huber Heights confirmed they know a Chief Administrative Officer that lives in the city will be invested and committed to making that…
Town Center and Home
I just returned from visiting my parents on Father's day. My parents still live in the house they bought in 1969. Saturday night we were out on their back porch and we could hear music coming from a house a mile away. It was the exact music I would be listening to when I was in high school. I am not one that reminisces very much, but sitting there looking out on their back yard, I could not…
Brandt Pike Revitalization Plan Discussion
You can find the Brandt Pike Revitalization Plan Final Report here.
There are many interesting parts that we can use going forward and many scary parts that we need to put a stop too and many parts that are good ideas but suggested for the wrong part of town or wrong timing.
I will start with the scary parts.
|Divert Traffic from Brandt Pike to Troy Pike||Advocating|
How bias is the Mayor?
Vote no on 11 to vote yes on transparency
Issue 7; Residency requirement Yes or No
Rick Stan for Council at Large
Even though Mr. Stan has been…
Can we afford a Parks and Recreation Master Plan?
Council needs to have a long discussion on how much money the city has before they authorize any money for a Parks and Recreation Master Plan. There is good evidence that spending money on this plan will cause us to lose the ability to pay for more important priorities such as maintaining the park facilities we already own and bring our fire fighter/EMS manning levels closer to an efficient and effective standard.…
Dave Wilson and Albert Griggs in November
In the upcoming primary race for Mayor of Huber Heights, the most promising outcome would be a general election race between Mr. Wilson and Mr. Griggs.
I had the opportunity to talk one on one with each of the three candidates earlier in the year. Here are some of my considerations that lead to my desire to see Mr. Griggs and Mr. Wilson advance to November.
I had a nice hour long conversation…
Mayoral Debate - much appreciation for the work of the LWV's
The Huber Heights Mayoral Debate was 6:30 April 20th at Weisenborn Middle School. I missed the first 30 minutes because I went over to the Parks and Recreation Committee meeting to hear the discussion on the Parks and Rec Master Plan. The part of the debate I saw was a good reflection on the LWV's and I am glad they did the work to put on this event. As always though, it would be nicer if these…
Child endangerment, charter amendments and transparency all in one…
I started writing this more than a month ago. The ultimate objective is to advocate for more transparency by advocating for fewer executive sessions and better read ahead materials. The last parts were difficult to write.
Although I intend to write about all the Charter Amendments in different articles, this article gives me the opportunity to tell you I recommend voting No on Issues 4,…
Arsenic In your private well?
Law says slow behind bikes
House Bill 154 went into effect March 21, 2017
Read it for yourself here.
The interesting parts are provided in this summary.
- The new law requires a motor vehicle that is overtaking and passing a bicycle to provide a safe passing distance to the left of the bicycle of not less than three feet. The law states that when a bicyclist is in the roadway or riding on the yellow line along the shoulder,…