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VA Healthcare Benefits

I received the following letter with contact information for Veterans eligible for VA benefits.  

Union Negotiations

I am a proponent of live streaming video of Union Negotiations.  I've not seen that done yet  but I did stumble across this posting of the current Wright State Negotiations currently going on  http://www.wright.edu/administration/aaup/negotiations.html

I personally believe that having full disclosure of the negotiations provides the public the best insight into the complexities of the job…

Young Marines - Boot Camp

The Yound Marines meet in Huber Heights at St Peters.  Contact information is at the bottom of the flier.

Young Marine Boot Camp Flier

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

According to the City Charter the Huber Heights Mayor is the most influential member of council with the most duties and responsibilities.  Even though the rest of council inappropriately stated the Mayor doesn't get a committee vote, this doesn't change the fact that the Mayor gets to vote on Legislation and that the Mayor's legislative voting privileges are always more powerful than any…

water bill

  • Posted 29th June 2014, 6:32 PM
  • By sdballard

I received my water bill, this month and it has doubled, I have no leaks, and I do not understand why my bill has doubled for this last cycle, does anyone have any suggestions!

Get the Mayor to buy you a Donut and Coffee

Wednesday July 2 any time between 7:00 to 8:30 am, if you are willing to sit down and talk with me for 5 minutes, I'll buy you a donut and a cup of tea at Tim Hortons Donuts. 
 
Marylin laughs and tells me I'll be lucky if there are four people in all of Huber Heights that want to sit down and talk politics at 7:00 o'clock in the morning.  I do the math in my head and think, "that leaves 8 donuts for me --…

Help with Electric Costs

I thought I would re-post this article:

We're pleased to announce that the Summer Crisis Program, which provides electric bill payment assistance to eligible families, will  begin Tuesday, July 1 and continue through Sunday, Aug. 31, or until funds are depleted. Community Action Partnership will provide assistance to households with incomes up to 175 percent of the 2014 Federal Poverty Guidelines

Has the city really been running a $2.3 million dollar deficit the…

I walked into the Ward 3 meeting this evening and I caught the last of the discussion where a friend of mine bought up the balances shown in 2014 budget projection of the  balances for the Unencumbered Cash in the General, Police and Fire funds. 
 
If you attend the Ward meetings or listen to the City's 2025 plan you will hear that the city has been on average running a $2.3 million deficit…

Every Warrior Plays 5k - I'm planning on (running???) July 26, 2014

___Update____ 15 July 2014 ___ Tomorrow is last day to ensure T-Shirt ___ Also read about post race lunch_________

I received this message via my Mayor's email address from Sheri Combs
 
Just a Reminder.......Some important dates are quickly approaching!!!!
This Wednesday, July 16th at midnight – Deadline to register and guarantee a t-shirt.  Registration can still be done on-line after Wednesday

Music Center - another Million Dollars in Construction Costs

From the Administration Committee meeting Tuesday Jun 17, 2014.
 
Council intends to add an additional $1 million to the Music Center construction cost Monday night. The two additions are a VIP Tent / reception / parking area and upgrades to the concession stands. 
The VIP tickets may be presented to sponsors, purchasers of box seats and possibly season ticket holders.  Additional to the…

​Finally something to debate – DDN article; Huber mayor is recall t…

Last Monday night's council meeting highlights one of my main frustrations.  I've been stating specific instances where we could be making better decisions, for instance Monday I pointed out that we are telling people, "pass the levy or we will have to cut police and fire", yet we've committed to opening the Music Center even though we haven't got one dime in the budget to advertise concerts,…

Speaking notes and News Coverage of Music Center Contract

I've posted the notes I used when I spoke Monday.  I follow that with the observations I passed to city staff concerning the management agreement.  Also local media outlets attended the council meeting.  I'll be posting links as I find them.  

Here is the WDTN report:  http://wdtn.com/2014/06/09/city-approves-company-to-run-huber-hgts-music-center/    Here is the WHIO.com report

Watch the video

SBA Offers Disaster Assistance Affected by Heavy Rainfall, Strong W…

Chief Ashworth passed council the notice below concerning disaster relief for the May 21-22 flooding.

Release Date:  June 6, 2014                                                                             Contact:  Michael Lampton
Release Number: 14-253, OH 14019/14020                                               Email: Michael.Lampton@sba.gov…

Levy Ordinance and Music Center Management Contract on Monday's age…

The agenda and read ahead for Monday's General session are on the City Website.  The two main items I hope you read and consider providing input on are the Ballot Ordinance for the November Income Tax Levy and the Music Center Management Contract.
 
Remember if you chose to speak Monday Night you have two options.  When filling out the request to speak you can chose to do it as Citizen…

Lets Build Our New Firehouse the way we Promised.

In case you missed it, below you can find the letter to the editor I wrote and was printed in the Huber Heights Courier.  Twice already this week I've heard the City Manager say that it would be irresponsible too commit to buiding a Firehouse, yet in the same week he recommends we sign a $225,000 dollar a year, unbreakable for ten years, contract to a management company to run the Music Center.

Fire Department flood responses

City Manager Rob Schommer passed us this report from Chief Ashworth:

The Big News was the flooding that occurred Wednesday night. We recently 
upgraded some of our aging equipment and increased our training which clearly paid off. We 
did, however, ran out of staffing even after calling in overtime and had to prioritize calls. 
Fortunately there were no injuries nor loss of life. Here is a breakdown of the events…

Couple of Special Meetings next Tuesday ( Admin Committee, Water an…

Here is a heads up that shortly the city should announce a couple of specially added meetings to next week's schedule both on Tuesday:

Looks like at 5:00 pm the Administration Committee will meet to discuss the Music Center management contract.  This will be the first time council members get to see it and it will allow for discussion in two committee meetings.  I commend Mr. Schommer and Mr. Campbell for giving us this…

Ward Locator, Ward Map and Council Members

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Income Tax Levy .25% instead of .35% but what's the cost?

Tuesday the Administration Committee meeting contained a brief referred to as the city's 2025 plan.  The plan was explained during the May 12th Live Chat.  A recording of the Live Chat is presented on YouTube.  I've posted a link to that presentation at the end of this article.  I recommend watching. 

The key plus of this brief is that the proposed tax levy is now expected to be .25% instead…

WPAFB pools will be open to the public

I received this email message from Col Barlow

Mayors and City Managers, It's official!  We have received official approval from the Air Force to open our pools to the Miami Valley Community.  As many of you know, this is something that has been in the works since last September and I'm glad that we are at a point where we can now execute a plan. While we are still working some logistic…

Petition for the raising of backyard chickens

Hello Mayor Tom,

Below is a link to a petition I created to allow the raising of backyard chickens in Huber Heights. I am aware of the code but wanted to take the pulse of the community to see if it's worth the time to try to amend the ordinance.¬†¬†Gauging from the response to the petition, it is apparent that many citizens in our community have an interest in raising chickens for fresh eggs. The petition has already reached 50 signatures in less than 24…

Council Meeting - Real-estate agreement, Concession Stand, Sewer Ba…

The April 28, 2014 Huber Heights City Council Meeting has three items I point out in this video.
 
1.  Award of the contract for rebuilding Thomas Cloud Park Restrooms/concession stands that burned down two years ago
 
2.  Hiring a real-estate agent to market city property
 
3.  A new city program to help assist in the cost of installing sewer  back flow valves and to get residents to disconnect…

Mayor annoyed by hiring process

The main point of the article I intend to write is a lesson learned for all future Mayor's.  If you get elected and you have a political rival on Council you should initiate a conversation sooner than 4 months into office.  Believe it or not 4 months into office and even though I have been sincere in my offer to sit down and talk I hadn't taken the initiative and arranged that conversation.

Tune in for a lively Council Meeting Monday April 14, 2014

Council meets tomorrow, Monday April 14, 2014.  I expect it to be a long meeting with plenty of entertainment value.  This is a pleasant way of saying last week was particularly frustrating.  I'm also disappointed that again this week,  I didn't get the opportunity to post responses to outstanding questions.  I will address at least one in this article.  Remember you can watch the meeting…

Bethel Schools Facility Plan - Meeting

I received an email indicating On Monday, April 14th, the Bethel school board will have open forum discussion from 6-6:50PM at the High School Library.  It will be followed by a regular school board meeting at 7:00 pm.  Below you can find a notice about a May 4th presentation on the preliminary planning for the new school facilities. Below that is a picture of the proposed site.
 

Invitation to

Update:  Executive Sessions - committees can discuss the agenda ite…

UPDATE:  Tuesday the Administration Committee voted to nominate Mr. Schommer for permanent City Manager.  The process the voting members of the Administration Committee implemented last Tuesday was to tell Mr. Schommer to meet with the City Attorney and construct a contract.  He was told to have it ready for Monday's Council meeting so the full council could vote on it.  The committee did not give either Mr.

March thoughts and recap - Another $621

Well, I got paid again last month so I thought I should write out a little of what's been going on.  This month I'll talk about the dichotomy of cats and trailers, the difference in my in audience perception of the Council Presiding Officer and my performance as the Presiding officer. Why I'm glad to see both community blogs and letters to the editor.  I also think I should outline what…

Tennis Anyone?

Thomas and I have been playing some tennis.  Makes me wonder if there is a group here in Huber that plays.  The schools have new tennis courts so that will free up the Thomas Cloud Courts a lot more this summer.  It would be nice to join a group that has a tennis challenge ladder system.  If there isn't such a group are you interested in being part of a group that plays?

If you don't know…

Take those dam stickers off your car

Before I talk about my congressional ambitions........

Upcoming Events

April 1st – Early/Absentee Voting Begins

April 7th – Registration deadline [9pm] for Primary Election (you can register to vote and vote on the same day until April 7th)

May 6th – Primary Election
 
Montgomery County Board of Elections Miami County Board of Elections
 
Address for early voting:
451 W. Third Street 

Vote on Sunday  Liquor Sales at the Music Center

Did you see this message from Interim City Manger Rob Schommer?


I wanted to inform you all that we are making concerted efforts to inform residents of Issue 7 which will be in the ballot May 6.  This is the issue that will put to vote Sunday sales of liquor at the Music Center.  There will likely be some questions from residents, so we have created a page on the website to direct them to.