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Traffic Signal Study requested

  • Posted 29th January 2013, 9:16 AM
  • By Janell

I was ruled out of order in last night's city council mtg! I asked whose campaign I needed to contribute to in order to get a study done for a traffic light at Charlesgate and Old Troy. With that said an older man can get up and say I hate all foreigners and he thinks they should all be thrown out of the US in last month's council meeting, yet THAT'S not out of order. Mayor said that we should just "overlook" his statements. Really?!…

New City Manager & other agenda items for Jan 28th council meeting

The agenda for Monday's Council Meeting is posted on the city's website on the Meeting Information and Audio page  Don't forget you can watch the meeting live over the internet (the link only works during the meeting) or you can watch a recording once it is posted a couple days after the meeting. Of course you can always go to city hall Monday night and participate.

As the article title tells you council plans on appointing a new city manager.

Notes from Administration Committee Meeting 22 Jan 13

I realized the other day that there have been no committee discussions about possibly raising the income tax.  The DDN tells us council was thinking about it. Council would have to vote at a council meeting to do this and it would have to be done prior to Feb 6th if they wanted it to appear on the May ballot.  The only regularly scheduled council meeting before Feb 6th is on Jan 28th.   
 
Administration

Victoria's Italian Cuisine marches with JROTC

Update --- The Ch 7 story is scheduled to play at 11:00pm Tonight Sunday Jan 20th 2013

I just got a call from Mindy Proctor and she told me Victoria's Italian Cuisine has committed to donate 10% of their Sunday proceeds in order to make sure Wayne High School students have the opportunity to participate in JROTC.  The restaurant plans to continue this program until the newly formed foundation raises enough money to keep JROTC.

Accounting changes from the 14 Jan 2013 council meeting

Update: The council meeting was not useful in understanding the $600,000 loan from the Fire Capital Fund to the Fire Operating Fund. It was also not useful in understanding the accounting change. However, I broke down and made personal inquiries. As always the city staff and the council members were helpful and the one on one information was informative.  But what good is it if only one person outside council knows "the reason" while the rest of the community has to guess?

Huber Height's Parenting Skills on Communication

  • Posted 12th January 2013, 7:08 PM
  • By Marianont

I often wonder what's right and what's wrong, and if there really is a right and wrong. Then I go into politics, and it just confuses my twenty-one year old mind. With politics I feel that everyone seems to be competing for their own ideals and never for for the people's ideas or beliefs. Then there are those politicians who are neither; in fact those politician are "parents". These "parents"…

Filing date for running for Council and Mayor is Feb 6, 2013

I received a call from the Board of Elections yesterday.  The correct date for filing petitions to run for Mayor or City Council is Feb 6, 2013.  I do not know why the date was moved 15 days earlier than the first date that was put out but I heard it may have been a calculation error by one of their employees (as opposed to the state moving the date). 


Also in an earlier post I wrote that…

Music Center Updated; Ongoing  first post 9 Jan 2013

Award of the $12 million Building Package Sept 23, 2013

By Tom_McMasters posted October 1st 2013, 4:17 PM
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Council voted to authorize the $12 million contract for the Music Center Building Package on Monday.  To date there has been no public discussion that shows council members have seen or understand the financial impact to the city.  The Music Center…

Committee meeting agendas

The agenda's for Jan 8th Public Works & Administration Committee meetings have been posted. Of interest:

All of the Administration Committee that starts at or about 6 pm will be interesting. Of course it is scheduled to start with an Executive Session.  Note my long standing contention that most of these land acquisition discussions don't meet the requirement needed for an executive session
 
The…

Auction - Huber Heights City Schools  Jan 12, 2013

I noticed an ad in Huber Heights Courier announcing the Huber Heights School Auction and went to the website JWCAUCTIONS.com :

SCHOOL AUCTION

Location/Directions: Take I-70 to exit 36 (OH-202) and turn south at ramp onto 202 and go approximately 1 ¼ miles to east onto Chambersburg Road and to auction site at Old Wayne High School, 5400 Chambersburg Road, Huber Heights, Ohio 45424. (Plenty of on site parking)…

School Levy details discussed Thurs at Wayne - updated post meeting

Update  (21Dec12)- also see comments after the post;

There was a big turnout at Wayne Thursday evening.  The Board chose to table the school administration's recommendation on $6.3 million of cuts.  The board chose to ask the voters to approve a 9.95 mil propery tax increase. Ms. Gunnell will respond to the State's letter by the Dec 31st deadline.  In that response she will tell the state the…

City does it again.  Voted tonight to spend money on another projec…

Tonight Monday Dec 10th 2012 residents learned about a proposed Music Center the city plans on building. Five minutes later council voted to spend $100,000 in order to commission a study that will tell them to commence with a project where they have already settled on the major details. This is a familiar story to the Aquatic center and the original disclosure of "The Heights Project".  As you…

School Board Funding Workshop Sat Dec 8, 2012 at Studebaker.

The school board and administration have been holding meetings trying to figure out what to do about the school budget shortfall.  This is another event.  It looks like we will find out structure and agenda items when we get there.  Below is the meeting notice copied from the City Schools website.  Again, it wasn't easy to find and does not appear on the calendar or upcoming events. 

Funding Workshop…

Notes from Public Works Dec 4, 2012 meeting

  • State Route 4 – Speed Limit Increase  -- The city is on the way to change the current speed limit in the section near I-70 from 50mph to 60mph
  • United Water – Not To Exceed Amount
  • City Water and Sewer Projects -  During discussions council mentioned there exists a chart that ranks possible city water projects.  This should be available from city staff if you ask for it.  If you get a copy

Another exciting city project & did the city really borrow $18 mill…

Last night, Dec 4th, city council members received a presentation on another exciting project for the city.  However, this presentation was done in executive session.  As a reminder Ohio's Sunshine law tells us that in order to go into executive session to discuss the purchase of land the council must believe that "premature disclosure of information would give an unfair competitive or…

Water, Trash, and Thomas Cloud on Publick Works agenda Dec 4 2012,

This week it looks like the Public Works Committee is as interesting as the Administration Committee.  Although without the pre-read that is sometimes attached on the city website it is hard to tell what will be discussed.

Public Works Committee
Has scheduled a
meeting (on or about 4:30pm) to discuss:
 

  • State Route 4 – Speed Limit Increase
  • United Water – Not To Exceed Amount
  • City Water

5 items of interest on the Nov 26, 2012 Council Agenda

The Huber Heights City Council meets 26 November 2012. There are about 50 items on the agenda so it will be a full night. Below I identify a few of the items I think most citizens should watch in order to make sure council conducts educational discussions about how decisions are made. I recommend you also look over the rest of the agenda items to see if any of them deal with things that you personally would find…

Help Wanted:  Mayor, Council members and School Board members

If anyone is interested in becoming Mayor, a member of city council or a school board member of Huber Heights, you must file your application prior to February 6, 2013 (updated filing date). There are 3 council positions and 3 school board positions available. The application process for Mayor and City Council requires you file a nominating petition with at least 50 signatures and addresses of Huber Heights registered voters.

City Sponsored Philharmonic Concert is Dec 6th

The Huber Heights Courier contains an announcement for Handel's Messiah to be performed at St Peter's Church on Dec 6th. For those of you that are leery to attend because it appears to be a St Peter's event, keep in mind, this started as a City project and on Jan 23, 2012 council authorized the Arts and Beautification Commission to spend up to $16,000 to bring the show to St Peter's on the City's behalf.

Administration Committee meets Nov 14, 2012- 2013 City Budget - the…

Wed at Huber Heights City Hall. See the city's website for agenda items. The posting below reflects the agenda as of 6pm Tuesday. Note: On the Agenda is the 2013 City Budget. Also, the YMCA is scheduled to talk about the Aquatic Center's financial report.

Topics of Discussion:  
- JobsOhio 629 Grant Application
- Executive Session - Pending or Imminent Litigation