Linda Morin is the right choice for the City of Huber Heights and the right choice for Ward 5
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Huber Heights city council has been trying to develop the city north of I-70 for more than a doze…
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Tax Increment Financing (TIF)
This issue timeline is designed to try and explain TIF districts…
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The City of Huber Heights is in the process of building a recreational activity center that inclu…
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Click the download icon to the right to get updated city water pressure contour map presented at the Jan 3rd Council Work session. It is 8 mb and takes a long time to render on most computers.
If you are unfamiliar with the discussion of the North Pressure Zone you can read this article. Here are some of the points made:
After the project is complete the average water pressure in this new pressure zone will be 80 psi . The typica…
The attached document was provided to council in response to the question, "What is City Council allowed to consider when making a zoning decision?".
I've also copied and pasted the content below.
What is City Council allowed to consider when making a zoning decision?
Municipalities that have adopted a charter follow procedures in the charter or local ordinances when making zoning decisions. Ohio Case Law invol…
The Huber Heights Comprehensive Plan is presented in three parts:
Part I: Introduction: introduces the purpose and intent of the plan, the planning process and the
background research and key findings.
Part II: The Vision: presents the vision statement, goals and objectives for the community and a
physical plan including the character action areas, the future land use plan, and the infrastructure
description and recommendations.
Part III: Im…
The attached file is a scan of papers the city provided as the response to my Freedom of Information Act request. In that request I asked for two items:
1. The audit/report done by the Montgomery County TID in 2011 that showed the city would be able to finance the Aquatic Center using TIF funds.
2. The report done by city staff that showed the city would be able to finance the new Music Center using TIF funds.
I've just sat down and spent about…
The city authorized $140,000 in order to do due diligence to determine if the Music Center was an economically feasible endeavor. This report was the result of the last $40,000 spent. Download is in .pdf format
The Music Center Validation study available here at HuberResidents.org has not be published by the city and the content raises concerns about the operation and revenue expectation.
Here are the notes I used when I spoke to council. You can…
This document also available directly from the city's website: Public Works Meeting Agenda 10/17/2012
Currently, Huber Heights’ residents living in single family homes, have the opportunity to choose their own waste collection provider. There are several companies who service the city and residents can choose the options and services that best meet their needs. The Huber Heights City Council has requested that City Staff look into the fea…
The council approved the ordinance on April 8, 2013. Here is a link to the agenda item. You can find the Resolution as an attachment as well as the contract.
The city has been looking into contracting with a single trash hauling company to provide residential service for the city. Three companies responded to the Request for Proposal (RFP). This documen…
The Heights retail, hospitality and office development will significantly increase the economic activity in the region and generate millions of dollars of public funds for the City of Huber Heights, Huber Heights Consolidated School District, Montgomery County and the State of Ohio.
This document was revealed on the day the residents first learned about the Heights Development Project
This is the first contract between the city and the developer for "The Heights" development project.
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|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 expectations into the degree of the immediate impact she can make
| The first time I talked to Linda was at a Chamber of Commerce event. I was walking around talking with people and I just happened to find this lady. I forget what the issue of the day was, but we talked a little bit about what was going on in the city at the time. She seemed to be quite engaged and I kept talking and brought up another subject and she knew a lot about that subject too. I kept thinking to myself, “wow this lady knows a lot about the going on in the city”.
It turns out after talking for 10 or 15 minutes I figured out that she was actually one of the people that was running for council. This was a before the primary. I was pretty impressed with her knowledge of the city even before I knew it was her that was running.
Another thing that really impressed me was that I could tell negative newspaper articles had already caused her to formed a negative impression about me. But even with that impression, she was still able to engage in a conversation with good back and forth that included positives and negatives about each of the issues. She did this without being judgmental or letting her assessment be corrupted by newspaper reports.
Now that's kind of an important characteristic for a lot of reasons. A lot of people don't realize that Mark Campbell has actually spent four hundred thousand dollars advertising his business. When you have the kind of business relationships, newspaper articles are going to end up being tainted in your favor. That's just the fact of the matter. You know, that's life. That's how it goes.
On the other hand, I'm a politician that doesn't even take campaign contributions. Obviously, I'm not spending that kind of money paying for advertising. Like I said that is just part of life. The point being is that Linda was able to put those things out of mind while assessing current issues.
Looking further into her background, Linda's got some good experience with managing facilities on base. She has managed childcare facilities. She's got a budgeting and financial background. She is well qualified and very, very intelligent. She is prepared to walk into the position.
If you have seen my flier you will see that sometimes when I've talked to her, I think that she thinks that you could turn things around in three or four days. She does bring that kind of a novice expectation of what you can accomplish when you go into a position. That's perfectly fine. I am sure she will adapt very well to the position and I hope you give her a vote
|Mark Campbell||Positives: Smart, the only member of council with a good understanding of the nuances that make one proposal better than another. Influential. Organized. Experience
Negatives: He was key in introducing a novel concept of inserting a third project manager into the building of the Music Center. That concept added over a half million dollars to the cost & is the gentleman sitting in front of Mr. Campbell on a ride at Disney. Mr. Campbell prefers using closed door methods to devise plans and avoid public scrutiny.
Analysis: It is impossible to justify a series of decisions made, at the expense of the city, that benefit projects associated with friends and associates. I recommend voting for Ms. Morin.
|For the longest time I wasn't going to endorse either candidate in the race for Ward 5. I was always going to go around and let everybody know that it was a contested race so that people could observe Linda Morin and see if she was a good candidate and judge for themselves.
Recently, I decided to endorse Linda Morin.
There are a couple of reasons, one of which is she's actually a pretty good candidate. She is very smart. The other reason has to do with the way city business gets run. Now the particular instance that caused me to change my attitude toward the race really did not have very much to do with Mark Campbell himself. It was the energy aggregation four to four vote.
When the energy aggregation vote came up, I really thought it was going to be a 5-3 vote in favor. My expectation was I would then go ahead and veto that legislation. I was going to veto that legislation because of all the irregularities that went along with how that company was picked and more importantly, that I was not able to get assurances in the contract that would help make sure the residents of this city got the best deal.
But when the vote came up and it turned out to be four to four I voted to pass the legislation. There were a couple of reasons I voted yes. One is because it is a good program for the city. It was the other reason that changed my attitude toward this race.
While making my decision I was thinking of all the irregularities. At the end I concluded that although problems were many, if this were a trial I would not convict the city manager of a crime.
After thinking about it for quite a while, I thought, "why am I spending so much time thinking about whether our city officials are committing crimes?” This is not even an isolated case. You may know, there is a picture Mark Campbell on the ride at Disney World with a contractor that has been involved with three major no-bid contracts from the city. The one for the Music Center added about $600,000 to the cost of the Music Center.
Typically, the person representing the city would be a city employee that would be paid about in the hundred thousand dollars a year range. Introducing this third construction manager cost the city a lot of money. Then add to that these were no bid contracts and I have the same issues with the construction manager contracts as with the energy aggregation contract. I could not get Mark Campbell to support my call to add a conflict of interest clause in that contract nor did he support adding language to the contract that said that person would have to adhere to the same ethical standards as a city employee. Not only was it very expensive, for the city, but you had no assurances. These are the things that just bother me.
Again, if this were a trial, I wouldn't convict anybody of a crime, but why do I have to spend so much time worrying about that instead of worrying about numbers and whether we're actually making good decisions that help make sure our tax dollars are spent wisely?
Linda Morin is a smart person with good work experiences, good personnel experience, management experience, numbers experience. I think Mark is a very smart person, very organized person, but it is time to concede that it is in the best interest of the city if somebody that isn't going to hurt the reputation of the city gets elected.
Please go out and vote. I appreciate and recommend you vote for Linda Morin.
Thank you very much