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Welcome to Tom McMasters' blog about being Mayor & life in Huber Heights

Thoughts

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

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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There are Budgets and there are Budgets

Category: Huber Heights City Government

I was included on an email inquiry and I thought I would share the author's request as well as my response:

"I attended the meeting last night and JVargo said at the end the reports were at library, online etc, the only thing on line are estimated for 2013, 2014 and the one from 2013 refers back to the 2012.  I respectfully request that you direct to the actual expenditure reports for 2013."

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Resignation effective 31 Dec 2015 resume office on 1 Jan 2016

Category: General

Not sure how WHIO reported it but I did ask Alan Scheafer tonight, "what would happen if I announced that I intended to resign effective Dec 31, 2015?  Would the Board of Elections schedule a mayoral election for next year with the primary in May 2015 and the general election November 2015.  If so would I be eligible to run?  

If this is how it would work then I would be willing to announce a Dec 2015 resignation and then run in the May 2015 primary and November 2015…

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Older news

October 3rd 2014, 2:03 AM Town Hall - where's the facts? 4 comments
September 26th 2014, 3:45 PM Aquatic Center and other Park discussions 0 comments
September 26th 2014, 10:16 AM Spending the $750,000 Music Center Budget 0 comments

Recent Comments

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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water bill

I received my bill and it was the highest of the year.  Though I know I had a day when the toilet ran for a couple of hours.  I know the water rates have not changed.

I'm wondering if you found a reason why it was so high?  Does your bill show higher consumption than usual?  If the bill says you had higher consumption have you contacted United Water?  They can check their records to see if there was a specific day with an unusual amount used or if it was something that happen over multiple daysl.

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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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VA Healthcare Benefits

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

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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…

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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

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Older blog posts

June 29th 2014, 6:32 PM water bill 1 comment
June 25th 2014, 10:43 AM Help with Electric Costs 0 comments
May 1st 2014, 9:30 PM WPAFB pools will be open to the public 0 comments
April 30th 2014, 2:26 PM Petition for the raising of backyard chickens 13 comments
February 25th 2014, 6:42 AM Yes, I know I'm a fat old man that can't make sentences 2 comments

 

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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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