Welcome to Tom McMasters' blog about being Mayor & life in Huber Heights
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.
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
The current ordinance reads:
521.06 DUTY TO KEEP SIDEWALKS IN REPAIR AND CLEAN.
(a) No owner or occupant of abutting lands shall fail to keep the sidewalks, curbs or gutters in repair and free from snow, ice or any…
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This past week council decided to award the Aquatic Center Management contract based upon their desire for friendly relationships instead of on performance and cost. The result is that the city will likely pay $20,000 or more per year than the city needed to pay in order to get equal or better performance. I also question whether it makes sense to bend over backwards to keep friendly…
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The management company you refer to is not sending any select soccer kids to Kettering. A partnership program had been created to provide local families other options to avoid them leaving our community play soccer. To date, no teams have been created. The management company has held basketball camps, and a variety of other summer camps in the parks each summer as well as 5k races and a half marathon on behalf of the city's parks and recreation department.
You are right about one thing, apples to apples is very hard to do when you have a large variable such as weather that affects the operational costs and revenues. It should be pointed out that the management company chosen to run the pool does not charge the city for any staffing not used when the pool is closed! Fixed costs contracts would pay for staffing regardless of pool operating status.
Finally, it should also be pointed out that the management company selected has provided recreational services and a facility in Huber Heights for 10 years. Having served over 700,000 visitors and participants, and with over 11,000 members, my guess is this is a much larger volume of residents being served than before the partnership was created 10 years ago.
If you do go to the Board of Elections they will tell you how many other people have come by to get petitions. Even if it looks like there are a lot of people interested don't get the wrong impression.
Many people never file and some people file incorrectly. In fact, I would bet that if 10 people get petitions only about 3 of them will actually file.
Megan Baumgartner has told us about herself in that Facebook thread -
I would be willing to run - I am a 30-something's mom with two kids in this school district. We were stationed here several years ago and chose to return here upon my husbands retirement 2 years ago. We have a vested interest in the community…I'm not related to anyone here so would have no partiality to the way things have always been done. If no one else steps up I'd be happy to try it, but id want to throw my name in the hat feeling like i had some support going into it.
Ok…I'm currently a federal employee. I hold a Master's degree in Management and a bachelor's in Human Resources. Our family belongs to First Christian Church (off of Fishburg) and we volunteer there extensively. My husband is very involved in the schools as he has implemented the Watchdog program at Rushmore. I have worked extensively with at-risk children as I ran an after school program when we were stationed near Alamogordo, NM. I saw school districts at their absolute worst there - with the economy, those who could afford to buy school supplies were asked to contribute toilet paper for the school year (no exaggeration). I don't want that to happen HERE. Have I done anything like this specifically before? No. But as a mom, taxpayer, property owner and someone who just wants the best for the city we CHOSE to live in long-term, I realize there has got to be a way to find some common ground and bridge the gap between what we have and what we need. It doesn't have to be me, but some new blood and a fresh perspective would make a big difference in what we are dealing with.
I know Megan from Church. She is a high energy, well educated professional with a great sense of family. Show you support her by liking her post.
Let us all know if you are interested and qualified or convince someone you know to put their name in the ring.
No Tom I was not asking how you would Vote I wanted to know what you stood for as the Mayor of the city and Community of Huber Heights.
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.
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
I just got finished reading the unsigned editorial in the Jan 1st edition of the Huber Heights Courier titled "Information from the mayor needs to be accurate" found in the "Your View" section. The unidentified author says, "It is an unfortunate event that McMasters, in his elected position as Mayor of Huber Heights, distributed inaccurate information. It is his responsibility as mayor to be…
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Open House Jan 14th at 1745 (5:45 PM) Boot Camp starts Jan 21, 2015
Who: Any Miami Valley youth - must be accompanied by a parent/gaurdian
What: Observe regular MVYM drill activity and receive information briefing (one hour)
Where: Saint Peter Church Basement, 6161 Chambersburg Rd. Huber Heights OH
Contact info in the flier.
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I have noticed that Vectren is going to run natural gas pipes into out street with the intent of providing gas furnace service and water heater service in the future.
DP&L put this street on restriction long ago and ony serviced electric furnaces.
What I find wrong is they are staking out our front yards in what looks like a ditch to go the length of the street about 12 feet back from the curb. Only that goes through every driveway on the…
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