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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

Music Center Sponsorship Council meeting discussion

Category: Huber Heights City Government

Though tonight's meeting seemed pretty chaotic it boils down pretty simply.
 
Before reading the VIP sponsorship contract I thought the VIP section concept consisted of individual ticket purchasers having the option of also buying the experience of using the VIP section.  In this concept if it turned out that all the people in the VIP section were all associated with one family or company it…

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Marigold Festival Sept 2013  

Category: General

The Marigold Festival will be held Sept 13, 2014.  Admission and Parking are free to the public.  Click read more below to see the vendor maps.  The announcement on the City Website can be found by clicking here  The times for the live performances should be available there soon.  I'll be there so come out and say hello. 
 

Attractions for the day:

  • Jim Bucher- Guest Emcee

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Recent Comments

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

Time to vote out the entire council and start from scratch. UNREAL!

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Speaking notes and News Coverage of Music Center Contract

Thomas, I see Ch 7 ran coverage of the music center, but decided to use "file video" from a "roundtable" meeting that happened months ago. I haven't seen anything on 22/45 WKEF/WRGT, even though they had a camera there. The WDTN report(also aired on WBDT at 10pm) appears to be the best coverage

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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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