Welcome to Tom McMasters' blog about local politics & life in Huber Heights
Because we are still interested in moving the city forward!
It took awhile but I finally upgraded to the new version of this web design program. I intend to write a little more often now this is accomplished. Also, if you would like to collaborate on keeping the residents of Huber Heights updated on what is happening in the city, let me know and we can discuss how to make that happen.
On the Facebook page HuberResidents.org I mirror a lot of the content here. More importantly, you can find quick thoughts and shares of public events. Follow or like HuberResidents.org on Facebook.
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
Reducing traffic congestion on Old Troy Pike
Some Ideas for imporving traffic flow you might suggest once your council decides it is important enough to start the planning:
How about connecting the access road that runs in front of Gander Mtn over to Bridgewater Rd. This is only about 1/2 mile. A half mile of road cost about $1.25 million dollars. This would allow some Huber and Vandalia residents to access businesses in the North Heights Plaza while avioding the area around the interstate interchange.
It would not be impossible to improve Wildcat road to include a bridge over the interstate. The bridge would be expensive but the I-70 TIF is a big fundraiser and with more development there is the possibility of more funds.
Reducing traffic congestion on Chambersburg and Fishburg Rds
During the recent Ward 1 community meeting a resident asked about improvements to the west sides of Chambersburg and Fishburg Roads. Your council members correctly remembered…
City Manager's complaining about my blog post
The City Manager and Mayor made references to two of my earlier posts (Rose Music Center Financial Reports & Deceitful Spin - hiding a $5,000 fee increase) during the Feb 5th discussion on the Rose Music Center update. You should watch that discussion not only because it will help you understand why I addressed council on Monday, but also because there are some other points made during that discussion…
Thoughts on Signing of the 18th Amendment
In regards to your first objective… I think it is reasonable that you ask those types of questions. But I also think you should ask yourself this… why should the city get to sit back and provide nothing, but reap all the benefits? TIF is a pretty common thing used all across the country and in the rest of the world. The whole purpose of it is to encourage develepment.
As for your suggestion to slow down development…. this has already been going on for how many years now and still has many more to go. How long exactly do you want this to last?
Have you considered what happens if the city stops contributing and the developer pulls out? The developer is currently paying millions in debt on behalf of the city are they not? If DEC pulled out…. the city would have to start paying that debt again? Or find a third developer at that point to take all the risk because the city doesn't want to help.
Your second objective is basically just to prove a point that you have power or to get some revenge on what some council members told the news in the past? Tell me I didn't just read that. You should be less concerned about what some PAC is doing and more concerned about the city. That is just politics. That PAC failed to even get enough signatures to support their movement 2 years ago.
Missing page that recently made the news
Why did you send the email to the news?
Vice Mayor Starline missed the point in his opinion
Can you please provide the specific rules in which you make the following 2 claims:
1. The 3 ways that an item on an agenda (.
2. The mayor can reject any agenda item for any reason
You claim those to be true, but what backs that up?
The rules of council referenced by Starline seem to back up his claim that the mayor has no such authority. Section N of the document below.
I have to agree with Starline's conclusion unless you can back up your claims. All that document says is the Clerk of Council is responsible (consulting with city manager and presiding officer) or an item can be compelled by 3 council members.
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.
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
There probably are a couple more years on the City's trash contract with Republic but I do not think it is too early to compliment the job Republic is doing.
This week the garage got clean and I had a lot of items out front. This morning Republic came and took it all away. I have said it before, Karen Kaleps did a good job organizing the RFP and Jim Borland did a great job in choosing the right…
Robbery - the police and citizens shine
Narcan Training at HH Library
The Huber Heights Library will be holding a Narcan training session. 7 Pm Tuesday Feb 6 2018. Advance registration is required. The training is free.
Narcan is the antidote used during an Opiod oveverdose.
Register online at DaytonMetroLibrary.org/Events or call 937-463-2665