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

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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

Have you been duped into believing the Mayor is "just" a figure head?

Category: General

According to the City Charter the Huber Heights Mayor is the most influential member of council with the most duties and responsibilities.  Even though the rest of council inappropriately stated the Mayor doesn't get a committee vote, this doesn't change the fact that the Mayor gets to vote on Legislation and that the Mayor's legislative voting privileges are always more powerful than…

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Get the Mayor to buy you a Donut and Coffee

Category: General

Wednesday July 2 any time between 7:00 to 8:30 am, if you are willing to sit down and talk with me for 5 minutes, I'll buy you a donut and a cup of tea at Tim Hortons Donuts. 
 
Marylin laughs and tells me I'll be lucky if there are four people in all of Huber Heights that want to sit down and talk politics at 7:00 o'clock in the morning.  I do the math in my head and think, "that leaves 8 donuts for me --…

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

Category: Huber Heights City Government

I walked into the Ward 3 meeting this evening and I caught the last of the discussion where a friend of mine bought up the balances shown in 2014 budget projection of the  balances for the Unencumbered Cash in the General, Police and Fire funds. 
 
If you attend the Ward meetings or listen to the City's 2025 plan you will hear that the city has been on average running a $2.3 million deficit the…

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Every Warrior Plays 5k - I'm planning on (running???) July 26, 2014

Category: General
___Update____ 15 July 2014 ___ Tomorrow is last day to ensure T-Shirt ___ Also read about post race lunch_________

I received this message via my Mayor's email address from Sheri Combs
 
Just a Reminder.......Some important dates are quickly approaching!!!!
This Wednesday, July 16th at midnight – Deadline to register and guarantee a t-shirt.  Registration can still be done on-line after Wednesday

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Music Center - another Million Dollars in Construction Costs

Category: Huber Heights City Government

From the Administration Committee meeting Tuesday Jun 17, 2014.
 
Council intends to add an additional $1 million to the Music Center construction cost Monday night. The two additions are a VIP Tent / reception / parking area and upgrades to the concession stands. 
The VIP tickets may be presented to sponsors, purchasers of box seats and possibly season ticket holders.  Additional to the normal…

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Older news

May 30th 2014, 12:31 AM Lets Build Our New Firehouse the way we Promised. 4 comments
May 24th 2014, 11:47 PM Fire Department flood responses 0 comments
May 10th 2014, 9:19 PM Ward Locator, Ward Map and Council Members 0 comments
April 23rd 2014, 5:05 AM Mayor annoyed by hiring process 0 comments
April 11th 2014, 12:12 AM Bethel Schools Facility Plan - Meeting 0 comments
April 6th 2014, 10:10 PM March thoughts and recap - Another $621 0 comments
April 5th 2014, 2:09 PM Tennis Anyone? 0 comments
April 2nd 2014, 8:54 PM Take those dam stickers off your car 0 comments
April 2nd 2014, 7:25 PM Vote on Sunday  Liquor Sales at the Music Center 0 comments
March 13th 2014, 6:56 PM The Mayor is an Athlete? Hah 0 comments
February 28th 2014, 1:14 AM Committee Meetings - Energy Aggregation 0 comments
February 27th 2014, 11:45 PM Pay check is now delivered Electronically 0 comments
February 27th 2014, 2:02 AM It can be a misdemeanor not to cut your grass. 2 comments
February 26th 2014, 1:15 PM City Manager announces Coffee and Conversation 0 comments
February 19th 2014, 1:38 PM Taylorsville Road Detour 0 comments

Recent Comments

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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Levy Ordinance and Music Center Management Contract on Monday's age…

" committee then spent the next 2.5 hours enthusiastically emphasizing their expectation that I stop communicating with the public".

This is absolutely sickening to hear. The council simply wants to spend and spend with no resistance from anybody. Do they want Huber to eventually turn into a little Detroit?  I wonder why the tea party groups and gun sales have increased over the last few years. People have zero respect for our elected officials because of their sneaky backroom deals and not telling the public about what we are supposed to vote on.

So as good citizens of Huber, we are supposed to approve an income tax hike plus another school levy both at the same time? Home prices are stagnant or dropping, school fees are already too high, grocery prices feel like they have doubled, and yet we are supposed to give a couple more thousand dollars a year to these elected officials simply because they keep spending it on whatever they want? But don't tell the public what we are doing! Who is going to have the extra discetionary cash to spend on actually going to a performance at the new music center?

This city council is absolutely sickening!

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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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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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water bill

I received my water bill, this month and it has doubled, I have no leaks, and I do not understand why my bill has doubled for this last cycle, does anyone have any suggestions!

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Older blog posts

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
February 5th 2014, 6:55 PM Don't know what to do! 2 comments

 

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