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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

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Another TIF / Music Center Discussion

Category: General

I was reading Facebook and saw a discussion on the Music Center and then progressed into TIF.  I participated and thought I would copy relevant comments here because Brandon made some good points that allowed me to bring up other information people should know.  My comments are in black, his in blue.

Brandon posted:

This is my understanding: a TIF district diverts all property tax (above the current tax level) to a special fund that can be used for updates that impact that TIF district.

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Recent Comments

Vectren is running gas into our streets.

Email me or call me with your address.  

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New School Board Member - With post campaign thoughts

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.  

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The City Levy and the School Levy - someone recently asked me what…

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.

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This is to benefit Carriage Trails

Talking with Council Member Starline, it appears that having the City purchase the property may take it off the property tax rolls.  I'm not sure how much property taxes are paid on this property but it would go from being owned by a private entity to being owned by a government entity.  

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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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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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Young Marines meet @ St Peters

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.

Young Marine Flier

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Vectren is running gas into our streets.

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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Ebola will give science a bad name

My apologies this really belongs on tfmsview.com but I haven't written there for awhile and I wanted to get my thoughts out quick.

While listening to Meet the Press this morning a CDC representative kept saying things like the science tells us that you can't get Ebola from a person that doesn't have symptoms and you can't get Ebola if you don't come in contact with a person's bodily fluids.  Yet we know that two healthcare works from the first Ebola patient diagnosed in America ended up with the virus.

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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

 

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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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