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The program I use to construct this website implemented a complete new edition one and a half year's ago.  I am hoping to implement that upgrade soon.  With luck that will allow me eliminate all the robots that post ads for overseas shoe companies and soccer matches which will allow me to open the site up again to those that like to comment and discuss local issues. 

Until then keep an eye out for an article or two and keep in touch via Facebook.  

Tom McMasters

 
 
Mayor Tom McMasters
 

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News

Recall discussion - City Attorney not at the top of his game

Category: Huber Heights City Government

I listened to the Council discussion on the ordinance to put the recall on the November ballot.  It was especially painful because the City Attorney was off in many of the assertions made:

Listen to the discussion on the city website:

Here is what the charter says about council's obligation:  


   (C)   Action by Official.  When a recall petition has been determined sufficient, the City official

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North Zone Water Project

Category: Huber Heights City Government

North Zone Water Project Inquiry
This is a link to the article on WHIO: 


The link tells us that in June the City expects there to be issues with brown water.  They also advise that you do not do laundry if you are experiencing an issue with brown water.  They do not state which area of the city they expect will have trouble. 

Additionally, below you can find the updates to the two big water projects the city is undertaking

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PSE should not be given an extension on the City Attorney Contract

Category: Huber Heights City Government
I provided the following read ahead material for the discussion on the City Attorney Contract:


Even after the change in the person named to be the City Attorney, Pickrel, Scheaffer & Eberling has provided biased advice detrimental to the best interest of the City and I recommend terminating the working relationship. 
 
  1.  The office of Pickrel, Scheaffer & Eberling chose to endorse the City

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 Mr. Schommer is a $90,000 a year employee the city pays $140,000

Category: Huber Heights City Government

Back in the July, August time frame I reached out to the City Manager in order to start a discussion about his position with the city.  I indicated I would be in favor of waiving the contract requirement that said he needed to give the city six months’ notice before putting in for retirement.  Since his putting in for retirement also terminated his contract, I also indicated this would offer the city a gentlemanly way to transition to the next city manager.

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Mark Ave Water Main Discussion Updated 25 Nov 2017

Category: Huber Heights City Government

The discussion occurred as schedule on the 21st of November.  You can watch the entire 53 minute discussion from the city website.

It is frustrating to go through the effort of talking through an issue and getting real information on the record, only to have discredited reasoning brought up again and again.  Normally, I see this on Facebook and it is the same people that continually repeat things

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Older news

November 5th 2017, 12:49 AM Ward 5
October 29th 2017, 8:33 PM The Mayoral Race -
September 26th 2017, 4:20 AM Chambersburg and Fishburg Road improvements
August 26th 2017, 8:33 AM Annual Sidewalk Program
July 9th 2017, 7:57 AM Swing for the fence
June 11th 2017, 10:07 AM How bias is the Mayor?
April 30th 2017, 12:22 PM Issue 7;  Residency requirement Yes or No
April 27th 2017, 11:49 AM Rick Stan for Council at Large
March 19th 2017, 11:53 PM 19th Amendments considerations
February 26th 2017, 3:09 AM Hiring PS&E is a big mistake
January 11th 2017, 6:59 AM Mayor's Vision - Part .2

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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.

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Missing page that recently made the news

Why did you send the email to the news?

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Vice Mayor Starline missed the point in his opinion

Mr. Mayor,

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.

http://hh-cdn.cld3.bitstormweb.com/images/huber/council/rules_of_council_2016.pdf

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.

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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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Keep Republic

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…

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Robbery - the police and citizens shine

The other day seven armed men robbed the AT&T store on Old Troy Pike.  Except for the original decision of the seven individuals, the actions taken and decisions made by all that got caught up in this event were outstanding.  The store owner had the foresight to have excellent video surveillance which will be invaluable.  The employees and customers were calm and made the right choices when it

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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




http://www.mydaytondailynews.com/news/library-hosting-free-narcan-training/nsCvkuHMxIZGIi8zuqqWVM/   

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Older blog posts

November 7th 2017, 12:49 AM What is TIF?
June 19th 2017, 3:44 AM Town Center and Home
May 28th 2017, 6:28 PM Memorial Day Service in Huber Heights

 

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