Welcome to Tom McMasters' blog about local politics & life in Huber Heights
Anyone still interested in moving the city forward?
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
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…
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…
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.
- The office of Pickrel, Scheaffer & Eberling chose to endorse the City
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.…
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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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.
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.
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…
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