Welcome to Tom McMasters' blog about local politics & life in Huber Heights

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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.   

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News

What to know about the two coalitions

If you didn’t realize it, there are two coalitions fielding candidates in the City government races. 

Is there an advantage to backing one of the coalitions?

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Mayor Gore Honest? or Smart?  [candidate comparison part 2]

Jeff Gore and I got into a Facebook back and forth the other day.  Here is the Readers Digest Version (I post the whole conversation with analysis later so you can confirm this version is accurate).

The original post asked why we don’t get better police enforcement.

I respond because council decides to spend money on Veteran memorials instead of police officers

Jeff Gore says that even if council

Rating the 2021 Mayoral Candidates part 1

 It may come as a surprise to some but a reason I went to the Marigold Festival this year was because I wanted to let Glenn Otto know that I planned to write an article that said he was not as good a candidate as his opponent.  Before I got to tell him, we started talking about my desire to have him attest that the videos of the City Council meetings on the City Website are more accurate records

Open Meeting Act Lawsuit - Summary Judgment

Some of you may be aware that I filed a lawsuit against the City hoping to compel them into complying with the Ohio Sunshine Laws.  I identified multiple violations over the past couple of years.  All the Court filings to date can be found at https://pro.mcohio.org/pro/ then inputing 2021 CV 01213 as the case number.  Find the "Docket" in the top menu and this will pull up all the documents.…

Election Day Flier



Older news

25th August 2020, 12:00 am Inappropriate Executive session leads to more wasted money 2 comments
26th April 2020, 12:45 pm Update - I guess the city is still going broke. 0 comments
13th February 2020, 12:46 am Complaint about the Mayor - the investigation 0 comments
7th December 2019, 12:41 am Another no bid contract.  
23rd October 2019, 10:29 pm Could this illegal flyer get me to vote for Otto? 1 comment
10th October 2019, 11:12 pm Budget Discussion
15th May 2019, 10:10 pm Councilman Otto investigation
13th May 2019, 12:19 am Raise Council Pay by 560%!
18th April 2019, 12:19 am Councilman Morgan thinks blackmail works
14th April 2019, 9:24 am Importance of Timing when creating TIF
4th March 2019, 11:07 pm Rose Music Center Financial Reports:
3rd December 2018, 10:46 pm Thoughts on Ward 2 Appointment Process
11th November 2018, 11:54 am Transparent Ward 2 Appointment Process
14th August 2018, 9:55 pm Keep Republic
31st May 2018, 9:29 pm North Zone Water Project
3rd February 2018, 9:16 am Robbery - the police and citizens shine
19th January 2018, 7:13 am Narcan Training at HH Library

Recent Comments

Inappropriate Executive session leads to more wasted money

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I wonder if we could get an injunction that requires City Council to get court approval before being allowed to go into executive session. The number of times they go into executive session in violation of the law is so frequent this requirement makes sense.

Would anyone else be interested in helping pursue this kind of action?  

Could this illegal flyer get me to vote for Otto?

I would like to see the candidates talk about issues.  For instance Council is discussing the Lexington Place TIF.  Staff gave them an estimate of $5.1 million dollars.  When I look at this I see the possibility of over $10 million or getting as little as $2 million yet no member of council asked questions that would help determine what is a plausible expectation.  Nor did they ask questions that show they understand the details that would change the amount the city will get.  Glenn missed his opportunity to show he is voting on the plan that maximizes our revenue.  But I would give him or Dana credit if they were to discuss it now.

Thoughts on Signing of the 18th Amendment

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  • Posted 31st May 2016, 7:07 am
  • By michael

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.

 

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. 
 
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Announcements

Web Designers, Authors, Ideas Wanted

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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


Keep Republic

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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

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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

Narcan Training at HH Library

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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

Older blog posts

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

 

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