Council approves liquor contracts for Music Center


By Chuck Smith - For the Courier



Members of the Huber Heights City Council stand for the Pledge of Allegiance as the colors are presnted by the Miami Valley Young Marines Honor Guard.


Photo by Chuck Smith

HUBER HEIGHTS — The Huber Heights City Council voted 7 – 1 on March 28 to authorize City Manager Rob Schommer to enter into alcohol purchase agreements of up to $200,000 with Heidelberg Distributing Company and up to $50,000 with Huelskamp & Kremer for sales at the Stuart and Mimi Rose Music Center. City Manager Schommer requested prompt action to permit the sale of the alcohol in time for the first Rose Music Center concert on May 1.

City Council Member Janell Smith voted against the Rose Center alcohol resolution. She explained afterwards, “I do not have the figures or information. I should have the information before I vote on it.”

The council unanimously approved the appointment of Robert Deam to the Property Maintenance Review Board to serve through the end of 2016.

The council also unanimously approved a new liquor permit for the Submarine House Bar and Grill at 5376 Taylorsville Road.

The council voted 6 – 2 to not approve changes to the contract with Pickrell, Schaeffer, and Ebeling Company, L.P.A for the services of Law Director Alan Schaeffer to reflect changes in the council’s committee structure. Those changes were put into place in January.

They then voted unanimously to postpone indefinitely the consideration of any proposed changes to the contract. The matter will be discussed again at the next council workshop.

The council unanimously approved a widening of Chambersburg Road from Brandt Pike to a point 1800 feet east of Bellefontaine Road. The cost of the project is estimated not to exceed $920,000 with nearly 58 percent of that covered by a Surface Transportation Grant. The balance will be paid from the city’s permissive tax fund.

No action was taken on an ordinance which would approve the seventeenth amendment to the development agreement with DEC Land Company, LLC. The ordinance would include the expenditure of an additional $190,000 for infrastructure such as water and sewer lines for 25 additional homes to be constructed as part of DEC’s Carriage Trails development in the Miami County portion of Huber Heights east of Troy Pike and west of Brandt Pike.

Much of the meeting was devoted to discussion of whether or not Councilman Mark Campbell should vote on the amendment to the DEC agreement due to his relationship with a member of DEC management.

Council Member Janell Smith said she called the Ohio Ethics Commission regarding the matter and concluded from her conversation that “Since his vote is only one out of eight votes, they don’t consider it a conflict of interest.”

Council Member Nancy Byrge said, “We are beating a dead horse on this issue. If you ask ten lawyers the same question, you will get 10 different answers.” In January, City Law Director Schaeffer issued an opinion saying that Campbell need not recuse himself in the DEC vote.

Mrs. Pat Stevens of the Huber Heights Historical Society announced a 7 pm April 16 program at Studebaker Middle School addressing how Huber Heights became a city.

City Manager Schommer confirmed that Huber Heights residents must submit a copy of the first page of their Federal 1040 tax form with their city income tax.

The next Huber Heights City Council meeting will take place at 7 pm on Monday, April 11 in the Huber Heights City Hall, 6131 Taylorsville Road.

Members of the Huber Heights City Council stand for the Pledge of Allegiance as the colors are presnted by the Miami Valley Young Marines Honor Guard.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/35/2016/04/web1_HuberCouncil.jpegMembers of the Huber Heights City Council stand for the Pledge of Allegiance as the colors are presnted by the Miami Valley Young Marines Honor Guard. Photo by Chuck Smith

By Chuck Smith

For the Courier

Reach Chuck Smith at 684-8983.

Reach Chuck Smith at 684-8983.