Huber Heights welcomes new police personnel


Council tables sending water projects to ballot, will consider new legislation

By Chuck Smith - For the Courier



HUBER HEIGHTS — Huber Heights Police Chief Mark Lightner swore in new Huber Heights dispatchers (left to right) Tammy Chapman and Shannon Poulos, and Police Officers David Culver, Nate Boyer, and Matt Hoying during the May 23 Huber Heights City Council meeting.

Now, the Huber Heights Police Department is at full staffing level for dispatchers and only one police officer short of full staffing.

The council voted 5 to 3 to table ordinances which would put three water pressure booster stations and a water softening system on the November 8 ballot. Instead of putting the actions on the ballot, council will draft legislation during the next work session to accomplish the projects.

Mayor Tom McMasters said he was disappointed that the people of Huber Heights would not have the opportunity to decide these water issues on the ballot. He said the cost of the projects suggests that they go on the ballot. The estimated costs are $3 million for the water pressure project and $13 million for the water softening system.

The council passed six ordinances and resolutions supporting the 18th amendment to the development agreement with DEC Land Company regarding the Carriage Trails development. Each of the six actions was approved by a 5 to 3 vote, with Council Members Richard Shaw, Tyler Starline, and Glenn Otto opposing each.

Shaw said afterwards that he opposes the special treatment for DEC given in the 18th amendment ordinances and resolutions. The actions included improvements to public streets and easements which support an 85-lot expansion of the Carriage Trails DEC development.

The city’s contribution to the Carriage Trails development will be $765,000 or $9,000 for each of the 85 new lots.

In other business, the council considered an action which would add to the November 8 General Election ballot an ordinance to permit the raising of chickens in Huber Heights residential areas. Council Member Janell Smith thanked the chicken initiative supporters who presented a completed petition to the city. The council will again consider the ordinance during its June 13 meeting.

The council discussed the fact that one page of Council meeting minutes from 2008 are missing from the official binder. The city uses a fob security system for those who enter city hall before or after business hours. Council Member Shaw said the official documents should be in a safe place. Council Member Nancy Byrge questioned the importance of the paper binder, as its pages come from an electronic file.

The council unanimously approved the appointment of Cheryl Thomas to the Arts and Beautification Commission for a term expiring June 30, 2019, Jack Brankamp to the Board of Zoning Appeals for a term expiring January 31, 2017, and Dennis Solder and Michael Childress to the Parks and Recreation Board for terms expiring March 31, 2019.

Executive Director Mark Brun of the Huber Heights Chamber of Commerce announced the new “Sure Start Huber Heights” program which the Chamber is initiating to encourage new business starts in the city. He said those who wish to volunteer their services through the “Sure Start” program can go to HuberHeightsChamber.com for more information.

Brun said the Huber Heights Target store will be the first business in the city with a transgender restroom. He added that the Chamber is neutral regarding the medical marijuana bill now in the Ohio General Assembly.

The Huber Heights City Council will next meet at 7 pm on Monday, June 13 in the Huber Heights City Hall, 6131 Taylorsville Road.

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Council tables sending water projects to ballot, will consider new legislation

By Chuck Smith

For the Courier

Reach Chuck SMith at 937-684-8983.

Reach Chuck SMith at 937-684-8983.