City council discusses water softening, chickens


By Chuck Smith - For the Courier



Miami Valley Young Marines Gunnery Sargent Troy Murphy (left) and Staff Sargent Jesse Loper holding Operation Spartan Spear logo art at Monday’s Huber Heights City Council meeting.


Photo by Chuck Smith

HUBER HEIGHTS — The Huber Heights City Council considered the city’s plan to install a city water softening system during its June 13 meeting.

Assistant City Manager Scott Falkowski said a study of the proposed water softener will be presented to the council during its June 21 work session at city hall. Falkowski said no estimated cost for the project will be available until the study is made public. He added that the water softening process would not include salt, so it would not impact the health of Huber Heights residents. It would be a filtration system.

An ordinance which would put the Huber Heights water softening plan on the November ballot is scheduled for a second of three readings during the June 27 city council meeting.

The council will also consider the controversial “cluck issue” during its June 21 work session. An ordinance which would add permission for residents to raise chickens to the November ballot will reach its third reading (action reading) during the June 27 city council meeting.

Council Member Janell Smith said the 1,300-signature “cluck issue” petition presented by resident Sara McBride would permit a maximum of four hens and no roosters. The legislation before the council would permit six hens. Smith said, “We should not pass six hens when it should be four. We should do what the people ask us to do. We need to get our legislation correct and under control.”

The council unanimously approved a change in zoning to “Planned Public/Private Building and Grounds” for the six-acre property at 4549 Powell Road, which operated as the Wayne Swim Club until 2012. This change will make it possible for the New Visions AMC Church to construct a complex at this location, east of the intersection between Powell Road and Old Troy Pike. In addition to a church, the complex will include athletic fields, tennis courts, and trails.

The council unanimously approved the purchase of a new fire truck, using a $431,895 grant toward an overall purchase price of $489,860.

In another unanimous vote, the council approved spending $59,000 to extend the Fire Division’s fiber optic network to the new third Huber Heights fire station being constructed along Old Troy Pike north of the Miami County boundary. Competitive bidding was waived to ensure that the three-station network would be fully compatible. Falkowski said the third fire station should be completed by October.

Staff Sargent Jesse Loper and Gunnery Sargent Tory Murphy of the Miami Valley Young Marines (in photo) announced plans for a new “Operation Spartan Spear.” This goal of this new initiative will be to prevent illegal drug use through education.

Operation Spartan Spear will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest game of balloon tag. The event, called “Stomp Out Drugs,” will take place August 6 in Gary Sherman Park, behind the Huber Heights police station.

The Guinness World Record for balloon tag participants is 280, so the Miami Valley Young Marines are hoping to attract at least 300 balloon tag participants, according to organizer J. Keagan Miller.

Each “Stomp Out Drugs” participant will pay two dollars, with all proceeds going to Operation Spartan Spear. A balloon will be tied to each person’s ankle. The last person with a balloon will win.

“Stomp Out Drugs” participants are asked to register between 12 noon and 2:30 pm August 6 in Gary Sherman Park for the 3 p.m. event. All will receive certificates for their participation.

Murphy said, “Based upon the amount of money our operation raises, we plan to set up booths at the Huber Heights Fall Festival. We plan to make a whole section devoted to drug education.”

The “Star Spangled Heights” celebration will take place from noon to 11 p.m. on July 2 at Thomas Cloud Park, 4707 Brandt Pike. The free event will include a parade, food truck rally, vintage auto show, and 10 p.m. fireworks display.

Miami Valley Young Marines Gunnery Sargent Troy Murphy (left) and Staff Sargent Jesse Loper holding Operation Spartan Spear logo art at Monday’s Huber Heights City Council meeting.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/35/2016/06/web1_YoungMarinesCMYK.jpegMiami Valley Young Marines Gunnery Sargent Troy Murphy (left) and Staff Sargent Jesse Loper holding Operation Spartan Spear logo art at Monday’s Huber Heights City Council meeting. Photo by Chuck Smith

By Chuck Smith

For the Courier

Reach Chuck Smith at 937-684-8983 or on Twitter@HH_Courier.

Reach Chuck Smith at 937-684-8983 or on Twitter@HH_Courier.