Water softening proposal to go on November ballot


Decision on chickens in residential zones also placed before voters

By Darrell Wacker - dwacker@civitasmedia.com



HUBER HEIGHTS — Voters in Huber Heights will have their say on two issues during the November 8 election after the Huber Heights City Council approved placing them on the ballot at their June 27 meeting.

The first will give voters their say on a long-talked about city-wide water softening project. The ordinance says that the city recently updated a feasibility study and validated the study to determine whether options still exist to enhance the water supply through water softening.

The project, if approved by voters, would come at a steep price – up to $12,000,000.

The wording proposed to the Miami and Montgomery County Boards of Elections is as follows:

  • Shall the City Council of Huber Heights consider initiating and completing through normal bidding and purchasing procedures the installation of a water softening system for the purpose of enhancing the water system utility at a cost not to exceed $12,000,000?

Chickens have been a hot topic as well, and in November, voters will get their say on whether up to four chickens may be kept on property. The proposed code changes would allow chickens in most residential districts except multi-family dwellings and areas zoned R-5 or R-6. Roosters would not be allowed unless a lot size is greater than one acre in size.

All chickens would be required to be confined in a coop or pen, and an accessory structure permit would be required prior to construction of a coop or pen.

The wording proposed to the Miami and Montgomery County Boards of Elections is as follows:

  • Shall the City Council of Huber Heights consider initiating and completing through normal zoning code change process an amendment to part eleven, title nine, chapter 1181 of the Codified Ordinances of Huber Heights to allow chickens in residential areas?

In other action, the City Council authorized City Manager Rob Schommer to solicit a request for proposals (RFP) from engineering firms for the design of a water distribution system pressure upgrade north of I-70. They also authorized Schommer to negotiate a loan with the Ohio Water Development Authority to finance the cost of planning the City’s water softening project.

The Huber Heights City Council has scheduled a regular session for Monday, July 11, 2016 at or about 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 6131 Taylorsville Road. The meeting is open to the public.

Decision on chickens in residential zones also placed before voters

By Darrell Wacker

dwacker@civitasmedia.com

Reach Darrell Wacker at 937-684-8983 or on Twitter @VandaliaDrummer.

Reach Darrell Wacker at 937-684-8983 or on Twitter @VandaliaDrummer.