City Council discusses mow-to-own program


Council talks wide range of topics at Monday meeting

By David Lindeman - For the Courier



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Members of the Huber Heights City Council praised the organizers of the city’s National Night Out held last week at Wayne High School. In this photo, the Wayne Marching Warriors and Warriorettes perform at the event.


Photo by Darrell Wacker | Civitas Media

HUBER HEIGHTS — A quiet evening gave members of the Huber Heights City Council a chance to look forward with some new ideas.

The one-hour meeting concluded with a discussion about a potential “mow to own” program. The idea was brought up by Council Member Janell Smith as a way to rehabilitate vacant properties. As practiced by other communities, mow to own is a program that allows residents to obtain ownership of vacant properties if they maintain them for a period of time, often two years.

Council Member Richard Shaw, who has done some research on the idea, offered to help Smith investigate the idea. City Manager Rob Schommer explained that as he understands the program properties that are acquired by the city would be eligible. Council will take up the issue in future work sessions.

In a related issue, Smith suggested council look into volunteer programs that would help the disabled and elderly maintain their properties.

Shaw asked that discussion on another issue be resurrected. Council had at one time talked about commercial truck parking regulations and options for the city, but the issue took a back seat while council took on other issues. Shaw suggested that it would be a good time to reconsider an issue that “is plaguing not only residents but also businesses.” He suggested that a representative of the Chamber of Commerce be invited for input on the issue. Council Member Glenn Otto agreed it was time to tackle the issue for the benefit of residents and business owners.

Smith, Otto and Shaw also asked for an update on the Brandt Pike revitalization project.

Council Member Mark Campbell asked that the city start to look ahead concerning the 80-acre property that is the site of a potential building project. He said the city should be looking at a traffic study and wetlands study for the property.

Smith and Mayor Tom McMasters also expressed concern about the Carriage Trails intersection at Brandt Pike and Smith asked about a timeline for a traffic light at the intersection.

All the issues will go on the agenda for council’s next planning meeting.

All council members took time to congratulate everyone involved with the city’s National Night Out, held last week at Wayne High School. They also complimented the Miami Valley Young Marines for their Stomp Out Drugs event.

Other topics addressed by council members:

  • Tyler Starline informed council that the Huber Heights library will hold a teen lock-in event Saturday, Aug. 20, from 7-11 p.m.
  • Shaw announced a Ward 1 community meeting to be held at the Rip Rapp Roadhouse on Aug. 30, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Featured speakers are Mark Bruns from the Huber Heights Chamber of Commerce, Council Member Glenn Otto, Wayne Township-Hubert Heights Historical Society President Pat Stephens, School Board Member Mike Miller, Matthew Truman of the Huber Heights Veterans Project and Huber Heights Schools Superintendent Susan Gunnell.
  • Nancy Byrge said she contacted the group that presents Ohio Ethics Law Training seminars and requested a session be held in the Dayton area. She also asked about the possibility of a Facebook page for the Charter Review Commission. Law Director Alan Schaeffer said public officials would have to be careful not to conduct business via social media. Clerk Tony Rodgers said the issue is on the agenda for the next work session.

Council’s next meeting will be Aug. 22 at 7 p.m. at city hall.

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Members of the Huber Heights City Council praised the organizers of the city’s National Night Out held last week at Wayne High School. In this photo, the Wayne Marching Warriors and Warriorettes perform at the event.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/35/2016/08/web1_HH05-1.jpgMembers of the Huber Heights City Council praised the organizers of the city’s National Night Out held last week at Wayne High School. In this photo, the Wayne Marching Warriors and Warriorettes perform at the event. Photo by Darrell Wacker | Civitas Media
Council talks wide range of topics at Monday meeting

By David Lindeman

For the Courier

Reach Dave Lindeman at 937-684-8983 or on Twitter @HH_Courier.

Reach Dave Lindeman at 937-684-8983 or on Twitter @HH_Courier.