Huber Council approves new medical office


By Dave Lindeman - For the Courier



HUBER HEIGHTS — The Huber Heights City Council approved a rezoning Monday night that will bring a new medical office to Shull Road.

After a public hearing, council voted to waive second and third hearings and then voted to approve rezoning of an out lot at the New Season Ministry Church at 5711 Shull Road. Plans call for a 16,000-square-foot medical building to be built on the site.

In response to a question from a resident during the hearing, a representative of the architectural firm planning the building said the building will house outpatient surgery and medical offices and will not include emergency services, with business hours generally until about 6 p.m. on weekdays.

The rezoning passed 7-1, with Council Member Tyler Starline voting no.

Starline expressed concern about a different piece of legislation that came before council for its first reading. The ordinance outlines procedures for obtaining public records from the city. Starline said he wanted a clear statement on who would have to file public record requests to see the information; he thought the ordinance as worded might be interpreted that some city officials or employees, including council members, might have to file a request to see some public records, which he said could cause extra work and delay. He asked for a written clarification on that issue.

In other action Monday, council:

  • Waived third reading and then passed a resolution allowing City Manager Rob Schommer to seek requests for proposals on an outdoor digital messaging sign.
  • Passed to third readings resolutions amending the city’s organizational chart and amending salaries for city employees.
  • Passed to third reading an ordinance providing for issuing notes in the total of not more than $3,611,000 for payment for street construction and improvement.
  • Passed to third reading a supplemental appropriations bill for $15,200 for capital improvements in the Carriage Hills area.
  • Passed to second reading a resolution allowing the city to sell unneeded vehicles.
  • Passed to second reading a resolution that will allow the city to enter into an agreement with AT&T to provide fiber optic service for the city’s phone system. Installation would be at no cost to the city, although there would be an increase in monthly fees. The fiber optic system would also allow the city to have a back-up Internet source.
  • Listened to Jim Mitchell of the VFW explain about the group’s annual Christmas toy drive. This year the drive includes a Pinewood Derby to be held Nov. 5. The application fee of $25 includes the car and all proceeds will go to the toy drive. Deadline for entering is Oct. 29.

Council Member Janell Smith asked that council explore better ways for park users to reserve pavilions. She said the current system results in confusion and the only recourse to resolve disputes is to call the police. She also asked that the city’s website be updated more frequently and that council receive a park and playground maintenance report so council can make plans for next year.

Council Member Glenn Otto said that meetings on the Brandt Pike Revitalization Project will begin this week and asked for input from residents. Information is available at discoverbrandtpike.com

Council Member Tyler Starline reminded residents that Halloween will be held on Monday, Oct. 31.

Council Member Judy Blankenship commended the Miami Valley Young Marines and reminded residents the marines’ Red Ribbon Week will be held Oct. 23-31.

Council’s next meeting will be Oct. 24, 7 p.m., at city hall.

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By Dave 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.