HUBER HEIGHTS — The City of Huber Heights will have to wait a little longer until the switch is thrown on an energy aggregation program.
The program is designed to give residents the opportunity to save money on energy bills. Earlier this year, council voted to hire a consultant for the program, but Mayor Tom McMasters issued a veto because he was not satisfied with how the consultant was selected.
The story took another turn at Monday night’s council meeting when Council Member Janell Smith requested the Ohio Ethics Commission become involved before the city moves forward with the program.
“I move at this time that we temporarily table the topic of energy aggregation before moving forward on another RFP and request this council to seek an opinion from the Ohio Ethics Commission for any violations for misconduct by any elected officials that may have occurred during or after the energy aggregation competitive bidding process,” she said.
Council approved 6-2 with Glenn Otto and Richard Shaw voting against the measure.
After the meeting, Smith said she did not know how long the ethics commission investigation might take.
Council also passed a long-discussed ordinance adopting a security of public records policy for the city. The ordinance passed 5-3, with Smith, Richard Shaw and Glenn Otto voting no. After the meeting, Shaw and Smith both indicated they felt the policy should have more specific wording to better ensure that records are handled properly and kept secure.
Also Monday night, council:
- Waived second and third readings and approving expenditures for a number of items in preparation for 2017. The items were presented in 14 resolutions and among other items included purchase of new fire division emergency vehicle; purchase of three trucks for the public works department; purchase of police uniforms; approval of a contract for police vehicle maintenance; purchase of asphalt products; purchase of computer and electronic equipment; and approving various spending limits and agreements with vendors.
- Passed to third reading a resolution for the sale of Lot 5 at the Rose Music Center for construction of a hotel.
- Passed to third reading the 2017 city budget ordinance. Total appropriations for 2017 are listed as $92,358,858.
- Passed a resolution authorizing AT&T to provide fiber optic service for the city’s telephone system.
- Passed resolutions for the sale of obsolete city vehicles.
- Passed to second reading an ordinance that would raise the speed limit on Carriage Trails Parkway from 25 mph to 35 mph. Smith said she has received close to 200 comments on the change and 90 percent of the comments favor the change. She also suggested that the city might consider possible bicycle lanes for the street and said that at least one of the pedestrian tunnels below the street often is flooded and has a lot of graffiti. Council Member Tyler Starline suggested the possibility of allowing local artists to paint the tunnels as an official alternative to the graffiti.
- Approved an Economic Development and Government Equity Program grant for $50,000 for
- PVS Plastics.
- Approved an ordinance defining rules and regulations for door-to-door solicitors in the city.
- Heard citizen comments about limited access to the beginning of the new bike path and safety concerns at the baseball and softball fields.
Smith asked for updates on mold problems and electrical problems at the chamber of commerce building and asked for an update on talks being held that would move the Montgomery County Fairgrounds to Huber Heights. City Manager Rob Schommer said talks are continuing and there is nothing new to report on the fairgrounds.
Otto reminded residents that the Discover Brandt Pike project is still looking for community input. Residents can find out about the project and make comments at the Huber Center Thursday from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. On Thursday night, there will be a public presentation on the project at the Huber Heights Athletic Foundation at 7 p.m.
Shaw read a statement thanking the city’s residents and the charter review commission for the work that was done in amending the city’s charter.
Council’s next meeting will be Nov. 28, 7 p.m., at city hall.
Misty Hall, Huber Heights Fire Division administrative secretary, is honored as Huber Heights employee of the third quarter. She is pictured with, left to right, Vice Mayor Tyler Starline, City Manager Rob Schommer, and Fire Chief Mark Ashworth.
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