HUBER HEIGHTS — Huber Heights City Council showed its support for the Pink Ribbon Girls Inc. program Monday night by donating a fire engine to the group.
Pink Ribbons Girls is an organization that provides assistance to women suffering from breast and reproductive cancer. The Huber Heights Fire Department has had an active role in the program for a number of years and last year raised $150,000 for the program. A big part of the program is the pink fire engine which attracts sponsors and makes visits on behalf of the program.
Council recently put into commission a new fire engine and on Monday night unanimously approved donating the engine that was being taken out of service to the Pink Ribbons Girls for use in their program. Pink Ribbon Girls will maintain the fire engine and Huber Heights firefighters will continue to take the engine to various events and visits on their days off.
Also on Monday night, council:
- Listened to resident Bruce Gorby question council’s lack of action on the residence requirement for the city manager and oversize vehicles parking on city streets.
- Heard resident Jane Deeter explain that the Huber Heights FISH pantry, which provides food to city residents, has changed hours of operation. It is now open for food distribution on Wednesdays from 7-8 p.m. and Mondays and Fridays from 2:30-4 p.m.
- Appointed Cindy Davidson to the personnel appeals board to a term expiring March 31, 2020 and appointed Gerald Proctor to the planning commission to a term expiring Jan. 31, 2018.
- Approved a resolution adopting a board and commission handbook for the city. The handbook was last updated in 2011.
- Approved an increase in cost for weddings conducted by the mayor. Currently, there is a $50 fee for weddings performed at city hall, with money being donated to the Huber Heights Historical Society. Council approved a fee of $75 for weddings not held at city hall. Mayor Tom McMasters hopes that more weddings will be held at Eichelberger Amphitheater which would result in more funds being raised for the historical society.
- Approved a resolution authorizing the city manager to advertise for proposals for the purchase and development of the 80-acre tract owned by the city located behind North Park Center on Route 202.
- Sent to second reading an ordinance that will change the city’s code on large vehicle parking on city streets.
- Looked to the future by listing action items that need to be addressed. Those topics include medical marijuana, training in accessing city information on-line at the local library, update on the concession stand at Cloud Park and studying a switchover in city vehicles from gasoline-powered vehicles to electric vehicles.
McMasters brought up the residence requirement for the city manager and said he thought one way to get around the legal questions surrounding that requirement would be to change city government to have a strong mayor and make the mayor the executive officer of the city.
Council Member Mark Campbell and City Manager Rob Schommer were absent from the meeting.
Council’s next meeting will be June 26, 7 p.m., at city hall.
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