Year-end legislation passes

By Greg Smart - Courier editor

HUBER HEIGHTS — The Huber Heights City Council Monday night passed nine resolutions and ordinances which received their third reading and were adopted, most of which were end of year legislation.

Council approved a 2.25 percent increase and performance incentive for 2016 for the IAFF Local 2926 (firefighters) after negotiating a re-opener for wages and performance eligibility for 2016.

Council approved an application to initiate foreclosure proceedings for the property at 7210 Kirkview Drive under the Huber Heights Land Reutilization Program. It is vacant and has been delinquent on property taxes for at least two years. This will begin the process with Montgomery County to commence the foreclosure process.

-Approved the annual renewal of the Miami County Public Defender’s contract for 2016 for $827 to provide legal counsel to indigent persons.

-Authorized contracting for municipal communication services with The Impact Group for services in 2016 at a cost not to exceed $48,000. In a memo to Council, City Manager Rob Schommer said the scope of the services includes assistance with press releases, public statements, newsletter articles, website enhancement, and many other communications oriented elements.

This vote passed 6-1 with Council member Tyler Starline voting no after pointing out a memo previously written by The Impact Group that he said he was not pleased with.

Mayor Thomas McMasters questioned the value of this service saying the money could be used for recreational opportunities for citizens.

-Entered into a 12 month agreement with Zimmers and Associates to provide consulting and lobbying services to the city of at a cost not to exceed $36,000 in 2016.

-Authorized the 2016 contract for the Law Director for the city with Alan Schaeffer from Pickrel, Schaeffer and Ebeling at a total cost of $189,000.

-Authorized using Plattenburg & Associates to perform other professional services as needed, not to exceed $55,000 in 2016. This is in addition to other audits annual state audit services provided by Plattenburg & Associates.

-Authorized utilizing the services of Squire Patton Boggs (US), LLP for the purpose of legal services in 2016 at a cost not to exceed $50,000.

-Authorized payment of 2016 annual membership dues to the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission.

By Greg Smart

Courier editor

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