HUBER HEIGHTS — A massive, standing-room-only crowd of Huber Heights residents broke into applause then left the continuing April 11 Huber Heights City Council meeting after the council approved the seventeenth amendment to the development agreement with DEC Land Company, LLC by a 5 to 3 vote.
City Attorney Alan Schaeffer said the Huber Heights Charter gives the mayor the final decision on actions passed by less than a 2/3 majority. Mayor Tom McMasters said that he will sign the measure into law. Council Members Tyler Starline, Richard Shaw, and Glenn Otto opposed the measure.
The approved ordinance includes the expenditure of an additional $190,000 for infrastructure such as water and sewer lines for 25 additional homes to be constructed as part of DEC’s Carriage Trails development in the Miami County portion of Huber Heights east of Troy Pike and west of Brandt Pike. Mayor McMasters said the $190,000 will come from the city’s sewer and water fund.
The approval of the ordinance brings to a close several weeks of debate concerning this issue.
Developer Ken Conaway said during the meeting that the measure was needed for his company to continue with the Carriage Trails development.
The funding for the measure was in doubt when the council voted 5 to 3 to waive the second and third readings of a measure to move the necessary money from the water and sewer fund. A 2/3 majority was required. At this point, Councilman Starline requested a reconsideration of the vote. When the vote was retaken, he changed his vote to “yes” to make it possible for the council to pass the funding measure by a 5 to 3 vote.
Afterwards, Starline explained that funding for items outside the Carriage Trails project were included in the funding measure, so he changed his vote to fund these other items. Starline has been an opponent of city funding associated with the Carriage Trails project.
A separate measure passed by the council provided for new traffic lights serving the development.
In other business, the council approved three board members, two staff members and three citizens to a new Huber Heights Charter Review Commission.
Council members of the Commission are Nancy Byrge, Mark Campbell, and Richard Shaw; City staff members are John Russell and Josh King; and Citizen members are Jeff Heinrich, David Manship, and Matt Truman.
Public hearings were held discussing possible changes in the zoning code to permit trash receptacles in front and adjacent to Huber Heights homes. No action was taken. Real estate professionals will be asked how this change could affect real estate sales in Huber Heights.
City Manager Rob Schommer announced that the city is working with a resident to test a new pothole recognition system which maps pothole locations using a camera and GPS. He said it is an “exciting and worthwhile opportunity” to work with the new technology developed by a city resident. He added that the new system has so far found the Huber Heights roads to be “in pretty good shape.”
The Huber Heights Historical Society will present a 7 pm April 16 program at Studebaker Middle School addressing how Huber Heights became a city.
Council Member Nancy Byrge said there will be a Ward 5 meeting from 7 to 9 pm on April 21 at Huber Heights Fire Station 22.
The next regular meeting of the city council will take place at 7 pm on Monday, April 25 in the Huber Heights City Hall, 6131 Taylorsville Road.
There will be a special city council work session devoted to the Stuart and Mimi Rose Music Center at 5 pm on Monday, April 18 at City Hall.