During the April 25 Huber Heights City Council meeting, Mayor Tom McMasters presented a proclamation making Saturday, April 30 “Buddy Poppy” day in Huber Heights to Connie McCreary, Buddy Poppy Chairwoman for Huber Heights. Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) District 3 Commander Jack Brankamp and VFW 3283 Commander Butch Hanson were also present for the ceremony.
“Buddy Poppies” will be available Saturday at the Huber Heights Walmart on Brandt Pike, The Heights Café on Chambersburg Road, and the Rural King store on Old Troy Pike.
The “Buddy Poppy” is a red paper artificial flower assembled by disabled veterans. The “stem” of the “Buddy Poppy” is a wire made to hold the flower in the wearer’s lapel. The “Buddy Poppy” is a symbol of the VFW, and represents the poppies growing in the Flanders portion of Belgium where heavy fighting took place during World War I and where many soldiers were buried. Canadian poet John McCrea featured Flanders and its poppies in a famous poem entitled “Flanders Fields.”
Local donations made for the “Buddy Poppies” will go toward bingo parties for the veterans at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Dayton.
Pam Whited, Huber Heights Operations Manager for Suez Environment (formerly United Water), gave her annual report to council on the water treatment function which she and her 17 employees provide to the City of Huber Heights. Suez is an international company headquartered in France (formerly United Water).
The Rip Rap Road water treatment facility processes seven million gallons of water per day, bringing the water from the Dayton aquafer to Huber Heights residents. A second facility on Needmore Road is always available as a backup in case the Rip Rap Road facility becomes inoperable.
Whited described maintenance to the water treatment facilities during 2015. She projects spending $2.2 million in 2016 to treat Huber Heights water, slightly less than the $2.3 million spent in 2015.
Council Member Janell Smith said that water pressure has been low for residents in her Ward 2 (northern Huber Heights). Whited said she will check the water pressure situation and respond to Smith.
An ordinance which would permit Huber Heights residents to keep waste receptacles in places viewable from the street, including the front of homes, received its second reading. The ordinance may be voted upon during the next Huber Heights City Council meeting on May 9.
The council unanimously approved the appointment of Toni Webb as a citizen member of the Huber Heights Charter Review Commission, to serve through the end of 2016.
The council also unanimously approved continued city participation in the Ohio Municipal League’s Workers’ Compensation Group Rating Program. City Manager Rob Schommer said, “The program gives us a significant savings in workers’ compensation.”
Council Member Judy Blankenship thanked Huber Heights residents for joining her and other council members in painting the bleachers at Thomas A. Cloud Memorial Park on April 23.
Mayor Tom McMasters commented that work planned for Fishburg Road west of Old Troy Pike has been delayed until next year. McMasters said he hopes that the delay will give the city an opportunity to add a bike path along Fishburg. He said afterwards, “We need more bike paths in Huber Heights.”
Council Member Glenn Otto invited citizens to attend the Huber Heights Park and Recreation Board meetings which take place the third Thursday of each month.
The Huber Heights City Council will next meet at 7 pm on Monday, May 9 in the Huber Heights City Hall, 6131 Taylorsville Road.
Reach Chuck Smith at 684-8983.