Council authorizes negotiations for event and recreation complex

By David Lindeman - For the Courier

HUBER HEIGHTS — The Huber Heights City Council quickly passed a resolution Monday night that could change the face of Huber Heights.

On a 7-0 vote, council gave City Manager Rob Schommer authority to enter into a letter of intent that could lead to the sale of around 80 acres the city owns on the northwest corner of Interstate 70 and Old Troy Pike. The new owner would develop a recreation complex on the land.

Schommer declined to give any specifics on the proposal, only that more details would be forthcoming if and when the agreement is reached.

In other action Monday night, council:

  • Held third reading and decided to move to a fourth reading an ordinance that would add a pedestrian entrance from Charlesgate Road to the Huber Heights Recreation and Activity Center.
  • Passed a resolution 7-0 increasing the annual amount with vendor A.E. David for police equipment to a total not to exceed $45,000. The total had to be increased due to equipping four new police officers.
  • Approved a resolution by 7-0 vote hiring Scot Liberman as special counsel to represent the city in the sale of land due to a conflict of interest for the city law director in relation to the sale.
  • Grouped together and moved to a second reading a series of six resolutions concerning improvements in public streets and easements.
  • Approved 6-1, with Richard Shaw voting no, a resolution to pay bills incurred by the city from the previous year. This “amnesty legislation” spurred some debate after Council Member Janell Smith reported that few other municipalities are involved in this kind of action. Mayor Tom McMasters explained that the process gives city council more direct control over finances than other cities.
  • Approved 7-0 a resolution for the Taylorsville Road storm sewer project. Schommer explained that passing the resolution as an emergency measure would give C.G. Construction and Utilities the time to complete the project during construction season at a cost of $110,000, $15,000 less than the original estimate.
  • Approved a resolution to submit an application for funding from the Ohio Public Works Commission and to execute contracts to realign Fishburg Road from Aaron Lane to Endicott Road.

Council members also took time to make a number of requests and announcements.

  • Smith asked council about the possibility of a 9/11 ceremony to be held on Sept. 1 and asked for more information about music center operations. She also announced she is hosting a Ward 2 community picnic and meeting July 29 from 6-8 p.m.
  • Tyler Starline suggested council work on regulations for door-to-door solicitors.
  • Nancy Byrge announced she is holding a Ward 5 community meeting at the library on July 28 from 7-8:30 p.m. and suggested council find a way to participate in the National Night Out event at Wayne High School on Aug. 2. That event will be from 6-9 p.m.

By David Lindeman

For the Courier

Reach David Lindeman at 684-8983.

Reach David Lindeman at 684-8983.