HUBER HEIGHTS — The Huber Heights City Council welcomed a new member to the police force and filled positions on city boards Monday night.
Police Chief Mark Lightner introduced new police officer Amber Haas at council’s meeting Monday. Haas has a number of years of experience in local law enforcement agencies.
Council also approved the appointments of David Ruchel to the Personnel Appeals Board; Sarah Harner to the Arts and Beautification Commission; and Glen Pottenger to the Parks and Recreation Board.
Council also considered a number of other items at Monday’s meeting, including:
- Moving to third reading on an ordinance to amend portions of the city’s tax code to meet new state requirements.
- Approval of supplemental expenses, including: $24,900 advance from general fund to the capital improvement fund for design expenses for Bellefontaine Road; $15,000 for dispatch overtime; $81,608 for new incentive pay approved in union contracts; and $7,000 for special assessments in tax collection expenses. $7,000 for special assessments tax collection expenses.
- Approval of an additional $14,000 to Durst Brothers Excavating for work on the Fishburg Road widening project, bringing total cost of the project to $154,000. Work on this project has been completed. Councilman Richard Shaw wanted residents to know this is not the same as the Fishburg Road-Aaron Lane project which is scheduled to be done in 2017.
- Passed a resolution authorizing the city manager to solicit bids for repair of the HVAC system at the municipal court building.
Council Member Judy Byrge suggested council take up two issues at future work sessions. The first is consideration for a sidewalk to be installed from Kitridge Road to Cloud Park on the west side of Brandt Pike. The second suggestion was to investigate the potential of finding grants for installation of covered bus stops at some of the city’s more frequently used stops.
Byrge also announced she has scheduled an election forum at the Huber Heights Senior Citizens center on Oct. 6 at 6:30 p.m.
All members of council took time to thank the local Young Marines and Council Member Janell Smith for organizing the 15th anniversary 9/11 memorial event. Council members described the memorial as “incredible,” “amazing” and “fantastic.”
Councilman Glenn Otto reminded residents that the Marigold Festival will be held this Saturday in the area behind the YMCA from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Councilman Tyler Starline was absent from Monday’s meeting.
Council’s next meeting is scheduled for Sept. 26, 7 p.m., at city hall.
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