HUBER HEIGHTS – Huber Heights residents may have some decisions to make in the May 2 primary election.
City Council addressed two issues at Monday’s night’s meeting that could wind up on the May ballot.
The first concerns a number of changes recommended by the city’s Charter Review Commission.
Only two of the proposals received comments Monday night.
Mayor Tom McMasters questions the language in a proposal that spells out the reasons for removal of a public official. McMasters thought the wording “violation of any expressed provision of the charter” was too vague and open to interpretation.
“I was trying to look through the charter at each of the specific sections to try to figure out what an expressed provision of the charter would be that someone could possibly violate and I was having difficulty with any of them,” he said.
McMasters also said he wanted to have more discussion on a revision that would drop the residency requirement for the city manager.
McMasters said he understood that the city has received legal advice that Supreme Court rulings have made the residency requirement unenforceable, but he still wanted to give the issue more attention.
Other charter changes would address how ordinances and resolutions are publicized before votes are taken; changes in the timing of a mayor’s veto and attempts to override vetoes; changes in sections concerning the appointment of the city manager, Department of Public Safety and the City and Personnel Board’s relationship to local school districts; changes that would make removal of a board or commission member different than removal of an elected official; and a series of changes concerning petitions and elections results.
Council will have to approve the proposed changes at its next meeting to meet the filing deadline for the May primary. It plans to further discuss the proposals at its next work session and vote on them at the Jan. 23 meeting.
The second issue that may appear on the ballot concerns the Sunday sale of alcohol at the Shoppes at the Heights Community Entertainment District.
Council passed a resolution that would create the district, which would be in the Executive Boulevard area near Route 201. Council then passed another resolution that would place the issue of Sunday liquor sales in the district on the May ballot.
Community entertainment districts legally are considered “community facilities,” so instead of a local liquor election as usually is the case for Sunday sales, the district requires a city-wide vote on Sunday sales.
Since the May election is a primary, there must be a contested election on the ballot for the liquor issue to also be placed on the ballot. It is likely with five council seats and the mayor’s seat up for election this year that there will be a contested race in the primary, which will open the door for the liquor issue to be placed before voters in May.
Shoppes at the Heights will be located on a 70-acre tract. Al George, a representative of the developer, attended the meeting and after the meeting explained that plans for the area include a mixed development including restaurants, hotels, grocery, service businesses, financial institutions and big box retailers.
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