Council makes 2017 appointments

By Dave Lindeman - For the Courier

HUBER HEIGHTS – Huber Heights City Council members voted unanimously to appoint Judy Blankenship as vice mayor for 2017. Blankenship replaces Tyler Starline, who served as vice mayor in 2016. Starline nominated Blankeship for the post for the coming year.

Council members also approved a number of other appointments at Monday night’s meeting:

  • Council appointed Janell Smith as the city representative and Nancy Byrge as alternate to the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission . Council also approved Russ Bergman as city representative and Scott Falkowski as alternate to the MVRPC technical advisory committee.
  • Council reappointed the following members of the Property Maintenance Review Board: Frank Ambrose and Andrew Demland for a term ending Dec. 31, 2017; Daniel Yoe and Sandra Opp for a term ending Dec. 31, 2018; and Richard Winkler, Robert Deam and Leona Gray for a term ending Dec. 31, 2019.
  • Council designated Smith as city representative and Richard Shaw as alternate to the First Tier Suburbs Consortium for 2017.

Council members also addressed two issues that they have discussed at previous council meeting.

Council approved a resolution authorizing City Manager Rob Schommer to advertise for bids from firms to develop a parks and recreation master plan for the city.

It also decided to talk some more about a proposed ordinance to regulate door-to-door solicitation in the city. Council will discuss the issue one more time at its next work session then bring an amended version of the ordinance to the next council meeting for a vote.

Other items from Monday night’s meeting:

  • Schommer explained that the proposed change in city trash collection schedules was canceled by the city’s trash contractor, Republic Services. The city will continue to operate on the previous trash schedule.
  • When Byrge asked if there was some way to collect feedback on how city residents felt about Republic, Schommer replied that the company is planning to conduct a city-wide survey in the near future to find out about residents’ concerns.
  • Byrge also asked for updates on the city handbooks for boards and commissions and rules of council. City Clerk Anthony Rogers will work on putting together that information for council.
  • Smith announced there will be a Ward 2 meeting Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. at city hall. She asked citizens to attend and bring ideas and goals for the city for 2017.
  • Council Member Richard Shaw announced the Ward 1 Facebook page is on-line. He also announced the new International House of Pancakes has set Feb. 21 at its projected opening date.
  • Council Member Judy Blankenship shared information about the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission ride share program. The MVRPC is trying to get the word out about the program as an alternative during the RTA strike. Information on the program is available at 937-223-SAVE.

Council’s next meeting will be Jan. 23, 7 p.m., city hall.

By Dave Lindeman

For the Courier

Reach Dave Lindeman at 937-684-8983 or on Twitter @HH_Courier.

Reach Dave Lindeman at 937-684-8983 or on Twitter @HH_Courier.