Residents sound off at City Council meeting

By Dave Lindeman - For the Courier

HUBER HEIGHTS — Huber Heights City Council received a lot of input from residents at Monday night’s meeting.

Rick Stan brought a proposal to council for presenting city economic information to residents.

He presented a chart that summarized city finances and that he said would take only a few hours to compile monthly.

“After poring over pages and pages of information I thought this would be a good way to get our feet wet and introduce ourselves to the community in terms of giving them financial information so they feel they are more in the loop rather than waiting every 12 to 18 months,” he said.

Don Jones of the city finance department explained that the city does post financial information each month on its website. He said the city has been discussing ways to make that information easier to read and will look at Stan’s suggestion.

Huber Heights Head Librarian Kim Bishop said she gets requests from patrons for help on understanding the city’s on-line financial reports and offered to hold a public session for city residents on the subject. Jones said he would set a meeting time with her to develop the idea.

Council also heard from Lou Knapp, who objected to the amount of information the city tax department is requiring from residents, including federal forms such as 1099s and federal tax schedules.

“First of all, I object to this on principle,” Knapp said. “I don’t know why my city would want this information.”

Knapp also objected to the city imposing a fine on those who do not provide the information. He said there is no provision in the law for fines and called the city’s demand for the extra information as “an overreach.”

City Solicitor Jerry McDonald said he would examine the law and answer Knapp’s question.

Resident Carl Urbanis spoke to council in favor of continued city support for the Carriage Trails development.

Finally, Andi Otto told council that Huber Heights residents have a lot of events to look forward to in the next month. Those events include:

  • A community prayer walk April 8, 10 a.m. at community park.
  • The city’s Easter egg hunt featuring 50,000 eggs, to be held April 15 at Wayne High School, 10 a.m.
  • The Creative Impressions Community Art Show, April 30 beginning at 1 p.m. at the senior citizens’ center.
  • Huber’s Got Talent, to be held May 6 at Wayne High School.

Otto also said the citywide park cleanup that was postponed will be rescheduled in the near future.

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.