Council asked to endorse Human Services levy

HUBER HEIGHTS — Jeffrey Cooper of the Montgomery County Human Services Renewal Levy Committee brought the campaign for the levy to Huber Heights City Council Monday night.

Cooper addressed council and asked for council’s endorsement for the levy. The levy is a renewal that will run for eight years and raise approximately $50 million annually for health services in Montgomery County. As a renewal, it will not increase taxes.

The levy is one of two levies that fund Montgomery County health services, including children’s services, senior services, developmental disabilities, public health and Montgomery County Alcohol Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services.

“It’s really about moving forward as a community to make sure we’re providing all the core services we need to manage our safety net for many of our most vulnerable individuals,” Cooper said.

The issue will be on the Nov. 7 ballot.

In other action Monday, council:

  • Approved the sidewalk repair program for 2018. Streets in the program include Bascombe Drive, Chambersburg Road, Charing Court, Claybeck Drive, Cliffstone Drive, Cliffwood Place, Handel Court, Harshmanville Road, Hinckley Court, Hubbard Court, Hubbard Drive, Innsdale Place, Leycross Drive, Longford Road and Taylorsville Road. The city will notify affected residents, who can then either contract to have the work done or have the city do the work and pay an assessment.
  • Approved a change in the ordinance that governs door-to-door solicitation. The original ordinance called one adult to accompany every two minors going door to door to raise funds. It also had a 14-day period before licenses had to be renewed. The amended ordinance requires one adult for every six minors and includes a 30-day period before renewal.
  • Passed on to second reading an ordinance that would allow golf carts on city streets that have a speed limit under 35 mph. Council will discuss the ordinance further at its next work session.
  • Approved a resolution accepting a grant from the Montgomery County Solid Waste District for a solar trash compactor and recycling bin to be located near the aquatic center. The grant will pay $9,766 of the cost while the city will pay the remaining $4,185.
  • Approved an ordinance for recalculated assessments for nine years for street lighting changes.
  • Approved a lease-purchase agreement for a new emergency medical vehicle. The city will make five annual payments of just over $53,000 for the new vehicle.
  • Approved a contract with Brumbaugh Construction for Fishburg Road improvements at a cost not to exceed $400,000.

Council also heard updates on various issues from council members and residents.

Pat Stevens of the Wayne Township/Hubert Heights Historical Society announced that the next phase of repairing broken headstones at Shearer Cemetery will take place this week.

Resident David Wilson requested an update on the Brandt Pike Revitalization Plan. Wilson also commented on the floods in Texas and said he heard two Huber Heights firefighters were sent to Houston to help recovery efforts. City Manager Rob Schommer explained the two firefighters are part of Ohio Task Force 1, a search and rescue team made up of rescue workers from numerous municipalities.

Council Member Janell Smith asked about the status of a potential bike lane on Carriage Hills Drive. Schommer explained that when the bike lane was first discussed there was a large amount of negative response from residents, so there are no plans to pursue the idea. Smith also asked that council discuss the city’s banner initiative at its next work session.

Smith also commented on the success of the Huber Heights Rocks program. A rock painting session was held at the recent city movie night and was so well received that Smith suggested the city hold another session in the near future. More information on the program is available on Facebook at “Huber Heights Rocks.”

Council Member Richard Shaw said he would bring information on the National League of Cities water line warranty program to the next work session. He also plans to make a National League of Cities presentation at the Sept. 19 work session.

In response to a question from Smith, Schommer gave a brief update on the city’s tornado warning siren plans. Locations for the first three sirens would be at Cloud Park, Sherman Park and Shullgate Park. The plans are in preliminary stages.

Council Member Tyler Starline urged residents to take part in the next Honor Flight return, which will take place Saturday at Dayton International Airport. Ninety-five veterans will be returning from Washington, D.C. on Saturday night. Starline said a good time to be at the airport to greet the veterans is around 9 p.m. with the plane usually arriving somewhere around 10-10:30 p.m.

Council Member Judy Blankenship was absent from Monday’s meeting.

Council’s next work session is Sept. 5 at 6 p.m. at city hall. Council’s next regularly scheduled meeting is Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. at city hall.

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By Dave Lindeman

For The Courier

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