HUBER HEIGHTS — The Dayton League of Women Voters, in conjunction with the Huber Heights Courier, will host a candidate forum on Thursday, April 20 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The forum will be held at Weisenborn Junior High School, 6061 Troy Pike in Huber Heights.
Voters in Huber Heights will have primary elections for Mayor and At-Large Council Member as well have several charter amendments to consider.
Huber Heights will have three candidate for Mayor – Jeffrey Gore, Albert Griggs, Jr., and David H. Wilson. Current Mayor Tom McMasters decided not to seek re-election and Council Member Ed Lyons withdrew his candidacy.
Nancy Byrge, who was appointed the District 5 member, will face Richard Stan and Chase D. Warden for the At-Large seat currently held by Campbell.
The two candidates receiving the most votes in each of those races will face off in November.
Only two candidates were certified in each race for seats in District 3, 4, and 5 so those races will not appear in the May primary election. Instead, the two candidates will be selected in November.
Charter amendments to be voted on include:
Section 5.11 Publication
This amendment would require each ordinance and resolution adopted by the Council shall be published by posting the full text of the ordinance or resolution for a period of not less than ten (10) days after its adoption on the City’s website and in not less than three (3) public places within the City.
Section 5.12 Mayor’s Veto
This amendment changes the requirement of the Mayor to return a vetoed resolution or ordinance with a written explanation of objections at the next regular Council meeting as opposed to being within 10 days. It also requires Council to reconsider the vetoed legislation no later than at the next regular Council meeting after the Mayor submits the written objections.
Section 6.01. Appointment; Qualifications; Compensation
The amendment removes the requirement for the City Manager to reside within the City after appointment.
Section 7.07. Department of Public Safety
This amendment removes the duty to enforce the laws and ordinances relating to weights and measures, which is typically the role of the County Auditor.
Section 8.05. Schools
This amendment adds provisions for Bethel School District or any other local school district serving residents of the City.
Section 9.07. Removal of Board or Commission Member
This is a new section of the Charter that allows by an affirmative vote of six (6) members of Council at a regular meeting, Council may remove any member of a board or commission for lack of qualifications, incompetency, misconduct, or neglect of duty. The reasons for removal shall be stated in writing and said member shall be given an opportunity to be heard at a regular meeting of Council. Action of the Council shall be final.
Section 13.08. Removal of Official
This amendment removes references to members of Boards and Commissions in consideration of newly added Section 9.07 above. It also adds a section for “violation of any expressed provision of the Charter” as grounds for removal of Official by two-thirds vote by other members of Council.
The full text of the amendments can be found on pages 6-7 of this edition of the Huber Heights Courier.
Reach Darrell Wacker at 937-684-8983 or on Twitter @HH_Courier.