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Published: Monday, March 14, 2016 @ 10:49 AM
Updated: Monday, March 14, 2016 @ 10:49 AM
HUBER HEIGHTS — The Ward 5 council seat in Huber Heights has been filled.
Mayor Tom McMasters swore in Nancy Byrge to fill the vacant Ward 5 seat, and administered the oath of office to her privately Sunday night.
Byrge assumed the office and duties as the Ward 5 representative, effective immediately with the appointment. She will publicly take the oath of office at tonight’s council meeting at 7 p.m.
“I am honored that Ms. Byrge decided to join us on Council and I believe the residents of Ward 5 and the rest of the community will find in her an excellent representative and a dedicated public servant,” McMasters said in a release.
The public is invited to a brief meet-and greet-reception for Byrge at 6:30 p.m. today at City Hall, 6131 Taylorsville Road.
Byrge had been serving on the city’s Board of Zoning Appeals.
Earlier this month, McMasters announced he was seeking applicants to fill the vacancy for Ward 5.
The authority for making the appointment for the Ward 5 vacancy shifted to McMasters under the City Charter after council failed to fill the position within thirty days of the vacancy. Council could not agree on a replacement for Tracy Dudley during its Feb. 22 meeting.
McMasters recently made an effort to contact Dudley to see if she would consider returning to City Council, but Dudley declined. Dudley resigned from council in January.
Additionally, McMasters faced criticism from some city council members for failing to fill the vacant seat.
Previously, McMasters said he did not know when he would appoint a new Ward 5 representative but said he was considering others after two applicants — Eva Newby and Jerry Wamsley — failed to get enough votes from council members.
McMasters said he had not eliminated either candidate, but he anticipated “it may take a couple months before I personally would consider either. This is true even if one or the other withdrew their application.”
A motion to appoint Newby, a black woman, failed after three councilmen, Tyler Starline, Glenn Otto and Richard Shaw, voted against the measure. Councilwoman Janell Smith abstained from the vote.
Newby also is on the city’s Board of Zoning Appeals with Byrge, who is white.
The vote was taken after Councilman Ed Lyons asked his colleagues about their willingness to appoint a black woman to the vacant seat on council. That prompted McMasters to say that “Ed is about the stupidest person I think I ever met and a sleazeball.”
McMasters said in the email that based on Lyons’ comments and his own reaction, he was putting off considering Newby or Wamsley.
“There are two exceptions to this,” McMasters said in the email. “The first being if council scheduled a special session of council and council passes a motion with at least five votes that asks me to nominate any of the three candidates we interviewed, I will appoint that individual. I recommend next week before the work session as an opportune time. The second is that if Ed resigns I will appoint Ms. Newby.
Published: Wednesday, July 11, 2018 @ 3:27 AM
Updated: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 5:58 AM
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Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 3:19 AM
Updated: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 5:57 AM
TODAY: A nice morning with it being muggy early, but becoming more comfortable through the afternoon. It’ll be warmer than normal again with highs in the mid to upper 80s. Overall dry day with sunshine and some afternoon clouds.
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Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 9:12 PM
Updated: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 2:10 AM
PERRY TWP., Montgomery County — UPDATE @ 10:25 p.m.
Brookville firefighters rescued a family pet stuck in a drainage ditch after a neighbor reported hearing a dog barking.
Crews responded to the ditch on Air Hill Road, near Keener Road in Perry Twp.
“We did find a small 30- to 40-pound dog that was trapped about 40 feet in the storm drain,” Brookville Fire Capt. Jim Hart said. “We utilized a portable stretcher and two of my guys were able to crawl into the storm drain, and the dog was thankfully pretty friendly and we were able to get her put on top of that stretcher and use the rope system to pull her out.”
The 17-year-old dog was stuck and had potentially been there for about a day, Hart said.
The dog’s family took her home following the rescue.
UPDATE @ 9:50 p.m.
A dog was pulled from a 48-inch culvert.
The dog was described as about 17 years old and deaf and had been missing since Sunday.
The dog’s owners took their pet home.
A rescue operation is underway after a dog was found trapped in a 48-inch culvert.
Crews are on scene near the intersection of Keener and Air Hill roads, according to the Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center.
The dog, described as possibly a yellow Labrador retriever, is reportedly 45 feet down.
We have a crew on the way and will update this report.
Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 1:28 AM
Updated: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 2:15 AM
HARRISON TWP. — UPDATE @ 2:20 a.m: A vacant house fire that occurred on Lodell Avenue early Tuesday morning is considered suspicious, according to Harrison Twp. fire officials.
OTHER LOCAL NEWS: Brookville firefighters rescue trapped dog in Perry Twp. culvert
The structure, located in the 2100 block, was fully involved when crews arrived on scene just after 1 a.m.
No other nearby homes were affected as a result of the fire.
No injuries were reported as crews extinguished the flames.
Damage estimates were not immediately available as the fire remains under investigation.
Crews are responding to the 2100 block of Lodell Avenue on a reported fully involved structure fire that occurred early Tuesday morning.
Initial reports indicate the incident was dispatched just after 1 a.m. at a structure that is reportedly vacant.