Mayor William B. Judge announced that the city has received $595,000 in competitive grant dollars from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the State of Ohio Emergency Management Agency for the acquisition and demolition of up to 15 residential structures on 14th Street Northwest, near Wolf Creek. The area has a long history of flood-related property loss and this demolition effort will return the properties, which are in a 100-year floodplain, to perpetual green space and their natural environment.
In 2018, city of Barberton administration officials and representatives from Summit County’s Emergency Management Agency met with residents of 14th Street and received a voluntary participation commitment from the majority of eligible property owners. The cooperation of the homeowners was crucial in creating future flood mitigation opportunities for the West Side neighborhood.
Under the agreement, the city is required to commit $84,938.75 in local matching funds, which can partially be provided through in-kind administrative services.