UPDATE: Kimberly Trenary….“We will be having a petition signing Monday July 13,2020 6:00-7:45 p.m. in the parking lot across from Decker Park on Norton Ave. You will be required to have a mask on. We will be giving people disinfectant wipes to wash off their hand before touching the clip board and pen. After each signature, the pens and clipboards will be wiped off as well before handing it to the next person. This will be videoed to show the proper distancing being done. Please be respectful of each other when coming. Other location will be announced soon.”
Herald Staff Writer
A Barberton resident and former city council candidate, Kim Trenary, has drawn up a petition in attempt to recall the election of Mayor William Judge.
The loss of Babcock & Wilcox has put a significant strain on the city’s finances and some residents are unhappy with the mayor’s proposals to make up for some of the loss, as the burden often falls on them. Trenary decided to take the matter into her own hands and plans on obtaining 800-1,000 signatures from Barberton citizens who voted in the 2019 general election by mid-August in order to have the recall placed on the Nov. 2020 ballot. If the petition is not filed by late-August, council would then be forced to hold a special election and pay the majority of the costs back to the Board of Elections.
Trenary stated, “I’m tired of people complaining about the mayor. If they really want him out, they can sign the petition or shut up and let him do the job to which he was elected.”
The Herald spoke with several council members who deny knowing about the petition.
For more on this story, including how it works , what it will cost and council, mayor comments, pick up a copy of our July 16 edition of the Herald or subscribe now at www.barbertonherald.com.