Council approves amended radio ordinance

Bob Morehead

Herald Staff Writer

Barberton City Council voted at its Oct. 26 meeting to approve amended legislation authorizing the purchase of the new radio system for the fire department.

A necessary battery analyzer was left out of the original request for legislation. The new ordinance increases the cost by $4,314.21, including the city’s match.

Council also approved an ordinance authorizing a $3,773.59 payment to Kimble Recycling and Disposal Inc. for three semis and four dumpsters over four days to clear out more than 900 discarded pallets and other debris at a Lambert Street commercial property. The pile was deemed a serious fire hazard and the cleanup was finally ordered by court.

Council gave the go-ahead on a request from the administration to pay an extra $4,500 in CARES Act funding to sanitize the city departments that haven’t already been disinfected. The cost comes to 13 cents per square foot. Finance director Jeremy Flaker reminded council at the previous week’s committee work session that the CARES Act money has to be used basically before the end of the year. Anything not spent has to be returned to the federal government.

Council approved this year’s road salt contract, bid through the Community University Education consortium, made up of the University of Akron and a host of other surrounding entities. The commitment is for 1,750 tons, plus or minus 20%, at $76.89 per ton conveyed. Barberton normally keeps 4,000 tons on hand and will begin the season full.

Council voted to pay Eclipse Construction $18,089.06 for 10 days it was idled as it restored the Betz Ditch on the West Side. An oily substance was discovered and had to be analyzed before work could continue. The substance was found to be harmless.

Council also amended the property maintenance code to automatically adopt the most recent revision of the International Property Maintenance Code whenever there’s a change. The ICC, service director Greg Tracy explained, is a set of minimum standards that apply in areas where the city has no stricter standard in place.

Councilman Justin Greer informed his colleagues that he is a full participant in the Veterans History Project, interviewing U.S. veterans about their service. The recordings will be archived at the Library of Congress.

“There is a lot of interest in this,” Greer said. “Any able-bodied person can interview veterans. If someone wants to get involved, just get in touch with me.”

Mayor William Judge said the state of Ohio was given $125 million to distribute for COVID relief. Residents can tap into $50 million to help with delinquent mortgages, rent or utility bills dating back to April 1 and running through Dec. 30. Bars and restaurants hard-hit can access part of another $37 million. $3.5 million will be shared by Akron and Barberton to help pay their police departments.

Councilman Shaun “Rocky” Jaber will prepare a resolution celebrating the 100th birthday of Caine’s Flowers downtown.

“A Barberton business has been in the same family for 100 years,” Jaber said. “I think we should commemorate that.”

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