Council sends forward fee increases, law department appropriation

Bob Morehead

Herald Staff Writer

A lot of the Nov. 23 Barberton City Council committee work session was taken up with Mayor William Judge’s two-part presentation on making up lost revenue following the departure of B&W and the failure of the subsequent property tax levy.

The presentation and the mayor’s defenses of it are reported elsewhere. The end result, though, was two ordinances sent forward for readings. One increases the city’s landlord registration fee and the other the cost of mowing private property.

Council will also hear readings on a measure that will double the emergency reserve fund. Currently at $1 million, this will raise it to $2 million if passed.

Council also advanced an appropriation of $31,079 for the fire department for a new air handling system for Station No. 1. Chief Robert Pursley told council that an inspection of the current system determined it does not exchange the air in the building properly. Station No. 2, the chief said, is new enough that the HVAC system was retrofitted.

Law director Lisa Miller asked for $23,000. $18,000 of it is for professional services and $5,000 is for office supplies. Miller was to explain the request later but did not before the meeting adjourned to executive session. This ordinance was to have a reading Nov. 30.

If legislation introduced that night passes, the city will buy a new utility truck for the Water Department for $134,799 and auction off 24 vehicles from the police impound lot.

Council adjourned into executive session and took no action on emerging.


  1. Write a ticket and follow up on December 7, 2020 at 8:06 am

    Empty(owned by cash for houses folks)Property near me was mowed ONE time this past summer. That’s ONE time ALL SUMMER LONG. 2 ft tall grass covered with snow. Attracts rodents and looks like 💩. Where’s Mike Vinay when you need him?

  2. Grateful Citizen on December 3, 2020 at 3:57 am

    Here’s legislation where Mayor Judge and Council are “doing it right”. Not only will raising the cost of cutting grass on yard slobs property raise money for the city coffers, but it will provide an incentive for folks to get off their butts and mow the lawn. I approve 100%. I don’t know about raising landlord fees. This will only “punish” renters who will find higher rents in place to cover the landlords cost for said registration. These folks can scarce afford it, many being strapped to pay their rent now after the ravages of COVID-19 on jobs.

  3. Liberalismkills on November 28, 2020 at 6:49 am

    $5000 in office supplies?

  4. Scott Stoll on November 26, 2020 at 8:50 am

    Let the people taking care of all the empty lot take and own then after all the taxes are payed off all then they are the one that have to owe the taxes on then

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