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.