Massive road project in the pipe

Bob Morehead

Herald Staff Writer

The city of Barberton is moving through a pair of ordinances that will see Wooster Road West redone from Hudson Run Road to Third Street Northwest.

The project, introduced at council’s Jan. 19 committee work session, would be an 80/20 split with the Ohio Department of Transportation, with Barberton’s share coming in around $1.7 million.

“Part of this will come from Issue 8 money and part from our permissive tax,” Service Director Greg Tracy said.

Issue 8 is the earmarked 0.25% income tax and permissive tax is Barberton’s share of the license plate fees.

Design work, which GPD Group would perform, will be picked up 100% by the state.

“Our people did a great job securing this funding,” Mayor William Judge said.

The project will tear the road all the way down to the bed and rebuild it, redoing the storm sewers in the process.

“This is going to be a great project,” Judge said.

Work is expected to commence in 2023.

Council also advanced a resolution to appeal to Summit County Public Health to speak for Barberton to the governor to facilitate coronavirus vaccinations. Vaccination scheduling and prioritizing is entirely his call.

“The 44203 ZIP code is the third-highest rate of infection in Summit County,” Councilman Thomas “Bebe” Heitic, who wrote the resolution, said.

The resolution also asks for the city’s minority community to be given priority.

Councilwoman Nina Angeloff wondered why Barberton City Council was doing it instead of Summit County Council.

“We need to take care of our own,” Heitic said.

Tracy addressed the pending skate park project.

“We’re surveying utilities under the park land, assuming we go with Decker Park,” Tracy said. “The next phase is to update the plans. There are a lot of unknowns and it won’t happen overnight.”

Councilman Shorter Griffin said that in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday, he had worked with the local NAACP and Ford Motor Company to get 360 masks and some hand sanitizer to give away. The distribution will be 1-3 p.m. at three locations Jan. 23. They will be handed out at Rocky’s Drive-Thru on Norton Avenue, the Barberton Public Library and Griffin will be handing them out himself at Elson Park.

1 Comment

  1. Dan on January 22, 2021 at 11:55 am

    What a waste of time and money. Streets in my neighborhood have not been paved in years. The asphalt is cracked and missing. Pot holes filled for winter are gone after the first frost. But Wooster Road downtown needs to be rebuilt. Why? What businesses need it rebuilt, Babcock and Wilcox?

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