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Barberton City Council approves $13,000 park grant, opposes House Bill 601

By Courtney Kerrigan correspondent

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In this file photo, a jet ski flies across Lake Anna in Barberton. City Council approved a $13,000 grant for a boating education program. (Ed Suba Jr./Akron Beacon Journal file photo)

In Monday night’s Barberton City Council meeting, members approved a $13,000 grant for a Boater Safety Education program to run in summer 2013.

The program will run boating education courses and teach children water sports, along with other outdoor activities. Money from the grant will go toward training, gas, equipment, marketing and other necessities.

Council also approved a resolution to oppose House Bill 601, which would make all Ohio city income tax ordinances uniform. Barberton Finance Director Ray Flickinger said if passed, the bill could erase certain taxes within cities that generate revenue.

“I think more than anything all the cities are concerned because we view it as another attempt by the state to control local revenue,” Flickinger said.

A storm water plan was approved that will improve the quality of runoff in to the waterways. Although the Barberton Health Department was already testing for bacteria in the runoff, the Environmental Protection Agency requires a city ordinance for such activity.

Also approved were four of six pieces of legislation that will fix flooding in certain areas of Barberton caused by backed up sewer lines.

David Wynn was re-appointed to the Planning Commission board and will serve a four-year term. Pat Betts (three years), Keith Jones (two years) and Ron Cline (one year) were appointed to the Utilities Billing Review board.

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