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BARBERTON CITY COUNCIL Parks skating into new era

By BOB MOREHEAD
Gazette Staff Writer

BARBERTON  The city’s long-awaited skateboard park got a step closer July 17.

In the committee work session that night, city council advanced legislation hiring Fabrizi Trucking and Paving for this year’s sidewalk program. In addition to walkways on nearly all First Street NE as well as stretches of Ford Avenue, Second Street NE and Brady Avenue, the $551,367.80 contract includes the foundation pad for the skate park, to be installed in Decker Park.

“That’s a lot of money for a lot of concrete,” Streets Committee chair Nina Angeloff said.

The matter now goes to the full council for readings and a vote, along with a $284,100 contract with American Ramp Company for the rest of the skate gear.

Another ordinance hiring CXT Inc. to build restrooms at Decker for $160,000 also went to council.

A measure paying FMD Architects $150,169 for renovations to the main fire station also went forward, along with a $39,000 appropriation for new body cameras and Tasers for the police
department.

The city sent forward a grant request to the Ohio Public Works Commission for three water line replacements. Another grant request, requiring a 50 percent match from the city, will be heading to the Our Town Grant program. These grants pay for public art installations.

Council will also vote on repealing the city’s ordinance governing taxicabs.

“Barberton currently has no taxis running in the city and Uber and Lyft have no such regulations,” Mayor William Judge said.

Council’s next regular legislative session, the last before the monthlong summer recess, will be July 24, immediately following the 6 p.m. committee sessions.

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