The use of stormwater funds was the major topic of debate at the Stow City Council meeting on Thursday. 
 
The council did a second reading of proposed legislation to dictate fund appropriations for the stormwater fund in Stow.
 
The council debated a particular amendment to the legislation that some members felt would limit the ability of the city to pay certain employees. 
 
“We would be without an engineer, at least a water engineer for the rest of the year because sixty percent of his salary was slated to come out of stormwater…so we don’t have enough money to hire a replacement in the engineering department,” said Service Director Mike Miller.
 
Councilman Brian Lowdermilk did not see the amendment as a budgeting mistake, but as a way to ensure funds for stormwater are used correctly.
 
“What it does is limit the money that we are spending is directly related to stormwater projects,” said councilman Brian Lowdermilk.
 
The amendment in question failed, with counilman Lowdermilk as the only supporting vote.