Courtney Kerrigan correspondent

Barberton City Council passed the addition of a Stormwater Manager position with a 7 to 1 vote Monday night, in addition to honoring a 100-year-old Barberton resident and Magic City Kiwanis.

The full-time manager position will start at $38,387.63 and will be responsible for coordinating stormwater utility programs with other city departments, proposing and developing stormwater programs and assisting with the Barberton Flood Control programs, among other duties.

“The importance of this position keeps growing and you see that across the board in other municipalities,” Mayor Bill Judge said.

Council member John Lysenko voted against adding the position, saying that while he thinks it’s a good idea, he believes the city should first implement a city engineer as the department head before filling the position. 

The city has not yet filled the position but anyone with work experience in environmental issues can send a resume to Elwood Palmer, director of public service, at address 576 West Park Avenue in Barberton. 

City Council also recognized lifelong Barberton resident Anne King for her 100th birthday on June 7 and Magic City Kiwanis for its role in the Lake Anna Gazebo upgrades.

The club was the “driving force” for the gazebo’s construction in 1982 and has since been committed to donating money and time to maintain the structure. There will be a rededication of the gazebo on June 7.

Also passed was a contract with Engineering Design Group for $32,000 to survey and improve stormwater runoff in the municipal building parking lot to minimize flooding in the ground level of the municipal building. 

Initial funding will come from the Stormwater Capital Improvement fund and the Environmental Protection Agency will reimburse up to 50 percent of certain costs.