Courtney Kerrigan
Ohio.com correspondent


BARBERTON: City Council approved ward and boundary changes by a 5-2 vote Monday night following population changes released in the 2010 census report.



Stormwater Utility Manager Alan Keltyka presented a detailed plan to council Jan. 14 to shift the populations in each ward to make them more uniform.



The plan will place residents from Ward 3 to Ward 2; Ward 2 to Ward 1; and Ward 1 to Ward 4. Wards 5 and 6 will not be touched.



“We can’t do a simple movement from each ward because there is no place where wards 3 and 4 touch,” Keltyka said.



Ward 1 councilman Gary Endres and Ward 2 councilman John Lysenko voted no for redistricting. Endres said his ward would be hit drastically and didn't approve of the changes.



Council members also approved two grant submissions to the federal Safe Routes to School program to install a traffic signal to make the intersection of Robinson and Third streets safer, and to replace the sidewalk along Van Buren Avenue in the vicinity of Barberton Elementary School East.



Also, council passed a parks grant for $1,000, which will be used toward a citywide litter collection program for supplies such as gloves, safety vests, Adopt-A-Road program signs and food for volunteer groups participating in the clean-ups.