Barberton’s been juggling a lot of big issues this year — a tight budget, job losses and some city layoffs, to name a few. A lot of rough issues with no easy answers.

But for one resident, pit bulls are the real problem.

Robert Moses, who came to council chambers Monday night, spoke about his concerns after the council’s finance committee voted on another nagging issue, clearing a controversial pay raise proposal for elected officials and sending it forward for the council's consideration.

Finance committee chairwoman Carla Debenec stressed to a crowd of about 30 residents and city employees that it had to clear the committee in order for elected officials to get paid at all. She said she would recommend changes in the full council.

Moses wasn’t too concerned about that issue as he spoke to assembled council members after the committee’s vote.

First he spoke about Eagle Ministries and its efforts to help the poor.

As pastor of the ministry, Moses made news in October 2012 when he stood on his church rooftop, vowing to stay there for six days or until $2,000 and 2,000 pounds of food were donated

He exceeded his goal and the church's food pantry filled up at the time.

Monday night, though, Moses was dogged by another issue he feared could prove devastating for the city.

“There’s pit bulls everywhere,” Moses told the council. “If these dogs get loose, we’re in big trouble.”

Mayor Bill Judge, who agreed that the problem was real, wasn’t sure it amounted to a pit bull apocalypse.

The mayor said in a phone interview Wednesday that there is, indeed, an accumulation of the much-maligned dog in Moses’ neighborhood.

“We’re aware of that,” he said.

The mayor said he knows Moses well, but the pastor may not be aware of the limitations placed by state law on the city. Ohio no longer defines the pit bull breed as vicious, which has affected municipal ordinances across the state.

Not in question, though, the mayor said, is what the city can do about “any dogs that become vicious.”

In the meantime, before “big trouble” breaks out in Barberton, the city is seeking a solution to the pastor’s problem.

“We’re working with Mr. Moses,” the mayor said. “We’re trying to address that internally.”