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2019 AFSCME Contract Updates for the City of Barberton

Attached are the changes to the contract between the City of Barberton and AFSCME Ohio Chapter 8. You can view the old soon to be an outdated contract by clicking here. The changes listed below have the article in the contract where the change will be made followed by the title and then changes (in […]

How a Community Relations Board Would Benefit Barberton, Ohio

Community is the foundation of every local government. The residence that lives within the bounds of a municipality, township or village is vital to the success and future of those that represent them. The well being of a community starts at their homes and in their neighborhoods. When a yard is not taken care of […]

State of the City Recap and Opinions

Full State of the City Stream can be found at https://www.facebook.com/justingreerbarberton/videos/10220298069546918/ After the flood affected the first attempt for the State of City address, today Mayor Judge presented his speech. A large group attended the event. Most notable was Ohio State Representative Tavia Galonski, County Councilwoman Bethany McKenny, and our County Executive Ilene Shapiro. For […]

Voter Registration Myths and Ensuring Your Signature is Valid

Since I have started running for Barberton City Council, I have met hundreds in not thousands of people and held more conversations than ever. There are always topics that come up, and my answer is almost always “You’re Not Alone.”. I wanted to put together a short post about some of the confusion circling voting, […]

Common Questions with Answers about Voting in the Primary

For the last week or so, I have been approached and asked questions about the Primary and how our system works when it comes to voting. With the same questions every day, I see there is a need for answers at a larger scale. So in this post, I put out some information about how […]

My plan as a council member for the City of Barberton

I believe you should always ask questions, call out names of positions directly when needed, and stand up and hold your ground when the odds are against you. You are judged not by the way you fall but how you choose to get back up and try again. I have seen what can happen when […]

Volunteering is Infectious

If you have ever done something that made you feel accomplished while helping, then you know the feeling I am about to talk about in this blog post. Volunteering for me is something that I do multiple times a week for one organization or another. I find pride, satisfaction, and meaning by spending some time […]

City of Barberton Information is Public Record. 3 Steps to Making a FOIA Request

I am all for 100% transparency, and with that said, this article will cover the proper way to request public information from the City of Barberton. Step 1: Identify What You Want I want to note that being responsible with a Freedom of Information Request will more than likely yield you a better outcome. However, […]

Barberton Drinking Water Analysis Results

I recently took it upon my self to purchase a few high-end water analysis kits to test my homes water. I had every intention of submitting a few water samples to a reputable water testing laboratory. After the tests came back, I decided not to go the extra mile as the test results were satisfying. […]

How to Express Your Concerns with the City

You hear “Just call the City” all the time. Every time you hear the statement, you feel a small amount of hopelessness. You may even feel intimidated at times because it is you vs. the City of Barberton. I understand your frustration and experienced it myself until I took the plunge and navigated the system to make sure […]