Stow City Council voted to contribute $13,000 to Stow's stormwater management fund at the Dec. 8 Council meeting. The fund transfer came from City Council's contingency fund. The idea originated from Vice President Matt Riehl, who made the motion at the Council meeting. This measure was approved by a 6-0 vote.

"It's the right thing to do," Riehl said. "When looking at the city's finances, it's critical that we focus on the city's 'needs' instead of 'wants.' Every time there is a hard rain, many of our residents are fearful that their homes will flood. That's unacceptable. While this is a small drop in the bucket, it is important that we continue to work to solve this major problem."

City Council also made a $500 donation to the city's K-9 Fund at the Dec. 8 meeting. That motion was made by Ward 2 Councilman Jim Costello and Riehl. This contribution also passed by a 6-0 vote.