CUYAHOGA FALLS — Even though the parks and recreation department assistant superintendent submitted her resignation, City Council's finance committee on Monday night moved ahead with a budget amendment to remove funding for the position.

The committee voted 2-1 to amend the city's 2018 budget ordinance to remove $132,621 in personal services funding from the parks and recreation department. That figure is equivalent to the value of the annual salary and benefits for the assistant superintendent’s position, according to City Council member and finance committee chairwoman Carol Klinger (R-At Large).

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Klinger and Councilor Russ Iona (R-8) voted in favor of the amendment, while Council member Mike Brillhart (D-5) voted against the change.

The committee then voted 2-1 to move the amended budget ordinance forward for a vote of the full Council at the Dec. 11 meeting. Klinger and Iona backed the amended budget, while Brillhart was against it.

Before taking action on the amendment, Klinger said she wanted Parks and Recreation Department Superintendent Ed Stewart and the Park and Recreation Board to revisit the assistant superintendent's position and “nail down that job description and bring it back before Council for re-funding at a point in time following this budget appropriations hearing.”

“I’m a strong advocate for our neighborhood parks,” said Brillhart after the meeting. “I really like this Neighborhood Excellence Initiative and I was just concerned that if we cut that [parks] budget by that amount, that we’re cutting valuable resources from those initiatives.”

At a Council meeting on Nov. 20, Parks and Recreation Department Assistant Superintendent Megan Moreland discussed her work with the Neighborhood Excellence Initiative and with revamping the city’s website.

A few hours before the Council meeting on Monday night, Moreland sent a letter to Stewart stating she was resigning from the job effective Jan. 3, 2018.

“I do not make this decision lightly, as I am proud of what I have had the opportunity to help accomplish for the residents of Cuyahoga Falls over the past three years,” wrote Moreland.

Mayor Don Walters on Tuesday praised the work that Moreland performed.

“Ms. Moreland was one of the hardest working and most dedicated employees in the city, and I could not be prouder of her selfless service to the residents of the city of Cuyahoga Falls,” Walters said in an email. “Our neighborhood program has been transformational. Our citizens are engaged in the betterment of the community, and valuable programming is happening because of Ms. Moreland's efforts. It is a shame that partisan political attacks have resulted in the resignation of an extremely talented woman who had nothing but the best intentions for the success of our city, our parks, and our residents.”The hiring of Moreland and her duties were addressed at a City Council budget hearing Nov. 20. In that meeting, Moreland told Council she does not directly supervise park employees and Stewart said Moreland handles programs that are “mostly not related to the park and rec department.” When asked to describe her duties, Moreland highlighted her work with the Neighborhood Excellence Initiative and with revamping the city’s website.

On Nov. 27, Klinger proposed that Council amend the 2018 budget ordinance to no longer fund the assistant superintendent's position.

“The administration presented this position as an assistant superintendent’s position ... and we put someone in the job who did a completely different function,” said Klinger on Nov. 27.