Courtney Kerrigan
Ohio.com correspondent


CORRECTION: The article titled "City of Barberton to extend Towpath, receive new tornado siren" incorrectly stated that Barberton City Council approved two grants for a Towpath extension and a new tornado siren.



Barberton Council members took action on approving grant applications for the projects, not the grants themselves. The reporter erred.



 Barberton City Council approved a $500,000 grant Monday night submitted to the Planning Department to extend the Towpath. 



The Towpath-bridge project will extend the Towpath to the southeast corner of the Robinson Avenue/Wooster Road Bridge. The funds provided by the Barberton Community Foundation will help the department move forward with construction.  



“It will connect the Towpath to this bridge allowing users of the path a direct access point to our downtown,” Mayor Bill Judge said.



The city anticipates a lot of traffic from the Towpath to downtown Barberton with the extension, he said.



City Council also passed grant for $97,473.50 for the Safety Department to purchase a new tornado warning siren system for the city.



Also approved were two Park and Recreation Department grants for the 2013 Lake Anna Holiday Lighting and the 2013 Mum Festival.



A $10,000 grant will go toward the Holiday Lighting and a $20,000 grant will be for the Mum Festival, held this year on September 28-29.



The annual festival will showcase about 20,000 chrysanthemums and include water ski shows, canoe races on Lake Anna, musical entertainment, historical displays, food vendors, sand sculpting and more.



For more information on the Mum Festival and the Holiday Lighting visit cityofbarberton.com.