By Courtney Kerrigan
BARBERTON: City Council members passed a resolution honoring August 2013 as Summit Kids Month, which recognizes the importance of early childhood care.
Summit Kids Month aims at recognizing health and wellness programs that protect children from illness, as well as the annual Summit for Kids Expo -- which connects families with organizations focused on children’s well-being and the First Things First Initiative.
The resolution also honors Barberton and Summit County for the work done to reduce infant mortality in the county, as Ohio has the eleventh lowest infant mortality rate in the nation.
Barberton City Council also passed was a $45,000 grant application to the Ohio and Erie Canalway Coalition for the completion of the Barberton Downtown Connector Trail Project.
The grant would reapply for funding lost after construction funding fell through when the project was not completed in the required time frame.
A new Summit County 911 Plan also passed, which will include Barberton, Copley and Norton into the Southwest Summit Council of Governments (SWSCOG) for the amended 911 plan following the formation of the combined dispatch center.