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Hello Joan,

Welcome to Issue 2 of Akron City Council's Legislative Spotlight.

We've received a lot of wonderful feedback about the first issue, and are so glad that the residents are enjoying the updates.

After a brief break, we continue to share highlights from the Council's legislative agenda from the prior Monday's Committee and Council meetings.  In addition, our 'Did You Know' section will feature the definitions of and information about commonly used terms, as well as council-related facts.

We hope you will stay engaged, and continue reading through and enjoying each edition.  See you in September!


                                                                                   Margo Sommerville 

                                                                Council President

                                                                       Ward 3 Council Member

Legislative Highlights From July 25th, 2022

  • Ordinance 224-2022 amending and/or supplementing Title 1, Chapter 11, Sections 11.01 through and including 11.11 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Akron, Ohio, by subdividing the City into wards in conformity with the 2020 Federal Census and Akron Charter Section 28a to be effective for the municipal primary election to be held on May 2, 2023; repealing existing Sections 11.01 through and including 11.11 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Akron, Ohio, on the effective date of the new ward boundaries, authorizing the Director of Law to have prepared a more detailed map and/or description of said wards as shown by Exhibit A.  This legislation is necessary per Charter Section 28a. - Redistricting. At least after each recurring Federal census, but more often if Council finds it necessary because of population changes, the Council shall subdivide the City into ten wards, bounded as far as practicable by streets, alleys, canals, corporation lines, railroads, and/or census block lines, and composed of adjacent and compact territory and as nearly equal in population as practicable.  

  • Ordinance No. 229-2022 authorizing the Director of the Department of Planning and Urban Development to enter into an agreement or agreements with local agencies to carry out the Emergency Solutions Grant Program for program year 2022 and authorizing payment therefor; all in furtherance with Mayor Horrigan’s objective of supporting local emergency and transitional homeless shelters to provide shelter and supportive services to homeless individuals and families and to prevent an individual or family from moving into an emergency shelter through housing prevention, relocation, and stabilization services.

  • Ordinance No. 232-2022 authorizing the Mayor, or his designee, to accept and expend funding awarded by the Cleveland Clinic Community Health Partnership grant program; and declaring an emergency. Funding will be used to support a local community tree planting and beautification event in partnership with Cleveland Clinic Akron General to enhance Akron’s urban tree canopy.


  • Ordinance 222-2022 authorizing the Director of Public Service to self-perform or enter into a contract or contracts, after publicly advertising for bids, for the construction of the Schneider Park Walking Path.

You can see all the legislation discussed during the July 25th meeting at: A

Akron City Council Is On Recess During August

Though no regular Council meetings will be held on Mondays during the month of August, Council members can still be reached via phone or email.  Additonally, several ward meetings will still take place.

You can stay up-to-date on the schedule of Ward meetings by viewing the calendar on our website.




 Akron City Council

Margo Sommerville, President

166 S. High Street, 3rd Floor

Akron, OH 44308

(330) 375 - 2256

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