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From the Desk of the Council President

Hello Joan,

Welcome to the first issue of Akron City Council's new Legislative Spotlight. This is the newest initiative designed to increase communication with the residents of our city.

Each week, we will be sharing 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.

We hope that you will take the time to read through, are informed by, and enjoy reading each edition.


                                        Margo Sommerville 

                                   Council President

                                  Ward 3 Council Member   

Legislative Highlights From July 18th, 2022

  • Resolution urging the City Administration to purchase and utilize dashboard cameras for use in the city of Akron Police Department vehicles, including patrol cars, vans, wagons, and detective vehicles; urging the purchase and utilization of additional body-worn cameras for use by all City of Akron Police Department reserve officers and detectives, and declaring an emergency.

  • Ordinance approving the transfer of City-owned property pursuant to the City's Mow to Own Program in order to facilitate the productive re-use of the property and to reduce the cost to the City and the taxpayers in maintaining vacant lots; and declaring an emergency. Learn more about the Mow to Own Program here 

  • Ordinance authorizing a Conditional Use to construct an addition and parking at 560 E. Tallmadge Avenue; and declaring an emergency.  (Note: Once the Planning Commission holds a public hearing and makes a recommendation on the Conditional Use, Council holds a public hearing.) The Public Hearing for this conditional use was held on July 18th, 2022, and Council approved the Conditional Use.

You can see all the legislation discussed during the July 18th meeting at:

Legislation is an official act of the Council that takes the form of an ordinance or a resolution.

A resolution is a formal expression of the opinion or will of Council.

Examples of resolution topics:  congratulating a local high school that won a state championship, supporting or opposing a bill pending before the Ohio General Assembly, or approving the appointment of members to a board or commission.


An ordinance is a formal act of Council.

Examples of ordinance topics:  authorizing the Director of Publis Service to enter a contract for the construction of a project, approving a union agreement, approving a conditional use application, or amending the Codified Ordinance of the City.

 Akron City Council

Margo Sommerville, President

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