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Hello Joan,

Welcome to Issue 8 of Akron City Council's Legislative Spotlight.

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Weekly, we share highlights from the Council's legislative agenda from the previous Monday's Committee and Council meetings.  We also feature the definitions of and information about commonly used terms and acquaint you with council-related facts.

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                                                              Margo Sommerville 

                                 Council President

                                                   Ward 3 Council Member

Legislative Highlights From Monday, October 24th, 2022

ORDINANCE 288-2022 

  • Amending and/or supplementing Title 9 “General Provisions,” to enact Chapter 106 “Prohibition of Conversion Therapy on Minors” of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Akron to prohibit the practice of conversion therapy on minors; and declaring an emergency. Please view the City’s Press Release.


Resolution adopting the 2023 Capital Investment and Community Development Program, legally referred to as the Capital Investment Budget; and declaring an emergency. This legislation is up for Public Hearing on October 31, 2022. Please see this notice for information on how to participate in the Public Hearing . You can also view the legislation here. Review Sessions will take place on October 31, 2022 & November 7, 2022 at 4:00 p.m. in Council Chambers. These sessions will also be livestreamed on YouTube.


Declaring an emergency allows Council to dispense with the requirement that a piece of legislation be read at three separate Council meetings, and allows the legislation to go into effect earlier than 30 days from the passage of the legislation.

You can see all the legislation discussed during the October 24th meeting at:


According to Akron City Council Ordinance 419-2008 , Trick or Treat Night” in the City of Akron is always the last Saturday in October from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. 

Akron residents who wish to participate in “Trick or Treat Night” may show their support by turning on their porch lights between the hours of 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. that evening. Akron police patrols will pay special attention to children and families walking city neighborhoods to promote a safe and successful celebration for all.

Roberts Rules of Order

A manual on parliamentary procedure.

In the absence of any provision governing matters of business in either the Rules of Procedure of Council, the laws of the State of Ohio, or the City Charter, Roberts Rules of Order, Newly Revised shall be the standard of parliamentary procedure for Council. 

You can view the Rules of Procedure for Akron City Council, as amended by Resolution 2-2021 here.

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Margo Sommerville, President

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