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Hello Joan,

Happy Black History Month and welcome to our new subscribers, we are so excited that you have decided to join us! To our regular subscribers, thank you for continuing to read Council's Legislative Spotlight.

Weekly, we share highlights from 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.

Please stay connected and abreast of the legislative agenda of Akron City Council.

We believe the information shared in each week's Legislative Spotlight will continue to educate, empower and liberate you to become increasingly engaged with your City Council in making Akron a better place for all its residents.


                                                              Margo Sommerville 

                                 Council President

                                                   Ward 3 Council Member

Legislative Highlights From Monday, February 13th, 2023


ORDINANCE NO. 31-2023 designating an area north of Merriman Road and west of Akron-Peninsula Road as the “Merriman Valley Community Entertainment District” pursuant to Sections 103.01-103.06 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Akron; and declaring an emergency. (Public Hearing was held 1/30/2023)

ORDINANCE NO. 34-2023 authorizing the Director of the Department of Planning and Urban Development to enter into a contract or contracts for transportation planning services in order to carry out the intent and purpose of programs under the Federal Consolidated Planning Grant for the calendar year ending December 31, 2023, and in order to further the Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study’s (AMATS) goals and objectives of maintaining a  cooperative, continuous, and comprehensive framework for making transportation investment decisions in the Akron metropolitan area; and declaring an emergency.

RESOLUTION NO. 35-2023 congratulating Akron’s own son and hometown hero, LeBron James, on his astounding and historic accomplishment in becoming the NBA’s all-time leading scorer; expressing appreciation for his continued significant civic and charitable commitment to the Akron community; and declaring an emergency.



You can see all the legislation discussed during the February 13th meeting at:

In observance of Presidents' Day, Council meeting WILL NOT be held on Monday, February 20th.

City Offices will be closed.

Curb service will NOT be delayed, but will run on its regular schedule.

Please download the Akron Recycles app free on Android or Apple devices to get reminders and alerts about your household's curb service schedule.



Black History Month

“This month, and throughout the

entire year, it is important to take stock of the remarkable achievements of these featured individuals, and the tremendous contributions the Black community has made here in Akron.

It is vital that we continue to work each day to ensure we create more opportunity, equity, and hope throughout the City to light the way for the next generation of trailblazers.

Akron Mayor Daniel Horrigan

Akron Safe Pledge Program

Akron City Council has launched the Akron Safe Pledge Program to provide funding for creating a safe dining experience during a rise in COVID-19 cases this season. 

For more information on how to apply, visit:

Akron City Council Announces $250,000 Akron Safe Pledge Program | Akron City Council.

Campaign Finance

Campaign finance laws limit contributions citizens may make to council members or candidates.

Ordinance 303-2022 passed 11/7/22 set the following limits:

  • $750 maximum to any ward councilperson or candidate participating in a primary election.
  • $750 maximum to any ward councilperson or candidate participating in a general election.
  • $1,000 maximum to any at large councilperson or candidate participating in a primary election.
  • $1,000 maximum to any at large councilperson or candidate participating in a general election.

These limits are on contributions made by check. Cash contributions to candidates are limited to $25.

Information on Campaign Finance can be found in Akron Municipal Code Title 3, Chapter 30 and on the Secretary of State's website.

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Margo Sommerville, President

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