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                                                              Margo Sommerville 

                                 Council President

                                                   Ward 3 Council Member

Legislative Highlights From Monday, January 30th, 2023


ORDINANCE 16-2023 authorizing the Mayor or his designee to enter into an agreement with Bounce Innovation Hub (“Bounce”) to support Bounce as a Presenting Partner in order to further the continuing and future success of Bounce; and declaring an emergency. Vote: 13-0. You can learn more about Bounce here.

Council held a public hearing on the Ordinance 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. The Planning & Economic Development Committee requested time. Public hearing notices are advertised in the Akron Beacon Journal and on our website at least 15 days prior to the public hearing.



You can see all the legislation discussed during the January 30th meeting at:

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.

Rule 5.8 Abstention

Unless a conflict of interest or other legitimate reason prohibits a member of Council from voting on a particular matter, it is expected that all members will vote on all items upon which they could vote. Abstentions shall not be used by any member of Council in order to avoid taking a position on an issue.

It shall be in order for the President, or any other member of Council, to question another member's abstention, if they believe it is in violation of this Rule, by making a point of order, as described in Rule 4.12. In that instance, the abstaining member would be given an opportunity to explain the conflict of interest or other factor that prohibited them from voting on the issue. The President shall enforce this Rule, up to and including discipline set forth in Section IX.

You can view the Rules of Procedure for Akron City Council here.

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