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We share highlights from Council's legislative agenda from the previous Monday's Committee and Council meetings each week. Definitions and information about commonly used terms and council-related facts are also featured.

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                                                             Margo Sommerville 

                                 Council President

                                                   Ward 3 Council Member

Legislative Highlights From Monday, May 8, 2023

RESOLUTION NO. 121-2023 declaring it necessary to improve certain streets in the City, between certain termini, by providing street-cleaning services and street lighting; and declaring an emergency. Vote: Ayes: 13, Nays: 0. Special Assessment Notices will be sent by certified mail to property owners whose assessments exceed $500 per year. If the certified mail is unclaimed, the notice for those owners will be posted on the Treasury/Assessment's page of the City of Akron's Website. The full Resolution and attachments will be available here.

ORDINANCE NO. 126-2023 authorizing the Mayor or his designee, if awarded, to accept and expend grant funds from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Solid Waste Infrastructure For Recycling (SWIFR) Grant Program and to enter into a grant agreement or agreements with the EPA; and declaring an emergencyVote: Ayes: 13, Nays: 0. If awarded, this project will purchase routing software, in-truck tablets/laptops with front-facing cameras, electrical services for fleet electrification, construction and operation of a stand-alone glass collection program, and a comprehensive community education and outreach program to optimize collection effectiveness and efficiency, material quality while reducing contamination, emissions, and waste.

Council held an open comment public hearing on the following:

ORDINANCE approving the 2023 Consolidated Annual Action Plan including applications and certifications for the Community Development Block Grant (“Community Development”), the HOME Investment Partnership (“HOME”), and Emergency Solutions Grant (“ESG”) Programs; authorizing the Director of Planning and Urban Development to enter into all necessary contracts for the operation and term of the Programs; and declaring an emergency. The Planning and Economic Development Committee requested Time.

The following items are up for open comment public hearing on May 15, 2023:

ORDINANCE authorizing a Conditional Use to vary the side yard area requirement to construct a garage at 70 E. Dresden Avenue; and declaring an emergency.

ORDINANCE amending/supplementing Title 15, Chapter 153, “Zoning Code”, Article 8 “On-Premises Exterior Signs” and Article 11 “Board of Zoning Appeals” regarding ground signs in residential areas; and declaring an emergency.

Please take a look at the notice posted on our website for information on

participating in these public hearings.



You can see all the legislation discussed during the meeting at:

Akron’s Lock 3 welcomes guests back for the 21st season of amazing bands, festivals and family-fun entertainment in downtown Akron.

See the 2023 Summer Concert and Event Schedule.

View additional employment opportunities with the City of Akron here.

Please take a moment to complete the

 Police Community Relations Survey!

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.

Charter Section 28: 

The term of each Councilmember shall be four years. The term of each Councilmember shall commence on the first day of January following his/her election, and shall continue until his/her successor is elected and qualified.

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

Upcoming Open Comment Public Hearings

Notices are posted on our website at least 15 days prior to the meeting date. These notices are also advertised in the Akron Beacon Journal at least 15 days prior to the meeting date.

If the Ordinance is a Conditional Use (Zoning measure), a notice is also mailed to the owners and residents of property within, contiguous to, and directly across the street from the property involved in the Ordinance (per Charter Section 34).

You do not need to fill out any forms to participate. You may attend in person in Council Chambers or remotely via videoconference. Those wishing to attend remotely need to notify the Clerk of Council as outlined in the meeting notice in order to receive the information to join remotely.

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 Akron City Council

Margo Sommerville, President

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