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                                                             Margo Sommerville 

                                 Council President

                                                   Ward 3 Council Member

Legislative Highlights From Monday, June 12, 2023

Council held a public hearing on an Ordinance authorizing a Certificate of Appropriateness to demolish the Beacon Journal building at 44 E. Exchange Street, and declaring an emergency. The Planning and Economic Development Committee made an Adverse Report. Vote on the Adverse Report: Ayes: 13, Nays: 0 and the Ordinance was Filed.

RESOLUTION NO. 169-2023 expressing opposition to and urging Akron citizens to vote “No” on Ohio Issue 1, a ballot initiative which, if approved, would imbed a “minority rule” in Ohio’s Constitution by requiring a sixty percent super-majority to pass citizen-led constitutional amendments; and declaring an emergency. Vote: Ayes: 13, Nays: 0. Currently, citizen-led constitutional amendments require a simple majority vote of 50% plus one. Voting "No" on Issue 1 will protect the sacred principle of "one person one vote" and preserve the majority rule required for constitutional amendments in Ohio. For information on the Special Election, please visit the Summit County Board of Elections.

ORDINANCE NO. 174-2023 authorizing the Mayor or his designee, after publicly advertising for bids, to enter into a contract or contracts to resurface various courts for basketball, pickleball, and tennis including those located at Kerr Park and Morgan Park; authorizing the expenditure of funds; and declaring an emergency. Vote: Ayes: 13, Nays: 0. Resurfacing is necessary to provide player safety, recreating a smooth surface, even ball bounce, eliminate cracks, and increase participation. The City of Akron Recreation & Parks division offers quality-of-life activities for our area residents. You can check out the Recreation & Parks Division website for more information.



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No Council Meeting on June 19th

All Municipal offices will be closed on Monday, June 19, 2023 in observance of Juneteenth National Independence Day.

Check out some of the planned celebrations here!

Defeat The General Assembly’s Amendment to End Majority Rule & Empower Special Interests

Ohio lawmakers set an August election for a vote on a proposal to amend the Ohio constitution to require a 60% vote for passage of amendments instead of the simple majority we have had for more than 100 years. We urge voters to oppose the amendment, which destroys the principle of “one person one vote” and empowers special interests over people. 


Check out the calendar on

Council's website for

upcoming Ward Meetings!

Upcoming Open Comment Public Hearings

Up for Public Hearing July 3, 2023:

Ordinance authorizing a Conditional Use to construct an addition to an outpatient medical clinic at 527 W. Market Street. 


Notices are posted on our website at least 15 days prior to the meeting date.

Suppose the Ordinance is a Conditional Use (Zoning measure). In that case, 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.

The Akron Public Art Commission

Seeking 4 New Commissioners!

The Public Art Commission was established in 2020 to oversee the budget, strategy, collection, and administration of the Plan for Public Art. The Commission is dedicated to celebrating the cultural vitality of the people of Akron and promoting economic vibrancy throughout Akron through the integration of high-quality artwork in public places.


The Commission is made up of nine volunteer members, all appointed by the Mayor and approved by Akron City Council. The Commission currently meets virtually once a month. There are occasionally some in-person events commissioners are expected to attend. 

They are accepting applications now through noon on Friday, June 23, 2023. Chosen applicants will be expected to serve a 2 or 3 year term.

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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.


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

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Margo Sommerville, President

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