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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, July 3, 2023

ORDINANCE authorizing the Director of Public Service, or his designee, to file an application for and, if awarded, accept and expend grant funding from the United States Department of Energy; and declaring an emergency. Vote: Ayes: Nays: If awarded, the City plans to use this grant to replace the existing lights on State Route 8 with energy-efficient LED lights.

ORDINANCE authorizing the Mayor, or his designee, to accept and expend grant funding from the Ohio EPA for the H2Ohio Public Water System Equipment Grant Program; and declaring an emergency. Vote: Ayes: Nays: The City plans to use these grant funds to purchase leak detection equipment, hydrant flow testing equipment, and a pressure recorder for use by the Water Supply Bureau.

ORDINANCE authorizing a Conditional Use to construct an addition to an outpatient medical clinic at 527 W. Market Street; and declaring an emergency. Vote: Ayes: Nays: The proposed iPromise Healthquarters will provide a wide range of outpatient services that will be available to the public.



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Attention Residents of

Wards 3, 4, & 5!

This program provides Ring doorbell cameras to eligible households in high-crime areas. The eligible zip codes in Wards 3, 4, and 5 were selected based on the 2022 crime hotspot map provided by the Akron Police Department

This program will be first come first served.

Application Deadline is July 14th.

For more information and the link to apply online, please visit our website here.

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upcoming Ward Meetings!

Upcoming Open Comment Public Hearings

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).

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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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Margo Sommerville, President

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