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                                                             Margo Sommerville 

                                 Council President

                                                   Ward 3 Council Member

Legislative Highlights From Monday, December 4, 2023

Ordinance No. 372-2023 amending and/or supplementing Title 3, Chapter 30 “Mayor and Council,” Section 30.01 “Meetings” of the Akron Codified Ordinances in order to provide for safe, accessible, and efficient City Council Meetings; and declaring an emergency. This legislation states that attendees of Council meetings are subject to security screenings prior to entering Council Chambers and prohibits items such as backpacks, banners, horns, smoking or vaping devices, and laser pointers. Vote: Ayes: 8, Nays: 5 (Holland, Malik, Mosley, Neal, Omobien)

Resolution No. 373-2023 amending Resolution No. 2-2021, to amend and/or supplement the “Rules of Procedure for the Akron City Council;” and declaring an emergency. These Rules update the regular meeting time to begin at 6:30 pm instead of 7:00 pm and update the public comment period to the beginning of the meeting. The public comment period will consist of up to ten members of the public. Those wishing to speak will need to register no later than 4:00 pm on the date the individual intends to speak. Vote: Ayes: 8, Nays: 5 (Holland, Malik, Mosley, Neal, Omobien)

Ordinance No. 374-2023 authorizing the Mayor or his designee to enter into a contract or contracts with the County of Summit Alcohol, Drug Addiction & Mental Health Services Board (ADM) for the purpose of establishing a mobile behavioral health crisis response service, purchase required equipment, and accept reimbursement from ADM for costs; and declaring an emergency. Vote: Ayes: 13, Nays: 0.

Ordinance approving certain rules proposed by City of Akron Citizens’ Police Oversight Board; and declaring an emergency. Council voted on an Adverse Report and the Ordinance was Filed. Ayes: 9, Nays: 4 (Malik, Mosley, Neal, Omobien). You can read more about the Board here.

On Monday, the City released the Reconnecting Our Community Phase 1 Innerbelt Report compiled by spatial justice activist and city contractor Liz Ogbu. You can read the press release and documents here. You can also view her presentation to the Planning & Economic Development Committee here.



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December 11th, 2023 is

the last regular Council

meeting of the year.

Resolution No. 359-2023 was passed to allow Council to conduct its regular meeting at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, December 11th, 2023. The new Council will be sworn in at 7:00 p.m.

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The Council shall be the judge of the election of its own officers. Except as otherwise provided herein, and as restricted by law, the Council shall determine its own rules of procedure, keep a record of its proceedings, and discipline any member for disorderly conduct or violation of its rules.

Neither the Council nor any of its committees or members shall dictate or attempt to dictate, either directly or indirectly, the appointment of any person to office or employment by the Mayor, or in any manner interfere with the Mayor or prevent him from exercising his own judgment in the appointment of officers and employees in the administrative service.

Except for the purpose of inquiry, the Council and its members shall deal with the administrative service solely through the Mayor or his designates and neither the Council nor any member thereof shall give orders to any of the subordinates of the Mayor either publicly or privately.

(V 97 p 487; Adopted by voters Sept. 12, 1967) (Amendment approved by electorate 11-4-80)

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Margo Sommerville, President

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