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

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The information shared in each week's Legislative Spotlight will continue to educate, empower, and liberate you to become increasingly engaged with your City Council in making Akron a better place for all its residents.


                                                             Margo Sommerville 

                                 Council President

                                                   Ward 3 Council Member

Legislative Highlights From Monday, February 5, 2024

Ordinance No. 23-2024 authorizing a Conditional Use to construct a gas station and convenience store at 1526 Vernon Odom Boulevard; and declaring an emergency. The Public Hearing was held during the 5:00 pm Special Meeting. Vote: Ayes: 11, Nays: 0 (Connor and Hardy absent)

Ordinance No. 27-2024 authorizing the Mayor, or his designee, to apply for, and if awarded, accept and expend grant funding from the Akron Community Foundation Grant Program to fund the purchase of subscription services to the Cordico Wellness Application; and declaring an emergency. Vote: Ayes: 12, Nays: 0 (Connor absent)

A Substitute Offered as an Amendment was read in for the following item:

Resolution adopting the 2024 Capital Investment and Community Development Program, legally referred to as the Capital Investment Budget; and declaring an emergency.



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Up For Public Hearing February 26, 2024:

(during 5:00 p.m. Special Meeting)

Ordinance authorizing a Conditional Use to construct an addition to a gas station at 745 E. Archwood Avenue; and declaring an emergency. (PC-2023-63-CU)

Ordinance authorizing a Conditional Use to construct an automobile sales lot at 1410 Vernon Odom Boulevard; and declaring an emergency. (PC-2023-67-CU)

Ordinance authorizing a Conditional Use to establish a four-unit apartment in a Single-Family Residence Use District at 1971 16th Street, SW; and declaring an emergency. (PC-2023-69-CU)

Ordinance authorizing a Conditional Use to establish a retail baseball/softball training facility at 1277 Home Avenue; and declaring an emergency. (PC-2023-70-CU)


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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). Notices are also published in the Akron Beacon Journal.

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Charter Section 101

Requires an annual capital investment budget be adopted prior to February 15th of the current fiscal year.

See a brief overview of the Capital Budget here.

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 Akron City Council

Margo Sommerville, President

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Akron, OH 44308

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