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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 12, 2024

Ordinance No. 28-2024 authorizing the Director of the Department of Planning and Urban Development to enter into contract or contracts with non-profit organizations for the provision of tenant based rental assistance to carry out the intent and purpose of the HOME American Rescue Plan (HOME-ARP); and declaring an emergency. Vote: Ayes: 13, Nays: 0.

Resolution No. 31-2024 recognizing and congratulating the Ellet High School Girls Basketball Team for their outstanding achievement in winning the City Series Basketball Championship; and declaring an emergency. Vote: Ayes: 13, Nays: 0. Watch the recognition here!

Resolution No. 34-2024 adopting the 2024 Capital Investment and Community Development Program, legally referred to as the Capital Investment Budget; and declaring an emergency. Vote: Ayes: 13, Nays: 0. You can read the Mayor's Press Release here.

Ordinance No. 35-2024 authorizing the Director of Public Service, or his designee, after publicly advertising for bids or obtaining quotes, as appropriate, to enter into a contract or contracts for the purchase and installation of speed tables and related traffic calming materials and equipment; 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. This Ordinance was referred to the Public Safety Committee. The Committee requested Time.



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There is no meeting Monday, February 19, 2024 in observance of Presidents' Day. Municipal Offices will be closed.

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Council's website for

upcoming Ward Meetings!

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Celebrating Black

History Month

Read the Press Release for upcoming events.

The city is also celebrating our Black-owned businesses this month with the Akronite app. Over 65 Black-owned businesses are now on the app and for the month of February, users can earn an additional 15% back in Blimps when shopping at these businesses. The app is free to download on Apple and Android devices. Learn more about the app at

Upcoming Open Comment Public Hearings


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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Margo Sommerville, President

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Akron, OH 44308

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