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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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                                                             Margo Sommerville 

                                 Council President

                                                   Ward 3 Council Member

Legislative Highlights From Monday, February 26, 2024

ORDINANCE No. 38-2024 authorizing a Conditional Use to establish a retail baseball/softball training facility at 1277 Home Avenue; and declaring an emergency. Vote: Ayes: 11, Nays: 0 (Hardy & Kammer absent)

ORDINANCE No. 41-2024 approving certain rules proposed by City of Akron Citizens’ Police Oversight Board; and declaring an emergency. (Substitute offered as amendment) Vote: Ayes: 11, Nays: 0 (Hardy & Kammer absent) Applications for the vacant seat on the Citizens’ Police Oversight Board are due at 12:00 noon on Friday, March 1, 2024. You can read the full press release and find the application here. Read more about the Citizens' Police Oversight Board here.

RESOLUTION No. 42-2024 approving and confirming the appointment of John Valle for staggered term beginning on February 15, 2024, re-appointing Michael Dobbertin, Kathy Wilkins, and Laneita Jones, on staggered terms, to the City of Akron Housing Appeals Board; and declaring an emergency. Vote: Ayes: 9, Nays: 2 (Garrett & Omobien); Hardy & Kammer absent) You can read more about the Housing Appeals Board here.

ORDINANCE No. 43-2024 authorizing the Director of Public Service, or his designee, to enter into a contract or contracts, without the formality of publicly advertising for bids, for the emergency demolition of 2324 Manchester Road; and declaring an emergency. Vote: Ayes: 11, Nays: 0 (Hardy & Kammer absent) Councilwoman Boyes will have her monthly ward meeting on Tuesday, March 5 from 6:30-7:30pm at the Kenmore Community Center (880 Kenmore Blvd.). Mayor Malik and other city officials will be in attendance to discuss the demolition plans. Read the full Press Release here.

ORDINANCE No. 45-2024 authorizing the Director of Public Service or his designee to apply for, and if awarded, accept and expend funding from the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) for the Safe Routes to School Program; and declaring an emergency. Vote: Ayes: 11, Nays: 0 (Hardy & Kammer absent)

ORDINANCE No. 46-2024 authorizing the Director of Public Service, or his designee, after publicly advertising for bids, to enter into a contract or contracts to repair defective sidewalks and drive aprons throughout the City of Akron and to address ADA accessibility issues at city parks and community centers as part of its City Sidewalks 2024 project; and declaring an emergency. Vote: Ayes: 11, Nays: 0 (Hardy & Kammer absent)



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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

Snowplow Tracker

The City of Akron’s new snowplow tracker and dashboard is available at

This site will include near real-time information about the city’s snow and ice operations as they are happening. The dashboard features the city’s snow and ice plan, response levels, street priorities, parking ban information, FAQs, and more.

Upcoming Open Comment Public Hearings


Up For Public Hearing March 11, 2024:

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

Ordinance amending/supplementing Title 15, Chapter 153, “Zoning Code,” Article 2 “Districts and Maps” and Article 5 “Accessory Uses in Residence Districts” by adding use districts to the Form-Based Zoning Code. (Summit Lake Rezoning)

Up For Public Hearing March 25, 2024:

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

Ordinance authorizing a Conditional Use to construct additional parking at 2330 Smith Road.


Ordinance authorizing a Conditional Use to expand an auto salvage business at 1483 Triplett Boulevard.


Ordinance authorizing a Conditional Use to place an off-premises hi-rise sign at 1570 Frederick Boulevard.


Notices are posted on our website at least 15 days before the meeting.

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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