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                                                             Margo Sommerville 

                                 Council President

                                                   Ward 3 Council Member

Legislative Highlights From Monday, April 10th, 2023

Council held three (3) open comment public hearings on April 10th:

ORDINANCE NO. 91-2023 authorizing a Conditional Use to vary the side yard setback to construct an addition at 49 Jewett Street; and declaring an emergency. Vote: Ayes: 13, Nays: 0


ORDINANCE NO. 92-2023 authorizing a Conditional Use to construct a commercial storage building at 226 Crosby Street; and declaring an emergency. Vote: Ayes: 13, Nays: 0

ORDINANCE authorizing a Conditional Use to establish a three-unit apartment house at 146 Oakdale Avenue; and declaring an emergency. This received an Adverse Report from the Planning & Economic Development Committee and Council unanimously denied the Conditional Use request.

See upcoming open comment public hearings here on our website.

ORDINANCE authorizing the Director of Finance, or his designee, to enter into a contract or contracts with the Akron International Soapbox Derby for the City of Akron to provide $50,000.00 in operational support for the planning and implementation of the 2023 Akron International Soap Box Derby; and declaring an emergency. The Budget and Finance Committee will hear from a representative from the Soap Box Derby at the April 17th meeting.

ORDINANCE NO. 95-2023 authorizing the Purchasing Agent, or his designee, to enter into a contract or contracts, after publicly advertising for bids, for the installation of speed tables in the City of Akron; and declaring an emergency. Vote: Ayes: 13, Nays: 0.



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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.

Virtual Meetings

In 2020, Akron voters approved a Charter Amendment (Issue 6) by over 85% to modernize procedures for Council including establishing rules to meet by video/teleconference.

Council Rule 1.4 Virtual Meetings

Meetings of Council or its Committees may be held virtually by videoconference technology as determined by the President of Council.

Any member that is connected to a meeting of Council or its Committees both visually and audibly through the videoconference is deemed present for purposes of attendance and deliberation and voting.

You can view the Rules of Procedure for Akron City Council here.

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Margo Sommerville, President

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