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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.

We want you to stay connected and abreast of the issues before Akron City Council.

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, May 13, 2024

Ordinance No. 180-2024 authorizing the Mayor, or his designee, to enter into a contract or contracts with Bounce Innovation Hub for impacted small-business assistance and support; and declaring an emergency. Vote: 13-0

Ordinance No. 181-2024 authorizing the Mayor, or his designee, to enter into a contract or contracts with Akron Community Service Center and Urban League, dba Akron Urban League for impacted small-business assistance and support; and declaring an emergency. Vote: 13-0


Ordinance No. 182-2024 authorizing the Mayor, or his designee, to enter into a contract or contracts with Western Reserve Community Fund, Inc., for impacted small-business assistance and support; and declaring an emergency. Vote: 13-0. The partners will work collaboratively with each other, the City, and small business entrepreneurs to stabilize, strengthen and grow their businesses through technical assistance, business and financial counseling, and access to affordable professional services. Read the full Press Release here.

Ordinance No. 183-2024 amending/supplementing Title 15, Chapter 153, “Zoning Code”, Article 6 “Development and Area District Requirements”, “Section 153.310 Business and industry requirements” by changing signage requirements within the Kenmore Urban Overlay Area; and declaring an emergency. (Public Hearing was held 5/6/2024) Vote: 13-0

Resolution No. 186-2024 opposing and objecting to the application of Mr. Pantry Copley, Inc., DBA Mr. Pantry, 950 Copley Road, Akron, Ohio 44320 for a Class D5 liquor permit (6208800) now pending before the Division of Liquor Control; and declaring an emergency. Vote: 13-0

The Public Safety Committee received a presentation from Captain Laughlin and Safety Communications Supervisor Michelle Nicholson regarding Safety Communications. You can watch that presentation here.



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upcoming Ward Meetings!

Ring Doorbells

Our staff worked hard to process over 7500 applications for Ring Doorbells!

300 cameras were allocated for each ward and applications were approved on a first-come, first-served basis.

Applicants have been notified via email. If you applied for a Ring Doorbell, please check the email you provided in your application. If approved, that email contains instructions regarding pick-up options.

At this time, we are not accepting new applications.

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Upcoming Open Comment Public Hearings

June 3, 2024

5:00 p.m. Special Meeting

Ordinance accepting the eligibility report for the Meridian Urban Renewal Area, approving the Meridian Urban Renewal Plan; and making necessary findings in connection therewith.



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Public Comment Period

A public comment period is held at each regularly scheduled Council meeting, where up to ten (10) members of the public may address Council on matters within Council's authority. No member of the public shall be permitted to address Council during the public comment period more than once every 30 days.

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Roll Call: 

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Check out this glossary of terms from Signal Akron.

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 Akron City Council

Margo Sommerville, President

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Akron, OH 44308

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