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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 20, 2024

Ordinance 188-2024 approving the historic designation of 816 E. Market Street (Homeier-Universal Building) as a historic landmark; and declaring an emergency. Vote: 13-0. The Homeier-Universal Building was constructed in 1919 as a large three story shop with attached showroom for a Ford automobile dealership. At one time, this was the largest operating Ford dealership in Akron. The Urban Design and Historic Preservation Commission reviewed the designation on March 5, 2024, and recommended approval. Learn more about the Urban Design and Historic Preservation Commission here.

Ordinance 190-2024 authorizing the Director of Public Service or his designee, without the formality of advertising for bids, to enter into a contract or contracts with Keep Akron Beautiful for the provision of litter control, recycling, graffiti removal, and beautification activities in the City of Akron; and declaring an emergency. Vote: 13-0. Learn more about Keep Akron Beautiful here.

Ordinance 192-2024 authorizing the Mayor, or his designee, to enter into contract or contracts, without the formality of publicly advertising for bids, with Akron Parks Collaborative for professional and supplemental services related to the improvements of certain parks in the City of Akron; and declaring an emergency. Vote: 13-0. Learn more about Akron Parks Collaborative here.



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As we remember and honor those who have given

their lives in service to

our country, Committee & Council Meetings will not be held on Monday, May 27th!

All Meetings will

resume on

Monday, June 3, 2024.

Council held a Caucus on Monday to have discussion with Public Safety Strategist Anthony Ingram. Mr. Ingram presented on Akron Street Team Pilot Program.

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Council's website for

upcoming Ward Meetings!

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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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 Akron City Council

Margo Sommerville, President

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