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                                                             Margo Sommerville 

                                 Council President

                                                   Ward 3 Council Member

Legislative Highlights From Monday, June 17, 2024

ORDINANCE NO. 225-2024 authorizing the Mayor, or his designee, to apply for, and if awarded, accept and expend grant funding from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) and Climate Justice Community Change Grant for the Resilient Infrastructure & Sustainable Environments (R.I.S.E.) Summit Lake Project; and declaring an emergency. Vote: 13-0. View the presentation to the Public Service Committee here.

ORDINANCE NO. 226-2024 amending and/or supplementing Title 3 “Administration,” Chapter 35 “Employment Policies,” Section 35.02 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Akron to recognize Juneteenth Independence Day; and declaring an emergency. Vote: 13-0. Juneteenth is celebrated on June 19th to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States after the Civil War. The City has observed Juneteenth each year since it was declared a federal holiday in 2021. This legislation updated the Code of Ordinances to include this holiday.



You can see all the legislation discussed during the meeting at:


Municipal Offices are closed on Wednesday,

June 19th to celebrate Juneteenth. There

is no delay to trash/recycling pick-up

for the week.

Ring Doorbell Cameras

Council Staff has been working hard to distribute Ring Doorbell Cameras to approved applicants. These doorbell cameras were purchased with ARPA funds and applications were processed in compliance with federal guidelines.

All applicants were notified via email whether they were approved, rejected, or put on a waitlist.

As of this date, approximately 60% of the approved applicants have picked up their Ring doorbell cameras.

We have begun contacting applicants that are on the waitlist. If you applied, please be sure to check your email!

June 2, 2024 Shooting Update

On June 18, a Press Release identified a vehicle believed to have contributed to the incident. The vehicle appears to be a white SUV with dark-tinted windows. See the full release here. Anyone with information on the June 2 shooting is encouraged to call the Akron Police Department Detective Bureau at 330-375-2490 or 330-375-2Tip. 


Residents may also provide anonymous information to any of the following:

  • The Summit County Crimestoppers, call 330-434-COPS.
  • Text TIPSCO with your tips to 274637.
  • Download the Akron PD app and submit information by texting Tip411 or by accessing the link on our website

The City of Akron and Keep Akron Beautiful are launching another round of the Recycle Right Campaign.

The initiative—running Monday, June 10th through Friday, August 9th—will again include mobilizing specially-trained personnel to conduct curbside cart observations.

Before the City began the Recycle Right campaign in 2019, the contamination rate of Akron's recyclables was 39.3%, which is high. This rate cost the City $205,031 in contamination costs. After the first two rounds of the Recycle Right campaign, the rate dropped down to 26.3% which brought the contamination cost down to $38,038.

The most recent audit confirmed this program's continuing success, showing that the City’s contamination rate for recycling is currently at 22.3%, meaning the City has nearly cut the contamination rate in half during this campaign. This year, Akron hopes to improve the contamination rate further with a goal of below 20%.

Residents who have contaminants (non-recyclables) in their recycling carts will receive this informational "Oops" tag on their carts with direct feedback designed to improve recycling cart contents.

To help take any guesswork out of what can or cannot be recycled, the City of Akron offers the free Akron Recycles app. The app allows residents to search any item and find out if it belongs in the trash bin, the recycling bin, or on the curb as a bulk item. The app also provides customized alerts and reminders regarding curbside pickup. It is available to download for free on Apple or Android devices.

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311- Akron's One Call to City Hall

If you have a specific city issue that you'd like to see resolved (a pothole, water leak, tree down, missed trash collection, etc.), you can enter it in the online system, call 311, or download

the new "MyAkron311" app.

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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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 Akron City Council

Margo Sommerville, President

166 S. High Street, 3rd Floor

Akron, OH 44308

(330) 375 - 2256

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