About Council

Council Members

Council Committees

When Council Meets

Special Meetings

Important Terms

Akron City Council is the legislative body that creates ordinances, or local laws, and resolutions that guide city government. The Mayor and his cabinet implement and administer laws and policies based upon City Council’s ordinances and resolutions.

Council is empowered to render advice and consent with respect to the Mayor’s appointments and policy programs, and to investigate when necessary, any branch of the municipal government.

As presiding officer of Council, its President, maintains and keeps rules of Council, countersigns all requisitions for the purchase of miscellaneous materials for Council or the Clerk of Council’s office, and supervises the employees of Council. In the President’s absence the Vice President shall preside. In the Vice President’s absence the President Pro-Tem shall preside. In the absence of these officers, Council shall choose a temporary chairperson.

Akron City Council is made up of thirteen members, one member for each of city’s ten wards, and three members elected at large who represent citizens citywide. All Council members serve four-year terms of office. Council elects its own officers from its members and establishes its rules of procedure. Click “Find your Councilperson” to find your ward representative.

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Council Committees

City Council operates under a committee system with nine standing committees (the Committee on Committees and Rules Committee are called as needed) and special committees also created as needed. The President of Council is an ex-officio member of all standing committees. Committee members are appointed by a Committee on Committees, which is chaired by the President of Council.

Matters that come before Council are assigned by the President to the appropriate committee. The weekly New Legislation list contains all legislation to be considered by each committee. Click the “Legislation” tab at the top of the page to view new legislation.

Committees hold open meetings every Monday afternoon on the issues before them, and make reports and recommendations to the full body of City Council. The committees’ recommendations usually are adopted by Council. Therefore, citizens wishing to be heard on issues are encouraged to voice their concerns at the appropriate committee meetings. Click the “Committee Meetings” link along the right for a schedule of upcoming committee meetings.

Following are the committees of Council.

Committee on Committees
The Committee on Committees consists of the five members of Council with the most seniority who select the members to serve on all standing committees.

Garry Moneypenny, Ward 10 & Council President, Chairman
Mike Williams, At Large
Mike Freeman, Ward 9
Jim Hurley, Ward 2
Jeff Fusco, At Large

Budget and Finance
Matters referred to the Budget and Finance Committee include the City of Akron operating and appropriation budgets, note and bond legislation, and various contracts.

Mike Freeman, Ward 9, Chairman
Margo Sommerville, Ward 3
Bob Hoch, Ward 6
Jim Hurley, Ward 2
Linda Omobien, At Large

Economic Development and Job Creation
Matters referred to the Economic Development and Job Creation Committee include legislation concerning development, education and jobs, and those that have potential to retain and attract people and projects that will result in economic growth.

Margo Sommerville, Ward 3, Chairwoman
Bob Hoch, Ward 6
Donnie Kammer, Ward 7
Rich Swirsky, Ward 1
Marilyn Keith, Ward 8

Health and Social Service
Matters referred to the Health and Social Service Committee include contracts for materials, supplies and services, including physicians and nurses needed to run Health Department clinics.

Linda Omobien, At Large, Chairwoman
Russ Neal, Ward 4
Donnie Kammer, Ward 7
Tara Mosley-Samples, Ward 5
Rich Swirsky, Ward 1

Housing
Matters referred to the Housing Committee include contracts for materials and supplies needed for the Housing Division of the Health Department and appointments to the Housing Appeals Board.

Marilyn Keith, Ward 8, Chairwoman
Tara Mosley-Samples, Ward 5
Rich Swirsky, Ward 1
Linda Omobien, At Large
Donnie Kammer, Ward 7

Parks and Recreation
Matters referred to the Parks and Recreation Committee include contracts for materials and supplies needed for city parks and community centers, and appointments to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.

Russ Neal, Ward 4, Chairman
Marilyn Keith, Ward 8
Donnie Kammer, Ward 7
Margo Sommerville, Ward 3
Tara Mosley-Samples, Ward 5

Planning
Matters referred to the Planning Committee include the capital budget, zoning changes, sale and/or purchase of land, JEDD projects and economic development within the City of Akron.

Jeff Fusco, At Large, Chairman
Mike Freeman, Ward 9
Marilyn Keith, Ward 8
Linda Omobien, At Large
Russ Neal, Ward 4

Public Safety
Matters referred to the Public Safety Committee include contracts for materials and supplies needed for the Police and Fire Departments, approving police towing districts and city safety issues such as speed limits, leash laws and dangerous animals.

Donnie Kammer, Ward 7, Chairman
Margo Sommerville, Ward 3
Jeff Fusco, At Large
Russ Neal, Ward 4
Bob Hoch, Ward 6

Public Service
Matters referred to the Public Service Committee include street improvements, special assessments and contracts for materials and supplies needed in the Department of Public Service.

Jim Hurley, Ward 2, Chairman
Bob Hoch, Ward 6
Russ Neal, Ward 4
Mike Williams, At Large
Mike Freeman, Ward 9


Public Utilities
Matters referred to the Public Utilities Committee include sewer rates, contracts for materials and supplies needed for the Public Utilities Bureau, and utilities that provide service in the city.

Bob Hoch, Ward 6, Chairman
Margo Sommerville, Ward 3
Jim Hurley, Ward 1
Mike Williams, At Large
Donnie Kammer, Ward 7

Rules
The Rules Committee adopts the Rules of Procedure for Council, sets times for City Council meetings and accepts Council member resignations.

Garry Moneypenny, Ward 10, Chairman
Mike Freeman, Ward 9
Marilyn Keith, Ward 8
Jim Hurley, Ward 2
Mike Williams, At Large

 

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When Council Meets

Council meets each Monday evening at 7:00 p.m. in Council Chambers on the third floor of the Akron Municipal Building, 166 South High Street. City Council does not meet when a national holiday falls on a Monday, and recesses for one month in summer and two weeks in winter.

The general order of Council business during Monday evening meetings is as follows:
    * Roll call
    * Pledge of Allegiance
    * All communications from Citizens and/or Administration
Regular Agenda items are considered and voted on separately and include:
    * Reports of standing and special committees
    * Ordinances and resolutions held over from previous readings
    * First reading of ordinances and resolutions, which are those submitted to the Clerk of Council by 9:30 a.m. Monday prior to the Council meeting
    * Announcement of Committee Meetings
    * Adjournment

The Council Agenda is a list of items presented or discussed at the Council meeting of the week prior, and is always headed with the date of the previous meeting.

The Consent Agenda is composed of items that are of a routine nature and are acted upon by City Council in one motion. If discussion is requested on any item, it is removed and considered separately.

The New Legislation List contains ordinances and resolutions submitted by committees to be introduced at the next Council meeting.

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Special Meetings

City Council may hold a caucus at 5:00 p.m. on Monday evenings prior to regular City Council meetings. Issues to be taken up on that evening’s regular agenda are discussed at a caucus and presentations are made on specific issues, but no votes or formal action are taken.

A special meeting of City Council may be called by the Mayor, the President of City Council, or by two City Council members, provided 12 hours notice has been given to each Council member and to the public. An agenda for the special meeting must be provided at that time and only items on that agenda may be considered at the special meeting.

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Important Terms

Consent Agenda: Legislation that can be acted on at one time under a single motion.

Requesting Time: Not taking any action on a single piece of legislation or the whole agenda in committee.

Suspension of The Rules: Eliminates the requirment to read legislation at three Council meetings so that Council can immediately act on the legislation.

Referring of Legislation: New legislation, when not acted upon, is assigned to the appropriate committee.

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