Calling it an attack on Akron and its residents, City Council passed a resolution Monday evening opposing House Bill 53, which includes provisions that will block the city from requiring contractors to hire local workers. “Call it what it is, this is an attack on Akron and our residents,” said At-large Council Representative Jeff Fusco. “The state is destroying home rule and destroying Akron. We have to fight this.” At issue for the city is the billion-dollar plus Combined Sewer Overflow project. The city has set minimum local employment standards for contractors and those will be unenforceable if H.B. 53 passes. Many members of City Council and the administration said they will travel to Columbus Wednesday morning to speak in opposition to the bill.
Feb 23, 2015 from Akron City Council on Vimeo.