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Council Committees

City Council operates under a committee system with 9 standing committees.  Committee members are appointed by Council leadership.

Matters that come before council are assigned by the President to the appropriate committee. The agenda and new legislation list summarizes all legislation to be considered by each committee that week.

Committees hold open meetings on Monday afternoons to discuss the issues before them and make reports and recommendations to the full body of council.

Committees meet as needed and only when they have pending legislation.

Budget & Finance

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

  • Mike Freeman, Ward 9, Chair
  • Linda Omobien, At Large, Vice Chair
  • Shammas Malik, Ward 8
  • Ginger Baylor, At Large
  • Phil Lombardo, Ward 2

Planning & Economic Development

Matters referred to the Planning & Economic Development Committee include legislation concerning development, education and jobs, capital budget, zoning changes, sale and/or purchase of land, JEDD (Joint Economic Development District) projects and those that have potential to retain and attract people and projects that will result in economic growth.

  • Jeff Fusco, At Large, Chair
  • Donnie Kammer, Ward 7, Vice Chair
  • Sharon Connor, Ward 10
  • Ginger Baylor, At Large
  • Tara Mosley, Ward 5

Health & 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, Chair
  • Mike Freeman, Ward 9, Vice Chair
  • Ginger Baylor, At Large
  • Russ Neal, Ward 4
  • Nancy Holland, Ward 1

Housing & Neighborhood Assistance

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

  • Jeff Fusco, At Large, Chair
  • Nancy Holland, Ward 1, Vice Chair
  • Tara Mosley, Ward 5
  • Brad McKitrick, Ward 6
  • Sharon Connor, Ward 10

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, Chair
  • Tara Mosley, Ward 5, Vice Chair
  • Phil Lombardo, Ward 2
  • Shammas Malik, Ward 8
  • Brad McKitrick, 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.

  • Tara Mosley, Ward 5, Chair
  • Donnie Kammer, Ward 7, Vice Chair
  • Nancy Holland, Ward 1
  • Phil Lombardo, Ward 2
  • Brad McKitrick, Ward 6

Public Utilities & Green

Matters referred to the Public Utilities & Green Committee include sewer rates, contracts for materials and supplies needed for the Public Utilities Bureau, utilities that provide service in the city, and the city's green infrastructure. The committee serves as a forum for environmentally-friendly ideas and acts as a catalyst for implementation of green practices.

  • Mike Freeman, Ward 9, Chair
  • Brad McKitrick, Ward 6
  • Sharon Connor, Ward 10
  • Tara Mosley, Ward 5
  • Nancy Holland, Ward 1

Parks & 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, Chair
  • Tara Mosley, Ward 5, Vice Chair
  • Shammas Malik, Ward 8
  • Phil Lombardo, Ward 2
  • Sharon Connor, Ward 10

Rules

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

  • Mike Freeman, Ward 9, Chair
  • Jeff Fusco, At Large, Vice Chair
  • Linda Omobien, At Large
  • Sharon Connor, Ward 10
  • Shammas Malik, Ward 8