Please See Press Release for Important Information
Can I Speak at a Council Meeting?
Yes. There is a Public Comment Period at the conclusion of each regular council meeting. A Public Comment Form is required. Citizens can address Council for three minutes on any matter that is within council's authority during the Public Comment Period. You will be asked to give your name and address for the record, and your remarks will be limited to three minutes. You must address council - not the members of the administration in attendance or the audience - and you cannot verbally attack any council representative. (After receiving updated COVID 19 data from Summit County Public Health, Akron City Council is resuming virtual Council and committee meetings. See full press release above. Those that wish to participate in the Public Comment Period should fill out a Public Comment Form, and submit to email@example.com by 4:30 p.m. on the date of the Council Meeting to receive information to join the meeting virtually for the purpose of providing public comment.)
If you wish to address council outside of the Public Comment Period, you may submit a written request to the president of council. Submit your request no later than Friday prior to the scheduled city council meeting at which you would like to speak. Specify the topic you want to discuss. The council president will consider your request and either instruct the clerk of council to notify you of your appointed time to address council or refer you to your ward councilperson or the appropriate committee for action.
How Can I Voice My Opinion at a Committee Meeting?
Unless you are speaking at a public hearing, you will need to contact the committee chairperson prior to that particular committee meeting and request to speak. Committees meet on Monday afternoons. Check the committee meeting schedule weekly to see which committees are meeting and when.
How Can I Participate in a Public Hearing?
Notices of all Public Hearings are published in the Akron Beacon Journal and on this website. You can present an argument for or against the proposed legislation during the committee meeting in which that legislation is being discussed and during the regular council meeting. You may speak only about the legislation being considered. Other comments can be made during the Public Speaking period of council. When you speak:
- Give your name (including the spelling of your last name) and address for the record.
- Limit your remarks to the time allotted.
- Clearly state your point and present any factual evidence to back up your point.
- Avoid repetition. If a point has been made by a previous speaker, simply indicate your support or disagreement, unless you have new information.
How Much Can I Contribute to a Campaign Fund?
Campaign finance election laws limit contributions citizens may make to council members or candidates for council as follows:
- $500 maximum to any ward councilperson or candidate participating in a primary election.
- $500 maximum to any ward councilperson or candidate participating in a general election.
- $750 maximum to any at large councilperson or candidate participating in a primary election.
- $750 maximum to any at large councilperson or candidate participating in a general election.
These limits are on contributions made by check. Cash contributions to candidates are limited to $25. For a more complete explanation of who is a candidate and what constitutes a contribution, see the Akron Municipal Code Section 30.11 and 30.12.
How Do I Request a Proclamation?
A proclamation can be prepared for special occasions such as significant birthdays, significant clergy/house of worship anniversaries, and retirements. You may request this information from a council member. Please provide all relevant information at least one week in advance of the event/celebration, thus providing adequate time to prepare the proclamation.