What was to be Akron City Council’s last meeting of the year will be moved up to 5 p.m. on Monday Dec. 14, so that newly elected members can be sworn in later that evening at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers, 166 S. High St., 3rd Fl.
Council President Marco Sommerville pushed the final meeting ahead one week to Dec. 21 in order for Council to vote on an ordinance to increase sewer rates and establish an assistance program for low-income residents.
The special meeting was scheduled to allow time for residents to attend a public hearing Dec. 17 to discuss the proposed increase to water and sewer bills necessary to pay for an estimated $500 million in repairs the city has been ordered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to make to its sewer system. The hearing will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17 at the Akron Health Department’s Morley Health Center, 277 S. Broadway.
Voting on the ordinance will be reserved until after all comments have been heard at the hearing. The new members of Council, whose terms begin Jan. 1, will not cast any votes at the final meeting, scheduled for 7 p.m. Dec. 21 in Council chambers.
Regular Council meetings will resume at 7 p.m. Monday Jan. 4, 2010.