Sommerville calls special meeting to discuss redistricting

October 26, 2012

Akron City Council will begin talking about how to reshape Akron's 10 wards at a special Council meeting Monday, October 29, 5:30 p.m. in Council Chambers. Robert Dykes, President of Triad Research Group, will present the results of his company's examination of Akron's neighborhoods and its recommendations for redrawing ward boundaries. Council President Marco Sommerville said he called the special meeting to give Dykes the time needed to explain his recommendations for putting Akron's neighborhoods. "I also want a meeting where everyone, including the public, can talk freely about his recommendations," Sommerville said. Council hired the Cleveland-based research firm earlier this year to identify "communities of interest," where residents have common interests and similar needs for city services. Council is required to consider redistricting every 10 years. The purpose is to adjust ward boundaries based on population shifts.