Voters to decide on rules for speaking to Council

September 09, 2011


A charter amendment that will change how and when citizens can speak at meetings of Council will be on the November 8 ballot. City Council voted to put the issue to vote at a special Council meeting Sept. 7 called by Council President Marco Sommerville. Click on the headline to read more and to watch the special Council meeting...

In the past, citizens were urged to talk to their ward council representative about their concerns. There also are opportunities to speak at Committee meetings and regular Council meetings with prior approval, and Council has hosted a public comment session 30 minutes before Council meetings on a trial basis. The charter amendment would make some form of a public comment period permanent. Following is a video recording of the special Council meeting. Council will end its summer recess and resume regular Council meetings Monday, Sept. 12.

9-7-11 from Akron City Council on Vimeo.