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City Council welcomes Fudge to West Akron

4/11/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Stephanie Kist

Plus, Council supports upcoming Neighbors Day Akron

Marcia Fudge
Photo courtesy of U. S. Rep. Marcia Fudge
DOWNTOWN AKRON — Akron City Council unanimously approved a resolution at its April 15 meeting congratulating U.S. Rep Marcia Fudge (D-District 11) on opening her congressional office at the Lawton Street Community Center in West Akron.

Due to redistricting, Fudge now represents part of Akron, along with numerous communities in Summit and Cuyahoga counties, including Cleveland.

Councilman Mike Williams (D-at large), one of the sponsors of the resolution, said it is notable that this office is located in Akron, because Akron sometimes can “take a second seat to our neighbor to our north.”

This is the first time, according to Williams, that a congressional district has included both Cleveland and Akron.

The resolution praises Fudge as “a champion of minorities, the disabled, seniors and low income Americans who need a strong voice in Congress, earning her a reputation as a staunch defender of social safety net programs; advancing access to affordable, quality education and health care for all citizens and strengthening Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.”

“She has really shown that she is committed to this area,” added Councilwoman Linda Omobien (D-at large), who also co-sponsored the resolution, along with Council members who represent wards included in District 11.

Also at the meeting, Council approved a resolution in support of the Seventh Annual Neighbors Day Akron, which will take place May 25.

Neighbors Day, implemented by Mayor Don Plusquellic after he learned of the concept while traveling in Europe, is designed to help citizens get to know their neighbors better through small gatherings, such as picnics or ice cream socials. There were 38 such events last year, and city officials hope for 50 this year, including large events that are being planned at the 11 community centers in the city and Woodland United Methodist Church, located at 444 N. Hawkins Ave. in West Akron.

“We can bring our community closer together; we can get to know each other,” said Councilman Jeff Fusco (D-at large), who sponsored the resolution. “This is an important part of promoting Akron as well as unity in our neighborhoods.”

In other legislative action, Council approved, following a public hearing, a conditional use for the establishment of a compressed natural gas filling station and truck terminal at the intersection of South Arlington Street and Palmetto Avenue.

Fusco, chairman of the Planning Committee, said the use of compressed natural gas is an emerging technology that is being developed by an Akron company.

The next Akron City Council meeting will take place April 15 at 7 p.m. in City Council Chambers on the third floor of the Akron Municipal Building, 166 S. High St. Committee meetings are set to begin at 2 p.m. that afternoon, also in Council Chambers.

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