Dan Horrigan

photo of Akron Civic

Akron officials have given developers till next month to get moving on the stalled “Lock 4” project.

Emergency Entrance, Akron Children's Hosptial
Akron Children's Hospital

The City of Akron is going to charge more for EMS services and hospital transportation provided by the Fire Department

City Council approved fee hikes of as much as a third for some basic services.  It is the first rate increase in five years. 

Mayor Dan Horrigan says it brings Akron up to the general levels charged elsewhere in the region. 

Dan Horrigan
Tim Rudell / WKSU

It’s summer-slide time in Akron.   That’s the name of a program the City of Akron and Akron’s Schools are working on together to keep kids from losing ground in reading during the summer break.  

Volunteers will be paired up with students to read with them two hours a week through the summer. The program will be offered at a half-dozen community centers around town. And, it will come with a lunch for the kids, too. 

What will it cost taxpayers?

Akron City Council discussion of the budget process
Tim Rudell / WKSU

Akron City Council voted to adopt a budget submitted for 2016 by Mayor Dan Horrigan.  But some members were not happy with the way the $575 million spending plan was put together. 

Complaints about the budget include too little council input and too little time for analysis before April 1st—when state law requires it to be in place.

In a special session Monday, the 4th Ward’s Russ Neal called for better community involvement in next year’s budget process, while Ward 2’s Bruce Kilby questioned some of this year’s spending decisions.

Akron State of the City Address
Tim Rudell

Just 28 days into the job, Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan gave his first State of City Address.  WKSU’s Tim Rudell reports.

Among his major points in the speech, Mayor Dan Horrigan said he’ll make sure the war — as it’s been called at times — between the city and the EPA and courts over the big sewer project, is over.

He expressed outrage at the high infant mortality rate in Akron and vowed to help improve health care. 

And he said he has met with representatives of Huntington Bank  about their takeover of Akron-based First Merit.