Akron council sets land auction date

Posted November 2, 2018 at 7:07 pm

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By Julie Ann Madden

No advertising.

No official auctioneer.

But there will be a public auction of the commercial lot at 211 Reed St. owned by the City of Akron.

At their Oct. 23 meeting, Akron councilors took the recommendation of City Administrator Dan Rolfes that city officials could be the auctioneer instead of having an official auctioneer.

City officials hadn’t asked any auctioneer if they would do it free as community service but the council had information that at least one would. Rolfes reported city officials hadn’t contacted any because he felt the council should set a date before city officials contacted an auctioneer. Then he suggested not seeking an auctioneer.

In addition, the council took the advice of City Attorney David Stuart that city officials had already met legal publication requirements regarding the sale of this lot in the city’s downtown Central Business District.

When asked if they had to legally advertise the sale, Stuart responded, “We don’t have to advertise it if we don’t want to.”

“Personally, I don’t feel we need to advertise,” said Rolfes. “Anybody who wants to come and do anything in Akron has already pretty much contacted — I don’t think anybody on a whim is just ‘Oh, I hear Akron has a spot I can build a building.’ I don’t think we’re going to run into that.”

Councilor Joseph Small made the motion to set the public auction at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 13 at Akron City Hall, and Councilor Kasey Mitchell seconded it. The vote was 4-0 with Councilor Jenell Lanning absent.

In other business, the Council:

• Unanimously approved amending the city’s Central Business District zoning to include “Automotive Repair Businesses” as a permitted use. Before this motion, Small made a motion to waive the second and third readings of this ordinance amendment so the change would go into effect upon publication, and Councilor Alex Pick seconded it. For the amendment approval after the first reading was conducted, Pick made the motion and Small seconded it.

• Took no action regarding an Akron-Westfield Music Booster Club sponsorship request.

• Was informed by Akron Police Chief William Young of a Westfield citizen’s request to have Akron police provide law enforcement services to the Westfield community.

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