New summer event being planned for Akron

Posted January 31, 2013 at 6:00 am

By Julie Ann Madden

It used to be called Street Vibrations. Then it was Akron Summer Kick-Off and now it’s called Akron Summer Detour, according to information presented at the Jan. 22 Akron City Council meeting.

Tentative plans for the three-day event to be held July 19 – 21 in Akron include:

• Friday Night: A car show, volleyball tourney, hog roast and variety show.

• Saturday: 5K Walk/Run, volleyball tourney, business specials or sidewalk sale, lawn mower obstacle contest, tricycle obstacle competition, firefighters water fights, bed races and street dance; and

• Sunday: Kids’ Day in the Park.

The event is being coordinated by Nicole Jurgensen, who requested Akron councilors consider closing several downtown streets, in length from the Akron Post Office to the Vets Club and width from Mill to Dakota Streets, for this new event.

Assistant Police Chief Jared Gares suggested the council table this item until more information was received.

Councilors were concerned with outdoor liquor license permits, insurance coverage, extra security and the impact on residents living in the downtown area. Jurgensen was not present at the meeting.

In other business, the Council:

• Evaluated the job performance of city clerk as a part-time position. Since maternity leave, DeRocher has been working 27 to 30 hours a week: from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays.

Horton explained that he and office staff met with DeRocher to work out the “little details” and it has been working fine. DeRocher does a “great job” and “gets everything done on time.”

Councilor Sharon Frerichs made a motion to have the city clerk’s hours continue as is and Councilor Denise Loutsch-Beitelspacher seconded it. The vote was unanimous, 5-0.

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