2018 Legislation


The Kent City Charter, Section 35 defines acts of Council requiring passage of legislation. Click here to read Section 35 of the Charter.

All ordinances and resolutions must be read, by title only, at three separate meetings. Council may, by a three-fourth majority vote (or seven members), suspend the three readings. This would enable them to consider and pass legislation on the same night.

Council may enact the "emergency" clause which allows legislation to become effective as of the date of passage. If they choose not to enact the emergency clause, legislation can take effect at a later date. Generally, unless otherwise specified, the least time allowed by law is thirty days.

Below is a list of all legislation passed in 2018. Click on the legislation number to read the entire piece of legislation. If you wish to review the minutes where a specific legislation is passed, click on the date.

Some legislation contain maps, deeds, or other items, known as exhibits, that are not available electronically. Those items are on file with the original signed legislation in the Kent City Council office, located at 320 S. Depeyster Street, Kent. OH.




2018 Legislation


January 17, 2018 Regular Council

2018-01:  Resolution appointing Robert A. Rummel, Jr. to Board of Building Appeals

2018-02:  Resolution appointing Denise S. Mote to the Income Tax Board of Review

2018-03:  Resolution appointing Debbie Smeiles to the Parks and Recreation Board

2018-04:  Resolution appointing John Belfiore to the Shade Tree Commission

2018-05:  Resolution appointing Audrey Cielinski Kessler to the Shade Tree Commission

2018-06:  MOU with Millennia Housing Development, Ltd. and the City of Kent 

2018-07:  Abatement Agreement with Portage Co. Land Reutilization Corp. (REPEALED 2018-24)

2018-08:  Settlement Agreement between Patrick M. Degregio and the City of Kent

2018-09:  Settlement Agreement between Michelle L. Setlock and the City of Kent

2018-10:  Settlement Agreement between Amy M. Waples and the City of Kent

2018-11:  Agreement to participate with ODOT for the microsurfacing of SR 43 and SR 261

2018-12:  Ordinance setting rate of pay for the Mayor of Kent

2018-13:  Ordinance setting rate of pay for the ward council members 

2018-14:  Ordinance setting rate of pay for the at large council members

2018-15:  Accept donation of $1500 from Henry V. and Frances W. Christenson Foundation

2018-16:  Accept donation of $320 from Zephyr for the Harold Walker Rest Area

2018-17:  Accept donation of $200 from Richard and Diane Kurlich

2018-18:  Accept donation of $200 from Eric and Ann Lantz

2018-19:  Agreement with Century 21 Wilbur Realty to rent and manage 500 Middlebury Road

2018-20:  Resolution of support for the National Parks system

2018-21:  Authorize application for FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program

2018-22:  Amend section 358.02 'Parking Meter Zones' to add College Street

7, 2018 Special Council Meeting

2018-23:  Amend ordinance No. 2017-160

2018-24:  Amend ordinance No. 2018-07

2018-25:  Amend ordinance No. 2017-150

2018-26:  Amend ordinance No. 2017-149

2018-27:  Amend ordinance No. 2017-148


February 21, 2018 Regular Council

2018-28:  Appoint Howard Boyle to the Parking Action Committee

2018-29:  Amend section 107.02(f) of ordinance 2016-18

2018-30:  Accept donation of $800 from Stow-Kent Chiropractic Clinic for Kent Fire Dept. 

2018-31:  Accept donation of $1650 from Kent Rotary Foundation for Kent Parks & Rec Dept.

2018-32:  Accept donation of $200 from Amy Craft

2018-33:  Amend Ordinance 2017-156, the current appropriation ordinance

2018-34:  Authorize Kent-Tallmadge law enforcement shooting range agreement

2018-35:  Authorize water tap-in for Raising Cane's of Ohio at 1801 E. Main Street

2018-36:  Authorize expanded street closings for 3 annual Main Street Kent events


March 21, 2018 Regular Council

2018-37:  Resolution Compassionate City

2018-38:  Amend budget appropriation ordinance

2018-39:  Resolution ODOT State & U.S. bicycle routes through City of Kent

2018-40:  Resolution East Main Street Area Agreement between City & KSU

2018-41:  Authorize application for ODOT highway safety program grant for North Water Street

2018-42:  Authorize application for Ohio BWC grant for Fire Department equipment


April 18, 2018 Regular Council

2018-43:  Appoint Todd Ridenour to the Board of Building Appeals

2018-44:  Appoint Emily Mattern to the Board of Health

2018-45:  Appoint Allyson Chicoski to the Civil Service Commission

2018-46:  Appoint David Basista and Mark Weisman to the Design and Preservation Committee

2018-47:  Appoint Andrew Scholl to the Sustainability Commission

2018-48:  Appoint Brian Gray to the PARTA Board

2018-49:  Haymaker Farmers' Market lease renewal of parking lot on Franklin Avenue

2018-50:  Accept donation of $700 from the Sylvia Coogan Memorial Fund

2018-51:  Amend ordinance no. 2017-156

2018-52:  Accept donation from University Hospitals of a Pulsepoint Program

2018-53:  Accept donation from University Hospitals of 4 cases for KFD's lucas machines

2018-54:  Amend ordinances to include language to medical marijuana

2018-55:  Approve new special event the Hammy "Hometown Hero" 5K

2018-56:  MOU Public Art on Utility Boxes


May 2, 2018 Joint Meeting with Franklin Twp

2018-57:  2018 tax rate for cemetery purposes  

2018-58:  Appointing Leo Lux to Standing Rock Cemetery Board of Trustees 

2018-59:  Personnel pay raises of the Standing Rock Cemetery


May 16, 2018 Regular Council

2018-60:  Joint resolution reaffirming commitment of City of Kent and Kent State University

2018-61:  Waive payment in lieu of disconnection requirement to Klaben Ford Lincoln, Inc. 

2018-62:  Amend Chapter 1414, enact new section 1414.05 Portable Storage Containers

2018-63:  CDBG assistance for program year 2018

2018-64:  Accept donation of $310 to Kent Parks & Recreation in memory of Joseph Cettomai

2018-65:  Resolution joining the Kent City Board of Education in support of school safety

2018-66:  Accept donation of $625 to Kent Fire Department in memory of Richard Workman

2018-67:  Agreement between City of Akron and City of Kent to construct bicycle trail

2018-68:  Accept bid from Republic Services for trash and recycling collection 


June 20, 2018 Regular Council

2018-69:  Resolution of commitment to participate in a Community Heart & Soul project

2018-70:  MOU with Davey Tree Expert Co. & Kent Parks & Rec to upgrade John Davey Arboretum 

2018-71:  Amend ordinance no. 2017-156 budget appropriation ordinance

2018-72:  Pre-application OPWC for engineering projects

2018-73:  Amend Title 7 of the Kent Codified Ordinances, Titled Garbage, Chapters 933 & 935 


July 11, 2018 Special Council Meeting

2018-74:  Adopt 2019 Tax Budget


July 18, 2018 Regular Council

2018-75:  Amendment to City Charter at next general election, recall petition and election

2018-76:  Accept donation of $350 to Kent Parks & Recreation in memory of Joseph Cettomai

2018-77:  Amend Chapter 187 Income Tax

2018-78:  Sale at public auction of surplus property

2018-79:  Issuance of bonds and notes for the Main Fire Station

2018-80:  Issuance of bonds and notes for the Safety Center

2018-81:  Issuance of bonds and notes for upgrading and extending sanitary sewer trunk lines

2018-82:  Issuance of bonds and notes for street improvements downtown

2018-83:  Enact Chapter 527 titled Illegal Distribution of Cigarettes, Other...

2018-84:  Enact new Chapter 939, Small Cell Wireless Facilities

2018-85:  Agreement with ODOT to replace signs on SR43 and SR59 in Kent


August 15, 2018 Regular Council

2018-86:  Appoint Dennis Saxe to Architectural Review Board

2018-87:  No candidate appointed to Board of Building Appeals as alternate

2018-88:  Appoint Andrew Roland and Peter Kierstead to the Shade Tree Commission

2018-89:  Appoint Rouven Cyncynatus to the Fair Housing Board

2018-90:  No candidate appointed to the Storm Water District Review and Appeals Board 

2018-91:  Demolition of city owned rental house at 408 North Mantua Street

2018-92:  Amend ordinance no. 2017-156 budget appropriation ordinance

2018-93:  Settlement and release agreement between City of Kent and Todd Gavriloff

2018-94:  Accept donation of $50 to Kent Fire Department in honor of Rita Loftin

2018-95:  Certification of non-payment of water/wastewater charges to County Auditor

2018-96:  Certification of delinquent mowing bills, etc. to County Auditor

2018-97:  Certification of non-payment of bills for 2016 & 17 concrete repairs to County Auditor

2018-98:  Accept donation of $50 to Kent Police Department in honor of Rita Loftin

2018-99:  Accept 2018 Chevrolet Equinox from Portage County Task Force

2018-100:  Approve special event application for Kent Better Block

2018-101:  Approve MOU between City of Kent and Kent City Board of Education for SRO program


September 5, 2018 Special Council Meeting

2018-102:  Approve and accept Portage County's method of apportioning the local government fund


September 19, 2018 Regular Council

2018-103:  Amend ordinance no. 2017-156 budget appropriation ordinance

2018-104:  Accept donation of $750 to Kent Parks & Rec from the Ohio Elks Association

2018-105:  Accept donation of $2,557.97 to Kent Parks & Rec for Reverend Hal Walker Rest Area

2018-106:  Accept amount and rates and authorize tax levies and certify them to County Auditor

2018-107:  Accept grant of $3,284 from Ohio Arts Council for the Kent Creativity Festival  

2018-108:  Amend section 353.02 of codified ordinances titled 'Parking Regulation Authorization'

2018-109:  Amend section 353.03 of codified ordinances titled 'Parking Permits'

2018-110:  Amend chapter 355 of codified ordinances titled 'Municipal Parking Lots'


October 17, 2018 Regular Council

2018-111:  Rescind authorization of the certification of delinquent mowing bill at 535 Bowman 

2018-112:  Addendum to employment contract for City Manager 

2018-113:  Repeal Section 509.10 titled 'Vagrants'

2018-114:  Amend Ch 937 'Use of public ways by service providers'

2018-115:  Accept and support proposal by Portage County Engineer for paving Mogadore Road  

2018-116:  Amend section 505.19 and enacting section 505.22 Backyard Chickens

2018-117:  Amend section 501.13 titled 'Civil Offenses' to correct and clarify language

2018-118:  Appoint John Ryan to the Loan Review Committee

2018-119:  Settlement and release agreement between City of Kent and Douglas Partners, LLC et al.


November 14, 2018 Regular Council

2018-120:  Amend ordinance no. 2017-156 budget appropriation ordinance 

2018-121:  Agreement between Main Street Kent and City of Kent  

2018-122:  Accept a grant from NOPEC

2018-123:  Ordinance section 521.18 titled 'Sweeping leaves and grass into gutters prohibited'

2018-124:  Trail crossing lighting agreement between KSU and City of Kent

2018-125:  Ordinance amending section 935.13


December 19, 2018 Regular Council

2018-126:  Appoint David Basista to Architectural Review Board  

2018-127:  Appoint Pamela Ferguson to Board of Health 

2018-128:  Appoint Jona Burton, Dave Mail, and Paul Sellman to BZA (REPEALED 2019-1)

2018-129:  Appoint Audrey Kessler & Tad Brown to Community Reinvestment Area Housing Council

2018-130:  Appoint Neil Dukes to the Parks and Recreation Board

2018-131:  Appoint Christopher Clevenger-Morris to the Planning Commission

2018-132:  Support the establishment of the Cuyahoga River Water Trail designated by ODNR 

2018-133:  Amend ordinance section 1365.03, residential rental units CO detection regulations  

2018-134:  Ordinance enacting section 1371.021 titled 'Appeals' under Title 7 Maintenance Code

2018-135:  Renew agreement with Ohio Development Services Agency for admin of Housing RLF

2018-136:  Amend section 913.05 increasing water rates by 3% beginning January 2019 

2018-137:  Amend section 915.72 increasing sewer rates by 3% beginning January 2019

2018-138:  County Auditor advance taxes from proceeds of the 2018 tax year collection 

2018-139:  Amend ordinance no. 2017-156 budget appropriation ordinance 

2018-140:  Position allocation ordinance for year 2019

2018-141:  Amend general comp plan to add a new position, full time Records Clerk in KPD

2018-142:  Appropriations from various funds to individual accounts for FY 2019

2018-143:  Loan agreement with Ohio EPA for construction of SW sanitary sewer pump station

2018-144:  Adopt Federal Grants Policy

2018-145:  Accept grant reimbursement in amount of $1,162.50 from OAG's Office

2018-146:  Accept donation to Animal Compliance Dept in memory of Chris Diestel  

2018-147:  Authorize contract with Portage Co. Public Defender's Office for indigent persons  

2018-148:  Authorize agreement with Cuyahoga Landmark Inc. for install of temp fuel station 

2018-149:  Authorize water tap-in for Kelly DP, LLC at 5819 Rhodes Road outside the City of Kent





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