MSD http://wvxu.org en Magistrate: County makes the rules on MSD, not the city of Cincinnati http://wvxu.org/post/magistrate-county-makes-rules-msd-not-city-cincinnati <p>A federal magistrate ruled this morning that Cincinnati's responsible bidder ordinance is invalid and that Hamilton County makes the rules for the Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD).</p><p>The county owns the sewer system, but the city operates it.</p><p>The city and the county have been fighting for more than two years over the responsible bidder ordinance, which would force MSD contractors to have apprentice programs and pay into a pre-apprenticeship fund. Unions favor the ordinance, because many of them have apprentice programs.</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 14:50:55 +0000 Howard Wilkinson 28504 at http://wvxu.org Cincinnati to help lead national water discussion http://wvxu.org/post/cincinnati-help-lead-national-water-discussion <p>The Executive Director of Greater Cincinnati Water Works and the Metropolitan Sewer District, Tony Parrot, will participate in a national discussion on U.S. water infrastructure Wednesday in Washington D.C.</p><p>Parrot joins the U.S. EPA's Nancy Stoner, Veolia Water North America and Mark Strauss with American Waterin the <a href="http://thevalueofwater.org/" target="_blank">Value of Water Coalition's </a>national panel discussion to help other communities deal with crumbling water and wastewater infrastructure.</p> Wed, 14 May 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Ann Thompson 26666 at http://wvxu.org Cincinnati to help lead national water discussion County asking federal judge to decide sewer dispute http://wvxu.org/post/county-asking-federal-judge-decide-sewer-dispute <p>Hamilton County Commissioners are officially asking a federal judge to intervene in their&nbsp; Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) dispute with Cincinnati.</p><p>The board voted unanimously Wednesday to ask for a ruling on which body gets to set policies for the district.</p><p>The sewer district is owned by the county but operated by the city.</p><p>The sides have been at odds over hiring and procurement policies instituted by the city. County Commissioners argue the policies are unfair and in some cases illegal. City attorneys and a majority of council members disagree.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:31:36 +0000 Tana Weingartner 25551 at http://wvxu.org County asking federal judge to decide sewer dispute Hamilton County will ask the court to resolve MSD dispute http://wvxu.org/post/hamilton-county-will-ask-court-resolve-msd-dispute <p>Hamilton County will go to federal court to try to settle a dispute with the city of Cincinnati over hiring practices for a massive Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) project.</p><p>Commission president Chris Monzel said the county will file its suit next week in U.S. District Court here.</p><p>"We're going to ask the court to weigh in on the relationship between the city and the county, particuarly on procurement issues,'' Monzel said.</p><p>The county owns MSD, but the city of Cincinnati operates it.</p><p>At issue is whether the county or the city gets to set policy for MSD.</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 20:21:28 +0000 Howard Wilkinson 25033 at http://wvxu.org County retains Dinsmore & Shohl in sewer dispute http://wvxu.org/post/county-retains-dinsmore-shohl-sewer-dispute <p>Hamilton County Commissioners are retaining <a href="http://www.dinsmore.com/" target="_blank">Dinsmore &amp; Shohl</a> to review their plans to take the city of Cincinnati to court over a sewer district dispute.</p><p>The law firm is being asked to prepare the county's case and offer an outside opinion on which government entity it thinks is right. At issue is whether the county or the city gets to set policy for the Metropolitan Sewer District. The county owns the utility but it is operated by the city.</p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 21:17:32 +0000 Tana Weingartner 24145 at http://wvxu.org County retains Dinsmore & Shohl in sewer dispute