Responsible bidder en Magistrate: County makes the rules on MSD, not the city of 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 Hamilton County will ask the court to 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 Hamilton County and Cincinnati heading to court over sewer issue <p>The debate over who sets policy for the Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati (MSD) is headed to a federal judge.</p><p>"We're beyond the negotiation phase," says Hamilton County Commissioner Greg Hartmann.</p><p>Hamilton County Commissioners and the City of Cincinnati are at odds over several city-instituted hiring procedures. The county says the hiring rules are illegal under Ohio Revised Code but the city argues it has home rule which trumps the O.R.C.</p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 17:57:22 +0000 Tana Weingartner 23033 at Hamilton County and Cincinnati heading to court over sewer issue County taking firm stance on MSD Responsible Bidder <p>Hamilton County Commissioners say they're willing to work with the city but when it comes to making Metropolitan Sewer District decisions, they're in charge.</p><p>In a<a href="" target="_blank"> resolution passed Wednesday</a> the board agreed to set inclusion goals similar to the aim of the city's Responsible Bidder ordinance. The county says that ordinance is unfair. It also dislikes the city's Local Preference policy and says it's illegal.</p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 19:40:53 +0000 Tana Weingartner 21897 at County taking firm stance on MSD Responsible Bidder Could sewer district hiring policies be headed to court? <p></p><p>Hamilton County Commissioners are growing increasingly frustrated with Cincinnati leaders over which entity gets to set hiring policies for the Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD).</p><p>Commissioner Greg Hartmann is proposing the two sides come up with inclusion goals, incentive programs, and a way to support apprenticeship programs.</p><p>"I'm prepared to go to court if that's what it takes," says Hartmann. The local hiring policy passed by City Council is illegal and the responsible bidder program is flat out discrimination against non-union shops."</p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 17:52:39 +0000 Tana Weingartner 20956 at Could sewer district hiring policies be headed to court?