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Cincinnati Streetcar
12:59 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

SORTA: we'll assist with streetcar operating costs

Update 12/17/13 @ 6:20 PM:  Council members Young, Simpson and Seelbach released a statement on SORTA's offer to take responsibility for streetcar operating cost.  A portion reads:

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Public Health
12:25 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Hospitals to patients' families: keep your germs at home

It's that time of year again... when sniffling and sneezing causes hospitals to go on alert.

The Greater Cincinnati Health Council says increasing flu cases and several whopping cough outbreaks mean Tristate hospitals are implementing visiting restrictions.

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Cincinnati council
12:10 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Task force could soon start reviewing city charter

Jay Hanselman

A task force could soon be reviewing Cincinnati's city charter and coming up with recommendations to bring it up to date.  Council's Rules and Audit Committee approved the study Tuesday.  

Chairman Kevin Flynn said the action is long overdue.

“We always have approached the charter piece meal rather than comprehensively, so I think it is something will be good,” Flynn said.

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Hamilton County Commission
4:10 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

County weighing facility consolidation

The initial report on Hamilton County's facilities needs is in and it paints a picture of aging buildings and deferred maintenance. With some offices bursting at the seams and others only half full, the county is looking at ways to consolidate operations.

One possibility is converting the former Mercy Mt. Airy hospital to hold the coroner, board of elections and some sheriff's offices.

Commissioners Greg Hartmann and Todd Portune  says while this may seem like a good deal, the county needs to keep an eye on costs.

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Cincinnati streetcar
2:40 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

6 Cincy Council members send letter to FTA

Six Council members sent a letter to the Federal Transit Administration about the city's streetcar project.  The text of the letter is below.

Meanwhile, Council is scheduled to hear public comments again on the project Wednesday afternoon starting at 1:30.  The streetcar committee will hold a meeting Thursday at 9 a.m. to learn more about an audit to determine the costs of stopping the project versus continuing it.  The full Council will meet Thursday at 2 p.m. to take a vote on stopping or continuing the project.

FTA letter:

Dear Mr. Rogoff:

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