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Hazardous waste
11:49 am
Thu January 16, 2014

WV chemical spill has passed; intakes being reopened

Greater Cincinnati Water Works (GCWW) plans to reopen its water intakes along the Ohio River Thursday at 2 p.m. The utility reports water samples indicate the chemical from the Elk River spill in West Virginia has passed through the area.

“Our water quality team has not detected the chemical in the Ohio River water since 4:00 a.m. this morning,” said Tony Parrott, Executive Director of Greater Cincinnati Water Works and the Metropolitan Sewer District.

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Cincinnati Council
4:42 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Two Council Members not happy with solicitor demotion

John Curp
Taft Stettinius & Hollister website

Two Cincinnati Council Members are complaining about this week's demotion of John Curp from city solicitor to chief counsel for MSD and the Water Works. 

P.G. Sittenfeld and Chris Seelbach questioned Interim City Manager Scott Stiles about the personnel move he announced Tuesday in a memo.  Seelbach said he thinks Stiles made his decision based on the wishes of Mayor John Cranley or perhaps some council members.

"To me it just seems incredibly fishy, incredibly political and incredibly wrong and against our city charter," Seelbach said.

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Cincinnati Council
4:38 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Cincinnati Council rejects repeal of responsible bidder

A Cincinnati Council majority has rejected the latest attempt to repeal the city's responsible bidder law for Metropolitan Sewer District and Water Work projects.  It requires companies bidding on contracts worth more than $400,000 to have apprenticeship programs to train workers. 

The law is causing friction between the city, which manages MSD, and Hamilton County which owns the district and funds it.  County Commissioners are refusing to approve contracts awarded using the city's responsible bidder ordinance. 

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Metropolitan Sewer District
2:40 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

County taking firm stance on MSD Responsible Bidder

Credit Tana Weingartner/WVXU

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.

In a resolution passed Wednesday 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.

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Cincinnati government
3:59 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Personnel shuffle continues in Cincinnati government

Jay Hanselman

Update:  Council Members Seelbach and Sittenfeld have called for a special Council meeting Thursday about today's personnel changes at city hall.  Both want to hear from the interim city manager about the changes and the manager/council relationship as it relates to the job changes. 

Some major leadership changes are coming to Cincinnati City Hall.

Interim City Manager Scott Stiles announced in a memo Tuesday that Assistant City Manager David Holmes will retire on April 1st.

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