The Ohio Supreme Court has declined jurisdiction in the Cincinnati parking lease case. City Solicitor John Curp confirmed that in an e-mail Wednesday morning.
The case involved whether city voters had a right to place the issue on the ballot. A Hamilton County Common Pleas judge said it could go on the ballot, but an Ohio appeals courts overturned that decision. The appeals court said the city could pass the parking lease as emergency ordinance and avoid referendum.
Investigators have increased the amount of reward money for a suspected arson on the Miami University campus in Oxford. The fire damaged the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity house on May 25 and remains unsolved.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is offering an additional $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone responsible for the fire. That's on top of the $5,000 reward posted by the Blue Ribbon Arson Committee.
Just as the Port Authority is putting finishing touches on Cincinnati's parking plan, the organization opposing it, COAST, has filed a request for a Temporary Restraining Order.
Spokesman Chris Finney says, "When the decision came down from the Court of Appeals, and the City Manager signed the lease, he made material changes to it without Council approval." Finney says he is not permitted to do this so "council either needs to re-vote, or the lease must be enjoined." (stopped by judicial order)