Cincinnati park officials are laying out some drastic changes you could expect this summer if proposed budget cuts are approved by City Council. Fountains could be turned off, lakes could be drained and flower beds could go unplanted.
Ault Park's Facebook page lists more closings that could be considered including the Mt. Airy Dog Park and Disc Golf course, a handful of entire parks, and all park restrooms.
Here's a letter being circulated by one park advocacy group:
For now, Cincinnati Council members will likely still be able to call for separate votes on items contained in larger ordinances and motions.
The Rules and Government Operations Committee Tuesday approved a plan to delete the provision from the current Council rules. But right now only five members support it and it takes six affirmative votes to change it.
Rules Committee Chairwoman Yvette Simpson said the "move to separate" is confusing.
Cincinnati Police Chief James Craig is officially going home. Craig is taking the top job in his hometown of Detroit.
"It's home," says Craig. "My family, my siblings, mom and dad who are aging, those are big draws... I started my policing career there almost 38 years ago. This is an opportunity to finish my policing career in a city that I love and make a difference."
Craig says he's excited about the opportunity and thankful for his time and the people in Cincinnati, adding he wouldn't have been considered for the Detroit job without his experiences here.
Hamilton County Commissioners want Cincinnati to change some language in the city's hiring policies for companies bidding on Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) construction projects.
The city wants all construction firms to have apprenticeship programs.
Groups like the Greater Cincinnati Building Construction Trades Council like the plan. However, some companies say it's not feasible for several reasons, including that apprentice programs for some specialized trades simply don't exist.