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4:15 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Cincinnati Council only funds SORTA for a month

Michael Keating

Cincinnati Council voted Wednesday to fund the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority for just one month in the new year.  

The action is part of the continuing battle between the city and SORTA about the use of the city’s transit fund.  

Cincinnati argues it can be used for any transit related activity.  But the agency says it’s only for Metro bus operations.  SORTA has a lawsuit pending on the issue.  

A Council Member asked City Solicitor John Curp why administrators are proposing a one-month funding ordinance.

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Local News
3:19 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

MSD rates going up in early 2013

Tana Weingartner WVXU

Hamilton County Commissioners have approved a 5-percent rate increase for Metropolitan Sewer District customers starting January 9.  Sewer rates have been climbing for several years to pay for a $ 3.2 billion system upgrade required to comply with the federal Clean Water Act.


Commissioner Todd Portune said about 780 other local governments are in the same position at a cost of more than $500 billion.

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Local News
3:09 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Miami University band to march in Inaugural Parade

The Miami University Marching Band was in the first wave of invitees to participate in the 57th Inaugural Parade on Monday, Jan. 21 in Washington, D.C.

So far, the Miami University band is the only participant from Ohio invited by the Presidential Inaugural Committee.

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Lead paint
1:27 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Cincinnati to implement recommendations from lead hazard study

The Cincinnati Health Department is continuing its efforts to reduce childhood lead poisoning in the city.

The Health Department presented its latest information Wednesday to Council’s Rules and Government Operations Committee.

The group heard about a recent consultant’s report to improve the program. It contains more than 30 recommendations. Dr. Camille Jones said one aspect involves the city’s law and regulations.

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Music Hall
12:30 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Music Hall lease signed; renovation ahead

Timetable for the $95 million dollar renovation will be announced next year
WVXU

Efforts are underway to raise the money needed to renovate Music Hall. The project can move forward now that the revitalization company and the City of Cincinnati have signed a 75 year lease.

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