Five of the nine Cincinnati City Council members are expected to vote Wednesday to temporarily suspend work and spending on the streetcar project. That majority says the pause will allow leaders to figure out the true costs of cancelling the program compared to how much it would cost to complete the first phase of the project.
Council will vote on 11 streetcar related ordinances. They all contain monetary appropriations, which likely mean streetcar supporters cannot seek a referendum to overturn them.
Cincinnati Council will go another week without a set of official rules to guide its activities.
Rules Committee Chairman Kevin Flynn delayed a vote Tuesday on a document he created and presented to council members Sunday.
"This is a first draft," Flynn said. "It's not the rules of Kevin Flynn, it's the result of Council. So I want all members of Council to weigh-in on these rules, to make suggestions to make them better."
Flynn said that how the group will "get the best rules to govern ourselves over the next four years.
Here's a fun fact as you get ready to flip the switch to turn on your holiday lights: Six 100-bulb sets of large incandescent lights plugged in six hours every evening can add $80 to your monthly power bill (Ouch).
“Holiday displays are fun for families and communities, but can also add significantly to monthly power bills,” said Gayle Lanier, Duke Energy senior vice president and chief customer officer. “Fortunately, there are a number of efficient, budget-friendly lighting options available to help control costs during the holiday season.”