Jay Hanselman

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Jay Hanselman brings more than 10 years experience as a news anchor and reporter to 91.7 WVXU. He came to WVXU from WNKU, where he hosted the local broadcast of All Things Considered.  Hanselman has been recognized for his reporting by the Kentucky AP Broadcasters Association, the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists, and the Ohio AP Broadcasters.

Hanselman covers Cincinnati City Hall for WVXU.

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Cincinnati City Council will wait at least another week before voting on the city manager's plan to reorganize some city departments to improve customer service.  A committee failed to advance the item Wednesday during a special meeting.

City Manager Harry Black proposed this week that the city's Department of Planning and Buildings be split into separate divisions.  

The new building department would handle permits, inspections and code enforcement.  The goal is to make the construction paperwork process in the city more customer-friendly.  

A Cincinnati Council committee will hold a special meeting Wednesday to vote on administrative changes the city manager is seeking to improve customer service.

The Rules and Audit Committee heard about the ordinance Tuesday but delayed taking a vote.

On Monday, City Manager Harry Black issued a memo outlining several organizational changes he wants to make “to increase efficiency, effectiveness and especially customer service.”

Preliminary information shows the number of homeless people in Cincinnati and Hamilton County declined slightly during a point-in-time count last month.  

The Department of Housing and Urban Development requires communities to make the count once a year during the last week of January.  

Kevin Finn with Strategies to End Homelessness said this year there 1,029 people counted compared to 1,043 last year.

Cincinnati's vacant foreclosed property registration program is still showing results.  Nearly 1,500 properties are enrolled; requiring lenders to make sure the properties are maintained.

Council Member P.G. Sittenfeld helped launch the program about three years ago with unanimous support from Council

“You know major banks and lenders need to be held accountable for their property just like any other ordinary citizen,” Sittenfeld said.  “So we have what has already been a very effective set of tools in the toolbox.  We’re adding some new tools to that.”

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Cincinnati is moving ahead with plans to create a new department of Economic Inclusion.  

Council could approve the new department and director position this week.  

City Manager Harry Black announced Monday that Thomas Corey will be filling the position.  Corey comes to the city from Baltimore, where he has been doing similar work for the last 14 years.  

Corey said his first goal is getting Council to approve a minority and female-owned business programs.

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