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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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.

A Cincinnati Council committee is delaying a vote on a measure to punish people who do not control their dangerous or vicious dogs.  

The issues will likely be re-considered in two weeks.  

The debate centers on whether the plan includes criminal penalties in addition to fines. The proposal would also target criminals, who in some cases, train dogs to be vicious to protect illegal operations.

Cincinnati's Charter Review task force is continuing its work.  

Task force Co-chairman Mike Morgan presented an update Tuesday to Council's Rules and Audit Committee.  

Morgan said various subcommittees have been reviewing items since last summer.  He said the full task force will meet Monday.

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Cincinnati council member P.G. Sittenfeld has launched his campaign for Ohio's U.S. Senate seat next year. 

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Cincinnati Council is reducing the number of high-level employees who are required to live in the city.  The group approved the change Wednesday by a 6-2 vote.  

The debate started after Metropolitan Sewer District Director Tony Parrott asked for an exemption to the city's current residency requirement.  He was disciplined in June and told to move into the city.  

Council Member Kevin Flynn said the issue was clearly about the MSD Director and keeping him on the job.

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The director of the Metropolitan Sewer District will not get an exemption from the city's requirement that he live within Cincinnati city limits.  

But Tony Parrott and other city department directors could still escape the rule.  The full Council will vote on the issue Wednesday.

The new policy would only ask the city manager, assistant city managers, police chief and city solicitor to live in the city.  All other department director currently listed in the administrative code would be removed.

Cincinnati officials are continuing work on a plan to bring residential parking permits to the city's Over-the-Rhine neighborhood.  

Council's Neighborhoods Committee heard Tuesday about the latest proposal.  

One change is the price.  The original plan called for the permits to cost $300 a year.  That has now been reduced to $108 annually.  There would also be a lower rate of $18 a year for people in rent subsidized housing.  

Mary Rivers with Over-the-Rhine Community Housing says she's still concerned with that part.

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