Cincy Council committees face big agendas Monday

Sep 29, 2014

Cincinnati Council members will be busy Monday with a couple of big committee sessions.  

Law and Public Safety meets at 10 o'clock.  On the agenda, presentations from Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell and Fire Chief Richard Braun.  A public hearing is also scheduled on the city's now repealed marijuana possession ordinance.  Many people were cited under the 2006 law before it was eliminated, and now at least some council members want information about how those convictions can be removed from peoples criminal records.  

The Budget and Finance Committee is meeting at 1 o'clock and that session is likely to include a discussion about the now closed Mahogany's Restaurant at The Banks.  A Council majority has signed a motion asking city administrators to meet with owner Liz Rogers and her attorney to see if there's a way to protect the city's financing that went into the project.  

Rogers closed the restaurant earlier this month after her landlord found her in default on her lease.  She has said she wants to meet with city officials about finding another location in the city.  City Manager Harry Black has declined such a meeting so far.  

The city gave Rogers a $600,000 grant and a $300,000 loan to open Mahogany's in 2012.