Chris Monzel

Metropolitan Sewer District
4:10 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

MSD compromise hits roadblock

Credit Sarah Ramsey

Just days after announcing a compromise, county and city leaders could be heading back to square one.

Hamilton County Commissioner Chris Monzel had planned to lead a vote Wednesday to reopen the bidding process for Metropolitan Sewer District projects. The board instituted a moratorium several weeks ago when Cincinnati City Council refused to scrap its local hiring and responsible bidder requirements.

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Hamilton County Commission
2:49 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Hamilton County sets policy agenda

Hamilton County Commissioners Wednesday approved a two-year policy document.

The resolution outlines the board's guiding agenda for 2013 and 2014.

Board President Chris Monzel drafted the policy and says it continues the agenda set out by his predecessor and fellow commissioner Greg Hartmann.

The document focuses on three key areas: county finances and taxes, infrastructure, and economic development.

Hamilton County Commission
4:25 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

County is moving forward and getting stronger

Hamilton County Commission President Chris Monzel delivers the State of the County address at a Cincinnati Rotary Club meeting.
Tana Weingartner WVXU

Hamilton County is "on the move and getting stronger." That was the theme of Commission President Chris Monzel's State of the County address Thursday.

Monzel talked about the importance of keeping taxes low and how the Governor's proposed budget could benefit the ailing county stadium fund.

He says the county is also focused on infrastructure projects, especially the multi-billion dollar federally mandated sewer system upgrade. One money-saving plan involves ‘daylighting’ a stream to capture storm water rather than building a costly tunnel.

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Hamilton County Commission
3:55 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Hartmann, Portune take oath of office

Commissioners Portune and Hartmann take the oath of office from Board President Chris Monzel.
Sarah Ramsey

Greg Hartmann and Todd Portune were officially sworn in Wednesday to serve their new terms on Hamilton County Commission.

Hartmann repeated his mantra that these are challenging times for county government but says there are bright spots as well, like the county Land Bank.

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Metropolitan Sewer District
2:17 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

County throws out MSD contract hiring policies

Hamilton County Commissioners are throwing out hiring and procurement policies related to the Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD).

The city, which operates MSD had instituted new bidding requirements the county, which owns MSD, says were unfair- and in some cases illegal. Chief among them were apprenticeship requirements and a policy giving preference to contractors within city limits.

Commission President Chris Monzel says a working group will be formed to draft a new procurement policy.

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