Chris Seelbach

Sarah Ramsey

City and county officials now have about five weeks to try to work out a compromise on several Metropolitan Sewer District policies (MSD).

Council voted unanimously Wednesday to suspend its local hiring policy until August 1. Until then the sides will try to reach an agreement on it and a portion of a responsible bidder policy that requires apprenticeships.

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.

Sarah Ramsey

A Cincinnati Council Member will be at the White House Wednesday afternoon to accept an award. 

Chris Seelbach is one of ten people being recognized this year as "Harvey Milk Champions of Change." 

“The award honors elected officials who champion equality and public service,” Seelbach said.  “And so I’m being honored for my attempts to make Cincinnati a place that more people feel welcome and respected.”

President Obama honored the late Harvey Milk in 2009 with America's highest civilian medal, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. 

Jay Hanselman

Cincinnati Council Member Chris Seelbach is telling streetcar supporters on Twitter his patience is beginning to run thin with the project.  

He wrote either city administrators need to get going or they don't.  He asked how many times will the date for operations to start be pushed back.  

The original plan called for streetcars to be running this year.  Now the projected operating date is 2016.  

Unless the city’s management and employees can agree on how to dramatically reduce current and future pension costs, the Cincinnati retirement system’s current 728 million dollar unfunded liability could grow to one billion dollars by the year 2016.


Cincinnati Council Member Chris Seelbach said he learned a lot during his ride along with the city's fire department.  He wanted to better understand what's required to be a Cincinnati firefighter.

He was part of a 24-hour shift starting Friday morning with Engine 20 in Northside. 

Seelbach said he didn't see one fire during the period.

City website

Cincinnati Council Member Chris Seelbach and his staff are following up on the information they gathered last month during a series of public safety listening sessions.  

He estimated he met with about 75 residents during open office hours held around the city.  Seelbach also talked with about 60 police officers and 60 firefighters.  

He said one common theme during the meetings with residents concerned loitering and curfew violations among young people.