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.
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.