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A Charter Review Task Force is being formed to do the first comprehensive review of Cincinnati’s city charter since it was adopted nearly 90 years ago. Council member Kevin Flynn, who chairs council’s rules committee, put out the call Tuesday for people to volunteer to serve on the task force, which will be expected to meet regularly for six months to a year before recommending charter changes to city council. “We are instituting a comprehensive review of our city’s charter, which has been in...

Not surprisingly, more homeless people have been seeking refuge from the bitter cold temperatures at Cincinnati's winter shelter. About 60 beds are used at the Drop Inn Center and another 40 are located at Prince of Peace Church in Over-the-Rhine. They are available from December through February. Officials told a city council committee Monday so far this winter about 600 different people have stayed at the shelter. That's the same number served all of last winter. The majority of them are...

Howard Wilkinson

Cincinnati has nearly seen the end of brownouts in fire stations, with the addition of 41 new fire recruits who graduated last week and a department overtime budget of $2.5 million, Mayor John Cranley said in a city hall press conference Monday. The new recruits will reduce the number of brownouts of fire equipment from five per day to anywhere from two to zero per day. But Cranley and Fire Chief Richard Braun said in a city hall press conference Monday that is not good enough. “We need at...

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Cincinnati Public Schools and the City of Cincinnati are joining forces. A new initiative called ACES - Alliance for Community and Educational Success - aims to find ways the two can collaborate to improve schools and communities. Cincinnati Council Member P.G. Sittenfeld says, "Whether it's the health department or the police department or the public services department or our recreation commission, this council believes that the city administration can continue to provide core functions...

Howard Wilkinson

In an effort to stem the homicides that have plagued the city first the first of the year, Cincinnati police will increase police overtime, hire officers away from other departments, add a recruit class and revive a gang unit, Mayor Cranley and Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell said this morning. “We want people of this city to know that help is on the way,’’ Cranley said at a city hall press conference packed with neighborhood and community leaders, council members and police officers. There...

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Hamilton County Commissioners say they're willing to work with the city but when it comes to making Metropolitan Sewer District decisions, they're in charge. In a resolution passed Wednesday the board agreed to set inclusion goals similar to the aim of the city's Responsible Bidder ordinance. The county says that ordinance is unfair. It also dislikes the city's Local Preference policy and says it's illegal. Commissioner Greg Hartman says this inclusion resolution is a fair compromise. "I...

Update 12/18/13 @ 9:30 PM: Cincinnati Council will likely vote Thursday on whether the city's controversial streetcar project will continue. Construction has been on hold since December 4th. Now the group will decide whether to let work resume or finally pull the plug on the plan. So far the city has spent $34 million on the streetcar project. An independent audit firm reported Wednesday it will cost anywhere from $16 to $46 million to cancel the streetcar or about $69 million to complete it....

Jay Hanselman

A task force could soon be reviewing Cincinnati's city charter and coming up with recommendations to bring it up to date. Council's Rules and Audit Committee approved the study Tuesday.

Chairman Kevin Flynn said the action is long overdue.

“We always have approached the charter piece meal rather than comprehensively, so I think it is something will be good,” Flynn said.

Flynn said he expects the task force to have about 20 members. Some of the non...

Cincinnati’s new mayor and city council were sworn in Sunday, and, as expected, most of their focus this week has been on the streetcar. Just yesterday, council voted to suspend construction while an audit is done to determine the costs involved in continuing or abandoning the project. We hear arguments for stopping the project from Vice Mayor David Mann and Council Member Kevin Flynn.

Cincinnati Council will go another week without a set of official rules to guide its activities. Rules Committee Chairman Kevin Flynn delayed a vote Tuesday on a document he created and presented to council members Sunday. "This is a first draft," Flynn said. "It's not the rules of Kevin Flynn, it's the result of Council. So I want all members of Council to weigh-in on these rules, to make suggestions to make them better." Flynn said that how the group will "get the best rules to govern...

Jay Hanselman

Sunday was a day of celebration and promises of cooperation, as the new mayor, Democrat John Cranley, and nine city council members were sworn into office in dual ceremonies at City Hall and the National Underground Freedom Center. Monday, the celebrating will be over and the spirit of cooperation that hung over Sunday’s event will be put to the test; as the new council confronts its most contentious issue – Cranley’s desire to stop the $133 million streetcar project. The streetcar did not...

It’s a truism in politics: Running for office is the relatively easy part; the governing part is where it gets a little tricky. John Cranley, the Democrat and former councilman who is sworn into office as Cincinnati’s 69 th mayor today, has been around long enough to know this. He came out of the November 5 election with a big win – 16 percentage points over rival and fellow Democrat Roxanne Qualls. And he came out like a ball of fire. Scuttle the parking lease deal? No problem. Fire City...

Cincinnati Mayor-elect John Cranley Friday released his list of city council committees and who will be the chairpersons of those committees. The full Council could approve them Sunday. The new streetcar committee is scheduled to meet Monday at noon. A press release said the group will "consider a proposal aimed at pausing streetcar spending and implementing a comprehensive, objective review of the project in order to determine the true cost of cancellation vs. continuation." The full Council...

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