The SORTA board of trustees has signed off on an operating and maintenance agreement for the streetcar. Cincinnati Council has already approved the agreement, which spells out the responsibilities of the transit authority and the city.
The new streetcar logo was also unveiled Tuesday.
Under terms of the agreement, the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority will make an annual funding request to the city to cover operating costs. The city will collect the funds from fares, advertising revenue, parking fees, and from property tax abatement offset revenue.
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 A public hearing is also scheduled on the city's now repealed marijuana possession ordinance.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.
Earlier this year some Cincinnati Council members and city public school officials announced plans for joint meetings. The second such session was held Monday night and another is likely to be held next month.
The effort is called ACES, or Alliance for Community and Educational Success. Council Member P.G. Sittenfeld was one of the organizers.
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.