Hamilton County Commission

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
12:58 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Commission supports Gov's budget

Gov. John Kasich unveils his proposed state budget
Credit Karen Kasler / Ohio Public Radio

All three Hamilton County Commissioners are optimistic about Governor John Kasich's proposed state budget.

Republicans Chris Monzel and Greg Hartmann call the plan bold and filled with a lot of changes that could affect county government. Hartmann adds the proposed budget has the potential to be revolutionary.

Democrat Todd Portune agrees. He especially likes the plans for Medicaid.

More on the budget from Ohio Public Radio:

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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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Hamilton County Commission
3:24 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Monzel takes helm at Hamilton County

Chris Monzel is the new President of the Hamilton County Board of Commission.
Credit WVXU

Hamilton County Commissioners reorganized Monday with Chris Monzel assuming the presidency.

Monzel says he plans to stay the course laid out by fellow commissioner Greg Hartmann.

"Definitely public safety is the number one priority for Hamilton County. And it's something that's important and especially with the new Sheriff coming on board of what the public safety needs are. So that's number one, that's always been the number one priority to me in government," he says.

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