Hamilton County Commission

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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Metropolitan Sewer District
3:41 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

County orders MSD efficiency review

Tana Weingartner WVXU

Hamilton County Commissioners are ordering a performance and efficiency review of the Metropolitan Sewer District.

The utility is undertaking a multi-billion dollar, federally mandated system upgrade.

Commissioner Chris Monzel proposed the review.

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Local News
3:19 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

MSD rates going up in early 2013

Tana Weingartner WVXU

Hamilton County Commissioners have approved a 5-percent rate increase for Metropolitan Sewer District customers starting January 9.  Sewer rates have been climbing for several years to pay for a $ 3.2 billion system upgrade required to comply with the federal Clean Water Act.

Commissioner Todd Portune said about 780 other local governments are in the same position at a cost of more than $500 billion.

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