A federal magistrate ruled this morning that Cincinnati's responsible bidder ordinance is invalid and that Hamilton County makes the rules for the Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD).
The county owns the sewer system, but the city operates it.
The city and the county have been fighting for more than two years over the responsible bidder ordinance, which would force MSD contractors to have apprentice programs and pay into a pre-apprenticeship fund. Unions favor the ordinance, because many of them have apprentice programs.
Democrats and Republicans on the Hamilton County Board of Elections are split over whether to move their headquarters from downtown to the former Mercy Mount Airy Hospital because of the issue of early in-person voting.
The Democrats on the board - Tim Burke and Caleb Faux - say moving to the Kipling road building would make it extremely hard for voters without cars to get to the board, which has one bus line. Many voters would have to take multiple buses to get to Mount Airy, they say.
Hamilton County's Tax Levy Review Committee (TLRC) is recommending the county commissioners place a five-year levy for the Cincinnati Museum Center in November 2014, but only if the museum center meets certain conditions.
The conditions laid out to the county commissioners are:
- that the Cincinnati Museum Center, the city of Cincinnati, and Hamilton County form a task force to "ascertain and approve the necessary plans and cost for renovation" and upkeep of Union Terminal, which houses the museum center;