Metropolitan Sewer District

Metropolitan Sewer District
12:31 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

County asking federal judge to decide sewer dispute

Credit Tana Weingartner / WVXU

Hamilton County Commissioners are officially asking a federal judge to intervene in theirĀ  Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) dispute with Cincinnati.

The board voted unanimously Wednesday to ask for a ruling on which body gets to set policies for the district.

The sewer district is owned by the county but operated by the city.

The sides have been at odds over hiring and procurement policies instituted by the city. County Commissioners argue the policies are unfair and in some cases illegal. City attorneys and a majority of council members disagree.

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Metropolitan Sewer District
5:17 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

County retains Dinsmore & Shohl in sewer dispute

Credit Tana Weingartner / WVXU

Hamilton County Commissioners are retaining Dinsmore & Shohl to review their plans to take the city of Cincinnati to court over a sewer district dispute.

The law firm is being asked to prepare the county's case and offer an outside opinion on which government entity it thinks is right. At issue is whether the county or the city gets to set policy for the Metropolitan Sewer District. The county owns the utility but it is operated by the city.

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Metropolitan Sewer District
3:46 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

County to hire outside counsel in sewer district fight

Credit Tana Weingartner / WVXU

Hamilton County Commissioners are retaining outside legal counsel in their fight with the City of Cincinnati over the Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD).

The city and county disagree over who gets to set policy for MSD - the county which owns it, or the city which operates it.

Commissioners voted 2-1 with lone Democrat Todd Portune dissenting.

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Metropolitan Sewer District
12:57 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Hamilton County and Cincinnati heading to court over sewer issue

Credit Tana Weingartner / WVXU

The debate over who sets policy for the Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati (MSD) is headed to a federal judge.

"We're beyond the negotiation phase," says Hamilton County Commissioner Greg Hartmann.

Hamilton County Commissioners and the City of Cincinnati are at odds over several city-instituted hiring procedures. The county says the hiring rules are illegal under Ohio Revised Code but the city argues it has home rule which trumps the O.R.C.

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Metropolitan Sewer District
11:52 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Compromise is key word in MSD debate

Build 513 supporters rally outside the County Administration Building.
Credit Tana Weingartner / WVXU

Several dozen people rallied outside the Hamilton County Administration building Thursday calling on County Commissioners to open bidding on several Metropolitan Sewer District projects.

Build 513 supports the City of Cincinnati's Responsible Bidder Ordinance, which among other things requires contractors have a 5-year record of graduating apprentices.

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