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.
From L to R: EPA Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe, Department of Transportation Deputy Secretary John Porcari, Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory, and Housing and Urban Development Deputy Secretary Maurice Jones.
A trio of deputies from the Environmental Protection Agency, Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Transportation toured sites along Cincinnati's proposed streetcar route Thursday. They're checking out sustainability projects such as rain gardens and housing developments.
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.