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Sarah Ramsey

Cincinnati council members are still asking questions about who in the city manager's office threatened a Columbus-based law firm if it didn't pay $55,000 to a former Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) subcontractor last year.

Michael Keating

Update 6/26/2016 4:21 p.m.: Council members Chris Seelbach, Yvette Simpson, and Wendell Young will hold a special council meeting on the sewer district issue Tuesday at 4 p.m..

Original Post 2:33 p.m.: Some very upset members of Cincinnati City Council are demanding answers to a question that arose from an audit of the Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) – the question of who in City Hall threatened MSD's law firm with termination unless it paid a former city council member $55,000 for consulting work.

Ohio Governor John Kasich just signed a bill legalizing medical marijuana in the state; an independent review of the University of Cincinnati Police Department and an audit of the Metropolitan Sewer District were both released this week; a new report questions how the city treats tax incentives for developers and expanding companies; and hearings continue on the city budget.

Sarah Ramsey / WVXU

A newly released audit suggests Cincinnati officials need to further investigate some of the past practices of the former management of the Metropolitan Sewer District.

The audit reports 34 recommendations for changes.

Sarah Ramsey / WVXU

An online Enquirer report Thursday questioned whether the ongoing audit of the Metropolitan Sewer District is truly independent.  It questions if the city manager and city solicitor are playing too big a role in the review.

Some Cincinnati Council members are still asking that audits of the Metropolitan Sewer District and the city's parks department be released before votes on the budget later this month.

Bill Rinehart / WVXU

Two plans to deal with the Little Miami Incinerator have gone down the tubes. 

Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency denied a request for more time to upgrade the facility, which doesn't meet clean air standards.  Now Hamilton County's leaders are rejecting a proposal to turn solid waste into fertilizer, saying it's not economical or environmentally friendly.

Sarah Ramsey

A Cincinnati council committee heard Tuesday from one of the co-chairs of the team investigating alleged irregularities at the Metropolitan Sewer District.  

City Manager Harry Black created the panel Monday.  

Sarah Ramsey

Cincinnati's city manager has appointed a special team to investigate “alleged irregularities concerning past management and procurement practices of the Metropolitan Sewer District.”

Harry Black had asked the city solicitor to investigate any allegations, and he has now decided an independent review is in order.

Bill Rinehart / WVXU

Update 2:40 p.m.

Hamilton County Commission President Chris Monzel says “The city’s repeated and flagrant disregard of its obligations stated very clearly under the 2014 Federal Court Order made today’s court action necessary. “We respectfully ask the court to enforce its previous order and allow Hamilton County to bring accountability and transparency which are so badly needed in MSD operations.”

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