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On the evening of August 28, 2016, central Hamilton County received nearly 4.5 inches of rain in a very short time. The storm sewer system wasn't built to handle that kind of rainfall and water and sewage backed up into some homes and businesses in Norwood, St. Bernard, and several Cincinnati neighborhoods.

Sarah Ramsey

Almost everyone agrees the 1968 Metropolitan Sewer District agreement between Cincinnati and Hamilton County is broken.

That was confirmed by a state performance audit released last week.

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Each Friday on Cincinnati Edition, we present an in-depth discussion of the developments behind the headlines.

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The Metropolitan Sewer District could save nearly $2 million a year with a few operational changes.

Ohio State Auditor's office spokesman Ben Marrison says a performance audit suggests cutting down the size of the vehicle fleet, outsourcing dispatching, and reducing the size of the IT department. Marrison says trimming that one department could save more than $1.5 million.

Jasmine Thompson

 

The Metropolitan Sewer District  of Greater Cincinnati (MSD) makes the news for many reasons, but rarely one as quirky as this: two minds bring the tunnels and pipes beneath Cincinnati to life with a comic book that explores the thousands of miles of dark, uncharted territory. 

Hamilton County Commissioners want Cincinnati's leaders to get moving on some changes for Metropolitan Sewer District. They unanimously passed a resolution calling on the City of Cincinnati to implement the recommendations of the Rate Affordability Task Force.

Sarah Ramsey

Hamilton County Commissioners have approved a measure that would set a zero tolerance policy on odors for the Metropolitan Sewer District.

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The Cincinnati Enquirer reports several boxes from Cincinnati Council Member Charlie Winburn's City Hall office are now in the hands of the FBI.

The newspaper said the boxes were seized after a Winburn staffer moved them to the basement of the building last week.  

The Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) is asking for a nearly 4.6 percent rate hike for next year but it doesn't look like Hamilton County Commissioners will approve it.

Sarah Ramsey

There is still no timetable on when a special state audit of the Metropolitan Sewer District will be complete. 

Work on the review has been underway since February.

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.

Michael Keating

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.

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