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Cincinnati wants quick decision in parking lease appeal


Cincinnati is asking the Ohio First District Court of Appeals to hear oral arguments concerning the city's parking lease plan on either April 18th or 22nd. 

The city would like a decision by May 1st. 

The city is proposing to file its brief with the court next Monday and for the opposing lawyers to provide their response by April 15th. 

A lawyer for the other side said in a filing they can agree with that time schedule although there is a disagreement about how long the briefs should be.  The city wants a 15 page limit, opposing attorneys are asking for 25 pages.

A Hamilton County judge ruled last week the city cannot move forward with the parking lease until residents have a chance to vote on the issue in November. 

The city attorney said in their court filing Friday the case is about whether the Cincinnati Charter permits City Council to make any ordinance immediately effective or whether every ordinance is subject to referendum.  The judge found all laws are subject to a vote.

The city says it needs a decision by May 1st to know whether to begin the process of eliminating 443 positions and providing pink slips to 338 employees

That includes laying off 149 police officers and 80 firefighters.  Plus 40 fire recruits who just graduated Friday will be laid off and a planned police class would be cancelled.

City Manager Milton Dohoney, Jr. ordered city department heads to prepare for layoffs in e-mail to staff after the lower court decision in the parking case.