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County to re-open MSD bid process

Tana Weingartner

Hamilton County Commissioners are expected to vote Wednesday morning on re-opening the bidding process on some Metropolitan Sewer District projects.

The board initiated the moratorium to force renewed talks between the county and the city, which runs the sewer district. At issue are several city initiated hiring policies and practices the county dislikes, and in some cases says are illegal.

The county is re-opening the bid process following a city council vote two weeks ago to suspend the hiring policies until August.

A 6-member working group appointed by Commissioner Chris Monzel and City Councilman Chris Seelbach will try to reach a compromise. That committee's first meeting is Wednesday at 4 p.m.

Zoo Levy

County Commissioners are also holding a public hearing on a levy renewal request from the Cincinnati Zoo. The request is for a flat renewal that won't raise taxes. The hearing begins at 11:30 Wednesday morning.

Museum Center Levy

Also during Wednesday's meeting, Commissioner Greg Hartmann plans to begin talks on a possible Museum Center property levy renewal slated for a May 2014 vote. Hartmann's office wants to open talks now to give the county's Tax Levy Review Committee plenty of time to vet the levy.

Tana Weingartner earned a bachelor's degree in communication from the University of Cincinnati and a master's degree in mass communication from Miami University. Prior to joining Cincinnati Public Radio, she served as news and public affairs producer with WMUB-FM. Ms. Weingartner has earned numerous awards for her reporting, including several Best Reporter awards from the Associated Press and the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists, and a regional Murrow Award. She enjoys snow skiing, soccer and dogs.