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Still no MSD compromise

Tana Weingartner

Cincinnati and Hamilton County officials continue to hash out a compromise on several hiring and bidding policies related to the Metropolitan Sewer District.

An August 1 deadline has come and gone, meaning a city moratorium on the policies has expired. That led County Commissioners Wednesday to halt the bidding process for an upcoming project.

Commission President Chris Monzel says a city rule requiring contractors to have multi-year apprenticeships seems to be the sticking point. He says the issue needs to be resolved quickly to keep costs from increasing on the multi-billion dollar sewer overhaul.

City Councilman Chris Seelbach says those working on a compromise deal just need a little more time and he's confident they can come up with a solution.

If the two sides can't reach a deal, the issue could wind up in court.

Hamilton County owns the Metropolitan Sewer District, but under a 1960's era agreement, the city runs it.