Cincinnati City Council

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Despite some concerns about moving too quickly, Cincinnati City Council Wednesday unanimously approved plans to spend more than $134 million in federal stimulus. All the ordinances passed so far come from the spending plan proposed by the mayor and city manager.

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Cincinnati Council Member Betsy Sundermann is seeking a suspension for fellow member Wendell Young. The process is possible under a charter amendment voters approved Tuesday, which Sundermann had proposed be put on the ballot.

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Cincinnati voters overwhelmingly approved a pair of charter amendments related to corruption on City Council. Issues 1 and 2 each got more than 75% approval in the primary election.

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Cincinnati is getting more in federal stimulus than initially expected, but estimated budget deficits have also increased. The Budget and Finance Committee gave initial approval to spend more than $100 million at a contentious meeting Monday.

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Cincinnati Council Member Wendell Young is pleading not guilty to a tampering with records charge. Young filed the plea in the Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Thursday.

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It could be months or years before money in a new Cincinnati loan fund is distributed to developers working on affordable housing. City officials are still applying for the $34 million U.S. from Housing and Urban Development that will provide the bulk of the loan pool.

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Temporary eviction protections are now in place in Cincinnati, but council voted against a proposal Wednesday to make the change permanent. Council Member Greg Landsman introduced both ordinances after the Hamilton County Municipal Court decided to no longer enforce a national eviction moratorium.

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New federal data offers the most recent estimate of the affordable housing gap in Cincinnati. A report from the Department of Housing and Urban Development shows a deficit of nearly 30,000 affordable and available units in Hamilton County — including more than 19,000 in Cincinnati — for extremely low-income renter households.

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At a strip mall in College Hill, police officers do weapons checks in the parking lot by a daycare. Rifles and shotguns are locked in police cruisers that are parked next to the cars of people going to the nearby Family Dollar. And officials say there are bullet holes and a crumbling ceiling inside the District 5 police station located in that strip mall. That's why some City Council members are calling for up to $25 million for a new, permanent police station in District 5.

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Most respondents to a survey about how Cincinnati should spend federal stimulus identified affordable housing as a top priority. The survey from Council Member David Mann's office has received more than 1,100 responses so far.

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For decades following a corrupt regime at City Hall, being the mayor of Cincinnati was mostly a ceremonial affair. That changed in 1999, when city voters approved an amendment to the city's charter allowing the mayor to be directly elected by voters and handing whoever won the seat a raft of powers over Cincinnati City Council.

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A Cincinnati City Council committee Monday declined to vote on four ordinances from Mayor John Cranley that would appropriate federal stimulus money. The city is expected to receive about $290 million from the American Rescue Plan Act.

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Cincinnatians can attend City Council and committee meetings in-person again, starting Monday. City Hall has been closed to the public since November due to the pandemic.

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So how did Cincinnati end up with the council-manager form of government, where a professional city manager runs the day-to-day operations and a nine-member council sets policy?

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After the indictments of multiple Cincinnati City Council members, local voters will get the chance to weigh in on how members of council could be removed from office if future corruption cases arise. Vice Mayor Christopher Smitherman and Council Member Betsy Sundermann have both introduced charter amendments addressing corruption.

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Cincinnatians have until Monday at 9 a.m. to sign up for virtual public comment at a hearing about federal stimulus funding. Council members will hear from residents about how the city should spend $290 million from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).

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Cincinnati Council Member Wendell Young is under indictment for his part in the text messaging case involving four other city council members in 2018.

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Issues 1 and 2 on the May ballot in Cincinnati aim to address city council members who are indicted on federal charges related to their jobs on council.

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Cincinnati officials will apply for $34 million to establish an affordable housing loan pool. Council voted Wednesday to approve a pair of ordinances that also establish an oversight board for the loan pool and the city's Affordable Housing Trust Fund.

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Full funding for the Western Hills Viaduct replacement could be secured by the end of the year. The $335 million project is about $210 million short.

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Nearly 80 people spoke to Cincinnati council members Monday about how the city should spend $290 million in federal stimulus. It was the first of at least two public hearings at the Budget and Finance Committee.

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Cincinnatians speaking to the Economic Development Reform Panel Friday say it's time for big changes.

The panel was formed in response to three council members indicted on corruption charges last year. The members are accused of accepting money in exchange for positive votes on development projects.

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Cincinnatians can let city officials know how they think federal stimulus funding should be spent in an online survey. Council Member David Mann says he wants public feedback on the city administration's plan to spend the $290 million expected from the American Rescue Plan Act.

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The Cincinnati City Manager's office wants to hire an independent group to analyze how much affordable housing the city needs. Vice Mayor Christopher Smitherman says he's concerned the information currently available is outdated.

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A proposal at Cincinnati City Hall would make it a misdemeanor for elected officials to solicit some campaign donations, specifically from developers or others with current city business.

Interim Council Member Steve Goodin says San Francisco and dozens of state legislatures have done the same.

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Cincinnati officials are exploring the possibility of limiting the amount of subsidized housing in neighborhoods. Council passed a motion Wednesday asking city administration to investigate legal options for limiting new development of subsidized units in areas where at least 50% of housing stock is already subsidized.

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The ballot language for a Cincinnati charter amendment related to affordable housing has been finalized after the Hamilton County Board of Elections certified a revised summary in an emergency meeting Wednesday. The Ohio Supreme Court ordered the changes in response to a lawsuit filed by advocates who petitioned to put the amendment on the May ballot.

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Cincinnati residents will soon have a chance to weigh in on how the city should spend $290 million in federal stimulus money. A public hearing is planned for April 12 at a Budget and Finance Committee meeting.

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Getting around uptown just got a little safer and easier for cyclists. City officials, neighborhood groups, and cycling advocates cut the ribbon Saturday on a one-mile stretch of bike lane along Clifton Ave. between the University of Cincinnati and Clifton's business district at Ludlow Ave.

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Cincinnati residents are invited to give input on the next city budget at a public hearing Monday afternoon. The Budget and Finance Committee will hear public comment during its meeting at 1 p.m.

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