Chris Seelbach

Cincinnati Council
4:42 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Two Council Members not happy with solicitor demotion

John Curp
Taft Stettinius & Hollister website

Two Cincinnati Council Members are complaining about this week's demotion of John Curp from city solicitor to chief counsel for MSD and the Water Works. 

P.G. Sittenfeld and Chris Seelbach questioned Interim City Manager Scott Stiles about the personnel move he announced Tuesday in a memo.  Seelbach said he thinks Stiles made his decision based on the wishes of Mayor John Cranley or perhaps some council members.

"To me it just seems incredibly fishy, incredibly political and incredibly wrong and against our city charter," Seelbach said.

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city manager
4:08 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Vote to confirm new city manager delayed

Cincinnati's new city manager Willie Carden at the Krohn Conservatory in Eden Park.
Jay Hanselman

Cincinnati Council will not vote Wednesday to confirm Willie Carden as the next city manager.

Mayor John Cranley announced the delay Tuesday just before Council's Rules Committee was scheduled to interview Carden and take a vote.

Cranley said he was delaying the vote because he did not realize some council members had not seen an ordinance that will exempt Carden from living in the city.

"To make sure that Council has time to digest the ordinances," Cranley said. "And that all of you have the opportunity to meet with Mr. Carden individually before taking a vote."

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Metropolitan Sewer District
2:19 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Possible solution to sewer district standoff?

Credit Tana Weingartner/WVXU

Could a Metropolitan Sewer District stalemate between Cincinnati and Hamilton County be coming to an end?

The sides have been at odds over city-enacted hiring policies. The county specifically doesn't like a responsible bidder provision requiring contractors to graduate apprentices (at least one per year for five years).

Councilman Chris Seelbach is proposing a solution he thinks the county will like. He says he's willing to throw out the apprentice graduation requirement in favor of an incentive program.

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Personal theft
1:22 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Cincinnati Council could vote to reduce cell phone thefts

Sarah Ramsey

Cincinnati Council could vote on an ordinance next week that's designed to reduce cell phone theft.  

Right now someone could take your mobile device and get cash for it in just about 10 minutes at so called pop-up cell phone stores.  

Council Member Chris Seelbach said the new law will require these businesses to be licensed just like pawn shops.

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Metropolitan Sewer District
5:31 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Still no MSD compromise

Credit Tana Weingartner / WVXU

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.

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