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.
City and county officials now have about five weeks to try to work out a compromise on several Metropolitan Sewer District policies (MSD).
Council voted unanimously Wednesday to suspend its local hiring policy until August 1. Until then the sides will try to reach an agreement on it and a portion of a responsible bidder policy that requires apprenticeships.
Hamilton County Commissioner Chris Monzel had planned to lead a vote Wednesday to reopen the bidding process for Metropolitan Sewer District projects. The board instituted a moratorium several weeks ago when Cincinnati City Council refused to scrap its local hiring and responsible bidder requirements.
A Cincinnati Council Member will be at the White House Wednesday afternoon to accept an award.
Chris Seelbach is one of ten people being recognized this year as "Harvey Milk Champions of Change."
“The award honors elected officials who champion equality and public service,” Seelbach said. “And so I’m being honored for my attempts to make Cincinnati a place that more people feel welcome and respected.”
President Obama honored the late Harvey Milk in 2009 with America's highest civilian medal, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.