A Charter Review Task Force is being formed to do the first comprehensive review of Cincinnati’s city charter since it was adopted nearly 90 years ago.
Council member Kevin Flynn, who chairs council’s rules committee, put out the call Tuesday for people to volunteer to serve on the task force, which will be expected to meet regularly for six months to a year before recommending charter changes to city council.
Cincinnati has nearly seen the end of brownouts in fire stations, with the addition of 41 new fire recruits who graduated last week and a department overtime budget of $2.5 million, Mayor John Cranley said in a city hall press conference Monday.
The new recruits will reduce the number of brownouts of fire equipment from five per day to anywhere from two to zero per day.
But Cranley and Fire Chief Richard Braun said in a city hall press conference Monday that is not good enough.
Cincinnati Public Schools and the City of Cincinnati are joining forces. A new initiative called ACES - Alliance for Community and Educational Success - aims to find ways the two can collaborate to improve schools and communities.
In an effort to stem the homicides that have plagued the city first the first of the year, Cincinnati police will increase police overtime, hire officers away from other departments, add a recruit class and revive a gang unit, Mayor Cranley and Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell said this morning.
“We want people of this city to know that help is on the way,’’ Cranley said at a city hall press conference packed with neighborhood and community leaders, council members and police officers.