Cincinnati officials Monday signed a contract for construction work on the city's controversial streetcar system.
The action means Cincinnati-based Messer Construction and two other firms can proceed with the project. That includes ordering materials, and beginning track construction, plus the power system, the stations and a maintenance and operation facility located at Race and Henry Streets.
The city says the system could be ready for passengers on September 15, 2016.
The Ohio Kentucky Indiana (OKI) Regional Council of Governments has told the Hamilton County commissioners it is too late to take back $4 million pledged to the city of Cincinnati's streetcar project.
Two county commissioners, Republicans Greg Hartmann and Chris Monzel, had asked OKI to rescind the money because of cost overruns on the streetcar project and that the money should be used on other area infrastructure projects.
No can do, OKI director Mark Policinski told the commissioners in a June 4 letter.