Sunday was a day of celebration and promises of cooperation, as the new mayor, Democrat John Cranley, and nine city council members were sworn into office in dual ceremonies at City Hall and the National Underground Freedom Center.
Monday, the celebrating will be over and the spirit of cooperation that hung over Sunday’s event will be put to the test; as the new council confronts its most contentious issue – Cranley’s desire to stop the $133 million streetcar project.
Workers at Cincinnati City Hall are getting ready for a new mayor and council to take office Sunday.
The Cincinnati Council session Tuesday was the last for Mayor Mark Mallory, City Manager Milton Dohoney and Council members Roxanne Qualls, Laure Quinlivan and Pam Thomas. Much of the meeting was devoted to goodbyes for each.
Mallory could not seek re-election this year because of term limits. He spoke about his time in office.
Cincinnati Council Members will have some extra time to campaign for re-election this fall. The group voted Wednesday to cancel half of its scheduled meetings for the rest of the term which ends on December 1st.
There will only be seven sessions in the next five months. That compares to the 14 that would ordinarily be held.
Council will meet as follows: August 7th, September 11th, September 25th, October 9th, November 13th, November 20th and November 27th.
Member P.G. Sittenfeld was the only one voting “no” on the plan.