Tuesday, February 19 2013 9:56 PM EST2013-02-20 02:56:58 GMT
City Manager Milton Dohoney, Jr. is presenting details of the administration's proposed plan for the city's parking facilities to City Council's Budget and Finance Committee at its regular meeting on Tuesday.Full Story >
We got our first look at the proposed private parking plan. See what it means to your parking inside this story. Full Story >
Wednesday, December 12 2012 4:34 PM EST2012-12-12 21:34:41 GMT
Literature handed out at outsourced parking protest on Wednesday
One Cincinnati City Council member spoke out against leasing the city's parking system on Wednesday. Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld called a press conference on Wednesday morning to highlight the negativeFull Story >
Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld called a press conference on Wednesday morning to highlight the negative impact outsourcing would have on neighborhood business districts.Full Story >
Friday, May 24 2013 1:25 PM EDT2013-05-24 17:25:37 GMT
Several Cincinnati car dealerships are giving away $50 gift cards to active and retired military and veterans starting on Monday though June 2. In partnership with a non-profit military charity calledFull Story >
Active and retired military can stop by the following Performance Group locations now through Sunday, June 2 to receive a free $50 gift card.Full Story >
Dan Sligh and his wife were in their pickup truck on Interstate 5 heading to a camping trip when a bridge before them disappeared in a "big puff of dust."Full Story >
A truck hauling an oversized load of drilling equipment hit an overhead bridge girder on the major interstate between Seattle and Canada, sending a section of the span into a river below as the driver watched the structure...Full Story >
Britain's Ministry of Defense says a Typhoon jet has been launched to investigate an incident involving a civilian aircraft.Full Story >
Britain scrambled fighter jets Friday to intercept a commercial airliner carrying more than 300 people from Pakistan, diverting it to an isolated runway at an airport on the outskirts of London and arresting two British...Full Story >
A powerful earthquake has hit Russia's Far East with slight tremors spreading westwards as far as Moscow.Full Story >
A powerful earthquake on Friday hit Russia's Far East with tremors felt as far away as Moscow, about 7,000 kilometers (4,400 miles) west of the epicenter, but no casualties or damage were reported.Full Story >
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -
While the City Administration's $92 million dollar
parking lease has yet to gain the official green light from council, the
question of how to spend the potential windfall remains equally unresolved.
If council adopts the Administration's recommendation,
nearly $47 million would be set aside to help balance the city's 2014
and 2015 fiscal year budgets.
"We need to think about the
health of the city long term until 2043 not just how we can get through next
year and the year after that," Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld emphasized Wednesday.
While the parking lease would
last 30 years, in just two years roughly 93% of the upfront cash would
"I'm not sure that's the
financial stewardship that people are looking for," argued Sittenfeld.
On the other hand, $6.3 million would be added to the
city's reserve account to bring the account to the goal of eight percent
"That helps our bond rating tremendously, makes it
easier for us to borrow," Councilman Cecil Thomas argued.
The Administration's spending proposal also includes
funneling $20 million towards the I-71 MLK interchange. According to a
spokesperson for the Ohio Department of Transportation, if council approves the
funding the project could receive an additional 20 points on its TRAC rating
potentially fast-tracking the project. Currently the city's $4 million investment in the project is not enough under the TRAC formula to garner any
community investment points. The project's total budget is estimated at $60
million although a revised budget is expected to be announced at the end of the
Another project that would see funding under the
Administration's plan is Smale Riverfront Park. The park would receive $4
million in investments to build the Vine Street Fountain and the carousel
before the 2015 All-Star Game.
In addition, the City Manager is proposing spending
$12 million to leverage and additional $82 Million dollars in private
investments to convert Tower Place mall into a multi-use parking and retail
facility. The Pogues Gargage would be transformed into a 30 story mixed-use
residential space with 300 luxury apartments and a grocery store on the
Three million would be set aside for Right-of-Way
acquisition for the development of the Wasson Lane bike trail.
Sittenfeld is concerned the scope of the recommended
projects is too geographically narrow. The city says 12 neighborhoods would be
directly impacted by the proposed funding.
"That means 40 neighborhoods
weren't mentioned at all," Sittenfeld said. "Downtown has experienced a lot of
momentum; we need to pivot that to the rest of the city."
"Uptown and downtown are the
lifelines of our city," Thomas argued.
Cecil Thomas believes
investing in those areas will have the biggest, farthest-reaching payoff
"It would be great if we had
enough money to just spend in every neighborhood when we chose to but we
don't," he recognized. "We do have a mechanism by which we can generate revenue
which can then reach into some of these other neighborhoods."
Most council members
told FOX19 they are waiting on the public hearings to decide where they
stand on the proposed spending plan for the $92 million that would come from
the parking lease.
Thursday, May 23 2013 10:17 PM EDT2013-05-24 02:17:47 GMT
Heads are starting to roll at the IRS. A day after pleading the 5th and refusing to testify before Congress, Lois Lerner, the IRS Director of Tax Exempt Organizations was placed on administrative leaveFull Story >
A day after pleading the 5th and refusing to testify before Congress, Lois Lerner, the IRS Director of Tax Exempt Organizations was placed on administrative leave Thursday. We have learned more about Lois Lerner's connections to Cindy Thomas, the highest ranking Cincinnati employee in this IRS division.Full Story >
Friday, May 24 2013 9:13 AM EDT2013-05-24 13:13:57 GMT
A man was found shot to death in Over-the-Rhine overnight. It was just before 3A-M when Cincinnati dispatch received a call about a man bleeding from the head near the intersection of Goose Alley andFull Story >
Cincinnati police have released the name of a man who was shot and killed early Friday morning in OTR. Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:31 PM EDT2013-05-22 02:31:55 GMT
The claim that the ongoing IRS scandal is limited to low level employees is falling apart. The six Cincinnati workers we have identified, who sent scrutinizing letters to conservative groups with wordsFull Story >
The claim that the ongoing IRS scandal is limited to low level employees is falling apart. Full Story >
Friday, May 17 2013 7:16 PM EDT2013-05-17 23:16:53 GMT
One person has died in a crash near Harrisonville, MO, Thursday evening. The crash happened on Missouri Highway 7 and Walker Road. It involved a car and a tractor-trailer. Harrisonville is in Cass County.Full Story >
Savannah Nash celebrated her 16th birthday last week. She died Thursday when her car slammed into a semi while she was texting during her first time driving by herself.Full Story >
Friday, May 24 2013 6:32 AM EDT2013-05-24 10:32:47 GMT
Cincinnati police are looking for a pickup that hit a police cruiser in Avondale. It happened just before 4:00 Friday morning. Police say the truck hit the cruiser, an unmarked SUV, at Reading and Victory. ThereFull Story >
Cincinnati police are looking for a pickup that hit a police cruiser in Avondale.Full Story >
Friday, May 24 2013 9:20 AM EDT2013-05-24 13:20:42 GMT
An Ohio police officer and his wife face aggravated child neglect charges after their young children were left unsupervised in a truck outside a Panama City Beach bar. Bay County Jail officials say 35-year-oldFull Story >
An Ohio police officer and his wife face aggravated child neglect charges after their young children were left unsupervised in a truck outside a Panama City Beach bar.Full Story >