Cincinnati, Ohio - Thursday, March 4, Communities United For Action hosted speakers from local utilities and agencies to talk about available assistance programs and how to apply. Watch here:
Cincinnati, Ohio - Communities United for Action members and supporters wrote 147 letters to Governor DeWine, asking him to end utility shutoffs until the pandemic is over. The Hamilton County Board of Health delivered the letters to Gov. DeWine's office. Here is the response we received today from the Governor's Office:
Cincinnati, Ohio - WCPO's Mariel Carbone reports, "The Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati has been awarded a grant to demolish 35 flood-prone properties near Muddy Creek in Green Township and Cincinnati."
"The homes in question have been prone to flooding and sewer backup issues for years, and homeowners have volunteered to sell their properties to MSD, a decision that's come as a relief for some.
"'It'll be great...Not be worrying, yeah,' said Robert Buckner, a homeowner in Green Township participating in the program."
Cincinnati, Ohio - Today, work will begin along Muddy Creek between Devils Backbone and Sidney roads to replace a large section of the Upper Muddy Creek Interceptor, a pipeline that conveys untreated sewage to the Metropolitan Sewer District's (MSD) Muddy Creek Wastewater Treatment facility.
Cincinnati, Ohio - Today, Communities United For Action's editorial on requiring public engagement with our communities was published in the Cincinnati Enquirer.
CUFA Board President Clark Beck says, "Cincinnati and Hamilton County leaders must require public engagement on all major infrastructure and development projects using public resources or tax incentives. Residents are the best experts on the issues facing their neighborhoods. Public officials and government agencies benefit from our expertise, and early, meaningful public engagement saves valuable public resources.
Smart government engages taxpayers to develop solutions to our concerns."
Cincinnati, Ohio - Communities United For Action and its allies are appointed to a Impervious Surface Fee (ISF) Stakeholder Working Group initiated by the Hamilton County Commissioners in 2019 to make recommendations on sewer rate restructuring. Hamilton County appointed two working groups: one with governmental agencies, and one with "stakeholders," ranging from community groups to parking lot owners. On December 10, the "stakeholder" group met to discuss the framework under which changes to sewer rates and stormwater management services may be made.
Cincinnati, Ohio - Yesterday, Communities United For Action delivered 147 letters and a petition for Gov. DeWine to end utility shutoffs to the Hamilton County Board of Health. Health Commissioner Greg Kesterman committed to getting our letters to the Governor.