CUFA advocates for required public engagement on major projects using public money

Cincinnati, Ohio - Today, CUFA sent an open letter to Mayor Cranley, Cincinnati City Council and the Hamilton County Commissioners to ask for them to implement a requirement for public engagement on all major projects using public money.

The letter reads, in part: 

"As one of Hamilton County’s most diverse grassroots organizations, Communities United For Action knows that local, neighborhood participation is essential for the success of public projects. We are writing to request your commitment to establish and require a public engagement process for the Metropolitan Sewer District and other major infrastructure and development projects in the City & County.  

It is of the utmost importance that the neighbors who are affected by major projects and developments be involved in the decision-making and planning of these projects. Our government agencies must be transparent about the projects and the costs and benefits to the neighbors.

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We are requesting your commitment to establish a Community Engagement Policy before undertaking any new major projects associated with Project Groundwork or any new major infrastructure or development projects for which public money will be allocated. We look forward to hearing from each of you by May 31, 2020 and will publish your answers publicly."

Download the full letter here.



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CUFA releases COVID-19/Coronavirus Platform

Cincinnati, Ohio - Everyone in our community has been affected by either the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic or the economic fallout. To recover from these events, we will need help from government, businesses and our neighbors.  We need immediate help now, but we also need to seize this moment to build the community we want after the crisis is over.  We know that some decision-makers are already using the COVID-19 crisis to enrich themselves and further take advantage of low-wage workers and communities of color.  On Tuesday, CUFA Members voted on a Coronavirus/COVID-19 Platform to advance a more just society. 

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A message from CUFA re: COVID-19/Coronavirus

With the spread of novel coronavirus and the associated disease, COVID-19, Communities United For Action wants to make sure we are keeping you and our staff safe. We are taking precautionary measures that will impact how we meet and move our work forward:

-- Our building will be closed to visitors until further notice;
-- In-person meetings will be cancelled;
-- Some of our planned meetings will still take place over the phone or online (check your email for updates); and
-- Mary & Alison will be in the office, so feel free to call us with questions at 853-3947.

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  • Expansion of the Customer Assistance Program to help more people afford sewer bills; 
  • Restructuring sewer rates to be fair for everyone; and
  • Ending the requirement to report sewer backups within 24 hours to be eligible for damage compensation. 

 

Residents from Springlawn Avenue in Northside attended the meeting to ask for a resolution to sewage overflows in their backyards. 

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