Outgoing Cincinnati council to fight for streetcar

CINCINNATI (AP) — The current city council plans to take a step at its final meeting to make it harder for the new council to end Cincinnati's streetcar project, as the incoming mayor has promised.

City Solicitor John Curp tells The Cincinnati Enquirer (http://cin.ci/1emLvfH ) the council's Tuesday agenda includes an ordinance that would require the project to continue unless the new council repeals that directive.

The new council and mayor take over Sunday.

Curp says he could have a possible ordinance repeal ready then if the new council wants it. He says he isn't interested in being in the middle of outgoing Mayor Mark Mallory and the mayor-elect, John Cranley.

Cincinnati has spent millions of dollars to start work on the 3.6-mile streetcar line and obligated an additional $94 million in contracts.

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Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer, http://www.enquirer.com

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