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New Cincinnati mayor: City Council to vote Monday on pausing streetcar project

John Cranley also names committee heads

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CINCINNATI -- The new City Council will meet Monday to vote on pausing the city’s streetcar project, just one day after the elected officials are sworn into office, incoming mayor John Cranley said Friday.

Prior to the City Council meeting at 3 p.m., a newly created Streetcar Committee will meet at noon. It will introduce the proposal to pause the $133 million project and start the process to implement an independent audit.

“We are going to stop spending $50,000 per day on the streetcar until we have an open, transparent accounting of the true cost of cancelation vs. continuation,” Cranley said in a prepared statement.

“We owe it to the voters who elected us to be responsible with their dollars and ensure that we choose the best course forward,” he added.

Cranley made the announcement Friday morning, when he unveiled his selections to head various City Council committees.

Under Cranley's choices, Vice Mayor David Mann will head the new Streetcar Committee; Councilman Charlie Winburn will head Budget and Finance; and Councilman Christopher Smitherman will head Law and Public Safety.

Also, Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld will head a new Education and Entrepreneurship Committee; Mann will head Neighborhoods; and Councilwoman Yvette Simpson will head a new Human Services, Youth and Arts Committee.

Additionally, Councilwoman Amy Murray will head the Transportation and Regional Cooperation Committee; Smitherman will head Economic Growth and Infrastructure; and Councilman Kevin Flynn will head the Rules and Audit Committee.

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