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The graphic design is impressive. Sleek and contemporary. Nods to the art deco aesthetic present in several of our landmarks. The C is reminiscent of the city's flag. Bravo.

 

Edit: And of course the color scheme, which was picked to echo the old transit system colors. (For what it's worth. I'm not attached.)

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Is it true there is only 80k left in contingency? ??

 

That's a major problem especially when we have politicians actively trying to increase costs through various methods.

 

Smitherma has repeatedly said he will bring another ballot initiative If the cost goes even one penny over

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In the fine print for the card; they go in affect starting on the first day of revenue service. It's commemorative card. I get to call myself a Founding Club Member. I plan on impressing the ladies with it.

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Is it true there is only 80k left in contingency? ??

 

That's a major problem especially when we have politicians actively trying to increase costs through various methods.

 

Smitherma has repeatedly said he will bring another ballot initiative If the cost goes even one penny over

 

Project managers are predicting that there will be 80k left in contingency once the project is complete barring any unforeseen setbacks. Right now there is approx $6M left in contingency, but most will be used during CBD Construction.

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Is it true there is only 80k left in contingency? ??

 

That's a major problem especially when we have politicians actively trying to increase costs through various methods.

 

Smitherma has repeatedly said he will bring another ballot initiative If the cost goes even one penny over

 

They have used 34% of the $9.7 million contingency. There's $6.4 million left.

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Is it true there is only 80k left in contingency? ??

 

That's a major problem especially when we have politicians actively trying to increase costs through various methods.

 

Smitherman has repeatedly said he will bring another ballot initiative If the cost goes even one penny over

 

Would anyone sign a petition much less vote against the streetcar if it does go a little over budget?  There is no way there are enough people stupid enough to buy what he is peddling.


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Is it true there is only 80k left in contingency? ??

 

That's a major problem especially when we have politicians actively trying to increase costs through various methods.

 

Smitherma has repeatedly said he will bring another ballot initiative If the cost goes even one penny over

 

They have used 34% of the $9.7 million contingency. There's $6.4 million left.

 

The big issue with the contingency fund was the December 2013 delay that cost $1M of additional expenses that could eventually be higher than that after negotiations. That money comes directly out of contingency fund...so take the delay out and there is a lot more wiggle room in the contingency.

 

Deatrick said there is $2M+ in pending expenses plus he foresees $2.2M+ in upcoming expenses...leaving something like $80K left after those two grouped expenses.

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Is it true there is only 80k left in contingency? ??

 

That's a major problem especially when we have politicians actively trying to increase costs through various methods.

 

Smitherma has repeatedly said he will bring another ballot initiative If the cost goes even one penny over

 

They have used 34% of the $9.7 million contingency. There's $6.4 million left.

 

According to those numbers, $3.3m has been spent in contingency funds.

 

If $1m is from Cranley's "pause," that means 30.3% of the money spent was directly caused by unnecessary obstruction.

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Oh Enquirer...  :roll:

 

Uh-oh, streetcar savings account almost empty

 

With two more years until the streetcar is up and running, streetcar executive John Deatrick told a Cincinnati City Council committee on Tuesday that the project's construction contingency fund is almost gone.

 

That's the money needed to pay for cost overruns and surprise expenses. The $148 million project is a little more than a third done. It is scheduled to begin running in September 2016.

 

The contingency fund once held $9.7 million. Deatrick told council's Transportation Committee Tuesday that $4.4 million has been spent and there are $2.9 million in pending expenses. Plus he can see another $2.2 million is needed. That leaves a balance of $80,443.

 


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Worst case: Only $80,000 left in streetcar contingency budget with months of construction to go

 

Deatrick and Eilerman explained that:

 

The city has spent $4.4 million of the contingency budget. About $1 million stems from council's decision to freeze the project a year ago to consider whether to cancel it.

 

Another $3 million in contingency expenses are pending. Included in that is $1.06 million in city staff and contractual expenses. Some of those costs, which include some overtime for the roughly dozen city employees who work full or part-time on the project, also stem from delays associated with awarding the construction contract and the pause approved by council.

 

They are estimating another $2.25 million in expenses will be needed given the trouble areas on the project so far.

Deatrick, who is expected to meet with Mayor John Cranley and City Manager Harry Black about the contingency budget on Wednesday, said he hopes to reduce the pending and estimated contingency expenses to give the city more breathing room on the project.

 

Murray – a Republican who opposed the streetcar last year but has embraced her role as transportation chairwoman and tried to make the project work – praised Deatrick and Eilerman for bringing the issues to council early. She said the project needs to remain within budget but left open the possibility that the city could find local grant money, possibly from the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments, to ease the pressure.

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I think what I'm getting out of all this is that the depletion of the contingency fund was largely CAUSED by the somewhat-pointless and politically-motivated delay.  Am I right?

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The cranley delay rising costs was so predictable and since everyone keeps telling me how brilliant he is, that means he knew all along how much it would cost and where the money would come from.  So when he states after elected that it wouldn't cost much or won't cost anything (forgot which he said), he was lying

 

Unfortunately I have a feeling were going to see more efforts to intentionally increase construction costs and deplete the contingency funds from the same characters

 

Ordinarily this problem would stick to cranley like glue.  It would be called some catchy name.  But our local media is so inept that they wont. Enquirer will stir up another controversy and am radio will defend cranley. 

 

I got a feeling we are going to see a coordinated cranley Smitherman am radio tour today to go on the offensive to help people forget they are responsible for increasing costs

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^Exactly. I think he even said in an interview that he proposed the pause because that made it much easier for him to actually cancel. That was after he failed, and I was surprised that he admitted it out loud. Very different than what he claimed pre-pause.

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^Exactly. I think he even said in an interview that he proposed the pause because that made it much easier for him to actually cancel. That was after he failed, and I was surprised that he admitted it out loud. Very different than what he claimed pre-pause.

 

And our lazy local media never called him out on this lie. I pointed this out to a few reporters and their response was, "of course he wanted to cancel it all along." Sure, but the point is that he lied and claimed the purpose of that pause was the audit the project, not to inflict a near-fatal wound to it.

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^Exactly. I think he even said in an interview that he proposed the pause because that made it much easier for him to actually cancel. That was after he failed, and I was surprised that he admitted it out loud. Very different than what he claimed pre-pause.

 

And our lazy local media never called him out on this lie. I pointed this out to a few reporters and their response was, "of course he wanted to cancel it all along." Sure, but the point is that he lied and claimed the purpose of that pause was the audit the project, not to inflict a near-fatal wound to it.

 

Was the pause even Cranely's idea? Or did he just go ahead with it?

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^Exactly. I think he even said in an interview that he proposed the pause because that made it much easier for him to actually cancel. That was after he failed, and I was surprised that he admitted it out loud. Very different than what he claimed pre-pause.

 

And our lazy local media never called him out on this lie. I pointed this out to a few reporters and their response was, "of course he wanted to cancel it all along." Sure, but the point is that he lied and claimed the purpose of that pause was the audit the project, not to inflict a near-fatal wound to it.

 

Was the pause even Cranely's idea? Or did he just go ahead with it?

 

Cranley orchestrated it when he didn't have 5 votes to straight-up Crancel the project immediately. Flynn and Mann went along with it (along with Murray, Winburn, and Smitherman).

 

It was good for Cranley because it meant 6 votes, instead of 5, were required to not-Crancel. Hence the supporters' need for Flynn (who played ball harder than Mann). I have to think Mann felt duped when he realized he essentially ceded his power to Cranley and Flynn, on top of wasting $1m for no reason.

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Except that Haile Foundation offered to PAY for the ongoing construction costs so that the project could continue while the audit was conducted. Deatrick presented plan where MPD would slow down the construction to reduce costs during December 2013 instead of bringing it to a halt. But Cranley and a majority of council said "no way" and decided that we should totally shut down construction during the audit. That's what added $1 million to the cost of the project and actually made some of the dates slip.

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Chris Wetterich ‏@ChrisCinciBiz  3m3 minutes ago

Hate your job? Imagine, for a moment, if you were John Deatrick and John Cranley-er-Harry Black is your boss. http://cin.ci/1AgL2py

 

Cranley to streetcar bosses: 'Put up or shut up'

Sharon Coolidge and Jason Williams, jwilliams@enquirer.com 4:35 p.m. EST December 10, 2014

 

In the wake of news that the streetcar's contingency fund is practically drained, Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley said the city's streetcar team will be expected to execute the project as advertised: on time and on budget.

 

"We need to have a team that will bring it in on time and under budget or we need a new team," Cranley said. "It's put up or shut up."

 

Over the next few days, City Manager Harry Black will work with the streetcar managers "to prune the budget and take items out of it," Cranley said.

 

READ MORE AT:

http://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/politics/2014/12/10/cranley-to-streetcar-bosses-put-up-or-shut-up/20209159/


"Now you're not naive enough to think we're living in a democracy, are you Buddy? It's the free market. And you're a part of it." -- Gordon Gekko.

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Chris Wetterich ‏@ChrisCinciBiz  3m3 minutes ago

Hate your job? Imagine, for a moment, if you were John Deatrick and John Cranley-er-Harry Black is your boss. http://cin.ci/1AgL2py

 

Cranley to streetcar bosses: 'Put up or shut up'

Sharon Coolidge and Jason Williams, jwilliams@enquirer.com 4:35 p.m. EST December 10, 2014

 

In the wake of news that the streetcar's contingency fund is practically drained, Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley said the city's streetcar team will be expected to execute the project as advertised: on time and on budget.

 

"We need to have a team that will bring it in on time and under budget or we need a new team," Cranley said. "It's put up or shut up."

 

Over the next few days, City Manager Harry Black will work with the streetcar managers "to prune the budget and take items out of it," Cranley said.

 

READ MORE AT:

http://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/politics/2014/12/10/cranley-to-streetcar-bosses-put-up-or-shut-up/20209159/

 

Cranley responds by attacking city leaders and streetcar 'bosses'

 

http://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/politics/2014/12/10/cranley-to-streetcar-bosses-put-up-or-shut-up/20209159/

 

the man is hellbent on ensuring the streetcar fails.  Harry black also said he will take out certain items

 

Ha ha, beat ya to it.


"Now you're not naive enough to think we're living in a democracy, are you Buddy? It's the free market. And you're a part of it." -- Gordon Gekko.

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Bravo Mayor Cranley!  You are so so brave!  Thank you for standing up and making a statement!!  How would we go on without your watchdog eye!!!  All salute!!

 

 

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