Wednesday, March 24, 1999


Report's writer hired to fix safety concerns

        Six weeks after a report identified $7.6 million in fire safety and building code problems at Cincinnati Public Schools, district officials have hired a consultant to oversee those issues.

        School board members on Monday hired William Moehring, the safety consultant who helped write the report, as fire safety and building code compliance supervisor. His salary: $44,150. He started Tuesday.

        Mr. Moehring and several city fire and building code officials told CPS officials last month that the 47,200-student district needs $3.9 million worth of new fire alarms; $1.6 million in new exit and emergency lights; and other repairs to duct work, doors and enclosures.

        That report also recommended that the district hire a state-certified building and fire-safety inspector to conduct twice-yearly surprise inspections of every school.

        The district already has spent up to $6 million to correct more than 4,000 violations city inspectors found in 1996.

Stadium minority work increases in February
        More minority- and women-owned companies are helping to build the Bengals' new riverfront stadium.

        New figures show 9 percent of the contracts issued through February went to firms owned by women and minorities.

        That represents $21 million of the $226 million worth of contracts issued through Feb. 26.

        That's up from January's figure of 7 percent but still well below Hamilton County's goals.

        In a 1995 agreement with the city, the county committed to a goal of 15 percent participation by minority-owned and women-owned businesses on the new stadiums for the Bengals and Reds.

        The Bengals' Paul Brown Stadium is to be finished in August 2000. Architects are designing the new Reds ballpark, which is planned to open in 2003.

Sharonville is site of riverfront forum
        The Cincinnati Riverfront Advisory Commission has changed the location for its public forum tonight.

        The meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. at the Sharonville Convention Center.

        The forum is designed to get ideas from the African-American community about what kinds of businesses should be built on the riverfront.

        It's the fourth in a series of forums being hosted by the group, which was created by Cincinnati City Council and Hamilton County commissioners to help with planning for the central riverfront.

Unclaimed property auction scheduled
        The Cincinnati Police Division's unclaimed property auction will be April 3 at the Albert B. Sabin Convention Center, 525 Elm St.

        The property may be viewed at 10 a.m. and the auction will begin at 11 a.m. All merchandise must be paid for in cash. There is no admission fee.

        Property to be auctioned includes bicycles, tools, stereo and electronic equipment, jewelry, pocket knives, clothing, cameras, luggage, sporting equipment, coins, auto supplies and binoculars.

        Anyone with questions can call the court property unit at 352-6480.

No one speaks out on tattoo regulations
        Cincinnati's board of health will vote in April on a compromise version of new health regulations for tattoo and body piercing shops.

        The board held a public hearing on the regulations Tuesday, but no one spoke about the issue.

        Previously drafted regulations proposed banning piercing of “mucosal surfaces,” including the nose, tongue and genitals.

        The draft that is headed to a full board vote basically reiterates Ohio state laws, which require record-keeping to show that shops are disinfecting and sterilizing equipment and that employees have completed safety training courses.

        The regulations, scheduled for a board vote April 27, also require shop owners to submit to reviews and various annual fees for health department certification.


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