Friday, August 31, 2001

Meeting on Genesis money trail canceled




        Three Republicans on Cincinnati City Council have called off a special council meeting for today to discuss a city investigation into why money was given to a West End development group.

        Phil Heimlich, Pat DeWine and Chris Monzel had called the special meeting to question Glenda Smith-Johnston, the new manager of the Office of Municipal Investigation (OMI).

        They wanted assurances her predecessor, Kimberlee Gray, will be available to answer questions from council when the OMI investigation is submitted.

        In May, Ms. Gray told council that City Manager John Shirey had interfered with her investigation into why city employees approved payments to Genesis Redevelopment Co. and the West End Community Council. Mr. Shirey denied the allegation.

        Thursday, Democrats Mayor Charlie Luken and John Cranley joined the Republicans in signing a motion ordering Ms. Gray to appear before council when the report is submitted. Mr. Heimlich said that eliminated the need for the special council session.

       



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