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Streetcar Supporters Prepare for Fight
CINCINNATI (Joe Webb) -- Cincinnati voters elected an anti-streetcar Mayor and City Council on Tuesday but streetcar supporters arent through fighting, yet.
If Mayor Cranley and the council decide to kill it, Im going to be right there with all my petitions to the 8,522 signatures required to put it on the ballot for a referendum, streetcar supporter and unsuccessful City Council candidate Mike Moroski told Local 12.
Moroski says hes meeting with supporters and attorneys to map out a legal strategy to keep the streetcar project on track. The city has already spent about $25-million on the $133-million project. Despite Cranleys election and an apparent anti-streetcar majority on the new city council, work continued on the project today.
Crews poured concrete around freshly-laid tracks on Elm Street. A half block away they were re-laying cobblestones around the new tracks. If Cranley successfully halts the project, Streetcar executive John Deatrick says it will cost the city up to $29-million dollars.
Cincinnatians for Progress successfully campaigned for the streetcar in referendums held in 2009 and 2011. Co-chairman Derek Bauman is convinced Cranley and the new council will keep the project alive without the threat of lawsuits or yet another vote.
We prefer not to have to go down any of those technical routes. I think we need to come together with the new council and new mayor, set aside the rhetoric and set aside the political season and see what is really in the best interest of the city.
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