Tonight, as expected, Blue Ash City Council enacted by a 6-1 vote an ordinance to re-do the 6-year-old purchase of the Blue Ash Airport property from the City of Cincinnati to allow the proceeds to be used for the boondoggle Cincinnati streetcar project.
Unfortunately for the pro-streetcar folks, COAST believes the Council enacted the ordinance improperly, which may (after analysis from the COAST legal team) result in Court action to stop it and, concurrently, COAST is launching a referendum on the Ordinance to place the issue before the City's voters.
If you want to assist in the referendum petition drive, contact Mark Miller at 617-2263.
Through the use of some creative -- but inaccurate and deceptive -- wording of the ordinance by Blue Ash's counsel, Council has tried to avoid the citizens referendum right. COAST's counsel is hopeful the Courts will see through that and force a citizen vote on the ordinance.
If the Council had turned down the Ordinance tonight, the City's ownership of 130 acres of Airport property would continue, and the City of Cincinnati would have turned over possession to Blue Ash in September.
As it stands now, if COAST can succeed in putting the issue before the voters, the deal could be delayed as much as 14 months, or turned down entirely.
Mayor Mark Weber was the hero of the evening, voting against the measure.
Voting for the measure were Lee Czerwonka, James Sumner, Stephanie Stoller, Rick Bryan, Robert Buckman, Jr., and Thomas Adamec.
We are hopeful the voters of Blue Ash will take note and have long memories of those who cost their City money, and potentially significantly delayed the development of their park, because of the need to "go along to get along" with the big-government agenda in Cincinnati.
We assure you this will not be the last time COAST writes of their ignominious treachery.