Sen. Costa introduces PWSA oversight co-sponsorship memo, Pittsburgh City Council members voice their concerns

Sen. Costa introduces PWSA oversight co-sponsorship memo, Pittsburgh City Council members voice their concerns

On the heels of legislation introduced in the state House last week to put the embattled Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority under the watch of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, Senate Minority Chairman Jay Costa (D-Forest Hills) filed a co-sponsorship memorandum Wednesday to do the same in the Senate.

“The PWSA’s mismanagement has touched nearly every aspect of its operations,” wrote Costa in the memo. “Management and consultant debacles; endless board turnover; lead contamination that is amongst the worst in the country; drinking water concerns necessitating boil alerts; illegal chemical treatments and infrastructure failures.” 

Wednesday, May 31, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Pittsburgh City Council confirms first director of the city's new Department of Mobility and Infrastructure

Pittsburgh City Council confirms first director of the city's new Department of Mobility and Infrastructure

Pittsburgh City Council Monday confirmed Karina Ricks Monday, the city’s first director of the Department of Mobility and Infrastructure.

A former associate director in Washington D.C’s transportation department, Ricks begin at the new Pittsburgh department in February as interim director making a salary of $103,936 a year. The department’s annual budget is $439,643.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh City Council passes legislation for lead paint remediation, PWSA restructuring funds

Pittsburgh City Council passes legislation for lead paint remediation, PWSA restructuring funds

Pittsburgh City Council passed their portion of providing funding for a $3.4 million Lead Safety and Healthy Homes Grant with Allegheny County during their meeting Tuesday, but not before ensuring the city will receive its fair share of the funds.  

The Department of Economic Development of Allegheny County has been awarded the grant by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to identify and control lead-based paint hazards in county homes and rental units.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh to hire outside lobbyists to address legislative priorities in Harrisburg and Washington

Pittsburgh to hire outside lobbyists to address legislative priorities in Harrisburg and Washington

Pittsburgh City Council is set to approve $128,000 for the city to hire two lobbyists to address legislative priorities of Pittsburgh in Harrisburg and Washington. 

Debated Wednesday in the Intergovernmental Affairs Committee, the two pieces of legislation would provide $62,000.00 to Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney for “professional consulting services for federal government affairs and legislative services” on behalf of the city, and $66,000.00 to Malady & Wooten, Inc. for the same services at the state level. 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh City Council approves new Police Chief

Pittsburgh City Council approves new Police Chief

Pittsburgh City Council unanimously approved Scott Schubert’s appointment as chief of the city’s Bureau of Police on Tuesday. 

“I think this is a great appointment by the Mayor,” said Councilwoman Theresa Kail-Smith (District 2). “We’ve seen [Schubert] first hand serve the community as commander of our zone, attend countless community meetings…it's just tremendous.”
Tuesday, February 7, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
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