Allegheny County Controller Wagner releases report on PWSA lead pipe replacement

Allegheny County Controller Wagner releases report on PWSA lead pipe replacement

Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner released a report Wednesday that took issue with the cost of lead line replacements in Pittsburgh, and also drew push back from the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority. 

 

The report comes after the PWSA announced $44 million in funding to replace 2,100 lead service lines in order to meet the authority's consent decree with the Department of Environmental Protection. 

 

Wednesday, February 21, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
Airport activism for transparency largely confined to social media

Airport activism for transparency largely confined to social media

Nearly 150 people were interested according to Facebook. 15 said they were going. 

But only two actually showed up Tuesday night to voice their concerns of a planned renovation of Pittsburgh International Airport to Allegheny County Council. 

The “speak out” was organized David Allinder, a Pittsburgh resident who runs a publishing company based in Wheeling, WV. 
Wednesday, February 21, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh council passes entrepreneur loan program, rejects tax code contract

Pittsburgh council passes entrepreneur loan program, rejects tax code contract

Pittsburgh City Council finished off some business Tuesday, passing a bill originally introduced by Councilman Corey O’Connor (District 5) to provide seed funding to entrepreneurs as well as rejecting a bill to hire an outside law firm to look over the city’s tax code. 
Tuesday, February 20, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh city council is looking for an independent voice in city management

Pittsburgh city council is looking for an independent voice in city management

As council wound down last Wednesday, Councilman Reverend Ricky Burgess (District 9) took the time give a brief statement to the emptying chambers, down to only the necessary five to have quorum.

“Over the years council has ceded a lot of the authority overseeing projects to city planning, to other entities,” Burgess said. “If council has the appetite to, we could always change the code and put more approval in our hands. I’m open to that conversation.”

Friday, February 16, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh looks to state supreme court to overturn paid sick leave precedent

Pittsburgh looks to state supreme court to overturn paid sick leave precedent

An argument over paid sick leave in Pittsburgh is instead turning into a fight over the rights of Pennsylvania municipalities, one that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court could have a large say in. 
 
At a rally outside the doors of Pittsburgh city council Thursday, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, Councilmen Corey O’Connor (District 5) and Ricky Burgess (District 9) and a group of local activists, all gathered to promote the filing of legal briefs with the state’s highest court. 

Thursday, February 15, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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