As leaving Act 47 becomes more of a reality for Pittsburgh, lawmakers agree ICA is no longer needed

As leaving Act 47 becomes more of a reality for Pittsburgh, lawmakers agree ICA is no longer needed

With talks of Pittsburgh leaving Act 47 status by the beginning of 2018 and with a zeroing out of the city’s financial oversight authority’s line item in this year’s state budget, lawmakers and Pittsburgh officials are agreeing that there is no longer a need for the Pittsburgh Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority to continue past the end of the year.

“The ICA did its job in helping Pittsburgh get its finances in order and making sure its budget priorities are in the right place,” said House Republican caucus spokesman Steve Miskin. “Now things are happening with a continued positive trend and there’s a feeling that the ICA has run its course and no more funding needs to be expended.”
Tuesday, November 7, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Fontana bill to help homeowners replace lead water lines included in state Fiscal Code

Fontana bill to help homeowners replace lead water lines included in state Fiscal Code

Language to allow local governments and authorities such as the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority to help homeowners replace their private lead water and sewer lines has been included and passed by lawmakers in Harrisburg this week.

Originally drafted as separate legislation, Senate Bill 656 by Sen. Wayne Fontana (D-Brookline), the language was amended into the state Fiscal Code- the bill responsible for implementing the FY 2017-2018 state budget. It simply gives PWSA the legal go-ahead to tap local and state funding sources to fund repairs to private water and sewer lines, especially when there is a threat to public health or safety.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh

Allegheny County state legislative delegation activity for July 24

The state Senate voted on a package of revenue bills this week to balance the current and just recently concluded 2016-17 fiscal year budget.

Here’s how the Pittsburgh and Allegheny County Senate legislative delegation voted on those bills. 

Friday, July 28, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Legislation allowing PWSA to replace private lead water lines moves forward without defined funding

Legislation allowing PWSA to replace private lead water lines moves forward without defined funding

Pittsburgh City Council voted Wednesday to move ahead with a plan to replace the city’s privately owned lead water service lines without support from the Pennsylvania General Assembly.

Council voted 6 to 1 to move two bills along to a full vote on Tuesday to approve the bills’ final amendments. Councilwoman Darlene Harris (District 1) was the lone abstention, though Councilman Corey O’Connor stated he intended to abstain on the vote before leaving the council chamber prior to the vote. 

Thursday, July 20, 2017/Author: Iain Oldman
Categories: Pittsburgh
Lead levels in Pittsburgh's drinking water starting to improve

Lead levels in Pittsburgh's drinking water starting to improve

The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority announced Tuesday that it is now in compliance with Environmental Protection Agency's standards for lead levels in drinking water according to its most recent compliance testing.
128 residential samples were collected through June 2017 and the 90th percentile value was calculated at 15 parts per billion (ppb), the EPA action level. Less than 10 percent of homes were above 15 ppb.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
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