Pittsburgh City Council hears concerns from hunger, housing advocates as budget cuts loom

Pittsburgh City Council hears concerns from hunger, housing advocates as budget cuts loom

Hunger and housing advocates from around the city gathered in Pittsburgh City Council chambers to plead with council members to restore or increase funding to their respective organizations. 

Wednesday, December 5, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Wagner audit of Allegheny County DPW finds lax oversight, cost overruns

Wagner audit of Allegheny County DPW finds lax oversight, cost overruns

Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner heavily criticized the county’s Public Works Department, its “lax control” on spending and lack of oversight in an audit released Tuesday.

Within the report, Wagner lamented that several projects accumulated $6 million in construction cost overruns. The problem, according to Wagner, was that the department lacked fixed standards for carrying out its projects.
Friday, November 30, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh City Council holds Urban Redevelopment Authority budget hearing

Pittsburgh City Council holds Urban Redevelopment Authority budget hearing

In the budget hearing Thursday, Urban Redevelopment Authority executive director, Robert Rubenstein, told council members present that the authority has high hopes for 2019, but funding isn’t what it used to be.

Thursday, November 29, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Sprinkler opponents come out in droves for Pittsburgh City Council hearing

Sprinkler opponents come out in droves for Pittsburgh City Council hearing

If Pittsburgh Fire Chief Daryl Jones had it his way, every home in the city would have a sprinkler system. But for now, he’d settle for them being required in all high-rise buildings.

“One of my duties is to reduce the risk of fire to citizens and visitors as well as the firefighters in the city of Pittsburgh,” Jones said while testifying before city council Monday evening.

His advocacy for a fire-sprinkler requirement comes after a high-rise fire claimed an elderly woman’s life two years ago. But despite Jones’s insistence that installing sprinkler systems is the only way to ensure safety, the roughly hundred people who filled council chambers for the public hearing remained unconvinced.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh City Council hears 2030 plan proposal from PWSA officials

Pittsburgh City Council hears 2030 plan proposal from PWSA officials

At Mayor Bill Peduto’s request last week, the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority released a plan outlining what the next 12 years had in store.

As the city prepares its budget, water authority representatives testified to Pittsburgh City Council Monday of their plans for a billion dollars in infrastructure investment, which could require adding additional debt to the authority's balance sheet.
Wednesday, November 21, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
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