DePasquale PWSA audit points finger at city, authority relationship as source of water troubles

DePasquale PWSA audit points finger at city, authority relationship as source of water troubles

Releasing an audit of the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority Wednesday, Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale made the point that the Authority was bound to fail from its inception in 1984 due to bad deals and poor management.

However, despite that observation, the main takeaway from his office’s audit started earlier this year with the permission of the PWSA, may mean DePasquale faces some supernatural fury from his grandfather, the famously colorful Pittsburgh city councilman Eugene ‘Jeep’ DePasquale.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
Peduto, Penguins closer to resolution of former Civic Arena site

Peduto, Penguins closer to resolution of former Civic Arena site

Over a lunch of Italian sandwiches Tuesday afternoon, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto drew more concessions from the Pittsburgh Penguins over the Civic Arena site then had been drawn in the past decade.

“I think we’ll be able to get through this now in 24 hours,” Peduto said of a process that has befuddled the city and residents alike since 2007.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
While passing affordability measures, PWSA plans to raise rates to fund infrastructure spending

While passing affordability measures, PWSA plans to raise rates to fund infrastructure spending

The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority attempted to reconcile the competing demands of affordability and improvement at its bi-weekly board meeting Thursday morning.

 

To meet an order from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, the PWSA board passed a resolution for emergency procurement of resources to execute three new infrastructure projects. The projects include upgrades to an older reservoir due to concerns that holes in the cover could lead to contamination from animal droppings.  Those concerns led to a precautionary boil advisory for 18,000 homes in August. 

Thursday, October 26, 2017/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Arts Commission votes to remove controversial Stephen Foster memorial

Pittsburgh Arts Commission votes to remove controversial Stephen Foster memorial

In a unanimous ruling, the Pittsburgh Art Commission voted to remove the controversial statue honoring the 19th century songwriter and Pittsburgh native from Schenley Plaza in Oakland Wednesday afternoon. 


The statue, erected in 1900, honors Foster, who is often considered the father of American music and penned classics like “Camptown Races” and “Oh, Susanna.” However, the statue’s content, including a proper looking Foster sitting above a barefoot, rag-wearing African American man plucking a banjo, draws criticism for its similarities to racist minstrel show stereotypes.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
Wolf announces $5 million overdose fighting drug grant for statewide first responders

Wolf announces $5 million overdose fighting drug grant for statewide first responders

Outside an old fire station in Pittsburgh's Homewood neighborhood Friday afternoon, surrounded by firefighters who have already saved 40 lives this year alone from opioid overdoses, Gov. Tom Wolf announced a new $5 million grant that puts 120,000 doses of naloxone, an overdose reversing drug, in the hands of first responders statewide.

Friday, October 20, 2017/Author: Stephen Caruso
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