Pittsburgh Controller, Auditor General outline findings and plans for audits of city's troubled water authority

Pittsburgh Controller, Auditor General outline findings and plans for audits of city's troubled water authority

Pittsburgh Controller Michael Lamb was joined by state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale Thursday to release a performance audit of the embattled Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) and to announce DePasquale’s plans to conduct a separate review. 

The review by the Auditor General will focus more on PWSA governance and review and whether the current structure of the Authority is suitable to provide the proper oversight, while Controller Lamb’s review focused on PWSA’s installation of water meters, customer billing processes, customer service effectiveness, and concerns about lead in the drinking water- all problems that have plagued the Authority over the past couple of years. 
Thursday, February 16, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh

Proposed advisory board on bike lane infrastructure in Pittsburgh close to final passage

Legislation to create an advisory board on bike lane infrastructure is one step closer to final passage in the City of Pittsburgh. 

In order to address the rising trend of increased bike lanes across the city, Councilwoman Theresa Kail-Smith, sponsor of the legislation, hopes the advisory board will allow biking stakeholders, the administration, and residents to work together to decide where the popular mode of transportation should and shouldn't be constructed. 
Wednesday, February 15, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
In absence of state action, Pittsburgh City Council shows support for local needle exchange program

In absence of state action, Pittsburgh City Council shows support for local needle exchange program

A Will of Council introduced Tuesday in Pittsburgh City Council to re-locate a clean needle exchange program in the city turned the focus on the state’s prohibition to allow such places to exist. 

Prevention Point Pittsburgh (PPP), a nonprofit organization that provides health services to injection drug users, is moving one of its three locations to the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force in the neighborhood of East Liberty with the hope of expanding their reach and their services. 
Tuesday, February 14, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Mayor issues Executive Orders on affordable housing

Pittsburgh Mayor issues Executive Orders on affordable housing

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto issued two executive orders on Tuesday to begin implementing recommendations by the city’s Affordable Housing Task Force, covering ways to protect people from losing their housing. 

“My administration is committed to creating a livable city for all,” said Mayor Peduto in a letter along with the orders. “These executive orders are the first step in a long process to solve not only the challenges of today but to lay the foundations for an equitable Pittsburgh in the future.” 
Tuesday, February 14, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Allegheny County Delegation votes for the week of February 6

Allegheny County Delegation votes for the week of February 6

The Pennsylvania Senate passed a number of controversial legislation this week, including measures punishing so-called “sanctuary cities,” prohibiting the deduction of union dues to be used for political purposes, and restricting abortions.

The Allegheny County state legislative delegation voting largely along party lines when the bills were considered on the Floor.
Thursday, February 9, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
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