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
Peduto promises infrastructure investment, climate policy in budget address

Peduto promises infrastructure investment, climate policy in budget address

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto unveiled his 2019 budget plan in his first address to city council since the Tree of Life shooting two weeks ago.

Peduto boasted a budget that would highlight the Steel City’s growth while planning for the future. He told the council in 2019 there’d be no tax increases, but while losing Act 47 oversight, there was still work to make Pittsburgh financially stable.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Ahead of election day referendum in Allegheny County, childhood education advocates rally support

Ahead of election day referendum in Allegheny County, childhood education advocates rally support

When they head to the polls on Nov. 6, Allegheny County voters can choose to raise their taxes—for the children. 
Friday, November 2, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
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