Pittsburgh City Council confirms first director of the city's new Department of Mobility and Infrastructure

Pittsburgh City Council confirms first director of the city's new Department of Mobility and Infrastructure

Pittsburgh City Council Monday confirmed Karina Ricks Monday, the city’s first director of the Department of Mobility and Infrastructure.

A former associate director in Washington D.C’s transportation department, Ricks begin at the new Pittsburgh department in February as interim director making a salary of $103,936 a year. The department’s annual budget is $439,643.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Allegheny County state legislative delegation activity for the week of May 8

Allegheny County state legislative delegation activity for the week of May 8

The state General Assembly wrapped up another legislative session week. 

Here's what the Pittsburgh and Allegheny County delegations were up. 

Friday, May 12, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Allegheny County officials present plan to allow municipalities to disincorporate

Allegheny County officials present plan to allow municipalities to disincorporate

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, joined by his two predecessors Jim Roddey and Dan Onorato, introduced a report Thursday that they said would be the first step toward passing a state law to allow municipalities to disincorporate and rely on the county for government services. 

With 130 municipalities, more than any other county in the state, officials at the press conference said the proposed measure--a recommendation by the report Voluntary Municipal Disincorporation: Creative Solutions for Counties of the Second Class by the University of Pittsburgh’s Institute of Politics--would allow smaller municipalities who struggle to support local services such as police or trash collection, or even elect local officials, to become “an entity of the county.” 

Thursday, May 11, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
City Council temporarily halts progress on a Pre-Kindergarten Scholarship Fund for Pittsburgh's children

City Council temporarily halts progress on a Pre-Kindergarten Scholarship Fund for Pittsburgh's children

Pittsburgh City Councilman Rev. Ricky Burgess introduced legislation Wednesday that aims to eliminate the waiting list Pittsburgh children face when enrolling in pre-kindergarten by establishing a scholarship fund supported by major foundations and educational and medical institutions. 

According to the legislation, Pittsburgh Public Schools provides free, full-day pre-kindergarten for students ages three to five but had a waiting list of roughly 340 students for the 2015-2016 academic year. 

Thursday, May 11, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Pittsburgh City Council mulls tax increase to bolster affordable housing fund

Pittsburgh City Council mulls tax increase to bolster affordable housing fund

Pittsburgh City Council briefly debated legislation Wednesday that would increase the city’s realty transfer tax by one percentage point in order to provide funding for the Housing Opportunity Fund. 

The tax increase is expected to generate $10 million a year for the city to build affordable housing and rehabilitate older homes for lower-income residents. Members of council have been searching for a revenue source for the fund since it was passed by the body in December. 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
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