Pittsburgh City Council President plans to introduce new rule punishing leaks from council executive sessions

In an effort to keep Pittsburgh city council members from divulging sensitive information discussed in closed door meetings, City Council President Bruce Kraus is proposing legislation that would institute a hefty fine against those in violation. 

This penalty will be a part of proposed legislation that would “clean up” the rules of council and how it is governed. 
Thursday, October 20, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh

PWSA files lawsuit against former management firm

The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) filed a lawsuit Wednesday against Veolia Water North America-Northeast LLC for a wide range of claims related to the now-expired contract between PWSA and Veolia from July 12, 2012 to December 31, 2015. 

According to a statement from the PWSA, Veolia assumed responsibility for senior executive management, operations and other functions at PWSA under the contract. Veolia was tasked to use their expertise to manage and improve PWSA’s operations and identify efficiencies and additional revenue for the Authority. 

Wednesday, October 12, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh launches new building and zoning information website

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, the City of Pittsburgh Departments of Permits, Licenses and Inspections (PLI) and City Planning announced the launch of buildingeye, a new public website mapping tool designed to make building permit, license and code enforcement actions within the City of Pittsburgh more accessible. 

In July, City Council approved a bill enabling the city to enter into a software and support services contract with “buildingeye,” a firm that builds interactive city maps to track planning, permit, license and violation data. 

Tuesday, October 11, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh officials, PWSA present initial plan to address flooding issues across the city

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto joined members of the administration and representatives from Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) Monday to present to City Council a preliminary plan to address stormwater and water quality issues throughout the city.

The city has worked in partnership with PWSA over the past year on the development of a green infrastructure plan to address wet weather sewage overflows, basement back ups and surface flooding. 

Tuesday, September 27, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh

Proposed Pittsburgh budget adds more city police and EMT's

An increase in public safety personnel, capital improvement projects, and a departmental reorganization are all part of Pittsburgh’s proposed 2017 operating and capital budget plans, as well as a five year financial plan.

Mayor Bill Peduto held the line on tax increases in his proposed $539.4 million spending plans that he submitted to the Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority (ICA) on Friday for approval. 

The 2017 budgets and five year financial plan are projected to hire 50 new police officers to reach 900 full-time officers, the highest staffing level since 2002, according to the Mayor. One firefighter and two police recruit classes would be funded, and EMS would have funding to hire 20 EMTs.
Monday, September 26, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
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