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
Pittsburgh announces new insurance policy for transgender individuals during equality index reveal

Pittsburgh announces new insurance policy for transgender individuals during equality index reveal

At the announcement of Pittsburgh's perfect score in the Municipal Equality Index, which measures how well city's respect the civil rights of LGBTQ individuals, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto announced that the city's insurance policy will now cover surgical solutions to gender affirmation treatment.

Thursday, October 19, 2017/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
Positive Allegheny County budget outlook could face challenges from opioid crisis, state mass transit funding cuts

Positive Allegheny County budget outlook could face challenges from opioid crisis, state mass transit funding cuts

Allegheny county is spending within its means for 2017, but issues like the opioid crisis and the fate of transit funding in Harrisburg could cause trouble for a future balanced budget. 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
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