As District 4 sees its selection of streets milled and paved this season, it's important to keep in mind some of the realities that we're faced with: rising costs, resources stretched thin, and an ever-growing list of needs. My staff put together this quick guide to the ins and outs of paving in the City. Take a look!
In September's newsletter, I mentioned the fact that most, if not all, of District 4 has been built over top of old coal mines. Take a look at this map to see for yourself. Because of this, subsidence, which can cause sink holes and potentially damage house foundations, is always a potential risk. It's important for South Pittsburghers to consider acquiring mine subsidence insurance. For more information, log onto the state's DEP mine subsidence website. You can also speak to a DEP expert to find out about your risk and available insurance by calling 1.800.922.1678 during normal business hours. Protect yourself!
“To call Senate Bill 975 ‘consumer protection’ is outrageously false. This bill will legalize loan terms that are currently illegal under state law, trapping working people into an endless loop of borrowing and reborrowing at exorbitant rates. In the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, the message is clear: state legislators need to stand up for the financial health of our communities--not the profit-driven interests of out-of-state corporations.”
PennDOT District 11 has announced that the the long-awaited reconstruction of the intersection at Rt. 51 and Rt. 88 will begin in June and continue through November 2015. PennDOT plans to maintain one lane of traffic in each direction on Rt. 51. Any temporary detours will be posted. Please feel free to give us a call if you have any questions!
Yesterday, I passed a Will of Council condemning the state legislature's attempt to transfer the power to determine non-profit status to the state. Today, Mayor Luke Ravenstahl is expected to announce that the City will challenge UPMC's non-profit, tax-exempt status. Here's my take.
The city is currently examining its Responsible Hospitality program, particularly in major entertainment destinations such as the South Side, Lawrenceville, Downtown, and Oakland. In December, we received a draft of the plan. This is a presentation that my office put together to summarize the major points of the plan for those that are interested.
Councilwoman Rudiak Calls on Governor for Robust Transportation Funding
Councilwoman Rudiak joined with transportation advocates, labor leaders, and religious activists today, introducing a Will of Council calling on Governor Corbett to produce a strong and sustainable plan to fund transportation in the region-- both infrastructure like roads and bridges, and public transportation. The Will of Council passed unanimously.
Pittsburgh City Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak cited what she called "a frightening lack of investment in our roads and bridges and buses and rail cars ... our mass transit system has suffered from years of crises and cuts and last-ditch rescues. We need a comprehensive transportation agenda that keeps Pennsylvania moving." --Advocates push Corbett, legislators to better fund public transportation- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pennsylvania has been shirking its responsibility for upkeep of its infrastructure, according to Pittsburgh City Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak.
This Saturday, the 18th of February, the Carnegie Libraries of Pittsburgh will hold a public meeting to give an update on their plans to build a new library in the neighborhoods. The meeting will start at 10:00 AM at the Temple Baptist Church, 743 Brownsville Road. Hope to see you there!