It's official! In a ceremony held on December 6th, in Council Chambers, Deb Gross was officially sworn-in as a Member of Pittsburgh City Council, where she will represent the residents of Pittsburgh’s City Council District 7.
Gross won a mandate victory in a November 5th Council vacated by former District 7 Councilman Patrick Dowd, who resigned to head a non-profit devoted to children’s advocacy. During the ceremony, the oath of office was administered to Councilwoman Gross by Judge Eugene Ricciardi, after which Gross provided brief remarks thanking her family, friends, and supporters.
Father Regis M. Farmer of Bloomfield’s St. Maria Goretti Parish led attendees in an invocation to begin the ceremony and a benediction to officially close the event.
Councilwoman Gross will immediately assume her new role representing the residents of District 7, which includes the neighborhoods of Bloomfield, Lawrenceville, Highland Park, Morningside, Polish Hill, the Strip District, the majority of Friendship, and a portion of Stanton Heights.
Deb and the District 7 team are excited to officially get to work!
Councilman Patrick Dowd has introduced legislation that would kickoff the public process leading to the establishment of a Business Improvement District (BID) in District 7’s Lawrenceville neighborhood. The Business Improvement District, which would be facilitated through the Lawrenceville Corporation, is planned to cover businesses along Penn Avenue at Doughboy Square from 40th to 45th streets and Butler Street between 34th and 57th streets. Take a look below for more information about the Business Improvement District, and be sure to stay connected to the District 7 website for more information about the upcoming public process relating to the Business Improvement District.
Click here to take a look at the documents and legislation relating to the plan.
Councilman Patrick Dowd sat down with Josh Raulerson on the 90.5 WESA program "Speaking Volumes" to discuss the Councilman's favorite books. Click here to listen to Patrick talk about what he is currently reading and what lessons each book has taught him along the way.
Pittsburgh City Council will be on summer recess through the month of August, and will hold its next meeting on Friday, August 31st. Council will resume its normal weekly Tuesday meeting schedule on Tuesday, September 4th. In the meantime, the District 7 office and Councilman Patrick Dowd will still be available to take service requests from constituents during recess and can be reached by phone, email, or by filling out the District 7 feedback form.
Councilman Patrick Dowd sat down with “Essential Pittsburgh” on 90.5 Essential Public Radio last week to discuss the URA and Buncher Company’s plan to redevelop the Lower Strip District. In the interview, Councilman Dowd provides an overview of the development proposal, as well as his concerns about the long term effects that the current proposal will have on the Strip District. The interview can be found on the Essential Public Radio webpage here.
On Wednesday, July 18, 2012, Councilman Dowd hosted a Post Agenda before Council to discuss PWSA’s initial draft of a wet weather plan to be submitted to ALCOSAN. The draft plan, which is one of 83 municipal plans to be submitted to ALCOSAN by July 2013, covers the largest public infrastructure project is the history of the Pittsburgh region.
The committee charged with recommending changes in the makeup of City Council districts has approved a final reapportionment plan to be submitted to the public for discussion and input. The newly drawn districts, which are based upon population information gathered in the 2010 census, will be presented to community members during a series of public meetings to be held throughout the month of July.
The City of Pittsburgh has released an interactive map of the proposed Council districting, as well as list of redistricting changes. More information about the redistricting process and the Reapportionment Advisory Committee can be found on the City of Pittsburgh’s website.
See below for a list of public meetings to be held to discuss the proposed redistricting plan:
Monday, July 9, 2012, 7pm*
City Council Chambers
414 Grant Street, 5th Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
*This meeting will be cablecast on Comcast channel 13
Tuesday, July 17, 2012, 7pm
Bistro Soul Restaurant
415 East Ohio Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Wednesday, July 18, 2012, 7pm
Carnegie Library, Knoxville
400 Brownsville Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15210
Tuesday, July 24, 2012, 7pm
6435 Frankstown Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Do you have issues in your neighborhood that you would like to report?
The City of Pittsburgh’s 311 service allows residents to report problems with roads, city services, building maintenance, and more. All 311 reports can be made anonymously and can be submitted by phone by dialing 311, by text message at 412-573-9736, or via the 311 website available here.
One June 12, District 7 City Councilman Patrick Dowd and Pittsburgh City Council will present Sharon Needles with an official proclamation declaring June 12, 2012 "Sharon Needles Day in Pittsburgh" for her accomplishments as a LGBT public figure. The public is welcome andencouraged to come to both the official presentation in Council chambers (on the 5th floor of the City-County building) as well as to a press conference and performance to immediately follow on the portico (grant street steps) of the City County building.
The Board of the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority has selected Veolia Water North America to provide Executive Management services to the Authority for twelve months. According to the agreement, which is being finalized, Veolia will supply Veolia Senior Executive and water and wastewater treatment veteran Jim Good to serve as the PWSA’s Executive Director. A graduate of Cornell University, Good has over 27 years of experience in water and waster utility operations. Most recently, Good managed Veolia’s Water West Region, covering seven states and consisting of over 300 employees.
Click here for more information about Veolia and to read the press release.
District 7 Councilman Patrick Dowd has released a letter detailing his reasons for holding legislation relating to the Lower Strip District. The proposal, which would publicly finance the private firm The Buncher Company’s redevelopment project in the Lower Strip District was withheld from introduction by Councilman Dowd during the May 29, 2012 City Council meeting. Click here to read Councilman Dowd’s letter to the Mayor detailing his position.
An improved website for 2013 court-ordered reassessment values is now available to taxpayers. The site includes full information on each property, including general information, building information, images of the property, and comparables used to set the value. It is accessible from the county’s website at www.alleghenycounty.us.
More than seventy percent of Pittsburgh residents voted to approve a special tax to provide dedicated funding for the maintenance and operation of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. The revenue provided by this special tax is one part of a long-term sustainable funding plan and will play a large part in allowing Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh to continue to provide neighborhood-based services to city residents, including early learning programs for children and families, job search assistance and computer and Internet access.