Office of Mayor William Peduto
PWSA Board Takes Actions to Bolster Management of Authority
Board joins City in contracting with firm to study potential PWSA restructuring

PITTSBURGH, PA (April 28, 2017) The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority’s Board of Directors is taking several actions today to bolster executive management and corporate governance and improve the Authority while it prepares for a potential restructuring.  

These actions complement Mayor William Peduto’s nomination last week of three new members to the PWSA Board. The nominees are expected to appear before Pittsburgh City Council next week for interviews and once confirmed are set to begin serving on the PWSA Board for its next meeting in May. 

Until a full Board of Directors can be convened, the existing Board is finalizing the selection of an executive management team for the authority, and voting to approve an agreement with the City of Pittsburgh on the selection of Infrastructure Management Group (IMG) to lead a proposed restructuring of PWSA.

The Peduto Administration and a Blue Ribbon Panel of experts chose IMG last week to initially study the PWSA's finances and operations, hold public meetings, and issue recommendations to the City later this year. The City and the Authority will share IMG contracting costs, with both paying up to $275,000 for the first phase of IMG's work. The Peduto Administration is forwarding legislation for the City's share of the payment to City Council for its consideration next week. 

Also today, the Board is considering a professional services agreement with Colonel Bernard Lindstrom. This agreement will allow PWSA to continue to benefit from Colonel Lindstrom’s expertise and guidance on the executive team until the full Board of Directors can approve the hiring of a permanent Executive Director for PWSA. 

In the interim, the Board today is ratifying the prior appointment last month of Robert A. Weimar to the role of Interim Executive Director, on a temporary basis.  

Weimar was the Acting Director of Construction and Engineering and has been with PWSA since August 2014. Weimar and Lindstrom will serve on the executive team along with Alex Sciulli, whose professional consulting services contract was approved by the Board last month. Sciulli is a professional engineer registered in the State of Pennsylvania, and his previous experience as the City of Pittsburgh’s Water Department Director and Engineering & Construction Department Director uniquely positions him to provide advisory services to the PWSA. 

 

 

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