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Mayor Pedudo, City Council Come To Compromise With PWSA Board

Peduto wanted politics out of the PWSA board but one council member will stay on

May 09, 2018 - 4:47 pm
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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Pittsburgh city council is agreeing, somewhat halfheartedly, to compromise with the mayor's office on restructuring the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority board.

Peduto wanted a PWSA board independent of politics, though the mayor gets to select members of a five member nominating board that selects authority directors.

 The compromise, says Councilman Corey O'Connor, keeps a council seat on the PWSA.

“If you put nine members that have no representation, they were not elected by anybody across the city of Pittsburgh on that board, what’s to say they are going to listen to the general public.” Said O’Connor.

Councilwoman Deb Gross who currently sits on the PWSA says it was crucial in the past because, “our constituents [needed] our offices to fall back on when the private management company wasn’t responding to their concerns.”

Some on council are still concerned about the board makeup and the state PUC's new oversight role.

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