District 7 Newsletter for March 2012


PWSA release RFP for Management Consulting

The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) issued a Request for Qualifications and Request for Proposals (“RFQ/RFP”), for the provision of Interim Executive Management Services. The contractor will provide Interim Executive Management Services to PWSA and will essentially serve as Executive Director for one year. As such, the contractor will oversee day to day operations as well as provide strategic vision and direction required for effective, timely, and transparent management of the PWSA.

The scope of services for the contract includes: the provision of Interim Executive Management Services; general administration and management consulting; financial analysis; infrastructure maintenance and replacement consulting; operating and capital budget development; and miscellaneous responsibilities. The term of the contract is for 12 months, not to exceed 18 months. Follow the link to view official RFQ/RFP . The Authority hopes to have the chosen firm on board by July 1, 2012.

Summer Camp Returns for Youth in Lawrenceville

Lawrenceville United will once again host a free summer camp (Summer Celebration) with new and exciting environmental activities for Lawrenceville youth thanks to new and generous support from the Verizon Foundation and continued partnerships with the City of Pittsburgh, Arsenal Middle School, and local private and public youth service and program providers. For more information, please go to Lawrenceville United Summer Celebration Day Camp.

TreeVitalize Deadline Approaching

TreeVitalize supports street tree, park and riverfront trail plantings in the region. The application process for Fall 2012 TreeVitalize plantings is now open for communities in the City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County.  All applications are due by 4pm on Friday, March 23, 2012. City of Pittsburgh Tree Request Forms are required.

February Proclamations

During the month of February, Councilman Dowd presented the following proclamations to City Council for approval:

Carnegie Library Customer Appreciation Week – to celebrate the restoration of hours and all that the Library has to offer, several Friends of the Library groups hosted Customer Appreciation Open Houses at their respective neighborhood libraries during the week of February 20.

Center for Victims of Violent Crime Peace It Together Day – City Council named Wednesday, February 22 after this event which recognizes awardees and their commitment to resolve conflict, restore relationships and build peaceful communities. 2012 Peace Partner Award honorees include: Dr. Mary Carrasco, Matthew Fidel, Fred Rogers (posthumously) and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Baden, PA.

Mike and Robert Perry-Nichols Day – 2012 marks the twentieth year that Mike Nichols has served the youngest learners in the Pittsburgh Public School system through his community self-designed reading program and the first anniversary of his son Robert surviving a double-lung transplant–the first ever done in Pittsburgh on a sickle cell patient.


Council to Go

Join Councilman Patrick Dowd at Council to Go, his mobile district office, to voice your concerns, ideas, and questions about local government and services.

Polish Hill — Wednesday, March 14, 7pm-8pm — PHCA Office, 3060 Brereton Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. Special Guest: Gerald Akrie, Supervisor of Animal Care and Control.

Highland Park — Thursday, March 29, 7pm-8pm — Enrico’s Tazza D’oro, 1125 N. Highland Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206.

Community Events

Wednesday, March 14, 1pm-3pm — City Council Chambers, 414 Grant Street, 5th Floor, Pittsburgh — Cablecast Post Agenda regarding the resolution authorizing the Mayor to enter into negotiations for an agreement with the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority granting the Authority the rights and responsibility relative to stormwater management in the City of Pittsburgh. Free and open to the public.

Thursday, March 15, 6pm–8pm — Grey Box Theatre, 3595 Butler Street, Lawrenceville — Allegheny Riverfront Green Boulevard Plan Community Meeting. Free and open to the public.

Thursday, March 15, 7pm–8pm — Canterbury Place’s McVey Auditorium, 310 Fisk Street, Lawrenceville — Lawrenceville Historical Society will host Sandra Baker, of the Senator John Heinz History Center, who will speak on the topic: Taming the Tomato, The History of the H. J. Heinz Company. Free and open to the public.

Thursday, March 22, 6:30pm-8:30pm — Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Main Lecture Hall, Oakland — Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Annual Meeting. Free and open to the public.

If you know of any community-oriented events in your District 7 neighborhood that we should publicize through our monthly newsletter and District 7 website, please email Jennifer Thoma by the 1st of each month.


Attention: Port Authority Comment Deadline Approaching

If you are unhappy about proposed transit cuts in the East End and throughout the city,  now is the time to let the Port Authority know. The Port Authority Board will vote on the cuts on April 27, but the public comment period ends March 9. To make your voice heard, send written comments to Port Authority, Fare & Service Proposals, Heinz 57 Center, 345, Sixth Avenue, Floor 3, Pittsburgh, PA 15222-2527. You can also visit their online comment page. To learn more about their current funding crisis, please go to 2012 Proposed Service Reduction Information.