News and Updates from the Office of Councilman Patrick Dowd, November 2009


Iron City Brewing Back in the News.
Despite an unpaid million dollar water bill, Iron City Brewing requested a demolition permit from the city to raze five structures at 3340 Liberty Avenue at an estimated cost of $500,000. Councilman Dowd, a PWSA Board member, has moved to halt the permit until the water bill is paid and any historical preservation questions are answered. Check out the story in the Post-Gazette, Tribune-Review, or on our website.

Lawrenceville’s Library.
Councilman Dowd and other state and city officials have been working together and working diligently with the leadership of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh to develop both short-term and sustainable long-term funding plans to keep neighborhood libraries open. Councilman Dowd’s statement on library closures is on our website.

Bike Racks in Business Districts.
Councilman Dowd, Bike PGH, and other state and local officials kicked off a bike rack program in front of Enrico Biscotti Co. last week. 200 free bike racks will be installed throughout neighborhood business districts. Check it out.

New Legislation

Parking Garages & Meters.
On October 27th, Councilman Dowd introduced legislation requiring the Pittsburgh Parking Authority to obtain Council approval before moving on a sale or lease of parking garages and meters. The sale of these assets may well be the most important policy decision the City faces in 2010 and Council ought to be part of the discussion. Press release. Legislation. Endorsement by the Post-Gazette.

Upcoming Events

Council to Go.
November 18: From 6:30 to 8:00 pm, Councilman Dowd and staff will be in Polish Hill at the Polish Hill Civic Association, 3060 Brereton Street.

Public Meetings.
November 12: ALCOSAN will hold a public meeting at the Union Project at 801 N. Negley Ave at 7:00 pm to talk about sewage overflows and a regional sewage plan.

November 17: The Union Project is hosting a community meeting to gather input on a new and improved side yard. Join them from 7:00 to 9:00 pm in the Union Project’s atrium.

November 18: Councilman Dowd’s legislation on notification requirements for specially planned developments will be in Council for public hearing at 1:30. More information on the legislation is on our website.

November 18: Councilman Dowd’s legislation requiring better screening and landscaping for car lots will also be in Council for public hearing. To register to speak, call the City Clerk at 412.255.2138.

Council will be open during Election Day but closed for Veterans Day and Thanksgiving: November 11, 26 and 27. Because of the holidays, Council meetings will be rescheduled for November 9, 12 and 23.

Did You Know?

Recycle leaves curbside in November.
The neighborhoods of Council District 7 can recycle leaves curbside during the week of November 9th – 13th. Remember to place leaves in paper bags. Leaves placed in plastic bags or placed out on any other week will not be accepted as recycling and will be landfilled. More information is available here.