Is it time to investigate water authority?

Created by Clean House on Mar 4, 2010

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Clean House

Pittsburgh, PA

#1 Mar 4, 2010
Municipal Authorities by their very nature are subject to miss-management. MAWC is no exception. Long a refuge for politcal patronage in jobs and currying political favors, it is time to review the entire structure including the Board, and the management organization.

Compensation, timber and natural gas operations, hiring practices, and the relationship with the union. Are the rate payers in the service delivery area getting a good deal? Are high water rates an impediment to economic development? Since the service delivery area of MAWC and its management organization transcends political boundaries, perhaps the Auditor General or Attorney General should conduct an audit or investigation to determine to identity if ratepayers are getting a good deal

Kerr and company's management fee is outlandish.
lol

Mckeesport, PA

#2 Mar 5, 2010
Let's look into the hiring practices of the entire city!
Troublemaker

Mckeesport, PA

#3 Mar 5, 2010
Shouldn't be too hard. First add up the blood relatives, then the relatives by marriage, and then the jobs for votes. Whoever's left had to be hired because the city needed the look outside the borders for talent.
KGB Mole

AOL

#4 Mar 5, 2010
It will be easier to pentrate my organization or the CIA or the Bones & Skulls than the MAWC.
White Lightning

Mckeesport, PA

#5 Mar 6, 2010
Our water has more chlorine in it than the old
Renzie pool. Many people, fill gallon jugs & let them sit long enough for some of the chlorine to
leave the water. This water is used for coffee &
cooking & never goes down the drain, but we are charged for sewage regardless. Much of this is free money, likely making it's way back into the
MAWC & the politician's pockets. No different than working for a major steelmaker & the big money being pocketed over the scrap steel. Big bucks paid out for a product that's already been paid for.
Take Back

Pittsburgh, PA

#6 Mar 8, 2010
Fire MAWC and take back the water authority from from these high priced crooks
Why is it

United States

#7 Mar 9, 2010
Why is it when you call them (sewage authority) they never answer the phones, and if you are lucky enough to get to voice-mail it tells you that the in box is full and can receive no more messages? Are they so under staffed that in a 4 day period you try and call over 20 times and the phone just rings and rings. Yet when you go down to pay your bill you have people sitting with nothing to do as the phone just rings and rings. I would think if you offered a service as important as water/sewage you should at least answer your damn phones. Maybe they do this so the elderly / or working people can't pay their bills over the phone, have their water shut off and have to pay a turn on fee. If anyone of us ran our own business like this we wouldn't be in business very long. I guess what makes this ok is they say it is. Like one of the earlier posters stated why do we get charged sewage on water that never goes down the drain? Both of these authorities need investigated.
White Lightning

Mckeesport, PA

#8 Mar 10, 2010
The answer to this poll should be no different than
the polls about 'International Village', the
'Police Overtime' or the 'School Board'. It's
simple, if McKeesport politics or their cronies are involved , it warrants an investigation.
Bella Toni

Monessen, PA

#9 Mar 10, 2010
I went down to the Authority to pay my bill the other day and for some reason, I just simply could not give them all of the money. I actually didn't want to pay them. It was irrational and strange but I had a real bad attitude walking in there. I know I still have to pay it but something in me rebelled. I held back ten dollars and bought a scratch off ticket on the way home.
Ticked off in mckeesport

Pittsburgh, PA

#10 Mar 17, 2010
I say investigate the MAWC and the mcKeesport Sewage authority.,.and while you are at it, investigate the city officials as well....particularly the "building inspector" (aka "tax collector") and the "city administrator" who excels in blowing off the questions of taxpayers.
Troublemaker

Mckeesport, PA

#11 Mar 17, 2010
Ticked off in mckeesport wrote:
...particularly the "building inspector" (aka "tax collector") and the "city administrator" who excels in blowing off the questions of taxpayers.
All I'm asking is, how much "experience and training" does that kid have to hold such an important job, and why does a guy who was C.D. director for more than 20 years have so little to show for bringing in business -- and keeping it -- in McKeesport?
White Oak

Pittsburgh, PA

#12 Mar 17, 2010
They are killing us we these bills. Get rid of MAWC!
Spring Water

AOL

#13 Mar 17, 2010
White Oak wrote:
They are killing us we these bills. Get rid of MAWC!
Any just who has control of MAWC and guess where they live?
K I R

AOL

#14 Mar 18, 2010
Spring Water wrote:
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Any just who has control of MAWC and guess where they live?
where do they live?
Spring Water

AOL

#15 Mar 18, 2010
K I R wrote:
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where do they live?
Let me guess -- could it be White Oak!
Troublemaker

Mckeesport, PA

#16 Mar 18, 2010
Spring Water wrote:
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Let me guess -- could it be White Oak!
Oh no, that can't be right... "Good" people who don't live in McKeesport get to complain about how terrible the city is AND get to decide how to run it/control it from outside.

My nagging question since I moved here 22 years ago: If you're in charge and always complaining about how bad it is, why don't you do something about it? Or is there more money to be pilfered by keeping McKeesport just the way it is until the current crop of City Hallers finally retire and move away?
Just Sayin

Pittsburgh, PA

#17 Mar 19, 2010
Should have been done long ago
Grand Jury

Pittsburgh, PA

#18 Apr 12, 2010
Ceraso and company should be investigated by a grand jury.
Bella Toni

Monessen, PA

#19 Apr 12, 2010
I had an issue with them a number of years ago and I got nowhere FAST. I was informed that they are an Authority, and that's that, they are in complete control and there is nothing that can be done about it. They are not like other utility companies, the same 'rules' don't apply to them. We're stuck.
K I R

AOL

#20 Apr 13, 2010
wasnt there a water authority worker trying to sell his house for 275 grand on the market in white oak? i would think it would be 100-120 grand at most for a small house on such a main road.

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