What's that smell?: Parting is hardly sweet sorrow for the fired executive director of Pittsburgh's Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority. Henry Sciortino, 67, has been embroiled in allegations of fiscal mismanagement and is the target of an Allegheny County DA investigation. Yet he pocketed a sweet $48,000 “settlement” from the authority. This, without any explanation from officials, who scurry under the protective umbrella of a “personnel matter.” That won't contain the stench, which in this case is overpowering.
New hope for a closed prison: Although still conceptual, plans to transform the former state prison in Hempfield into a full-service veterans' transition campus are intriguing. Details about the proposed $150 million Veterans Sunrise Center at the 96-acre property are few. At the minimum, however, it's encouraging to see something happening at this site.
Booking a library's future: It's no secret that community libraries across the region are in a funding bind as revenue streams have been reduced and, in some cases, eliminated. So it is propitious that the board of the Greensburg Hempfield Area Library, along with community representatives, is looking ahead toward a new strategic plan. Although this work is in its initial stages, considerations include whether to seek a voter referendum for a dedicated tax to sustain the library. Better to address future funding than to await fiscal challenges that may consume future library services.