Alle-Kiski Laurels & Lances
Lance: To the Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County. MAWC has admitted what we already knew — it has no plan for dealing with a drinking water emergency. This is mind-boggling. Faced with a crisis three weeks ago, management faxed a short “boil water” notice to local media three hours after discovering the problem and went home for the night. Thank God this wasn't a life-and-death emergency.
On the “Watch List”: The Westmoreland County Shared Ride program. The county Transit Authority in July took over the program, which provides subsidized taxi rides to senior citizens. It has been fraught with problems — scheduling, dispatching and more — but the authority appears to be slowly getting its act together. We hope so.
Laurel: To the Butler County Jail. The 4-year-old jail, wisely built on the idea the need for cells will grow as the county's population continues to rise, has extra space. So the county rents cells to Fayette County for its prison overflow and the federal government, which has no local detention facility. That has meant $700,000 in extra revenue this year.
Laurel: To Clint Hurdle. The Pirates manager richly deserved to be named National League Manager of the Year this week in a runaway vote by the nation's baseball writers. Our heartiest congratulations to a skipper who redefines the term “class act.”