Statement before the Glenn A. Walsh
Council of the
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2005 June 14
Good afternoon. I am Glenn A.
First, I want to thank Councilman Bill Peduto for his efforts to provide for this public hearing as well as to ensure that plans for this expansion were available to the public, at the City Clerk's Office, before the hearing.
I did review the plans last
week. From these plans, along with other information on the
Now, I had several questions (attached
to this statement), which I had e-mailed to Craig Dunham of
A better strategy would have been to have Carnegie Museum provide a special public session as the Port Authority often does, perhaps in the Carnegie Lecture Hall, where drawings could have been viewed by the public and questions answered by Carnegie officials. Then, once the public hearing date arrives, the public would be able to discuss the project intelligently. City Council and The Carnegie should implement such a strategy for future projects.
Although I see no real
problems with this plan, what would happen if information was revealed at this
public hearing that City Council did have problems with? With the passage of
Bill 1367 on May 31,
In Bill 1367, it states: “the Museum, acting on behalf of the City, entered the Land and built the Museum Property;…” Yet, the Preamble to the agreement states that the Museum was not legally created until March 2, 1896, nearly four months after the building was completed, dedicated, and donated to the City of Pittsburgh!
Let there be no doubt in anyone’s mind that, as with the neighborhood branch library buildings, the Main Library and Museums building is owned by the City of Pittsburgh—not just the land the building sits upon. At the building dedication on November 5, 1895, Pittsburgh Mayor McKenna stated: “As Chief Magistrate of this, my native city, I am pleased to receive for the people this beautiful building which you, at great expense out of your abundant means, have erected and designated that it shall be "Free to the People."”