Landlord Questions Township’s Rental Ordinance

February 02, 2022 |

By Kristen Keleschenyi | Posted in: North Versailles Twp. News

A representative of a landlord that owns properties in North Versailles Twp. is questioning the municipality’s recently enacted rental registration ordinance.

Kurt Skvarla of Addleman Realty and Landmark Companies spoke at the January board of commissioners meeting. The company owns apartment complexes on Dix Drive, near the intersection of Routes 30 and 48.

Skvarla said the fees are a hardship for the family run business and might lead to raising the rent for their tenants.

“The North Versailles Twp. license fee on our Dix Drive property is 25 times higher than if that same building was located in East McKeesport,” Skvarla said. He asked for documentation illustrating how the fees were determined and what they are used for.

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EA Principal Moves to New Position

January 24, 2022 |

By Kristen Keleschenyi | Posted in: North Versailles Twp. News

After 18 years of serving as an elementary school principal within the East Allegheny School District, Sean Gildea has been named the new director of education.

Along with coordinating a comprehensive overview of the school’s curriculum, this new position will be dedicated to curriculum development and implementation, professional development and assessment, school officials said.

The school board voted unanimously to promote Gildea at the January school board meeting.

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NV Twp. Manager Retiring, New Head Named

December 31, 2021 |

By Kristen Keleschenyi | Posted in: North Versailles Twp. News

After serving North Versailles Twp. for more than two decades — most recently as township manager — Patricia Logo is now preparing to retire.

At the December commissioners’ meeting, board President Frank Bivins thanked Logo for her efforts to guide the township through a period of financial difficulty. “Since she’s been here, she’s done a wonderful job,” Bivins said. “We were in the hole when she got here and she brought us up to where we’ve got a surplus.”

Logo’s last day will be Jan. 28.

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New Board Members Take Seats in EA

December 21, 2021 |

By Kristen Keleschenyi | Posted in: North Versailles Twp. News

There are five new faces on the East Allegheny School Board. At the Dec. 6 reorganization meeting, new members were sworn in and took their seats.

Superintendent Alan Johnson thanked the outgoing board of directors for their service. “I do really truly understand what a commitment it is and oftentimes what a thankless task it is,” he said.

The first big task of this new board of directors will be to tackle the district’s masking policy.  In light of the recent decision by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to overrule the governor’s state mask mandate, the topic will be on the agenda at the next school board meeting which will be held on Jan. 10.

Until then, masking remains a requirement at Logan Elementary, the junior-senior high school and school buses.

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Local Districts Keep Masking Plans in Effect

December 14, 2021 |

By Jason Togyer | Posted in: Duquesne News, McKeesport and Region News, North Versailles Twp. News

Local school districts are keeping their mask policies in effect for the time being.

Duquesne and East Allegheny school officials said their mandatory mask policies will remain in place, while McKeesport Area School District said the district is making face masks optional but “highly recommended” for all staff and students.

Masking also is mandatory on school buses, McKeesport Area officials said.

On Friday, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that the state Department of Health overstepped its authority on Aug. 31 by setting a blanket requirement for all students to wear a face mask while in class to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

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Holiday Events Scheduled in NV Twp.

November 29, 2021 |

By Kristen Keleschenyi | Posted in: North Versailles Twp. News

North Versailles Twp. has a variety of holiday events planned to make spirits bright for the month of December:

Winter clothing drive: The parks and recreation department is partnering with Speedway for a Winter Wear Drive. They will be collecting and distributing winter clothes such as hats, gloves and scarves for township residents in need. If anyone knows someone who can benefit from this collection or has items to donate, please contact Lisa Green, parks and recreation director, at (412) 823-6602, extension 104.

Children’s Christmas Party: The township Children’s Christmas Party will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 18 at the community center, 1401 Greensburg Ave. Magician Chuck Caputo will provide entertainment. There will be pizza for lunch, presents and photos with Santa. Parents need to register their children through the parks and recreation office by Dec. 10 at

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Warning Signs Proposed for Route 30 Bottleneck

November 29, 2021 |

By Kristen Keleschenyi | Posted in: North Versailles Twp. News

Ongoing traffic bottlenecks on Route 30 in North Versailles Twp. — near the Dairy Queen and Dunkin Donuts — will soon be addressed if commissioners pass a proposed ordinance approving warning signs.

“They’re [motorists] stopping to wait their turn to get into the businesses on Route 30 which is creating a substantial traffic hazard and a serious risk for motor vehicle accidents,” said township Solicitor Greg Evashavik at the November commissioners meeting.

Officials said township police had been in touch with the state Department of Transportation about the problem because Route 30 is a state road, and the township does not have the authority to put up any signage along that stretch of road. But PennDOT has agreed about the severity of the problem.

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NV Twp. Commissioners React to Eastland Sale

October 28, 2021 |

By Kristen Keleschenyi | Posted in: North Versailles Twp. News

North Versailles Twp. Commissioner George Thompson presents Commission President Frank Bivins with a framed certificate from the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Commissioners in recognition of 36 years of service on the board. (Kristen Keleschenyi photo for Tube City Almanac)

It “probably the worst-kept secret in the world,” joked North Versailles Twp. Commissioner Allen Wagner at this week's meeting.

Township commissioners reacted to the news — finally confirmed this month — that Internet shopping giant is building a distribution center at the site of the former Eastland Mall.

At the October meeting, board members confirmed the recent sale of the former Eastland Mall property to

The Pittsburgh Business Times first reported on Oct. 14 that the 46-acre property at 2900 Maryland Ave. is being sold by Realty Development Eastland Inc. — an affiliate of Buffalo, N.Y., shopping mall owner Benderson Development LLC — for $9 million.

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Additional Security in Place at EA

October 14, 2021 |

By Kristen Keleschenyi | Posted in: North Versailles Twp. News

Increased security and police presence are being utilized throughout the East Allegheny School District this week.

Early Tuesday morning, a threat of violence was made via social media against the junior-senior high school, officials said.

Although North Versailles Twp. police determined the threat had only minor credibility, the district is taking the additional measures to “ensure a safe school experience for all and hopefully alleviate some anxieties” parents and students are feeling, according to a statement posted on the district’s Facebook page from Jamie Griesbaum, district secretary, on behalf of Superintendent Alan Johnson.

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NV Twp. Church Plans ‘Trunk-or-Treat’

October 08, 2021 |

By Submitted Report | Posted in: Announcements, North Versailles Twp. News

(Submitted photo)

St. John’s Lutheran Church, located on Route 30 in North Versailles Twp., will hold a “trunk-or-treat” event from 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 30, a spokeswoman said.

The church’s new pastor, Rev. Dr. Kimberly Greway, also will be on hand to introduce herself to the community.

The church will provide games and prizes and refreshments will be served. Following the “trunk-or-treat,” there will be a scavenger hunt, crafts and an obstacle course in the soclal hall.

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