New Cameras OK'd for Police Cars, Intersections in NV Twp.

By Richard Finch Jr. | Posted in: North Versailles Twp. News

North Versailles Twp. commissioners have approved the purchase of eight video cameras and related equipment for use in police cars.

At the March 21 meeting, the commissioners also agreed to purchase two license plate readers and two traffic cameras from Security Consulting Solutions, Inc. of Monaca, Beaver County. The equipment will be installed at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Westinghouse Avenue at a cost of $12,360.56.

North Versailles police Chief James Matrazzo said that when the new traffic cameras and license plate readers are installed, it would bring the total in the township to 12 each.

The township commissioners approved purchasing two additional cameras and license plate readers for the intersection of Routes 48 and 30 at a cost of $7,415.98, pending budget approval.

In other business:

Subdivision OK'd: Commissioners approved a request for a subdivision of a parcel at 294-296 Lincoln Highway, currently home to the Goodwill outlet store.

According to township engineer Dave Gilliland, the property owners are proposing to separate the parcel into two pieces of land, and sell off part of the property next to the bank on Route 30.


Street paving contract awarded: A motion to approve a bid for 2019 street paving projects in the amount of $223,608.10 from the lowest bidder, Victor Paving of Monongahela, Washington County, was approved.

The contract stipulates that parts of Cornelia St. between Kline Ave. and Mason Alley will not be included in the work. Gilliland said the gas company is going to repave those areas after they replace gas lines.

Gilliland said there is an alternate bid to pave the FDNV driveway with funds from the fire tax in the amount of $10,992.25.

Saula voted against awarding the contract to Victor, saying he disapproved of their past work.


Police testing program: A motion to participate in the Turtle Creek Valley Council of Governments Joint Police Testing Program was approved. The program includes physical agility and written tests. Testing will take place on May 14.

Commissioner Russell Saula said the township is considering hiring two to three part-time police officers.  

Commissioners approved a motion to adopt a resolution amending township fees and costs, adding subdivision, land development filing fees, engineering review and inspection fees. “A lot of these subdivision plans were costing the township money,” Township President Frank Bivens said.

The expenses, he said, should be paid by the developers, not the township.


Commissioners also approved the following:

A resolution declaring April 14-20 as Local Government Week.

A resolution amending the garbage and sanitation fee ordinance to provide for violations and penalties for non-payment and failure to comply with the requirements of the ordinance was approved.

A motion to re-employ Ed Leiser as the parks and recreation maintenance person at a rate of $9.69 per hour beginning April 2019.

A motion to ratify the attendance of Lisa Green, parks and recreation director to attend two training sessions, March 13 and 20 at a cost of $30 and $150.

A motion to award CMI, Inc., $2,995 for the asbestos inspections of five properties scheduled for demolition.


Richard Finch Jr. is a freelance writer who covers news from McKeesport Area School District and North Versailles Twp. for Tube City Almanac. He may be reached at finchr43@gmail.com.

Originally published March 27, 2019.

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