Paving on four streets in North Versailles Twp. should be completed in mid-June.
At this month's commissioners meeting, Township Engineer Dave Gilliland said work will be wrapped up shortly on Old Farm Road, Mahoning Avenue, Crestas Road and Girard Avenue. The 2019 paving project will probably begin in July, Gilliland said.
Commissioners also approved a resolution presented by board President Frank Bivens to authorize the township manager to execute agreements pertaining to paving projects on U.S. Route 30.
Bivens said the project on Route 30 will start in Forest Hills and come all the way out to the county line.
According to a state Department of Transportation document, construction work is expected to begin in 2021.
Township Solicitor Greg Evashavik said he reviewed the documents and the township is required to contribute about $12,000 toward the project. The estimated $16.2 million project to rehabilitate the highway in Allegheny County is currently in preliminary engineering stages, according to the PennDOT report.
“When there are intersecting township roads, and now with the Americans with Disabilities Act, cut-outs for wheelchair and pedestrian access is required,” Evashavik said.
In other business, commissioners approved:
A motion to hire Anthony Genovese for the summer parks maintenance program at a rate of $8.50 per hour and Marly Green for the summer food program for 20 hours per week at $7.25 per hour for a period of 10 weeks.
A motion to condemn and approve the written adjudications for properties at 109 Westinghouse Ave., 1704 Girard Ave., 115 Versailles Ave., 123 Versailles Ave. and 91 Port Perry Road.
Condemnation hearings were held on April 25, Evashavik said, but none of the owners appeared and no one opposed or objected to a recommendation by township administration to raze and condemn the structures.
Commissioners approved a motion presented by Commissioner Tracy Yusko on behalf of the parks and recreation department to request state Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program grant in the amount of $211,574, and designating the township manager to execute all documents and agreements.
GTRP funds are allocated by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development for projects involving development, rehabilitation and improvements to public parks, recreation areas, greenways, trails and river conservation, according to the DCED website.
Yusko said grant applications are due electronically by May 31 for the Crestas ball field lighting project. The project calls for the installation of excavation and conduit wiring, expansion panels, light scanners, trenching, footers and restoration.
Commissioners also gave their consent to the North Versailles Twp. Sanitary Authority's plans to borrow up to $7.2 million.
Evashavik said the agreement between the township and the sanitary authority is a routine matter requiring board approval. “There are some problems that occurred in the Crestas area, involving a significant landslide that requires urgent repairs,” he said.
Commissioners Sam Juliano and Daryl Mitchell were absent.
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 email@example.com.
Originally published May 29, 2019.