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NV Twp. Joins Tri-COG Land Bank

By Kristen Keleschenyi
The Tube City Almanac
September 24, 2021
Posted in: North Versailles Twp. News

North Versailles Twp. will join an organization that helps return vacant and abandoned properties back to the tax rolls.

At the September meeting, commissioners unanimously voted to join the Tri-COG Land Bank.

Founded in 2017 by Turtle Creek Valley Council of Governments and Steel Rivers Council of Governments, the land bank was created to deal with the increasing nuisance of vacant and abandoned properties in the Mon Valley and the blight they create.

“They have authority, if this township joins, to identify properties that qualify and the land bank can then acquire ownership, rehabilitate them, sell them and get them back on the tax roll,” said township solicitor Greg Evashavik.

In other township business, commissioners voted to accept the resignation of police Officer Mike Sharp, effective Aug. 20, and authorized payments of 2021 Fire Tax Money to West Wilmerding volunteer fire company in the amount of $3,388.98 and to the Crestas volunteer fire company in the amount of $594.11.

Commissioners authorized township engineer Dave Gilliland to prepare and advertise a new garbage contract to begin in January. The current contract with Big’s Sanitation of Rostraver Twp. expires at the end of this year.

Originally published September 24, 2021.

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