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Versailles OKs contractor for methane mitigation

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By Stacy Lee
Tuesday, April 9, 2013, 2:11 a.m.

Versailles council awarded a $21,630 contract on Monday night to Plavchak Construction Co. of Jefferson Hills for exterior methane mitigation.

The systems will be installed outside four houses in Versailles.

Borough engineer Paul Gaus said four bids were opened at the end of March.

Council approved Echelon Applied Geosciences of Murrysville to oversee interior methane mitigation specifications and installation at a cost between $8,375 and $11,875.

“They are the experts and they did submit a proposal for council to approve,” Gaus said.

He said the borough is determining how many houses will receive interior systems, which will provide positive pressure below basement floors to stop gas from surfacing.

A second public meeting for residents regarding information about the installation of the interior methane mitigation systems is scheduled for April 16 at 6 p.m. at the borough building.

Federal grant money will fund the two methane projects.

Councilors authorized Gateway Engineers to prepare specifications for the reconstruction of Bayne Street. The borough was awarded $40,000 in Community Development Block Grant funding for the road work and will pay approximately $65,000.

Secretary Jennifer Richards asked council for suggestions for a borough website she is creating.

“I would like everyone's input on what you would like to see on it,” she said. “I was thinking about taking some pictures of the borough building to keep on the front page and a brief statement about the population and information about the borough.”

Richards said the creation of the site will take a month and a half to two months.

Council approved the purchase of a new digital recorder at a cost not to exceed $150, and paddles and a battery for its automated external defibrillator at a price not to exceed $300.

Stacy Lee is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1970, or

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