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Road paving projects possible in North Versailles Township

| Friday, April 26, 2013, 1:21 a.m.

For the first time in more than a decade, North Versailles Township will have a road paving project this year.

On Thursday, the township commissioners authorized engineer David Gilliland of Glenn Engineering to prepare specifications and seek bids.

Each commissioner could suggest streets in his ward for paving. Commissioner Art Marra added Joan Drive after residents there brought a petition with 43 signatures.

Others are concerned about new neighbor Community Options Inc., which bought a $146,000 house along Howell Street for three autistic adults and their caretakers.

“It's the caretakers who are going to come in,” Christin More told the board. “We're not going to be familiar all the time with them.”

Commissioner George Beswick researched the matter and Marra backed him up.

“There's an identical situation in Churchill,” Marra said. “There has never been a complaint.”

The board rejected a 10-foot subdivision Speedway wants for a convenience store at Route 30 and Luehm Avenue.

Commissioner Sam Juliano said the subdivision would make it easier for trucks to use the lot that will take the place of two vacant buildings.

Juliano, board president George Thompson and vice president Frank Bivins voted yes. Beswick, Marra and Commissioners Daryl Mitchell and Russell Saula voted no.

Thompson said a large recepticle will be set out at the municipal building for 30 days every three months, beginning May 1, to take television sets and other electronic devices that can't be tossed out as garbage.

At those same times, Dumpsters will be out for building materials and similar refuse at Crestas and Green Valley fire stations.

Patrick Cloonan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1967, or pcloonan@tribweb.com.

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