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North Versailles resident seeks relief from eroding street

| Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, 2:41 a.m.

A North Versailles resident is asking the township to repair an eroding street behind his house.

Rich Blumette reminded the board of commissioners on Thursday that this isn't the first time he has talked to them about problem, which has caused two holes in Markle Street and the collapse of a retaining wall.

“This has been going on for about two years,” Blumette said.

Blumette said he was told by officials then that the municipality was working to obtain grants to cover the cost of the repair. He received a similar answer on Thursday from engineer Dave Gilliland, who said the township is aware of the problem and is trying to fix it.

Board president George Thompson told Blumette that he, Gilliland and commissioner Russell Saula will visit the property next week to see if it can be repaired on a temporary basis.

Blumette said he put pallets over the holes to keep vehicles from going into them. He said debris washes out of the holes and onto his property every time it rains.

Township officials urged residents to be patient when they encounter crews paving streets in the township, which is in the midst of a $2.7 million resurfacing project.

Commissioner Sam Juliano said there have been some problems with motorists driving on streets where the asphalt has yet to cool, causing crews to spend extra time smoothing out the damage.

So far, crews have paved roads in the Green Valley and Crestas areas. The remainder of the township should be completed in coming weeks.

Commissioners accepted the resignation of part-time police officer Steven McKain.

“We hate to lose him,” Saula said. “We wish him the best.”

Police Chief Vince DiCenzo said the department is reviewing applications with the hope of hiring another part-time officer, possibly as soon as next month.

The department currently has two part-time and 17 full-time officers.

The township is accepting applications from those interested in serving on the North Versailles Public Library board of trustees. A position on the seven-member board is open because of Susan Wagner's resignation this week.

Wagner stepped down because she is already on the zoning board and is not permitted to sit on two boards.

Eric Slagle is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1966, or eslagle@tribweb.com.

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