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Housing authority updating properties in Shenango Valley

SEPTEMBER 9, 2016

By JOE PINCHOT
Herald Staff Writer

SHARON -Two Mercer County Housing Authority co=unities in Farrell will get upgrades with contracts recently signed for modernization work.

The authority on Wednesday signed a contract with Declan Construction of Brookfield to work on the Centennial Place apartments and its community building, said Ken Chuzie, modernization coordinator. The company's bid, $350,000, was the lowest of two.

The work includes new windows and door, electrical service improvements and painting at the community center on Wallis, and new windows, doors and railings, concrete repair and work to
redirect water at 5 3 units, he said.

Work also is to begin this month at Patterson and Landay town home apartments, Contracts have been awarded to Hudson Construction, Hermitage, for general construction on bid of$1,145,000; electrical contractor Connecto Electric Inc., Erie, $99,300; and plumbing contractor Deeter Plumbing and Heating, Cochranton, $193,406.

While Connecto's and Deeter's bids were the lowest, one company submitted a lower bid than Hudson's, but that tender was rejected because it did not include a price for storm doors and had "significant mistakes and omissions," said authority Executive Director Nannette Livadas.

Hudson's bid is "a little more than we had anticipated but, because we hadn't done much there in so long, we decided to go for it," she said.

The work to be done includes replacing roofs, siding, soffit, gutters, downspouts, windows, doors and furnaces and removing wall-mounted air conditioning units to install central air, Chuzie said.

"This property hasn't had a lot done to it since it was built in 1984,'' he said.

The authority has smaller-scale projects at many of its other properties, including shoring up the foundation of a sinking fourplex at Lavigne Manor, Farrell; replacing vinyl bathroom tile with ceramic at Gurrera Village, Hermitage; sprucing up the porches at three homes on Euclid A venue, Sharon; and building a new porch in a home at 1044 Fruit Ave, Farrell, Chuzie said.

Some gutter work was performed on the authority's central office building on Jefferson Avenue, Sharon, and officials are looking into repairing bricks and other exterior work. The former Jefferson School building was built in 1909.

Residents of Fomelli Manor in Sharon have complained about security and the authority will be installing nine surveillance cameras in common areas. A monitor for the cameras will be posted in the main common room so residents can see the images, Chuzie said.

The authority will be partaking of an offer from the federal government for free pest management training. The kinds of pests have changed —bed bugs are in issue now — and the effectiveness of traditional treatments have waned, Livadas said.

"It's really important for us to understand what we're dealing with," she said.

The maintenance staff and site managers will undergo the training, she said.

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