Appartment complex addresses gas leaks

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Posted: Monday, August 19, 2013 12:00 am

A Papillion apartment building has solved a natural gas problem, according to the property manager.

Village at Papillion, 1605 Barrington Parkway, suffered a recurring gas leak for the past half-year, which one resident said was the reason she left. Traci Terry, the manager of the apartments, said the problem with a gas seal was fixed last month.

About once a month since January, there has been a gas leak that would cause the gas alarm to go off inside the building, Terry said. The staff there worked with the Papillion Fire Department and City Building Inspector Todd Aerni to identify the problem and have it resolved.

“We’ve done everything we’ve been told to do, and so far so good,” Terry said. “There have been no more complaints or problems.”

However, one woman did move out and break her lease, citing the gas leaks as a health hazard. But, Terry said, the woman’s unit never suffered a gas leak.

“Everyone else has been very decent and understanding when working with us as we waited to put on new grates to go on the door covers of the gas units,” Terry said.

Terry said the woman feared the apartment would sue her over breaking the lease, but Terry said no such threat of a lawsuit was ever made.

Darren Carlson, spokesman for the City of Papillion, said a walk-through was done with a mechanical engineer to find the problem and recommendations were made on how to fix it. Repairs were to be made within 90 days of a letter of recommendation sent on July 19.

“I can say, based on what came up in a staff meeting, the apartment has been receptive and cooperative with those changes,” Carlson said.

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