The work session of the Schuylkill County commissioners went smoothly as Controller Melinda Kantner was late arriving and missed the public comment section on the agenda which is listed at the beginning of the meeting and is the only time she can comment.
At the work session held Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville the board approved several recommendations from department heads.
Recorder of Deeds Matthew Dudish was granted permission for his office to enter into a contract with ACS Enterprise Solutions Inc., a Delaware corporation, to provide for additional web delivery service and provide offsite public inquiry access on recordings filed in his office. A fee of $15,000 will be charged for loading of all recorder deeds data and images from the current system and archive viewer to the internet site.
Approval was given to Mike Micko, Schuylkill Transportation System, to file a grant application to obtain funding for the county's fixed route bus program, the shared ride program for older adults, rural transportation program for persons with disabilities and the welfare to work program.
The public works office was given authority to seek bids for cleaning services for the 9-1-1 building and the courthouse building. Bids are also being asked for the maintenance repairs for the county bridge which carries Mill Road over Deep Creek in Hubley Township. County Engineer Lisa Mahall reported PennDOT is increasing funds from $651,000 to $2,021,000 for the replacement of the bridge in Hubley Township.
The commissioners reviewed proposed personnel changes which they will act on at next Wednesday's public meeting.
Two drug and alcohol prevention program specialists are proposed for the Drug and Alcohol Agency. They are Mandy Fitzpatrick, Pottsville, at $35,297 per year, and Phillip Gaughan, West Mahanoy Township, at $34,545 per year.
Children and Youth Service Agency is requesting promotion of Ann Majestic, Pottsville, from caseworker I to caseworker 2 at $16.8419 per hour.
Three retirements were announced: Kathleen Didjunas, East Norwegian Township, as secretary II in the Juvenile Probation Department; Donna Higgins, North Manheim Township, secretary I in the Domestic Relations Department; and Terry Noll, Pine Grove, county detective II in the District Attorney's Office.
Proposed appointments in Rest Haven Home and Hospital were as follows: Claudia Dampman, Schuylkill Haven; Lauren McGurl, Shamokin; Anita Potts, Pottsville; Holly Wagner, Wyomissing; Lori Wagner, Pottsville; Catheirne Dallago, Pine Grove; and Deborah McCready, Pottsville, as part time nurse's aides trainees at $7.70 per hour. Also, Michelle Pyle, Frackville; Mary Gipe, Schuylkill Haven; Candace Snyder, Orwigsburg; and Judith Hulet, Saint Clair, as part time nurse's aides at $11.72 per hour and Karen Zulkowski, Shenandoah, as part time licensed practical nurse at $15.99 per hour.
Rest Haven Home reported four resignations: Donna Spiess, Pottsville; Cynthia Corson, Barnesville; and Kaylei Bettinger, Auburn, full time nurse's aides; and Amber Krise, Ashland, part time nurses' aid.
Attorney Sean Triano, Schuylkill Haven, resigned as a law clerk.