Five bids were received for the stormwater improvements project on Walnut Street, MaryD, Schuylkill Township, and were opened by the Schuylkill County Commissioners at their work session Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville.

The bids were as follows:

Donohue Excavating and Paving Company, Schuylkill Haven, $13,217 base bid and alternates, $3,042, $495 and $330.

Affordable W/S Excavating Company, Benton, $14,257 base bid and alternates, $2,600, $253 and $253.

Penn Earthworks Inc., Hazleton, $14,285 base bid and alternates, $2,850, $242 and $154.

Dallago's Backhoe Service, Marlin, Norwegian Township, base bid, $17,680 and alternates, $4,810, $650 and $770.

Schuylkill Paving Inc., Schuylkill Haven, $18,533.50 base bid and alternates, $3,900, $1,595 and $825.

The bids were turned over to Gary Bender, who is now in charge of the county's Communiity Devellopment Block Grant (CDBG) program for review and recommendation. Bender explained the alternates are for concrete or blacktop coverings.

Scott Krater, director of Office of Public Safety, presented a proposed agreement with Motorola for a service maintenance contract to keep in operation the elite radio console in the 9-1-1 Center.

Commissioner Francis McAndrew, who chaired the meeting in the absence of Commissioner Mantura Gallagher, questioned the amount of the agreement, $292,236, for one year. He said it was mind boggling.

Krater explained he viewed it as insurance because it guarantees instant service at any time and a breakdown in equipment might occur. He said he would not to be caught on a weekend with the system down and no radio contact with police or firemen. He said the agreement also covers replacements of any parts. The console is checked once a month plus any servicing needed.

After a lengthy discussion both McAndrew and Commissioner Frank Staudenmeier approved the agreement but McAndrew asked Krater for a more detailed analysis and explore possible agreements with other companies.

The two man board also approved the request of Brenda Zechman, director of the county's Veteran's Office, to enter into a cooperative agreement with Lackawanna, Luzerne, Montour and Wyoming counties for the purpose of purchase grave flags for Memorial Day. Each year the county office distributes flags to veterans organzations who decorate the graves of veterans of all wars. McAndrew asked how many veterans graves will be decorated this year and Zechman estimated around 37,700.

The board received an announcement from Craig Morgan, Wayne Township, who has been county's conservative district manager for many years, that he will be retiring effectove March 3.

Plan job cuts

At the conclusion of the work session the county salary board held its work session and were presented for review and action at next week's public meeting proposals to eliminate two county jobs.

The are a title searcher's position in the real estate office created in 2008, which has been vacant since the person hired left the job, and a program tester in the tax assessment office which has been vacant. The assessment position is being reduced to a part time.