A settlement against a recycling firm for incomplete work was approved by the Schuylkill County Commissioners at their public meeting held Wednesday at Branch Township Municipal Building before a well attended audience. It was one of the biggest turnout of residents to show up for the county's road meetings this year.

The settlement was for $6,500 from Grinnell Recycling Company of New Jersey which had been given the contract by the county's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Bureau to demolish a dilapidated home in Girardville. The county had to complete cleaning up the lot.

On behalf of the East Central Task Force the county approved four members of its Incident Management Team to attend the annual All-Hazards Incident Management Team training and education conference in Colorado on Dec. 7 and 9. The conference is to provide crticial information on lessons learned and best practices developed by existing all-hazards teams. All costs are allocated through Homeland security funding.

Contracts approved

Contracts were approved for several agencies and departments.

On behalf of Chlldren and Youth Services a contract was entered with Catholic Social Services for residential level II at Saint Gabriel's Hall, Audubon, at a per diem of $136.35, dention shelter at $160.77 per day and short term intensive service at $192.62 per day.

On behalf of Drug and Alcohol Agency a fee-for-service contract was entered with White Deer Run for partial hospitalization program serving male and female adults as well as injection drug users and pregnant females at $102 per day.

On behealf of Rest Haven Home and Hospital a contract was entered with Healthcare Services, Bensalem, for the provision of housekeeping and laundry services contract at $115,542.44 per year and approval to purchase 23 electric beds from McKesson Medical Surgical Company at a price of $1,184.10 per bed and 12 assist bars at $70.49 each for total of $28,080.18.

County Engineer Lisa Mahall granted permission to terminate timber lease agreement with D&L Logging, Tremont, on five acres of county held land in Reilly Township, for failure to pay the minimum royalty.

Action taken on personnel matters were as follows:

Two appointments were made at Rest Haven Home and Hospital. Crystal Wengert, Auburn, and Susan Guldin, Schuylkill Haven, were hired as part time nurse's aides at $11.72 per hour.

Appointed as court attendants were John Carestia, North Manheim Township and Richard Laubach, East Brunswick Township, at $8.5865 per hour.They assist judges in courtrooms.

James Preneta, Shenandoah, was hired as a correctional officer at the county prison at $15.6375 per hour.

There were two resignations. Elizabeth Bassler, Schuylkill Township, clerk II in the Clerk of Courts Office, and Jennifer Moran, Branchdale, part time ward clerk at Rest Haven Home, resigned while Karen Bachert, Hamburg, clerk typist with the Agricultural Extension Department, retired.

Retirement board

The market value of the Schuylkill County Employees retirement fund continues to rise and as of this date its value was set at $92,966,617, the highest its been since the recession when it had dropped to the low $80 million bracket.

The report was made by Controller Melinda Kantner, secretary for the Schuylkilll County Employees Retirment Board, which held its monthly meeting following the commissioners' meeting Wednesday. Her report also showed three retirees died during the past month with remaining annuities of $398.44. Two retirees died with monthly annuities continuing to their beneficiaries.