A Tamaqua firm was one of five bidders to repair a county bridge in Schuylkill Haven which were opened at the work session of the Schuylkill County commissioners held Wednesday morning at the courthouse in Pottsville. The bidders were:

Lobar Associates Inc., Dillsburg, $691,423 and alterate, $244,250; Heim Construction Company Inc., Pottsville, $618,74 and alternate, $233,640; Bill Anskis Company Inc., Elysburg, $710,977.35 and alternate $102,965; Berletta Materials and Construction Inc., Tamaqua, $761,290 and alternate, $224,200; and Baseline Contracting Company, Coplay, $1,277,927.59 and alternate, $312. 287.

The bids were submitted to a committee for review and action will be taken at a future meeting. Cost of the repairs will come out of the county's liquid fuel fund, Engineer Lisa Mahall reported.

Assistant County Solicitor Robert Frycklund submitted for a review a proposal of a stipulation agreed by the Tamaqua Area School District to lower the assessment value on the Pines Motel which is located on 5.4 acres in Rush Township. The agreement reached with the property owner, Ravideep, LLC, and the school district, calls for the assessment be reduced from $378,398 to $287,250, which would become affective for the 2012 tax year. Approval is needed from the county and then presented to the court for final action.

Frycklund also submitted a joint approval of a stipulation in connection with a settlement of an assessment appeal initiated by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Allentown pertaining to the former Cardinal Brennan High School building located in Butler Township. Under the agreement, which needs county approval, the school will no longer be exempt from real estate taxation and the new fair market value of the property is proposed at $825,000.

The board adopted a resolution to implement procedures for compliance with Act 106 of 2011 relating to the issuing of bonds for county officers and employees who handle funds. The county will now be able to have one bond cover all the officers. Newly elected officers will be taken office Jan. 2.

The board received notice that the Schuylkill Medical Center in Pottsville that it will be terminating the service agreement it has with the county for autopsy and pathology services effective Dec. 29. The county is seeking a new provider.

Ed Ryan, who heads the MIS Bureau, gave an update report on the county's website. Among the features are information on parcels which are delinquent on tax payments and election coverage.

Ryan reported in last month's general election there were 18,947 viewers of the results the night of election, 15,050 the day after the election, 7,047 since then and a grand total of 41,044 to date.

New quarters

Gary Bender, head of the county's Community Development Block Grant Program, informed the commissioners the county has been selected to receive $500,000 in state funds from the Office of the Budget's Redevelopment Assistance Capital Grant Program.

The county will use the funds as part of its $1 million renovation project within the existing "410 Building", located on the main business thoroughfare in Pottsville across from the city hall building. It is a one story brick building.

Currently the registration and election bureau are located in the building and will have to be relocated. The building will be used by the Children and Youth Services Agency which addresses issues involving child abuse and neglect.