At the work session Wednesday held by the Schuylkill County Commissioners three bids were received and opened for demolition. of a structure at 119 and 121 Greenwood Street, Coaldale.

The bidders were Northeast Industrial Services, Shamokin, $11,440; Spotts Brothers, Inc., Schuylkill Haven, $16,300 and Nimaris Construction, L.P., Bath, $23,813. The bids were referred to a committee for study and recommendation for awarding the contract at a future public meeting. The project is under the county's CDBG (Community Development Block Grant) Program. The cost to the borough will be 25 percent and CDBG Program 75 percent on for the demolition. The homes are vacant and are now owned by the borough. One of the buildings was damaged by a fire.

A resolution was adopted authorizing Mike Micko, director of the STS (Schuylkill Transportation System), which operates the county bus line, to file applications to seek funds towards operating the system in 2012.. Applications will be made to the federal government for $914,146, from the state $1,028,930 and the county $64,144.

Jamie McGovern, of the Schuylkill Conservation District, was given approval of use $7,443 of county funds for the purchase of agricultural easements under the farmland preservation program. The amount represents the total interest collected from clean and green rollback tax penalties in 2011 which under Act 156of 1998 requires all interest collected by the county on clean and green rollback tax penalities shall be added to the county's apropriation for the farmland program.

At the request of Mark Scarbinsky, county administrator, the commmissioners approved entering into an agreement with PIMCC (Prison Inmate Medical Cost Containment Program), of Dauphin County, to participarte in requirements under Act 22 of 2011. The board further designated PrimeCare Medical Inc., Harrisburg, which provides health services to inmates in the county prison, as its agent for payment of Act 22 service fund to PIMCC. Also at Scarbinsky's request the board voted to close a bank account containing $1,302,175.16 in the First National Bank of Minersville. The fund represented monies set aside for the propsed pre-release prison center which was to be constructed near the state correctional institution in Ryan Township but never materialized because of the high bids which came to construct the prison.

Closed Monday

Commissioner Mantura Gallagher announced for the Christmas holiday the courthouse will close Friday at 2 p.m., and reopen on Tuesday, Dec. 26.