Schuylkill County Demolition Director Gary Bender was authorized to seek bids for demolition of buildings in Coaldale and Tower City boroughs at Wednesday's commissioner's meeting in Pottsville.

The Coaldale building, a double two-story frame structure at 119 and 121 Greenwood Street, was purchased by the borough for $100 from Jean Pillion. Bids will be advertised on December 2 and 7 with the bids due back in the controller's office by December 19 and a bid opening on December 21. The tentative award date is December 28.

A proclamation was adopted recognizing Leo Haley, Pottsville, the Catholic War Veterans National Commander for 2011, for his service to his country and for his tireless efforts and support of veterans. He served in the U. S. Navy from November 1952 to 1955 and as Commander of the Pottsville Catholic War Veterans since 1993. He was a court attendant for now Senior Judge D. Michael Stine of the Court of Common Pleas of Schuylkill County.

Winners of the phone book recycling contest, sponsored by the Solid Waste and Recycling Department, were recognized by the county commissioners. The top three schools were, Saint Nicholas, of Minersville, which took top honors in collecting 505 phone books; Minersville Elementary School at Llewellyn; and Blue Mountain Elementary at Cressona.

The top three students were, Paul Frantz, of Blue Mountain Elementary in Cressona with 209 books collected; Kobe Reed, also of Blue Mountain Elementary in Cressona, with 207 books collected; and Regan Bennet, Blue Mountain Elementary-East, with 151 books collected.

A contract was renewed with TKO Cleaning Services, LLC, Pottsville (low bidder) to provide cleaning services for the next two years at the county courthouse. From Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2012, the cost will be $75,000, and from Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2013, the cost will be $79,000.

A contract was renewed with Mid Atlantic Monitoring Services, LLC to continue providing secure continuous remote alcohol monitoring (SCRAM) and add radio-frequency electronic monitoring services (SCRAMX) at a rate of $11 per day for units that are in services on people placed on probation by the county court and supervised by the adult probation department.

Permission was granted to Arthur Kaplan, David Carichner and Stephen Bekanich, members of the Incident Management Team, to attend the 2011 annual all-hazards incident management team training and education conference to be held in San Diego, Cal. on December 6 through 8.

The commissioners were informed by the Emergency Management Agency that this conference will provide critical information on lessons learned and best practices developed by existing all-hazards incident management teams. All costs associated with the conference will be paid from the Homeland Security Grant fund.

An agreement was reached with the American Hose Company Number Two, Pottsville, to provide warehouse space for the Schuylkill County Emergency Management Agency's incident support vehicle. Approval was given Gary Bender, director of the count's CDBG (Community Development Block Grant) Program, to hold a public meeting on Dec. 14 following the commissioners meeting to review the 2012 community development program.

Approval was given for the transfer of a coal mining lease from Joseph Cromyak to Locust Valley Culm Company, to strip mine on county held 45 acres of land in New Philadelphia and Blythe Township. The minimum royalty payments were set at $180 per month.

Paul Straka, assistant county administrator, was appointed to the Office of Senior Services Advisory Board for a three year term ending November 30, 2014.

Foster care service agreements on behalf of Children and Youth Services Agency were approved with three providers, Safeguards Specialized Foster Care, Reading; NHS Pennsylvania, Harrisburg and United Children's Home, West Hazleton.

There will be no meeting next week as it is the fifth Wednesday of the month. The commissioners alternate their work session and public meeting each week. The next meeting will be a work session on Wednesday morning, Dec. 7.