After many hours of negotiation, a proposed settlement was worked out to be presented to the Schuylkill County Court reducing the market value of the Schuylkill Mall property in Butler Township, was the report given by Attorney Robert Frycklund, an assistant county solicitor to members of the Board of Commissioners of Schuylkill County at Wednesday's work session. The commissioners will take action at next week's public meeting on agreeing to the settlement which will then be presented to a county judge for approval.

Chairman Frank Staudenmeier noted under the settlement the county would be losing $101,000 in tax revenue and North Schuylkill School District stands to lose around $200,000. Under the proposed settlement the market value for the aggregate value of the mall would be reduced from $18,600,000 to $16,500,000 to January 1, 2010 for the tax year 2010; for the tax year 2011 the market value will be reduced to $ 14 million and for the tax year 2012 and thereafter to $13 million. The agreement also states that none of the parties will seek any further upward or downward adjustments at least for the next two years. According to Frycklund the owner does not plan to sell but is working to open more store. Currently the mall is lacking an anchor store.

Also reviewed with the commissioners was a proposed settlement of the market value of the former Immaculate Conception Church and two story rectory building which was sold by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Allentown to Kamel Beshay, of Tamaqua, for $60,000.The buildings are located at Fourth and Centre Street, Village of Kelayres in Kline Township. The proposed settlement is to reduce the market value to $55,000 retroactive to January 1, 2011.

Burn Ban

The commissioners adopted a resolution enacting a 30 day temporary county-wide ban on open fires beginning, Friday, April 20 at noon. The request was made by John Matz, director of the county emergency management bureau, told the commissioners the conditions in the county are very dry and his bureau has been dispatching firemen to brush fires at all hours of the day and night for the past two weeks..

The commissioners authorized John Richmond, director of the Adult Probation Office, to submit an application for a grant of $50,000 from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime to supplement the salary of a probation officer assigned exclusively to the supervision of sex offenders who are placed by the court in the Intermediate Punishment Program on probation for long periods of time.

Election Director Frannie Brennan was given permission to seek a driver to deliver the electronic voting machines to polling places in the Tamaqua Borough and Rush Township, East Union Township and West Penn Township area as Karen Davison, of Tamaqua, who was previously hired, resigned.

The commissioners approved the appointment of John DeBalko, 500 South Cleveland Street, McAdoo and Robert S. Carl, Jr, 3012 Ridgeview Drive, Orwigsburg as members of NEPA (Northeastern Pennsylvania Board of Directors for a two year term from July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2014.

Jennifer Pisarchick, Coaldale and John Powers, Pottsville, were appointed as members of the Luzerne/Schuylkill Workforce Investment Board Inc. for a three year term beginning April 26,2012 through September 15, 2015.

Personnel Matters

The commissioners accepted the retirement of Edward Kanowski, Ringtown, as a correctional officer at the county prison and approved the termination of Robert Beaver, Girardville, as a full time housekeeper at Rest Haven Home.

It discussed actions pertaining to other county workers on which action will be taken at next week's public meeting.

District Attorney Karen Byrnes Noon announced Attorney Andrew Serina, Tamaqua, is resigning as an assistant district attorney; Janice Huth, Frackville, is being promoted from the position of Juvenile Court Victim-Witness Coordinator to Victim-Witness Project Director and her salary is proposed at $38,570 and Patricia Joseph, Mahanoy City, is being promoted from Victim-Witness Assistant to Victim-Witness Coordinator and her salary is proposed at $28,931.

The county salary board will meet next week to act on the salaries.

Warden Eugene Berdanier announced Joshua Richmond, Frackville, resigned as a correctional officer.

Juvenile Probation Department announced the resignation of Tiffany Miller, Cressona, as a fiscal and administrative assistant.

County Administrator Mark Scarbinsky announced MIchael Collins, Schuylkill Haven, will be retiring as a maintenance worker on April 27.

Rest Haven Home is requesting the appointment of Anita Keller, Saint Clair and Gloria Wolfe. Frackville, as part time licensed practical nurse at proposed salaries of $15.99 per hour; Lori Cascarino, Barnesville, as a per diem activities director at $16.56 per hour; transfer of Amanda Nagle, Schuylkill Haven; Roxanne Perazzo, Pottsville and Rebecca Phelps,Tremont, from part time nurse's aides to full time nurse's aide at $11.72 per hour.

Office of Senior Services announced the promotion of Brittany Lawall, Barnesville, from county social caseworker intern to aging care manager 2 at proposed salary of $14.36 per hour.

The county coroner's office announced hiring of Michelle Hueston, Saint Clair and Frank Rice, Ashland, as per diem deputy coroner investigators.

The county salary board held its work session and received a request from the district attorney for the creation of the position of Victim-Witness Project Director. The salary is paid from a grant the county receives.

Because of the Primary Election next Tuesday with the commissioners present at the election center to supervise the unofficial count of votes cast the regular public meeting of the commissioners has been moved from Wednesday to Thursday morning.