Bids on improving the driveway at the Tuscarora Fire Company, Schuylkill Township, are being requested by the Schuylkill County Commissioners in action taken at their work session held Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville.

The deadline for bids to be submitted to the controller's office at the courthouse is June 2 and they will be opened at the commissioners' public meeting on July 11. Funds to cover the cost will come from the county's Community Development Block Grant Program.

Other business

Last fall the voters elected a physician as a county coroner and his medical knowledge has helped reduce costs and installed a professional staff.

Coroner Dr. David J. Moylan appeared before the commissioners to announce he is preparing a report on activities of his department and sought their support in stressing the need to wear seat belts.

Moylan reported this year their have have been 10 fatal vehicular accidents in the county and six of the victims were not wearing seat belts. Through a laptop computer he exhibited injuries caused by some of the decedents which could have been prevented by the restraint system.

Moylan, who now has a staff of 31 investigative deputies who respond to accidents and sudden deaths, displayed to the commissioners a small knife-like device which has been distributed to the deputies which cuts through glass and cuts seat belts to reach trapped motorists quickly. Moylan has also saved taxpayers hundreds of dollars by reducing the number of autopsies required to determine cause of death. A scan machine used can detect the cause of death without an autopsy. An autopsy cost begins at $1,500.

The commissioners were presented a contract for review from Lightspeed Technologies, Wilkes-Barre, for the purpose of purchasing and installing a new Voice Over Internet Producal (VOIP) phone system and computer network for the courthouse, county prison, adult probation, and human service buildings. Paul Straka, central service director, told the board the project will also include an upgrade to the network equipment and interface to the 9-1-1 Emergency Management Agency administrative phone system. The total cost of the project is $422,838.90 and is a state contract price.

Scott Krater, director of the Schuylkill County 9-1-1, presented to the board for review an agreement with Greens Communication, Pottsville, for a service maintenance agreement for the 9-1-1 phone system which was installed in 1997. The cost of the agreement is $274,023.24 per year and is tariff eligible through Act 56 and 78. The term of the agreement is for one year.

Also presented for review was an agreement with Essentials Management Solutions, Pottsville, for a wireless post deployment maintenance services at a cost of $5,000 per month and is also tariffi eligible. The proposed agreement is for 24 months. It is a different system from the proposed new phone system.

Personnel matters

The commissioners reviewed personnel matters dealing with department under their jurisdiction.

Communications 9-1-1 seek to appoint two telecommunicators, Joseph Keisher, of Sheppton, and Seth Lowe, Frackville.

Rest Haven Home seeks to hire Brenda Helt, Schuylkill Haven, as activities aide; Shannon Grutza, Mahanoy City, nurse's aide; Antonio Lesher, Pottsville, as per diem licensed practical nurse; Nancy Donlen, Pottsville, full time housekeeper; Desire Blum, Port Carbon; Cathy Gregory, Saint Clair; Morgan Ferrari, Orwigsburg, part time nurse's aide; and Holly Kellman, Schuylkill Haven; Crystal Cortez, Pine Grove; Angela Marmas, New Philadelphia; Brandie Hamilton, Pottsville; Dakota Wills, Pottsville; Melissa Lucas, Lykens; Clara Hosler, Pottsville; Kristi Burke, Port Carbon; Matthew Been, Schuylkill Haven and Eufernia Crishock, Minersville, as part time nurse's aide trainees.

Children and Youth Services Agency seeks to appoint Amanda Brach, Pottsville, as a caseworker and the Drug and Alcohol Agency seeks to appoint Molly Brown-Steranko, Port Carbon, an assistant administrator of the drug and alcohol program.

The board was informed the court was appointing Julia Blackwell, Pottsville, as an unpaid interim in the law library; Bernard Boran, Minersville, resigning as court attendant; and Patricia Joseph, Mahanoy City, is being transferred from the district attorney's victim witness coordinator position to secretary II.