Voters in East Union Township will have their former voting site restored for the general election on November 6 as the Schuylkill County commissioners approved the recommendation of Election Director Frannie Brennan to return the voting place to the township Municipal Building at 10 E. Elm St.

In the last primary election the voters cast their ballots at the Sheppton/Oneida Volunteer Fire Company Building at 900 Center St., Sheppton.

Brennan also presented the commissioners at their work session Wednesday at the courthouse the latest voter registration list showing the total registered voters in the county is 86,317, which is an increase of 1,526 voters since the May Primary. There were also some surprises, although the Republican Party is the majority party in the county it dropped 442 voters. Its registration for the November election is 40,791. The Democratic Party, second largest in the county, gained 505 voters and its registration for November is 36,643.

The biggest gain was among those registered "No Affiliation", which increased by 1,305 and its total for November election is 3,202. There also are 1,397 registered Independent and 3,418 Non-Partisan. The Libertarian Party picked up 99 voters to increase their registration to 432.

Other business

The commissioners reviewed contracts with Resource Technologies Corporation sought by Chief Assessor Ginny Murray for maintenance update and improvement of the county's mineral valuation system and for govern software.

Real Estate Director and County Engineer Lisa Mahall asked for approval of a renewal lease with the Borough of Tremont for the continuous use of space at the former Tremont School Building as a nutritional and senior center at a monthly rental fee of $873.33. The proposed lease is for five years ending Nov. 30, 2007.

William Liptok, public works director, reviewed with the commissioners an agreement with TKO Cleaning Services, Pottsville, for cleaning services at the 9-1-1 Center for a period of three years at a cost of $47,000.

Three proclamations were adopted

Sunday, Oct. 21 was proclaimed as "Down Syndrome Buddy Walk Day" in the county, to help raise awareness and addresses the need to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with down syndrome.

The week of Oct. 22 through 26 was proclaimed as "Schuylkill County Cancer Awareness Week" to honor "those we lost, lend our strength to those who carry on the fight and pledge to educate ourselves and our loved ones about this tragic disease". Also proclaimed was "Red Ribbon Week", a campaign offered by the Drug and Alcohol Agency to give them an opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to a drug-free lifestyle.

Three bids were opened for a West Mahanoy Township sewer improvement project along Newtown Road.

Sikora Brothers Paving Inc., Shickshinny, bid $33,910; Arthur "Pat" Aungst, Pine Grove, $35,917; and Schuylkill Paving Company, $43,523.

The board reviewed a number of personnel matters.

County Controller Christy Joy announced he is filling a vacancy in his office by appointing Ashley Graver, Minersville, as auditor and accountant at salary of $51,420 per year. Clerk of Courts Stephen Lukach announced promoting two clerks, Heather Stettler, Tamaqua, and Debra Holley, Saint Clair, from clerk 11 to clerk 111 at salaries of $18.59 per hour.

The commissioners will take action on the recommendations at next Wednesday's public meeting.