The Schuylkill County commissioners made their final road trip of the year of holding meetings in various part of the county, visiting Pine Grove Wednesday for a meeting in the borough's municipal building with a handful of senior citizens in attendance.
Two proclamations were adopted, one designating Saturday, Oct. 27, as "Make A Difference Day," encouraging specific volunteer activities such as encouraging residents to step out of their personal comfort zone and dare to care about people who are homeless, hungry, lonely, sick or in need of help.
The second proclamation designates the week of Oct. 28 through Nov. 3 as "Schuylkill Farm-City Week," for the great elements in our society of agriculture, industry and urban people to continue to work for economic growth in or to preserve and protect a healthy environment.
The commissioners acted on a number of contract, leases and service agreements.
On behalf of the Recorder of Deeds office an addendum to a contract between the deeds office and ACC Enterprises Solutions Inc., for there-indexing of deeds, miscellaneous, and map records from1983 back to 1977 at a cost of $160,000. A contract was approved on behalf of the Assesment Office with Resource Technologies Corporation for maintenance update and improvement of the county's coal mineral valuations system for a three year contract ending December 2014.
A lease agreement was approved to renew the current agreement with Tremont Borough to lease space in the former Tremont School Building at 139 Clay St., for use as a nutritional and senior center. The monthly rent remains the same at $873.33 and the lease is for five years ending Nov. 30, 2017.
An agreement was entered with TKO Cleaning Company for cleaning services at the 9-1-1 buiilding on Centrre Street, Pottsville, for three years. Payment for 2013 will be $15,000 and for 2014 and 2015 at $16,000 each year.
Purchase of service agreements on behalf of Children and Youth Services Agency were entered for one year with providers as follows:
Children's Choice, Bellmawr, N.J., for foster care at Level l at $38.50 per day; Level II at $75.50 per day; and adoption finalized at cost of $3,500.
NHS Youth Services, Harrisburg, for intensive security at $246 per day and housing sex offenders at $275 per day.
NHS Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, for foster care plus at $84.10 per day; community based assessment at $1,000 per day; and therapeutic family care at $123.75 per day.
United Children's Home, West Hazleton, for residential services at $121.80 per day.
Family Care for Children and Youth Services, Milton , for infant with mother at $35.27 per day; family based services at $65.77 per day; and mother with non-dependent child at $100.72 per day.
Open Door, Reading, for corollary services at $31 per day, specialized foster care at $66 per day, and mother/child foster care at $92 per day.
The Summit Academy, Pittsburgh, for summit residential at $99.20 per day, sanction/diagnostic unit at $150.85 per day, and residential at $190.35 per day.
Budget adjustments were approved for various departments as required under a budget policy set by the commissioners.
Children and Youth Service Agency, transfer of $46,300 from its employee payroll account to cover indirect care costs; Assessment Bureau, transfer $4,830 from its outside assessment account to pay for capital data improvements; Planning and Zoning Bureau, transfer $50,900 from contractor services account to pay for maintenance agreement services; Courts, transfer $1,000 from maintenance and supply account to replace a broken printer and acquire extra scan disks for the court reporters.
Also, Register of Wills Office, transfer $63 from its material and supplies account to pay for travel and meals to a convention; County Prison, transfer $5,777 from the employees wage account to pay wages of a part time employee and Public Defender's Office, transfer $850 from its maintenance and supply account to purchase a new scanner.
The commissioners approved a number of hirings, resignations, and reclassification of employees.
Rest Haven Home - Rachelle Butz, Barnesville, hired as a per diem nursing assistant at $13 per hour, a newly created position; and Dean Troutman, Ashland, hired as a part time general practical nurse at $15.0580 per hour. Also, the board approved the termination of Ciara Hosler, Pottsville, as a part time nurse's aide.
Ashley Graver, Minersville, was hired as an auditor/accountant in the controller's office at $51,420 per year; Jessie Harris, Pottsville, hired as an unpaid intern with the adult probation department; and Benjamin Turrano, Walker Township, resigned from his post as county caseworker with Children and Youth Services Agency.