Bids are being asked by the Schuylkill County commissioners for a demolition project in Coaldale.

At Wednesday's work session held at the courthouse in Pottsville, Gary Bender, grant writer, asked approval to seek bids for demolition of a vacant property at 292 Third St., which was acquired by the borough which now seeks to demolish the structure.

Bids are also being asked for the reroofing of the Schuylkill County Prison.

Other business

Approval was given county engineer Lisa Mahall to advertise a "statement of interest" for a PennDOT approved/qualified engineering firm to provide construction inspection services during the construction period of the rehabilitation of the county bridge which carries Newswanger Road over Lower Little Swatara Creek in Washington Township.

The commissioners approved a change order in the handicap projects undertaken at the West Penn Township Public Park. The added cost of $1,650 is for additional paving from the parking lot to the park to make it easier for wheelchairs to travel, as the area is now covered with gravel. Eighty-eight parking places were installed under the initial Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.

The Schuylkill County Conservation District was given approval to participate in the 2014 Black Fly Suppression Program at a cost of $8,151 with no work required of county staff.

Approved was the payment of $37,050 to Zelenkofske, Axelrod and Company (ZA) for professional services rendered for audit year 2012.

A short-term loan from the county's general fund to Rest Haven Home in the amount of $50,000 was approved. According to county administrator Mark Scarbinsky the loan will be repaid in a few days. The purpose is to allow the home to meet its bills while awaiting the federal government to reimburse Medicare costs.

Commissioner Gary Hess is asking his fellow commissioners in making up next year's meeting schedule, to consider not only making visits to different parts of the county, but to hold the public meetings in the evenings so more residents can attend.