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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Towamensing Township decided not to release bond money for the developer of the state police barracks site.

Engineer Greg Haas said Steve Parisi of Falling Creek Investments, developer of the site, asked for a site inspection to verify what was done. He wants some of his bond returned.

"Some things are different from the plan and others were not on the plan," Haas said.

There is $90,000 remaining in the fund. Haas said there was enough completed that $17,000 could be released.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a Schuylkill County clerk's request to halt same-sex marriages in Pennsylvania until their legality is decided on a federal level.

The ruling, handed down without comment by Judge Samuel Alito, came just two days after Register of Wills/Orphan's Court Clerk Theresa Santai-Gaffney filed the request.

She has the option of asking another judge to consider her appeal.

Santai-Gaffney did not return a telephone call to her office early Thursday.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Schuylkill County commissioners on Wednesday accepted the retirements of chief probation officer John Richmond of Butler Township.

Joseph Szeliga of Minersville was named to replace Richmond at $73,045 a year, the same salary Richmond earned. Commissioners also hired Neil Stefanisko of Gordon, who was promoted to chief deputy adult probation officer at $63,241 a year.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Bids on the proposed new elementary school building in Nesquehoning were opened in Harrisburg. Unofficial low bids were submitted by B.F. Ziegler, Hazleton, $301,295, general construction; George F. DeLailo, Hazleton, $47,830, heating and ventilation; C.H. Sherry, West Hazleton, $21,051, plumbing; and William A. Donmoyer Co., Allentown, $32,986, electrical work.

Contracts will be awarded in the near future. The new building will contain 12 classrooms, two kindergarten rooms, health room, storage rooms and an office.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Lansford BoroughCouncil said Wednesday it must make repairs as soon as possible to a collapsed sewer line on Dock Street.

The repair project will be treated as an emergency and will be completed without the bidding process.

The council voted 5-2 on declaring it an emergency, with council members Rose Mary Cannon and Mary Soberick opposed. Votingin favor were councilPresident Martin Ditsky, Tommy Vadyak, Joe Butrie, Samantha Yasson and Colin Jones.

Thursday, July 10, 2014
Towamensing Township supervisors presented certificates to Girl Scouts of Troops 3580 and 3127 for helping the township and  veterans. Kasey Grosse led the collection with help from members of the troops. The girls collected supplies for the soldiers of the 109th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment in support of Iraqi Freedom. From left are, Lucy Taylor; Lindsay Fronheiser; Kasey Grosse; Supervisor Penny Kleintop, who presented the certificates; and Ashley Mosier.

ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Carbon County currently has 189 inmates housed in its prison.

Of that total, only four inmates currently have full-time jobs through the work release program.

On Wednesday, Frank Shubeck, the prison's work release/treatment director, told the county prison board that current employment trends may be the reason more inmates who are eligible for work release have not had luck finding full-time employment while serving their sentence.

"The numbers are down right now," he said, adding that he is in the process of calling area businesses to see if they are hiring.

Thursday, July 10, 2014
DONALD SERFASS/TIMES NEWS Schuylkill County bridge 42, on Orchard Road in Rush Township, is due for repairs.

Schuylkill Countycommissioners on Wednesday agreed to seek bidsto fix county bridge 42,on Orchard Road overPine Creek in Rush Township.

The work includes removing a parapet joint. Water had been leaking onto it, causing it to deteriorate.

The job also involves what is called scour repair, fixing areas of the base where moving water has begun to cause erosion.

The repair will include placing large rocks at the base to divert the flow. Also, the road over the bridge will be resurfaced.

Thursday, July 10, 2014
Terry Ahner/Times News Lower Towamensing Township is considering applying for a $35,000 grant that could be used to buy benches and mulch for Aquashicola Playground.

Lower Towamensing Township could apply for a grant to spruce up one of its playgrounds.

While no formalaction was taken, thetownship's board of supervisors on Tuesday discussed the Greenways, Trails, and Recreation Program.

Supervisors Chairman Brent Green said the township could apply for a $35,000 grant that, if received, would be used to buy benches and mulch for the Aquashicola Playground.The grant may be used on projects that involve development, rehabilitation and improvements to public parks, recreation areas, greenways, trails and river conservation.