Seven Tamaqua properties were among 57 sold at a judicial sale in April by the Schuylkill County Tax Claim Bureau, which had acquired the properties for non payment of real esate taxes for two or more years. Also, the Schuylkill County Commissioners approved the issuance by the Recorder of Deeds office deeds to the new owners after the transactions had been finalized in action taken at the work session held Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville.

Properties located in the area which were sold to the successful bidders were as follows:

Tamaqua - 524 Elm St., 529 Lincoln St., 527 Lincoln, 301 N. Railroad St., 319 Market St., 10 Catawissa St. and 252 Cottage Ave.

New Philadelphia - 45 Wiggan St.

Mahanoy City - 625 E. South St., 1211 E. Mahanoy Ave., 634 W. Center St., 109, 410, 412, 414 and 416 W. Market St., 46 S. "B" St., 48 S. "B" St., 529 W. Spruce St.

Coaldale - 77 Second St., 10 Bull Run St. and 292 S. Third St.

Kline Township - 119 Lofty Star Road.

Seek bids

The commissioners gave approval to department heads to obtain bids for various projects.

Bids are being sought for furnishing all labor, materials, supervision and services for County Bridge 123; maintainance repair project which carries Broad Street over Little Schuylkill River in Port Clinton and for County Bridge 100, which carries Township Route 453 (Labenburg Road) over Catawissa Creek in North Unioin Township.

Sealed bids are due in the county controller's office by 3 p.m. Monday, June 28, and will be opened at the commissoners work session July 7 and awarded at the commissioners public meeting on July 14. Specifications can be obtained from the county engineer's office at the courthouse.

Bids are also being requested for the 2010 demolition program and stormwater project in Girardville. Specifications can be obtained from Gary Bender, demolition director at the courthouse.

Invitation to bid for 10 surplus county vehicles are being accepted by William Liptok, public works director at the courthouse.

The commissioners reviewed contracts to provide services to the Office of Senior Service, Children and Youth Services Agency, Mental Health and Mental Retardation Program, Drug and Alcohol Agency, Rest Haven Home and Hospital and Schuylkill 9-1-1.

Action on approved contracts will be taken at next Wednesday's regular board meeing.

Meeting change

The commissioners were scheduled to hold their public meeting next Wednesday in the Ashland Mine Tunnel but there has been a change of plans and the meeting will take place in the commissioners' board room at the courthouse beginning t 10 a.m. The commissioners will reschedule its meeting to the tunnel at a later date.

The Schuylkill County Employees Retirement Board will also meet next Wednesday at the courthouse.

The commissioners reviewed personnel matters and approved the recommendations on which action will be taken at next week's meeting.

The Tax Assessment Bureau seeks to appoint Melanie Radzievich, Pottsville, to the position as part time programs technician; Children and Youth Services Agency seeks to appoint Brandon Craig, Pottsville, and Sarah Snyder, Gordon, to positions as county caseworker 1; Rest Haven Home and Hospital seeks to appoint Doreen Houseknecht, New Ringgold, to the position of part time nurse's aide; and Human Services Bureau seeks to appoint Bobbi Marie Piekarski, Shenandoah, to the position as MATP Clerk Typist 2.

The commissioners were informed that the treasurer's office is hiring Meagan Hayes, Branch Township, as a temporary clerk. The Juvenile Probation Department is transfering Kasey Baldwin, Pottsville, from a district justice secretarial post to the juvenile department as a secretary.