Seven bids were opened by the Schuylkill County commissioners at their work session Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville for repairs to the county bridge which carries Greenwood Street over Panther Creek in Tamaqua.

Bidders were, Bill Anskis Company Inc., Elysburg, $210,807; Merrick Group Inc., Hazleton, $249,378.75; Tri-County Excavating Company, Hazleton, $286,677.50; Mar-Allen Concrete Products Inc., Ephrata, $295,320; Minichi Inc., Dupont, $299,335; Barletta Materials and Construction Inc., Tamaqua, $372,854.13; and Professional Construction Contractors, Bethlehem, $454,2155.50.

Seven bids were also received for the rehabilitation project on Oak Street in Girardville. Bidders were:

Arthur "Pat" Auangst Inc., Pine Grove, $32,015,70; Spotts Brothers Inc., Schuylkill Haven, $47,831; Luzerne County Site Contractors, LLC, Hazleton, $51,560; Schuylkill Paving Inc., Schuylkill Haven, $52,050; Madonna Enerprises Inc., Port Carbon, $56,518; Hazleton Site Contractors, Hazleton, $62,714; and Slusser Brothers, Wapwallopen, $66,775.50.

Three bids were received for the accessibility improvements to the Gordon Borough Municiipal Building. Bidders were:

L&K Construction Inc., Pottsville, $49,600; Smith and Smith General Contractors Inc., Pottsville, $49,840; and Donohue Excavating and Paving, Schuylkill Haven, $52,780.

Paris Healthcare, Willilamsport, was the lone bidder to provide resident personal laundry and linen rental services at Rest Haven Home and Hospital in Schuylkill Haven. Its bid was $434,846.88.

The bids will be reviewed and awarded at the public meeting next Wednesday.

The commissioners adopted a Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assisance (LERTA) resolution allowing for cooperation with both Cass Township and Minersville Area School District in their efforts to assist with revitalization efforts within a designated area of the township. The LERTA improvement exemption schedule is for a 10 year period.

Drive against blight

Gary Bender, county grant writer, informed the commissioners that a disc has been mailed to every borough and township which includes a full copy of the Schuylkill County Municipal Resource Guide for blight management.

Bender said few municipalities have a code enforcement officer because of the cost. The county wants to get them involved in spotting in early stages properties becoming blighted. He reported in the last few years it has cost $90,000 to raze dilapidated buildings and currenty there are 1,700 properties on the reposessed list and most are in such a disrepair they will have to be razed.

Bender said municipalties should start warning owners as soon as they spot a building with a broken window or weeds growing high to get them to keep the building in repair.