Schuylkill County Commissioners approved a debt referendum regarding sewer system connection requirements for placement on the November ballot for Tamaqua voters during their work session Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville.

At the general election to be held on Tuesday, Nov. 8, all registered voters in Tamaqua will not only be voting for candidates, but also casting a vote to approve or disapprove an increase in debt sought by Tamaqua Borough Council. The ballot question asks:

"Do you favor the increasing of indebtedness by the borough of Tamaqua in an amount not to exceed $500,000 to be used exclusively toward real estate owners relief for costs incurred or to be incurred for complying with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection requirements that real estate parcels be connected to the existing sewer system by Aug. 31, 2011?" A yes-or-no vote should be cast.

The commissioners also approved two ballot questions for Pine Grove Township voters.

Question Number One: "Shall the supervisors make appropriations for establishing, maintaining, and/or aiding in maintaining a local library?"

Question Number Two: "Shall the supervisors levy an annual tax on all taxable property of the municipality, for establishing, maintaining and/or aiding in the maintenance of a local library?"

A yes-or-no vote is asked on both questions.

Other business

The commissioners hired Y Kim Architects of Pottsville to supervise the installation of the Courthouse Commons project to be located on courthouse grounds fronting Laurel Boulevard. Groundbreaking ceremonies are scheduled to take place Sunday, Oct. 2, with an open house to be held in the courthouse. Visitors may tour the courthouse building and visit the various "row" offices and view the courtrooms.

The project will be a lasting monument marking the 200th anniversary of Schuylkill County. The Courthouse Commons will be a public area 100 feet long, 66 feet wide at its western end and 32 feet wide at the eastern end.

In personnel matters, the planning and zoning office seeks to hire a temporary secretary while it reviews to see if certain positions can be consolidated. Marie Lesusky, Mahanoy City, was named per diem secretary.

Rest Haven Home seeks to hire Joseph Fesniak and Marion Heights, as full-time staff development director and Patricia Underwood, New Ringgold, a per diem nurse's aide trainee instructor.