The drop-off recycling site in McAdoo was discontinued in action taken by the Schuylkill County commissioners at their public meeting held Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville.

By a unanimous vote the three commissioners decided to terminate the lease with the John Debalko, owner of the property. The county had installed six recycling bins in an area of a miniature shopping mall in the 300 block on Hancock Street.

The action was taken following complaints received from McAdoo council members and private citizens that more than recycling items were being dropped into the bins. People were also disposing their garbage. The borough does not have curb side pickup of recycling items.

Other business

Approval was given the county court to enter into a contract with a number of county attorneys for an "Independent Counsel Agreement."

President Judge William E. Baldwin appoints lawyers experienced in criminal law to serve as counsel for indigent defendants when they can't be represented by the Public Defenders staff because of a conflict of interest, such as two defendants being tried for the same crime.

A proclamation was adopted declaring the week of Oct. 1 through 31 as "Pa Promise for Children Month in Schuylkill County" and recognizing the dedicated, committed and caring people, programs, educators, legislators and organizations such as Local Education and Resource Network for Early Childhood Education Team, Head Start providers, Pa Pre-K-Counts providers, Keystone Stars Child Cae providers and school districts.

Four county employees were appointed to the Northeastern Pennsylvania Rural Transportation Planning Organization. Susan Smith, director of the planning and zoning commission, as county representative; Lisa Mahall, county engineer as alternate county representative; Gary Bender, grant writer and demolition director, as at-large representative; and Dana Moyer, of Schuylkill Transportation System (STS) as alternate at-large delagate.

A contract was entered with Antz Energy Systems Inc., Shenandoah, to provide and install data air equipment in the M.I.S. Department's computer room at the courthouse at a cost of $25,325 to control the humidity in the room.

Current leases to strip mine for coal on county land were renewed for one year with Premium Fine Coal, Inc., (Jader Inc.), to mine in Schuylkill Townshnip; and with Olde Buck Run Coal Company Inc. to mine in Cass Township.

Premium has turned in $156,954.98 in royalty payments and Olde Buck Run $8,209.02 for the life of their leases. They pay a $3 per ton royalty for each ton mined.

Personnel matters

Action taken on personnel matters were as follows:

Rest Haven Home - Joseph Fesniak, Marion Heights, was hired as full time staff development director at $50,353 per year; Dolores Folk, Schuylkill Haven, hired as a per diem registered nurse at $24 per hour; Patricia Underwood, New Ringgold, hired as a per diem nurse's aide trainee instructor at $18 per hour.

Three employees submitted their resignation: Ashley Keppley, Auburn, a full time nurse's aide; Mandy Leymeister, Saint Clair, and Heather Reber, Schuylkill Haven, as part time nurse's aides.

County Prison - Timothy Doyle, Minersville, resigned as a correction officer.

Court - Mary 'Williams, Mechanicsville, was hired as a secretary for the district justices to fill in where needed at $12.27 per hour.

Adult Probation - Sara Dudley, Orwigsburg, was transferred from executive secretary in a district justice office to probation officer aide at $13.06 per hour.

County Treasurer - Megan Hayes, Branch Township, resigned as a clerk.