Schuylkill County Commissioners have entered a purchase of service agreement with Youth Services Agency of Pennsylvania for truant students to attend Camp Adams in Penn Forest Township, Carbon County.

The action was taken at a public meeting held Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville.

The youth report to the weekend camp on Friday afternoon and remain until Sunday. The program is designed to gear them to attend classes on a regular basis.

The contract is for $152 per weekend for each student assigned by court.

A purchase of service agreement was approved for Access Services, of Orwigsburg, for the Tamaqua Life Program for a summer camp program provided last summer at a cost of $10.96 per unit.

A new contact was also entered with Yes Academy, Mercer, for residential services at $272.02 per day, and with Lutheran Children and Family Service in Philadelphia for an intensive permanency program at $78 per day.

Tax sales

The commissioners approved the private sales of property held in trust by the Tax Claim Bureau.

Two parcels – 4.13 acres, known as the Parvin and Lightfoot Tract, beginning east of James Street, Blythe Township, and 13.87 acres, known as the Adam Stahl Tract, located west of New Philadelphia Road, Blythe Township – sold to John Guers, 210 N. Coal St., Port Carbon, for $21,600.

A tract containing 37 acres, known as the George Reber Tract, being the northern portion of the parcel located on the east side of Washington Street, Blythe Township, sold to John Williams, 17 Water St., New Philadelphia, for $55,500.

A lot, 13 feet by 125 feet with improvements at 516 E. Mahanoy St., Mahanoy City, was purchased by Superdairyboy, LLC, 34 W. St., Mahanoy City, for $1,050.

A lot, 16 feet by 85 feet with improvements located at 451 E. Market St., Pottsville, was purchased by Kara Ann Ryan for $600.

A tract containing 15 acres, known as the William Shoener Tract, located on the southern side of Gap Street and Bear Valley Road, Hegins Township, sold to Rick and Lori Bender for $10,000.

Other business

The coal lease with Hammond Mining Company to strip mine on county land in Blythe and Schuylkill townships was renewed to Dec. 31at their current royalty payment for the year at $19,584. The total amount of royalty payments on the life of the lease was $73,145.

On behalf of the Office of Solid Waste, the commissioners terminated the leases for the recycling sites at the Boyer's Food Market in Orwigsburg and the Pine Grove Borough site. Orwigsburg Borough has started its own curbside pickup and residents of Pine Grove are asked to use other sites located throughout the county.

Franklin Schoeneman, Pottsville, was reappointed to the Schuylkill County Municipal Authority board of directors for five years with his term ending Dec. 31, 2016.

Commissioner Gary J. Hess was appointed as commissioner director on the Schuylkill County Conservation District board of directors for the current year.

Personnel matters

The commissioners approved a number of appointments.

District Attorney Karen Byrnes Noon announced the promotion of attorney William Reiley, Pottsville, as her first assistant district attorney and the salary board, which met following the meeting, fixed his salary at $70,918 per year. Noon also announced Anthony Carroll, Orwigsburg, is retiring as chief detective.

The court administrative office announced the appointment of Jennifer Long, Cressona, as a secretary at salary of $11.71 per hour and Elise Alvarado, Mount Carmel, as court reporter at $18.59 per hour to fill the vacancy caused by the retirement of Dale Hart, Ringtown.

The Adult Probation Department announced the appointment of Bethany Bowman, Hegins, and Amanda Beth Pollock, Lehighton, as unpaid interns.

Emergency Management Department announced the appointment of Jeffrey Fritz, Frackville, as an unpaid AmeriCorps Volunteer and 9-1-1 Communication announced the resignation of Brianna Cuttic, Frackville, as a telecommunicator at $14.55 per hour.

Children and Youth Services Agency announced the appointment of Michelle Lindstrom, Pottsville, as a caseworker at $16.76 per hour.

Human Services Department announced the appointment of Brad Gotshall, Frackville, as a courier at $7.95 per hour.

Rest Haven Home announced the appointment of Theresa Klare, Pottsville, as a part-time registered nurse at $20.69 per hour and Karen Shoup, Frackville, as a full-time social services caseworker at $13.41 per hour.

The extension of services by Elaine Schaeffer, former administrator, at $38.37 per hour and the resignations of Jordan Hedemann, Pottsville, as a part-time nurse's aide, and Melissa Beck, Pine Grove, as a full-time nurse's aide, were accepted.