Five bids were opened by the Schuylkill County commissioners at their work session Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville for the demolition of a dilapidated building in Coaldale and Delano Township.

Bids to demolish the building at 255 High St., Coaldale, were received from Northeast Industrial Services Corporation, Shamokin, $3,489; Penn Earthworks Inc., Hazleton, $7,120; Dudash Pipeline Company Inc., Pottsville, $7,884; Nick Beltrami Excavating Company, Hazleton, $7,950; and Penmar Systems, Northampton, $13,999.

The same companies bid on demotion of the building at 124 High St., Delano Township, and the bids were Penn Earthworks, $9,730; Northeast Industrial, $11,890; Dudash Pipeline, $12,744; Nick Beltrami, $12,850; and Penmar Systems, $19,498.

The bids were turned over to a committee for review and will be awarded at a later date. Funds from the county's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program will go toward the costs of demolition.

Other actions

The board approved a prevention health screening for all employees who are enrolled in the county health insurance plan. Commissioner chairman Frank Staudenmeier reported the cost would vary based on participation and range from $3,500 to $21,210.

The board also reviewed contracts for services at Rest Haven Home and Hospital and Drug and Alcohol Agency; and on request of renewal of coal leases to mine on county-held land on which action will be taken at next week's public meeting.

A review was made of actions on personnel matters which will also be acted on next week.

The Office of Senior Services is requesting the transfer of Helene Choplick, Shenandoah, from health nurse 1 to clerk typist 2; Rest Haven reported the termination of Elizabeth Marchiano, Saint Clair, a full time licensed practical nurse; District Attorney Karen Byrnes Noon announced the retirement of Elaine Riskis, Pottsville, a district justice assistant; Conservation District announced the resignation of Cataia Ives, Pottsville, who worked as a boat rental clerk; and Children and Youth Services Agency is seeking the appointment of Jody Tobin, Branchdale, as clerk typist 2, and appointment of Michelle Lindstrom, Pottsville; Benjamin Turrano, Walker Township, and Ashle Fehr, Tremont Township, as caseworkers.

County Treasurer Jacqueline McGovern updated the commissioners on the financial standings of the county.

She reported the beginning balance of all accounts in August was $53,247,256.30; deposits, $12,629,221.99; disbursements, $15,740,699.83; and ending balance, $50,132,778.46.

McGovern also reported in August her department received $431,273.30 collected by the tax collectors for real estate tax and $9,591.14 in per capita tax. Other revenues received were $54,410.115 in magisterial fees; $59,881.61 assessed on land phones for 9-1-1 operations; and $24,941.71 in hotel tax.

The board approved the amendment to the local workforce investment funds from the federal government handled through the Luzerne/Schuylkill Counties Workforce Investment Board with each county to appoint a liaison. That was made necessary because Luzerne County, at the last election, changed from being governed by a three member board of commissioners to a 11-member Home Rule Board.