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Board approves right-to-know policy

Published November 29. 2010 05:00PM

A right-to-know policy on messages received at the 9-1-1 Emergency Center and the Emergency Management Agency office was approved by the Schuylkill County Commissioners at their public meeting held at the courthouse in Pottsville.

This policy is specifically directed toward right-to-know law request for disclosure of names, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses generated through the 9-1-1 Center and Emergerncy Management offices. If they receive requests it will be handled in the following manner:

There will be no redaction (blacked out) for county employee names, work phone numers, work e-mail or e-mail; there will be no redaction for non-county employee names but e-mail addresses and phone numbers would be redacted, if on requested record.

Solicitor Eric Mika reported the right-to-know law does allow very limited reasons for non-disclosures which include the following:

The work address, fax or phone is the same as the home address as it protective order prohibits disclosure of the information; if disclosure would be reasonably likely to result in a substantial and demonstrable risk of physical harm, jeapordize or threaten public safety, endanger the safety or physical security of a building, public utility, resource, infrastructure, etc., or it reveals the name or other identifying information relating to an individual performing an undercover or covert law enforcement activity and if you are under 17 years of age.

If a disclosure request falls within those paramoters then the county will ask for a response detailing the reasons such information must be redacted from those people affected.

The commissioners stated they will make every effort to abide by the right-to-know law through this policy to ensure the county properly respects exemptions as requested by any employee or office

Approve contracts

Three fee for service contracts were approved on behalf of the Drug and Alcohol Agency's programs. They were Schuylkill Community Action to provide recovery housing, $38,644; Clam Mar House of Edwardsville, cap increased by $5,000 to $10,000; and Clinical Outcomes Group, Pottsville, for provision of case management and outpatient services reducing the cost from $71,092 to $66,092.

Upon recommendation of County Engineer Lisa Mahall three leases were renewed for the Joe Kuperavage Coal Company, of Blythe Township, to mine on county held coal lands. Royalty payments to the county for the life of the contracts on the three tracts to date totaled, $501,505.10.

Appointments to various boards were as follows:

Office of Senior Services Advisory Board - Frances Siluk, 60 Blue Mountain Drive, New Ringgold, and Kathy Burda, 560 W. Washington St., Frackville, for three year terms beginning Jan. 1, 2011 through Dec. 31, 2013.

Office of Senior Servicess - Retired Seniors Vounteer Program's Advisory Board - Virginia Filozof, 280 Main Blvd., Ringtown; Catherine Heim, 228 S. Morris St., Saint Clair, and Donna Moser, 111 Laurel Lane, New Ringgold, for three year terms beginning Jan. 1, 2011 through Dec. 31, 2013.

Drug and Alcohol Agency's Advisory Board - Resigning were Bonnie K. Yanuskiewicz, 16 N. Balliet St., Frackville, and Eleanor L. Sanayka, 491 W. Frack St., Frackville. Appointments were, Sheriff Joe Groody, Ashland; Attorney Tom Campion, Pottsville, an Assistant District Attornery Melissa Carr, 984 Horseman Drive, Auburn, and Dr. Matt Newton, 291 Forest Road, Pottsville, for three year terms beginning Dec, 1, through Nov. 30, 2013.

Schuylkill County Housing Authority Board of Directors - Michael Holobetz, 104 New Philadelphia Road, Kaska, Blythe Township, for five year term beginning Dec. 16 through Dec. 15, 2015.

Personnel matters

Action taken on personnel matters were:

Childlren and Youth Services - Diane Pietkiewicz, Shenandoah and Justine Keefer, Hubley Township, as caseworkers 2 at $16.8419 per hour, and Nadine Galloway, Coaldale; Sherry Clark, Pottsville, and Adrien Heffner, Minersville, as caseworker 1 at $15.6468 per hour.

Resignations, Brandon Craig, Pottsville, and Kathy Boltz, Atlas.

Office of Solid Waste - Thomas Bowers, Cumbola, Blythe Township, as temporary recycling truck driver at $13.3779 per hour.

Sheriff's Office - Gerald E. Daley Jr., Cass Township, deputy sheriff, $17.96 per hour, and Thomas Dobrofsky, New Philadelphia, security officer, $10.3771 per hour and promoted, John Hayes, Pottsville, to captain, $23.20 per hour and Christopher Rooney, Palo Alto, to sargent, $20.71 per hour.

Controller's Office - Bretty Clark, accounts examiner, $32,302 per year.

Office of Senior Services, Jennier Hendricks, New Ringold, resigned as aging care manager.

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