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Commissioners adopt proclamation designating County Farm/City week

Published November 11. 2011 05:02PM

A proclamation was adopted by the Schuylkill County Commissioners at their public meeting held Thursday at the courthouse in Pottsville, noting the cooperation between the agricultural industry and urban people. The week of November 6 through 12 has been designated as "Schuylkill County Farm/City Week."

The proclamation calls attention to the prosperty and well-being of Schuylkill County in the dependency and cooperation between the "two great elements of our society: agricultural industry and urban people, the economic growth and development which are essential to both farming and urban communities, where farm and city residents depend on one another for produces and services.

The Pottsville Kiwanis today held its 35th luncheon for farmers and city officials who exchanged views on how to further economic growth and preserve and protect a healthy environment as well as our food and fresh water suplies for all citizens today and for the generations of tomorrow.

The commissioners on behalf of the Children and Youth Services Agency entered into a purchase of service agreements with five providers, Access Services, Orwigsburg, for rebound program at a unit rate o f$44,087,28; Glen Mills School, Concordville, for enhanced residential treatment facility at $129.32; Hoffman Homes, Gettysburg, for psychiatric residential treatment facilituy at $243.787 per diem, which is billed throuigh medical assisstance; United Methodist Home for Children, Mechanicsburg, for community based residential at $190.35 per diem and Concern, Fleetwood, for traditional fosercare at $35.35 per diem; medical level 1 at $81.40 per diem and treatment unit for boys at $190.59 per diem.

Approved payment to Pennsylvania State University in the amount of $9,692,60 for four staff computers and one central file server for use by the Schuylkill Conservation District whose headquarters are along the Gordon Nagle Trail, east of Pottsville.

An agreement was entered with Yost Mechanical Incorporated, 528 Summer Hill Road, Schuylkill Haven, for the removal and replacement of a rooftop air conditioning unit at the Rest Haven Home Facility in North Manheim Township at a cost of $11,120.

A lease agreement was renewed with Thomas J. McAndrew for office space at 619 West Oak Street, Frackville, which is used for a district magisterial court. The rental fee remains at $2,200 per month. Commissioner Francis McAndrew abstained from voting because the owner is a relative.

The commissioners agreed to purchase rock salt and anti skid material from Orwigsburg Borough at a cost of $66.42 per ton for use in the winter. Paul Lohin and Glenn Luckenbill were reappointed to a four year term as public directors for the Schuylkill Conservation District.

Three current coal land leases held by Joe Kuperavage Coal Company were renewed for one year to strip mine on county held coal lands. For the year the company paid the county $66,379 in royalties for coal removed. The royalty payment is $3 per ton.

Personnel matters

Maryjane Loeper, Pottsville, was hired as first assistant director of nursing for the 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. shift at $53, 390 and seven people were hired as part time nurse's aide trainees, Amanda Sterner, New Ringgold; Keisie Blankenhorn and Michael Zimmernan, Schuylkill Haven; Chad Bowen, Pottsville; Bridget Dougherty, Llewellyn Village, Branch Township; Kathleen Ryan, Cressona and Monica Wolfgang, Lavelle Village, Butler Township, and they will be paid $7.70 per hour. Cindy Close, Schuylkill Haven, a part time licensed practical nurse was terminated.

The promotion of Melissa Chewey, Pottsville, from drug and alcohol assisant administrator to administrator with the Drug and Alcohol Agency was approved and her pay increased to $43,064 per year.

The promotion of Angela Toomey, Pottsville, from accounting clerk at Rest Haven to tax claim bureau director was approved at a salary of $33,433 per year. Larry Lonergan, Pottsville, was transferred from caseworker 1 at Children and Youth Services to aging care manager 1 with the Seniior Office at $13.94 per hour.

Domestic Relations Department informed the commissioners of the appointment of Brena Powlick, Orwigsburg, as clerk 1 at $11.17 per hour; Tracie Clews, Saint Clair, resigned as a paralegal with the solicitor's office and Jennifer Laughlin, East Brunswick Township, was appointed by District Attorney James P. Goodman as executive secretary at $29,072.

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