Question of library funding to be on April primary ballot
Three townships and a borough in the northeastern part of Schuylkill County, which are part of the Hazleton Area School District, will be voting on a referendum question which will be on the ballots for the voters of this area pertaining to changing funding procedures for the Hazleton Public Library through a small tax increase.
The referendum was initiated by Luzerne County Board of Commissioners and concurred by the Schuylkill County Commissioners at their work session held Wednesday morning at the courthouse in Pottsville.
The voters of North Union, East Union and Kline townships and Borough of McAdoo will have the question on their ballot at the Primary Election on Tuesday, April 24.
The referendum will be asking a "yes" or "no" vote on the question which will read as follows:
"Do you favor supporting the Hazleton Area Public Library by eliminating the current funding allocation system and establishing a real estate tax levied by the Hazleton Area School District establishing an annual assessment of 0.1879 mills in Luzerne County ($0.1879 per every $1,000 of assessed real property value); 0.6381 mills in Schuylkill County ($0.6381 per every $1,000 of assessed real property value) and 0.6092 mills in Carbon County ($0.6092 per every $1,000 of assessed real property value) on taxable real estate located within the Hazleton Area."
Four bids were received for installing one 10,000 gallon underground storage tank on property of Schuylkill Transportation System (STS) in the Saint Clair Industrial Park in Norwegian Township.
The bidders were, YCP Inc., Dover, $78,900; Ultracon, Inc., Montrose, $89,500; JMT Environmental Technologies Inc., Lehigh Valley, $126,621; and Center Point Tank Services Inc., Douglasville, $128,723. The bids were referred to committee for recommendation.
Two proclamations were adopted by the county commissioners.
One recognizes the current year as the Centennial Anniversary of 4-H in Pennsylvania and join the members, volunteers and staff of Pennsylvania and Schuylkill County 4-H as they continue the 100 year tradition of 4-H youth development and urge citizens in the county to become involved in 4-H.
The second proclamation proclaims the month of March as "Schuylkill/Northumberland County Red Cross Month," and recognizes the many accomplishments of the Schuylkill and East Northumberland County Chapter of the American Red Cross and urge the citizens of Schuylkill County to support the mission of the American Red Cross Chapter through the year and beyond.
The commissioners approved a co-op agreement entered into with four other counties to purchase flags to be placed on veterans graves on Memorial Day. The flags are being purchased from Metro Flag Company which was the low bidder at .44 per flag. Brenda Zechman, director of the county's Veterans' Bureau, said the county will need 38,880 flags and the cost to the county is $17,107.20.
District Attorney Karen Byrnes Noon was given approval for the creation of the position of investigative-consultant which is a temporary part-time service to be utilized by the Schuylkill County Drug Task Force, assistant district attorneys and county detectives to provide consulting for surveillance specialized investigations and controlled buys of illegal drugs.
These consulting services will be rendered by qualified persons chosen by the district attorney on an as-needed basis with the funding for the contract will be paid from a previously awarded U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (known as the Cops Grant). These funds expire in August.
Four members of the Schuylkill County Affordable Housing Trust Fund Board were reappointed for two years, ending Feb. 24, 2014. They were, Kenneth J. Huebner, Orwigsburg; Ann Hoover Smith, Frackville; Randy Stump, Pine Grove; and Kay Williams, Pottsville. A new member named was Doug Naftzinger, Auburn, for the same period.
The board reviewed personnel actions which will be acted on at next week's public meeting.
Rest Haven Home seeks wage adjustments of four employees, Melanie Devers, Port Carbon; Heidi LaFaver, Auburn; Rebecca Phelps, Tremont; and Roxanne Perazzo, Pottsville, all who passed their nurse's aide training program to become part time nurse's aide with the salary to be increased to $11.72 per hour.
The home is also announcing the resignation of Carl Oliver, Cressona, a full-time nurse's aide and Severely Fisher, Hamburg, part time general practical nurse and the termination of Rebecca Worth, Schuylkill Haven, as a full-time nurse's aide.
The Schuylkill County Prison Board is requesting the hiring of William Bruce, Pottsville, as a maintenance worker, and Joshua Richmond, Frackville, as a correctional officer.
DA Noon is seeking the transfer of Attorney Thomas Campion, Norwegian Township, from full time to part time district attorney, promotion of Attorney Rebecca Elo, Orwigsburg, from first assistant drug and alcohol grant director to deputy assistant district attorney. Noon also announced the resignation of Attorney John T. Herber III, Pine Grove, as a part time assistant district attorney.
Clerk of Courts Stephen Lukach announced the reclassification of two clerks, Stacie Stoppie and Diane Baddick, both of Pottsville, from clerk II to clerk lll.