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Board okays settlement in Ryan Twp. tax theft case

Published September 27. 2012 05:03PM

The Schuylkill County Commissioners approved a settlement agreement Wednesday at the Pottsville courthouse between county treasurer Jacqueline McGovern and the Travelers Casualty and Surety Company of America concerning a claim dealing with a tax collector failing to turn in to the county real estate tax monies collected.

William G. Wildoner, 71, who was the Ryan Township tax collector for 35 years, was charged on June 22, 2011 with the alleged theft of $376,718.80 of tax monies he collected for Schuylkill County, Ryan Township, and Mahanoy Area School District. The case is pending in the Schuylkill County Court.

Travelers acted as the bonding company and has made a settlement of $166,609.24 to the county. McGoven said the township and school district filed separate claims. It was recently reported the township settled for $39,572.94.

McGovern said all tax collectors in the county are covered by a performance bond.

Other business

A contract was awarded by the commissioners to Northeast Industrial Services Corporation, of Shamokin, for demolition of the vacant property at 255 High St., Coaldale. The county's Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program will pay 75 percent of the cost and the borough will assume the remaining costs. Northeast was the low bidder on the project.

Gary Bender, director of the CDBG program, said the bids received last week for the razing of the property at 124 High St., Delano, are still under review.

Approval was given to the county's election bureau to purchase 440 stylus markers and batteries for the electronic voting machines, which will be used in the general election on Nov. 6. The cost is $64,440.

The board authorized seeking bids for a CDBG project for construction of a storm-water system along Newtown Road in West Mahanoy Township. Bids must be in the office of the county controller by Oct. 5 and will be opened at a commissioners meeting on Oct. 17.

David W. Fannick Electrical-Mechanical Sales and Service Company, Frackville, was given a 60-day extension of time to install security cameras around the courthouse grounds.

The commissioners approved a supplemental budget appropriation prepared by Paul Staka, budget director, by transferring $72,915.62 from the general fund to an Enterprise Fund/Rest Haven, to comply with transfer of operation of the business office at Rest Haven Home to Service Access and Management Inc. (SAM). SAM pays the salary of nine employees in the office and the county still has control of all other employees. The new fund covers the county employees at Rest Haven Home which SAM oversees.

The county still employs workers in the laundry department, housekeeping, maintenance, boiler house, therapies, social service, activities, nursing, administration, and medical records department.

Leases for another year were approved for two coal companies to continue mining on county held land.

The lease of Premium Fine Coal Inc., (Jader Inc.), to mine in Schuylkill Township. They have paid $69,384.66 in royalties this year and to date $226,339.64 on the life of the lease. The lease of Olde Buck Run Coal Company Inc. to mine in Cass Township, was renewed. They paid $7,288 in royalties for this year and $15,497.92 for the life of the lease.

Personnel matters

The board acted on a number of personnel matters for various departments and agencies.

Office of Senior Citizens, transfer of Helene Choplick, Shenandoah, from community health nurse 1 to clerk typist 2 and salary board set salary at $10.56 per hour. The board approved the layoff of Mary S. Scheetz, Norwegian Township, who held the post as community health nurse 1.

Rest Haven Home, approved the termination of Elizabeth Marchiano, Saint Clair, as full-time licensed practical nurse; and Irene Moyer, Pine Grove, part time nursing assistant.

In the Children and Youth Services Agency, hired were Jody Tobin, Branchdale, as clerk typist 2 at $12.5369 per hour; promotion of Ashley Fehr, Tremont Township, from clerk typist 2 to caseworker 1 at $16.7612 per hour; and hiring of Michelle Lindstrom, Pottsville, and Benjamin Turrano, Walker Township, as caseworker 1 at $16.7612 per hour.

Conservation District, accepted the resignation of Cataia Ives, Pottsville, as boat rental clerk.

Treasurers office, accepted the resignation of Megan Hayes, Branch Township, as clerk 1.

District Justice Pancake's Office, transfer of Elaine Riskis, Pottsville, from district justice assistant 1 to interim district justice assistant 1 at salary of $19.3511 per hour; and hiring of Jessica Galavage, Pottsville, as district justice assistant 1 at $12.27 per hour.

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