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Properties held for taxes sold; one sale disputed by township

Published August 15. 2013 05:04PM

The Schuylkill County Commissioners approved a repository sale of two properties held in trust by the Tax Claim Bureau for unpaid taxes; however, one of the other taxing bodies has objected to the sale.

At the weekly public meeting held Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville, the commissioners approved the sale of a vacant property at 10 Walnut St., Delano Township, to James V. Flaim, a neighbor, for $20 to be demolished and the sale of a property at 34 Snyder Avenue, Kline Township, to Michael and Kerrie Gabrie, of 116 Snyder Avenue, Kline Township, for $350.

The Kline Township supervisors did not approve the sale and negotiations are to be resumed.

A repository sale is any property unsold at a judicial sale, better known as a "bargain basement of tax claim bureau sales." The advantage to a repository sale is that the sale price, rather than the assessed value, will determine the transfer tax and the sale price becomes the fair market value of the property until it is changed.

Other business

Three members of the 9-1-1 Emergency Management staff completed their basic certification and received congratulations from the three county commissioners. They were, Rick Deal, Nick Roslevege, and John Blickle.

Mildred Dronitsky, of Pottsville, was reappointed to the Senior Services Advisory Board for a three year term which expires Aug. 31, 2016.

The commissioners announced the drug and alcohol agency received a grant of $249,001.19 from the Office of Child Development and Early Learning and the Department of Public Welfare for the nurse family partnership program.

Purchase of service agreements were approved for the Children and Youth Services with the providers as follows:

Nicholas Pappas, Hershey, for biopsychosocial evaluation at per unit rate of $250; Alli Brite Cleaning Service, Pine Grove, at $17 per day; the ReDCO Group, Pottsville, for group therapy at $8.50 per unit rate; Pathways Adolescent Center, Oil City, for transitional living at $125 per day, adolescent center residential at $130 per day, and new beginnings residential at $135 per day; Berks Counseling Association, Wyomissing, for individual therapy at $125 per unit, court appearance for testimony at $200 per day and intake evaluation at $350 per unit rate; Alere Toxicology, Gretna, for swabs, $3 per unit, telephone testimony at $100 per call, and expert testimony in court at $600 per day; Suzanne Ail, Mount Getna, for bonding at $100.

Also, Cornell Abraxas, Pittsburgh, for habitual offender, $315.50 per diem; Access Services, Orwigsburg, for specialized foster care at $96.43 per day; Children Resource Center, Harrisburg, for photographic documentation at $220 per unit rate, extended forensic evaluation with child at $125 per unit rate and child consult at $450 per unit rate; Dawn Turrito, Orwigsburg, for orientation and training sessions at $400 per person and Triad Treatment Specialists, Lancaster, for sex offender group therapy at $32 per unit rate, initial assessment at $88 per unit rate and abel assessment at $375 per unit rate.

The commissioners reauthorized a purchase service agreement with Lancaster County Intervention Center for placement of juveniles assigned by the county court for detention at a cost of $280.32 per day and for youth housed in their detention facility at $170.94 per day.

A contract was entered with Reading Elevator Service Inc, Reading, to provide elevator maintenance services for three elevators at the county courthouse. The contract is for three years ending Nov. 14, 2016, at a cost of $20,952.

Three leases to continue to strip mine for coal on county held land were approved by the commissioners as follows: Mountaintop Mining Inc., for mining in Barry and Foster townships; Blackwood Mining Company, in Reilly and Tremont townships; and Michael Coal Company in Reilly Township. The leases are for one year. The coal companies pay a $3 royalty for each ton mined. Mountain Coal Company paid $7,55.89; Blackwood $6,.662; and Michael Coal Company $2,100 for the past year.

A letter of intent was approved to be sent to the Department of Public Welfare indicating the county's interest in pursuing inclusion in the Human Service Block Grant Program. Commissioner Frank Staudenmeir explained the county is eligible for consideration under Act 55 of 2013 which expended participation to 30 counties.

The firm of Y. Kim Architects was hired for professional services associated with the roofing projects at the 9-1-1 Center and county prison. The cost of the services is $36,400.

A contract was approved with Berks County Center for Independent Living in the amount of $40,000 to disburse funds for the Office of Senior Services' aging disability services.

A contract was entered with National Medical Services Inc. for postmortem toxicology required by the county coroner.

Personnel matters

Action on personnel matters were taken by the county commissioners

Office of Senior Services - Erica Fritzinger, Tamaqua, was reinstated from furlough as a clerk typist II at salary of $10.56 per hour. The board accepted the resignation of Ashley Hoak, Palo Alto, as the Aging Care Manager II.

Children and Youth Services Agency - Jessica Krcmar, Tamaqua, hired as caseworker I at $16.76 per hour.

Emergency Management Department - Hired as 9-1-1 communicators were Cynthia Shpakovsky, Frackville, and Gary Perna Jr., Kelayres, Kliine Township at $11.97 per hour. Accepted the resignation of Kevin Dillman, Frackville, as telecommunicator.

Rest Haven Home - Jaime Smith, Port Carbon, hired as part time nurse's aide at $11.72 per hour, and Kristen Bender, Tremont, as a full time licensed practical nurse at $15.99 per hour. Monica Wolfang, Lavelle, Butler Township, transferred from part time to full time nurse's aide at $11.95 per hour; Megan Davis, Muir, Porter Township, from part time nurse's aide to per diem nurse's aide at $13 per hour; and Bobbi James, Mohrsvile, from part time licensed practical nurse to per diem LPN at $18 per hour. The resignations of Sarah Simatos, Pottsville, and Jacqueline McDonald, Schuylkill Haven, both part time nurse's aides, were accepted.

The commissioners were informed by the court administration office of the appointment of Janet Perry, Pottsville, as a per diem court attendant at $9.10 per hour.

The county prison announced the resignation of Patrick Mahoney, Auburn, as a correctional officer.

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