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Board endorses efforts to prevent homelessness

Published January 17. 2013 05:01PM

A proclamation was adopted by the Schuylkill County Commissioners to endorse the efforts of organizations working to prevent homelessness in the county, in action taken at the board's public meeting held Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville.

The proclamation endorses the work of the Schuylkill County Mental Health and Development Service, Drug and Alcohol Agency, Children and Youth Services Agency, Office of Senior Services, Schuylkill Community Action, Veteran's Office, police departments and churches of Schuylkill County in their goals to eradicate homelessness in the county.

County Administrator Mark Scarbinsky reported on a summit which will take place on Thursday, Jan. 24, at Penn State Schuylkill Campus, located outside of the borough of Schuylkill Haven in North Manheim Township in the R. Michael Fryer Conference Center of the Classroom Building.

The program begins at 7 p.m and is spearheaded by State Legislator Mike Tobash, who represents the 125th Schuylkill District. Other presenters will be Jerry Stumpf, chairman of Statewide Blythe Task Force; Anthony Merklinger. BCO, who will address code enforcement issues; Gary Bender, president of Schuylkill County Planning Commission, will address tax sale repository process; Mary Beth Dougherty, legislative aide to State Senator Dave Argall, 29th Senatorial District, who will speak on Act 90; Attorney Edward M. Brennan, on conservation; Cindy Daly, on new land bank; State Senator David Argall, on future consideration of blythe; Tom Palamar, City Administrator for Pottsville, will discuss quality of life ordinance and ticketing process recently initiated in the county seat.

Also, Magisterial District Justice Jim Reiley, procedures of current blythe ordinances; James J. Rhoades Jr., professional engineer, will share examples of practical applications to fight blythe.

Scarbinsky said the program, headed by Tobash, was created to directly address practical applications and current practices that may help to deal with blythe problems by finding solutions that are practical and strategic in fighting blythe in the county.

Other actions

Four people were reappointed to the Mental Health and Developmental Services Advisory Board for a three year term which ends Dece. 31, 2015. They were, Frank Menne, Pottsville; Thomas "Tim" Hale, Schuylkill Haven; Mary Ann Bausch, Pottsville; and Irene Burke, Saint Clair.

Purchase service agreements were approved for the Children and Youth Services Agency with Yes Academy, of Mercer, for residential at $271.46 per day Friendship House, of Scranton, for foster care at $43.30; and KK foster care at 83.50 per day.

Action taken on personnel matters were:

Paul Straka, Shenandoah, assistant county administrator, is resigning from his full time position to take a job with Service Access and Management Inc. (SAM), with offices in Pottsville. His work day ends Friday, Jan. 25.

Straka will continue to assist the county government on a per diem basis and the salary board set his new salary at $31.67 per hour. SAM provides human services to the region and also manages the business office at Rest Haven Home for the county.

Election Bureau - Deborah Danchak, Coaldale, retired as a clerk in the election bureau.

Rest Haven Home - Angelique McGlinchey, Tamaqua, was transferred from part time licensed practical nurse to full time and the salary board fixed her at $15.99 per hour. Leeza Cherrybon, Minersville, and Melanie Sears, Pottsville, both resigned as part time nurse's aides.

Public Defender's Office - Jesselyn Heaps, Schuylkill Haven, hired as a temporary per diem investigator at $17.96 per hour. This is a new position.

Domestic Relations Department - Russell Pellegrino, Frackville, transferred from Protection From Abuse (PFA) coordinator in the prothonotary's office to Enforcement Officer 1 at $20.82 per hour; Eugene John Tray, Wayne Township, hired as a Enforcement Officer 1 at $20.82 per hour; Christopher Breisch, Norwegian Township, promoted from Conference Officer 1 to DRO UIFSA Supervisor at $27.16 per hour; Michelle Spolski, Wayne Township, promoted from Conference Officer I to Conference Hearing Officer II at $27.16 per hour; Michelle Reider, Denver, promoted from Enforcement Officer I to Conference Officer 1 at $22.86; and Cathleen Andrescavage, Minersville, transferred from Enforcement Officer 1 to Conference Officer1 at $22.08.

Children and Youth Services Agency - Kristi Bennett, Palo Alto, resigned as caseworker 2.

District Attorney's Office - The position of the late Donna Clemens, Auburn, was filled by Kelly Murphy, Norwegian Township, as secretary III, at $13.0800 per hour.

Office of Senior Service Agency - Karen R. Wolfe, Ashland, appointed as an unpaid intern.

Emergency Management Department - Shelly Smith-Moyer, North Manheim Township, transferred from support secretary in the Human Service Department to secretary at $14.9043 per hour.

Sheriff's Office - Amanda Kadingo, Pottsville, appointed an unpaid intern.

Court Administration Office - Position of Protection From Abuse (PFA) coordinator, with the salary board fixing the salary at $18.59 per hour.

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