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Sale of vacant home in Coaldale ok'd; bridge work bids awarded

Published July 11. 2013 05:03PM

Approval was granted to the tax claim bureau by the Schuylkill County Commissioners for a repository sale of a vacant home to Coaldale in action taken at the public meeting held Wednesday at the courthouse in Pottsville.

The building is a two story frame home and located at 292 S. Third St. The last owner was Mary Smith. The property was turned over to the borough for a $20 fee. The tax claim bureau acquired the building for delinquent taxes. The borough plans to demolish the structure.

Other business

The commissioners also approved seeking bids for the county demolition program for two structures in Tremont and one in Girardville. The bids must be in the controller's office at the courthouse in by Monday, Aug. 5.

Approval was given the 9-1-1 Center to purchase a 2014 model vehicle from Kovatch (KME), of Nesquehoning, at a cost of $27,864.03. It is to replace the current 2000 year model. The purchase is under the state contract through Costars.

The Emergency Management Agency received a grant of $13,051 to be used to develop and maintain comprehensive multi-agency emergency response plans under the nuclear public safety programs by the 26 designated risk and support counties surrounding each nuclear power plant in the Commonwealth.

The adult probation department received approval to file an application for a grant-in-aid to the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole for continuation in the program.

It also renewed its agreement with the state board for the current supervision fund agreement in which the state will return to the county all offender supervision fees received by the state department of revenue from the county for the period May 1, through April 30, 2014. Each defendant is required to pay a monthly supervision fee of $50 for each month placed on probation or parole.

The board accepted the resignation of Paul Lohin, Minersville, as a member of the Schuylkill County Conservation District's board of directors after 10 years of service. He served as its public director. The commissioners paid tribute for his services.

Scott Graver, of Tremont, was appointed to fill Lohin's unexpired term which ends Dec. 31, 2015. Other members are Dr. James Shadle, Hegins; F. Diane Wolfgang, Hegins, Stanley Fidler, Pine Grove; Helen Masser, Sacramento; Dottie Sterner, Orwigsburg; Glenn Luckenbill, Pottsville; and County Commissioner Gary Hess, Schuylkill Haven.

A contract was awarded to Dallago Backhoe Service, Marlin, Norwegian Township, in amount of $66,699.90 for storm water drainage improvements along Woodside Road in Cass Township. Payment comes out of the county's Community Development Block Grant Program.

The project is to control of the flow of water off high ground where a new housing development is located and caused water damages to homes in the valley.

A contract was awarded to EJB Paving and Materials Company, West Lawn, Berks County, to repave two county bridges in Tremont for $32,637. One bridge carries Line Street over Good Spring Creek and the second bridge carries Main Street over Middle Creek. Payment will come from the county's liquid fuels fund.

A contract was entered with Clinical Outcomes Group Inc., Pottsville, for $29,290 to provide services to the county's drug and alcohol program.

Seven purchase of service agreements were entered on behalf of the Children and Youth Services Agency with the following:

Attorney James Conville, Schuylkill Haven, for legal services at a per unit rate of $3,500 and extraordinary services at $75 per unit.

Attorney Maria Casey, Minersville, for legal services at a per unit rate of $2,506 and Department of Public Welfare appeals, $80 per unit.

Pennsylvania Forensics, Reading, for transportation per unit rate of $30, initial intake evaluation, $200 per unit rate, and comprehensive evaluation at $1,500 per unit rate.

All Shred, Moscow, for shredding container at $60 per unit rate and fuel charge at $15 per unit rate.

Community Solutions Inc., Windsor, Conn., at a $58.98 per unit rate and psychological evaluation at $250 per unit rate.

Schuylkill Intermediate Unit 29, Marlin, Norwegian Township, day treatment services at $130 per unit rate.

Access Services, Orwigsburg, for travel at $9.90 per unit rate, mentor and advocate services at $12.25 per unit rate, counseling at $26.64 per unit rate, and assessment at $368 per unit rate.

Personnel matters

Action taken on personnel matters were:

Rest Haven Home - Bobbi James, Minersville, was transferred from a full time/full-time to part-time/part time licensed practical nurse and her salary adjusted to $15.99 per hour. Four employees resigned, Donna Fecenko, Orwigsburg, part time registered nurse; Crystal Metz, Schuylkill Haven, full time nurse's aid; Nora George. Auburn, part time licensed practical nurse; and Chelsey Bailey, Port Carbon, part time nurse's aide trainee.

There was a change in law clerks in President Judge William Baldwin's office. Attorney Julie Harahush, Pottsville, becomes the new law clerk to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Attorney Evangelo Theodosopoulos, of Pottsville. Her salary was set at $44,356 per year.

At the request of the Humane Service Department, a part-time/part time position of office support and secretarial was created with the salary set at $13.444 per hour.

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