Contract caps for vendors increased
Schuylkill County commissioners on Wednesday increased contract caps for several vendors used by the county nursing home at Rest Haven.
They include increasing by $3,000 a contract with Orwigsburg Ambulance; a contract with Symphony Mobilex by $10,000; and a contract with Manheim Medical by $350.
Commissioners also approved a contract with Quest Diagnostics of Wyomissing to provide laboratory services for residents. The fee for service contract is estimated at $22,000 and runs from Aug. 1 to July 31, 2015.
They also approved $24,531 to Answers On Demand for annual license fees for Aug. 1 to July 31, 2015, and another $699 for Logmein software.
Commissioners also approved a $66,896 emergency performance grant for the Emergency Management Agency for this year. The grant provides federal funds through the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency to cover salaries and benefits for some jobs in the county agency.
In other matters, commissioners:
• Agreed to seek bids to fix county bridge No. 30 on Spittler Road over Swatara Creek, Pine T. The bids will be accepted by the controller's office until 3 p.m. Sept. 15. The bids will be opened at the commissioners' work session scheduled for Sept. 17. Commissioners expect to award the job on Sept. 24.
• Approved the renewal of the recyclable materials supply agreement with Weiner Iron & Metal, Pottsville for a two-year contract with two additional two-year extensions. All pricing schedules and specifications will remain in effect until Aug. 7, 2016. Weiner recycles the county's cardboard, aluminum, steel cans and mixed paper.
• Terminate the county lease with KK Coal for 83 acres in East Norwegian Township. The company had leased the property since November 1989.
• Signed an agreement with the borough of Schuylkill Haven to lease about 1,262 square feet of the Schuylkill Haven senior/neighborhood center for five years for exclusive use and shared and common space. The rent will be $1,000 per month. The lease will begin 60 days after completion of upgrades.
Also on Wednesday, commissioners learned the county retirement fund is continuing do well despite a slight dip in its market value. The fund stood at $124,217,352 as of Wednesday morning, down from $124,294,540 on July 31.