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Bids for used vehicles opened

Published June 05. 2014 05:00PM

Schuylkill County commissioners at a work session Wednesday opened bids from people seeking to buy used vehicles and from companies wanting the job of scanning records for the county's Children and Youth Services Agency.

Seven bids were received for the vehicles, a 2001 Chevrolet Impala, a 1997 GMC Safari AWD, a 1997 GMC 1500 pickup, a 1995 GMC Jimmy, a 1999 Ford Expedition, a 1998 Ford Ranger, a 2003 Ford Explorer XLT, a 2002 Chevrolet Impala, a 2003 Haulmark Cub 6 feet by 12 feet, a 2008 Ford Explorer XLT 4X4, a 2006 Ford Crown Victoria, a 2001 Chevrolet Impala, a 1998 Ford Crown Victoria, a 1997 Ford Crown Victoria, a 2000 Chevrolet Lumina, and a 1991 Dodge Spirit.

Commissioners will review the bids and expect to sell the vehicles at a later date.

Six bids were received for the records scanning. Again, commissioners will review them and award the contract at a later date.

In other matters, commissioners issued a proclamation recognizing the Schuylkill River as Pennsylvania's 2014 River of the Year,

"In the mid-20th century, the Schuylkill River was one of the nation's most polluted rivers due to discharges of industrial wastes, raw sewage and coal mining sediment. As a result of a monumental public river cleanup effort initiated by the commonwealth of Pennsylvania and various private stewardship efforts over the past 50 years, led by the Schuylkill County Greenway Association and other organizations, the health of the Schuylkill River has improved dramatically to the point where it now serves as a drinking water source for approximately 1.5 million people and an important recreation area for the Philadelphia region," the proclamation says.

Also on Wednesday, commissioners approved a $433,100 capital grant agreement for the Schuylkill Transportation System. The agreement includes $331,200 in federal money for the shared ride program, $10,100 for replacement vehicles and $91,800 for two-way communication equipment. Both are from state funds.

Commissioners also agreed to renew an annual Office of Child Development and Early Learning/Nurse Family Partnership $249,021 grant.

They also approved paying PCORP for a contract from June 1 to June 1, 2015 for $461,382. The premium is reduced by $4,012 due to the county's low claims in the last contract period, 2012-2013.

The county had 14 claims totaling $6,564, versus $153,885 from 2012-2013, reducing the claim volume by $147,321.

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