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Schuylkill commissioners OK extension for bus wrap campaign

Schuylkill County commissioners on Wednesday approved a request from Lisa Fishburne of the county Mental Health/Development Services for an extension to the Schuylkill County Transportation Authority contract for advertising bus wraps for the mental health awareness campaign.

The extension will continue the contract from July 1 through June 30, 2023. The cost is $1,800 a month, which will increase in the contract price to $21,600.

Also on Wednesday, commissioners approved:

• The state fiscal year 2022-2023 Hazardous Material Response Fund Grant agreement for $20,315. The grant provides for assistance for counties to develop an integrated emergency response capability for the health hazards, dangers, and risks hazardous materials pose for the general public.

• A contract with Teleosoft for licensed software “county suite civil court” program. The one-time license fee for the prothonotary’s office will be $377,367. The first payment of $188,683 will be paid at the signing of the contract, with 26 remaining payments paid as each milestone is reached. Payments will be made from the Prothonotary Automation Fund. This program will allow for the prothonotary’s office to offer e-filing and online document viewing, said Prothonotary Bridget M. Miller.

Commissioners approved the same software for the Sheriff’s Department.

The onetime license fee for the department will be $181,086.

The first payment of $90,543 will be paid at the beginning paid at the signing of the contract, with the 27 remaining payments to be paid as each milestone is reached.

This program will allow for the Sheriff’s Department to offer work with the prothonotary on electronic service.

Now, prothonotary’s office staff each day lug bundles of paperwork to the sheriff’s department.

Deputy Sheriff Brian K. Tobin thanked Miller for her work on bringing the software program to the county. “This has been a very long, painstaking process,” he said.

“This will move the county forward 20 years.”

He said it will take about three years for the program to come fully up to speed.

“Its quite an undertaking,” he said.

• A request from county Finance Director Paul E. Buber for a supplemental budget appropriation of $150,000.

The money is for the Human Services Department, Buber said.