County OKs pact with Cen­tre to con­tinue hous­ing pris­on­ers

Un­der one- year agree­ment, Schuylkill to pay $ 65 per day per inmate

The Republican Herald - - LOCAL - BY Peter e. Bort­ner STAFF WRITER

POTTSVILLE — Schuylkill County will con­tinue to send pris­on­ers to Cen­tre County, as the com­mis­sion­ers on Wed­nes­day ap­proved a one- year inmate hous­ing agree­ment that will al­low that trans­porta­tion and con­fine­ment to con­tinue.

Un­der the terms of the agree­ment, which will last from Jan. 1, 2019, through Dec .31,2019, Schuylkill will pay $ 65 per day per inmate to house pris­on­ers at the Cen­tre County Cor­rec­tional fa­cil­ity in Belle­fonte.

Cen­tre is one of five coun­ties hous­ing pris­on­ers for Schuylkill County, which is seek­ing a longterm so­lu­tion to prison over­crowd­ing. As of Nov. 14, the date of the last Schuylkill County Prison Board meet­ing, Cen­tre houses 42, Columbia, 14, Lack­awanna, eight, Berks, two, and Sny­der, two.

Also on Wed­nes­day, the com­mis­sion­ers ap­proved a con­tract for $ 9,945 with AMC En­ter­prise, Frackville, to de­mol­ish a build­ing at 1 E. Cen­ter St., Don­ald­son, Frai­ley Town­ship.

“It’s a dou­ble house, old and di­lap­i­dated” County Ad­min­is­tra­tor Gary R. Ben­der said. “We’re tak­ing both sides down.”

Ben­der said the town­ship owns the prop­erty and he does not know what it will do with it once de­mo­li­tion is com­pleted.

The com­mis­sion­ers also ap­proved a set­tle­ment of a tax as­sess­ment ap­peal con­cern­ing a com­mer­cial prop­erty in Shenan­doah.

Un­der the terms of the agree­ment, the prop­erty, which is owned by Shenan­doah RX Asso. LLC, is val­ued at $ 2.2 mil­lion, ef­fec­tive Jan. 1, 2019, for the tax year 2019 and into the fu­ture. The county, bor­ough and Shenan­doah Val­ley School Dis­trict will base the prop­erty’s real es­tate tax bills on that amount.

Also Wed­nes­day, the com­mis­sion­ers ap­proved a res­o­lu­tion au­tho­riz­ing the spend­ing of ad­di­tional ho­tel tax revenue for the Schuylkill County Vis­i­tors Bureau.

“We’re col­lect­ing it on their be­half,” Di­rec­tor of Fi­nance Paul E. Bu­ber said of the tax revenue go­ing to the bureau. Bu­ber said the county should end up col­lect­ing $ 100,000 more from the ho­tel tax this year.

Ben­der said any ad­di­tional ap­pro­pri­a­tion re­quires the com­mis­sioner stop ass are so­lu­tion au­tho­riz­ing its spend­ing.

“Rev­enues have been higher this year,” he said.

At Bu­ber’s re­quest, the com­mis­sion­ers also ap­proved the fol­low­ing bud­get ad­just­ments for 2018.

• Courts ( mag­is­te­rial dis­trict judges), $ 2,800

• Dis­trict at­tor­ney’s of­fice, $ 24,750

• Prison, $ 63,087

• Sher­iff ’s of­fice, $ 2,500 Bu­ber said all ad­just­ments in­volve mov­ing money be­tween line items and in­clude no ad­di­tional spend­ing. He said the amount for the prison in­volves nu­mer­ous smaller items, in­clud­ing clean­ing ser­vices, med­i­cal and trans­port ex­penses for sup­plies, and re­pair work.

In other busi­ness, the com­mis­sion­ers ap­pointed these peo­ple to in­di­cated county boards:

• Mary Beth Dougherty, Gi­rardville, five- year term, Schuylkill County Hous­ing Au­thor­ity, ef­fec­tive Dec. 16.

• Martin Bro­phy, Shenan­doah Heights, three- year term, Schuylkill County In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity, ef­fec­tive Jan. 1, 2019.

• David A. Don­lin, Pottsville, t hree- year t er m, Schuylkill County In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity, ef­fec­tive Jan. 1, 2019.

• Mary Labert, McA­doo, three- year term, Schuylkill County Of­fice of Se­nior Ser­vices Ad­vi­sory Board, ef­fec­tive Jan. 1, 2019.

• Mag­is­te­rial Dis­trict Judge James K. Rei­ley, Pottsville, three- year term, Schuylkill County Of­fice of Se­nior Ser­vices Ad­vi­sory Board, ef­fec­tive Jan. 1, 2019.

• John Mal­in­chok, Frack- ville, four-year term, Schuylkill County Plan­ning Com­mis­sion, ef­fec­tive Jan. 1, 2019.

• David Sat­ti­zahn, Pine Grove, four-year term, Schuylkill County Plan­ning Com­mis­sion, ef­fec­tive Jan. 1, 2019.

•Michael Vi god a, Pottsville, four-year term, Schuylkill County Plan­ning Com­mis­sion, ef­fec­tive Jan. 1, 2019.

•Eric Se it zinger, Or wigs­burg, five-year term, Schuylkill County Zon­ing Hear­ing Board, ef­fec­tive Jan. 1, 2019.

The com­mis­sion­ers also ap­proved the hir­ing of Gretchen Gar­rity, Pottsville, as a fis­cal of­fi­cer 1 for Chil­dren & Youth, ef­fec­tive Dec. 17. The Salary Board ap­proved her an­nual salary of $ 47,437.

Con­tact the writer: pbort­[email protected] re­pub­li­can­her­ald. com; 570- 628- 6014

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