Posted by on November 5, 2020 5:05 am

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schuylkill county commissioners meeting november 5 2020

Schuylkill County Commissioners meet Thursday morning at 10 a.m. and you can once again join it virtually via Zoom or phone.

To join the meeting by phone, follow these directions:

  • Call 1-301-715-8592
  • Enter Meeting ID# 954 9689 6043
  • Enter # key twice to get into the meeting

You should be able to join using the Zoom app as well. Simply enter the Meeting ID number inside the app.

This will be the second meeting featuring public comments read by Commissioners Chairman Boots Hetherington instead of being said aloud by the general public. Hetherington was the driving force behind new rules enacted several weeks ago that banned public comments from being aired by the general public during these meetings.

The Chairman expressed frustration with the tone and content of those comments and passed rules that allowed him to edit out comments he believed were inappropriate. And he believes these rules will establish a sense of decorum or order to the meetings.

In the weeks and months prior to those rules being passed by the Commissioners, the board heard increased criticism of its handling of the CARES Act money it’d received, the lack of transparency and fumbled rollout of a grant program for small businesses using that money, the County’s relentless pursuit of the former GIANT grocery store property in Pottsville, the George Halcovage scandal and more.

Schuylkill County Commissioners Meeting – November 5 Agenda

On Thursday, we expect to hear Hetherington read some criticisms of the County’s handling of the General Election on Tuesday (and Wednesday). Several precincts actually ran out of ballots during the course of the Election.

And Thursday is also the deadline day for the County to turn over the fabled Halcovage tape that shows the Commissioner scaling an embankment next to the Courthosue allegedly in order to meet or confront two of his accusers in the parking lot outside the public entrance to the building.

At Thursday’s meeting, the Commissioners are also set to vote on a no-bid contract with ServPro of Reading and Pottsville, based in Douglassville, to provide cleaning of election precinct locations used Tuesday. The County proposes to pay this company $235 per location to clean them “according to CDC protocols” as well as “additional overhead and profit per site for those that request pre- and post-sanitation.

If approved, the money for that contract likely would come from the remaining CARES Act money the County received earlier this year.

Here’s a look at the full agenda for Thursday’s meeting:

Comm Agenda 11-5-2020

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