January 4, 2012
Robert G. Loughery Appointed Chairman of Bucks County Board of Commissioners for 2012
The Board of Bucks County Commissioners conducted its annual reorganization meeting on January 4 in the Community Room of the Bucks County Courthouse. Prior to approving 33 contract resolutions involving 16 county departments, second-year Commissioner Robert G. Loughery was unanimously appointed chairman for 2012 by his commissioner colleagues Charles H. Martin and Diane M. Ellis-Marseglia, LCSW. Commissioner Martin will serve as vice-chairman during the upcoming year.
In addition, Lynn T. Bush unanimously was re-appointed county chief clerk, and Michael Klimpl, Esq. was appointed acting county solicitor. The commissioners’ meeting schedule will be each first and third Wednesday of each month at 10 a.m., although Chairman Loughery is open to the idea of conducting some night meetings.
After thanking Commissioner Martin for his service as chairman for the last three years, Chairman Loughery commented: “I look forward to being in this role, this assignment, and it’s not one I will take lightly.” He referred to the commissioners’ board as a team that needs to stand together to make “the difficult decisions we have to make.” He spoke of large projects on the horizon, including the new Justice Center, the future of the existing Courthouse and Administration Building, and the federally mandated narrowbanding project.
Following the reorganization, the commissioners analyzed several of the 33 contract resolutions before ultimately passing them. The county’s Agricultural Preservation rolls grew by one farm, the 56.04-acre Comly Farm at 1124 Forest Grove Rd. in Buckingham Township. The county’s portion of the conservation easement is $346,142. According to Harvey, 19 farms totaling more than 4,000 acres have been preserved in Buckingham Township. The Comly Farm, which is an active turf and sod farm with very good caliber soils, ranked second of 63 Agricultural Preservation applications during 2011. It is the 149th farm preserved by the county since 1990.
The commissioners approved a new contract for collection of electronic waste with WeRecycle!, Inc. of Mt. Vernon, NY. According to county Recycling Coordinator Art Feltes, the contract will bring in additional revenue and allow the county to collect electronic waste such as microwave ovens that it previously could not collect. It also will double the number of Household Hazardous Waste and Computer Collection events in Bucks County this year from five to 10. The WeRecycle! contract is expected to net $10,000 in revenue this year.
Commissioner Martin reluctantly agreed to approve a Human Resources agreement with the District Attorney and the Bucks County Detectives Association to incorporate an Arbitration Award through December 31, 2013. He also read a dissent memo into the record.
The commissioners approved a $10,000 contract with Garrison Enterprises of Charlotte, NC for annual software maintenance fees to run the county’s popular, web-based restaurant inspection reports. They are available through the Health Department section of the official county website. While all of the 33 proposed resolutions passed, Commissioner Marseglia abstained from voting on one Children & Youth Social Services contract.
The meeting also featured a number of appointments to the county’s boards and authorities. Chief Operating Officer Brian Hessenthaler thanked all those involved with Tuesday’s inauguration ceremony. Chief Clerk Bush added that the Planning Commission will be asked to share its thoughts and ideas about economic development initiatives for the county.
The next meeting of the Board of Bucks County Commissioners will take place at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, January 18, 2012, in the Conference Room of the Bucks County Courthouse (1st Floor). For a complete audio account of the January 4 meeting, please visit the official county website, www.BucksCounty.org, and click on the “Audio from Last Mtg” link on the home page.