Commissioners Visit Levittown's ITT Technical Institute For Bi-Monthly Business Meeting
Continuing its effort to visit and promote Bucks County businesses, the Board of Bucks County Commissioners traveled to Levittown's ITT Technical Institute to approve 34 contract resolutions involving 14 county departments on the morning of October 3. The 15-classroom school, which currently boasts almost 500 students pursuing associates degrees in computer network systems and criminal justice (among other fields), recently relocated from Bensalem. According to ITT Director Charles Bowman, the institute continues to thrive as an institution of higher learning for recent high school graduates and career changers alike. During a recent ITT graduation, Commissioner Diane M. Ellis-Marseglia, LCSW delivered commencement remarks.
Commissioner Chairman Robert G. Loughery thanked ITT Tech for the meeting hospitality, noting the significance of the "workforce training component" that takes place at the campus (which is conveniently located on Veterans Highway adjacent to I-95 and business Route 1. "You cannot underestimate how important it (workforce development) is," the chairman stated.
The business portion of the agenda featured extensive discussion of the Human Services items, including a $535,512 contract renewal with Warminster's Voice & Vision for consumer satisfaction team services and peer support services for individuals with intellectual disabilities and mental health diagnoses. That contract was approved unanimously, as was a $300,517 revenue increase from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for transportation services to medical assistance clients.
Open Space Coordinator Kris Kern presented a pair of Municipal Open Space acquisitions - the 73-acre Hoff property in Bridgeton Township and two small easements in New Britain Borough that will offer trail connectivity to that municipality. The Hoff tract is a wooded lot with 15 acres of level agricultural soils. It also has road frontage that would be attractive to developers. The New Britain tracts, which are .64 and .68 acres, respectively, are part of a larger group of properties that will be preserved for generations to come. County Chief Clerk Lynn Bush noted that previous land donations in the Borough are "a great asset."
The board approved a $167,317 contract with Office Basics for the county's portion of the Southeastern PA County Cooperative Purchasing Board bid for xerographic paper, but Commissioner Charles H. Martin questioned why the contract increased approximately $20,000 over the previous contract. He asked county officials to take a hard look at paper usage in various departments.
Although all 34 contract resolutions passed, Commissioner Marseglia voted against a pair of Children & Youth resolutions with Wrightstown's Bucks County Housing Group to provide Bridge and Transitional Housing and to provide shelter services for 20-25 families per day.
Chief Operating Officer Brian Hessenthaler reported on several items, noting that last Saturday's 7th Annual Pandemic Flu Drill provided nearly 4,000 free flu shots for county residents in a drive-thru format. That number was considerably higher than the 2010 and 2011 drills despite some traffic flow issues. He also reported that last Saturday's Drug Take Back Event collected 5,300 pounds of medications that will not be put into the waste stream, continuing a highly successful program that includes participation by the county District Attorney's office. He also praised the county's Neshaminy Manor long-term care facility for winning several awards, including the National Award for Excellence in Action for the fifth straight year. Mr. Hessenthaler also reported that Bucks County has been chosen to participate in a statewide block grant Human Services program. Two upcoming public hearings about that program will take place, one on October 18 in Bensalem and one on October 24 in the Bucks County Courthouse Community Room (1st Floor).
Chief Clerk Bush provided an update on the county's Electronic and Computer collection, which drew more than 1,000 participants on Saturday, September 29 at the Almshouse complex.
The next meeting of the Board of Bucks County Commissioners will take place at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, October 17, 2012, in the Bucks County Courthouse Community Room, 55 E. Court St. (1st Floor), Doylestown. For a complete audio account of the October 3 meeting, please visit the official county website, www.BucksCounty.org, and click on the "Audio from Last Mtg" link on the home page.