Continuing an annual breakfast tradition that takes place on the final Friday of September, members of the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce (CBCC) received an update on county business and operations. The “State of the County” event, which took place at the Waterwheel Restaurant in Doylestown, featured a new format with presentations from the division leaders of Emergency Services, Corrections and Health Services.
Commissioner Chairman Robert Loughery kicked off the program by discussing the county’s current financial position, highlighting workforce reduction, increased general fund balance, operating budget surplus and actuarial valuation of the retirement fund as four components of strength. He also shared news that the county last week received its second AAA credit rating from Standard & Poor’s, having received its first from Moody’s in 2010. Bucks County is one of only three AAA rated counties in Pennsylvania.
Director Scott Forster dedicated his remarks to highlighting the responsibilities of the Emergency Services division (Emergency Management, 9-1-1 Emergency Communications, Fire Marshal and Emergency Health Services). He spoke of Bucks County’s collaboration with the Southeast Pennsylvania Regional Task Force, which also includes Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties. The five counties collectively plan to assist each other in the event of a catastrophic emergency or large scale special event.
Corrections Director Bill Plantier showed the audience one of the department’s new house arrest GPS monitoring units, which were formally approved for purchase by the Commissioners earlier this month. 111 offenders will be outfitted with the new monitoring units, which will replace the current house arrest phone system. According to Mr. Plantier, the Corrections Department has seen an 82-percent success rate with the House Arrest Program, allowing offenders to remain in the community while providing financial savings for the county.
Dr. David Damsker highlighted the varied services of the Bucks County Health Department, from retail food facility inspections and immunizations to public health preparedness. He also encouraged those in attendance to receive a free flu shot at one of three public vaccinations clinics scheduled for October. The first will take place at the department’s Doylestown office (1282 Almshouse Road, 18901) from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, October 4. The second will be at the department’s Levittown office (7321 New Falls Road, 19055) from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, October 11. The third will take place from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, October 18 at the department’s Quakertown office (261 California Road, 18951).
To view the State of the County PowerPoint presentation, please click on this link or visit www.BucksCounty.org.