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Commissioners Preserve 176th County Farm among 26 Contract Resolutions at Feb. 18 Business Meeting

February 19, 2015

The Board of Bucks County Commissioners conducted a brisk, 26-minute business session in the Bucks County Administration Building Community Room on the morning of Wednesday, February 18. The agenda was highlighted by items involving the County’s popular Agricultural Land Preservation program, General Services’ construction management services for the completion of the Justice Center and Phase I renovations of the Administration Building and 30 E. Court St., and three Parks and Recreation agreements to extend work deadlines at the Silver Lake Nature Center in Bristol Township.

A view of the Rosenberger Farm, East Into NorthwestCounty Agricultural Land Preservation Director Rich Harvey presented to Commissioners Robert G. Loughery, chairman, Charles H. Martin and Diane M. Ellis-Marseglia, LCSW the 55.52-acre Henry and Charlotte Rosenberger farm at 301 Blue School Rd. in Hilltown Township. The commissioners unanimously agreed to pay $52,522 (10 percent of the appraised value, with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania funding the balance) plus settlement charges and adjustments for the conservation easement. The property includes 1,100 feet of road footage, 21 acres of hay in active production, and 18 acres of corn crops. Mr. Harvey noted that the Agricultural Land Preservation program currently has 43 farms on the waiting list. Since 1989, the Board of Commissioners has preserved 176 farms totaling 14,659 acres.

The board approved a pair of items of the Children & Youth Social Services Agency, including a one-year, $612,550 contract renewal with Bucks County Housing Group, Inc. of Ivyland to provide shelter services and a one-year, $280,205 agreement with the same organization to provide supportive services and emergency food.

The commissioners unanimously tabled a $34,100 Courts contract with U.S. Alarms of Frackville, PA to provide installation of security cameras at magisterial district court locations around the county. The board also tabled a Juvenile Probation contract amendment with Amy Blank Wilson, Ph.D. to correct travel expenses involved with a departmental training.

For General Services, the board approved a $506,717 contract increase and extension with Joseph Jingoli & Son, Inc. to provide construction management services for completion of the new Bucks County Justice Center and Phase I renovations at the Administration Building (55 E. Court St.) and 30 E. Court St. (the former Domestic Relations court building).

Chairman Loughery drew laughter after reading a Neshaminy Manor contract to rescind a $113,130 therapy oxygen provision with Life Gas, A Division of Linde Gas North America, LLC (Murray Hill, NJ), noting that oxygen will be provided through the approval of a three-year, $114,750 contract with Main Line Medical Supplies of Upper Darby, PA.

For the Planning Commission, the board approved a $17,135 revenue item with Northampton Township to prepare an updated to the Northampton Township Comprehensive Plan. Northampton joins multiple townships and boroughs throughout the county that have used Planning Commission expertise to update their municipal plans.

A view of the Rosenberger Farm, South into NortheastThe commissioners untabled two items from previous meetings – a one-year, $589,376 Children & Youth contract renewal with Child & Family Focus of Valley Forge, PA to provide High Fidelity Wrap Around Services for children with complex needs and their families and a one-year, $54,694 Courts contract renewal with Eleanor Fanning, Esq. of Trevose to serve as a mental health review officer for petitions filed in Bucks County Court under the Mental Health and Retardation Act. Commissioner Marseglia voted against the agreement with Ms. Fanning, which passed by a 2-1 margin.

During her bi-weekly report, Chief Clerk Lynn Bush noted that County Director of Military and Veterans Affairs Dan Fraley will be honored for his service to the veterans’ community this weekend by the Washington Crossing Foundation.

The next meeting of the Board of Bucks County Commissioners will take place at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 4, 2015, in the Bucks County Administration Building Community Room (1st Floor), 55 E. Court St., Doylestown, PA 18901. For a complete audio account of the February 18, 2015 business meeting, please visit the official county website, www.BucksCounty.org, and click on the “Audio from Last Mtg” link on the home page.