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During Rare Two-Commissioner Night Meeting, County Approves 28 Contract Resolutions, Honors Local EMS Companies

May 21, 2015

Less than 24 hours after the polls closed for the 2015 Municipal Primary election, Commissioners Charles H. Martin and Diane M. Ellis-Marseglia, LCSW conducted a unique business meeting that included just two of the board’s three members. Chairman Robert G. Loughery was unable to attend due to a family conflict, leaving Commissioners Martin and Marseglia to complete the business at hand.

Members of the GWOT Memorial committee present the Commissioners with a Plaque of AppreciationThe 6 p.m. meeting in the Administration Building Community Room included the approval of 28 contract resolutions for 11 County departments, the majority of which involved General Services and Housing & Community Development. That list featured three general contracting change orders related to the new Justice Center with Ernest Bock & Sons, Inc. of Philadelphia totaling approximately $36,000 for concrete block and exterior work, terrazzo floor work, and code issues with the B2 restroom floor. The commissioners also approved a $16,448 contract increase with Security and Data Technologies, Inc. of Newtown for changes to the audio visual equipment in the Justice Center and Administration Building.

Another General Services agreement provided a 99-year lease of a 70-acre park property at the intersection of New Galena Rd. and Walters Rd. in New Britain Township. The lease will be a nominal $100 a year to maintain a Veterans Park that will feature passive recreation.

Commissioners present the Central Bucks Ambulance Group with a Commendation for receiving recognition from the American Heart Association Mission: LifelineFor the Emergency Management Agency, the commissioners agreed to a $175,000 purchase of communications equipment for the Emergency Health Services department. That purchase, which will allow enhanced lines of information with doctors and hospitals, will be paid for at no direct cost to the County by a grant from the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA). The contract was a timely one because the commissioners also proclaimed May 17-23 “Emergency Medical Services Week” throughout the County of Bucks. The board honored five local EMS squads with commendations for achieving the American Heart Association: Lifeline Performance Achievement Awards silver and bronze standards. The squads were Point Pleasant-Plumsteadville, Central Bucks, Upper Bucks Regional, Warminster Volunteer and Penndel-Middletown.

The Housing & Community Development contracts included a $150,000 contact for Family Service Association of Langhorne to provide funding for bathroom renovations at the Bucks County Emergency Homeless Shelter in Levittown. Those renovations will be made over the next 16 months. The commissioners also approved $79,973 for the Bucks County Opportunity Council to provide funding for the Rapid Rehousing program. For Habitat for Humanity of Bucks County, the commissioners approved a $60,000 contract to fund the construction of two family units at 37 Harrison Ave. in Morrisville.

Point Pleasant - Plumsteadville EMS receives a commendation from the Commissioner for being recognized by the American Heart Association Mission: LifelineAround the county, municipalities continue to look to the Bucks County Planning Commission for expertise in the field of planning and community vision. To that end, the commissioners approved a $2,000 per year revenue agreement with Sellersville Borough to provide planning services over the next five years.

In addition to the EMS commendations, the commissioners recognized 2015 High School Poet Laureate Erin Farrell of Central Bucks East High School. Ms. Farrell, who was selected from a group of more than 100 applicants, read one of her award-winning works. The commissioner also proclaimed this week of May “Mental Health Awareness Week” and highlighted several Mental Health/Developmental Programs entities, including the Community Support Program.

Erin Farrell recites the poem that won her the Bucks County High School Poet Laureate of the YearLast year, with the commissioners’ support, the Doylestown Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 175 dedicated the Global War on Terrorism Memorial in the former Bucks County Courthouse Memorial Courtyard. The memorial honors 21 Bucks County heroes killed in the line of duty since Sept. 11, 2001. During the May 20, 2015 meeting, Ed Lopez of the VFW presented Commissioners Martin and Marseglia a framed plaque with a glossy photo of the memorial that reads: “Your support was crucial in establishing a lasting legacy for those families that endured the ultimate sacrifice during the Global War on Terror.”

Chief Operating Officer Brian Hessenthaler provided an update on voter turnout during Tuesday’s Municipal Primary, which included 12.77 percent of registered Republicans and 10.31 percent of registered Democrats. Mr. Hessenthaler also praised the County Information Technology department for writing its own version of the live election reporting software. The new site, www.buckscountyvotes.org, made its debut during the May 19 election.

Proclamation presentation to MHDPThe meeting concluded with a handful of public comments and a reminder from Commissioner Martin to tune in to the final episode of The Late Show with David Letterman.

The next meeting of the Board of Bucks County Commissioners will take place at 10 a.m. (please note time) on Wednesday, June 3, 2015, at the Bucks County Playhouse, 70 South Main St., New Hope, PA. For a complete audio account of the May 20, 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.