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Commissioners Visit Langhorne Branch of Bucks County Free Library for Sept. 16 Evening Business Meeting

September 17, 2015

Built in 1976, the Langhorne Branch of the Bucks County Free Library is about to undergo some significant renovations for the benefit of the thousands who visit the facility each year. In advance of that work, the Board of Bucks County Commissioners paid a visit on the evening of Wednesday, Sept. 16 to conduct a brisk slate of bi-monthly business.

Reading Loops- Each loop represents 100 minutes read by the students in the library system's Summer Reading Program.After welcoming remarks from executive director of the Bucks County Free Library System Martina Kominiarek, Commissioners Robert G. Loughery, chairman, Charles H. Martin and Diane M. Ellis-Marseglia, LCSW unanimously approved 17 contract resolutions involving nine County departments. The largest of those was a five-year, $16.038 million with the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs for the financing of County alcohol and drug prevention, intervention and treatment services.

The commissioners opened by approving the submission of grant applications for gaming money through the Redevelopment Authority of the County of Bucks. Those applications included funds to be used for annual operations of the County of Bucks Lower Bucks Public Safety Training facility, support and expansion of the Bucks County Health Improvement Project, and support of a DNA project to assist in crime prevention for 39 municipal police departments and the Bucks County District Attorney’s office. According to Bensalem Township Public Safety Director Fred Harran, the DNA project will provide a database to be shared amongst agencies, which will be particularly effective in fighting “low-level (suburban) crime.”

For the General Services division, the board approved a five-week contract extension with Bi-State Construction Co., Inc. for repairs to County Bridge No. 339, which is located on Bucks Rd. in Bedminster Township. In the Health Department realm, the commissioners signed off on three storage contracts related to public health preparedness equipment.

The Human Resources department presented a 27-month Memorandum of Understanding for Sergeant Deputy Sheriffs through the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), District Council 88.

For the Mental Health/Developmental Programs (MH/DP) office, the board approved a two-year, $150,000 grant award with the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency to create transitional housing opportunities. According to County MH/DP Director Donna Duffy Bell, the new program will serve six clients in the lower end of Bucks County with behavioral support.

As a member of the Southeastern PA Counties Cooperative Purchasing Board, Bucks County participates in collaborative buying. To that end, the commissioners approved the County’s one-year, $148,108 portion of a bid for photocopy paper and one-year, $100,969.88 portion of a bid for toner cartridges.

Mrs. Kominiarek of the Free Library also reported on the library system’s summer reading program, which resulted in a documented total of 1,428,870 minutes of reading for youth participants. The goal for next summer will be 2 million minutes. On the wall of the Langhorne library meeting room, there is a colorful paper loop wall – with each loop representing 100 minutes read.

The meeting also featured one proclamation, as Commissioner Marseglia proclaimed September “National Recovery Month” throughout the County of Bucks. Accepting the proclamation was Diane Rosati, director of the Bucks County Drug and Alcohol Commission, Inc. An estimated 23.1 million people in the United States – or more than 7 percent of all Americans - are in need of treatment for substance dependence, but only 1.7 million are receiving treatment and recovery support. This year, the annual PRO-ACT Recovery Walks! 2015 will take place on Saturday, September 19. During this growing event, 20,000 people will walk for recovery through historic Philadelphia.

During his chief operating officer’s report, Brian Hessenthaler reminded residents of three upcoming dates – Monday, October 5, 2015, which is the last day to register to vote in the November 3, 2015 Municipal Election; Saturday, October 10, 2015, which will be the County’s 9th Pandemic Flu Drill (free flu shots at three locations); and Saturday, October 17, 2015, which will be the County’s semi-annual Medication Take Back Day at locations throughout the County. Chief Clerk Lynn T. Bush reported on last Saturday’s electronics recycling event at New Hope-Solebury High School, in which nearly 700 cars participated. There will be two more electronic recycling events during 2015 at dates and times to be announced.

The next meeting of the Board of Bucks County Commissioners will take place at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, October 7 at the Warminster Fire Company Station 90, 300 Madison Ave., Warminster, PA 18974. For a complete audio account of the September 16, 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.