The Board of Bucks County of Bucks Commissioners welcomed a special guest during its March 16 meeting in the County Administration Building. Mae Krier of Levittown, who worked as a riveter on Boeing aircraft in Seattle Washington during World War II, received a proclamation from Commissioners Robert G. Loughery, chairman, Charles H. Martin and Diane M. Ellis-Marseglia, LCSW in recognition of Women’s History Month. Wearing a T-shirt that read: “We can do it!” Ms. Krier received an ovation from the audience and thanked the commissioners for the recognition. There is a federal movement to designate a day each May 23 as “Rosie the Riveter Day” throughout the United States in recognition of the contributions of the 16 million women who labored or volunteered full-time in factories, farms, shipyards, airplane factories, banks and other institutions in support of the armed forces overseas.
In addition to Ms. Krier’s spirited appearance, the commissioners unanimously approved 25 contract resolutions involving 12 County departments – including the addition of more than 52 acres of Agricultural Land Preservation and Open Space acres to the preservation list. For the Agricultural Land Preservation Program, the board signed off on the $233,305 purchase (plus settlement charges and adjustments) of a 45.75 acre easement on the William and Lisa Burland farm located on Old Bethlehem Rd. in Springfield Township. The Burland farm is an equine operation that ranked seventh on the list of 2015 farm applications and is situated adjacent to 800 previously preserved County acres. According to Agricultural Land Preservation Director Rich Harvey, the Burland property is the 188th farm preserved by the County to date, a total that includes 15,508 acres.
For the County Open Space Program, the commissioners agreed to spend $93,750 for the fee simple purchase of 6.8 acres in Warrington Township. This entirely wooded property is contiguous to previously preserved land and will provide a walkway in the future for residents in the area of Stump and Bristol roads.
The agenda also included the approval of eight contracts for the Children & Youth Social Services department. The bulk of those contracts, four of which involve foster care services and a one-year, $551,000 renewal with Lutheran Children and Family Service of Philadelphia to provide family preservation/after-care and intensive permanency programs, cover the period July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016.
For Emergency Communications, the commissioners approved a $16,405 contract decrease with Motorola Solutions, Inc. of Schaumburg, IL for the countywide narrowbanding radio system project. They also agreed to a $55,089 General Services contract increase with Chris Wolff Plumbing, Inc. of Perkasie for additional plumbing work on the first and fifth floor bathrooms of the Bucks County Administration Building (55 E. Court St.) and former Domestic Relations building (30 E. Court St.).
The commissioners continued their support for Housing and Community Development programs, agreeing to five contracts involving A Woman’s Place, the Bucks County Housing Group, Inc., Bucks County Opportunity Council, Family Service Association of Bucks County and the Warminster Heights Development Corporation.
Commissioner Marseglia also issued a proclamation in honor of March as American Red Cross Month, noting in her citation: “The American Red Cross collects 40 percent of the nation’s blood donation supply, provides 24-hour support to military members, veterans and their families; teaches millions lifesaving skills, such as lifeguarding and CPR; and through its Restoring Family Links program, connects family members separated by crisis, conflict, or migration.”
Commissioner Martin wished everyone a happy St. Patrick’s Day on March 17, and the commissioners also heard from five concerned residents about the Elcon Corporation’s potential application for a wastewater treatment in Falls Township.
During the bi-weekly chief operating officer’s report, COO Brian Hessenthaler reminded residents that March 28, 2016 is the “last day to register” to vote in the April 26, 2016 General Primary.
Chief Clerk Lynn Bush reported that the Bucks County Planning Commission is accepting pre-registration for the March 30 Farm Summit at the Perkasie campus of Bucks County Community College. The event will be aimed at economic development and agribusiness for the farming community and those it serves. Information about the summit is available on the website,www.BucksCounty.org.
The next meeting of the Board of Bucks County Commissioners will take place at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 6 in the Commissioners’ Meeting Room (first floor), 55 E. Court St., Doylestown, PA. For a complete audio account of the March 16, 2016 business meeting, please visit the official county website, www.BucksCounty.org, and click on the “Audio from Last Mtg” link on the home page.