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Commissioners Visit Tinicum’s Van Sant Grass Airport July 6 for Annual Picnic Business Meeting

July 8, 2016

With an array of small airplanes and gliders framing a 35-minute business session that was conducted in sweltering conditions, the Board of Bucks County Commissioners held their first public meeting of July next to the runway of one of the county’s hidden gems. The Van Sant Grass Strip Airport is part of the Bucks County Parks and Recreation system and a unique property on many levels. It’s also a great place to have a picnic – even on a night when the mercury on the thermometer topped 90 degrees.

The commissioners approved 72 resolutions involving 19 County departments and tabled one Mental Health/Developmental Programs (MH/DP) item, a proposed one-year, $328,603 contract renewal with Child & Family Focus, Inc. of Valley Forge. The largest contract was the one-year, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Human Services Block Grant Plan submission of $27,722,067. This will be the fifth year Bucks County has participated in the Block Grant Plan.

The meeting opened with a customary moment of silence that carried added meaning as Commissioner Chairman Robert G. Loughery asked those gathered under the meeting tent to remember longtime Northampton Township Supervisor George Komelasky, who passed away last weekend. Mr. Komelasky served Northampton for more than three decades as an elected official and was a frequent visitor to the Bucks County administrative suite.

Commissioners Loughery, Charles H. Martin and Diane M. Ellis-Marseglia, LCSW approved 10 items for the Area Agency on Aging (AAA), including five one-year agreements for senior center services in Bensalem, Ottsville, Fairless Hills, Middletown and Morrisville and a one-year, $70,200 contract renewal with Legal Aid of Southeastern, PA of Bristol to provide legal services for seniors.

Five approvals for the Children & Youth Social Services Agency included a one-year, $1.145 million contract renewal to provide case management, counseling and residential treatment services for adolescents with Youth Services Agency of Jim Thorpe, PA. In the Courts arena, the board agreed to a $42,859 expenditure with K&H Custom Window Treatments of Trexlertown, PA to purchase window shades for the Justice Center.

The board also agreed to almost $100,000 for two contracts for the installation of an HVAC unit at the Levittown Branch of the Bucks County Free Library, one a $6,989 electrical agreement with QPI Electrical Co., Inc. and the other a $92,500 mechanical contract with Worth & Co., Inc. of Pipersville.

General Services’ items provided several highlights of the agenda, including a unique agreement with the Bucks County Opportunity Council to use the refrigerator and freezer at the County’s central warehouse facility. Chairman Loughery was particularly excited about this arrangement, noting that it will allow pantries to provide fresh produce and meat to those in need.

Work on the 55 E. Court St. Administration Building roof replacement will resume through Pro Com Roofing Corporation of Warrington at a cost of $980,182, subject to final approval by the County Solicitor. The County also will net $827,392.57 from New Cingular Wireless PCS, LLC due to an increase and extension of a lease for use of space on the Administration Building roof.

In addition to the one MH/DP contract that was tabled unanimously, the board approved seven items for that department – including a one-year, $2.805 million agreement with Sellersville’s Penn Foundation for mental health services. The board signed off on two Planning Commission resolutions as well, a $59,288.18 deal to purchase signs for Agricultural Land Preservation program properties from Innovative Signs, Inc. of Longwood, FL and a $30,611 revenue item to prepare a Warrington Township Comprehensive Plan update.

Commissioner Marseglia voted against a trio of legal fee agreements with three separate Philadelphia law firms, setting up a 2-1 approval vote for those contracts. The board also approved County Ordinance No. 151, which refinanced a bond series at a substantial savings to the Bucks County Community College.

There were no proclamations or commendations issued during the meeting, but Chief Operating Officer Brian Hessenthaler reminded residents the next Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) event will take place from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, July 23 at Central Bucks South High School, 1100 Folly Rd., Warrington, PA. The 2016 HHW information flyer is available on the County's Recycling page.

The next meeting of the Board of Bucks County Commissioners will take place at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 20 in the Commissioners’ Meeting Room, 55 E. Court St. (1st Floor), Doylestown, PA 18901. For a complete audio account of the July 6, 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.