On the evening of August 1, 2016, a suicidal 18-year-old male attempted to take his own life near Bucks County’s Core Creek Park. Fortunately for that young man, County Park Rangers Mike Mannino and George Vile were able to prevent what could have been a tragic outcome. During their September 21 business meeting, the Board of Bucks County Commissioners joined Chief Ranger Steve Long to recognize the heroic actions that led to that August rescue.
In reading a commendation to both men, Commissioner Charles H. Martin noted: “We are proud to acknowledge your swift actions, bravery and initiative, a series of decisions that resulted in the life of a Bucks County resident being saved. This could have been a very tragic situation. Instead, you have brought honor and distinction to your public safety mission during this National Preparedness Month 2016. We join all Bucks Countians in offering our gratitude.”
Following the Ranger commendations, Horsham Police Chief William Daly presented the Bucks County Sheriff’s Office with a Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Accreditation Certification (PLEAC) re-accreditation certificate. “In today’s police world, standards are extremely important,” Chief Daly noted while congratulating County Sheriff Duke Donnelly and his staff.
The resolution portion of the agenda included the unanimous approval of 19 contract resolutions involving 10 County departments. They included three items for the Area Agency on aging and a one-year, $551,000 Children & Youth Social Services contract with Diakon Child, Family and Community Ministries of Topton, PA to provide Family Preservation/After-Care and Intensive Permanency programs.
For the Redevelopment Authority of the County of Bucks, Commissioner Chairman Robert G. Loughery proposed submission of three grant applications for gaming money involving the Lower Bucks Public Safety Training Center for annual operations, medical and behavioral health services for uninsured at the Bucks County Health Improvement Project adult clinic in Bensalem, and the Bucks County Police Chiefs Association (39 departments) DNA project to assist in crime prevention.
The Bucks County Correctional Facility will undergo a $299,785 fire alarm control panel upgrade through Fort Washington’s Honeywell Building Solutions over the next 15 months following approval of that contract.
In the General Services realm, the board approved five items that included a $302,370 contract with Pomeroy IT Solutions Sales Company, Inc. of Mechanicsburg, PA to purchase IT network equipment for the 30 E. Court St. and 55 E. Court St. (Administration Building) locations. Work on the 30 E. Court St. rehabilitation continues, and the board also approved a $24,559 contract increase with Pro Com Roofing Corporation of Warrington to provide additional materials and labor for the roof replacement.
The commissioners also agreed to a two-year contract extension with the U.S. Department of Agriculture – Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) for an engineering assessment of the Neshaminy Watershed Core Creek Dam.
For Juvenile Probation, the board signed off on a pair of contracts totaling $475,780 with Doylestown’s Community Commitment, Inc. to provide in-home counseling for juveniles.
Finally, as the Nov. 8 General Election approaches, the commissioners underscored their commitment to running efficient, accurate operations at the poll by approving the $51,750 rental of 115 additional voting machines through Electec, Inc. of Mt. Holly, NJ.
Chief Operating Officer Brian Hessenthaler referenced two upcoming events in his bi-weekly report, including the 3rd Annual Bucks County Tour of Honor veterans trip to Washington, D.C. next Monday, Sept. 26 (with a welcome home reception at Parx Casino to occur around 6 p.m.) and the annual Fallen Fire Fighter Ceremony in the Administration Building Memorial Courtyard at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016. At that time two names will be added to the monument – John J. Doster of Edgely and Louis D. Patti of Warwick.
Chief Clerk Lynn T. Bush reminded residents that the deadline to register for the Nov. 8 General Election is Tuesday, Oct. 11. She also noted that County offices will be closed on Monday, Oct. 10 in observance of Columbus Day.
The next meeting of the Board of Bucks County Commissioners will take place at 6 p.m. (please note time) on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016, in the Bucks County Administration Building Commissioners’ Meeting Room, 55 E. Court St., 1st, Floor, Doylestown, PA 18901.For a complete audio account of the September 21, 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.