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Commissioners Approve Key Land Preservation, Finance and General Services Contracts during January 18 Meeting

January 18, 2017

Convening January 18, 2017, in the Doylestown Administration Building, Bucks County Commissioners Charles H. Martin, chairman, and Robert G. Loughery approved a slate of 25 contract resolutions involving 17 County departments. The 25-minute business session also included a presentation on the proposed rehabilitation of the county-maintained Core Creek Dam in Middletown Township by Director of Operations Kevin Spencer.

Chairman Martin opened the agenda with the approval of a $2.5 million annual allocation to be submitted to the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Farmland Preservation for matching funds for farmland preservation during the period Jan. 1, 2017-Dec.31, 2018. According to County Chief Clerk Lynn Bush, that is the second largest county allocation in the Commonwealth. County Director of Agricultural Land Preservation Rich Harvey told the board that 15 new applications came in to his office during 2016 – raising the application list to 50. Mr. Harvey also noted that the state’s $2.5 million allocation will leverage approximately $5.5 million to continue the highly popular program. It currently includes 197 farms totaling 15,943 acres, a number that stands to expand considerably during 2017.

For the Corrections department, the commissioners agreed to a one-year, $300,000 contract renewal with the Warminster-based Bucks County Drug & Alcohol Commission to continue a pilot recovery program through Dec. 31, 2017. In the Finance realm, the board signed off on a series of nine one-year insurance policies totaling $1.293 million with KMRD Partners, Inc. of Warrington, PA. The largest of those policies include $299,000 for Property insurance, $246,578 for Excess Workers Compensation, and $221,676 for Law Enforcement Liability.

The second phase of the Administration Building renovation and parking area project (corner of Broad and E. Court streets) moved forward with the approval of a $448,847 increase and extension for construction management services with Joseph Jingoli & Son, Inc. of Lawrenceville. That contract spans May 16, 2016 through the completion of the project.

The commissioners also approved a pair of electrical contract change orders with Warminster’s Pinnacle Electrical Construction, LLC for the Administration Building to complete abatement work on the 5th floor redesign and for additional electrical work in the building.

For Parks & Recreation, the two commissioners agreed to a one-year, $180,000 contract renewal with B&B Turf Management, LP of Fallsington to manage the Oxford Valley Golf Course. The company has managed the 9-hole facility for the last decade.

The board also agreed to approve $858,171 for 2017 for gaming fund grant resolution sub-recipient agreements through the Bucks County Redevelopment Authority on behalf of the Lower Bucks Public Safety Training Center, Bucks County Health Improvement Partnership (BCHIP), and the Bucks County Police Association Forensic Science, DNA Project.

During his bi-weekly COO report, Brian Hessenthaler ceded his time to Mr. Spencer, who shared a PowerPoint presentation about the Core Creek dam project and its rehabilitation through the National Resources Conservation Service.

The board voted 2-0 to move forward with a federally funded engineering study of the proposed dam, which originally was built in the 1960’s. Its rehabilitation should prolong the life of the structure by at least another half century.

The next meeting of the Board of Bucks County Commissioners will take place at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, February 1, 2017, in the Commissioners’ Meeting Room (1st Floor), 55 E. Court St., Doylestown, PA 18901. For a complete audio account of the January 18, 2017 business meeting, please visit the official county website, www.BucksCounty.org, and click on the “Audio from Last Mtg” link on the home page.