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Commissioners Visit Historic Langhorne Manor Borough Municipal Building May 2 for a Crowded Slate of Business

May 3, 2018

Senior services, public safety appreciation, Bucks County’s booming travel and tourism business and an Ivy League-bound high school poet laureate were all on the agenda during the May 2, 2018 meeting of the Bucks County Commissioners. The meeting, which also featured the approval of 45 contract resolutions involving 12 different County departments, took place in the cozy, historic council chambers of the Langhorne Manor Borough Municipal Building. The building, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, dates back to 1891 and initially was a school.

Older Americans Month Proclamation Presentation“I would very much like welcome you to Langhorne Manor Borough,” Council President Bill McTigue told Commissioners Robert G. Loughery, Chairman, Charles H. Martin and Diane M. Ellis-Marseglia, LCSW. Mr. McTigue also thanked the board for its recent help obtaining a $100,000 grant from the Bucks County Redevelopment Authority. The grant allowed the Borough to complete a police facility addition and move the police office from the basement of the Municipal Building.

The meeting opened with five proclamations that ran the gamut of recognition. Commissioner Martin read a document designating May, 2018 as “Older Americans Month” throughout the county. Later this month the Bucks County Area Agency on Aging (AAA) will conduct its annual senior games. Information about that event is available on the official County website, www.BucksCounty.org.

Chairman Loughery proclaimed May 6-12 “Travel and Tourism Week” in the county. On hand to accept were Visit Bucks County President/COO Jerry Lepping, Vice President Paul Bencivengo and Industry Relations Director Lisa Pagliaccetti. During 2017, the travel and tourism industry brought in approximately $1 billion to the Bucks County economy. Chairman Loughery paused for effect at that staggering impact on the local community.

Proclamation Presentation for Police Memorial Week and DUI Task Force DayCommissioner Marseglia read a pair of proclamations, the first recognizing the Bucks County DUI Task Force for its fine work in public safety. Bucks County Public Safety Training Center Director Rich Vona joined law enforcement representatives to accept the document. In addition, Commissioner Martin read a proclamation in advance of the May 21 Police Memorial Day ceremony that takes place at St. Andrew’s Roman Catholic Church in Newtown to honor the 12 Bucks County law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.

The final proclamation went to 2018 High School Poet Laureate Rachel Chen, a senior at Central Bucks East High School. She joined Dr. Ethel Rackin of Bucks County Community to college to accept. She also read one of her works for the audience. Rachel will be a member of the Princeton University Class of 2022.

The Older Americans Month theme continued during the contract resolution part of the agenda, as the commissioners approved 18 items for the Area Agency on Aging. Many of those were one-year contract increases to support senior center services at facilities around the county. Another group of contract awards involved increases and extensions for adult day services for seniors.

Proclamation to Visit Bucks County for Travel and Tourism Week.The commissioners also approved four agreements for the Children & Youth Social Services Agency, although Commissioner Marseglia voted against a one-year, $11,016 contract renewal with Doylestown-based A Woman’s Place to provide shelter services. The big-ticket item in the C&Y batch was a one-year, $1.965 million contract renewal with Adelphoi Village, Inc. of Latrobe, PA to provide various placement services for children.

The Men’s Community Corrections Center will be getting a new fence after the approval of purchase and installation of a $456,442 security fencing system. That contract is with Pro Max Fence Systems, Inc. of Reading, PA.

In the Emergency Health Services realm, the board approved a one-year, $287,371 grant with the Pennsylvania Bureau of Emergency Medical Services in Harrisburg, PA.

A significant amount of discussion accompanied the approval of 24 police radios for the Juvenile Probation office. Chairman Loughery and Commissioner Marseglia both questioned the need, which was explained by Juvenile Probation Director Ted Rice. Ultimately, the $129,314 contract with Motorola Solutions, Inc. of Chicago was approved by a 3-0 margin. The discussion also led to the suggestion that the County look into radios for some of its Children & Youth staff.

HS Poet Laureate Proclamation PresentationCommissioner Marseglia also voted against a second contract with A Woman’s Place, a one-year, $5,000 Human Services renewal to provide counseling to victims of domestic abuse and violence.

For the Planning Commission, the board agreed to a contract increase and extension for the purchase of signs and plaques for properties preserved in the Agricultural Land Preservation program. To date, the commissioners have preserved 209 farms totaling 16,634 acres.

Chief Operating Officer Brian Hessenthaler provided an update on the April 28 Medication Take Back Day, which resulted in more than 8,700 pounds of drugs taken out of the waste stream and the hands of residents. Since fall, 2010, the program has netted in excess of 107,000 pounds – by far the most of any southeast Pennsylvania county. Mr. Hessenthaler also reminded registered voters that the General Primary Election is Tuesday, May 15 throughout the County.

The next meeting of the Board of Bucks County Commissioners will take place at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, at the Ben Wilson Senior Center, 580 Delmont Ave., Warminster, PA 18974. For a complete audio account of the May 2, 2018 business meeting, please visit the official county website, www.BucksCounty.org, and click on the “Audio from Last Mtg” link on the home page.