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Commissioners Unanimously Approve 27 Contract Resolutions during March 18 Business Meeting

March 18, 2015

Convening for perhaps the last time in the first floor Community Room of the Bucks County Administration Building (former Courthouse), the Board of Bucks County Commissioners conducted a brisk, 35-minute meeting on the morning of March 18, 2015. Commissioners Robert G. Loughery, chairman, Charles H. Martin and Diane M. Ellis-Marseglia, LCSW approved 27 resolutions without dissent, including 11 change orders related to the construction and completion of the new Justice Center at 100 N. Main St. In early April, the commissioners will take to the road in their annual program that aims to move business meetings around the county and hear different community concerns.

The change orders fell under the General Services departmental umbrella, including a $40,980 increase with general contractor Ernest Bock & Sons, Inc. for additional work due to elevation changes in the pocket park walls at the Justice Center, a $37,978 increase for adjustments to the wall on the covered walkway, a $143,476 increase for additional work to the surface parking lot, and a $52,176 increase for additional excavation work on both the pocket park and surface parking lot.

As part of the streamlining of the County’s government complex in Doylestown Borough, the Commissioners approved real estate listing contracts for the sale of 20 E. Court St. (former Domestic Relations office) and 95 Union St. (Justice Center construction office). County Director of Operations Jerry Anderson explained that both properties should be ready for potential buyers to tour within a few weeks. “This is part of our consolidation of other entities,” Chairman Loughery explained.

For the Corrections department, the board approved an $81,068.60 contract with Philadelphia’s Cintas Corporation to provide and rent uniforms to staff members. That agreement extends through June 30, 2015 – at which time a two-year, $522,101.50 contract with Clean Rental Services, Inc. commences. That new contract was bid out by the County Purchasing Department.

In the Human Services realm, the commissioners agreed to expend $25,500 through a one-year contract amendment with Langhorne’s Family Service Association of Bucks County to provide school-based mental health outpatient services in five middle and high schools. This new program will be implemented at William Tennent, Neshaminy and Bristol high schools, as well Snyder Girotti and Log College middle schools.

The Planning Commission continued to generate revenue through an $80,000 grant agreement with the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) to complete the New Britain Borough Main St. Study. According to Planning Commission Executive Director Lynn Bush, this project addresses the Butler Ave. corridor in New Britain Borough, from Delaware Valley College to Bristol Road.

Chairman Loughery untabled a $34,100 Courts item for cameras at several district court locations, and that item subsequently met approval.

The meeting included one proclamation, an item read by Commissioner Martin recognizing Saturday, March 28 at “Bucks County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) 10th Anniversary Celebration.” The Bucks County MRC is a volunteer organization formed in 2005 and is housed in the Bucks County Health Department. The purpose of the BC-MRC is to strengthen our communities’ public health and safety by establishing a system through which medical, public health and other community volunteers can offer their expertise throughout the year in “normal times” as well as in times of community need.

The BC-MRC will celebrate 10 years of service to the community during an Open House Celebration from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at the Oxford Valley Mall in Middletown Township. The event will feature activities, giveaways and information about the BC-MRC and its mission. It will take place on the Upper Level of the mall, near the entrance to J.C. Penney.

During the miscellaneous portion of commissioners’ comments, Chairman Loughery said he has been studying Commissioner Martin’s NCAA Mens’ Basketball bracket, to which the veteran commissioner replied: “Wisconsin Badgers (to win the title); you heard it here.”

Chief Clerk Bush reminded residents that an electronic collection event will take place from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, March 28 at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Middle School, 1001 Veterans Highway, Bristol, PA 19007. She noted that a combination of factors have made it “difficult if not impossible” to offer multiple collection events this year at the county level.

The next meeting of the Board of Bucks County Commissioners will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 1, 2015, at the Synergis Technologies Best Made Center, 18 South 5th St., Quakertown, PA 18951. For a complete audio account of the March 18, 2015 business meeting, please visit the official county website, www.BucksCounty.org, and click on the “Audio from Last Mtg” link on the home page.