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Commissioners Honor 2017 Bucks County St. Patrick’s Day Parade Co-Grand Marshals during March 1 Meeting

March 2, 2017

On a rainy Ash Wednesday, March 1, 2017, the Board of Bucks County Commissioners continued an annual tradition by honoring the Bucks County St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee and its chosen grand marshal. This year, in a rare twist, Commissioners Charles H. Martin, chairman, Robert G. Loughery and Diane M. Ellis-Marseglia, LCSW issued proclamations to two grand marshals, Robert McCarthy and Frank Frazier.

2017 Bucks County St. Patrick Day Parade Grand Marshals Proclamation, with Mr. McCarthy and Mr. Frazier.Mr. McCarthy and Mr. Frazier will lead the 29th Annual Parade at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 11, as it steps off from Conwell-Egan Catholic High School. This year’s parade theme is “Honor, Faith and Service” in recognition of the lifelong commitment the event’s grand marshals have made to the community.

The 31-minute meeting featured a business agenda with 20 items involving 13 County departments, all of which were approved unanimously by the board. In the public safety arena, the commissioners agreed to a six-month, $59,085 contract with St. Mary Medical Center to provide a comprehensive plan to reduce highway deaths.

For Emergency Communications, the board authorized a three-year, $113,500 contract for a master license and service agreement to provide 911 database access with Rave Wireless, Inc. of Framingham, MA. This agreement will allow County Emergency Communications staff to add specific information about residents that will assist in emergency response calls.

General Services’ bridge work continued through a $42,030 increase and extension with Traffic Planning and Design, Inc. of Pottstown, PA for engineering design and construction consultation services for Bucks County Bridge No. 220, which is located on Mill Creek Rd. over Martin’s Creek in Falls Township. That contract extends through August 9, 2017.

In Mental Health/Developmental Programs (MH/DP), the commissioners accepted $150,000 in revenue for a two-year grant award through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency to create a District Judge Mobile Engagement Pilot Program. The board also agreed to allocate $37513 for Military Affairs to provide American flags for veterans’ graves to be placed on Memorial Day over the next two years.

Commissioners proclaim Weights and Measures Week with Michael Bannon, Director and the Weights and Measures staff.The commissioners also approved a $5.444 million Intergovernmental Transfer agreement with the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, Office of Long Term Living to provide the non-federal share of medical assistance payments to Neshaminy Manor. This funding is part of the operation of the award-winning, 360-bed facility in Warrington.

The final item on the business agenda was a two-year, $80,000 revenue Planning Commission agreement with the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) to complete the Bristol Township Economic Development Analysis.

In addition to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade proclamations, the commissioners declared March 1-7 “Weights and Measures Week” throughout the County. On hand to accept were Consumer Protection Director Mike Bannon and members of his staff, who performed 9,000 device inspections last year (3,000 of which were gasoline pumps that had a five-six percent failure rate).

The commissioners also proclaimed March 8, 2017 as “Operation Helping Hand Day” throughout the county. The United Way of Bucks County has set a goal of collecting 72,000 pounds of non-perishable food for local pantries in need. That goal is particularly significant because the winter is typically a time of great need for the food banks. Bucks County government will participate in the drive with collection bins in many of its building lobbies.

During commissioners’ comments, Commissioner Loughery congratulated Bristol Borough for winning February’s Small Business Revolution contest vote and its accompanying $500,000 revitalization grant. “Thank you to everyone who voted, and voted and voted again. I think some real benefits will come in terms of opportunities for Bristol,” he said. “That’s great news for Bucks County and for the region.”

Commissioner Marseglia denounced the recent array of anti-Semitic actions taking place in our region and the country, adding, “There is no place for that in Bucks County.” She asked her commissioner colleagues for their support in spreading that awareness and also that of continuing to take action against substance abuse problems in our communities.

Representatives from the United Way and the Opportunity Council accept a Proclamation from the Commissioners on behalf of Operation Helping Hand.Chief Operating Officer Brian Hessenthaler capitalized on his bi-monthly report to ask those in attendance to help spread news of a planned 24-hour County data center outage that will take place from 7 a.m. on Saturday, March 11, until 7 a.m. on Sunday, March 12. The outage is necessary to perform work on the ongoing rehabilitation of the Bucks County Administration Building at 55 E. Court St. (former Courthouse). “We just want to get the word out about this outage,” Mr. Hessenthaler said. More information will be forthcoming on the official County website, www.BucksCounty.org.

The next meeting of the Board of Bucks County Commissioners will take place at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, in the Commissioners’ Meeting Room (1st Floor), 55 E. Court St., Doylestown, PA 18901. For a complete audio account of the March 1, 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.