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Commissioners Visit Renovated Langhorne Branch Of Bucks County Free Library For Sept. 20 Business Session

September 21, 2017

Since the last time the Board of Bucks County Commissioners visited the Langhorne branch of the Bucks County Free Library during September, 2015, the library completed a vibrant renovation that already has drawn more than 13,000 kids to story time during 2017. As children frolicked outside the window of the library’s meeting room on the morning of Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, Commissioners Charles H. Martin, Robert G. Loughery and Diane M. Ellis-Marseglia, LCSW unanimously approved 42 contract resolutions involving 14 County departments. The meeting also featured approval of County Ordinance No. 155, a refinancing of a bond issuance by the Bucks County Industrial Development Authority that will save a projected $1.4 million over the next two decades.

The board received a warm welcome from Martina Kominiarek, executive director of the Bucks County Free Library system. She touted the Langhorne branch’s new look as a “great example of success when all levels of government collaborate with private donors to run a project, all working together.” The Langhorne facility now features a Children’s Village, which is an animated area for youth of all levels. The neatly arranged book racks also include a large collection of audiobooks.

The agenda portion of the meeting opened with three approved contracts for the Area Agency on Aging (AAA) and one for the Children & Youth Social Services Agency. The board also approved a redevelopment area plan for the Bensalem Township’s Galloway Rd. Certified Redevelopment Area. That site, a former dump that will be cleaned and remediated, will become open space in the Bensalem park system.

Through the Bucks County Redevelopment Authority, the commissioners approved submission of three grant applications for gaming money generated through Parx Casino. Those three entities include the County of Bucks Lower Bucks Public Safety Training Facility (to support activities and facilities), the Bucks County Health Improvement Project (to support medical and behavioral health services for uninsured at the BCHIP adult clinic in Bensalem) and the Bucks County Major Incident Response Team (for equipment and response to crowd control, force protection and security for large planned events).

For the District Attorney, the board approved a $120,450 grant award for auto theft investigations through the Pennsylvania Auto Theft Prevention Authority of Mechanicsburg, PA. DA Matt Weintraub explained that the grant is an offshoot of another grant related to insurance fraud, adding, “Auto theft is something that affects everybody.”

In the Emergency Management realm, the commissioners signed off on a one-year, $153,777 Emergency Management Performance Grant Agreement to reimburse salaries and benefits for approved staff through the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA). The Emergency Management contract approvals also included a one-year, $59,550 contract renewal for the operation and maintenance of six gauging stations in the Neshaminy Creek Basin with the U.S. Department of the Interior, Geological Survey. These gauges are critical to predicting flood stages along the Neshaminy Creek.

Appropriately, given the library setting, the commissioners also approved a $114,236 Finance contract with JB Roofing Systems, LLC for replacement of the roof at the Bensalem branch of the Bucks County Free Library.

In the General Services division, the board moved forward on a $591,747 contract with Professional Construction Contractors, Inc. of Bethlehem, PA for repairs to County Bridge No. 358, which is located on Old Jacksonville Rd. East over the Little Neshaminy Creek in Northampton Township. Construction on that project is expected to start in approximately six weeks, according to Director of Operations Kevin Spencer.

Another large contract of note gained approval in the Human Services division, as the commissioners re-upped with Bucks County Transport, Inc. of Holicong on a one-year, $2.491 million renewal to provide transportation services to county residents. That contract is fully funded through a Participation Grant Agreement with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Human Services – Division of Medical Assistance Transportation.

The meeting featured a prolonged session of public comment about multiple community issues and the reading of one proclamation in recognition of September, 2017 as “National Recovery Month.” This year’s focus of Recovery Month is to celebrate the journey of those impacted with the theme “Join the Voices for Recovery: Strengthen Families and Communities.” The organization PRO-ACT will hold its Recovery Walks! 2017 event on Saturday, September 23 at Penn’s Landing, as more than 25,000 people will walk in support of recovery from substance abuse disorders.

The next meeting of the Board of Bucks County Commissioners will take place at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, October 4, 2017, in the Commissioners’ Meeting Room of the Bucks County Administration Building, 55 E. Court St. (1st Floor), Doylestown, PA 18901. For a complete audio account of the September 20, 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.