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Commissioners Approve 43 Contract Resolutions, Table One Item during November 15 Business Meeting

November 17, 2017

Moments before Bucks County Director of Finance and Administration David Boscola released the County’s 2018 Preliminary Operating Budget to the public on Wednesday, November 15, 2017, Commissioners Robert G. Loughery and Diane M. Ellis-Marseglia, LCSW considered a full slate of contract items involving 12 departments. The meeting took place in the Doylestown Administration Building Commissioners’ Room.

Proclamation to recognize December 9, 2017 as “Creative Wellness Day” with representatives from The Bucks County Choral Society, The Conservatory, the Bucks County Children’s Museum, CB Cares, and the Ann Silverman Community Health Clinic.The 35-minute session opened with Commissioner Marseglia reading a proclamation recognizing December 9, 2017 as “Creative Wellness Day” throughout the county. In this collaborative venture, the Bucks County Choral Society has chosen to partner with The Conservatory, the Bucks County Children’s Museum, CB Cares Educational Foundation, and the Ann Silverman Community Health Clinic to participate in events throughout the concert season that raise awareness of Bucks County’s cultural and healthcare environment.

The business of the day included six contract approvals for the Children & Youth Social Services Agency (C&Y) totaling almost $1.5 million. They included a one-year, $658,704 contract renewal with Jamison-based Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Bucks County to provide counseling and case management services for adolescents, three one-year agreements worth $620,000 with Langhorne’s Family Service Association of Bucks County to support shelter operations ($253,360), to support various programs ($236,500) and to provide the Nurturing Parent program ($130,500). The C&Y agreements also included a one-year, $304,042 renewal with Jamison’s Network of Victim Assistance, Inc. for counseling services to victims of abuse.

The commissioners agreed to a pair of contracts (one mechanical and one electrical) for the installation of HVAC units at the Bensalem, Doylestown and Perkasie branches of the Bucks County Free Library in the combined amount of $76,000 with Air Control Technology, Inc. of West Berlin, NJ and A.N. Lynch Co., Inc. of Spring City, PA.

NAMI and founder ED Lopez presented the Commissioners with a certificate of Thanks for the March for the 22.General Services’ bridge contract work continued apace with an $84,640 agreement with Bi-State Construction Company, Inc. of Easton, PA for repairs to County Bridge No. 230, which is located on Branch Rd. over the East Branch of the Perkiomen Creek in East Rockhill Twp. According to County Director of Operations Kevin Spencer, that repair work involves removing sediment from the creek that could damage the structure if not addressed.

In the Information Technology realm, Commissioners Loughery and Marseglia signed off on a three-year, $206,433 contract with Arraya Solutions of Plymouth Meeting for Airwatch software to provide mobile device management to County issued phones.

Commissioner Marseglia had several questions about a proposed one-year, $100,000 Juvenile Probation contract with Alternative Living Solutions of Latrobe, PA to provide supervised independent and transitional living programs. She requested the contract be tabled for further consideration, and Commissioner Loughery agreed with that suggestion.

The commissioners also approved four Mental Health/Developmental Programs (MH/DP) contracts and four for the County’s award-winning Neshaminy Manor long-term care facility. Finally, after passing a slew of combined Purchasing bid medical and surgical supplies for the Health Department and Neshaminy Manor, they approved a three-year, $727,365 contract with Clean Rental Services, Inc. of Philadelphia for rental and cleaning of uniforms for the Department of Corrections.

The meeting also included a brief presentation from the organizers of the Oct. 22 “March for the 22” Veterans Suicide Awareness event. Event founder Ed Lopez joined Bucks County NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) President Joanne Murray to present certificates of appreciation to Commissioner Loughery (who walked the entire 22 kilometer event with a 22 kilogram backpack) and Commissioner Marseglia (who gave a powerful keynote address at the finish line).

During his bi-monthly update to the commissioners, Chief Operating Officer Brian Hessenthaler gave a recap of the Nov. 14 evening drill that took place at the Bucks County Emergency Operations Center in Ivyland. The exercise involved a scenario of a nuclear accident at nearby Limerick Generating Station in Montgomery County. As a support county, Bucks County would be home to reception stations and shelters in the event of a large scale disaster. Mr. Hessenthaler represented the commissioners at the drill, which takes place every two years in cooperation with surrounding experts in Montgomery, Chester and Berks counties. The exercise was observed by officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA).

The next meeting of the Board of Bucks County Commissioners will take place at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, December 6, 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 November 15, 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.