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Council Tables Feeding Feral Cats Ordinance Vote, Approves Parking Meter Hours Change

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Bristol Borough council tabled a vote on one zoning ordinance and approved a second measure at last weeks meeting.

Council after about an hour long discussion, involving homeowners, advocates and cat lovers agreed to table a vote on a proposed change to the borough code that would have penalized people for feeding feral cats.

The decision to table the vote was the result of north ward resident Melissa Redmond  who asked council to change the language of the proposed ordinance to say penalties would be assessed to those feeding cats who are part unkept and unmanaged colonies.

Redmond suggested council take a more proactive approach, but one where residents who are being “good neighbors” in taking care of the colonies they are feeding, not be punished.

The suggested act before council reads, “to prohibit the feeding of feral cats.” Redmond suggested the language of the proposal to read “to prohibit the feeding of un-managed and unkempt colonies.”

Redmond said the language change is meant not to be punitive to “feeders” who are being responsible with the cats they’re feeding.

Saying you can’t feed the cats, she said, as a measure, wouldn’t rectify the issue.

“The cats are not going to go away”

We’re not looking to starve the cats. But people are abusing the system. Home owners property is being damaged, council president Ralph DiGuiseppe said, and something needs to be done. I don’t think council has a problem with changing a word or two.

Adding “we need to do something. Its not the cats, its the person who is being more irresponsible” he said.

“We’re not trying to starve cats… you need to put something in an ordinance the borough can act on,” the council president added

Redmond said a solutions based approach, specifically outlining expectations for cat feeders -e.g. spaying of colonies, moving feeding area (s) and just being a good neighbor, seems to her, to be a better approach, then the council proposed rule.

On the other side of the issue, a Taft Street home owner who lives “next to the apartments” where about 12 cats are being fed daily said her property was being destroyed and outlined for council the myriad ways she and her husband have tried to keep feral’s off of there property. She said, since the cats don’t “poop” where they eat,  they come to mine to go to the bathroom.

My yard smells like crap. My grandchildren say the basement smells like “pee” and we don’t own any cats, she said.

The borough took cats out, had them spayed, and brought then back. And this doesn’t solve my problem, she explained,

I don’ hate cats, but they are destroying my home, she said, even with all the help the borough and council has provided so far,

Penalties for violating the rule were not discussed, however, a cat rescue advocate cited a feeder who violated the code in Bensalem, where it cost them thousands in fines.

Officials tabled the vote to tweak the proposed code’s language and expect to bring back up for a vote in the near future.

In other news, council approved an ordinance change for enforcement hours of parking meters, adding four more hours to the  Monday thru Sunday schedule, not including holidays.

Right now we’re just doing the ordinance said DiGuiseppe in response to inquiries from north ward Councilman Tony Devine.

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Devine wanted to know how the borough planned to to implement the change, if no one is issuing tickets after 5 p.m. are we planning to hire another parking enforcement officer, he asked.

DiGuiseppe said hiring someone is something council could discuss down the road. There are meters that aren’t working and people are just leaving vehicles behind

Business owners, officials said,  complained that after 5 pm they can’t get customers because residents are putting there vehicles in parking spots until the next day.

We don’t know what the right thing to do is right now – its  (the ordinance)  being advertised. If we have to hire someone we’ll have to look at the pros and cons of hiring and its costs, DiGuiseppe said.

Devine said its simply makes no sense to put the measure in place if no one is going to enforce it.

Prior to the council meeting, east ward councilman Gregg Pezza who’s wife owns Itri Wood Fire on Mill Street said, “as we install new meters, which we plan to do, the idea is to keep options open as professionals examine our current parking procedures. This was the purpose of the ordinance.”

The motion passed 7 to 1 with Devine voting no.

Lower Bucks Source recently submitted a Right to Know requests seeking to find out how much money the meters bring in yearly and how many there are, in Bristol. The request is pending a 30-day extension, the borough, by law can asked for.

Mayor Joseph Saxton did not attend the meeting as he is recovering from a recent surgery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ralph on retirement stuff – council is/was well aware the retirement o the fund was shorted over the last two yeats cause we voted to shott the MMO due to lack of funds.

It had been like that for years -where the fund was shorted and we started to address it when I was came to council

 

Bristol Lions Shed- with the help of The King George Inn, Bristol Lions will ve getting a new snack shack, that will be tied into the Wharf system. Damged in recent storms and flooding

Events are subject to cnange

 

Aug 24 12 and under thriugfht rhe PD that can’t afford rides will ride free from 6 to 10.

St Marks Night — discount for kids

 

105 kids signed up for socceer – programmikng is free – estimates 300 to 400 kids for Basketball $1500.00 from Aug to end of year.

 

45 k owed to borough

 

Right now just doing the oridnance -hiring is somerhing we can discuss down the road down the road we’re looking at buying new meters – meters aren’t working people jjst leaving vehicles behind – lots of bizzes saying after 5 pm they can’t get customers cause resdents are putting there vehicles there til the next day.

We don’t know what the right thing to do is right now – its beig advetised — if we have to hire someone we’ll have to look the pros and cons – hiring – costs, etc

“We’re not hiring anyone til 9 pm” Tony- well then why do it if its not going to be enforced

 

 

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Bucks County Issues Excessive Heat Warning through Thursday

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The County of Bucks has issued an Excessive Heat Warning through Thursday, with high temperatures expected to for the next several days.

The extended stretch of days with temperatures above 90 degrees has prompted the opening of cooling centers in Upper, Central and Lower Bucks that are available for seniors and people experiencing homelessness seeking refuge from the heat.

The following cooling centers will operate from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. each day unless otherwise noted:

Bensalem Senior Citizens Association
1850 Byberry Road
Bensalem, PA 19020
215-638-7720

Ben Wilson Senior Activity Center
580 Delmon Avenue
Warminster, PA 18974
215-672-8380

Bristol Borough Senior Center
301 Wood Street
Bristol, PA 19007
215-788-9238

Bristol Township Senior Center
2501 Bath Rd.
Bristol, PA 19007
215-785-6322

Morrisville Senior Service Center
31 E. Cleveland Avenue
Morrisville, PA 19067
215-295-0567

 Palisades Middle School Library
4710 Durham Road
Kintnersville, PA 18930
*OPEN 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. MONDAY; 12 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. TUESDAY*

Quakertown Masonic Lodge
501 W. Broad Street
Quakertown, PA 18951
267-450-5191

Riegelsville Borough Hall
615 Easton Road
Riegelsville, PA 18077
610-749-2726
 *OPEN 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Senior centers throughout Bucks County also are open and available daily to residents 55 and over. Check with your local senior center for hours of operation and details.

The county generally issues an Excessive Heat Warning when the National Weather Service forecasts daytime temperatures will reach 95 degrees by 11 a.m. on two or more consecutive days, or when heat indexes will reach 100 degrees on any given day.

Municipalities or nonprofit agencies interested in participating in this program in the future should contact Bucks County Emergency Services at 215-340-8700.

 

 

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Health - Bensalem Township

Reps. Powell & Labs’ Bipartisan Effort to Expand Protections for Victims of Violent Crimes Passes House

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A Lower Bucks woman  escaping domestic terror and was living in a shelter found an apartment in another county so she and her boys could live free of terror and abuse. Days after starting the move in process, her abuser found her.

The following day, she took her own life.  This happened in the late winter of 2023.

A bill that state Reps. Lindsay Powell (D-Alleghany Co) and Shelby Labs’ (R-Bucks Co) establishing the Victims of Violence Relocation Act passed the state House last week and perhaps in the very near future will provide a safe way out for victims of violence of  any kind, unlike the Latina  who could not get far away enough from her abuser in 2023.

Under the legislation (H.B. 2162), eligible violent crime survivors would be entitled to relocation assistance and extend the timeframe for requesting such assistance from 90 to 180 days after the crime occurred. The legislators said this would allow survivors more time to access necessary support and ensure they can utilize federal documentation to validate their need for relocation.

“Partnering with Representative Labs on this bill exemplifies that the PA House stands united with survivors of violent crime by expanding housing assistance to them in their time of need.”

Credit: state Rep Labs

Powell, D-Allegheny, said. “Thank you to all my colleagues for your affirmative votes and your commitment to helping survivors start their lives a new.”“I want to thank Representative Powell for her collaboration on this important piece of legislation that protects victims and empowers survivors,” Labs, R-Bucks, added. “The passage of House Bill 2162 is a critical step in ensuring our commitment to making Pennsylvania a safer place for victims of violence and providing a foundation of support during recovery.”

The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence says one in three women, one in four men and nearly half of LGBTQ+ individuals will experience domestic violence in their lifetime.

The bill now moves to the state Senate for consideration.

 

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Health - Bensalem Township

Fireworks Safety Advice for People, Property and Pets

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One highlight of Independence Day is fireworks.  Most like a good firework display, but some have issues with the noise coming from setting off fireworks.

Fireworks can have a negative effect to dogs, veterans, anyone suffering from PTSD, elderly, etc. Another negative effect is injuries, mostly burns, from setting off fireworks.  Even though it is legal in most parts of the state for residents to buy and set off  consumer-grade fireworks, public safety officials ask residents to leave it to the pros.

Some of the restrictions include, the discharging of fireworks in Pennsylvania can not be done within 150 feet of a building or vehicle regardless if either is owned by the owner. Discharging of fireworks is prohibited on any public property.

Agencies and organizations offer safety tips when it comes to fireworks.

From Langhorne Borough:  Planning ahead can help animals cope with the fireworks season. Pets are sensitive to loud noises, flashing lights and strong smells. On the Fourth of July, and other days people are likely to set off fireworks, it’s important to be proactive for your pet’s wellbeing. Click here for the Humane Society’s tips on keeping pets and wildlife safe and happy during seasonal celebrations.

The State Police has a Fireworks FAQ page that shows note-worthy changes from Act 74 of 2022 which set new rules for the sale and use of consumer-grade fireworks.

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a report documenting the hazards including injuries and death incurred by consumer use of fireworks. CPSC is raising awareness and sharing safety tips to prevent these types of injuries and deaths over the holiday.

CPSC urges consumers to celebrate safely this holiday by following these safety tips:

  • Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks, including sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit—hot enough to melt some metals.
  • Make sure fireworks are legal in your area, and only purchase and set off fireworks that are labeled for consumer (not professional) use.
  • Never use fireworks while impaired by alcohol or drugs.
  • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy, in case of fire or other mishap.
  • Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.
  • Never try to relight or handle malfunctioning fireworks. Soak them with water and throw them away.
  • Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Move to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
  • Never point or throw fireworks (including sparklers) at anyone.
  • After fireworks complete their burning, to prevent a trash fire, douse the the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding the device.

Lower Bucks Source wishes everyone a happy, healthy and safe Independence Day!

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