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Falls to Continue Grant Writing Contract

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Following a successful year that yielded more than $800,000 in grants for the township, the Falls Supervisors on Monday voted to continue its annual contract with a grant writing company.

Falls began working with Millennium Strategies, LLC after neighboring Middletown Township netted more than $10 million in grant funding since 2010. For 2021, Millennium helped Falls obtain a $756,881 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to fund pedestrian safety improvements at various intersections. An additional $55,029 was secured from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development – Greenways, Trails, and Recreation Program for upgrades to the township’s roller hockey rink.

“There’s a long list of stuff they’re looking into as well,” Supervisors Chairman Jeff Dence said.

Supervisor John Palmer wants to ensure that the grant writing service is used to its fullest extent possible among all township departments and said he would reach out to fire services to help the volunteer companies defer some of their expenses through grants as well.

In 2021, the township contracted with Millennium for a $3,000 monthly retainer. For 2022, Falls has adjusted the proposal to an hourly basis with a monthly cost of $1,500 and an amount not to exceed $18,000 per year.

In addition to Falls and Middletown, Millennium Strategies provides grant writing services to more than 90 municipalities, counties, school districts and nonprofits in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Since its inception in 2005, the company has secured more than $600 million in both governmental and non-governmental grants for its clients.

Millennium has secured funding for a wide range of projects, including arts and culture, economic development, open space preservation, parks and recreation, environmental planning and restoration, public safety, sustainable energy, historic preservation, as well as transportation-related projects.

In other business, the Supervisors approved installing safety netting at Levittown Continental to help prevent balls from flying over the backstop and into backyards of adjacent properties. Parks and Recreation Director Brian Andrews said utility poles will be installed with safety netting. The total cost of the project is $18,726.

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Cops, Courts & Fire -Lower Makefield Township

Did You Lose Tools in Lower Makefield Recently?

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The Lower Makefield Police Department seeking the rightful owner of tools found on Glenn Drive officials said in a press release Thursday

According to Lower Makefield Township Police Department they recently come into possession of found items on Glen Dr., and we are looking to reunite them with their rightful owner(s). If you have lost any property recently, please take a moment to check if these might belong to you.  If you believe these are your items, please contact the Detectives Division at 215-493-4055 during our business hours Hopefully the tools will be returned to the rightful owner so we can try and do the natural and report out who found the tools and got the police department involved.

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Health - Bensalem Township

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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Human Interest - Bensalem Township

Flood Insurance Task Force Issues Report

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The Pennsylvania Insurance commissioner, on behalf of the Flood Insurance Premium Assistance Task Force, has presented Gov. Josh Shapiro and the General Assembly with the Flood Insurance Premium Assistance Task Force Final Report, which includes recommendations designed to improve the affordability and accessibility of flood insurance, bolster flood resiliency, increase flood risk mitigation, and protect Pennsylvanians from incurring flood damage that often results in thousands of dollars of uncovered losses.

Gov. Shapiro signed House Bill 735 into law as Act 22 in November 2023 after it passed both the House and Senate with bipartisan support, establishing the task force and directing it to study flood insurance issues and make recommendations to help improve affordability and expand access to flood insurance coverage for Pennsylvania communities. Act 22 charged the task force with delivering a report with its recommendations by July 1, 2024.

The report’s recommendations encompass key pillars of affordability, risk mitigation, incentives, and education and outreach. The task force is recommending:

• Establishing an Office of Community Rating System Assistance (CRSA) and expanding grant funding within the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA).
• Improving disclosures during the home-buying process.
• Incorporating continuing education credits across professional roles.
• Enhancing education and outreach.
• Incentivizing home mitigation through tax credits.
• Enhancing coverage for water damage.
• Incorporating flood resiliency into building codes.
• Proposing a Pennsylvania Flood Insurance Relief Act.
• Studying further innovative solutions.

The task force’s recommendations are informed by input gathered at five public meetings held over the last six months that included a public comment period, agency collaboration, external stakeholder engagement, and discussions and presentations from experts in the field.

As a strong supporter of this task force, I hope these plans are executed soon, so that we see less damage to Pennsylvanian’s homes from flooding in the near future.

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