Bucks County Herald

DA talks about crime watch in Upper Makefield

STUART LEE FRIEDMAN

Bucks County District Attorney Matt Weintraub addressed the Upper Makefield board of supervisors at its Aug. 15 meeting about the county crime watch program (CrimeWatchBucksCounty.org). Weintraub in particular addressed the opioid epidemic, stating his desire to launch an “all out approach.”

Weintraub stated that while law enforcement cannot cure addiction, it can provide a fighting chance for those who try, especially through the use of Narcan (naloxone), which can reverse the effects of opiates such as heroin, morphine and oxycodone. He said that over 300 lives were saved since the program’s inception in February 2016.

Weintraub also expressed support for the drug take-back program, which he said helps prevent the diversion, theft and misuse of those prescription medications. Stating the danger of keeping them in the house, he said, “If I know that, somebody else who is in the throes of addiction knows that.”

Bucks County offices have received 90 to 100 thousand pounds of relinquished drugs to date, Weintraub said, making the county number one in the state program. “I don’t intend to ever relinquish that title,” he said, adding that the public can turn in drugs any time, not just on designated take-back days.

“Push out the pusher” is a program Weintraub mentioned as well, describing how it helps direct concerned citizens to make anonymous calls alerting law enforcement to suspicious activity. He mentioned that a drug strike force is established to take down drug organizations.

Weintraub also addressed gun safety, citing a tragedy in Milford a year ago in which a young boy found access to his father’s gun and killed himself. Operation “Lock it up” described an effort to minimize the possibility of such tragedies. Weintraub added that crime knows no borders, but a DNA database has proven increasingly effective in helping to solve otherwise unsolvable crimes.

In other township business, supervisor Mike Tierney decried a proposal to hire a head hunter for township manager, questioning money spent on questionable service. Supervisor Diana Nolan disagreed and argued for the advertising.

Bids for landscape architecture by Boucher and James for the conceptual planning of three of five sections in the amounts of $1,776, $1,050, and $395 were approved. Another bid was accepted by Jason Urbanowski in the amount of $3,900 for the purchase of a municipally owned 2011 Dodge Charger.

Township Engineer Larry Young presented a motion to authorize advertisement of improvements to the Lookout Park building, stating needed improvements to siding, garage doors, stucco surfaces and adding a stone veneer as well as upgrades to LED lighting.

Tierney disagreed with the need to proceed, but was defeated in a 4-1 vote. Tierney also questioned the use of open space funds for Lookout Park trails.

A final payment was approved for the irrigation system at Brownsburg Park for $21,728.93.

Tierney argued for a motion requiring the board to open another line item of completed projects to allow money to be returned to the taxpayers.

Supervisor Dan Rattigan argued that the township was essentially already doing that by applying surplus funds from projects to the budget for use in other projects. He added that has given the township the ability to have six tax deductions over the past 11 years.

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