Priority Problem 1: STORMWATER MANAGEMENT
Rain water moves quickly, eroding soil, grass, oils, hardscaping and pooling at the lowest points where it may sit on the surface for a long time before absorbing into the ground causing floods, which then causes a multitude of problems for Bristol Township.
How Stormwater may affect Bristol Township?
Certain populations are more vulnerable to harm from unsafe drinking water such as children, the elderly, workers, and pregnant women. Additionally, low-income families and communities of color, who already experience an overwhelming disease burden and limited access to resources to maintain health, are disproportionately impacted by unsafe drinking water and illness.
Levels of Prevention:
Priority Problem 2: Substance Abuse
Buck’s county and Philadelphia have an extremely high rate of drug abuse, specifically heroin, despite the growing number of treatment resources
To identify community specific risk factors
Prevent onset of SUD’s in younger generations through education and other approaches aimed at prevention
Increase awareness while decreasing stigma
Assessment:problem-oriented assessment, community subset assessment
Screening and Assessment for Family Engagement and Retention useful in child welfare situations
questionnaires and surveys to measure availability, dependency, etc.: LEEDS dependance questionnaire, Alcohol use disorders identification test
Incorporation of behavioral health assessments
Therapeutic communication in clinical settings to assess precipitating factors
Biological testing: urine, hair, blood tests
Assessing patients for factors that classify dependency
Assessing dual diagnosis among patients with known SUD
Assess community’s health care services in relation to mental health and substance abuse services.
Study patterns of SUD among minors
School systems/nurses will collaborate with local law enforcement, health agencies, legislators
PHN nurse will communicate with social workers within Bristol
Community of Solution: Interaction with nearby cities and counties regarding Substance abuse
Reach out to Drug & Alcohol Service Providers Organization of Pennsylvania
Utilize “ decision balance sheets” with patients
Needle exchange schemes: since heroin is very big in this area. Allows users to opportunity to exchange dirty needles for used ones
Methadone Clinic- to substitute drug use and connect patient to additional resources.
Realistic and incremental changes to be presented to patients
Being empathetic and educating on risky behavior by the community health nurse in various settings provides assistance in the short term
Community nurses to explore detoxification facilities through the local drug action team to increase referrals
Implementation and marketing for AA and NA support groups
Reduce the proportion of adolescents using alcohol or any illicit drugs during the past 30 days (SA-13.1).
Reduce the proportion of adults engaging in binge drinking during the past 30 days (SA-14.3).
Levels of Prevention:
Primary: Educational programs
Secondary:Early detection of addictive personality and early detection of substance abuse
CARES ACT Funding:
Administration: There is a continuing need for planning, administration, management, and oversight of federal, state, and local funded programs.
Housing: There is a need to improve the quality of the housing stock in the community by increasing the amount of decent, safe, sound, and accessible housing for homeowners, renters, and homebuyers that is affordable to low to moderate persons and families. Additionally, repairs to homes, as needed for low to moderate-income, owner-occupied residents will continue.
Fair Housing: Promote fair housing choices through education and outreach in the community.
Public Facilities Infrastructure Improvements: Bristol Township is committed to improving the quality of life for its residents through improvements to public facilities. Renovations to the Bristol Township Senior Center will improve the Township’s ability to respond to the senior population and expand the services that are offered. During the pandemic, it has become more apparent that the Township needs to provide increasing support to our seniors.
Responding to the COVID-19 crisis:
Bristol Township intends to use these funds to provide additional operational support to the Senior Center and the homeless shelter, provide additional food support to the elderly and low/mod population in order to respond to the increase in need, provide emergency 3-month maximum mortgage and rental assistance to low-income households to prevent eviction and provide services to youth and families dealing with any repercussions due to COVID-19..
The goal of the FY 2019 Annual Action Plan is to improve the living conditions for all residents of the Township, to create a suitable and sustainable living environment, and to address the housing and community development needs of the Township.
Parks & Recreation
The Parks and Recreation Department also had a busy year. Annual events included the Egg Hunt, Four (4) Outdoor Movie Nights, Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting, and Touch-A-Truck. Additionally, a 7 (seven) week Summer Camp Program was provided by the Township Recreation Department. The biggest Capital Construction and Investment in 2019 were the beautiful Municipal Park Recreation Expansion Project. The War Dogs were able to play last year on a new turf field and practice on the adjacent practice field. Additionally, added amenities included the installation of an amphitheater, concession stand, restrooms, walking trail, ADA-compliant playground, and spray park with a new and improved softball field. We are all looking forward to the grand opening on May 16th and the smiles and fun stories we’ll be able to create for our community with this additional outdoor recreation space. The Parks and Recreation Department continues to coordinate with the Community Development Department on eligible Community Development Block Grant Funds to upgrade several parks and their structures throughout the Township. Upgrades that were completed in 2019 include the newly installed basketball hoops at 6 | P a g e State of the Township 6 Humphreys Park, a new playground at JFK Park, and fencing installed at Violetwood Park. 2020 will see a continuation of playground equipment upgrades and Master Park planning and construction.
Encourage Economic Development
Encouraging businesses to locate in Bristol Township and creating jobs continues to be one the highest priority for Council. Bristol Township welcomed 97 new businesses last year and approved 11 subdivisions and land developments. The Fire Marshal’s office conducted 1,631 annual fire safety inspections for our businesses and 3,902 apartment safety inspections. The Department of Building and Planning issued over 3,700 permits including 950+ residential resale use and occupancy permits and worked on over 840 property maintenance concerns reported to the Township. Many businesses and developments have come before us not only for approval but to expand their existing business within the Township. This goes to show you that we are doing it right! And we look forward to working with our Legislators, County Commissioners, Bucks County Planning Commission and the Redevelopment Authority of Bucks County to continue to bring new development into the Township, especially since the I-95 and Turnpike Connection was completed last year.
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