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REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS PROFESSIONAL AUDITING SERVICES

posted Aug 17, 2018, 5:56 AM by Greg Lippincott

FOR YEARS ENDING DECEMBER 31, 2018, 2019 AND 2020

 Proposals for the Township’s annual financial audit will be accepted via mail or hand-delivery at the West Rockhill Township Building, 1028 Ridge Road Sellersville, PA  18960 until 4:00 PM Friday, September 28, 2018.    

 

The Township reserves the right to reject any or all proposals or any part of such proposals.

                                                                        _____________________________

                                                                                    Gregory J. Lippincott

                                                                                    Township Manager

 

 


 

REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL

PROFESSIONAL AUDITING SERVICES

FOR YEARS ENDING DECEMBER 31, 2018, 2019 AND 2020

 

West Rockhill Township (hereinafter called the "Township") is a township of the second class comprising of approximately 5,200 residents, located in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, hereby invites independent certified public accountants to submit proposals for the performance of an audit of its financial accounts and records for a period of one, two, or three years beginning with years ending December 31, 2018 through December 31, 2020, for the purpose of rendering an auditor’s opinion regarding the fairness of applicable legal provisions in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards (GAAS).  The most recent available audit of the Township was performed for the fiscal period January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017. 

 

DESCRIPTION OF ACCOUNTING SYSTEM

 

The Township maintains all records on the cash basis of accounting. The accounting records of the Township are maintained in QuickBooks

 

 

SCOPE OF AUDIT

 

1.  Funds to be Audited:

 

General Fund

State Liquid Fuels Fund

Escrow Fund

Open Space Fund

Park and Recreation Fund

Highway Capital Fund

Street Light Fund

Equipment Fund

Sewage Maintenance Fund

Stormwater Fund

 

2.  Component Units to be Audited:  N/A

 

 

3.        Audit Standard:  The audit shall be performed in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards (GAAS).  If applicable, single audit work will be performed in accordance with generally accepted audit standards and must meet all federal audit requirements.

 

4.        Reporting:  The auditor will submit an opinion on the fair presentation of all Township Financial Statements.  The auditor will prepare and submit Pennsylvania DCED Annual Audit and Financial Report in accordance with applicable deadlines.  A draft will be reviewed by the Township Manger prior to issuance.

 

5.         Management Letter:  The Township expects the auditor to make necessary recommendations for the improvement of internal controls or other management issues to maximize the Township’s ability to record and process and report financial data consistent with the assertions of management in the financial statements.  A draft management letter shall be reviewed by the Township Manager prior to issuance of the letter.

 

 

SINGLE AUDIT

 

Currently, the Township does not expect to meet the threshold for the Single Audit.  Any future determination as to whether or not to perform a Single Audit will be made in consultation with the audit firm.  If a Single Audit is needed, fees for this service will be negotiated at that time.

 

 

PROPOSAL REQUIREMENTS

 

1.   Qualifications:  The Township requires a description of qualifications of the firm and its           ability perform the scope of the audit.  This description shall include a resume of the firm’s governmental experience and reference list of applicable clients. 

 

2.    Personnel Qualifications:  The auditor will provide detailed resumes of partners, managers and supervisory personnel who will be assigned to the audit. 

 

3.     Technical Approach:  A description of audit procedures and methodology along with a            tentative schedule for performing key phases of the audit. 

 

4.     Fees:  Provide the maximum fees to be charged for the audit described for each of the three         years referenced.  The price quoted shall include all fees, expenses, and costs and shall remain firm.  Should the auditor encounter circumstances requiring an increase in the scope of the audit, or in the extent of detailed investigation, written notice to that effect will be given to the Township Manager and this contract will be modified by mutual agreement as to additional work and compensation.

 

 

WORK PAPER RETENTION

 

The Township requires that the firm selected agrees to maintain audit work papers for a period of three (3) years after the audit is completed.  Work papers must be made available to the Township upon request within five (5) working days of such a request.

 

EVALUATION OF PROPOSALS

 

Proposals will be evaluated for professional qualifications including, but not limited to, the understanding of the work to be performed, responsiveness to the RFP, technical experience and staff qualifications.  Cost will be evaluated after professional qualifications have been examined.

 

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

 

Gregory J. Lippincott

Township Manager

glippincott@westrockhilltownship.org

(215) 257-9063

County to Spray for Mosquitoes

posted Aug 14, 2018, 10:36 AM by Judith Decker

County Health Dept. to Spray Adult Mosquitoes August 15th in Quakertown, Sellersville and Perkasie Boroughs, and Richland, and East and West Rockhill Townships

August 13, 2018

The Bucks County Mosquito Control Program will conduct an ultra-low volume (ULV) mosquito control operation to reduce high populations of mosquitoes capable of transmitting West Nile Virus Wednesday, August 15, 2018 in Quakertown, Sellersville, and Perkasie Boroughs, and Richland and East and West Rockhill Townships.

The treatments will be administered via truck-mounted equipment, spraying mosquito habitats in residential and park locations. Trucks used in the spray are identified with Bucks County seal logos located on the doors. The equipment dispenses Duet Dual-Action Adulticide at a rate of 0.75 ounces per acre or DeltaGard at a rate 0.75 ounces per acre.  These products are designed to provide quick, effective control of adult mosquito populations. These application materials have a very low toxicity profile to mammals and will have negligible impact to non-target insects and the environment.

Veterans Park in Richland Township and Main Street Park in Quakertown Borough will receive treatment as well as the Quakertown Sewage Treatment Plant, which is on areas of both Quakertown Borough and Richland Township. The areas to receive treatment in Perkasie Borough will be Lenape Park around the area of the skating rink, and the field area at Callowhill Street and the East Branch of the Perkiomen Creek. The area to be treated in East Rockhill Township will be the Iron Bridge Park. The areas to be treated in Sellersville Borough will be the pond area in back of the Sellersville Fire Company, and the Earl B. Druckenmiller Park and the Pennridge Wastewater Treatment Plant, both of which are located in areas of Sellersville Borough and West Rockhill Township.

Certain mosquito species carry the West Nile virus, which can cause humans to contract West Nile encephalitis, an infection that can result in an inflammation of the brain. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health, all residents in areas where virus activity has been identified are at risk of contracting West Nile encephalitis.

Weather conditions and other unexpected events could delay or cancel this spray operation. If conditions do not allow application on August 15, 2018, subsequently Thursday evening, August 16, 2018 will serve as the back-up spray date.

For additional information about adult mosquitoes and West Nile Virus, please go to http://www.westnile.state.pa.us/. The Bucks County Department of Health can be reached at 215-345-3318.

Oil and Chip Roads Scheduled for 1st week of September

posted Aug 8, 2018, 5:49 AM by Greg Lippincott

The following roads are scheduled for Oil and Chip the 1st week of September weather permitting. 

Clymer Ave from Quarry Road to SR 309
Meeting House Road from Clymer Road to new overlay. 
Schukraft Road from Allentown Road to Richland Township Line
Meadow Brook Development - Entire Development
Mill Creek Manor - Entire Development 
Wellington Village - Entire Development (Does not include parking areas)
Luray Circle - Entire Length 



Park & Rec Seeking Volunteers

posted Jul 31, 2018, 6:18 AM by Judith Decker


The Park & Recreation Committee is seeking a Member and Youth Member from our community. If you are interested, please fill out the Volunteer Form. If you have any further questions, please call the township at 215-257-9063.

Bucks County A-Z Recycling Guide

posted Dec 7, 2017, 6:47 AM by Judith Decker   [ updated Jul 18, 2018, 3:28 PM ]

The County of Bucks has issued a Bucks County Recycling A-Z Guide for resident use. Please print and save a copy for your convenience. For more information visit our Trash & Recycling page. 

WRT Under SPOTTED LANTERNFLY General Quarantine

posted Jun 20, 2017, 12:28 PM by Judith Decker   [ updated Jul 31, 2018, 9:56 AM by Greg Lippincott ]

West Rockhill Twp is under a Spotted Lantern Quarantine imposed by the PA Dept of Agriculture on June 24, 2017. Experts are still learning about this threat to agriculture in Pennsylvania and the United States and how to combat it. See this flyer for more information also available at the Township building. The Spotted Lanternfly has been found in West Rockhill Township.


The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture recommends (based on information from PennState Extension [9]):

1) Kill eggs October through May by scraping them off of surfaces, “Double bag them and throw them in the garbage,"[4] or scrape the eggs directly into a ziploc bag of alcohol or hand sanitizer to kill them. [10]

2) Removing/killing 90% Ailanthus altissima trees (Chinese Sumac or Tree of Heaven)  since the spotted lanternfly requires a meal from this non-native tree before laying eggs. They recommend saving the male trees as "trap trees", see #3. To kill the tree of heaven, it can be cut down and the stump sprayed with 44% triclopyr-in-water solution, for example Garlon 3A Herbicide. Otherwise, it will send out new shoots. DO NOT MOVE CUT TREES OCT-MAY when they might contain egg masses. Or you can leave the tree standing and kill it with 12% triclopyr-in-oil solution as a basal bark application. You may have to mix the triclopyr-in-oil. The two components are Triclopyr 4 and basil oil with dye.

3) The remaining male "trap" trees should be wrapped with sticky bands starting in early spring to catch any nymphs. These trees should also be treated with systemic pesticides June-August. The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture recommends applying pesticides containing Dinotefuran or Imidacloprid as a basal bark spray.[11] One example would be Zylam Liquid.


Spotted Lanternfly Regulations: What the General Quarantine Means for Cannot Be Moved Items 
Spotted Lanternfly, Lycorma delicatula, is a new threat to Pennsylvania and the United States. It lays egg masses of 30-50 eggs wherever there’s a flat surface – meaning that many home items easily transported can pack this pest and help it spread quickly. Therefore, a general quarantine over any area found to harbor the Spotted Lanternfly means that any material or object that can spread the pest cannot be moved. 

Regulated Articles and Limitations Imposed by the General Quarantine:
• Any living life stage of the Spotted Lanternfly 
• Brush, debris, bark, or yard waste 
• Landscaping, remodeling or construction waste 
• Logs, stumps or any tree parts 
• Firewood of any species 
• Packing materials like wood crates 
• All plants and plant parts 
• Outdoor household articles like RVs, lawn mowers, chairs, grills, tarps, tile, stone, deck boards, and trucks or other vehicles not stored indoors 

You can move these and similar items if: 
• You have a valid certificate or limited permit that shows that the item has been inspected and determined free of Spotted Lanternfly, or if you have entered a compliance agreement that shows you have the understanding to identify the pest and can ensure the items you transport aren’t carrying it. 
• You are driving through the quarantined area and are transporting your item in a way that makes it unlikely to harbor the pest as you pass through. 
• You complete a certification checklist. 


• Quarantine Questions: Dana Rhodes 717-772-5205 danrhodes@pa.gov 
• To report possible Spotted Lanternfly: 1-866-253-7189 or badbug@pa.gov

With your assistance, we can stop the spread of Spotted Lanternfly, and increase our chances of eradication of this pest. 

ERT-WRT Water Well Testing Notice

posted Nov 18, 2016, 9:44 AM by Greg Lippincott   [ updated Jul 12, 2018, 5:25 AM ]

West Rockhill Township was informed in November of 2016 that wells in East Rockhill Township have been found to have slightly elevated levels of PFCs (perfluorinated compounds) in the water resulting in North Penn taking one of its wells offline. After sampling private drinking water wells located within 1 mile of the North Penn Authority wells, it was discovered that additional private wells in West Rockhill contained PFCs and the investigation radius was increased to include the Bethlehem Pike and Old Mill Road area of West Rockhill Township. The investigation in ongoing.

The Pennsylvania DEP has dedicated website to posting results from the investigations and other information on PFOA and PFOS. Additional Notices are at the bottom of the page.

DEADLINE FOR WRITTEN COMMENTS IS AUGUST 31, 2018

Lena Harper PADEP-SE Regional Office
2 East Main Street
Norristown, PA 19401
lharper@pa.gov
www.dep.pa.gov/pfcs
484-250-5721

DEP MAP Ridge Run North Penn Well Map

Well Testing Company: Certified Water Services in Newtown 215-968-8860 Approx. cost $495, takes one-three months for results for PFOS and PFAS testing

Be Prepared for Emergencies

posted Jan 5, 2016, 5:53 AM by Greg Lippincott   [ updated Sep 30, 2016, 8:03 AM by Greg Lippincott ]

Find useful preparedness information below:

For current weather and updates go to: 

http://www.nws.noaa.gov/view/national.php?thumbs=on 

Bucks County's Emergency Preparedness Guide:

http://ow.ly/Xngpu 

Pennsylvania State EMA: 

http://www.pema.pa.gov/   (click on Alerts) 

Personal Preparedness Steps (American Red Cross): 

http://www.redcross.org/prepare/location/home-family  

PA Homeland Security Advisory Level: 

http://www.homelandsecurity.pa.gov/Pages/default.aspx#.VAnjpfmwInU 

National Homeland Security Advisory Level:

http://www.terror-alert.com/ 

Illegal Roadside Dumping

posted May 4, 2015, 6:04 AM by Greg Lippincott   [ updated Jun 20, 2016, 7:33 AM ]

It is unlawful to “throw, deposit, place, or dump…upon any street or highway or upon any public or privately owned land without the owner’s consent…”

Littering or dumping trash, furniture, electronics, animal carcasses, grass or brush clippings, construction materials, etc. along roadsides is prohibited. Violations are misdemeanors and punishable by fines of up to $1000.00 or 90 days in jail, or both. (Ordinance 167)

Residents are asked to be observant of suspicious vehicles and activity. If you witness roadside dumping, note the vehicle description, license plate number and dumping location and call the Pennridge Regional Police Non-Emergency line: 215-257-5104 immediately.

Driveway Pipe Maintenance

posted Jun 10, 2013, 7:18 AM by Judith Decker   [ updated Oct 26, 2016, 11:21 AM ]

While West Rockhill Township maintains the ditches along township roads, residents are responsible for installation and routine maintenance of their own driveway pipes (Resolution No. 98-07).  The Township’s rural roads are vulnerable to flooding and icing when driveway pipes are clogged, crushed, or in need of maintenance, creating hazardous conditions. Chronically flooded or frozen roadways are also subject to rapid deterioration, with taxpayer dollars spent on repairs or costly repaving.Please inspect your driveway pipe seasonally and clear out debris that may be obstructing the flow of storm water through the ditches.  If you see any driveway pipe or stormwater issues during a storm event, please take a photo and inform the township of the location with the photo. We will investigate the problem.

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