Robert “Bob” Harvie is a life-long Bucks County resident, and life-long Democrat, who has been a member of the Falls Township Board of Supervisors since 2004. Re-elected two more times since first joining the Board, he has served as Chairman of the Board of Supervisors since 2008, longer than anyone in the history of Falls Township. As a Board member he has been instrumental in bringing a new level of civility and professionalism to the Falls Township government, and has led the effort to invest in Township infrastructure and improve the quality of life for all Township residents. Falls Township has not seen a property tax increase during his tenure, and he led the effort to enact a tax rebate, and freeze fees for Township services during the Great Recession.
Bob was raised in a family that emphasized community service, which led to him becoming a Social Studies teacher after being the first in his family to graduate college. He has been a public school teacher for 25 years, and Chairman of the Social Studies Department at Bucks County Technical High School since 2000. While at BCTHS, Bob initiated, and continues to run, the Beyond the Books program, which has brought dozens of area veterans, from World War Two to the War on Terror, into classrooms to share their experiences with students.
Bob, his wife Christine, and their children Brendan and Emma live in Fallsington.
More about Bob’s work:
Brought the fourth largest solar panel farm in America to Falls Township.
Working to advertise local small businesses through monthly profiles in print and electronic media, free of charge to the businesses. All part of Falls Township’s “Live Here, Spend Here” initiative.
Passed a law to track stolen merchandise sold in Falls.
Initiated a gun buyback event.
Banned smoking near Township playgrounds and sports fields.
Created the Falls Township Memorial Program – which allows residents to honor lost loved ones and friends by planting trees or placing benches in Falls Township Parks.
Built Bucks County’s first dog park.
Built the Falls Township Skatepark.
Worked with the Falls Senior Center to build a long-needed addition.
Supports the DARE/STEPS program in Pennsbury and local Catholic schools, to educate children about the dangers of drugs, alcohol, bullying and smoking.
Recipient of the 2013 Delaware Valley Vietnam Veterans award for service to Veterans.
Re-established a Shade Tree Commission in Falls to plant more trees on Township property.
Reconstructed, or resurfaced 33 miles of Township roads.
Strengthened Township policies regarding financial procedures and expenditures.