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Council meeting of the whole agenda – July 27, 2015

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists on July 27, 2015 at 9:56 pm

It was a meeting that began at 6:01 pm and ended at 8:10 pm. It ended in the style of a good mystery book with a surprise. All the people at the u-shaped tables at the front of the room adjourned and went into an executive session immediately.

One councillor, Stephanie Weisser and the mayor, were not present as the council president tapped the gavel to begin the meeting. The other councillors, the acting or interim borough manager, Ron Miller, and consultant and former borough manager, Norman B. Meiskey III were present as were a dozen or so citizens. The mayor arrived within a few minutes and was whisked away by a TV reporter. He re-joined the meeting within five or so minutes.

Columbia news, views & reviews reminds readers that to get the full meeting content, facial gestures, eye movements and actions, they have to attend meetings. The individual second-source reports will not catch nor report all that transpired. Columbia news, views & reviews does audio record all public meetings; if you want a copy of the recording, email 17512@mail.com.

During the meeting there was significant discussion about the barricaded property in the lower part of the 200 block of Locust Street. Councillors wanted to know why the borough could not condemn the property or have it razed. Councillors and citizens discovered that there was no timeline for remediation; the structural integrity of the building is assured, said the consultant. It was noted that the property owner’s cooperation appears to have ceased.

This olympian and egregious debacle has cost the borough money because the borough had to pay to erect the protective passageway on the sidewalk. Further, it’s costing the owners of the adjacent manicured building Customers, business and money. The owner of the property and another “does nothing.” There have been suits filed against the property owner.

Because Columbia news, views & reviews will have to review its recording of tonight’s meeting, more details about the meeting will be coming tomorrow. Many of the issues and revelations have to do with codes and possible codes department indiscretions.

Here is the agenda.

page one [NOTE: Ronald L. Miller is listed as the Borough Manager on the agenda.]

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Page two

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Know about “Project Semi-colon”? Read on.

In Everyday Living on July 27, 2015 at 6:46 am

Maybe you’ve not yet heard about PROJECT SEMI-COLON. The simple symbol is making a memorable statement.

“Project Semicolon (The Semicolon Project) is a faith-based non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and love to those who are struggling with depression, suicide, addiction and self-injury. Project Semicolon exists to encourage, love and inspire.”


There’s this article in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster, too.

Scenes seen on a Sunday in and around Columbia

In Everyday Living, In Columbia on July 26, 2015 at 8:19 pm

flagThe Presidential Proclamation honoring the memory of US servicemen killed in Chattanoga reads, “I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, July 25, 2015.”

Perhaps because it’s a weekend, there’s a bit of confusion in the flag’s display around town.

2Train art

3Train watchers park and stand by the tracks.

1Sitting in the cool under the Columbia Crossing deck

7-21Pastoral view: the park in Mountville


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