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“Bridge Beams to be Set over Rt. 30 at Columbia Early Monday Morning”

In Government, In Columbia, Opportunities on May 16, 2015 at 3:47 pm

The construction project building the new Route 441 bypass around Columbia Borough in western Lancaster County has reached the stage where it is time to
install bridge beams for the new bridge over Route 30. Motorists are advised that between midnight on Sunday night and 5 AM on Monday, May 18, traffic will be stopped on Route 30 each time that a bridge beam is set in place.

There are five bridge beams, and they are very large – each measuring 6 feet in height and 120 feet in length, and weighing around 37 tons. The contractor will
be using two large cranes – a 500-ton crane and a 225-ton crane — to place the beams.

When it is time to stop traffic in both directions on Route 30 for the placement of each beam, traffic may be stopped between 15 and 30 minutes.

Motorists are encouraged to use Route 462 as an alternate route around each road closure on Route 30.

PennDOT began work in May last year to build the Route 441 bypass on the west side Columbia Borough that will help direct truck traffic away from traveling
through downtown Columbia. PennDOT has contracted with Kinsley Construction, Inc. of York, Pennsylvania, to build the bypass for $11.8 million. The bypass
is scheduled to be finished and open to traffic by October of this year.

SOURCE: PennDOT news release

Councillor announces re-election bid; seeks “write-in’s” on Election Day, Tuesday

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opinions, People on May 16, 2015 at 2:57 pm

For much of my adult life, I have served the people of Columbia. For my entire life, I have lived in Columbia and with the exception of a brief time, I have worked in Columbia.

I love Columbia. I bleed crimson and gold.

As for service, I spent almost three decades as coach, director and officer with the greatest youth sports; organization in Lancaster County, the Columbia Boy’s Athletic Association. At about the time, I covered all aspects of our great town as editor/sports editor/staff writer of our former newspapers – the Columbia News and Columbia Ledger.

For the last four years, since our newspapers no longer exist, I have turned to a different way of serving our community, as an elected member of Columbia Borough Council. I have enjoyed my four years, including the last two as vice-president of the borough’s governing body.

But this I decision year. The decision I needed to make was whether or not I wanted to seek re-election to another four-year term on borough council.

I will be honest as one time I wasn’t too keen on doing this for another four years. Being on borough council or any governing body is extremely time consuming. Attending meetings is just part of it. Planning for meetings, reviewing materials, talking and listening to people is another part of it. Whether or not you want to believe it, but you are a council person 24/7. That’s how I feel and have worked hard, as I did in the newspaper business to achieve this. The second part was at the time I was in the decision-making process, I was worried about my health. But that has improved. The third part was the lack of an active Democratic party. Yes, I am a Democrat. So my time expired to get my nominating petition in for Tuesday’s primary and there are no Democrats running for borough council in Columbia.

There are a number of outstanding things going on in our community and still some things I’d like to see completed. What I am asking is for support, since there are no Democrats running for borough council, is come Tuesday for the primary election is to correctly write my name in on the Democratic ballot —BARRY FORD. If I get enough votes my name will appear on the November ballot, which will be the final step in seeking another four years on borough council.

So why am I waiting until the last-minute to announce this? First, I didn’t want to do it a month ago or longer because folks might forget. Secondly, if I did it a few days before, folks will better remember it.

I feel like I have done a good job representing the entire community and not just one interest or group. The entire community has been my focus and will continue to be my focus if given the chance to do so again. Thank you in advance for your help and feel free to contact me anytime in person, phone, email or social media (Facebook or twitter) as I look and enjoy serving the people of our great town.

SOURCE: news release

Bridge beams are acomin’ on Monday … first step to the new Columbia

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opinions on May 15, 2015 at 7:18 pm

Read more here

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Remember this from year ago? The hurry up meeting about the properties on Front Street.

Looks like Jack Nicholson – It’s back! Check out the notice at the Borough Website.

Notice is hereby given that a Special Meeting of Columbia Borough Council will be held on Monday, May 18, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. in the Borough’s Columbia Crossing Building, 21 Walnut Street, Columbia, PA to discuss a Request for Proposals for a Human Services Call Center and any other necessary Borough Business.

Can you hear those real estate commissions building?

Wonder whether there’ll be a request for “more on-street company parking?”

Coming …

lioness 2Coming … would a lioness take another’s food to satisfy her cub’s athletic appetite? Would you?

Really? How’s that working for you?

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opinions on May 15, 2015 at 9:15 am

In early April, “Columbia news, views & reviews” wrote: “The consultants emphasized the need to collaborate and move to a set of collective visions. The presentation set a number of aggressive target achievement dates.” The complete post is here.

With emphasis on the words “collaborate” and “aggressive target achievement dates” – has there been any progress?

Wonder how many of the tasks in the strategies with target dates of 2015Q2 are being implemented as the mid-point of 2015Q2 has arrived?

How curious the Columbia Economic Development Corporation has this on it’s WebsiteReference the 2010 Columbia Economic Development Strategic Plan for planning information on Columbia. (LINK) and no Website reference to the CEDC’s grant-sponsored Columbia Downtown Master Plan?

We’ve wondered, too, in early April.


$1.7 mil grant/loan to flow to Columbia

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opinions on May 15, 2015 at 8:59 am

Here’s the first line from this Lancaster OnLine article about more state funds coming to Columbia. But one and a half mil of that is a loan.

Columbia Borough will get more than $1.7 million in state support to build an anaerobic digester for use at its wastewater treatment plant, it was announced Thursday.

Curious how it’s possible to interpret “biogas” as “bogus.”


Say what?

In Education, Government on May 13, 2015 at 6:16 am

According to this Lancaster OnLine article, “Columbia School District officials say they are not able to share any specific numbers with the public on their preliminary final budget even though they plan to vote on it Thursday.”

Why not?

Council meeting agenda: new councillor, new name for Trail Services Building, but lots of same old, same old

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities on May 11, 2015 at 11:26 pm

It was yet another truly head-shaking, eye-rolling council meeting tonight as the interim borough manager, the solicitor, six seated councillors, the mayor and the financial officer meandered through the agenda. The meeting was convened at 7:08 pm and concluded at 9:44 pm. The council president seemed to have an insight into what might be going to happen as he opened the meeting with the caveat, “no outbursts.” As the night trudged on, there was at least one “bona fide” outburst. In addition:

  • The council shunted Mary Loreto off to the end of the meeting as she attempted to speak to the Avenue J turbulence.
  • The Mayor read a Kids to Parks Day proclamation.
  • Four aspirants for the council position created by the sudden resignation of Jody Gable were introduced for interviews by the seated councillors. One of the aspirants, Robert Gainer, withdrew because he deferred to the expertise of at least two of the others. After a few perfunctory questions, the council selected Sherry Welsh. Welsh recently earned a PhD and is employed by the York / Adams Transportation Authority, according to her LinkedIn page.
  • It appears the police department wants money to buy computers but there appears to be no idea, at this time, what the specifications of the laptops are nor what the pricing for them may be.
  • Councillor Jim Smith appeared to exhibit a series of outbursts when others questioned his suggestion that asked council to advance money for a project that included buying something for somewhere in the range of $25,000 that would be placed in Rotary Park. The mayor suggested the something was what used to be referred to as a “jungle gym.” Then the councillor bellowed “it’s playground equipment for six to 12-year olds.”
  • A citizen returned to bring the subject of raw sewage draining into his basement at 501 Walnut Street. The interim borough manager and a few councillors said the codes department was looking into the situation of the seeping liquid containing “a small trace of sewage.” According to the interim borough manager, codes officer Jeff Helms assured him that the small trace of sewage was not enough of a problem to warrant condemning the property from which the sewage was seeping. According to the interim borough manager, the codes official assured him that a private plumber would be digging up the pipes tomorrow morning by “breaking through the concrete patio.” The 501 Walnut Street property owner has asked the borough to condemn the violating adjacent property by identifying the seeping sewage as a public safety and public health issue.
  • And yes, the name for the building in River Park is Columbia Crossing.

As Columbia news, views & reviews has stated previously, in order to be sure that you get the facts as they occur, it’s best to not rely on only one source. It’s best to attend the meetings to see and hear who’s saying what and who’s reacting to the issues that surface.

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more on those oil “bomb trains”

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opinions, Opportunities, The Susquehanna, Treasures on May 10, 2015 at 11:25 am

Do they pass through Columbia? Yep!

“It was a busy week for crude-by-rail news. Once again we saw images of fires and massive clouds of black smoke ballooning into the air after another train derailed in a small North Dakota town. That’s at least six crude oil trains that have derailed in North America this year.” – PublicSource

“Top 10 Questions about oil trains: Industry lobbies for weak rules while derailment fire rages”Huffington Post

“In the first three months of 2015 four oil train accidents sent emergency responders scrambling, crude oil spilling into drinking water supplies, and fireballs blasting into the sky.” – Huffington Post

Bomb Trains … a facebook page

rethinking “what works” and “what doesn’t”

In Everyday Living, Government, Opportunities on May 5, 2015 at 6:17 am

In one town, fire department consolidation talks break down at the end … even after the town’s council “extended the date” of the talks. – The Reading Eagle

“Police rethink long tradition on using force.”  – The New York Times

Ban fracking on public lands.

In Everyday Living, Government, Opportunities, People on May 2, 2015 at 8:06 pm

Will you email Rep. Joseph R. Pitts, asking him to support a bill to ban fracking on public lands?


“We’re often told that we’ll never be able to ban fracking. After all, who can stop the oil and gas industry? But after years of our persistent emails, phone calls, letters, meetings, rallies and movement building, New York banned fracking in December, and, to date, more than 450 communities across the country have passed measures against fracking. The fight will continue, and we hope you’ll stay with us until fracking no long poses a threat to our drinking water, communities and precious public places.” – (SOURCE: FoodandWaterWatch.org)



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