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Columbia Police Department news release

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists on August 11, 2015 at 3:40 pm

 Columbia Police Department news release    

DUSTIN GRAHAM, AGE 23, OF LANDISVILLE, WAS CITED FOR TRAFFIC-CONTROL SIGNALS AT 4TH. & LOCUST STREETS, 08 AUGUST 2015.

RICHARD S. FARVER, AGE 50, OF COLUMBIA, WAS CITED FOR OPERATION OF VEHICLE WITHOUT OFFICIAL CERTIFICATE OF INSPECTION AT PLANE AND MANOR STREETS, 08 AUGUST 2015 AND FOR THE SAME VIOLATION IN THE 600 BLOCK OF FLORENCE STREET, 09 AUGUST 2015.

PAUL EUGENE IRWIN, JR., AGE 24, OF COLUMBIA, WAS CITED FOR PROHIBITIONS ON EXPENDITURES FOR EMISSIONS INSPECTION PROGRAM AND FOR OPERATION OF VEHICLE WITHOUT OFFICIAL CERTIFICATE OF INSPECTION, AND RECKLESS DRIVING, IN THE 100 BLOCK OF SOUTH 4TH. STREET, 10 AUGUST 2015.

BLAINE E. SHOFF, AGE 43, OF WRIGHTSVILLE, WAS CITED FOR DRIVING WHILE OPERATING PRIVILEGE IS SUSPENDED OR REVOKED, AT 2ND. AND POPLAR STREETS, 10 AUGUST 2015.

JOSEPH JAMES FANTAZIER, AGE 47, OF COLUMBIA, WAS CITED FOR PUBLIC DRUNKENNESS, IN THE 300 BLOCK OF AVENUE H, 30 JULY 2015.

ROGER T. PALMER, AGE 42, OF COLUMBIA, WAS CITED FOR SCATTERING RUBBISH AND FOR HARASSMENT, AT 120 SOUTH 9TH. STREET, 08 AUGUST 2015.

Borough Council meeting agenda and notes – August 10, 2015

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opinions on August 11, 2015 at 7:11 am

Two dozen or so people filled many of the seats in the gallery as the Columbia Borough Council met for its monthly meeting last night. Council president Michael Beury convened the meeting at 7:04 pm – all the councillors were present as was the interim borough manager, the borough’s temporary consultant, the financial director, a solicitor and the borough’s codes enforcement officer.

The mayor was not present. He evidently was engaged with another situation; perhaps this one. [NOTE: This incident was covered in the daily newspaper, yet there’s not a peep about it on the Columbia Police Department’s social media page – a reach-out to the community tool.]

The meeting was adjourned at 9:36 pm.

Among the topisc covered at last night’s meeting was the one about the “olympic and egregious” happenings surrounding the building at 208-210 Locust Street.

“The status as we know it now,” according to Jeff Helm, the borough zoning / planning / codes officer, is that the building is sound and it can be repaired. He said he, the acting borough manager and a representative of C.S. Davidson, Inc., the borough’s engineering resources met to look at the structure and that the structure’s owner has retained Heisey Mechanical, Ltd. to stabilize the front wall of the structure.

He said the building owner wants to get the building restored and used for business. While several councillors pressed for a deadline for completion, Helm was reticent to provide one, the inference was that it would be around weeks. In the interim, Flagger Force personnel will continue re-directing traffic around the closed road.

The borough is paying $3,000 a day for this service; the charges so far incurred by the borough involving this project exceeds $25,000 – these costs will be passed on to the building owners of 208 Locust Street, Samuel L. and Cynthia L. Bigler, of Millersville.

Due to time constraints and other obligations, Columbia news, views & reviews will report more about this meeting at a later date. There is a scheduled meeting today at noon of parties representing the structure owner, his team of engineers and the borough’s officers and contracted engineers to determine the next steps. In the interim the street will remain closed and the adverse economic impact on the neighboring business owners and residents will continue. We consistently and regularly encourage citizens to attend meetings so they can hear, see and question what’s being said during transactions. Reading reports or listening to second-hand information from someone who may have been at the meeting provides, at best, superficial and selective accounts of what actually transpired or was said. Columbia news, views & reviews does record all public meetings and offers copies of the meetings. If you want a copy of the audio recording, send an email to 17512@mail.com.

Agenda – page 0ne

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Agenda page two

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Agenda page three

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Renovated c. 1853 … now an olympic and egregious debacle?

In Everyday Living, Government, History and Heritage, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions on August 8, 2015 at 8:14 am

In this Historic district application – 1983 for historic district status, the 208 Locust Street property was described as:

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historic or just old

If it happens there, can it happen here?

In Everyday Living, Government, Opinions on August 4, 2015 at 7:48 am

Every place is special!

Every place is unique!

By looking at what happens in other unique and special places, citizens and community leaders may find harbingers … for their own unique and special place.

FROWNY

WATER AUTHORITY SEEKS 18 PERCENT RATE INCREASEand that’s without a major expensive cosmetic facelift.

WATER AUTHORITY “BULLIES” ITS CUSTOMERS

MEGA-BANK MERGER NOW LOOKS AT JOB CUTS

FOR SHAME! COLUMBIA SOCIAL CLUB CITED FOR VIOLATING RULES. THERE’S A LOT WRONG … WHEN A VETERANS ORGANIZATION WITH A RELIGIOUS BENT BREAKS THE RULES.

SMILEY STRIKES AGAINPOLICE DEPARTMENTS REACH OUT, CONNECT WITH CITIZENS WITH SOCIAL MEDIA – and with regular, almost daily communication via facebook. 

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A-TREAT’S FAN “FAVORITES” ARE COMING BACK – THE TOP TEN LIST INCLUDES …

confusedConfused and perplexed by the malicious nature of the social media comments about people who rent properties rather than own them?

THE WAR ON RENTERS

MAYBE THE LANDLORDS AND THE GOVERNING BODIES HAVE SOME RESPONSIBILITY?

Are there codes’ codes: appearance codes, language codes, conduct codes, consistency codes? … and other news items

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities on July 28, 2015 at 8:14 am

During last night’s meeting, several in the gallery made observations that have, no doubt, given the borough’s leaders reason to pause … and consider.

According to one report, a codes department staffer responded to a citizen’s call about the “olympian and egregious” safety hazard on Locust Street and berated the citizen and delivered several F-bomb expletives at the same time.

Others in the gallery commented on the consistency of the codes departments application of inconsistency in applying codes.

Columbia Spy, another chronicler of events and observations about Columbia, has been publishing several excellent articles with very descriptive photos on this structure. Here is a recent article with photos. Here’s another.

Near the end of the meeting, a resident revealed a story that included these observations about the same codes department staffer, a five-year borough employee:

  • The signage about her building’s condemnation has been altered, allegedly by the codes staffer. [NOTE: Following the June council of the whole meeting, Columbia news, views & reviews posted this: “Apparently the residents living at 421 Walnut who are impacted by the back of the building will be asked to leave by Friday as the building will be condemned. 421 Walnut Street property owner.”
  • The codes staffer displayed nor presented no official identification letting her know that he was from the borough.
  • The codes staffer’s attire was unprofessional; he was wearing a “hoodie.” His demeanor was brusque and authoritarian.
  • The inconsistent signage, concerning dates of apparent eviction due to the unsafe nature of the structure, had differing dates on the doors of the apartments. In fact, the dates on the posted signs kept changing.
  • The alleged leaking roof repair that, evidently satisfied the codes department staffer, was patchwork accomplished on a Sunday afternoon.

And then, the citizen’s final declaration in a wavering voice, drew audible gasps from those in attendance. Read the rest of this entry »

olympian and egregious debacle and public hazard

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, People on July 28, 2015 at 7:15 am

This morning the borough fire chief is supposed to investigate the publicly stated allegations that residents and owners of 200 Locust Street have had their emergency escape route blocked by the barricades set up to protect the public from a possible structural collapse at 208 Locust Street.

At last night’s council of the whole meeting several citizens provided observations about the unsafe conditions at the 208 Locust Street property.The fire chief will relate his findings and recommendations to the interim borough manager this morning.

208 Locust Street is owned by an out-of-town landlord who who’s been cited by the borough for this and other property violations.

The owners of the business next door have been adversely impacted financially; the blocking of their emergency escape route from their second floor “above the store” residence is reprehensible.

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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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Coming attractions

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, People on July 26, 2015 at 1:08 pm

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  • Columbia’s National Night Out – “Everyone is welcome to attend the 4th Annual National Night Out event on Tuesday, August 4, 2015 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Glatfelter Memorial Field. This event, hosted by the Columbia Borough Police, is designed to help prevent crime, strengthen community-police relationships, and increase community camaraderie.”

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  • Everyday; thanks, Cole.

Audit Report Notification – District Court 02-1-03

In Government, In Columbia, Opinions on July 24, 2015 at 9:15 am

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Click on the above graphic or here to read the report.

Legal Notice – Public comments | Sewer Project at the July 27 meeting

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opportunities on July 17, 2015 at 6:58 am

This notice about “The Project entails the construction of a sewage transfer station in Columbia Borough and the installation of a force main from Columbia Borough to LASA’s treatment plant” appears at Lancaster OnLine.

There will be opportunity for public comment at the “Public Meeting of Columbia Borough Council will be held on July 27, 2015 wherein comments may be made and questions answered.”

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