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Special council meeting agenda – June 4, 2015

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia on June 5, 2015 at 5:30 am

At a specially convened meeting last night, one of Columbia Borough’s former borough managers was returned as an independent consultant to provide guidance and advice until the interim borough manager’s return from medical leave “or sooner.” There is an inaccuracy in the Legal Notice that announced the meeting: the special meeting was to retain a consultant to serve during the interim borough manager’s medical leave … council has not yet appointed a borough manager. Council approved the appointment of Norman B. Meiskey, III. june 2015 special

What a comment!

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opinions, Opportunities on June 2, 2015 at 1:16 pm

“Columbia’s lack of leadership, high taxes and crime, kills the hopes of the good people who live there!”

The most recent comment following this Lancaster Online article about the “lack of parking” being a “deal breaker” in a developer’s quest to influence a state agency to locate in Columbia.

Why not build a parking lot on land close by to the intended call center site?

Surely, having been able to influence the borough council to assist in the financing package, the developer ought to be able to influence a private owner and a partner in the CEDC to pony up attractive financing terms for a parking lot.

 

 

“Hey, it could happen!”

In Everyday Living, Government, Opportunities on May 31, 2015 at 8:19 am

You gotta’ believe … just like J.P. wistfully says in the movie, “Angels in the Outfield.”

Hey, it could happen! A small-town school teacher turns into a big-time elected “public servant” and amasses a fortune. Legally, of course! Yeah, sure.

Hey, it could happen! Three separate fire departments consolidate into one to one: “Everybody wanted the consolidation of three fire companies in (______________, fill in the name of the town) to work, and that’s exactly what it’s done, fire company and municipal officials say.”

Agenda for the May 26, 2015 council “meeting of the whole” … and questions about the letter

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, People on May 27, 2015 at 4:51 am

Here is the agenda from the “meeting of the whole” for last night’s meeting. Columbia news, views & reviews was unable to attend the meeting due to a previous out-of-town commitment. As we have stated repeatedly, unless citizens attend meetings as this one, they rely on the chronicling of traditional and non-traditional  media outlets. Or they rely on the hearsay of others who may, or may not have, attended the meeting and have correctly heard all the commentary.

There are cases in which media reporting of these meetings is secondary-source based, that is, the reports are written based on information provided to the medium by an inside source. No reporter actually attended the meeting.

Typically, this source and Cole Umber’s news site, The Columbia Spy, capture the oral conversations at the meetings – each of us digitally records the meetings. Columbia news, views & reviews offers copies of the recordings for public use – especially for persons who attend the meetings and may have difficulty hearing the goings on due to hearing impairment fueled by an ineffective microphone / speaker system or seemingly purposeful inaudible mutterings by some at the front of the room.

NOTE: Here’s a link to initial coverage about last night’s meeting from the Columbia Spy.

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COTW page 2

OPINION – premised after seeing the letter.

Somehow, an alleged letter from IBS Development Corporation, has surfaced well after the May 18, 2015 Special Council Meeting. The unsigned letter, purportedly written by the president of IBS Development Corporation, William I. Roberts, appears at The Columbia Spy and was distributed to certain sources by via certain persons aligned with the borough.

ibs letterSOURCE: The Columbia Spy – The letter was obtained by Cole Umber who submitted a right-to-know request to the Borough offices.

Curiously, the letter was not introduced at the meeting by the real estate sales person and Columbia Economic Development Corporation (CEDC) member who pitched the “call center” concept to the council at the May 18 meeting. Add to that, the curious coincidence of the same date of the letter and the meeting, one wonders whether the letter is an effort of “after-the-fact” due diligence.

Not only does the mysterious Mr. Roberts not pitch his own requests for Borough and taxpayer financial support for his adventures in person, he also does not endorse his letters of diligence.

H-m-m-m.

Wonder who wrote the letter?

Wonder how it was delivered and to whom?

Wonder when it was written and delivered?

a proposal to “manage the Columbia Crossing river trails center” expressed at last night’s council meeting

In Everyday Living, Government, History and Heritage, In Columbia, Opportunities, The Susquehanna on May 27, 2015 at 4:08 am

 This partnership proposal includes an expense budget forecast and an income budget forecast. It was shared with the council at last night’s council of the whole meeting.

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Spray painting vandalism and other reports from the Columbia Borough Police Department

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, People on May 26, 2015 at 10:49 am

POLICE

NEWS

RELEASE

COLUMBIA POLICE RECEIVED A REPORT OF A BURGLARY AT FRICKE’S HARDWARE STORE, ON UNION STREET, SOMETIME BETWEEN THE 24TH. & 25TH. OF MAY. THE BURGLARY & THEFT WAS DISCOVERED APPROX. 0730 HRS., ON THE 25TH. POLICE & THE OWNERS FOUND A BROKEN WINDOW AND A BLOOD TRAIL THROUGH THE STORE. THE EVIDENCE LED TO ONE JOHN CARLTON SHAEFFER, AGE 34, OF THE 200 BLK. OF PERRY STREET. , COLUMBIA. MR. SHAEFFER HAD BEEN EMPLOYEED AT THE BUSINESS AT ONE TIME. POLICE PICKED HIM UP, TOOK HIM TO LGH FOR TREATMENT OF HIS INJURED ARM, WHICH HAPPENED WHEN HE BROKE THROUGH GLASS TO ENTER THE PLACE, THEN TOOK HIM TO CENTRAL ARRAIGNMENT FOR CHARGES OF BURGLARY, THEFT AND CRIMINAL MISCHIEF. HE WAS COMMITED TO LCP IN LIEU OF $20,000.00 BAIL.

EDWIN HERNANDEZ, JR., AGE 21, OF COLUMBIA, WAS CITED FOR DRIVING WHILE OPERATING PRIVILEGE IS SUSPENDED OR REVOKED, AT 3RD. & PERRY STREETS, 22 MAY 2015.

DANIEL MICHAEL ARMOLD, AGE 25, OF YORK, WAS CITED FOR STOP SIGNS & YIELD SIGNS, AT RT. 30 EXIT RAMP AT LINDEN ST., 25 MAY 2015.

KEIN K. KIRCHNER, AGE 41, OF LANCASTER, WAS CITED FOR DRIVERS REQUIRED TO BE LICENSED, IN THE 1ST. BLOCK OF SOUTH 4TH. STREET, 24 MAY 2015.    

COLUMBIA BOROUGH HAS HAD NUMEROUS COMPLAINTS OF VANDALISIM, THROUGH OUT THE AREA. LOTS OF PERSONS REPORTED SILVER SPRAY PAINT ON THEIR VEHICLES AND SOME OF THEIR HOMES/PROPERTIES. SOME OF THE AREAS WERE ON SOUTH 9TH. STREET, RIDGE AVE., PARK AVENUE, AND LOCUST STREET. ANYONE WITH ANY INFORMATION, IS ASKED TO CONTACT COLUMBIA BOROUGH POLICE DEPT., AT 717-684-7735. IT IS KNOWN WHERE THE SPRAY PAINT WAS PURCHASED AND ALSO THE APPROX. TIME, IT WAS PURCHASED.

random notes

In Everyday Living, Government, Opportunities on May 26, 2015 at 9:53 am

COUNCIL meeting of the whole tonight – because of yesterday’s holiday! There might be a bunch of items on the agenda. There ought to be!

Feel like you’re reading a press release: You are! “For the second straight year, Comcast earned the lowest score in the Temkin Customer Service Ratings. The company took the bottom two spots for its TV service and Internet service businesses.” – PR newswire [No surprises on any count.]

Did you notice, Manheim Borough is looking for a borough manager?

“Manheim Borough located in northern Lancaster County with an annual budget of $4.2 million is accepting applications for the position of Borough Manager. Duties include all phases of supervision and management of administrative and public works staff and associated municipal programs. Manheim Borough is a Historic Community with over 4800 residents and includes an active Main Street Program and National Register Historic District. Applicant should be an excellent communicator, with knowledge and experience in administration, personnel, planning, zoning, grant writing, economic development and intergovernmental cooperation on local and state level. Applicants should have a minimum of a Bachelors degree (preferred but not required) and 5 years administrative managerial experience in public administration. Salary $80,000-$90,000: full benefit package. Send resume with 3 professional references to: Borough Manager Position, and mail to Borough of Manheim, 15 East High Street, Manheim, PA 17545, no later than June 13, 2015. EOE For additional information call the borough of Manheim office at (717) 665-2461

Will L.E.R.T.A. abatements apply for Mr. Roberts too? Dunno, but here’s the Lancaster OnLine article from earlier this year.

A post from three years ago: “Who benefits with KOZ, LERTA and other incentives? Are we sure? How do we know?

Pretty hard to understand why this school board could not find a way to cut $24,117 from a projected expense budget of well over $48 million dollars. Kind of a testament to ruthless spending at all costs; instead the board passes along a one percent tax increase to its taxpayers. Really hard to understand this logic. – Lancaster Online

“I’m a veteran, and I hate ‘Happy Memorial Day.’ Here’s why.” – The Washington Post

In Everyday Living, Government, History and Heritage, Opinions on May 25, 2015 at 4:29 am

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America.

“It’s not Veterans Day. It’s not military appreciation day. Don’t thank me for my service. Please don’t thank me for my service. It’s take the time to pay homage to the men and women who died while wearing the cloth of this nation you’re so freely enjoying today, day.”

veteran among flagsA U.S. soldier walks on a path through the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund flag garden on Boston Common in Boston on Thursday, ahead of Memorial Day. Each of the approximately 37,000 flags represents a Massachusetts service member who has died. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Veteran Jennie Haskamp’s article in The Washington Post is pointed and definitive. Veterans know that Memorial Day is a day that remembers those who died in the military service of the United States. It’s a slap in the face when empty politicos, who could have been warriors – but chose another path – pontificate with fake sincerity about the glory of war. They don’t know.

She writes: “I’m frustrated by Memorial Day. And I’m angry about apathy. I want to see people besides the small percentage of us who are veterans, know veterans, love veterans or lost veterans, understand what the day is about. It’s the one day on the American calendar meant to exemplify what it costs to be American and to be free… and we’ve turned it into a day off work, a tent sale and a keg of beer.”

PBI – Poor Bloody Infantry

“We weren’t heroes. We didn’t want to be there. We were scared, we all were, all the time. Any man who tells you he wasn’t is a damn liar. Life in the trenches was dirty, lousy and unsanitary. The barrages that proceeded battle were one long nightmare and when you went over the top it was just mud, more mud mixed with blood and you struggled through it with dead bodies all around you, any one of whom could have been me.”

A British solider, Harry Patch, “the last Tommie” who died aged 111 in 2009 “criticized the politicians for suggesting a commemorative service that year for the survivors of World War One. He wrote: ‘What for? It was too late, too late. Why didn’t we think of doing something for the boys when they came back from the war bloodied and broken? It was easy to forget about them because for years after they never spoke about the horrors they experienced.’”

Seems that the politicians always want to wave their own flags at the side of the warriors.

Read this Cynthia Tucker column too: Honor military by avoiding unnecessary wars. She says, “The best way to honor their service is to refrain from sending them recklessly to war.”

But if our politicos refrain from sending them recklessly to war, who will be the Customers for the war material manufacturing machine and the politicos they control?

What would non-veteran politicians do on holidays that honor military service and veterans?

on being surrounded and “landlocked”

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, People on May 23, 2015 at 6:56 am

Mike noted that Columbia is “landlocked” and that’s true except on the west it’s “waterlocked” as is Marietta.

” Lancaster is worthy of the “no grow” label, but Columbia, being completely landlocked, is a story all its own. You can’t grow when there’s no room to expand.”

Landlocked is defined as almost or entirely surrounded by land; having no coastline.

Virtually every municipality, including the boroughs, is landlocked, though.

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We created a quick spreadsheet using data from the US Census Bureau and City-Data.com. To access the spreadsheet and use the data sorts in each of the headers click on the graphic above to download the spreadsheet.

We created a quick spreadsheet using data from the US Census Bureau and City-Data.com. To access the spreadsheet and use the data sorts in each of the headers click on the graphic above to download the spreadsheet.

While Lancaster County’s boroughs are landlocked, only Columbia shows negative growth.

Note that population density has a lot to do with multi-unit dwellings such as senior living or dormitories.

Mike, lots of issues impact negative growth more than being “landlocked.”

Perhaps connected tangentially, there’s an issue that was page one news in yesterday’s LNP – Always Lancaster about swimming pools opening this weekend. Wonder whether people would move to Columbia if it had a municipal swimming pool as a bunch of other boroughs do?

Quality of life issues for everyday people, in addition to developers, real estate salespersons and GOBAGS, impact growth, too.

Columbia and Lancaster: only Lancaster County municipalities with negative growth

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Opportunities on May 22, 2015 at 7:57 pm

According to the US Census Bureau’s 2014 estimates, Lancaster County continues to grow everywhere, except in Lancaster and Columbia. – Lancaster OnLine

Here’s the link to the US Census Bureau stats for Columbia.

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