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Municipal Authority votes in favor of sale to LASA

In Government, Opinions on June 19, 2014 at 7:16 pm

It was a 4-1 vote, but a few hours ago the Municipal Authority voted to sell the sewer system to the Lancaster Area Sewer Authority (LASA).

The vote, no doubt, generated cloistered conversations among a couple of councillors who will now come up with a new plot to “thwart the sale.”

… in other news:

Police are asking for the public’s help to find a man they say burglarized three businesses in Columbia.” – MyColumbiaNews

and a Gallup Politics article that says “Americans’ confidence in Congress has sunk to a new low.hat the public has a ‘new low.’”

Now who didn’t already know that?

 

 

 

“Retired Pa. health staffers say department muzzled them on fracking”

In Everyday Living, Government on June 19, 2014 at 7:55 am

When people put crap into the water supply, nothing good can come out of it.

“Two retirees from the Pennsylvania Department of Health say its employees were silenced on the issue of Marcellus Shale drilling.

“One veteran employee says she was instructed not to return phone calls from residents who expressed health concerns about natural gas development.

“‘We were absolutely not allowed to talk to them,’ said Tammi Stuck, who worked as a community health nurse in Fayette County for nearly 36 years.

“Another retired employee, Marshall P. Deasy III, confirmed that.

“Deasy, a former program specialist with the Bureau of Epidemiology, said the department also began requiring field staff to get permission to attend any meetings outside the department. This happened, he said, after an agency consultant made comments about drilling at a community meeting.”

Continue reading this newsworks.org article.

Columbia’s swimming pool is closed?

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opportunities, Uncategorized on June 17, 2014 at 6:45 am

Yesterday, a reader sent an email asking about the status of the Locust Heights Swimming Pool.

We wanted to ask questions to find out more, but yesterday was a busy “out-of-town” day.

Another person told us the property at 1200 Locust Street has a pool wall structural problem and that the owners would not open the pool.

Cole Umber’s got this picture at his Website.

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Local developer, Cimarron Properties, has the “for lease” sign on the property!

The pool’s facebook page has a bunch of comments including many who “knew” the pool would not be opening this year.

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Earlier this year at a borough council meeting, the above item was on the agenda. What happens to the above AED?

Really? Faster Internet service on the moon?

In Everyday Living, Government, Opinions, Opportunities on June 2, 2014 at 5:01 am

A couple of interesting articles caught our attention. 

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1. Internet speed is faster on the moon than it is is Columbia. Kinda’ sad, huh? This paragraph from a article is revealing:

“As Bloomberg View has outlined, Congress could help by launching national fiber-optic campaign to compete with the cable industry and provide higher speeds. Many tech companies, including those part of the Internet.org partnership, have also made expanding global Internet connectivity a key goal and are taking steps to improve it. Google’s Project Loon launches Wi-Fi balloons, and the company recently acquired drone maker Titan Aerospace to spread connectivity with drones. Facebook is pursuing a similar strategy with Ascenta.” – Bloomberg View

Comcast ought not be the only game in town. But, wait: “The total of contributions to candidates from Comcast Corp PACs is 2 times larger than contributions from individuals.” Oh so that’s the reason. – OpenSecrets.org

2.The best one-liners in sitcom history.ComplexPopCulture

3. And NSA was able to find only one of Snowden’s emails? Yeah, um-hm, right! “N.S.A. collecting millions of faces from Web Images.” – The New York Times

“Time for a second Constitutional Convention?” – NewsLanc

In Government, Opinions, Opportunities on May 29, 2014 at 5:12 am

We found this an intriguing column.

By Robert Field | NewsLanc.com

“In order to save our republic from slipping away, the need has arisen to bring about controls on how elections are funded and to alter the structure of our federal government.

“Given their experiences and struggles with England, our founding fathers understandably had distaste for the parliamentary form of the British government, with its powerful monarchy and the House of Lords that shared power with the House of Parliament. They focused on checks and balances against future abuse of power.

“But both the English and American governments have evolved over almost two and a half centuries, the former for the good. We should take another look.

“Perhaps it takes oldsters to believe in reform. They have lived long enough to have witness much change taking place. Those who are observant of such matter understand that bringing about change requires much work, devotion, perseverance, and time… more often than not, a lot of time.”

Click here to read the column at NewsLanc.com in its entirety.

The agenda from tonite’s meeting

In Everyday Living, Government, History and Heritage, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities, People on May 27, 2014 at 10:17 pm

The meeting was moved to the Front Street Fire Hall and about four dozen or so people were in the gallery as the joint Borough Council / Municipal Authority was convened by council president Michael Beury at 6:30 pm.

There were copies of the agenda and the Ad Hoc Committee’s recommendation available for the people who came to the meeting which also was going to be the “meeting of the whole” as well as the discussion about recommendations of the Columbia Ad Hoc Committee’s Final Report.

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All of the councillors, the borough manager, the mayor, the solicitor, the municipal authority members, the borough financial officer sat around a huge horseshoe shaped set of tables. And, there were microphones and a speaker system in place which allowed for the audience members to hear the comments of those around the tables and those who came forward to comment.

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Fox News 43 was there, too. At least at the outset of the meeting.

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When the meeting was recessed at 8:55 pm, the only agenda item that was addressed was that of the sewer. Would Columbia’s council accept the Authority’s recommendation to enter into an agreement to sell the sewer operations to the Lancaster Area Sewer Authority?

PowerPoint presentations from the Authority’s Mike Shober and LASA’s Mike Kyle showed the rationale and positive aspects of moving towards the sale. For the next several hours, citizens, borough employees, councillors and others in attendance made comments that supported the sale and were against the sale. Some of those who came forward asked for more information; others asked questions.

In the end, no clear consensus seemed obvious. The meeting and the discussion, no doubt, will be coming somewhere down the road.

The continuation of agenda items will resume when the council meeting of the whole re-convenes tomorrow evening at the borough hall at 6:00 pm.

Though encouraging to see so many people interested in this emotional issue, we expected to see more in attendance. For those who were not at the meeting, the transmission of who said what is left to those who came to the meeting to document the night’s activities. Others in the borough will get verbal reports from those who attended or written interpretations from others. The only way to get a full report is to attend meetings. Again, Columbia news, views & reviews does audio record public meetings in accordance with state law. If you would like a copy of the proceedings, send an email to 17512@mail.com

 

 

 

FINAL REPORT and RECOMMENDATION for the Columbia Ad Hoc Committee

In Education, Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opportunities on May 21, 2014 at 8:41 pm

In anticipation of the Joint Borough Council/Municipal Authority Meeting which will be held on Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 6:00pm at the Susquehanna Fire Company located at 10th and Manor Streets, Columbia, PA, citizens may want to be familiar with the FINAL REPORT and RECOMMENDATION of the Columbia Ad Hoc Committee for the LASA Acquisition of the Columbia Sewer System.

CLICK ON THE GRAPHIC BELOW TO DOWNLOAD THE ENTIRE REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION.

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Today is an election opportunity

In Everyday Living, Government, History and Heritage, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities on May 20, 2014 at 4:38 am

It is, at least if you’re a registered Republican or Democrat in Pennsylvania.

Kinda’ sucks to be a registered Independent or another lesser populated party, though because Pennsylvania is one of those closed primary states.

Read this editorial from the May 18 Sunday News about exactly that issue.

But if you are registered to vote in one of the two parties, do it. Be an active participant in the system. Not every person in the world is as fortunate as Americans are.

Faulty system or not, you have a chance to say something.

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SOURCE: ibtimes.com

 

 

Legal notice and a job notice

In Education, Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opportunities on May 18, 2014 at 8:11 pm

LEGAL NOTICE

Notice is hereby given that a Joint Borough Council/Municipal Authority Meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 6:00pm at the Susquehanna Fire Company located at 10th and Manor Streets, Columbia, PA to discuss the LASA Proposal regarding the Columbia Borough Sewer System and any other business that may come before the Council/Municipal Authority. The public is encouraged to attend. If you are a person with a disability wishing to attend and require an accommodation to participate in the meeting, please contact the Borough Office at 684-2467. Samuel F. Sulkosky Borough Manager

EMPLOYMENT NOTICE

District/Board/Community Services Coordinator
District Administration Center
Zone 14 Support Staff Position

This position performs required duties in the following category areas:
1. Secretary Support/Office Functions for Superintendent, Director of Curriculum/Federal Programs Coordinator, Maintenance, and Technology.
2. School Board Communications
3. Use of Facilities Management
4. Public Relations
5. District-wide inventory control
6. Skills and abilities in computer programs.

Must have a high school diploma. Good interpersonal relationship skills. Ability to handle multiple priorities. Some night meeting attendance required. Will need Act 34, 151 and FBI clearances . Starting salary $12/$12.25 per hour.

Submit cover letter, resume, and 3 references to:
Dr. Kenneth Klawitter, Superintendent
Columbia Borough School District
200 North Fifth Street
Columbia, PA 17512

Deadline for applications: May 30, 2014

Click here to read the job description: District/Board/Community Services Coordinator Job Description

Spring “scenes seen” today, Sunday, May 18

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opinions, The Susquehanna on May 18, 2014 at 7:38 pm

Heavy rains north of us have created a swifter, higher Susquehanna; here is one of the floating docks at River Front Park.

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The other one.

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And now, the bulletin board with the wage rates for the Trail Building is “outside the wire” and people can see that being a tradesman working on a government project is fairly lucrative.

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The sign’s up and the agencies that provided grants are recognized. The tough part now is maintenance; the pole needs to be painted. Will there be grant funds for that?

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On the trail, from the Decatur Street access in Marietta, the scenery is green and lush. The high waters of the Susquehanna, rose over the trail in a few places. New to the trail this year are several substantial benches; each is identified with a sponsor’s marker.

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