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Rental properties are harder to come by

In Everyday Living, In Columbia on May 29, 2015 at 5:26 am

It’s tougher to find rental housing across Lancaster County according to this Lancaster Online article.

Cole Umber’s got this article about an illegal rental unit identified on Perry Street.

Whether you’re a renter, a landlord or a property owner, your name may be on the Pennsylvania Treasury UNCLAIMED PROPERTY list that appears in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster or online here.

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There’s a new organization just forming; the Lancaster County Association of Landlords‘ mission “is to  be an advocate for the rights of Lancaster County Landlords. By providing a unified outlet to assist our community Landlords to become as successful as possible. We do so by providing knowledge of existing laws, codes, fair housing practices and procedures related to property ownership and management. We are dedicated to protecting the investments our members have made and ensuring quality affordable housing for our community. “

Columbia Presbyterian Church and Community Life Network among the United Way Impact Partnership awards

In Everyday Living, In Columbia on May 27, 2015 at 5:07 am

“UNITED WAY OF LANCASTER COUNTY INVESTORS TO HELP UNDERWRITE WORK OF 16 IMPACT PARTNERSHIPS”

LANCASTER, PA – Thanks to the support of thousands of generous donors, the Board of United Way of Lancaster County approved the investment of $2,483,706.85 in 16 bold, new Impact Partnerships across the county. Their selection culminated an extensive review process by community volunteers and Board and staff members of United Way.

Jennifer L. Craighead, Board Chair, explained, “We were delighted to receive funding proposals from 40 prospective Impact Partners for this first three-year grant cycle. We wish we could have supported many more than the 16 we were able to fund.”

“We have a very generous community, and United Way is confident that individuals, companies, foundations, and funders outside Lancaster County will demonstrate enthusiastic support of these and future Impact Partnerships. Once we all see the power and promise of this new way of Living UNITED in Lancaster County, we are sure we will be able to touch even more lives of our friends and neighbors.”

Based on the strength of their proposals, the geographic regions and target populations being served, and face-to-face interviews, the following Impact Partnerships were chosen to receive three-year funding:

  • Community Wellness – Led by SouthEast Lancaster Health Services, this Impact Partnership includes Community Services Group, Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC), Partnership for Public Health, Project Access Lancaster County (PALCO), and Reach Out and Read. The “Community Wellness” Impact Partnership will remove barriers to medical and dental care by providing services for uninsured patients, enrolling patients into health plans, and connecting patients to needed support services.
  • Elizabethtown Area Family Hub – Located at Elizabethtown Child Care Center, this hub-based Impact Partnership will include Community Cupboard of Elizabethtown, Elizabethtown Area School District, Elizabethtown Community Nursery School, Elizabethtown Public Library, Hope Within Community Health Center, Jewel David Ministries, Milanof-Schock Library, Power Packs Project, United Churches of the Elizabethtown Area, and United Way’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. The “Elizabethtown Area Family Hub” will provide low and low-middle income families with access to high-quality early childhood education; kindergarten readiness and transition; tax preparation services; food and clothing bank assistance; financial workshops; job training; and physical and behavioral health care services. Materials and support will be provided  to increase literacy and help families apply for health insurance and financial assistance.
  • Impacting Generations – Led by Pressley Ridge, this Impact Partnership includes COBYS Family Services, School District of Lancaster, and Susquehanna Pregnancy Services. “Impacting Generations” work will support at-risk teen parents and their children through innovative services which focus on educational attainment of both parents and children.
  •  Integration Services for New Americans – Under the leadership of The Literacy Council of Lancaster-Lebanon, its Impact Partners include Church World Service, Franklin & Marshall College’s Ware Center for Civic Engagement, IU13, Lutheran Refugee Services, School District of Lancaster, and SouthEast Lancaster Health Services. “Integration Services of New Americans” will operate as a hub at the Community School at Reynolds Elementary, serving as a one-stop shop for education, health, and financial services for immigrants and refugees.
  • Lancaster Medical Legal Partnership – With MidPenn Legal Services as the lead, other Impact Partners will include Lancaster General Health, Neighborhood Services, and SouthEast Lancaster Health Services. The “Lancaster Medical Legal Partnership” will advance the financial stability and health of Lancaster County residents needing frequent health services.  This will be accomplished by integrating civil legal aid and financial case management with an intensive, high-utilization health care treatment model.
  •  Lancaster-South Connections – From its Boys & Girls Club hub in Lancaster, this Impact Partnership includes ASSETS Lancaster, Exit Lancaster, Lancaster City Alliance, Lancaster Community Safety Coalition, Lancaster EMS (LEMSA), Lancaster Housing Opportunity Partnership (LHOP), The Mix at Arbor Place, School District of Lancaster, and SouthEast Lancaster Health Services. “Lancaster-South Connections” will serve as the frontline connection for local families needing support, education, and care to achieve success.
  • The Learning Lancaster Collaborative – Led by the Lancaster Education Foundation, The “Learning Lancaster Collaborative” includes Boys & Girls Club, Exit Lancaster, Lancaster Day Care Center, Lancaster General Health, Lancaster Recreation Commission, Lancaster YMCA, Luthercare, School District of Lancaster, Washington Elementary School, and YWCA of Lancaster.  Within the Washington Elementary School attendance zone, “The Learning Lancaster Collaborative” will operate four community locations to expand high-quality early childhood classroom opportunities for 3-4 year old children. Additionally, it will open doors for these families to Lancaster General’s health clinic, dental and eye care, school-based behavior health services, and financial stability workshops.
  • Mental Well Being – Led by Lancaster General Health, this Impact Partnership brings together Community Action Program of Lancaster County, Catholic Charities, Community Services Group, Compass Mark, Lancaster County Behavioral Health & Developmental Services, Lancaster Osteopathic Health Foundation, Lancaster Regional Medical Center, Mental Health America, PALCO, Pressley Ridge, Samaritan Counseling Center, School District of Lancaster, T. W. Ponessa & Associates, Spanish American Civic Association (SACA), United Way 2-1-1, Water Street Ministries, WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital, and WellSpan Philhaven. This Impact Partnership will improve access and treatment for behavioral health care needs, especially for low-income and minority residents.
  • Moving Forward – Led by Community Action Program of Lancaster County, this Impact Partnership teams with the Lancaster County Workforce Investment Board, MidPenn Legal Services, and New Choices Career Development. The work of “Moving Forward” will increase the safety of survivors of domestic violence by providing integrated emergency services, legal representation during the Protection from Abuse process, and workforce training.
  • Pathways Out of Poverty – With Community Action Program as its lead, this Impact Partnership brings together Central PA Food Bank/Hunger Free Lancaster County, Columbia Presbyterian Church, Community Life Network, First United Methodist Church, Habitat for Humanity, Lancaster County Council of Churches, Millersville University, Tabor Community Services, and Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology. This multi-functional alliance will provide guidance and direction to low-income individuals and families as they permanently chart their “pathways out of poverty.”
  • Pinwheel Partners – Lancaster Day Care Center leads an Impact Partnership of Byrnes Health Education Center, Community Action Program of Lancaster County (CAP), Elizabethtown Child Care Center, Pressley Ridge, Schreiber Pediatric Rehab Center, and Wee Care Day Center. “Pinwheel Partners” will share space, resources, and expertise to ensure low income families have access to quality early care, education, and workforce development and are connected to a medical home.
  •  Plant the Seed of Learning – Shepherded by Cocalico Education Foundation, this Impact Partnership includes Conestoga Valley, Eastern Lancaster County, Ephrata Area, Lampeter-Strasburg, Lancaster, Manheim Township, and Pequea Valley school districts, Diamond Street Early Childhood Center, Early Childhood Innovative Connections, Ephrata Public Library, Lancaster General Health, Luthercare, Power Packs Project, and WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital. This Impact Partnership will engage, educate, and empower parents of children from birth to two years to “plant the seed of learning” through supportive environments with meaningful activities.
  •  Reunify, Empower, Prevent – Led by CASA of Lancaster, this Impact Partnership includes Bethany Christian Services, Clare House, Community Services Group, Lancaster County Children and Youth Social Service Agency, Lancaster County Coalition to End Homelessness, Love INC, Pressley Ridge, and Tabor Community Services. “Reunify, Empower, Prevent” will help children currently in or exiting foster care to reunify with their families in safe, permanent, and stable homes.
  • Solanco Family Life Network – With New Hope Community Life Ministries taking the lead, other members of this Impact Partnership will include COBYS Family Services, Naaman Center, Quarryville Library, Solanco Neighborhood Ministries, Solanco School District, Solid Rock Youth Ministries, and Southern End Community Association (SECA).  “Solanco Family Life Network” will provide integrated early intervention by offering parenting and career planning skills/training, family counseling, tutoring, before and after school programs, nutritional support, and help with budgeting and heating bills.
  • Systems Aligned in Learning (SAIL) – With Luthercare as its lead agency, SAIL’s Impact Partners include COBYS Family Services, Fizika Group, Lancaster County Council of Churches, The Library System of Lancaster County, and Pennsylvania Early Learning Keys to Quality. “SAIL” will increase the quality of home-based childcare by taking a specially equipped van directly to these home-based businesses across the county, enabling them to offer many of the same educational resources as quality, center-based preschools.
  • Together Community Center – With The Factory Ministries at the lead, this Paradise-based hub of service will include Amish View Resorts, Grace Point Church of Paradise, Hildebrandt Learning Centers, Pequea Valley School District, Safe Families and Safe Families Plus, Urban Outfitters, and Welsh Mountain Medical & Dental Centers. “Together Community Center” will offer a breadth of services including transportation to and from the site, quality Pre-K Counts childcare, and adult education and mentoring, as well as medical, dental, and behavior health services.

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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.

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.

LNP- Always Lancaster editorial: Marietta, no – Columbia, yes

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opinions on May 22, 2015 at 5:48 am

This LNP – Always Lancaster editorial holds up Columbia as “the model.”

And the editorial in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster identifies yet another school board that tried to hide transactions from its citizens: Conestoga Valley held a snarky, secretive “executive session” to set plans for “outsourcing.” Golly, aren’t you glad citizen representatives as these, who would do things behind your back, are not your neighbors, fellow parishioners, co-workers.

Why in the world do these snarky, devious operators keep getting elected; maybe because so few people vote?

Developer talks with the daily newspaper – not the council

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opinions, People on May 21, 2015 at 5:49 pm

Tsk – Tsk – Tsk. 

Read this Lancaster OnLine article about the quest upon which the developer and the borough have embarked.

Won’t come to the meeting; sends a surrogate but does talk with the big press.

Reads like a mayoral news release.

Borough Council election returns – h-m-m-m!

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, People on May 20, 2015 at 9:46 am

BOROUGH COUNCIL ELECTION RETURNS

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