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Monday night’s council meeting – January 11, 2016

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Opportunities, People on January 11, 2016 at 9:22 pm

The first regularly scheduled council meeting of the new year was called to order by newly elected council president, Kelly Murphy at 7:07 pm at the borough hall council chambers before an assembly of fewer than 10 citizens and two students from Our Lady of the Angels School.

Here is the agenda for the meeting.

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Council president Murphy verbally added an agenda item, Item 14.  b. “Consider acceptance of Route 441 turnback upon receipt from PennDOT pending the solicitor’s review and approval.”

olaMayor Leo Lutz recognized Catholic Schools Week by presenting a proclamation to representatives from Our Lady of the Angels School; shown above (from left) are Michele Detz, faculty member and the president and vice president of the Student Council.



The councillors glided through the agenda items and the council president announced that the council meetings-of-the-whole would be discontinued and the separate committee meetings would be reinstated. The committee chairpersons and the dates and meeting times for the separate committees will be posted on the Borough Website.

The announcement for a Columbia Crossing Building Manager is posted at the Borough Website:

The Susquehanna Heritage is accepting applications for Manager at Columbia Crossing Building – Full time position

Job Description: Columbia Crossing Manager

The announcement is also posted at the Susquehanna Gateway Heritage Website.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:52 pm.

Too bad! “Susquehanna Glass closes retail store at factory in Columbia” – Lancaster Online

In Everyday Living, In Columbia on January 11, 2016 at 2:23 pm

Susquehanna Glass has closed its factory store in Columbia as it considers adding a retail location elsewhere in town.Lancaster Online

Susquehanna Glass Website

Murphy elected council president at council re-organization meeting

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, People on January 4, 2016 at 8:01 pm


Tonight’s agenda

1-4-2016 RE-ORGANIZATIONpage 01

1-4-2016 RE-ORGANIZATION page 02

Send from a reader: get to know “mobile justice”

In Education, Everyday Living, In Columbia, Opportunities on December 30, 2015 at 10:35 am

mobile justice

A Columbia news, views & reviews reader sent a communication along wondering, ” … you may want to share with your readers.”

The Mobile Justice PA app is one way you can put a check on law enforcement misconduct. With this app you can:

  • ​​​Record and submit incidents directly and securely to your local ACLU of Pennsylvania affiliate using your phone camera.
  • Get instant location alerts from fellow app users witnessing incidents nearby.
  • Know your rights when encountering or witnessing an incident with law enforcement, and access the ACLU’s full library of “Know Your Rights” materials at the click of a button.
  • Keep up-to-date on local and statewide actions and events hosted by the ACLU.

You may want to give it a try; get the app for free for your mobile phone.


In In Columbia, Uncategorized on December 29, 2015 at 9:37 am

scamsSo someone posts this at a local facebook site:

MAKE FAST MONEY NOW!! THIS IS 100% LEGIT!!Everyone is Welcome!
Unlimited Job Positions!
Anyone can Join!
No Experience required!
Instant Account Setup and Money Making!

Honestly, this is most likely a scam. Do not fall for the promises.

Look here.

and here.

Or you can look here … but be careful, at the end of this video the narrator recommends another site … which curiously sounds, well, suspicious.

Or if you really want to send your money somewhere, why not consider helping to rehab a rat named Tinsel?

tinselTinsel is just one of a bunch of Columbia area (evidently) solicitations being presented at the gofundme.com Website.

gofundme is an online platform to get money for seemingly anything.

gofundme is not a scam. It operates with this business model.

“While it’s free to create and share your online fundraising campaign, GoFundMe will deduct a 5% fee from each donation that you receive. Since our fee is deducted automatically, you’ll never need to worry about being billed or owing us any money. A small processing fee of about 3% will also be deducted from each donation.”

today – December 17, 2015

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia on December 17, 2015 at 6:35 am
  • Tough to get accurate information | for instance, this property is for sale at $389,900. The listing states it’s got a septic system and the taxes are shown at $2,482. Curiously, the county property listing for the property shows it’s hooked-up to a Public Sewer System.

most expensivethe most expensive property in the neighborhood.

  • Another property at 122 N 4th St, Columbia, PA 17512 is listed at zillow.com for sale for $119,900 and the taxes for that property are listed as $3,738. So the taxes are 50% higher than the property that’s for sale at over three times the price in the same town. How does that work?
  • Valuation of Property – Pennsylvania assessment laws require that real estate be valued according to its “actual value” and at a bona fide rate and price for which the property would separately sell. The courts have interpreted actual value to mean market value. Market value has been defined by the Pennsylvania State Supreme Court as “the price in a competitive market a purchaser, willing but not obligated to buy, would pay an owner,willing but not obligated to sell, taking into consideration all the legal uses to which the property can be adapted and might reasonably be applied.” To establish the “actual” value of property, the county may use current year market values or it may adopt a base year for market values. For the most part, properties are assessed at a set percentage of base year values. Property is only assessed at current market value when a countywide reassessment has been conducted and implemented. Unless a county reassesses all properties every year, the property assessments will be predicated upon base year values (the last year in which the county reassessed). The same methodology must be used to value property throughout the county; that is, when a county adopts a base year for market value, then all property in the county must be valued as of the same base year. The assessment laws state that “the price at which any property may actually have been sold in the base year or the current tax year is to be considered but is not controlling. Such selling prices can be increased or decreased as part of the valuation process to accomplish equalization with other similar property within the taxing district.” Recent sales of comparable properties, that is, properties of a similar nature, are persuasive but not conclusive in helping to establish the market value. The properties selected need not be identical. The sales prices, however, are useful in showing relative values by bringing out characteristic qualities, whether similar or divergent.Comparison based on sales may be made according to location, age, income, expense, use, size, type of construction and in numerous other ways. When valuing property, three approaches must be considered in conjunction with one another; they are cost (reproduction or replacement, as applicable, less depreciation and all forms of obsolescence), comparable sales, and income approaches. Although all three approaches must be considered, they do not all have to be used in arriving at the final valuation of the property. The approach used may differ depending upon the type of property involved (e.g., commercial, residential, income-producing). – lowtaxrate.com

441 project movment

In Everyday Living, In Columbia, Opportunities on December 16, 2015 at 7:44 pm

It’s interesting that all the reports (Click here) are saying the long awaited 441 bypass project will open tomorrow, Thursday, December 17.

We had this graphic (below) ready for publication tomorrow.

taking the 441


Legal notices about School District upcoming meetings and other meeting dates

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Opportunities on December 15, 2015 at 6:48 am

These notices appear in today’s “publication of general circulation.”

“The Columbia Borough School District has a change in the venue … ”

“The Columbia Borough School District will be holding an additional meeting … ”


December 28 … Columbia Borough Council Meeting of the Whole – Borough Website

January 4, 2016 …Organization.The council shall organize on the first Monday of January of each even-numbered year by electing one member as president and one member as vice president, who shall hold the offices at the pleasure of the council. If the first Monday is a legal holiday, the meeting and organization shall take place the following day. Any action taken by any council at any time between 12:01 a.m. on January 1 of an even-numbered year and the organization of council in that year shall be subject to reconsideration by the new council at any time within ten days after organization. The council may, at the organizational meeting, appoint other officers as may be provided for by law or ordinance, or as may be deemed necessary for the conduct of affairs of the borough, and may transact any other business as may come before the meeting. The president, and, during the president’s absence or incapacity, the vice president, shall preside over the meetings of council and perform other duties as are prescribed by this part or by ordinance.” – Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs Website


December borough council meeting agenda

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, People on December 14, 2015 at 10:03 pm

The December borough council meeting convened at 7:02 pm in the borough’s council chambers as all the councillors, the mayor, borough manager, public works director, borough finance officer and the solicitor were in attendance. Fewer than eight persons also attended.

The agenda is shown below.

NOTE: An additional agenda item was added, item II., 11. b. The council approved a special $5,000 bonus for acting borough manager Ron Miller to acknowledge his performance in the dual role of interim borough manager / public works director. The bonus in some way recognized the savings accrued to the municipality for Miller’s dual-role performance.

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new borough manager

The meeting ended at 8:25 pm.

Sahd sworn in as Columbia’s borough manager

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, People on December 14, 2015 at 9:47 pm

new borough manager


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