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fishin’ has to be comfortable, right?

In Everyday Living, In Columbia, Opportunities, People on July 28, 2015 at 5:18 pm

all the comforts So a reader snapped this mobile phone shot today at the River Park. Those picnic tables do add to the comfort of fishing from the floating dock … is fishing from the dock allowed? Anyway, a Columbia Police Officer came on scene and helped the fishing folks carry the picnic table from the dock back to terra firma.

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.


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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Scenes seen on a Sunday in and around Columbia

In Everyday Living, In Columbia on July 26, 2015 at 8:19 pm

flagThe Presidential Proclamation honoring the memory of US servicemen killed in Chattanoga reads, “I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, July 25, 2015.”

Perhaps because it’s a weekend, there’s a bit of confusion in the flag’s display around town.

2Train art

3Train watchers park and stand by the tracks.

1Sitting in the cool under the Columbia Crossing deck

7-21Pastoral view: the park in Mountville

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.

SCCA invites you to a reception and new show on Fourth Friday

In Everyday Living, In Columbia, Opportunities, People on July 23, 2015 at 7:07 am

Fourth Friday Logo

Please join us for our 4th Friday reception, featuring work by Grace Sachi Troxell and Evangeline Riddiford Graham on July 24, 5-9 p.m. This exhibition runs thru August 22, 2015. This should be a very interesting exhibition featuring two NYC based artists.

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It’s a “non-profit feast” at Fourth Fridays in Columbia, Marietta, and Wrightsville | July 24, 2015

In Everyday Living, In Columbia, Lists, Opportunities on July 21, 2015 at 9:05 pm

July 24, 2015 | 5 pm to 9 pm

Fourth Friday is a monthly happening inviting the public to enjoy an evening visiting galleries, antique, restaurants, specialty shops & various venues in Columbia, Marietta, and Wrightsville. The evening provides opportunities to view exhibits from local and regional artists, to enjoy refreshments, special events and promotions, while discovering the distinct charm of the Susquehanna River communities.

Highlights for July:

Join us Friday, July 24th for Fourth Fridays along the 300 Block of Locust Street to participate in our Non – Profit Feast. St. Paul Episcopal Church will have their Strawberry Festival and the “Largest Hot Dogs on Locust Street”; St. Paul Lutheran will be selling cold drinks, Historic Salem and a local Girl Scout Troop will have baked goods for sale. In addition, RT 30 Seafood Vendor Truck, Rocky’s BBQ Vendor Truck, Smoothie King, and Crave Catering Co Vendor Truck will be joining us to complete a plethora of food offerings.

Garth Gallery is exhibiting a new show from artists, Philip & Nancy.

Susquehanna Center for the Creative Arts is offering Not Good, I Start Again from July 24 – August 22, featuring works by Evangeline Riddiford Graham and Grace Sachi Troxell.

Through the Fire Artists Studio is showing works from Jerry King Musser and Artist in Residence Janette Toth-Musser.

Columbia Historic Preservation Society is featuring Columbia’s famous Sonneteer and Artist, Lloyd Mifflin.

Bootleg Antiques is hosting folk music by Jim Fisher and moonshine samples in the café.

All restaurants and clubs are open after the galleries and shops close, most offer “Happy Hour” specials at night.

For a complete listing of all Fourth Friday participants go to our website www.parivertowns.com/fourthfridays.

SOURCE: news release

that was then …

In Education, Everyday Living, History and Heritage, In Columbia, Opinions, Opportunities, People on July 19, 2015 at 9:49 pm

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“The Boards of the Columbia Borough School District and the Hempfield Union School District have met and have agreed that it is in the best interest of both districts that each remain a separate school district.”

Read the story of a previous attempt to consolidate school districts. – Lancaster Online


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