The February council meeting was called to order by council president Kelly Murphy at 7:04 pm this evening in the Borough Hall council chambers. All the councillors were in attendance, as was the mayor, the borough manager, the public works director, the finance manager and the borough solicitor.
Two Lancaster Catholic High School government students were in the gallery which consisted of about a dozen persons.
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Dr. Delbert (Del) Ellsworth, treasurer, Rivertownes PA USA, spoke briefly to let the council know that it’s 2016 Parks Cleanup day of service project is planned for April 23 and the organization’s volunteers will work in Columbia. Council president Murphy said Columbia appreciates the gesture.
The mayor noted that the day of services ties in nicely with Earth Day, April 22.
The council approved an immediate distribution of $5,000 for the Columbia Economic Development Corporation; the amount is part of the $20,000 allocated to the CEDC in the borough’s budget.
The mayor and several councillors praised the efforts of the borough’s public works, police department and borough staff for their dedicated efforts during the recent snow storm. The mayor noted that many of the borough staff prepared and brought food for the public works and highway staffers who worked so many hours.
It was noted that the collaboration between the state and the borough brought state snow removal resources to borough streets for seven days.
A North Third Street resident also applauded the snow removal planning and execution, as well.
Rebecca Sollenberger, a member of state senator Ryan Aument‘s staff spoke briefly to let the councillors know that, while the senator’s office is in Lititz, he and his office staff is eager to represent the interests of Columbia and its residents.
Residents can “sign up” at the borough Website to be included on borough notification emails.
The councillors and the mayor applauded the snow removal communication that some 550 recipients of the borough’s e-blast list. Everyone is encouraged to sign up to receive emergency or time-sensitive messages from the borough.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:47 pm.