Borough Council meeting agenda – Monday, October 10, 2016

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Last night’s council meeting began at 7:00 pm and was adourned at 10:17 pm; the borough’s leadership team was present. Approximately 20 people were in the gallery at the onset; fewer than six remained at the conclusion.

The above agenda items were addressed through during the meeting.

The agenda was displayed on the newly-installed flat-screen monitor; additionally the pitch for an aquaponics experiment proposal at the Market House was shown.

Other presentations / proposals presenters might have used the monitor, but didn’t.

A Robert W. Baird & Co. presentation concerning the route to Columbia’s potentially issuing municipal bonds to secure and re-balance debt might have been clearer with a visual presentation.

The discussion of the “branding or Columbia using elements of … conceptual boards” would have been clearer.

Visuals as the Create Columbia fund-raiser slated for Saturday, October 22 are communication enhancements that benefit with visual appeal. create-columbia-event

Council had a discussion about the borough’s plan or intention for the Historic Columbia Market House after councillor Pam Williams asked Teresa Allen to elaborate on her duties as the current market house manager. Allen said she’d been retained with a verbal agreement by the former Market House Trust to manage the Market House. Since the Market House ownership and management has reverted to borough control, the council and Allen agreed to her continuing as the Market House manager in an interim status until the borough can contract with an independent contractor to manage the Market House.

The council agreed to compensate Allen for 25 hours a week or more as needed at a rate of $15.00 an hour.

Rebecca Denlinger, the independent contractor, recently retained by the borough to galvanize, synchronize and orchestrate the coordination, collaboration, communication and consistency among the various borough segments, commented that the borough really needs to have a firm plan for the Market House so it can communicate a scope of work before seeking applicants for the Market House manager independent contractor position.

Council will revisit the request for proposal (RFP) for the Market House manager and re-advertise for responses.

NOTE: Columbia news, views & reviews reminds readers that secondary source reports on any topic, in this case the borough meeting, reflect a singular view. Other secondary and tertiary sources include first hand impressions related verbally to others. We strongly encourage citizens to attend public meetings to develop their own impressions. Columbia news, views & reviews does audio-record the meetings; if you want a copy of the digital recording, email:


In this 2014 Columbia news, views & reviews post we noted: “We’re reminded of another great management illustration, a classic parable about the value of having a common vision and getting there.

“Please, would you tell me,” said Alice, a little timidly, … “why your cat grins like that?”

“It’s a Cheshire cat,” said the Duchess, “and that’s why.”

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”

“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat.

“I don’t much care where –” said Alice.

“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat.

“– so long as I get somewhere,” Alice added as an explanation.

“Oh, you’re sure to do that,” said the Cat, “if you only walk long enough.”

“But I don’t want to go among mad people,” Alice remarked.

“Oh, you can’t help that,” said the Cat: “We’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.”

“How do you know I’m mad?” said Alice.

“You must be,” said the Cat, “otherwise you wouldn’t have come here.”

SOURCE: Alice in Wonderland, an 1865 novel written by English author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll.


  1. Have to worry about someone who wants the borough to fund their underwater experiment when they spell “borough” not “boro” but “burrough.”

    Is this whole thing under water or under ground?

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