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Today’s news – Tuesday, April 11, 2017

In Uncategorized on April 11, 2017 at 7:51 am

Today’s news and information gleanings from here and there.

Quote for today …Now, I know you’re thinking, why do this? Isn’t it a waste of time? Aren’t my legislators shapeless shadows zombie-walking through bogs of polluted politics?” – John Baer, Philadelphia Inquirer columnist, asks these questions as he encourages readers to get in touch with legislators during another break.

  • Here’s a look at federal “elected public servants” year: Days in non-leap year: 365 – Days spent in D.C.: 140 –  Weekend days: 105 – Federal holidays: 10 – Recess/travel/state work days: 110. Oh, yeah, the average American worker gets 16 days of combined vacation and holiday time per year.
  • Ever seen the Uncle Jay video about the Congressional work schedule? Click here.
  • Vipers and weasels | This line is from a letter to the editor in today’s LNP Always Lancaster: I take some comfort in the realization that history will treat McConnell as the villain who did more than anyone else to turn one of the world’s most collegial and effective legislative bodies into a paralyzed and acrimonious den of vipers.”  Another look at the slimey guy that Kentuckians keep electing comes in this Washington Post column from Dana Milbrank, “Mitch McConnell: the man who broke America.”
  • SCAM CALLER – Student Loan SCAMMERS on 215-372-1781!! Offering to reduce loan rates, but actually they phish for your CREDIT CARD NUMBERS! Beware! They are SCAMMERS!”

Lancaster Library Death CafeClick on the graphic above to download as a .pdf for sharing and printing.

  • On average, municipalities with their own local police force paid $155 per person in 2014; Columbia paid $246.85 according to this Penn Live article.

Notes from the April 10 council meeting

In Uncategorized on April 11, 2017 at 6:30 am

Last night’s borough council meeting began at 7:05 pm and ended at 9:27 pm. About 20 or so people were in the gallery of the council chamber at the beginning of the meeting; that number thinned to a handful when it ended.

Here are some notes about the meeting:

  • The search is on for a citizen to become a councillor to fill the position vacated by Dr. Sherry Welsh who announced her resignation, due to work conflict, effective March 17. That vacancy will be announced and interested persons may submit letters of interest to the borough manager or council president by May 3. Interviews for the position will be conducted at the May council meeting.
  • A citizen registered a complaint about speeders racing along North Third Street; the citizen, who has a mobility disability, alleged that he was nearly hit by a speeding vehicle on the way to the meeting.
  • Three other citizens came to the meeting to discuss an issue – we think about storm water. Council shunted the citizens into an anteroom to discuss their observations with Ron Miller, the public works director.


  • Council voted (5-1) to go ahead with a purchase of the McGinnis Airport property – identified as tax parcel numbers 110-18629-0-0000, 110-43923-0-0000, 110-02300-0-0000, 110-83129-0-0000, 110-86091-0-0000, 110-19477-0-0000, 110-44952-0-0000 and 110-98905-0-0000 constituting approximately fifty-eight acres of land located within the Borough of Columbia and land located within West Hempfield Township.
  • The purchase price is $1,625,000. But it was stated the appraised value is a tad over $1.7 million and the mayor speculated that the property when properly developed could be worth $20 million. When developed, the mayor submitted it could mean “good paying jobs” for Columbia’s citizens. There were several references indicating the property is the largest space of undeveloped property in any borough in the county.
  • olympian and egregious debacle and public hazard – It appears council will make an offer to let the property owners of the neglected property at 208 Locust Street slide into borough ownership. In exchange for wiping away more than $51,000 of borough liens, the borough will become the owners of the dilapidated structure with the Tyvek® front.

columbia brochure

  • The newly created Columbia Map and Guide was available for meeting participants last night. It’s a glossy multi-fold, full color product that lists Columbia’s attractions. Also, citizens learned that the borough newsletter has been been published and will be mailed to all borough residents. Perhaps the newsletter will be produced as a digital version and posted at the borough Website, too.

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