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an important facebook post at “What’s Happening in Columbia,Pa. and Area – Part 1”

In Everyday Living, In Columbia, Opportunities on October 10, 2017 at 9:26 pm

This is posted here:

“Hey Columbia, it’s that time of the year again when the Winter shelter and Hands Across the Street are looking for volunteers and donations. They non perishable foods and food staples. Money is also greatly accepted if you don’t know what to give. This year we are in need of volunteers that can fluently speak Spanish as well as English. There is word we may possibly be housing refugees from Puerto Rico that are seeking refuge from their devastated homes in Puerto Rico. We will need meals cooked and served in the evenings, families are encouraged to participate. The coordinator will be there MOST evenings so you will not be alone. I will be volunteering to help out too, so if anyone that has helped out in the past would like to stay over with me let me know. We do not have a schedule yet, but Nov 14th we will. There will be 2 training sessions to start us out in November at Vision Columbia on 4th st. Thurs Nov 2nd 6:30 pm -7:30 pm and Mon Nov 6th 6:30-7:30. Nov 27th is the opening date for the winter shelter. It is STRONGLY suggested if you want to volunteer, to come to a training session. even if you came to one last year, it is still suggested to come for a refresher. We have a new coordinator so come meet her and listen or ask questions. you can pm me if you are interested or have questions prior. I will try to reply as soon as I am able. thank you and God bless!

What people learned at Monday’s borough council meeting – part 1.

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Opportunities, People on October 10, 2017 at 9:17 pm

The October borough council meeting was convened at 7:00 pm on Monday evening, October 9, 2017 in the borough hall council chamber. All the council members, the mayor, the solicitor, the borough consultant, the public works director and the codes officer.

Borough Manager Greg Sahd is on bereavement leave.

Approximately 36 persons were in the gallery; they included citizens, presenters (representing of agencies and entities speaking to agenda items I., 5. and I., 6; and four Lancaster Catholic High School students who attended as an assignment for a government studies class.

Lancaster Housing Opportunity Partnership (LHOP) Executive Director Ray D’Agostino updated those in attendance about the Columbia CHIHL (Columbia Housing Improvement & Homeownership Loan) program. He said Columbia’s tax structure adds some difficulty in selling homes in Columbia, though he said a good number (10 since February) of residents have taken advantage of the loan program. The average loan amount is around $6,000.

He also proudly stated that a single family has purchased the house at 255 North Third St., Columbia.

12-9 meeting facesA number of citizens posed questions and observations to the council about several quality of life issues.

Matthew Sternberg, executive director of the Lancaster County Land Bank Authorityreported on the Land Bank’s assessment of the current status of 208-210 Locust Street and made a pitch to have the borough chip in more funding to help make the property more desirable. He submitted that restoring the facade of the structure might cost more than $61-62,000 plus other costs.

He suggested that the borough may want “front” an additional $75,000 to aid in development. No minutes for 2017 meetings have yet been been posted at the Land Bank Authority Website.

The councillors had several questions and Sternberg was non-committal about dealings with a potential buyer/developer of the property. After discussion, the council asked whether he would be willing to come back for the Finance Committee meeting on October 23. He agreed to do that.

There was more than a little bit of discussion following the introduction of Ordinance 885 to define and institute parameters for medical marijuana in Columbia. Councillor Wickenheiser said the process will be long due to the many county agencies that will have to be involved to approve the prospect of medical marijuana in Columbia.

Click here to see the State’s MEDICAL MARIJUANA ACT.

Coming: Part 2, Quality of life issues – Crime and Violence in Columbia