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interesting post at Columbia Spy | about the borough’s spy cameras

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opinions on November 14, 2017 at 9:42 pm

Here’s what’s Columbia Spy shared from last night’s council meeting about Columbia’s Spy cameras:

“Fisher asked if he could get a list of camera locations in the borough, and the mayor replied, ‘No.’ Later in the meeting, the mayor said the borough has ‘exactly 50 cameras’ but ‘there is no list.’ According to him, if the borough had a list of cameras, it would be considered public property and would have to be made available through ‘Right-to-Know,’ He said the borough does not have to create a list just to satisfy such a request. He said no list exists because of covert cameras being used in investigations.”

Interesting that there’s a investment in spy cameras but there’s no inventory of them. What kind of entity/business/government keeps acquiring things but doesn’t keep track of the resources purchased?

It’s even worse when that entity is a government entity spending citizen money.

In Lancaster, everyone knows where the surveillance cameras are positioned.


At the Website, it states: “Camera Map -Did you ever wonder where our cameras are? Would you like to know if there are safety cameras in your neighborhood? Find out now by clicking Here

In Lancaster, “The Lancaster Safety Coalition is non-profit, 501(c)3 organization that is ‘owned’ by the community. To ensure our future existence we rely on the generous support of the residents and businesses of the City of Lancaster.”

In Columbia, the cameras were purchased with funds from grants or taxpayer funds. Either way, people outside government provided the funds for government to use to protect citizens.

Elected public servants who are paid by citizens are not dictators, though some act like dictators. (See NOTE below.) They are responsible to the citizens they are elected to “protect and serve” … transparently!

Citizen requests to know where the 50 cameras are are valid requests that should be granted … without a right-to-know submission.

That’s just more arrogant disdain for the citizens served.

NOTE: All dictators come to the end and their citizens do not remember them kindly!


Tuesday – 11/14/17

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia on November 14, 2017 at 8:22 am

An amazing associate passes – Joseph Thomas WillyLancaster Online

food bank adSee the half-page ad from the Columbia Food Bank in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster?

A citizen asks: Does Columbia have a curfew? If it does why is it not being enforced, I see children my children’s age out at all hours all of the time.” – Comment (actually comment and responses) from the Columbia Police Department facebook page.


“The Columbia Borough Police Department in conjunction with the U.S. Marine Corp League and Red Rose FOP Lodge# 16 is in the midst of collecting toys for the 2017 Toys for Tots drive.” – Columbia Police Department CrimeWatch page.

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” – First Amendment to the United States Constitution.

Except when citizens try to protest against political corruption in Harrisburg.

Need another reason to protest the criminality in Harrisburg? How about gerrymandering?

tue thur rising tide



Tuesday – 11/14/17

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities on November 14, 2017 at 6:48 am

thought bubbleThoughts …

about last night’s council meetingColumbia news, views & reviews was unable to attend last night’s council meeting due to a previous engagement. So we have no definitive account of what transpired. Citizens will be able to get reporting about some of what transpired by visiting Columbia Spy; watching for reports in upcoming issues of LNP – Always Lancaster; waiting a month or so to read the “official minutes” from the meeting; getting secondary accounts from persons who attended the meeting or tertiary accounts from those who “heard” about what may or may not have happened from someone who “heard it from a friend who heard it from a friend … .”

Here are the official minutes from the October council meeting.

About “write-in” candidates …


All the ballots for local offices in Columbia in last Tuesday’s election are now officially recorded at the Lancaster County Board of Elections. In spite of social media clatter about write-in campaigns and the dislike of local politics, there was no “write-in” wave of candidates strong enough to “throw the rascals out.”

Mounting a “write-in” challenge is more than just an announcement post at a social media site – it really does take concerted effort. To defeat the two-party machine that controls all politics, it takes hard work and a real plan.

Here’s one strategy that shows a blueprint: “The health of our communities depends on the leadership of politicians and business owners. The more voices that participate, the better our communities are. This blueprint shows how to run a successful campaign to help you move your ideas into action.

“By voting for a write-in … candidate … , you will send a message. Your vote will be a vote of ‘no confidence’ in the current electoral system and in conventional candidates, demonstrating that the two-party system does not give Americans enough options.” – This is from an out-of-date Website about national elections,

If you’re a voter … it’s a real good idea to become engaged in community.

  • Go to public meetings at the borough and school district.
  • Volunteer for open positions in government.
  • Walk about the community and see what is happening and what isn’t.
  • Make suggestions to and ask questions of the persons who are serving as elected public servants.
  • Be informed about who is seeking office; check them out here: https://ujsportal.pacourts.us/DocketSheets.aspx 

Lowered tax millage in ColumbiaColumbia Spy reports that the millage rate for Columbia property owned will be reduced to account for the county wide reassessment. Remember that the County’s reassessment guide stated: “The taxing bodies will have to adjust their millage rates down in proportion to the increase in taxable assessment in each individual district when they set their new budgets, beginning with the 2018 County/Muni taxes and the 2018-2019 School taxes.”

In a Columbia news, views & reviews article from last April, this is posted:

“But there are many who are quite concerned and perplexed about the inconsistencies they’ve heard in reassessment numbers. Anyone can access the County’s Property Tax Inquiry website (http://lancasterpa.devnetwedge.com/) to look at the current property tax assessment and compare it to the 2018 reassessment rate.

“Columbia news, views & reviews looked at a sampling of several properties in the borough and found the reassessment percentages quite inconsistent.

reassessment“Click here to download the above graphic as a .pdf to enlarge, share and or print.”