On Monday evening at 7:00 pm, Columbia’s borough council will re-organize

Citizens and interested persons are invited to attend the 

Borough Council Organizational Meeting (7:00pm) : 1/06/20

Here’s what Columbia news, views & reviews reported on the 2016 Reorganization Meeting (NOTE: That meeting started earlier (6:00 pm) and it ended at 6:22 pm.)

Here’s what the Association of Mayors of the Boroughs of Pennsylvania identifies as that meeting’s procedures.

reorg procedures


  1. We’ve heard it said many times, if you don’t like the way things are being done…run for office and so we did.

  2. Can’t wait to see if this new council is as calm and collected when hit with personal complaints. There is a Rule of Decorum they should follow. Of course, if they don’t, it won’t be in the Spy

    • H-m-m-m. We’ve searched through the Borough Website, and the agendas and minutes from the 2019 meetings and cannot come up with the Rules of Decorum.

      While there was an agenda item alluding to the Rules of Decorum in the December 2018 agenda (https://www.columbiapa.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/12-10-18-Council-Packet.pdf), we were unable to find a document showing the Rules of Decorum.

      The January 8 agenda (https://ecode360.com/documents/CO0213/public/475450563.pdf) had this line item: “Discussion of Resolution No. 18-24: A resolution of the Borough Council regarding protocols for elected officials conducting business and rules of decorum for public meetings.” Alsa, we could find nothing in the minutes about the resolution.

      It’s entirely possible we’re not looking at the right places, but if there are Rules of Decorum should they not be available for people to see them?

      One California municipality we found in a quick search posts its Rules of Decorum:

      1. No person attending a Public Meetings shall engage in disorderly or boisterous conduct—including but not limited to applause, whistling, stamping of feet, booing, or making any loud, threatening, profane, abusive, personal, impertinent, or slanderous utterance—that disturbs, disrupts, or otherwise impedes the orderly
      conduct of the meeting.

      2. All remarks by members of the public shall be addressed to the Mayor or the Chair (hereinafter “Presiding Officer”) and not to any other member of the public or to any single Council, Board or Commission Member unless in response to a question from that Member.

      3. Signs, placards, banners, or other similar items shall not be permitted in the audience during a Public Meeting if the presence of such item disturbs, disrupts or otherwise impedes the orderly conduct of the meeting.

      4. All persons attending a Public Meeting shall remain seated in the seats provided, unless addressing the body at the podium or entering or leaving the meeting.

      5. All persons attending a Public Meeting shall obey any lawful order of the Presiding Officer to enforce the Rules of Decorum. (SOURCE: https://www.citymb.info/home/showdocument?id=40752

      The old axiom in law … in human resources … in the military … in aviation and practically everywhere: “If it isn’t written, it didn’t happen.”

  3. Sage advice, Sharon.

    Citizens do have to be involved in the democratic process …. if the democratic process is to survive.

    The only way citizens can insure that government is working efficiently, transparently, openly and in the best interests of the citizens is by attending meetings, being informed, volunteering, asking questions and delving into decisions.

    And seeking public office is an option.

    We compliment all those who do serve in government; are informed; do ask questions; do question and find out how decisions are arrived at; volunteer and participate.

    Congratulations to the councillors who will be sworn in on Monday evening: Eric Kauffman, Heather Zink; Howard Stevens and you. The citizens showed their faith and confidence by casting ballots for you.

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