Thursday’s news items [council meeting agenda items; Thank you, essential workers; COVID-19 TIMELINE & more] – 4/9/2020

No reason given  | Borough Offices will be closed Friday, April 10, 2020.”

Penalties | Two more Lancaster County municipalities want to assess fees for delinquent property taxes: Elizabethtown and Strasburg. Columbia Borough’s upcoming council meeting agenda lists an agenda item that reads: “Consider Resolution 2020-09 Extending the period in which real estate taxes may be paid at the base rate by adopting a penalty rate of 0% for 2020.

Other agenda items | Tuesday’s council meeting agenda also lists a few other topics of interest:

  • Consider one-time bonus, in the amount to $4,000.00 to Jack Brommer for his coverage of the Borough Manager position, in addition to his normal duties as Police Chief.”
  • “Authorization for the Borough Manager to spend up to $10,000 for 7 new
    computers for Borough Council.” Only seven? Reckon the laptops will be for the councillors; doesn’t the mayor have one too? It was only less than three years ago that at a council meeting that the Borough Council meeting minutes included this item: “To approve to purchase 10 HP Pavilion Pavilion15.6″ Premium High Performance Laptop PC, AMD Quad-Core A6-5200 Processor, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, DVD+/-RW, Webcam, WIFI, HDMI, Windows 10 as outlined in the attached email from Council member Pamela Williams last week. Price is listed at $268.00 each.
    Included in the motion was the approval to purchase of laptop covers.” Guess the adage is true: “You get what you pay for.”
  • The general lifetime of a laptop is “Less than $700: 2-4 years; $700-$1,000: 3-5 years; $1,000 or more: 4-7 years. Given the borough manager has a budget of around $1,400 per laptop, these new computers should last a while. There are lots of comparison guides for laptop computers on the Internet.
  •  “deconversion” | Yep, that’s the word that’s used in the Board of Health/Zoning/Planning Report (part of the meeting packet files). WE looked online for a definition of that word as it relates to real estate and could find nothing remotely pertinent.

Most valuable | Remember to say thank you to another group of “real essential ” people you know:

  • cooks and food preparation workers;
  • grocer store workers;
  • volunteers;
  • journalists;
  • neighbors and friends;
  • delivery drivers (including newspaper delivery persons;
  • farmers;
  • pharmacists;
  • postal workers;
  • people who work in the funeral industry;
  • all the people working in local government services
  • and so many more really essential jobs.

Why are these jokers “essential workers?” | “Pa. Senate defends ‘legislative privilege’ claim, rejects appeal for redacted expense details” – Lancaster Online

Bank assistance | “Fulton Bank Joins ‘PA CARE Package’ Initiative, Offering Expanded Consumer Relief”news release

TIMELINE

WHEW | It’s been a blur of events this year. Let’s take a look at what’s happened with the coronavirus since January:

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