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Columbia says “no” to airfield now

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia on July 24, 2017 at 9:37 pm

NO AIRFIELD

With five councillors in attendance, one on a telephone call-in and one absentee, Columbia’s borough council voted 6-0 to void the agreement to buy the McGinnis Airfield at a special council meeting this evening.

In a quite brief meeting, (convened at 7:05 pm and adjourned at 7:14 pm, two barristers representing the borough, the mayor, the borough manager, the borough public works director and a half-dozen citizens witnessed the borough’s decision to withdraw from the  agreement entered into several months ago.

You can listen to the motion and the vote here:

 

Monday news/views items – 7/24/2017

In Everyday Living, Government, History and Heritage, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities, People, The Susquehanna on July 24, 2017 at 6:02 am

weed warsSaturday, though quite hot, was weeding day for us; we decided to weed along the sidewalk, the flower beds and the little garden area. This is one of those years that is a weed’s paradise. Hot or not, the appearance of weeds sends messages of resignation and not caring about the appearance of a property. As do the commenters to this news source and Columbia Spy‘s, we wonder why Columbia’s codes department cannot see what we see: the prevalence of weeds all over the town. High grass and weeds and accumulation of trash are automatic QuickTicket $25.00 ticket immediately is what the Borough Code says.

In March of 2015, in this LNP – Always Lancaster article, the mayor stated Columbia’s police would partner with codes enforcement to tackle codes violations. “Later this month, the borough hopes to roll out a community policing program paired with codes enforcement to address problems head-on. By dividing the borough into three zones, officers will be assigned to patrol one of those zones each day that they work, Lutz said. In addition, the three part-time code enforcement officers that the borough employs will be assigned a zone. Lutz said officers have been asked to get out of their vehicles while on patrol and walk the neighborhoods. This way, he said, residents can get to know the officers and know that they can report any problems directly to that person. Lutz said the program is not expected to cost the borough any additional money; it’s simply better organizing of police and code enforcement officer time.”

keep water clean“Anomalies abound. Seems ironic to have all the blue painted signage extolling someone to ‘KEEP OUR RIVER CLEAN’ and ‘PROTECT OUR WATER’ when there’s organic matter, cigarette butts and trash serving as flotsam at nearly every grate. – From a Columbia news, views & reveiws, April 2014 news post.

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dont go backWhile looking at old Columbia news, views & reviews files, happened across this from three years ago.

There is no military solution in Iraq—so end the threats of U.S. airstrikes, bring home the Special Forces, and turn the aircraft carrier around. (Photo: Jayel Aheram / Flickr) – SOURCE: ForeignPolicyInFocus.org

outside the lines 2We seem to see lots of evidence of “coloring outside the lines” in town. Wonder, for example, why the car above couldn’t see the white “wide turn” line at the corner of 3rd & Hinkle’s? We did. Wonder, too, why, “law enforcement officers” feel they’re outside the laws of parking within the designated parking lines.

failure-to-communicateSo several media sources reported the water leak and subsequent evacuation of residents at the Susquehanna Valley Nursing facility. Columbia Spy reported it. Lancaster Online reported it. The reports stated that (depending on the source) between 50 and 70 residents were moved to a Harrisburg facility.

What’s disturbing is that no notice about the “critical incident” appears at the Susquehanna Valley Nursing & Rehabilitation Center’s Website. What’s dismaying, is that the facility evidently is unaware of the Guidance for Surveyors, Providers and Suppliers Regarding the New Emergency Preparedness (EP) Rule issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services last year. Facilities have to have emergency plans and they have to exercise them.

“The Pennsylvania Department of Health has fined nursing homes more in the first four months of this year than in the previous three years combined, as regulators started using a more rigorous penalty system after coming under fire for going too lightly on substandard care.” – The Morning Call

other newsThe Lancaster County Land Grant Authority still hasn’t posted a meeting agenda nor minutes since September of last year.

This LEGAL NOTICE appears at Lancaster Online: A special meeting of the borough council will be held on Monday, July 24, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. to “determining whether to move forward with acquiring real estate” of the property known as the McGinnis Airport.

Today’s LNP – Always Lancaster is filled with Government Calendar information from numerous municipalities across the county … and nothing about Columbia. Why does the Borough not have someone assigned as the Public Information Officer? Someone who would be assigned to communicate with the outside media and citizens in an ongoing manner?

Any Columbia dogs on the Pennsylvania Dangerous Dog Registry?

“Strong thunderstorms with gusty winds and hail are possible Monday
afternoon.”

This make the county look bad | “There are more than 300 tier 3 sex offenders in Lancaster County”Penn Live [NOTE: “Tier 3 offenders, which account for about 12,000 people in the state database, carry a lifetime registry and they must have their photo taken every 90 days. Tier 3 offenses include rape, kidnapping, aggravated indecent assault and incest.”] – The Sentinel, Carlisle

school takeoverFar more commenters at this facebook string than persons attending School Board meetings.

 

 

 

 

Take a ride on the trolley

In Everyday Living, Government, History and Heritage, In Columbia, Opinions, Opportunities, Treasures on July 23, 2017 at 2:47 pm

If the nearly 8,000 adults living in Columbia took a ride on the trolley, the borough could knock off $24,000 from the purchase price. And that’s what we decided to do today – take a ride on the trolley for $3.00.

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elite-trolleyElite Coach of Ephrata initiated a contact with Kathy Hohenadel at the Susquehanna Chamber of Commerce to let her know that the company had a trolley for sale. Following the call Hohenadel informed the borough’s Community Development committee chairperson about the offer. Several councillors and borough staff made the trip to Ephrata to see, inspect and drive the outfitted trolley (with a 1993 Cummins engine). The trolley is a “classic” with only 53,000 miles. The borough will pay $39,900 for the trolley. – From a Columbia news, views & reviews article in December 2016.

For three bucks we took a full-route ride that lasted about 45 minutes. Columbia Borough lists trolley information at its Website – And Columbia news, views & reviews included that information in a July 12 post.

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Columbia Spy, too, included that news item here.

But we cannot find any information about the trolley schedule or rates at the Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce Website. What we were able to find is this apparent out-of-date trolley ride:

2015 trolley trip

We caught the trolley by the Columbia Market House on South Third Street. There’s a “trolley stop” sign just outside the market house’s doors. But because cars were parked in the space designated as a “trolley stop” the trolley driver driver pulled over in a space 20 or so feet beyond the “trolley stop.”trolley stopCitizens and visitors to Columbia can download a phone app that shows where the trolley is at the moment. What’s missing is an estimated time of arrival at the point at which you may want to know.

There was a family, two adults and four children, on the trolley when we boarded. A driver and guide/narrator/docent completed the roster for this ride. The guide/narrator/docent was exceedingly well spoken; the children, for the most part showed little interest listening to the narrative. It was thought, insightful, deliberate and quite well-presented.

At the Chamber of Commerce the family alighted and only the three of us rode the rest of the route.

The interior of the trolley is quite nice – beautiful wood, brass and leather adorn the area where people sit.

trolley interior

The trolley stop at the Turkey Hill Experience has disappointing signage. We get it, the THE was quite crowded today, but there has to be a better way to communicate.the sign 3

 

And what does the trolley’s ridership, revenues and expenses look like? Columbia news, views & reviews asked the Borough and the Chamber of Commerce for that information and here’s what we gleaned from the right-to-know request responses.

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To download the above graphic as a .pdf for enlarging, sharing and / or printing, click on the graphic or here.

We don’t know how much the “trolley stop” signage cost? Nor fuel costs? Nor the promised “promotion” costs?
And we received conflicting data about the banner revenues. In one communiqué, the revenue was shown as $1,200; in another, $1,500.

 

Sunday news slices – 7/23/2017

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions on July 23, 2017 at 7:25 am

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Lancaster County’s Inspections at Lancaster Online.

Click here to go to the state’s Website of inspections … and the listing of the violations at each location. The statewide directory lists inspections for all municipalities in York County and Lancaster County.… except those in Columbia – Columbia persists in having its own inspection system with its own forms and inspection items – rather than the one used statewide.

POLICE LOGWest Hempfield Township’s Police Department’s activity in today’s POLICE LOG contains four people from Columbia cited with DUI’s. – LNP – Always Lancaster

family fun“The sixth annual Family Days on the Farm will be held in Lancaster County on the property of Elam J. Stoltzfus, 6175 Beaver Road, Narvon, PA 17555, Friday July 28, 4pm-8pm and Saturday July 29, 8am-4pm (Rain or Shine). With a mission to provide education for producing healthy food and learning rural living skills, this free family event will have speakers,  seminars, and demonstrations on a wide variety of topics including: Farming and Gardening – Homemaking – Beekeeping – Human Health & Nutrition. Keynote speaker Sally Fallon, founder of Weston A. Price Foundation, will explain why people living in remote regions that still eat the traditional diets of their ancestors are so healthy and what we can learn from them to improve our family’s health. Children will enjoy the petting zoo and corn box. For event details see the calendar at www.sonnewald.org or call 717-225-6639. – SOURCE: news release

congress.jpgThe editorial in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster hits the target. “New Prescription” identifies the political gridlock based on party line revenge politics.

budget messPennsylvania’s budget is still an unresolved mess – but that doesn’t stop the political grandstanding. Penn Live

head-of-weaselnomicsDaily KOS columnist minces no words about the weasel: “Every former CBO director signs on to letter telling Paul Ryan to take a flying leap” 

insurance exchange“Here is where the U.S. Congress buys its health insurance”MarketPlace

sludgeIn 2015, in Northhampton County, Penn., Upper Mount Bethal Township residents organized as Sludge Free UMBT and challenged the Department of Environmental Protection’s approval for Synagro Mid-Atlantic Inc. to apply the biosolids fertilizer on the Potomac, Sunrise and Stone Church farms. (Image: Sewage Sludge Action Network)

“It’s Time to Talk (Again) about Sewage Sludge on Farmland” – In These Times

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weekend news items | 7/22/17

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, People on July 22, 2017 at 6:23 am

WEATHER“Mostly Sunny then Severe Thunderstorms – Severe thunderstorms with damaging winds 60 mph or greater and large hail exceeding 1 inch in diameter are possible late Saturday and also Sunday afternoon.”

then nowHere’s the problem when those elected public servants only want to play “revenge politics!” They just want to undo everything the other side did. Doesn’t matter whether it benefits or harms people, they just want to follow the commands of the uber-wealthy who want their ways. The public be damned.

Did you see this Lancaster Online article about the Susquehanna Glass Company’s decision? “3 years after dropping health insurance under Obamacare, Lancaster County company resumes it.”

Or this VOX.com article: “A majority of Americans now say they like Obamacare. That’s a first.”

Remember these REVENGE POLITICIANS the next time there’s an election. Toomey, Smucker, et al.

geographyGeography make your head spin? Then you’ll love this Lancaster Online geography quiz all about Lancaster County. “How well do you know your way around Lancaster County? Take our geography quiz.”

pipelinespills“Sure – pipelines are safe?” | “Mariner East 2 construction has resulted in dozens of spills, documents show.”State Impact

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Well, here it is … the RFEI!

In Everyday Living, Government, Opportunities on July 19, 2017 at 6:43 pm

RFEI

Click here or on the above graphic to download the Request for Expression of Interest for suggestions on possible use of the Borough Hall, the former fire station on Front Street and the Market House.

Borough e-blast to alert Johnson Waste Disposal Customers | “no trash pick up on Wednesday.”

In Everyday Living, Government on July 17, 2017 at 9:53 pm

trash disposal

US will be lower than Greece on inequity scale

In Government, Uncategorized on July 17, 2017 at 8:53 am

swamp-draining“Donald Trump’s tax reform plans would, if enacted, increase the gap between rich and poor Americans and see the US slip below Greece on a new global index of inequality.” – The Guardian

 

Monday’s news items – 7/17/17

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities, Uncategorized on July 17, 2017 at 6:57 am

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NOT FAKE NEWS (and why this country needs newspapers to “speak truth!”): “Immediate action following Boston Globe’s ‘Spotlight’ report on Manchester (NH) VA hospital”

Yesterday, “Veterans Affairs Secretary David J. Shulkin … removed the two top officials at the Manchester VA Medical Center and ordered a ‘top-to-bottom’ review of New Hampshire’s only hospital for veterans.

“Shulkin’s action came within hours after The Boston Globe published a Spotlight Team report detailing what several doctors and other medical staffers allege is dangerously substandard care given at the facility.”

HARB epigraphsThese “epigraphs” are from the Manual for Pennsylvania Historical-Architectural-Review-Boards and Historical Commissions.

This listing in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster is about Wednesday’s meeting: “ The Historical Architectural Review Board of the Borough of Columbia will meet at 7 p.m., Wednesday, July 19, in council chambers of Borough Hall, 308 Locust St., Columbia. Among the agenda items: 128-132 Locust St. and 45 Bank Ave.; Brian Myers and Benjamin Myers, owners. Conceptual discussion of the proposed demolition of two adjoining two-story brick houses on Locust Street and a modern one-story mobile home on Bank Avenue, to allow construction of a new four-story mixed-use commercial and residential building.

This is the same property that was advertised in this LEGAL NOTICE requesting “special exception(s) and/or variance(s) to construct a mixed use building with a reduction in required off street parking.

The legal notice references “789 Main Street LLC/Brian Myers” as the requester – 789 Main Street, LLC has several listings on the current Lancaster County Delinquent Tax Report.

Image result for legal noticeThis LEGAL NOTICE appears at Lancaster Online: A special meeting of the borough council will be held on Monday, July 24, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. to “determining whether to move forward with acquiring real estate” of the property known as the McGinnis Airport.

neutralityGreat letter-to-the-editor in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster about “net neutrality” in which the letter writer shares the same rote BS response from Pennsylvania Senator Toomey’s office: “I am encouraged by Chairman Pai’s recent proposal to keep our Internet free from greater government control. Net neutrality threatens the innovation and economic freedom that have made the Internet a powerful catalyst for job creation and growth.” Whichever sycophant wrote the “elected public servant’s response” is simply spouting the GOP line that is sucking up to the Internet providers. Gimme’ a break!

home againWhy are animals so special for humans? Why are people who maim and abuse animals so despicable?

This story will tug at your heart just as yesterday’s facebook page piece about animal abuse revulsed you. “This dog spent 9 months lost in the Idaho mountains. Here’s how she got home to Boise.”

16.20And this is just too cool and right here in Columbia. The Public Art Station. “Inspired by “The World’s Smallest Public Art Station” located in Lancaster, PA, we decided to create our own version for our community in Columbia, PA. We hope you enjoy seeing what others have created, and stop by to leave your mark! – Stop by our Public Art Station at 8th & Chestnut Sts. Leave a little piece of yourself for all to enjoy!”

 

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Submitted on behalf of Blissful Bonita Art Studio & Gallery1047 E. Market St. York, PA 17403 – 717-887-1497.

16.24Cannot resist taking a snapshot each time we walk The Bridge – The River is amazing.

new trolley stopNew trolley stop? All the designated parking spaces were filled on Sunday; busy day on the trail and on The River.

 

Sunday news glimpses – 7/16/2017

In Everyday Living, Government, History and Heritage, In Columbia, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities, People on July 16, 2017 at 9:52 am

two-sides“Portrait of a four-star veterans’ hospital: Care gets ‘worse and worse’ The Boston Globe SPOTLIGHT REPORT

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs annually rates its facilities; the 2016 End of Year Hospital Star Rating lists its healthcare facilities. Lebanon Veterans Affairs Medical Center received a four-star rating as did the Manchester, NH hospital.

Here’s the link to the Manchester, NH VAMC Website and the link to its facebook page.

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animal abuse fb post

https://www.facebook.com/groups/716259668444880/

adorers pipelineNext Steps to Stop the Pipeline in Lancaster County – “The Adorers allege that FERC’s action places a substantial burden on their exercise of religion by taking their land, which they want to protect and preserve as part of their faith, and forces the Adorers to use their land in a manner and for a purpose they believe is harmful to the earth.” Adorers of the Blood of Christ

RELATED: Eco-terrorism in Lebanon County: “Sunoco pipeline portable toilet target of arson”Lebanon Daily News [NOTE: One person’s terrorist is another’s hero.]

POLICE LOGLocal interest arrests in today’s Police Log at Lancaster Online. Incidently, the Wyomissing Police Department has an amazingly informative Website. On it is this information: “The Police Department makes available the Daily Activity Report on-line for the benefit of our resident, businesses, and visitors.  We also refer to the information as our ‘blotter report’ or ‘daily blotter.’ This information is a public record under the Pennsylvania Right To Know Law.” If only …

food-safety-inspections

Lancaster County’s Inspections at Lancaster Online.

Click here to go to the state’s Website of inspections … and the listing of the violations at each location. The statewide directory lists inspections for all municipalities in York County and Lancaster County.… except those in Columbia – Columbia persists in having its own inspection system with its own forms and inspection items – rather than the one used statewide.

ice cream coneToday’s National Ice Cream Day – “This weekend marks your best chance to get deals on this popular dessert during National Ice Cream Month”Lancaster Online – Including “FREE ICE CREAM EXPERIENCE: You can get a free Dixie cup of Turkey Hill ice cream at The Turkey Hill Experience, 301 Linden St., Columbia, on Sunday. You don’t have to pay the admission fee to get that one free ice cream serving per person.”

phonix“Worker killed at Phoenix Packaging in Mount Joy” The York Dispatch. Some may remember Phoenix Packaging used to be a Columbia company. The building the company occupied is now home to Gorman Distributing.

prisonWelcome former hotshots | “Former Penn State officials report to jail”FOX43-TV

consultantHere’s an old story that’s been told around the globe. We first heard it from someone in a post-Soviet central European nation in the Caucuses. It is so true … around the world today!

A sheepherder is tending his flock when a city slicker rolls up in his BMW, hops out and asks, “Hey, if I tell you exactly how many sheep you have, can I take one?” The farmer nods, so the city slicker opens his laptop, calls up some satellite photos, runs some algorithms, and announces, “You have 1,432 sheep.”

Impressed, the sheepherder says, “You’re right. Go ahead and take one.” So the city slicker loads one of the animals into the backseat of the car. “Now,” says the shephard, “I’ll bet all my sheep against your car that I can tell you what you do for a living.”

A gaming sort, the city slicker says, “Sure.”

“You’re a consultant,” says the sheepherder.

“Wow!” says the consultant. “How’d you know?”

“Well,” says the shephard, “you come from nowhere even though I never asked you to. You drive a flash car, and wear a smart suit. You told me something I already knew. And you don’t know anything about my business. Now give me back my dog.”

slumlordsThat’s one of the phrases flung in a string that asks how to get in touch with a notorious multi-property landlord in Columbia at the “You know you’re from Columbia PA if…” facebook page. The tenant asks, “Does anyone have Israel Weiss as a landlord from best choice realty? We r having major issues with house and i need help contacting him or his maintenance man. Any help would be appreciated.”

and finally …

meeting minutesThe June Community Development Committee Meeting Minutes have been posted at the Borough Website.