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Today’s news – Wednesday, May 17, 2017

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, People on May 17, 2017 at 5:44 am

Today’s news and information gleanings from here and there.

Quote for today … In Pennsylvania’s closed primary system, only voters who are registered Republican or Democrat are permitted to nominate candidates. – From this Lancaster Online  article on yesterday’s election.

Yesterday’s election results! Remember, these are the results from the “look-alike” parties’ registered voters who voted only!RESULTS


  • Seriously … would you buy pizza shares or anything from this guy?Lancaster Online

movies under the stars“Columbia Borough’s ‘Movies Under the Stars!’ Summer 2017 season starts this Friday, May 19th! Come to hear SVCC’s Music in the Park, starting at 6:30 PM at Locust Street Park and stay to watch ‘A Dog’s Purpose’ (PG), beginning at dusk. The music and movie are both free so bring your chairs and blankets and make an evening of it. There will be food trucks around the park during the music and free popcorn during the movie. Don’t forget to bring canned goods to fill the Columbia Food bank bin, located near the popcorn stand. Be sure to check out the ‘Movies Under the Stars!’ Facebook Page for details on the rest of this summer’s schedule.

wilder and wilder | perspectives on the ways of life in and out of Wonderland!

In Everyday Living, Government, Lists, Opinions, People on May 11, 2017 at 8:28 am

US Representative Smucker: “Congress needs a “fresh start” in its investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.”

Not certain a fresh start. Let’s have a continuation of the investigation that’s begun. Let’s not lose the trail.

“Jeff Sessions’s Role in James Comey’s Firing”The New Yorker

Can’t have no southern possum guarding the henhouse!

“Too many lawmakers become law breakers” | That’s the title of a letter to the editor in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster.

True enough! There are too many instances of law makers and law enforcement people who are law breakers. They get DUIs and they engage in numerous criminal acts and walk away unscathed.

Coomey fired for getting too close to the truth about Russian connection? The Independent


Lebanon balances budget with staffing cutsThe Lebanon Daily News

Tough love hurts.

The long history, and short future, of the password The Conversation

Will we see this?

Money-laden power brokers lining up to insure Wonderland re-election. | “Pro-Trump super PACs have already spent $1 million on Election 2020.”The Center for Public Integrity

Money rules – everyone else loses. It’s BULL$hit!

Today’s news – Tuesday, May 9, 2017

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Opportunities, People on May 9, 2017 at 7:38 am

Quote for today … “ … countries such as Australia are far ahead of the United States in delivering preventive care and trying to curb such harmful behaviors as smoking. We are falling behind our competitors in health.”Extracted from this Washington Post article about life expectancy in the U.S.

A second quote for today … The current reality is that ‘transparency’ remains prominent in mission statements and news conferences, but conspicuously absent in meeting rooms.” – From today’s LNP – Always Lancaster editorial entitled “In the dark.”


  • The room was crowded at the onset of the Borough Council meeting. As the evening wore on the those with specific interests left. Last night, the seated councillors interviewed two citizen applicants for the vacated councillor position necessitated by the resignation of Sherry Welsh. A third applicant was not in the gallery. Marilyn Kress Hartman was selected and assumes the position that expires in January 2018. Kress Hartman’s name is one on the Unofficial Candidates for Public Office for May 16, 2017 Municipal Primary In Ballot Order.

hartmanMarilyn Kress Hartman was appointed to fill a vacant council seat at last night’s meeting. Kress Hartman is a real estate agent. She and the other applicant, Robert B. Thompson, said they wanted to be councillors because they are pleased with the progress the borough is making and they want to contribute to that success.

  • The borough will be seeking input in response to a “Request for Expression of Interest” that will be issued sometime soon. The intent is to have an entity or an individual suggest uses for these existing properties: Borough Hall, the Market House and the vacant structure on Front Street that had housed the former Columbia No. 1 Fire Company. The mayor expounded on an idea to consolidate the Borough offices and the Columbia Borough School District offices and consolidate in the School District’s building. He said it’s important that Columbia Borough demonstrate its willingness to be proactive when applying for state grants and funds. Nothing is set in stone, the borough is simply looking for opportunities and options.

council meeting collectionLast night’s meeting agenda lists the depth of topics covered including (1) acknowledging the coordinated life-saving response of Columbia’s first-responders in a cardiac-arrest incident; (2) a follow up presentation about the re-use potential of the sewage treatment plant; (3) the installation of two citizens on the planning commission; (4) the announced rate schedule and naming of the Columbia Trolley Works; (5) the announcement that five applicants will be interviewed for the position of trolley driver and much more as listed on the Borough Council Meeting Agenda.

Monday’s Council meeting “preliminary” agenda

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Opportunities, Uncategorized on May 5, 2017 at 3:58 pm

May council agenda

Click on the graphic above to download the entire “preliminary” agenda for Monday night’s council meeting. 

The meeting begins at 7:00 pm and is held at the borough office, 308 Locust Street,
Columbia, PA 17512.

Items on the agenda include:

  • a new councillor interview and appointee (maybe)
  • a follow up to the Food Waste to Energy Feasibility Study
  • an increase for the Market House’s funds allocation
  • a tax exemption for a fire company property
  • advertising “a Request for Expression of Interest which includes the Market House, the Borough Administration Building and the Fire Department Building”
  • to name the Trolley “The Columbia Trolley Works”
  • a gifted property: the property located at 550 N. Fifth Street to the Borough
  • hiring another part-time police officer

Some of these items were introduced and discussed in committee meetings.

4-13-17 Community Development Minutes

Public Safety Committee Meeting Minutes 041217 – 4-28-17 Public Safety Committee Report 4-12-17 Adenmum

Public Works Minutes 04-18-17






Change or maintain?

In Education, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Opportunities, Uncategorized on May 4, 2017 at 6:07 am

political change

five things to knowClick on the graphic to enlarge.


“PPL electric prices set to rise | Businesses and homeowners … will see higher prices starting June 1.”

In Everyday Living, Lists, Uncategorized on May 2, 2017 at 5:18 pm

14.17% rate hike

Central Penn Business Journal announces that “Businesses and homeowners who stick with PPL Electric Utilities as their power company will see higher prices starting June 1.

“The Allentown-based utility is raising its so-called price to compare, which is the price paid by PPL customers who do not select alternative energy suppliers.

“The increase, which affects both small businesses and homeowners, takes effect June 1 and lasts through Dec. 1.”

ppl ratesClick on the graphic to enlarge.

… and

Up river, a water company is looking for a double-digit rate increase too.

… and

“Pa. tax hole worsens in April | Officials: May collections should ease the pain”

… and who do you suppose is going to pay for all these increases and governmental screw-ups?


“They betrayed you for chump change”

In Government, Lists, Opinions, Uncategorized on March 31, 2017 at 6:11 pm

“The 265 members of Congress who sold you out to ISP’s, and how much it cost to buy them”The Verge


… but we did get a response email from our Representative.

letter from representative

“Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 235,000 in February”

In Everyday Living, Government, Lists, Opinions, Opportunities, Uncategorized on March 10, 2017 at 9:30 am

It’s tough believing the news that comes out of Wonderland these days, but if you do, this is another burst of “good news.”

According to the US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 235,000 in February, and the unemployment rate was little changed at 4.7 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today.

“Employment gains occurred in construction, private educational services, manufacturing, health care, and mining.”

We’re hoping this is not “fake news.”

You can bet these new jobs are not the high paying jobs in state or federal government (legislators, etc.).

“A number of the nation’s lowest paying jobs are quite common. The number of people working as cashiers is well over 1 million, as is the number of people working as cooks. In fact, all but five of the 25 lowest paying full-time occupations employ more than 100,000 people nationwide.

“Minimum wage laws have a major impact on low-wage workers, especially in states with relatively high concentrations of low-wage occupations. Most of the highest paying states for these jobs are states with the highest minimum wages.

“Kohli observed that in some of these jobs, women make up an outsized share of employment. In 18 of the 25 lowest paying jobs, the share of employees who are women exceeds the national average percentage of 44.3%

“These are the lowest paying jobs in America.”24/7 Wall St.

At the bottom are counter attendants, cafeteria, food concession, and coffee shop; dishwashers; combined food preparation and serving workers, including fast food; cashiers and food preparation workers.


School District: 2,165 owe per capita tax.

In Education, Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Lists, Uncategorized on February 17, 2017 at 6:24 pm


Columbia Spy‘s posted the list of 2,169 accounts that have outstanding 2016 per capita tax bills due to the Columbia Borough School District.

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE LIST posted at Columbia Spy.

Here’s the Columbia Borough School District Per Capita Tax Information as shown at the District’s Website:

The Per Capita Tax rate for 2016-2017 is $15.00 for every resident age 18 or over. Per capita tax name and/or address corrections must be made through the Columbia Borough School District Tax Office, 200 North Fifth Street, Columbia, PA 17512.

Tax Office hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 – 11:30 a.m., 12:30 – 3:00 p.m. Phone 717-681-2600.

Make checks payable to Columbia Borough School District. Payments should be mailed to PO Box 206, Columbia, PA 17512-0206. Payments may also be made in person at Union Community Bank, 921 Lancaster Avenue, Columbia, or the District Tax Office.

All payments must be accompanied by the payment stub of the tax notice to assure proper credit. If a receipt is required when paying by mail, enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope. It is recommended that all payments be made by check or money order. A charge of $25.00 will be made for any checks returned because of insufficient funds in addition to any bank fees assessed.

PAYMENT terms:
Discount – 2% discount on the base amount for payment on or before August 31.
Base – Base amount payable from September 1 through October 31.
Penalty – 10% penalty is added to payments between November 1 and December 31.

Postmarks will be used to determine payment date. All taxes must be paid in person or postmarked by December 31. If taxes are not paid by the due date, they will be turned over to Powell, Rogers and Speaks Collection Agency and additional fees will be assessed.

Council meeting to fill a vacant council position

In Lists, People on February 2, 2017 at 8:32 pm

02-12-2017-council-meeting-agendaAll the councillors, the mayor and the borough manager we present for the special meeting of the Columbia Borough Council to interview and select a councillor to fill a vacancy created by a resignation.

The meeting was convened at 6:00 pm and adjourned at 7:17 pm. Only one citizen was in attendance.

Two persons, Frank Doutrich and Mary Wickenheiser, applied for the open position that has a term that expires at the end of December, 2017.

Both candidates have served on council before.

Following the interview process of both candidates, the councillors selected Wickenheiser.

dejaFormer council president, Mary Wickenheiser assumed her seat on the Borough Council following her selection at the meeting.

Wickenheiser noted she’d have to resign from the position of tax collector to assume the position. Council will have to appoint a replacement within 30 days. There was discussion about the educational requirements of property tax collectors; here are the training requirements according to the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic

Doutrich used his “interview” time to point out codes inconsistencies, road irregularities and other problem areas. He said he really came to provide testimony for another citizen whom he thought was a candidate. When informed the only candidates were in the room, he chastised the borough for its lack of communication.

In another agenda item, the council voted to authorize a $100,000 payment to the Lancaster County Land Bank. The money is earmarked for Columbia’s projects. Council will introduce a new budget line item to reflect the allocation of funds.

Columbia, at this point, is the only borough partner in the Land Bank.In one of the few meeting minutes shown at the Land Bank’s Website, Columbia is mentioned. A citizen made a point that the Land Bank cannot claim any property by “eminent domain.”

Other discussion topics included:

  • the reason for inspections of properties being sold before a certificate of occupancy can be issued.
  • the chatter that exists on some social media sites. One councillor suggested that people should come to meetings rather than rely on social media for definitive answers.
  • the borough is constructing a mayor’s office in the borough hall.

The meeting was adjourned and the councillors remained for a closed meeting to discuss personnel matters.

NOTE: We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. To fully understand what happens at borough council meetings or school board meetings or any public meeting, you have to attend. Citizens and interested parties, otherwise, rely on secondary source reports – media articles, waiting for a period of time for the “official minutes” or catching the recollections and recounting of someone who may have attended the meeting.