Sunday, May 27, 2018

Columbia honors military personnel at Saturday's Gateway dedication

On Saturday afternoon, Columbia Borough dedicated the "Veterans Memorial Bridge Island Gateway Project" honoring military personnel. The ceremony, which was held at the bridge plaza, featured a flag-raising for each branch of the armed forces and POW/MIA. (Eight flagpoles were installed last December.) Engraved bricks holding the names of members of the military were laid along the walkway this week, in anticipation of the dedication. About 300 people attended Saturday's event.

The project was originally conceived by Philip GlatfelterGlatfelter, a veteran, died in October 2016.


Columbia's Memorial Day parade has been canceled due to inclement weather, according to several sources close to the project.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Are debris and standing water creating a problem on the 400 block of N. 3rd?

A reader submitted the first three photographs below showing debris on Colonial Metals property and standing water on the roof of the building on the 400 block of N. 3rd Street.  The reader states that the debris is left over from roof damage last year and believes the standing water is a violation of Code Chapter 220-33 A.1, which reads:

§ 220-33Nuisances and hazards to public safety.
A. No land owner, tenant nor lessee shall use or allow to be used any land or structures in a way that results or threatens to result in any of the following conditions:
Transmission of communicable disease, including conditions that may encourage the breeding of insects or rodents.

Columbia Spy took the last photo below, showing a clogged roof drain. Clearing the clog would most likely resolve the issue of standing water. The reader said he is going to contact the borough about the issue, as he did last July.

 Debris on the Maple Street side of the property

 Standing water on the roof, near the corner of 3rd and Maple

The view from Maple Street

This roof drain is clogged and is preventing water from escaping.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Volunteers needed! Roll Up Your Sleeves… Get Dirty… Have Fun!

With 50 1st through 6th graders enrolled, Columbia’s Edible Classroom Summer Gardening Camp is filled to capacity! We are looking for adult volunteers to support camp staff and to help make this a great experience for our young campers. The camp will run on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:30 AM till Noon at Park School playground starting on Monday, June 4th through Friday, August 10th. Three (3) volunteers are needed for each camp day. Volunteers – including parents of campers – are encouraged to sign up for as many days as they can help us “dig in” with the kids!

Please respond by June 1, 2108 to

IMPORTANT: Volunteers need to have DHS and FBI clearances. This is easily done at or by calling (844) 321-2101. Simply complete the application and make an appointment with IdentoGO at 1532 Lititz Pike in Lancaster. The Borough will reimburse you the $20 fee (with a valid receipt).

Columbia’s Edible Classroom Summer Gardening Camp is a collaboration of Columbia Borough, Columbia Borough School District, CHI and other generous supporters.

Polanco, Victoria Coryn - Possession of Marijuana and 2 additional charges | Columbia Borough Police Department

Victoria Coryn Polanco
On 05-18-18 the Lancaster City Police Department picked up Victoria Coryn Polanco (25) of Lancaster on a warrant that was issued as the result of a traffic stop on 02-18-18 at 3rd St. and Locust St. in Columbia Borough by an officer with the Columbia Borough Police Department. During the traffic stop an officer located marijuana in the vehicle as well as determined that the driver had a suspended driver's license. A scale and marijuana was also located in the driver's purse. Polanco was committed to Lancaster County Prison after failing to make bail.
Arrest Date: 
Sunday, February 18, 2018
Case Number: 


Columbia Borough Police Department