Monday, July 20, 2015

LASA is making the rounds around town

From the Columbia Borough website:
"On May 27, 2015, the Columbia Borough and Municipal Authority sold the sewer collection system in the Borough to Lancaster Area Sewer Authority (LASA). LASA is now responsible for operations and maintenance of the sewer collection system."

LASA trucks and personnel have been seen around town, checking sewer pipes, over the past few days. The following photos show activity on Avenue J last week.











Shown below is a photo taken today on Barber Street. A resident, whose Grinnell Avenue property abuts Barber, is apparently experiencing sewer problems.  A private contractor was enlisted to excavate the backyard, and LASA personnel were present today to inspect the connection to the main sewer line.  Interestingly, the residence did not display a permit, and it's not known if one was applied for - the responsibility being that of the homeowner and contractor. We also wonder if the contractor received permission from the borough to barricade the block of Barber between Washington Street and Eleventh . . .




13 comments:

  1. The LASA workers have gone out of their way to be kind to Columbia residents. Thanks for building positive relationships with your new clients.

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  2. Sounds like LASA has a big job ahead of them. Old terracotta pipes that have seen better days are hiding under beautifully landscaped lawns and streets.

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  3. They got what they wanted! They can do whatever they want and charge baby charge!!

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    1. What's with your attitude? Part of the advantage of Columbia now joining the other 37,000 LASA customers is that THEY won't get away with increases like the Municipal Authority did to us!

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  4. Yeah for LASA!!! Yes they seem sincere and caring!!!
    Odd though,,, I miss the sewer plant odor! NOT!!
    Go go go LASA!!
    Mmm I think it's the homeowner's responsibility if the line is in their yard. Just saying ,,, it was always that way!

    Hey wait,,, is that Historic Ave J??
    A private drive?
    Boro owned???
    Green space???
    What it is,,,
    Popped on and off Columbia Boro maps,
    Guess it depends on the year!
    Well LASA you have my permission to access my private part of Ash Alley,,,
    But you need to see if the other 6 agree!!
    I'm loving the new Sewer Owners!!!
    POOF


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    1. I share your sentiments! Thank you LASA for saving us from the never ending MA rate increases!

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  5. Of course permits were issued!! You can't dig an 8' deep trench in a yard, tie into a main sewer line, and close a street at will. Just in case you are wondering, inspections were completed as well, If you really question this, all documents can be obtained at the borough with a request for public records. Come on Cole, you are normally better than this. Maybe you thought this was a rental property and the rules don't apply!!

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    1. Responsibility does not end with the purchase of a permit. Each permit clearly states: THIS SIGN MUST BE POSTED DURING CONSTRUCTION AT A LOCATION VISIBLE TO TRAVELING PUBLIC, AND SHOULD BE PROTECTED FROM RAIN, SNOW, ETC.

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  6. Depending on who it is, as always, selective, codes will "work with you". If you aren't part of the tight knit network, you need a permit and they may work against you in spite of the permit.

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    1. I agree with your comments.

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  7. Just like to let everyone know that the homeowner paid for the whole job and the people of the boro didn't have to pay a thing. Mr. Umber, you should get all your facts before you make comments. Seems like you just like to get people riled up for no reason. You were just plain wrong on this one

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  8. I read this article over and over, still unable to find where it is stated or even implied that the homeowner did not pay for the work. I drove that way one day and clearly saw a LASA truck on the street and a worker talking to people on scene. It's my understanding that LASA is not responsible for and does not pay for anything done on private property. I display all permits I've had over the years in a window where they are clearly visible. Thanks Cole for keeping us informed.

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  9. The road closure on Barber was a surprise to the trucks that deliver to Musser's, the Dollar Store, and some residents. That being said, it was understandably necessary.

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