Sunday, August 7, 2016

Tree commission concerned about grate proposal

A painted and installed tree well grate

Last month, Columbia Borough Council discussed purchasing decorative tree well grates for the town. The proposal was for 25 sets of cast iron grates to be purchased from Sahd Salvage at a cost of $50 per set and to have Garage Boyz Powder Coating coat them with a black semi-gloss paint at a cost of $50 per set, bringing the total cost to $2,500. The grates were originally priced st $100 each, but Sahd's is offering them to the borough at half price. Brand new grates can cost several hundred dollars. After much discussion, the item was tabled until the Shade Tree Commission could address it.

Tree well grates to be coated

At its July 12, 2016 meeting, the Columbia Borough Shade Tree Commission noted that the grates would be used on the 300 block of Locust Street and around the market house as a trial but expressed concern about a size mismatch: The grates are 3' x 3' but the Locust Street tree pits are 3' x 5'. According to council members and residents present, bricking in at the edges to compensate would limit water absorption into tree pits and would create other issues detrimental to tree maintenance.

The item appears on the draft agenda for the August 8, 2016 borough council meeting.

35 comments:

  1. Don't need tree grates spend money on something we really need and it's not tree grates

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  2. Spend it all on tree gates, about 100 thousand dollars worth! Getter Done!!

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  3. This is nothing more than taxpayers helping Sahds get more money for something than they can get elsewhere. 3'X3' is too small for a tree pit.

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    1. So you can get cast iron tree well grates for less than $50 a set? Where?

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  4. It will look very nice and they are used, not as expensive that way. Recycle?

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  5. How about starting with weed control around the trees. Saw Bill Kloidt, a loyal Columbian, spraying weeds at the Hotel Locust (CEDC Property) last week. This business manager should not have to do this chore. His bank's appearance for his customers is very important to him. Weeg control, and then you can spend my money on tree grates.

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    1. Is Bill Kloidt a member of CEDC?

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    2. Why yes he is. He needs to go behind the Hotel with a 55 gallon drum of weed killer to take down the trees that started as a weed. And since we are on the subject of CEDC. Why is there drums of cooking oil that is a hazard when the drum rusts away and leak into the alley. Maybe this is a package deal when you buy the building. Mark my word when the CEDC sells this property to HUD for Section 8 apartments.

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  6. Weeds in this town along curb side is terrible. Spraying Roundup after pulling them will keep them under control. Too bad with all the rentals, that the landlords don't give a darn.

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    1. Look along Sixth Street along curb and under trees at CVS.

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    2. Drove by that site. Our code Dept. must look the other way when they go by. For a business to. look like that is a shame.

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  7. doesn't matter what people think or the tree commission it is all about what council wants. they aren't gonna listen to anyone, other than themselves.

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    1. Yes, this is a done deal.

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  8. Get your story straight not everyone on the the council wants. The tree grates

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    1. It doesn't matter if everyone wants it. The straight story is that they only need four votes.

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    2. See, I told you they only needed four votes and they got them.

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    3. Yea's for Cleon, Fran, Kelly, Pam/ Na's for John, Stephanie, Sherry (Smart ones)

      Wasn't the plan for the Tree Commission to experiment with grates at Borough Hall and Market House? I guess the Tree Commission has no clout under the Murphy Rule. It is called the art of bullying!
      The coffee crew has the vote for us Columbian's to grab our ankles and squeeze more cash out.

      Tide Pride!

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  9. Maybe SAHDS CAN REFURBISH AND DONATE THEM. NOT TO MANY YEARS AGO A NICE CHUNK OF TAXPAYERS MONEY WAS USED and Sands was part of the ridiculous battle.

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    1. I hope you aren't talking about the rail line. Because if you are...

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  10. I AM!!!!!!!!!
    WASTED TAXES AND THE TRAILER LINE WAS A GOOD THING

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    1. Doesn't matter. Congressional mandate is to preserve freight rail service. The boro should have never wasted that money fighting a Columbia business. They never had a chance of winning.

      Don't believe me? Here's some reading material: https://www.stb.dot.gov/Decisions/readingroom.nsf/(search-73.187.138.249-29588)?OpenView&Count=5000

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  11. are you freakin crazy???? the boro cost the sahd salvage center couple million in legal bullshit few years back. educate yourself.

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  12. Lol your looking thru Rose colored glasses

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  13. I understand those grates had been purchased years ago, removed because of weeds and trash debris getting caught. Stored at the borough farm, then taken to Sahds for salvage years ago. Why are the taxpayers buying them back?

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  14. Because a business on North Third Street wants them and they have friends on council. Look at who voted for it as it is a hang out for certain members. So if the business wants them, why aren't they paying for them? That's right it is the Bank of Columbia, where certain people come holding their hand out and council bends over and says how much and they get it,

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  15. I maintain my sidewalk, let the businesses do the same! Enough spent on that business and many there in downtown.
    Now get grants for the the rest of his Historic District home owners that need help.

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  16. The coffee clan has its own meetings,

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  17. And the elected Klan along with their friends get what their narrow minds want.

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    1. Hmmmm.... narrow minded was council voting to give river front property away to a small handful of Columbians while the rest of the 10,290 residents are now eliminated from enjoying it.

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      "AnonymousAugust 12, 2016 at 6:58 AM"

      Klan?

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    3. I remember the KKK meeting at 5 points.

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    4. That was at least 70 years ago.

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    5. Lol no it was not!!!!
      As long as it was Hollingsworth's the Klan met there.
      Cole, some things are secret and not mentioned. You know I love letting SKELETONS out of the closets.

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  18. It's nice to see that council finally is supporting its downtown businesses with improvements and patronizing them!

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  19. Finally????
    Great real, their cover is blown.
    And you better believe the river front was railroaded to the selection few!!
    Compare past council members and river cottage owners!!! That was the biggest scam in the Boro s hisory.
    Now get sewer hooked up,,, code inspectionsnippets and is it really as Private as the cabin dwellers wants us to beleive??
    NO!

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