Wednesday, April 26, 2017
A contract between Columbia Borough and SVCC for management of the trolley has been under discussion. At issue in writing the draft contract was determining which entity should hire the drivers and provide the liability insurance for the trolley. Insurance carriers require that the drivers be hired by the entity holding the policy. An insurance representative at the meeting addressed council about the issue.
Kathleen Hohenadel of the SVCC presented the anticipated operating expense figures, including the cost of trolley drivers. Most likely, two or three part-time drivers will be hired.
Hohenadel stated that the 2016 hourly cost to run the Rivertowne Trolley was $85 and predicted the 2017 hourly cost to operate (Columbia's) trolley to be $31.73. Based on figures presented to council there will be negative net of $2,567.45 the first year of operation.
In addition, children rode free last year but will pay a dollar each this year. The cost for adult riders will increase a dollar as well - to $3.
A new projected use for 2017 is "special uses" for the trolley. No details were presented, since the idea is still under discussion.
Councilwoman Dr. Sherry Welsh questioned why (on the sheet listing items for inclusion in the contract) the borough will not share equally in the profits, but share 50/50 in the losses. The 2017 profits are listed as SVCC 75% and the Borough 25%.
Borough Manager Greg Sahd emphasized that many of the issues are still open for discussion.
The Borough is accepting applications until Friday, May 5, 2017 for a Seasonal Part-time Trolley/Bus Driver. Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED, valid Class A or B CDL license with passenger endorsement, and a clean driving record. Experience as a school bus driver or public transit operator preferred. The successful candidate(s) will be required to obtain a CDL medical examination/certification every two years by a specified physician. Current pay rate is $12-15/hour after 90-day probation period.
Applications and job descriptions are available at the Columbia Borough Municipal Building, 308 Locust Street, Columbia.
Borough council voted to buy a trolley at its December 2016 meeting. The trolley is provided by Elite Coach of Ephrata for $39,900. Voting was unanimous among the five councillors present.
The trolley is a 1993 model with 53,000 miles and was used previously by the borough during the Columbia lantern tour. Public Works Director Ron Miller took a test drive/ride for several miles recently and described the vehicle's engine and transmission as "excellent" and presented council with an extensive written report. He called the venture "not a frivolous investment whatsoever." The trolley is air-conditioned and comes with a lifetime supply of vehicle filters. Councillor John Novak said the same trolley in today's dollars would cost $200-250,000 new.
Council had originally planned to employ the services of Rivertowne Trolley Company again in 2017 until a sudden opportunity surfaced to buy its own trolley. The issue normally would have gone through committee before being presented to council, but councillors felt the matter warranted quick action due to other parties interested in acquiring the vehicle. Columbia paid $30,600 last year to rent Rivertowne's trolley.
Councillor Cleon Berntheizel said, "I look at this as an investment in the borough."
Lancaster County woman, injured by distracted driver, pushes for harsher laws for texting behind the wheel
Monday, April 24, 2017
Sunday, April 23, 2017
The two photos below show graffiti on the Veterans Memorial Bridge that was painted during the incident a few weeks ago that Columbia Spy reported on HERE.
A 2.3 magnitude earthquake shook Lancaster County Sunday afternoon.
Lancaster County-Wide Communications was flooded with calls from various parts of the county after the brief rumble just before 5 p.m.
Source: Columbia Borough Police Department
Saturday, April 22, 2017
Friday, April 21, 2017
Paperwork which accompanies the passport will verify hours of operation for each venue.
This Fourth Friday Passport program offers participants specially-designed discounts or promotions awarded only to holders of a program passport. When visiting participating venues, simply show the passport document, get a destination “stamp”, and enjoy the program benefit offered at that locale. Program benefits will vary by location. Discover some hidden gems of the region when you visit.
Program benefits extend beyond the on-site promotions. Those who manage to receive an approved vendor stamp from 5 of the 6 participating businesses may enter their completed passport in a prize drawing. The drawing for this prize will be held at the SVCC Visitors Center on Wednesday, August 30. Completed passports must be submitted by the Monday before the drawing to qualify for entry.
The price for each passport is easily recouped in the discounts and benefits of the program. At a cost of $5.00, the Fourth Friday Passport program is an affordable opportunity to enjoy a day out with family or friends.
Passports are currently available for sale at the Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center and many participating businesses including Geltz Götz Goodeze, Mustard Seed Creations, Keagy’s Produce,
Rebellious Rose Wax Co, and Half Nuts Popcorn. Passports will remain available for sale until the end of the program.
As this program coincides with Fourth Friday, there will be various other happenings each month. Check our website www.parivertowns.com for the Fourth Friday event page that contains details each month.
For more information on Fourth Friday and the passport program, contact the Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center at 684-5249.
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Tuesday at the Columbia Crossing River Trails Center, PFBC officials told the eight anglers present that hard data shows bass populations are indeed on the rise, and it's safe to tentatively allow catch-and-release fishing for bass during the spawn as many anglers apparently want.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Miss Lillian Evans, First Daughter in Pennsylvania
Donegal Chapter DAR Organizer
Friday, April 21, 2017
10:30 AM Mount Bethel Cemetery
11:00 AM Caretakers Cottage
As the first woman in the Commonwealth to join the NSDAR in 1890, Miss Lillian Slaymaker Evans zealously walked into history. “She has served our Society faithfully, efficiently and wholeheartedly; her ceaseless, conscientious work and successful accomplishments and her quiet, gracious personality winning the admiration and affectionate regard of all who knew her,” wrote the resolution committee of the Donegal Chapter at the time of her death in 1943. Miss Lilly never hesitated to align her patriotic interests with those of her ancestors whom she wished to follow proudly.
Born in Columbia, Pennsylvania, November 5, 1861, she was the daughter of attorney Samuel Evans, a Captain in the War Between the States, Justice of the Peace, Commissary of Subsistence, and contributing founder of the initial Lancaster Historical Society. Her mother was Mary Shoch whom together with her daughter was very active in the Iris Club of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Her paternal grandmother was the daughter of Congressman Amos Slaymaker of Old Leacock Township, a member of the General Assembly of Pennsylvania and the U.S. Congress. Additional distinguished personages include Colonel Evan Evans, commanding the Chester County Militia at the Battle of Brandywine, his son Samuel Evans, major of the 6th Battalion, also from Chester County, member of the General Assembly of Pennsylvania, and judge of the Chester County Courts, his wife Frances Lowrey, daughter of Alexander Lowrey of Donegal, one of the framers of the Constitution, colonel of several battalions from 1776 to 1783, State Senator, and Indian Commissioner.
NSDAR Charter Member
Once the NSDAR was founded at our nation’s capital by four far-sighted women in 1890, Miss Lilly stepped up to serve becoming the 41st of the 818 charter members enrolled during that first year. Within two years, Pennsylvania had its first State Regent, Mrs. Julia K. Hogg, of Pittsburgh, who directed Miss Lilly to organize a Lancaster chapter. It was called DONEGAL and became the fourth chapter in the state and the 15th in the United States. Starting with a membership of 13, the chapter grew to 212 within 5 years! Miss Lilly had served continuously as its regent and after stepping down, she was made honorary regent.
Founding Witness Tree Chapter
Miss Lilly had more on her mind than a good rest, however. She resigned from Donegal Chapter along with 13 other members and in mid-December 1897 met at a member’s home in Columbia to organize a new chapter! Adopting the name Witness Tree Chapter, the chapter was chartered in January 1898 with plans to meet on the 3rd Wednesday of each month.
Monument to Those that Served
The Witness Tree Chapter's first project was to raise money for a battle monument to commemorate those who served during the Revolutionary War. With a jubilant response, the new Witness Tree Chapter, DAR, made plans to dedicate the monument less than one year later on October 4, 1899, on the grounds of the Donegal Presbyterian Church. True to Lillian Evans' word, the monument honored all of those who served, including those who gave their lives.
Apart from this tangible structure that is a formidable reminder of Miss Lilly’s legacy, she also put just as much energy into a different pursuit of patriotic development in the minds and hearts of citizens - especially the young. While still at Donegal, she started a prize essay contest for high school seniors which is still carried out. A student loan program was also instituted. Once she was in the Witness Tree Chapter, she founded and financed the annual chapter Essay Contest on Good Citizenship in the Columbia and Marietta schools. She also provided a commencement award at the Columbia High School in the name of the Witness Tree Chapter. To the chapter's surprise, Miss Lilly bequeathed a sum of money to enable the DAR essay contest to continue indefinitely - which it has!
Until the End
Miss Lilly remained active with the Witness Tree Chapter until her death at her home, May 4, 1943. She was cared about and enjoyed by individuals throughout the community. Telegrams, tributes and eulogies hailed her for her “lofty ideals” and said, “such an influence continues to live for all time.” A chair was placed in her honor in Constitution Hall at National Headquarters in Washington, DC and the Witness Tree Chapter placed a bronze DAR insignia at her grave in Mount Bethel Cemetery, Columbia.