Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Parks & Rec seeks advisory board members


The Borough of Columbia’s new Parks and Recreation Committee is seeking residents to serve on its Advisory Board. Members will serve three year terms and will be appointed by Borough Council. The purpose of the Advisory Board is to assist the Committee in identifying opportunities for recreational activities in the Borough and to make recommendations for improvements to our parks. Advisory Board members should commit to attending Committee meetings on the second Thursday of each month and be invested in providing safe parks and healthy and fun recreation for our residents. Please send a letter of interest to Greg Sahd, Borough Manager (gsahd@columbiapa.net)“. Please respond before February 7, 2018 at 4:00 PM.

Borough Offices: 308 Locust Street, Columbia PA 17512 | Phone: 717-684-2467

River Park: IT'S WORSE


The water level - or rather, ice level - at Columbia River Park is a foot above where it was yesterday, now at 236 feet, nine above normal. Much of the ice is covered with this morning's snow. About half the park is off-limits; sawhorses and police tape have been set up to limit travel.












Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Codes Department unveils new ticket for violations


The Columbia Borough Codes Department has unveiled a new ticket with updated fee schedule. As shown above, most violations are set at $25.

If a resident receives a ticket, he/she can appeal it in writing to the borough manager, accompanied by a $100 check payable to the borough for associated administrative costs.

If no appeal is made and the ticket is not paid within 30 days of the ticket date, the violation will become a citation/summons for “Failure to Pay," in which case, the district justice will charge the initial ticket fee and all associated court costs.

The ticket also has provisions for no-compliant/unregistered rentals and for a landlord's failure to report a change of occupancy.







FLOODED: Columbia River Park!


Ice jams, high water levels, and the sheer volume of ice floating down the Susquehanna have caused Columbia River Park to become flooded this morning (1/16/18). The painted scale on one of the piers of the Veterans Memorial Bridge shows the water level at 235 - eight feet above normal.


VIDEO: A look around the park

 A partially submerged bench

 Part of the roadway through the park is now impassable.





 A lamp post is on its way "down."


 Water level at 235 - eight feet above normal


 Sign down!


 Even the cul-de-sac is flooded.

 A crew checks the sewage ejection pump at Columbia Crossing due to an alarm sounding.

The leaning lamp post is being menaced by the imposing ice.

Latest forecast: 1-3 inches of snow for our area

As snow falls, Columbia School Superintendent Tom Strickler clears the sidewalk around the District Administration Center Tuesday morning. The latest forecast calls for 1-3 inches of accumulation.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Flowing river ice creates a stunning spectacle on the Susquehanna today

Ice flowing downriver on the Susquehanna created a stunning spectacle at Columbia River Park today. Late this afternoon, the water level was five feet above normal under the Veterans Memorial Bridge. A flood watch is in effect until 6 a.m. Monday.










VIDEOS: Flowing ice on the Susquehanna Sunday (1/14/18)

The following videos were shot Sunday, January 14, 2018, from the stated vantage points.

Riverfront Park, Marietta

Breezyview

Veterans Memorial Bridge

Veterans Memorial Bridge

Veterans Memorial Bridge

Veterans Memorial Bridge

Veterans Memorial Bridge

Columbia River Park

Columbia River Park

Dozens descend on River Park to catch flowing ice

Dozens of people turned out at Columbia River Park this afternoon to watch flowing ice on the Susquehanna. A flood watch is in effect until 6 a.m Monday












VIDEO: Sunday morning - the ice is breaking up

 The ice is breaking up and flowing under the Veterans Memorial Bridge near Columbia River Park Sunday morning (January 14th 2018).


Susquehanna Heritage Announces Land & Water Shuttle Study Request For Proposal


Susquehanna Heritage seeks a consultant team to conduct a feasibility study for land and water shuttle services in the River Towns and Lake Clarke areas of the Susquehanna River corridor through Lancaster and York Counties in Pennsylvania. The primary purpose of the study is to assess the financial and operational feasibility of transporting visitors between the Zimmerman Center and Columbia Crossing through a seasonal land and water shuttle service with on-board interpretive programs. This new service is intended to improve visitor readiness, expand visitor programs, and build visitation from outside the region.

To learn more about the Land & Water Study and to download the Land & Water Study RFP please use the following link. 


http://www.susquehannaheritage.org/susquehanna-heritage-announces-land-water-shuttle-study-request-for-proposal/

Columbia High celebrates a century of boys basketball history

More than 150 former basketball players were back at Columbia High for Saturday's ceremony between the girls and boys doubleheader to celebrate 100 years of the program.

MORE:

http://lancasteronline.com/sports/basketball/highschool/columbia-high-celebrates-a-century-of-boys-basketball-history/article_865db4d4-f8d3-11e7-a467-2fb897a6026e.html

Saturday, January 13, 2018

UPDATE: Medicine Shoppe Burglary Update 1-13-18 | Columbia Borough Police Department



01-13-18
Updated information for the Medicine Shoppe Burglary.

Below are descriptions of the four (4) suspects involved. Photographs taken from the video are also attached.
Suspect #1 – black and white "Nike" shoes, white socks, gray pants, gray hoody with black jacket overtop (inside out), black gloves and black mask
Suspect #2 – red shoes, white socks, dark in color "Gap" pants (gray pants on underneath the "Gap" pants), black zip up hoody, gray-blue-black colored gloves, black mask, black hat, light complexion
Suspect #3 – black shoes, black pants with logo on left thigh area, blue shirt under a black and dark gray colored "Nike" hoody, black gloves, black mask, light complexion
Suspect #4 – black boots (possibly "Timberlands"), black "Adidas" with three (3) white stripes, black "Nautica" hoody, dark blue gloves, light complexion

01-12-18
 At 0144hrs on 01-11-2018, Columbia police responded to The Medicine Shoppe at 960 Lancaster Ave. in Columbia Borough for a burglar alarm. At 0140hrs, a plate glass window was broken at the front of the store. Subsequent review of the surveillance video showed four suspects enter through the broken window and take various prescription drugs from inside. The suspects fled in a dark colored car, possibly a Jeep Grand Cherokee, via Barber St. Anyone finding discarded containers, white paper packages, or plastic bins with Medicine Shoppe labeling is asked to contact Columbia Borough Police. If anyone has any further information they can call the police department at 717-684-7735 or submit a tip below.

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https://lancaster.crimewatchpa.com/columbiapd/10552/cases/medicine-shoppe-burglary-update-1-13-18

Police report on Medicine Shoppe burglary

 At 0144hrs on 01-11-2018, Columbia police responded to The Medicine Shoppe at 960 Lancaster Ave. in Columbia Borough for a burglar alarm. At 0140hrs, a plate glass window was broken at the front of the store. Subsequent review of the surveillance video showed four suspects enter through the broken window and take various prescription drugs from inside. The suspects fled in a dark colored car, possibly a Jeep Grand Cherokee, via Barber St. Anyone finding discarded containers, white paper packages, or plastic bins with Medicine Shoppe labeling is asked to contact Columbia Borough Police. If anyone has any further information they can call the police department at 717-684-7735 or submit a tip below.

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Police warn of "IRS" scam

JANUARY 12, 2018

The police department has received another report of the "IRS" calling people and telling them that they need to pay the "IRS" or they will come pick them up. Please do not allow yourself to become a victim of these scams. Most of them will tell you to get a gift card of some type and give them the number on the card. One of the numbers that they have called from is 360-209-8910. We attempted to contact this number several times and only got a busy signal.

Source:

Columbia Borough Police Department

https://lancaster.crimewatchpa.com/columbiapd/10552/post/fraud

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Keep off the ice, especially now

It was unseasonably warm today. The ice is melting, and the river's flowing, as evidenced by the lights reflected in the water. Remember to stay off the ice, especially now.

This is HISTORIC for all the wrong reasons



According to today's New York Times:
"President Trump on Thursday balked at an immigration deal that would include protections for people from Haiti and African countries, demanding to know at a White House meeting why he should accept immigrants from “shithole countries” rather than people from places like Norway, according to people with direct knowledge of the conversation."