Sunday, February 25, 2018

About Town

This week's pics from around Columbia...


We got a couple of unseasonably warm days last week, as this dog could attest to, if he only could speak English.

 He kept "sticking around" down at the river.

 Here are some shapes of nature along the shore.

 And here are some tundra swans - 
reliable harbingers of spring, groundhog be damned.

 Here's yet another sign of spring.

 And here's an entranceway in Avenue H, with broken window pane for ventilation - yet another sign of spring?

 Construction notice at the Veterans Memorial Bridge

 Yes, there is a Hill Campus.
A student reportedly made threats against the school here last week, but the issue was quickly addressed by the school resource officer.
(In typical Columbia opaque fashion, however, no notification of the incident has been posted on the school district website.)

 The awnings at Hinkle's have been changed from blue to burgundy. The larger awnings are about to get the same treatment. The frames can be seen in the photo above.

 T-bone aftermath at 3rd & Walnut?

 This is why trash bags should be placed in a container.

 Time for this Xmas tree to be X'ed out.

 As seen on Lawrence Street. Note the upper left. This property is currently listed at $169,900.

 Missing asphalt near 320 South 2nd, complete with a protruding rock.

 Could conditions lead to a sinkhole here?

 Airing out...

 ...atop a chimney along Shawnee Run.

 Form follows function?

 Now open at 2nd & Mill

 Something happening in Avenue G

 This is where the fire took place a few years ago.
Go HERE for more information on this property.

 Cruiser at Mid-Way Collision Shop

 Obvious front-end damage

 Another sign of spring: daffodils poking through.

At Locust Street Park..."The Returned Soldier" with the light-festooned tree behind him.

 But what's happening to the lights?

 Several have been knocked off the tree.

 Some are broken.

 Was it the wind...

 ...or something nefarious?

 Surely, one of the borough's "covert" cameras would have caught any perpetrators.

 The library topping-off ceremony has been postponed until March 3.

 Park Elementary School playground

But the sign says...

 And these signs say...

 Down Avenue H, at the Historic Society

  Something there is that doesn't love a downspout.
(Apologies to Robert Frost)

 Several downspouts that were installed just last year have been damaged.

 Here, too, in Avenue I...




50 comments:

  1. These damages to the Down Spouts must be done by outsiders because all Columbia kids are taught to respect other peoples property and they would not damage these DOWNSPOUTS.

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    1. The metal sticking up at the historic building looks dangerous, what if a kid on a bike lands on them,or a car hits them,or a number of accidents could happen. This looks more of a problem for codes than a half inch of snow on side walks.

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    2. The side walk needs attension too. Hope the historic building has good insurance.

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    3. That is not a sidewalk on the side of CHPS. Why don't you donate some money to these hard working volunteers at the museum so they can fix the issue. Spellcheck is a wonderful asset to all computers!

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  2. In reference to the sign... "rules of the playground" isn't it ridiculous, but necessary in our sue happy society because folks lack common sense!

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    1. I agree but who ever put them up should have read them, it makes the tiwn look backward.

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  3. Mostly all signs of inconsistencies - nature's and Columbia's. Damaged borough vehicle with no explanation (wonder if there'll be one coming). Damaged downspouts and maybe at the Locust Street park with no explanation (wonder, too, if there'll be spy camera records). Signage saying one thing countering another. Massive "beyond potholes" potholes and streets in disrepair will at least be visible at night with several hundred thousands of street lights. Operating social club.

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    1. A police substation might be in order.

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  4. 2nd st pothole is from homeowner not replacing blacktop when they replacer their crub as REQURIED by CODES a couple of YEARS A GO

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    1. Thanks for clarifying that!

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    2. why does't the borough do something? Or is it bigler

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    3. so we just run the new street sweeper over it instead of fixing it or holding the home owner responceable. Wait till they hit that with a snow plow, repair cost tax payers.

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    4. Does this mean there is a standoff between the borough and home owner? so the borough just lets it go. Hope they treat everyone the same .

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    5. i dont think the CODES DEPT HAS SAID ANY THING TO THEM ABOUT IT ALL THEY HAVE TO DO IS LOOK AT THE PERMIT THEY GAVE TO THE HOME OWNR

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    6. Wouldn't be the first stand off. What about the bank museum?

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    7. Bank Museum seems to be exempt. I think it was stated before that they are looking for funding.

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    8. It looks like the gutter should be concreat.

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    9. “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”

      ― George Orwell, Animal Farm

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    10. Yes, the great George Orwell, who, as we know, also wrote "1984," an apt novel for our time.

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    11. people live in the top and back of the bank museum, if you own it fix it up or sell it.What taxes are being paid,everyone else (NOT BIGLER)has to keep up to codes. I SMELL DISCRIMATION IN THIS BOROUGH

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    12. Come on the borough can afford a couple wheel barrels of cold patch. DOES ANY ONE IN THE BOROUGH SEE HOW INMATURE THIS SOUNDS ? The people pay taxes fix the gutter,don't make this borough look any worse than it is.

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  5. That gutter line has been like that since the mid 90s, when they repaired and replaced that fire hydrant in front of 324 s second street, no real repaire have been made to south second street, since prob late 80s early 90s, lawrence street was paved but not south second, the borough rides by it all the time, also the codes doesnt say u need to pave 20 feet out infront of your new curb when its replaced!!! There is alot of maintenace repairs that need done all over town that the highway dept could be preparing now, but instead there ruining the floor of the market house, and cleaning up tables!!

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    1. the gutter line was fine after the fire hydrant was put in and no you dont have to pave 20 feet out IF THEY HAD DONE IT WHEN IT SHOULD OF. MAKE THE HOME OWNER PAY TO FIX IT

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  6. That gutter line has been messed up for over 25 years, just like the man hole that always has the pot holes in it diagonal from where this pic was taken, i grew up on that corner, and a realtive owned at one time 4 properties on that block. Its nothing new except as years go by and no repairs were made its getting worse

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  7. How can you make the homeowner responsible for something the borough is responsible for?

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    1. the homeowner caused the problem

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  8. The highway department is under staffed and over worked.

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  9. remember this when the borough starts on you

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    1. It maybe time for the citizens to get a legal person from philly or new York to look at the borough

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  10. For the over payed employees with alot of free benefits, im pretty sure columbia could save thousands, a year if they would make the highway employees pay there share, i think the home owners should be aware of how good they make out. Nobody in PA gets the package they get..

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    1. Correct, it is insane!!!

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    2. get the union out of the borough

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    3. So improve YOUR situation instead of trying to drag everyone down to your level. Oh wait, that would mean doing something other than complaining on the internet. Sorry.

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  11. Seems like they have too many code officers put some of them to work on the streets.

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  12. People this is what your Taxes pay for, NOTHING, ALL THE TAXES ARE GOING INTO THE HIGHER UPS POCKETS AND THE CITIZENS ARE GETTING SCREWED EACH AND EVERY YEAR. BORO MANAGEMENT IS A (DISGRACE) TO COLUMBIA, THEY SHOULD BE ASHAMED TO TAKE A PAYCHECK. SHAME ON YOU, HOW CAN YOU SLEEP AT NIGHTS. SHAME, SHAME, SHAME ON YOU.

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  13. It's time quick tickets are given to owners with sidewalks and curbs that need repaired.

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    1. This gets more like a dicktatorship government every day.

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    2. What about the damage from the shade tree com. tree damage????????

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  14. I have NEVER heard of any home owner paving a borough street. That is misinformation. Our taxes pay for street paving. I want a refund if homeowners are now paying for street blacktop. If this is the case then the homeowners on Walnut Street need to get busy.

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  15. Has anyone gone over to the market house and looked in the window? The highway dept, used a lift rig on the inside of the building on 200 year old sand and brick and they have the original brick flooring all broke up in the one corner, and u can see the ruts from the weight of the machine all threw out the building, now whats the cost to repair the damaged floor? And who is gonna lease something that is trashed??

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    1. Its only money the council will go down to the borough farm and pick more from the trees and throw more away

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    2. That shows the mindset of the borough people, they see damage but keep on going.

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    3. It can be the mayors new parking space

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    4. It's a sin what they did to OUR Market.

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    5. maybe they will black top the market house floor and have some left for 2nd st gutter.

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  16. 20 feet is the usual width of a two way street, so you are saying that the homeowner must put blacktop over the width of the street? This is more work than UGI does after ripping the streets all to hell.

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