Wednesday, March 21, 2018
A Snow Emergency will be in effect in the Borough of Columbia beginning at 12:00 Noon, Wednesday, March 21, 2018. The Snow Emergency will remain in effect until further notice. The Snow Emergency will be to facilitate clean-up efforts in the Borough.
Vehicle travel on Borough Streets marked as "Snow Emergency Routes" shall be in accordance with the Borough's "Snow Emergency Ordinance" except for emergency situations. No person shall operate a vehicle on any Snow Emergency Route in such a manner or in such condition as to allow or permit such vehicle to become stalled on a "Snow Emergency Route" either by reason of the fact that the driving wheels are not equipped with chains or proper tires, by the exhaustion of the fuel supply to the vehicle, or by abandonment of the vehicle.
Parking on "Snow Emergency Routes" shall be prohibited. Parking is available in Borough Parking Lots located at Front and Locust Street, next to Borough Hall on Locust and in the former telephone company lot in Avenue H between 2nd and 3rdStreet. Parking will be permitted after the street has been cleared. Residents are reminded it is illegal to throw snow in the street and to place various items along Borough Streets to reserve parking.
The Borough shall have the authority to remove and impound, or to order the removal and impounding of any vehicle parked or abandoned on a "Snow Emergency Route" during the Snow Emergency and to remove any items left on the streets. During clean-up residents will be notified to move their vehicles on a street by street basis.
Residents are further reminded to remove snow from sidewalks per Columbia Borough Code.
The following Streets have been designated "Snow Emergency Routes":
Locust Street, Front to Fifth Street
North Third Street, Locust to Cedar Street
Chestnut Street, Second to Fifth Street
North Fifth Street, Chestnut to Locust Street
Lancaster Avenue, Locust to Malleable Road
Ironville Pike, Ninth to Borough Limit
Ninth Street, Ironville Pike to Lancaster Ave
Declared this 21st Day of March, 2018
Leo S. Lutz, Mayor
Borough of Columbia
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
The retail theft at Little's Beverage has been solved. Thank you to those that submitted tips.
Howard is charged with aggravated assault and criminal conspiracy in connection with the September 3, 2017 wolfpack attack on a Columbia man on the 600 block of Walnut Street.
According to a source, a person was recently picked up by police for allegedly harboring Howard.
Thank you to all who provided tips. The individual pictured earlier in connection with the CVS retail theft has been identified.
The Columbia Borough Police Department Appreciates your willingness to help.
Monday, March 19, 2018
The $54-60 million reconstruction and rehabilitation project will include a refurbished deck with an 8-foot-wide walking lane, two 8-foot bicycle lanes (on the north and south sides), and two 9-foot traffic lanes in the center. The narrower traffic lanes will be a deterrent for speeders, Lutz said. All lanes will be separated with white traffic lines. Additional construction will bring the bridge into compliance. Of concern is a bridge arch that has "frozen" into place above its bearing and caused a significant crack. (All bridge arches rest on bearings, allowing expansion and contraction.) Despite the cracking, the bridge is rated "fair" and is considered safe. The underside of the bridge will be completed before deck work begins, Lutz said. Lights might also be added to the underside to help keep mayflies off the road surface and to beautify the bridge.
Two options are being considered for construction: closing off one lane of the bridge and having traffic flow in one direction in the remaining lane; or shutting down the bridge entirely, allowing the project to be completed more quickly (in about a year), since workers would not have to interact with traffic. Lutz said the second option is unfavorable because a traffic accident on Route 30 could shut down the Wrights Ferry (Route 30) Bridge also, preventing all traffic from crossing the river. He added, however, that the four lanes of the Wrights Ferry Bridge could quickly be converted to two in such a case, using existing median barriers as "gates."
A portion of Rotary Park will be used to stage construction equipment and materials, and the former Columbia #1 Fire Company building along Front Street could serve as offices, Lutz said. RK&K Engineering, PennDOT, and the Lancaster County Planning Commission have already met to discuss the project. Preliminary engineering design work is scheduled for the next year and a half.
Columbia Spy previously posted these related articles:
- Ground-penetrating radar used to scan bridge
- Salt must go before bridge project begins
- But seriously . . . Is the bridge falling apart?
Part 1 – Columbia to Chickies Rock: Explore the geology of Chickies Rock, other areas on trail along Susquehanna River
Sunday, March 18, 2018
"I never heard it from the chief, why we don't have a police dog. I'm tired of hearing, 'It's the kids.'" Doutrich said, referring to the mayor's stated concern about the dog intimidating children. "Isn't there kids in any of these other municipalities?"
Lutz replied, "But they're not using the dogs on the kids like you suggested."
"Other municipalities are using it [a K-9 program]." Doutrich said. " Why aren't we?" He said the program was funded.
"In order to have a K-9 assigned to the police department you have to have an officer that's willing to take on the K-9," Lutz said. "We do not have an officer willing to take on the K-9. So, therefore, we cannot have a dog." Doutrich said Columbia does have an officer available, but Lutz heatedly replied, "That officer will never have a dog in Columbia Borough."
Doutrich accused the mayor of being political about the issue. Lutz denied the claim and said the issue is about liability.
According to a February 26, 2014 LancasterOnline article, the issue was visited in a heated back-and-forth at that month's borough council meeting. At the meeting, Lutz said the reason for discontinuing the K-9 was due to the officer's concern about having a dog in his home that is trained to bite. One council member said he had spoken to the officer and Lutz's assertion was incorrect. According to the article, Lutz said that a second officer considered taking on the role of handler but was also concerned about having such a dog in his home.
Plans for the "Veterans Memorial Bridge Island Gateway Project" call for a number of additional improvements: an array of flags representing all branches of the military, lighting, and updated landscaping. The fundraising portion of the project includes the development of brick walkways at the bridge plaza. Part of the project's backstory can be found HERE.
A dedication is planned for May 26, 2018, the day before Columbia’s Memorial Day parade. The deadline for ordering bricks to be included in the May 26 dedication is April 15. There is also a deadline of July 2 for an August install, and a deadline of October 1 for a November install.
Completed purchase forms along with payment should be sent to:
VFW Veterans Memorial Flag ProjectQuestions should be directed to Kevin Kraft at 717-684-2370.
c/o Kevin Kraft
PO Box 231,
Columbia PA 17512
Friday, March 16, 2018
Thursday, March 15, 2018
Above are links to street mapping that compare how far the Borough has come with the maintenance of streets within the last few years. The 2014 map contains the rating assigned to each street when a conditions assessment was completed in October 2014. The 2018 map captures all of the projects completed within the Borough between 2015 and 2017 and those projects scheduled to be completed in 2018.
The Borough is happy to report that 75% of Borough streets are currently rated in Excellent or Good categories. That is an increase of 12% since the initial assessment in 2014. Another impressive stat is the mileage of streets categorized as poor fell from 8% to 3%. Poor streets are the most expensive to repair considering they typically require extensive base work.
The Borough is also happy to report by the end of 2018 12% of all streets will have been paved with 62% being the worst streets in the Borough.
(note: a visual re-assessment of streets was not completed for this mapping. Any street that may have deteriorated (dropped a category) since 2014 was not factored. )
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
A Columbia man successfully beat a quick ticket charge due to mistakes by the officer who wrote the ticket. At a March 13 hearing before District Justice Miles Bixler, the defendant, Angel Rodriquez, said the name on the ticket - "Angela" Rodriguez - was incorrect. Rodriguez also said he does not own or rent property at the Union Street address listed on the ticket. According to Rodriguez, he entered a plea of "Not Guilty," and charges were dismissed based on the errors. The quick ticket was issued for a small TV placed on the sidewalk outside the address.
Doutrich: " I understand there's a wrecked police car. What can you tell me about it?"
Lutz: "The officer was involved in an accident. It's being repaired."
Doutrich: "What happened? Anybody know how it was involved? Somebody hit it? It hit somebody?"
Lutz: "The officer hit somebody, going out of the alley, responding to a call."
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
At Monday's meeting, Columbia Borough Council unanimously approved an "Addendum to Professional Services Agreement Between The Borough of Columbia AND The Susquehanna Heritage Corporation..." for management and marketing of the borough-owned Columbia Trolley Works trolley.
As part of the agreement, the borough will provide $11,000 annually to Susquehanna Heritage "for costs associated with management of the Trolley." The breakdown of anticipated annual costs is as follows:
- Trolley Management: $4,000
- On-Board Interpretation - (Trolley Guides-formerly known as volunteers), two part-time positions: $4,000.
- Support costs: (Equipment, signs, brochures, insurance, miscellaneous): $2,000.
- SHC Administrative Support: (Accounting, Personnel Management, etc.): $1,000
Excerpts from the agreement:
- Trolley Maintenance: The borough shall ensure that the trolley is maintained and operated in a manner that complies with local, state, and federal laws and regulations relating to its operation, including licenses and other requirements of the public utility commission and/or the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Costs associated with maintaining and fueling the Trolley are the sole responsibility of the borough. The Borough shall maintain and fuel the Trolley so that it is readily available for use year-round, including maintaining a fully functional heat and air conditioning system. The Borough shall immediately inform Susquehanna Heritage of any mechanical or other issues that prevent the Trolley from operating. The Trolley shall be housed and maintained by the Borough at a location to be determined by the Borough.
- Scheduling and staffing: The Borough shall be responsible for recruiting, selecting, training, supervising, and compensating employees assigned to drive and maintain the Trolley. All such employees shall be employees of the Borough and not employees of Susquehanna Heritage... It shall be the responsibility of the Borough Manager to handle any personnel issues relating to Borough employees and the Trolley operation.
On Friday, March 2, 2018, West Hempfield Police filed a charge of One count of Harassment Section 2709 A 1 (S) against Miley at MDJ Miles Bixler's Office in Columbia.
Monday, March 12, 2018
Brandon C. Kalbach conveyed 328 Union St. to Jason E. Noel and Linda L. Harris for $81,000.
Wgmc Properties LLC and Walter L. Siderio conveyed 571 Walnut St. to Joshua T. and Samantha N. Anderson for $76,350.
The estate of Richard K. D. Markley conveyed 238 S. Eight St. to Christopher M. Lenker for $40,000.
Bruce E. and Angela M. Gross and Harvey W. Harple Jr. conveyed property on South Sixth Street to Jonette R. Hall for $125,500.
Flinchbaugh Holdings LLC and David J. Flinchbaugh conveyed 468 Locust St. to Roundhouse Partners LLC for $60,000.
The estate of Deborah K. Ames conveyed 522 N. Third St. to Lorenzo Vale and Whitney Rivera for $90,000.
Columbia Borough conveyed property on Locust Street to Lancaster County Land Bank Authority for $1.
Bruce R. Roberts conveyed 219 Lawrence St. to Joseph Welsh for $55,000.
Jason M. and Jill L. Strange conveyed property on Avenue North to Ashley T. Seifried for $60,000.
USA Housing & Urban Development conveyed 236 S. Second St. to North Star Properties LLC for $18,610.
Groff & Ranck LLC and James M. Groff conveyed property on North Fifth Street to Acemac LLC for $210,000.