Thursday, March 15, 2018

Borough reports that 75% of its streets are excellent to good, a 12% increase from 2014

The following information is reprinted from the Columbia Borough website.

2014 Map

2018 Map

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. )

25 comments:

  1. FAIR MUST MEAN ONLY SOME HOLES AND BUMPS

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    1. WHAT ABOUT THE 2ND STREET STAND OFF?

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  2. We paid for another study to show "on paper" how great everything is here in Columbia. I see why residents do not attend meetings, it makes them physically sick.

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  3. Study? It's a report dumbass.

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    1. Someone hopefully had to study the streets in order to complete a report. I am not a dumbass, but those that resort to name calling are.

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  4. PAYING FOR A REPORT COULD HAVE FIXED MORE.

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  5. I as a resident would agree the columbia streets are inproving, compared to when i was 16 and driving around!! 75% seems alittle high, and the borough needs to keep the maintenance up on the streets that were re paved!! I believe jake graham does a hell of a job, on staying on top of the street dept..

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  6. WHAT HAPPEN TO THE 8 MILLION DOLLARS WE GOT FOR THE SEWER SYSTEM? MAYBE PROPERTY OWNERS SHOULD GET A BREAK ON TAXES. THE GUESS IS WE ARE PAYING FOR MORE REPORTS LIKE STREETS REPORT,REPORT ON BOROUGH MOVING TO SCHOOL OFFICE AT 5TH&CHESTNUT, EASY TO SEE IT IS TO SMALL,AND OTHER UNNEEDED EXPENCES. MAYBE THE 40,000 DOLLAR FENCE, is somebody getting kick backs on these stuff? The tax payers should ask these council members these questions.

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    1. ASKING WILL MAKE THE BOROUGH TARGET YOU,WHAT DO YOU THINK A ASSISTANCE BOROUGH REALY DOES? BUT THEY DO NEED TO ANSWER SOME OF THESE QUESTIONS ABOUT THE WAY THIS COUNCIL IS SPENDING!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    2. 8 million wow maybe thats why there blowing money

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  7. its great that the streets are good. It makes it a lot easier for you complaining people to leave this town,

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    1. So just shut up and let them raise your taxes and blow the money, don't make any sense to me. MAKE THEM ACCOUNTABLE!

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    2. YOU MUST BE A BOROUGH IN PLANT.

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  8. Aha, so that's the direction council is heading

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  9. ALWAYS with the fence enough is a enough how do you know how much it cost never saw that it cost $40,000 tell me where you got your information from


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    1. The $40,000 figure comes from an article about the November 2017 Public Works Committee meeting, which we posted here:

      http://www.columbiaspy.com/2017/11/did-heritage-drive-become-40000-gift-to.html?m=1

      in which we quoted Public Works Director Ron Miller:

      "The borough paid about $32,000 for the fence, according to Miller. The borough will be responsible for maintaining the fence.
      "The borough also ordered 52 trees for the project - at a cost of $8,200."

      We later learned that not all the trees will be used for the Heritage Drive project. Most have yet to be planted anywhere.

      On November 21, 2017, we submitted a Right-to-Know request for invoices from the purchase of the fence and the trees. We have yet to receive that information.

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    2. Did you get any response? Have you filed with the PA Office of Open Records?

      "How long does an agency have to respond?

      5 business days. An agency is required to respond to a request as promptly as possible under the circumstances, which shall not exceed five business days.

      Requests for Extensions. Under certain circumstances, such as when legal review or redaction are necessary, records are stored in a remote location, or where a request is extensive, an agency may take up to 30 more days to provide access to or copies of the records. The agency must still notify the requester of this "extension" within 5 business days of receipt of the original request.

      Deemed denial. If an agency does not respond within 5 business days, the request is deemed denied. If an agency has sought an extension, but does not provide access within the 30 additional days, the request is deemed denied, unless the requester has agreed in writing to an extension. If your request is denied or deemed denied, you may file an appeal, as discussed below.

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    3. Will be pursuing this, as well as a few other requests.

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  10. Who did the Inspection a BLIND person sitting at Jansens Playground, the streets are nothing to BRAG about.

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  11. have they been on Walnut Street from 5th up to 9th street. OMG UGI has dug up and do an awful job just patching these streets! and now Locust Street from 7th up to 8th street.

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  12. They must be blind...go down Walnut and Locust street and now the gas company is digging up everywhere

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  13. Plus paying an asst. boro manager who does more speaking up than the manage he never has an answer and no other manage had to have an assistant and she isn't a native what does she know about Columbia. One needs to go there's 2 wages. And the town will look awful because the boro office has been there for many, many years.

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  14. Street sweeper is wearing out the streets. They should sell it.

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  15. I think the biggest problem with the patch jobs by UGI is nobody from the boro is baby sitting them as they back fill, all the patches should be compacted with a tamper in 4 inch lifts of 2A stone, and a compaction unit should be on site to make sure that the percentages are within a PA state spec!! UGI or any outside contractor should be held responsible for up to 1 year per contract. Like a warranty on there work!!!

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  16. Hard for Street Sweeper to wear out the streets when it has been idle for months now.

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