Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Council president issues statement on transparency, new process

At the April 11, 2016 meeting of the Columbia Borough Council, Council President Kelly Murphy read from a prepared statement explaining the borough's policy on transparency and presenting a new process by which the borough will post draft agendas on its website before meetings are held.   The text of the statement, which was provided to Columbia Spy by Murphy, is published here: 


"At no time has Council or the Borough of Columbia purposely failed to disclose, or to conceal from the public, items which will be discussed at its public meetings. Rather, the Borough’s process has historically (at least the 8+ years I have been on council) been to complete its agenda on the day of a meeting, which has made production of Borough’s agenda prior to the meeting difficult.

Borough Council of the Borough of Columbia has always been and intends to continue to be completely transparent with respect to its activities and the matters that it votes on. We encourage residents from the Borough of Columbia to appear at all meetings and to actively participate in discussion regarding Borough items. Many if not all of the items on Council’s agenda every month have previously been discussed at a public Committee meeting.

The Borough Manager and Council President are developing a new internal process to have agendas developed and finalized by Thursday or Friday of the week immediately prior to a Borough Council meeting and to have that agenda posted on the Borough’s website, along with the documents which are to be approved or discussed pursuant to that agenda. At no time has the current process violated Sunshine or Right To Know laws."


Recently, questions were raised regarding the availability of public documents  requested from Columbia Borough through the Pennsylvania Right-to-Know Law. The borough was also criticized in a Lancaster Newspapers editorial  focusing on compliance with Pennsylvania's Sunshine Act.

23 comments:

  1. Mr. Murphy,
    What about promisesadequate on Historic Ave J??
    You were kept informed by the 360 people that signed a petition to close it.
    You agreed it should be closed.
    Yet, because of a minor few,,, the public promises made were never followed thru.
    Please explain.

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  2. OUT OF 360 PEOPLE SIGNED A PETITION TO CLOSE IT. THERE ONLY ONE PERSON WANTS IS CLOSE TO HAVE THAT PERSON DONT HAVE OFF STREET PARKING AND THE PEOPLE ON THE BLOCK WAS NEVER ASKED ABOUT IT

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  3. English please??

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  4. Mmmm get your facts straight.
    And seems the code violations are still taking place.
    No worries, caught on camera.
    Have a good day.

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  5. There is ample parking on the street.
    It was a Carriage Way, not a driveway, or an access route for personal agendas.
    What remains needs to be saved.

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  6. DO YOU HAVE PROOF OF THAT. THEIR WAS A CAR GARAGE THEIR THE OWNER TOOK IT DOWN IT WAS NOT SAVE ABLE TO SAVE IT.THE BOUROUGH DONT TAKE OF ITS ONLY A ALLEY.

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  7. i agree. it was not a driveway. its for foot traffic. keep it as it was all these years.

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    1. its wide enough for traffic to go through it. 25 years we been here in the neighborhood thats how it was.

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    2. YES IT IS WIDE ENOUGH!!!!!

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  8. The proof is in the pictures and documentation presented to Council, News Views and Reviews along with this Site.
    The only agenda to keep it open is so the ongoing activities of a select few that live on the Block, hardly the majority.
    When does the broken curb, the crumbling wall and the dangerous sidewalks get repaired by those same residents?
    Perhaps after someone gets injured?
    A law suit?
    Get real, the carriage way is not made to be driven on and when a Ralph McBride lived it wasnt!
    Park on the street and move the junkyard!

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  9. I agree. The Carriage Way (as Bob called it) was NOT for vehicles to drive on. It was for foot traffic. It SHOULD remain for foot traffic only. This is the most historical block in the Borough, improve it, don't mess it up! Insist ALL violations in this most historical district are addressed. Absolutely LOVE this block with all the Historical Architecture and stories.

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  10. Some people need to mind there own business

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  11. If you want the side walk fix them you fix it maybe we can get a grant to do it

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  12. Let the wining begine

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  13. Let the truth be known!
    BTW FIX YOUR OWN SIDEWALK AND CURB,
    every property owner is responsible for their own.

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  14. SOME PEOPLE ARE ON A BUDGET. NOT LIKE YOU ARE IF YOU WANT IT FIX I GUESS YOU CAN GIVE THEM PEOPLE THE MONEY TO FIX IT. THEN YOU STOP COMPLAINING.

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  15. Not a chance,,, on all counts!

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  16. STOP TAKING PICTURE OF PEOPLE.ITS NOT GOING TO HELP YOU TO HAVE TO THE ALLEY CLOSE.THEY ALREADY TO YOU THEY ARE NOT GOING TO ANYTHING WITH IT

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  17. See,,, I'm still collecting pictures and support

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  18. It was used a WHOLE lot more, when Ralph and Leo lived there. Stop telling lies, PLEASE.

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