Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Columbia's Revolving Loan Fund faces possible legal challenge, attorney requests information from borough solicitor


Columbia Spy received a copy of the letter shown above that was sent to Columbia Borough's solicitor from an attorney for the law firm Stock and Leader requesting clarification on the borough's controversial Revolving Loan Fund. The letter questions the statutory authority of the borough in establishing the loan program with taxpayer revenue. The letter also suggests a legal challenge may be in the offing. Borough council is likely to discuss the issue at tonight's regular borough council meeting at 7 p.m. at the District Administration Center, 200 North 5th Street.


Council expects a crowd, moves Tuesday night's meeting to DAC

Tuesday night's borough council meeting will be held at the District Administration Center (shown above) at 7 p.m.

According to the borough calendar, there is only one meeting scheduled for this week: the regular borough council meeting on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 7 p.m.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the expected high number of residents attending the meeting, the location has been moved to the District Administration Center, 200 North 5th Street, Columbia.


Monday, January 21, 2019

This week's borough meetings 1/21-25/19


 According to the borough calendar, there is only one meeting scheduled for this week: the regular borough council meeting on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 7 p.m.

PLEASE NOTE:  Due to the expected high number of residents attending the meeting, the location has been moved to the District Administration Center, 200 North 5th Street, Columbia.

Agenda - Borough Council Meeting, January 22, 2019



CBFD gets brand new fire police vehicle

CBFD's new vehicle - a 2019 Ford F-450 truck

Columbia Spy recently got an up-close look at the new fire police vehicle that was picked up and driven home from Georgia by members of the Columbia Borough Fire Department last week. The vehicle, a 2019 Ford F-450 truck, was built by Fouts Brothers of Atlanta and boasts a 6.7 liter diesel engine and four-door crew cab. Although it's a basic model - with crank windows and push button locks - it has a few necessary extras: a reader board, artificial lighting units that can illuminate entire intersections, and storage compartments for helmets, vests, safety cones, and other equipment. In addition, the cab contains a dashcam that records the road ahead as well as the vehicle driver.

Last April, Columbia Borough Council approved $99,207 for the vehicle, in a 6-1 vote. The fire department provided about $20,000 for the added safety equipment.


Once around the new truck


















Sunday, January 20, 2019

About Town 1/20/19

This week's photos from around Columbia...
(Click/tap on photos for larger, clearer images.)


Friendly forklift driver

 Lost spare

 Someone should have kept it "STOPED" under the floor like the label says.

Milkweed with gossamer strands

 Separation anxiety

 The Good Book - with redactions

 Vandalism at South 3rd and Avenue I

 Drive carefully

Interview on the front porch

 Gang of little pillars, small but mighty

 What's happening here?

 Permit for the above

 7 years bad luck

Pointy arch

 Tissue, please

 Open lock box

 Shiny icicles

 Out at Dollar General

 Hangin' out

 Rail car instructions

 Parking lot at the bottom of Locust - now with 48-hour parking

Vines starting to trespass.

 Comfort car

 That's not going to work too well.



This branch of Union Community Bank is gone for good...









 Rock on

Winter evening

 Patriotic rooster

 Up for auction soon

Orange and lemon raincoat

 High, but not mighty
[Submitted photo]

Some people can park wherever they want.
Rank has its privileges.
(And privilege has its rankness.)
[Submitted photo]

 Do not look for welcome here.

 Enter if you dare.

 On the bridge

 Columbia skyline

In the valley of one-headed men, the two-headed man is king.