Cleon Berntheizel at Tuesday's Columbia Borough Council meeting
Berntheizel made the comments early Friday morning on the Columbia Spy Facebook page under an article titled "Council president addresses tax hike and petition drive in prepared statement." He responded in similar fashion to commenters on other Spy articles as well. He has since removed most of his comments - and in a few cases offered meek apologies to individual commenters - but as of this posting, some remain on the Spy page. Most commenters are Columbia Borough taxpayers.
Berntheizel made the comments from his personal Facebook page, and in some remarks appeared to be speaking for Council. It is unclear at this point whether or not his comments were sanctioned by Council since our emails to council members and the borough manager have not elicited any response.