Thursday, April 25, 2019

A few takeaways from Tuesday's Borough Council Meeting

Columbia Borough Council accepted the resignation of Jay Frerichs and Jeanne Lehmann. Frerichs was hired as a property inspector last November. Lehmann was vice-chair of the Historic Architectural Review Board.

Walnut Street Improvements
Council authorized the borough engineer to advertise for public bids for road improvements to the 700 and 800 blocks of Walnut Street, pending solicitor approval. The bid includes an inspector as part of the process. Previously, residents told council that there were problems with last year's improvements to the 500 and 600 blocks of Walnut.

Citizen Comments:
Heather Zink said that tree grates on several blocks of Locust Street are becoming tripping hazards. Council President Kelly Murphy said the road crew will address the issue. 

Tree grate on the 300 block of Locust

Zink also questioned the need to pay an outside contractor (Tom Jones Landscaping) to mow at the Veterans Memorial Bridge Plaza. She noted that workers should be available to mow, since several were transferred from the sewer plant when LASA took over the operation. 

The two photos above were taken Wednesday,  April 24, 2019 at the bridge plaza.

Councilman Cleon Berntheizel replied that the contractor continues to install commemorative bricks at the plaza at no cost. Berntheizel added that since the area is a memorial, it should be kept "as perfect as possible." He added that borough properties are frequently mowed "very quickly" and workers don't always pick up the clippings. Berntheizel said that the contractor also does weeding in the spring. Murphy added that this is the time of year when other projects are kicking into place for the highway department. 

[A current Highway Department employee, Jim Jones, is a landscaper who has done several projects in the borough. Directing him to maintain the bridge plaza could eliminate the need for an outside contractor, thus saving money for the borough]

Jim Jones, already on the Highway Department, is also a landscaper who has done several projects in the borough, including this one (shown above) at Zion Hill Cemetery in 2016.

Frank Doutrich asked how much money was put into escrow by contractor Eberly Myers LLC for the large "hole in the ground" at the bottom of Locust Street where a house was demolished to make way for an apartment building project. (Columbia Spy reported on the project HERE and HERE.) The project has thus far not materialized. Borough Manager Rebecca Denlinger said that it was her understanding that they had a six-month time frame to complete what was required in their permit, including demolition and foundation work. She added that the company needs to raise more capital for the project.

The "hole in the ground" at the bottom of Locust Street, where a house was demolished to make way for an apartment building.  The project is currently on hold.

Meet the Candidates for Change - Thursday, 5-8 p.m. at the VFW

Free event:

"Meet and Greet"
The Candidates for Change:

Heather Zink

Eric Kauffman

James R. Settle II

Howard Stevens

Robert Misciagna

Sharon Lintner

Tanya Minnick

Where: VFW Post # 2435
401 Manor Street, Columbia

When: Thursday, April 25, 2019
5:00-8:00 pm.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Columbia Schools - Snow Make-up Day Monday, April 22, 2019

About Town 4/21/19

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

Angel Rodriguez is one of many Columbians opposed to the borough's unnecessary tax hike.

On Saturday, members of the Columbia Borough Fire Department and the Mount Joy Fire Department paid their final respects to Staff Sergeant Benjamin Hines, as his military escort passed by. Hines was killed in Afghanistan on April 9.  The hearse carrying his body is seen in the lower left.
[Photo by Tim Coover]

Prior to the funeral detail, CBFD firefighters rescued a cat in a tree at the trailer park off Meadow Lane in West Hempfield Township.

[Photos by Lauren Fritz]

 Back in Columbia: Where are the sidewalks?

 Sign down on 9th!

 High winds took a toll earlier in the week.

Here's more evidence of the fact - out at Glatfelter's.

 More road work. Will it ever be finished?

 The realtor handling the former Northwest Bank building on Locust... also handling the former Union Community Bank building along the highway.

 Bigfoot doesn't exist, and neither does the cleaning fairy. But the Albatwitch does!

 More goings-on at the Market House. Things are operating on "faith" at this point.

 Here are the Market's sidesteps leading to the dungeon area, where, according to legend, Columbia's miscreants were placed in former days. We might want to revisit that practice for some present-day officials and businesspersons.

 More mattress mania

 A developer had big plans, but all we got was this lousy swimming pool.

 Break time at River Park

 Have a seat, sit back, and watch. Columbia is "the show that never ends."

The former AMVETS building on North 2nd was just sold to Cimarron Investments, LLC for $175,000, according to Columbia News, Views & Reviews.  

 A well-rounded view of Columbia in Avenue H

Activity at the 4th Street Firehouse:

Anyway, here's the contact info, in case you want to lease the place.

Just around the corner from the firehouse, in Avenue H - a surveyor about to survey

 An open-window policy is apparently in effect.

 Looks like the rehab house at 119 North 5th is no more.

 The wine & spirits store is returning May 2. Not a moment too soon.

 This is how some people dispose of old vehicles.

 Flat car, good for riding the rails and such

 So that's where those markers went.

 Nabbed one.

 More goings-on at Front & Walnut

"Lazybones, sleepin' in the sun
How you 'spect to get your day's work done?
You'll never get your day's work done sleepin' in the noonday sun..."

"Lazybones, loafin' all the day
How you 'spect to make a dime that way?
You won't make no dime that way loafin' in the shade all day."
["Lazybones" by Johnny Mercer & Hoagy Carmichael]

 Scraping along

 Something happening on the bridge

 These two are collecting water samples with that fish-shaped container. They're most likely from the US Geological Survey, whose workers collected samples in 2017, as Columbia Spy reported HERE.

 Double trouble

 Animal lover

 Cowgirl and big K

 This is what you might see if you drink and drive. So don't do it.

Spraying down the sidewalk, just in time for...

 ...the big watchamacallit.

 Crimson & Gold tulip (with a visitor)

Speaking of Crimson & Gold, here are some softball players, as seen at Glatfelter's Field #3:


Apartment living 

Maybe they could move here.

 At Hermansader's Gallery on the 400 block of Locust

Delivery man at CVS waiting for someone to unlock the door

 Rumor has it that this person is still alive, but he hasn't been seen in town for years. Reports of his existence are unconfirmed at this point.

 Looks like things are bustling at Living Stones Masonry at 39 Front Street.

 There's the Coast Guard flying over.

 Sandpiper strolling at River Park

 Bins of scrap at the Gordon Waste weigh-in

 A mixture of styles and materials - with mixed results

 Making a point at Park Side Auto Sales

 Rolling along on 462

 Also on 462: pedestrians exiting from Saturday's Easter egg hunt, trying to cross the highway without assistance

Someone must have slept through driver's ed. 

 What is it?
Where is it?
Do you know?

 New barber shop to open at 4th & Union?

 It's Nick's Barber Shop.

This rusty scaffolding now qualifies as art, having been left in place for over 10 years. It can now be legally exhibited in a gallery. 
[Submitted photo]