Thursday, September 19, 2019

Columbia Borough School District is considered "newly diverse."

Columbia Borough School District is considered "newly diverse."

In 1995, enrollment was 1,411. The racial makeup of the student body was 88.9% white; 4.3% Hispanic; 6.6% black; 0.3% Asian.

In 2017, enrollment was 1,362. The racial makeup of the student body was 57.9% white; 27.4% Hispanic; 8.3% black; 0.7% Asian; 5.7% multi-racial.

This district was not given an integration score.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Building alterations questioned in Historic District

[Submitted photo]

Zoning and Planning Officer Jeff Helm (above, right)  talks to a worker at Clean Quarters laundromat Wednesday night about a possible ordinance violation. Wood trim was reportedly removed from the building's exterior and replaced with plastic and painted over, constituting a violation in the borough's historic district. No permit had been issued for the project, and the alterations were not reviewed by the Historic Architectural Review Board. The building is located at 207 Locust Street.

Columbia Community Street Festival to be held September 20

Join us for this friendly community gathering.

There will be plenty of FREE activities,food and fun for everyone.

We look forward to seeing YOU
as we gather to CELEBRATE Columbia!

When: Sept 20th

Time: 6pm to 9pm

Where: Park Elementary Playground

All-day breakfast platters now available at The Spot

All-day breakfast platters are now available at The Spot at 438-1/2 Locust Street. Open daily 12-9.

Agenda - Columbia School Board Meeting - September 19, 2019

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Seen today - Banners, fluid spill (Tuesday, September 17, 2019)

Several rectangular banners announcing the upcoming Bridge Bust were recently hung near the bridge plaza.

 A truck owned by Republic Services left a trail of hydraulic fluid this morning on Sixth Street, from Locust to Maple. Some of the fluid was tracked onto the 500 block of Chestnut. Police, fire police, and borough workers blocked off the area with vehicles as crews from the borough and Republic applied absorbent and swept up over the course of several hours.

Lancaster County Judge Candidate Paulson Supports Justice for All; Hosts Separate Debate Forum

Lancaster County Court of Common Pleas Candidate Greg Paulson will not participate in the candidate forum hosted by LNP and the Lancaster Bar Association on October 23rd. The venue, Lancaster Bible College, has a history of discrimination against the LGBTQ community, making it unclear if the venue is truly open and welcoming to all.

“As a judge, I’ll be asked to provide equal justice under the law to each and every individual in my courtroom, and it is my commitment that they will receive it. I cannot therefore participate in a forum that is not welcoming to all equally in a venue that is far from impartial. My campaign made every effort to encourage a change of venue so that I and the entire community would feel welcome to participate but we were ultimately unsuccessful,” said Paulson.

All voters should hear directly from candidates for public office so that they can make an informed choice at the polls in November 5th. Paulson will be holding his own live online forum on his campaign Facebook page the same evening (October 23rd) starting at 7pm. The video will remain posted for all Lancaster County residents to see.

[Source: Press release]

Maxwell Project coming Saturday, November 2

September 2019 Delinquent Tax Report is now available

That September 2019 Lancaster County Delinquent Tax Report is now available and can be downloaded HERE.

Legal notices for upcoming HARB and Zoning meetings

Legal Notice

Notice is hereby given that at 7:00 PM on September 18, 2019, the Historical Architectural Review Board of the Borough of Columbia (HARB) will hear the application of William Pflumm involving property located at 155 Bridge Street requesting approval of plans to complete exterior painting of building in council chambers of Borough Hall, 308 Locust Street, Columbia, PA.

If you are a person with a disability wishing to attend this meeting and require an accommodation to participate in the meeting, please contact the Columbia Borough Office at 717-684-2467 to discuss how the Borough may accommodate your needs.
Publish Date 9/17/19

Legal Notice

The Zoning Hearing Board of Columbia will meet on Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at 7:00 PM, in the Municipal Building at 308 Locust Street, Columbia, PA, to consider the following application(s) and/or appeal(s):

Doolittle Investments LLC/Valued Inc d/b/a Floyd’s of Leadville is requesting special exception(s) and/or variance(s) to change the use to manufacture and/or bulk process hemp buds for extracting CBD oil at the property at 185 N Front Street in the Riverfront Commercial (RC) zoned district.

If you are a person with a disability wishing to attend this meeting and require an accommodation to participate in the meeting, please contact the Columbia Borough Office at 717.684.2467 to discuss how the Borough may accommodate your needs.
Publish Dates 9/10/19 and 9/17/19

Sunday, September 15, 2019

About Town 9/15/19

This week's photos of Columbia

Butterfly catcher trying to increase his net worth

And he had a bit of competition.

 There are those towers again.

 Mourning dove in the afternoon

 On the rocks (almost)

 Turkey vultures eat dead critters. Their poop is a sanitizer.

 Raised barn -
The elevator must be inside the post.

 Yep, weeds

 Still there

 Municipal signs for a private drive?

 Old and young - wood, that is

 Hang out the back, Jack.

 Many elevator trucks on Bank Avenue

 All the livelong day . . . 

 There are several things wrong here.

 The lights are on, but the store is never open.

 On the way to work

 Bridge lights

 Fulsome foliage

 9/11 remembrance

 Out on the river

 Heron in a hurry
(Above and below)

 Tired from the ride

 Google tells us that this white-tailed dragonfly is an adult male "common whitetail" or "long-tailed skimmer."

 It appeared to be injured; its thorax looked to be almost separated from its abdomen.

 Even so, it kept flying away from the camera.

 He didn't see the sign. Either that, or cats just can't read.

 The Albatwitch is coming October 12.

 A door of Columbia

 Another door of Columbia - two more, in fact

 Campaign sign

 Preparing for Friday night's game

 Sparrow messing on a gravestone - 
No respect!

Speaking of no respect - someone left this trash on Locust Street, between 7th and 8th.
[Submitted photo]

 There's a rare sight: no traffic on 462 between Chestnut and Locust

 And only one vehicle at the end of Chestnut, near the bridge - 
Sunday mornings are like that, for about a minute.

 What's the point?

 Hide and seek

 All wired up

 "The field"

 You'll never be the same.

 More hide and seek

 Morning jibber-jabber

 Morning mist

 "The field" Sunday morning

 In a fog

Get your truck washed.