Monday, April 19, 2021

Columbia Borough Council rejects resolution calling for county health department

When: Columbia Borough Council meeting, April 13.

What happened: Borough Council voted against approving a resolution calling on Lancaster County Board of Commissioners to create a county health department. Officials also announced a one-day COVID-19 vaccination clinic and listened to resident comments about a proposed industrial park development.

Health department: Sharon Lintner was the only yes vote on the resolution, which Manheim Township approved last month and sent to every municipality and school district in the county. The document supports creating a county health department. Council did ask Borough Manager Mark Stivers to work with other municipalities as well as the county to research options on what tasks a county health office would cover and who could perform these duties.

Quotable: "I think this is a knee-jerk reaction to the COVID pandemic," Mayor Leo Lutz said of the resolution initiated by Manheim Township. "I can't support another layer of government." Council member Peter Stahl expressed a similar opinion.


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