Thursday, March 31, 2022
There's been a lot of disorderly conduct and harassment in Columbia lately: police log, March 31, 2022
Monday, March 28, 2022
STREET SWEEPING IN COLUMBIA BOROUGH WILL BE SUSPENDED ON TUESDAY, MARCH 29, 2022 BUT WILL RESUME ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30, 2022
Sourced via CRIMEWATCH®: https://lancaster.crimewatchpa.com/columbiapd/10552/post/columbia-borough-street-sweeping-suspended-tuesday-march-29-2022-0
According to treasurer Martin Moore, the association wants the trolley to be "strictly committed to the merchants of Columbia" in order to "move people around." The association envisions shuttling people around to local businesses or delaying departure of potential customers who are finished shopping at a particular business. The goal is to get people to spend more time and money in town. There would be no fee for passengers.
The association would also consider an option to lease the trolley. The lease option was previously suggested by councillor Eric Kauffman at the December 28, 2021 meeting.
Columbia Borough purchased the trolley in 2017 for $39,900, after breaking its contract with Rivertowne Trolley, whose services it had been using. The borough eventually contracted with Susquehanna Heritage to manage and operate the trolley at $11,000 a year. The $1500 offer from the merchants is only about 4% of what the borough paid for it. The association claims the offer is justified, however, because it believes the trolley will bolster business in the borough, including at the Columbia Market House. Moore said the association can't afford to pay more: "We can't afford to purchase something like this just outright. We can't. We don't have enough money to do that."
The trolley is one of three borough-owned vehicles that council approved December 28, 2021 to be sold:
- 2008 Chevrolet Silverado
- 1993 Chance Trolley
- 1987 John Deere 4290 Tractor
At Tuesday's meeting, councillor Sharon Lintner asked borough manager Stivers if the vehicles had been posted for bid yet. Stivers said they hadn't been but didn't offer a reason for the three-month delay.
Regarding the association's low offer, resident Frank Doutrich asked, "Is that fair to the taxpayers of Columbia? The trolley should never have been bought to begin with. The public didn't have much say in the buying, and I'm hoping we have some say in the selling."
Doutrich told council that it would be more fair to put the trolley up for a bid for anyone who would want to buy it. He said he would be interested in purchasing it if it's put up for sale. In a phone conversation with Columbia Spy, he said he would start his offer at $10,000.
During discussion, councillors brought up concerns about losing equity and the association's offer not matching the true value of the trolley. Council President Heather Zink argued that if putting it up for auction could bring $15,000, then money lost [in a sale to the association] is a cost to the borough.
Borough solicitor Evan Gabel said an interpretation of article 1201.3 of the PA State Borough Code might allow the borough to sell to a non-profit of its choosing. (In order to sell the trolley to the association, council would first need to approve a motion to change its December 2021 decision to accept bids, and then make a second motion to allow the sale.)
Council voted to table the issue until the solicitor researches further.
Annemarie T. Jones and Annemarie Jones conveyed 647 Franklin St. to Kenneth M. Jones and Annemarie T. Jones for $1.
Ghizlane Benmoussa conveyed property on a public road to Thomas J. Jackson III for $115,000.
Kamal Millad Awad conveyed 1135 Walnut St. to George E. Awad and Vivian Lokhorst for $1.
Valley View Capital LLC and Eli S. King conveyed 665 Plane St. to Dennis L. Kemmick Jr. for $75,000.
Sunday, March 27, 2022
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Tuesday, March 22, 2022
Police charged Mills and Chapman with robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery – both felony offenses – as well as harassment. Chapman, who has a suspended driver’s license and was seen driving the vehicle after the incident, was also charged with summary traffic violation.
Judge Brian Chudzik set Mills’ and Chapman’s bail at $100,000 each during a preliminary arraignment Sunday, court records show. They are both still in Lancaster County Prison, unable to post that amount.
Attorneys were not listed for either Mills or Chapman in court documents.
They will each face a preliminary hearing before Judge Mary Sponaugle on March 30.
HERE for the meeting packet.
Monday, March 21, 2022
Jeffery J. Seibert and Melissa Seibert conveyed 305 Locust St. to GK 315 Locust St. Apartments LLC for $300,000.
Awakened Properties LLC and Dan Zecher conveyed 241 N. Second St. to Anthony Rios for $230,000.
Ronald L. Heisey and Justine M. Peters conveyed property on Chestnut Street to Ronald L. Heisey and Justine M. Peters for $1.
Brian R. McLaughlin conveyed 437 Union St. to Route 322 Keystone Courts Mobile Home Park LLC for $85,000.
Heidi Jean Root conveyed property on Chestnut Street to Ronald L. Heisey and Justine M. Peters for $250,555.
Curtis E. Rosche, Curtis Rosche and Brittany Rosche conveyed 532 N. Second St. to Curtis Rosche and Brittany Rosche for $1.
Betty A. Arter conveyed property on Shawnee Avenue to Wilmington Savings Fund Society FSB, RMF Buyout Acquisition Trust 2021-Hb1, Compu Link Corp. and Celink for $1.
Cimarron Investments LLC and Donald C. Murphy conveyed 156 Walnut St. to Wayne Thomas LLC and Thomas Wayne LLC for $105,000.
Susan M. Feltenberger, Susan Hibbert and Susan Feltenberger conveyed 1001 Grinnell Ave. to Cassius Hibbert Sr. and Susan Hibbert for $1.
Sunday, March 20, 2022
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