Monday, January 10, 2011

Miller will be missed

Last week, Ron Miller, Columbia's public works manager, accepted a position as township manager in Shrewsbury Township, Southern York County.
Monday night, Columbia Borough Council accepted Miller's resignation and spoke highly of his contributions to the borough.
"He has a significant impact on this borough and we were fortunate to get someone like him with his background and skills," said Mary Wickenheiser, council president.
"He was able to get us $8 million in grants and I am not going to stand in the way of anyone improving themselves," said Mike Buery, councilman.
"These are some large shoes to fill and he will certainly be missed," said Mary Barninger vice-president of council.

Light project moves forward

Perhaps sometime later this year, once all the T's are crossed and the I's are dotted, the lights that adorn the Veteran's Memorial Bridge will get restored.
At Monday's borough council meeting, Columbia approved an intergovernmental cooperation agreement between Wrightsville, West Hempfield Township and PennDOT, to allow the restoration of the bridge lights to move forward.
Columbia was the last to approve the agreement in which Rivertownes PA USA has plans to replace the current lights on the bridge with historic lights that were on the bridge when it first opened.
Mayor Leo Lutz said the project got a boost Monday afternoon when the Lancaster County Transportation
Technical Advisory Committee gave its approval for the $1.2 million project and another county group is expected to give its stamp of approval tomorrow.
"The project will be fully funded and it might bre able to begin this year," Lutz said.
Council thanked Rivertownes President Dr. Claire Storm for her effort in getting this project off the ground.

Other council business

At its meeting on Monday night, borough council approved:
* Its fee schedule covering permits and licenses.
* Approved the placement of two new signs at the exit and entrance to the parking lot at Holy Trinity for new parking between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
* Denied a request for reserved parking space at 116 North Third Street.
* Amended borough code to allow for authorized organizations to spay and neuter feral cars and release them.
* Reduced the financial security for the townhouse project at Fifth and Poplar streets for landscaping improvements by $511.
* Approved allowing PA Registered Architects or Engineers to perform property inspections.
* Heard from Norm Meiskey, borough manager, the street lighting project downtown could begin in the third quarter of this year or late second quarter.
* Resident Shirley McBride asked council for help enforcing bike and skateboard ordinaces in the 200 block of Perry Street.
* Business owner Jesse Sweigart requested the borough's help improved a couple of properties in the downtown.

Appointments, reaapointments

Columbia Borough Council made the following appointments and reappointments at their meeting tonight:
* Dr. Bret Daniels, a five-year term on the Columbia Board of Health.
* William Kloidt and Daniel Bell to the police pension board, through Dec. 21, 2012.
* Reappointed Glen Schaeffer to the the Historic Architecture Review Board through Dec. 31, 2015.
* Accepted the resignation of Leo Storm from the Municipal Authority and appointed Ray McCarty to fill Storm's term through Dec. 31, 2014.
*Appointed William Kloidt to fill Ann Grubb's expired term on the Municipal Authority through Dec. 31, 2015.
* Reappointed Donald Haines to the Planning Commission through Dec. 31, 2014.
* Appointed Carmen Swinehart to the Planning Commission to fill the term of the late Fred Abenschein through Dec. 31, 2014.
* Reappointed William Kloidt to the vacancy board through Dec. 31, 2011.
* Reappointed James Ciccocioppi to the civil service board through Feb. 2, 2016.
* Appointed the firm of Zimmerman, Pfannebecker, Nuffort and Albert as solicitor for 2011.
* Reappointed C.S. Davidson as engineer for 2011.
 Reappointed Norman Meiskey III as borough secretary/treasurer and Georgianna Schreck as assistant secretary/treasurer for 2011.
* Reappointed Norman Meiskey III as the borough's representative to the Lancaster County Tax Collection Bureau Board of Directors and Georgianna Schreck as alternate.

Help is needed

Columbia No. 1 photo
The help of the community is needed following a devastating fire Sunday afternoon in the borough.
The home of Mike and Carmen Swinehart at Front and Water streets (near Blue Lane) was destroyed in what went from a chimney fire to a house fire around 1:47 p.m.
Firemen from all three Columbia fire companies, along with numerous mutual aid companies responded and were on the scene for several hours.
A state police fire marshal said the cause of the fire is accidental and places damages at $80,000.
A drive to help the Swinehart's replace clothing, furniture, etc. is currently under way. Interested parties can drop off donations at Columbia Discount Computers, 23 North Fourth St. through Friday and monetary donations can be dropped off at the Susquehanna Bank in the 300 block of Locust Street as part of a Community Life Catastrophe Fund in the Swinehart's name.

Coming up....

Reports on tonight's Columbia Borough Council meeting, which begins at 7 p.m.

Bank robbery across river

Wrightsville bank is robbed: