Archive: Bloomsburg Town Council Meeting, Dec 12th

The Agenda may be downloaded directly from the Town of Bloomsburg’s website.

The tentative agenda includes:

Approval of Monthly Reports:

  • Police Department Report
  • Police Officer Report
  • Police Vehicle Fuel Milage Report
  • Highway and Sewer Monthly Reports

Report of the Administrative & Finance Committee minutes and payments, Including:

  • Approval of Various Monthly Bills
  • Recommendation to Approve a 2% Pay increase for Non-Union Employees
  • Discussion of Downtown parking changes for January-June
  • Skateboard Park Discussion

Code Enforcement & Zoning Officer’s Reports, Including:

  • Approval of HARB Minutes and various Certificates of Appropriateness
  • Recommendation to Approve a Pre-Planning Authorization for First Columbia Bank & Trust
  • Recommendation to Deny re-Zoning requests of Donald & Kay Camplese, of David and Mary Hill, and of Gaylen & Trudy Garrish

    Report of the Environment Committee, including the monthly summaries and approval of forklift purchase

    Report of the Public Works Committee, including approval of terminating professional services agreement with HRG, Inc.for Restroom reconstruction and Streater Park Improvements, and approving instead service proposals from Larson Design Group.

    Public Safety Committee minutes.

    Reports of the Town Solicitor, Fire Department, Community & Economic Development Committee, Airport Advisory Committee, and Downtown Bloomsburg, Inc.

    Part 1 of December 12, 2011 Town Council Meeting

    Part 2 of December 12, 2011 Town Council Meeting

Penn State Student Town Hall Forum Video

University Park, PA

Those who missed the Penn State Town Hall Forum held on the University Park campus on Wednesday, Nov. 30, can view the event at http://youtu.be/xFYbgDrztTM online or inline below.

The event, hosted by Penn State’s University Park Undergraduate Association (UPUA), Council of Commonwealth Student Governments (CCSG) and Graduate Student Association (GSA), was designed to provide a forum for students to engage University administrators in an open discussion about the recent events at the University Park campus.

Penn State President Rodney Erickson, along with other key administrators at the University, fielded questions from a capacity crowd of students about the recent crisis, as well as what the plan is for Penn State to move forward. The forum provided administrators the opportunity to hear what students have to say and gauge how recent events are affecting people throughout the University system statewide.

Sam Richards, senior lecturer in sociology, and Laurie Mulvey, lecturer in sociology, moderated the forum. The other administration panelists joining Erickson were Rob Pangborn, acting executive vice president and provost; Madlyn Hanes, vice president for Commonwealth Campuses; Craig Weidemann, vice president for Outreach; Terrell Jones, vice provost for Educational Equity; Damon Sims, vice president for Student Affairs; Hank Foley, vice president for research and dean of the Graduate School; and Rod Kirsch, senior vice president for Development and Alumni Relations.

[box type=”shadow”]This story originally published by Penn State Live.[/box]

A Flood of Silence: Dan Bauman

A Flood of Silence Title ScreenDaniel J. Bauman was the Mayor of Bloomsburg from 1982-1988 and 1994-1997, and is currently the vice chair of the Bloomsburg Area Joint Flood Control Authority. Mr. Bauman lives on West 3rd Street in a home that was not in the flood plain before 1972, yet has been flooded many times since then — with each big flood seemingly more devastating than the last.

His involvement with the flood wall and flooding issues for the town began when he was a foreman with a Bloomsburg construction company. After the devastating Hurricane Agnes flood in 1972, he became the chairperson of a cleanup committee which took charge of the removal of a large island in Fishing Creek. Part of that committee’s goal was to build a dike along Fishing Creek and potentially around the Susquehanna River. Shortly afterward, Bauman ran for Town Council to deal with flooding issues.

The flood wall project has had many ups and downs and has yet to come to fruition, but Mr. Bauman has not given up the fight for nearly forty years. We had the chance to sit down with him and had a wide ranging discussion about all things flood-related in the now gutted basement of his Bloomsburg home. He was kind enough to show us his extensive library of flood photos, Army Corps of Engineers reports, and the other documentation for this 40 year fight.  This video is the first in a series of highlights from our nearly three hour conversation with Mr. Bauman.

In his words, “You can fight a fire, but you can’t fight a flood. No dike is going to stop everything. Every one can be overtopped. But do you want a flood every few years, or every 100 years?”

Sunday Slowdown: How Many of These Things Do You Say?

Bloomsburg FountainI’ve seen this video crop up a few times and while I find it amusing, I wonder just how accurate it is for all of NEPA. For example, I know the waitress at the Texas always used to ask “Are youse together,” but I don’t ever recall hearing anyone around our parts saying “Heyna.” Instead they would use “Hain’t” or, my Grandmother sometimes even says “Henna or no.”

So sit back, put your feet up on da davenport, make sure youse got fresh batt-trees in da remote control, pop open a couple two tree yuenglings, and enjoy enjoy!

Paterno Fired: Video of PSU Board of Trustees Press Conference

This single press release signals the end of Joe Paterno’s tenure as the head football coach at The Pennsylvania State University. Both he and President Graham Spanier were relieved of their duties Wednesday night by the Board of Trustees. Spanier will be replaced by the school’s Provost, Dr. Rodney Erickson, while the football team will be coached by assistant coach, Tom Bradley.

Board of Trustees announces leadership changes at Penn State

The Pennsylvania State University Board of Trustees and Graham Spanier have decided that, effective immediately, Dr. Spanier is no longer president of the University. Additionally, the board determined that it is in the best interest of the University for Joe Paterno to no longer serve as head football coach, effective immediately.

The board has named Dr. Rodney A. Erickson, executive vice president and provost, as the interim president of the University. Tom Bradley, assistant coach, has been named interim head football coach.

Sunday Slowdown: The New York Harbor Boatlift

NYC ViewOn September 1st, 2001, I moved in to a beautiful brownstone in the Hamilton Park section of Jersey City, NJ. The landlords were a couple who lived on the bottom two floors. My partner and I lived on the top two floors. We, like most people in our neighborhood, were daily commuters into New York City on a subway system called the PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson) line.

On Tuesday, September 11th, I had the rare opportunity to sleep in and work from home for a few hours. Everyone else in the house left for the city at their usual rush-hour time.

Having just moved to our new place, we were still unpacking and still waiting for the phone, cable, and internet to be hooked up. Sometimes, Ignorance can truly be bliss:

Even though I was only a mile – literally just across the river – from the World Trade Center and could see the towers from the end of my block, I didn’t know what happened until it was already over.

One of my former landlords (and still great friend) from that beautiful brownstone sent me this link earlier in the week and it brought me right back to that day, sitting on the front stoop, waiting for someone – anyone – to come home. The tunnels were closed to non-emergency vehicles, the subways collapsed and flooded (it would be two years until the PATH service was fully restored). But all three of the other occupants of 216 8th Street made it back home that afternoon. Two of them were boatlifted from the 38th Street pier by a Waterways ferry and the third was boatlifted from Pier 11 down by Wall Street by a tug boat.

I wanted to share this video because, like the boat captains who had to do something to help when they saw people in need that day, we all have that instinct in us to reach out and rise to the occasion. And we’ve proven that this September, ten years after that fateful day.

– Jen Ralston

BOATLIFT – An Untold Tale of 9/11 Resilience

A Flood of Silence: Eileen Chapman

A Flood of Silence is an ongoing series of digital stories from those personally affected by the 2011 flood in Bloomsburg, PA. This week’s installment features AGAPE Executive Director Eileen Chapman, who tells us about the challenges of helping “a very proud people” recover from a disaster the magnitude of which they may only just now be realizing over a month later and how it is far from over.