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City Council Vision Statement’s Winning Hashtag
We heard your voices and the votes are in. City Council’s official hashtag for their vision statement will be #EnvisionColumbia! By definition envision means to imagine or expect that something is a likely or desirable possibility in the future or to picture mentally, especially some future event, future state or future conditions: to envision a bright future. The Columbia City Council and the City of Columbia would like to thank each and every one of you for your participation as they launch their vision for future. They would also like for you to join in on the conversation as they share information, host events and launch projects as a part of their new City Council Vision in 2017.
Mayor Benjamin selected as a Walgreens Happy & Healthy Communities Champion Award
Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin was selected to be a Walgreens Happy & Healthy Communities Champion Award recipient, and he will be presented the award at 11 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 9 at 4467 Devine St. “This year, one of my goals is to treat my body like the temple it is, so I’m excited to be off to a great start by being selected as a Walgreens Happy & Healthy Communities Champion Award recipient,” said Mayor Benjamin. “Your health, both mental and physical, is a critical component of your life, so it’s important to give it the attention it deserves. I’m encouraging all citizens to lead happier and healthier lives.”
Water Utility Drop-In
On Thursday, January 19 at 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m The city will be hosting a Water Utility Drop -In. Citizens are encouraged to attend to get questions answered about their water bills; how to read their meters and to learn more information about the water billing process.The event will be held at Lourie Center, 1650 Park Circle. For more information, please call 803-545-3227.
Road Closures due to Railroad Crossing Maintenance
Norfolk Southern Maintenance will begin performing upkeep on all railroad crossings this week. Maintenance on railroads occur every seven years to ensure railroad safety. The first two roads affected by railroad maintenance will take place on Friday, January 20 at Heyward St. & Whaley/ Sumter St. but the two streets will not be closed at the same time. Roads that require railroad maintenance will be closed to traffic from approximately 9 a.m. to 5 pm. Technicians onsite will be calling the transportation department (schools), 911 and a fire engineer every day to notify them of which crossings will be closed for that day.
Utility Line Tree Trimming Education Forum
The City of Columbia and SCE&G will hold a public education session on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at City Hall (third floor, Council chambers) located at 1737 Main Street, to discuss upcoming tree trimming activities near utility distribution lines. Citizens are encouraged to attend this information session to learn more about tree trimming that will be completed in 2017. Topics covered will include: Purpose and Guidelines for Utility Pruning ANSI Standards Grand Trees Protection of Trees Columbia’s Aging Tree Canopy Representatives from the City of Columbia and SCE&G will provide educational materials and be available to answer any questions about proper pruning techniques and upcoming activities.
Bridge Replacement S-40-1352 Fulmer Road over North Branch in Richland County
The South Carolina Department of Transportation plans to replace the bridge on S-40-1352 (Fulmer Road) over North Branch in Richland County. The bridge over North Branch is being replaced with a new 110 foot pre-stressed concrete bridge. On Tuesday, January 17, 2017 the South Carolina Department of Transportation will begin construction and the S-40-1352 Fulmer Road North Branch bridge will be closed for approximately eight weeks. Pending any delays due to weather conditions, fabricator delays, etc. the bridge should be reopened to traffic by Tuesday, March 14, 2017. For detour routes, citizens are urged to use US 21 Wilson Boulevard and S-40-1694 Turkey Farm Road. For additional information, please contact the South Carolina Department of Transportation at 803-737-6660.
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