Skills and Talent: All employees are multi-skilled over a diverse range of duties and responsibilities. They are outstanding mechanics, equipment operators, welders, and fabricators, with hands on knowledge of roadway construction and street maintenance. Several employees hold Pennsylvania State inspection licenses and they all regularly attend training courses related to Highway Department operations to stay abreast and current of new work methods and changing technologies.
Employees perform routine and emergency street maintenance, repair storm drains and inlets, repair potholes and large area roadway repairs. Crews perform new construction of storm sewers and inlets and assist in all roadway reconstruction. They maintain the borough property, and service all Borough owned equipment and vehicles. Highway Department employees clean up vacant lots, board up vacant buildings and assist with cleanup at every Borough event. They install and maintain street signs, perform line and curb painting and work storm emergencies on a twenty-four call in basis. They plow snow in winter, perform curbside leaf collection in the fall and they are the “go to” personnel for most resident concerns or issues within Columbia Borough.
Yard Waste Program
Working with DEP, the Highway Department established a yard waste program in 2003 that continues to grow and change. Several pieces of new equipment have made it possible to start a recycling program that turns unwanted debris into a highly valuable product. Crews have prepared the site at the Borough Farm on Blue Lane to begin processing and the site is now fully operational. The Borough collects nearly 200 tons of tree limbs, grass clippings, shrubs, and other yard waste annually. The program expanded to include neighboring Boroughs in 2005.