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Columbia Housing Development Corporation Holds Ribbon Cutting for New Homes
The Columbia Housing Development Corporation and its Board of Directors held a ribbon cutting for the newly constructed homes in the Lyon Street community on Thursday, July 30, 2015 at 10 a.m. Attendees had the opportunity to tour the homes located at 2521 Washington Street and 2533 Washington Street. The remaining homes are located at 1322 McDuffie Street, 1318 McDuffie Street, 1312 McDuffie Street and 1302 McDuffie Street. All six homes are on the market for purchase.
Passport Mobile Payment App Revamps Parking in the City!
Drivers in the City of Columbia can get ready to pull out their phones to park! With Passport’s mobile payment system, available in early August, residents and visitors can use mobile parking payment technology in all of the City’s 5,000 parking spaces. The app, developed by Charlotte, NC-based Passport, is free to download and gives users a much simpler option than paying at the parking meter.
City of Columbia Tosses the Bin for Recycling Roll Carts
On July 14, 2015, the City of Columbia Solid Waste Division announced that the curbside recycling program will be upgraded from the 18-gallon bins to 95-gallon roll carts for residents. The Recycling Partnership has invested $300,000 in the City’s recycling program and has provided integral technical assistance to better enhance the program. Columbia is one of four inaugural cities in the grant program.Carts will start being delivered on Monday, July 27 and the delivery process will take approximately two weeks.
City of Columbia Water and Sewer Rate Changes
On Tuesday, June 16, 2015, City Council approved water and sewer rate increases that take effect July 1, 2015. To help better understand how the rate increases might affect their bill, customers are encouraged to use the City of Columbia Residential Water/Sewer Bill Estimator. This estimator shows what a typical residential customer bill might look like based on meter readings that you provide.
Columbia Neighborhoods to Celebrate National Night Out
National Night Out celebrations will be held in many Columbia neighborhoods on Tuesday, August 4, 2015 from 5-9 p.m. National Night Out is a yearlong community campaign designed to: (1) increase crime prevention awareness; (2) generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime programs; (3) strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and (4) send a message to criminals to let them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
City’s Annual Summer Concert Series
The City of Columbia’s Parks and Recreation Department kicked off their annual summer concert series in June. All concerts are free and open to the public. Attendees can bring blankets and lawn chairs. No pets, coolers, tents, glass containers or alcoholic beverages allowed. For more information, please visit the Parks and Recreation Department’s Calendar of Events or call the Parks and Recreation Department at 803-545-3100.
City of Columbia to Host 2015 Back-to-School Bash
The City of Columbia’s 2015 Back-to-School Bash — a free event for elementary, middle and high school students — will be held on Saturday, August 8 at Finlay Park. The bash will feature a book bag and school supply giveaway, health screenings, a health and wellness zone, entertainment, fitness challenges, exhibitors and more!
 
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