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.
Home Heating Safety
As temperatures are expected to drop this weekend, Columbia Fire Chief Aubrey D. Jenkins encourages the citizens of the City of Columbia and Richland County to use caution while heating your homes as some heating sources that comfort us also is a leading cause of home fires and fire fatalities. In 2015, two separate civilian fatalities occurred as a result of home heating devices to close to combustible materials.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), heating equipment is a leading cause of fires in U.S. homes. These homes included one- and two-family homes (including manufactured homes) and apartments (including townhouses and other multi-family dwellings).
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
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.