At last Monday's Columbia Borough Council's "Committee of the Whole" meeting, Mayor Lutz and Councilperson Mary Wickenheiser expressed their support for Fourth Fridays and explained the circumstances surrounding the early shutdown of last Friday's event (due to the complaints of a disgruntled "someone," who will remain nameless for now). He said the police had not been fully informed about the evening's events and were carrying out their duties in responding to a noise complaint.
Mayor Lutz stated that he had been out of town that night, and if he hadn't been, the event would not have been shut down.
Councilperson Wickenheiser also said the event should not have been shut down and that she herself had been enjoying the music. She added that the drums reminded her of the time she and her husband visited Jamaica.
Mayor Lutz stated the event would not be shut down again - to the applause of those present at the meeting. Thanks go to the Mayor and Council for addressing this issue and clearing the air, and also for expressing their support for this successful event.
Based on the Mayor's explanation, the shutdown was due to an inadvertent communication problem rather than an intentional show of power and disdain. Therefore, one black eye has been removed, and only two remain for the time being . . .
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