CITY OF COLUMBIA
CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING MINUTES
January 7, 2004
10:00 AM - City Council Chambers
3rd Floor City Hall - 1737 Main Street

The City of Columbia City Council met in regular session on Wednesday, January 7, 2004, in the City Hall Council Chambers, 1737 Main Street, Columbia, South Carolina.  Mayor Robert D. Coble called the meeting to order at 10:00 a.m.  Council members present were The Honorable E. W. Cromartie, II, The Honorable Jim D. N. Papadea, The Honorable Anne M. Sinclair, The Honorable Hamilton Osborne, Jr., The Honorable Sam Davis and The Honorable Tameika Isaac Devine.  Also present were Mr. Charles P. Austin, Sr., City Manager and Ms. Erika D. Moore, City Clerk.

**Mayor Coble recognized Miss Brandi Coker, Miss Nickie Nebosky and Miss Tiffany Burns of the Sumter Christian School Senior Government Class. The students were chaperoned by Mr. Billy Coker.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

1.  Minutes of December 17, 2003

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve the Minutes of December 17, 2003 as presented.

PRESENTATION

2.  2003 Employee of the Year – Ms. Brenda F. Lockhart, 911 Emergency Communications Shift Supervisor

Mayor Coble presented Ms. Brenda Lockhart with a plaque recognizing her as the City of Columbia 2003 Employee of the Year.

Mr. Charles P. Austin, Sr., City Manager presented Ms. Lockhart with tokens of appreciation in recognition of her many accomplishments throughout 2003.

3.  Retirement Presentation – Ms. Deloris Furgess, Senior Clerk

Mr. Charles P. Austin, Sr., City Manager presented Ms. Furgess with a token of appreciation in recognition of her retirement after 30 years of service.  He thanked Ms. Furgess for her continued service within the Collections Division.

4.  Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting – Ms. Cathy Alexander, Director of Finance
  This item was held over, no action was taken.

PUBLIC HEARING – 2004 SIDEWALK VENDORS

· Mayor Coble opened the Public Hearing at 10:14 a.m.

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Davis, Council voted unanimously to give first reading approval on a single motion to Public Hearing Items 5. through 7. as presented.  The record shall reflect that no one appeared in opposition.

5. Ordinance No.: 2004-002 – Granting a Franchise to Armando Aguinaga d/b/a Armando Tacos for operation of a stationary sidewalk vending cart in the mid-block pad near 1201 Main Street – Approved on first reading

6.  Ordinance No.: 2004-003 – Granting a Franchise to Jersey Joe’s Original New York City Hot Dog for operation of a stationary sidewalk vending cart at the southeast corner of Assembly Street and Hampton Street – Approved on first reading

7.  Ordinance No.: 2004-004 – Granting a Franchise to Robert Spencer for operation of a stationary sidewalk vending cart on the west side of the 1700 block of Main Street – Approved on first reading

· Mayor Coble closed the Public Hearing at 10:15 a.m.

CONSENT AGENDA

STREET CLOSINGS

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Davis, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion the Consent Agenda Items 8. through 16. as presented.

8.  Council is asked to approve a request from the Director of Construction and Facilities Management to close South Pulaski Street on Wednesday, January 7, 2004 for a period of 3-5 months.  This closing will facilitate the Lady Street Streetscaping project and the development of the new Publix.  Contact:  Mr. Tom Ward - Approved

9.  Council is asked to approve a request from the University of South Carolina and Global Spectrum to close Greene Street from Gadsden Street to the railroad track where it dead ends and to restrict access from the corner of Gadsden Street and Greene Street to Wayne Street and Gervais Street one hour prior to the following events: - Approved

 Friday January 2, 2004  MBB vs. App. State 5:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
 Wednesday January 7, 2004  MBB vs. Florida  5:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
 Thursday January 15, 2004 WBB vs. Tennessee 5:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
 Saturday January 17, 2004 MBB vs. Tennessee 3:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
 Sunday January 18, 2004 WBB vs. Arkansas 12:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
 Saturday January 24, 2004 MBB vs. LSU  5:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
 Sunday January 25, 2004 WBB vs. Kentucky 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
 Wednesday January 28, 2004 Circus   5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
 Thursday January 29, 2004 Circus   5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
 Friday January 30, 2004 Circus   9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
 Saturday January 31, 2004 Circus   9:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Sunday February 1, 2004 Circus   10:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

10.  Council is asked to approve a request from the University of South Carolina Department of Student Life to close the 1300 and 1400 blocks of Greene Street on Monday, January 19, 2004 from 8:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. and from 3:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service for students, faculty and staff.  Contact:  Jerry T. Brewer - Approved

CONSIDERATION OF BIDS, AGREEMENTS AND CHANGE ORDERS

11. Council is asked to approve the Purchase of a Tapping Machine, as requested by the Water Division.  Award to TEC Utilities, the low bidder, in the amount of $15,225.21.  This vendor is located in Greenville, SC. - Approved

12. Council is asked to approve an Agreement for Engineering Services to Relocate Existing 16-inch City Water Lines along Farrow Road and Clemson Road due to SCDOT Road Widening; CIP Project W1025; as requested by the Engineering Department.  Award to V & K Design Group, in the amount of $27,920.00.  This is a MBE firm located in Columbia, SC. - Approved

13. Council is asked to approve a Request for Reimbursement for Sanitary Sewer Construction for the Shami Mosque, as requested by the Engineering Department.  Award to Dr. Mohammad Shami, in the amount of $13,100.00.  - Approved

ORDINANCES – SECOND READING

14. Ordinance No.: 2003-099 – Authorizing acceptance of the 900 and 1000 blocks of Princeton Street from the South Carolina Department of Transportation; conveyance of the right of way of the 900 block of Princeton Street to Richland County School District One and acceptance of maintenance of the 1000 block of Princeton Street. First reading approval on December 17, 2003. – Approved on second reading

15. Ordinance No.: 2003-102 – Annexing 407 Lost Creek Road, Richland County TMS# 05115-01-09. First reading approval on December 17, 2003. – Approved on second reading

16. Ordinance No.: 2003-103 – Annexing 400 Harbison Boulevard, Richland County TMS# 04908-01-09. First reading approval on December 17, 2003. – Approved on second reading

CONSIDERATION OF BIDS, AGREEMENTS AND CHANGE ORDERS

17. Council is asked to approve the Purchase of a Bucket Truck, as requested by the Forestry and Beautification Department.  Award to Altec Industries, the low bidder, in the amount of $90,187.00.  This vendor is located in Birmingham, AL.

Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Mr. Davis, Council voted unanimously to approve the Purchase of a Bucket Truck, as requested by the Forestry and Beautification Department.  Award to Altec Industries, the low bidder, in the amount of $90,187.00.  This vendor is located in Birmingham, AL.

18. Council is asked to approve Project SS680-6/7; Phase III Belvedere Subdivision, as requested by the Engineering Department.  Award to Trussell Brothers, Inc., the low bidder, in the amount of $638,729.50.  This firm is located in Columbia, SC.

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Davis, Council voted unanimously to approve Project SS680-6/7; Phase III Belvedere Subdivision, as requested by the Engineering Department.  Award to Trussell Brothers, Inc., the low bidder, in the amount of $638,729.50.  This firm is located in Columbia, SC.

19. Council is asked to approve an Amendment to the Scope of Services of a Professional Services Contract to include Slope Stabilization Design and Surveying Services for Columbia Canal Front, as requested by the Special Projects Administrator.  Award to HNTB in the amount of $33,560.00.

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve an Amendment to the Scope of Services of a Professional Services Contract to include Slope Stabilization Design and Surveying Services for Columbia Canal Front, as requested by the Special Projects Administrator.  Award to HNTB in the amount of $33,560.00.

20. Council is asked to approve an Agreement for Architectural and Engineering Services related to the Preliminary Design Phase for the Convention Center Hotel and Garage, as requested by General Services.  Award to Wilbur Smith & Associates, in the amount of $97,351.54.

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Ms. Isaac, Council voted unanimously to approve an Agreement for Architectural and Engineering Services related to the Preliminary Design Phase for the Convention Center Hotel and Garage, as requested by General Services.  Award to Wilbur Smith & Associates, in the amount of $97,351.54.

ORDINANCES – FIRST READING

21. Ordinance No.: 2003-105 – Annexing 1020 Fiske Street, Richland County TMS# 11711-13-25.

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve on first reading Ordinance No.: 2003-105 – Annexing 1020 Fiske Street, Richland County TMS# 11711-13-25.
 
22. Ordinance No.: 2004-001 – Amending the 1998 Code of Ordinances of the City of Columbia, South Carolina, Chapter 14, Offenses and Miscellaneous Provisions, Article I, In General to add Sec. 14-5, Prohibited acts in city owned parking facilities and lots.

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve on first reading Ordinance No.: 2004-001 – Amending the 1998 Code of Ordinances of the City of Columbia, South Carolina, Chapter 14, Offenses and Miscellaneous Provisions, Article I, In General to add Sec. 14-5, Prohibited acts in city owned parking facilities and lots.

RESOLUTIONS

23. Resolution No.: R-2004-001 – Release and Abandonment of a Portion of the City’s Existing 15’ Water Main Easement along Richland County TMS #22803-03-20 (portion); Auto Zone Store #1037, Two Notch Road; CF# 273-06 and CF# 128-03.

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve Resolution No.: R-2004-001 – Release and Abandonment of a Portion of the City’s Existing 15’ Water Main Easement along Richland County TMS #22803-03-20 (portion); Auto Zone Store #1037, Two Notch Road; CF# 273-06 and CF# 128-03.

APPEARANCE OF PUBLIC HAVING BUSINESS WITH CITY COUNCIL

No one appeared before City Council.

· Mayor Coble adjourned the meeting at 10:32 a.m. to reconvene the Work Session.

Respectfully submitted by:
Erika D. Moore
City Clerk