CITY OF COLUMBIA
CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING MINUTES
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 09, 2002
10:00 A.M. - 1737 MAIN STREET
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

The City of Columbia City Council met in regular session on Wednesday, January 9, 2002 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 Francenia B. Heizer, The Honorable Jim Papadea, The Honorable Anne M. Sinclair, The Honorable Hamilton Osborne, Jr. and The Honorable Sam Davis.  Also attending were Ms. Leona K. Plaugh, City Manager and Ms. Pamela J. Ferst, Acting City Clerk.

Mayor Coble recognized students from the University of South Carolina Land Use Planning Law Class.

Mayor Coble thanked all City employees for working and doing a tremendous job during the snow days.

I. APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Mr. Davis, Council voted unanimously to approve the minutes for December 12, 2001.  Mr. Cromartie was not present for the vote.

II. PUBLIC HEARING

ZONING MAP AMENDMENTS

1. 01-40 MA.  SW corner Hampton & Wayne Streets, TMS 9009-10-01, (Lofts on the   Park).  Major change to PUD-R. Planning Commission recommends approval.
This item was held over, no action was taken.

2. 01-41 MA.  2854 Huron Street & 801 South Holly Street, TMS 11216-10-02, rezone   from RG-1 to PUD-R.
Planning Commission recommends approval to sponsor with conditions

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve the request to re-zone 01-41 MA.  2854 Huron Street & 801 South Holly Street, TMS 11216-10-02 from RG-1 to PUD-R with the Planning Commission=s recommendation to sponsor the rezoning request to allow the existing duplex to conform with the current City ordinance but deny any additional living units to be attached or detached.  Mr. Cromartie was not present for the vote.

III. CONSENT AGENDA

Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion the consent agenda Items III A. and B. 1 through 4 and 7 through 9.  Items III. B. 5. and 10. were held over, no action was taken.  Mr. Cromartie was not present for the vote.   Consent agenda item III. B. 6 was discussed in executive session and voted on in the reconvened work session.  See Work Session minutes for Council=s vote to rebid.
 
A. STREET CLOSING REQUEST

Council is asked to approve a request from V.V. Reid Kindergarten and Nursery to close the 700 block of Gabriel Street between David Street and Rosebud Street, on Saturday, May 4, 2002, from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. for an annual May Day Festival on the grounds of Reid Chapel Fellowship Center. - Approved

B. CONSIDERATION OF BIDS, AGREEMENTS, AND CHANGE ORDERS

1. Council is asked for approval to purchase four (4) Vehicles as requested by the  Parks & Recreation Department.  Award contracts to the low bidders, listed below, at a total cost of $61,407.78.  These vehicles will be purchased using the S.C. State Vehicle Contract.  There are NO MBE/FBE vendors who can furnish these vehicles.  Pulliam Motor Co. is located in the city. - Approved
 

Butler Chrysler / Plymouth 1  Compact Auto   $11,417.00
Pulliam Motor Co.  1 3/4 Ton Crew Cab P/U  $22,514.00
Pulliam Motor Co.  1 3/4 Ton Pick Up   $15,681.30
Love Chevrolet   1 Compact Pick Up   $11,794.98

Total Cost:  $61,407.78

2. Council is asked for approval for a one (1) year extension of the Security Services Contract for the Public Works Compound as requested by Public Works.   Award to Defender Services, Inc., the current contractor, in the amount of $135,000.00.  This firm is located in Hopkins, SC.  The original contract was for Two Years with a One Year extension.  The contract price will remain the same.  No MBE/FBE participation. - Approved

3. Council is asked to approve a contract for Health Screenings and Physicals for the Police Dept., Fire Dept., Lake Murray Plant, Columbia Canal Plant, and the Metro Wastewater Plant.  Award to North Greenville Fitness, the low bidder, in the amount of $205,245.00.  This vendor has a mobile unit which comes to the city locations.  This bid request was sent to one (1) MBE company, Random Drug Testing, who did not submit a bid. - Approved

4. Council is asked to approve the purchase of Repair Parts for MSA Breathing Apparatus.  Award to Newton Fire & Safety in the amount of $13,584.00.  This is  Sole Source based on parts compatibility with the MSA Breathing Units.  New Fire & Safety is the Sole Authorized distributor for MSA in South Carolina.  The firm is located in Swepsonville, N.C. - Approved

5. Council is asked to approve the purchase of one (1) forty-two (42") EdisonPC installed at 1201 Main Street, Suite 250 and the retrofitting of the existing  EdisonPC at the Main Street location to be reinstalled at 1225 Laurel Street, 4th Floor Conference Room.  Award to PalmettoSoft Technologies Corporation in the amount of $12,150.00 plus tax.  This is a Sole Source purchase.    Contingency.  This item was held over, no action was taken.
 

 
6. Council is asked to approve the construction of the EdVenture Children=s Museum as requested by the Engineering Department.  Award to M. B. Kahn, the second low bidder, in the amount of $8,869,074.00.  MBE/FBE participation 32.46%.  (Subject to funding being identified).   This item was moved for discussion in Executive Session.  See Work Session minutes for Council=s vote to rebid.

7. Council is asked to approve the purchase of three (3) Chevrolet C74H042 Cab & Chassis, as requested by the Solid Waste Division.  Award to Love Chevrolet, the low bidder, in the amount of $85,845.40.  This firm is located in Cayce, SC.  There are no MBE/FBE vendors who can furnish these vehicles. - Approved

8. Council is asked to approve the request to issue a purchase order for Phase III of the HVAC Renovations at Municipal Court, as requested by Municipal Court.  Award to Piedmont Heating in the amount of $33,109.  Piedmont Heating has done Phase I and II and were the only vendor to submit a bid.  This firm is located in West Columbia.  There was no MBE/FBE participation. - Approved

9. Council is asked to approve the purchase of a Vacuum Wash Truck, as requested by Wastewater Maintenance.  Award to Public Works Equipment in the amount of $190,188.  This firm is located in Monroe, NC.  No MBE/FBE participation. - Approved

10. Council is asked to approve a Convention Hotel Development Planning proposal, as requested by Steven Gantt, Special Projects Administrator.  Award to Strategic Advisory Group in an amount not to exceed $45,000, plus expenses in an amount not to exceed $11,000.  This firm is located in Atlanta, GA.  No MBE/FBE participation.  This item was held over, no action was taken.

* Mr. Cromartie joined the meeting at 10:20 a.m.

IV. OTHER MATTERS

A. Council is asked to approve funding $15,000 from the Economic Development
Fund for the second annual Summit on Technology (the New Economy) to be held February 5, 2002 at the State Fair=s Cantey Building in conjunction with the Greater Chamber of Commerce=s annual Business Expo.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Davis, Council voted unanimously to approve  funding $15,000 from the Economic Development Fund for the second annual Summit on Technology (the New Economy) to be held February 5, 2002 at the State Fair=s Cantey Building in conjunction with the Greater Chamber of Commerce=s annual Business Expo.   Ms. Heizer asked for information on all of the individuals projects that are supported by Economic Development.  She requested these projects to be included in the fiscal year budget for Economic Development instead of a case by case basis.

B. Council is asked for approval to place property listed for disposal into Police service as requested by the Police Department.  Two scales will be used by the Organized Crime/Narcotics Unit and the animal cage will be used by the K-9 Unit.  These items were seized during arrests or found property.

 
Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve a request from the Columbia Police Department to place property listed for disposal into Police service.  Two scales will be used by the Organized Crime/Narcotics Unit and the animal cage will be used by the K-9 Unit.

V. APPEARANCE OF PUBLIC HAVING BUSINESS WITH CITY COUNCIL

Mr. Eddie Lloyd, President of the Waverly Neighborhood Annex Association, appeared before Council to request recognition of the Waverly Neighborhood Annex Association by the Columbia Council on Neighborhoods.  Mr. Lloyd stated that the Waverly Neighborhood is limited to what they can do because they are not a part of the Columbia Council on Neighborhoods.

Mr. Bill Manley, appeared before Council to thank the City for what they did during the snow.  He stated that it made him proud to see the City employees out there working.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to go into Executive Session at 10:32 a.m. to discuss the EdVenture bid, hockey lease, Jim Mancini real estate matter, CanalSide, land acquisition, contractual matters and a zoning enforcement legal matter.

Mayor Coble called the meeting to a close at 10:32 a.m.

Respectfully submitted by:
 
 

Ms. Pamela J. Ferst, CPS
Acting City Clerk