CITY OF COLUMBIA
CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT III EVENING MEETING MINUTES
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2004
6:00 P.M. – 3032 PINEBELT ROAD
BRADLEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CAFETERIA

The City of Columbia City Council met in regular session on Wednesday, January 21, 2004, in the Bradley Elementary School Cafeteria, 3032 Pinebelt Road, Columbia, South Carolina.  Mayor Pro Tempore Jim D. N. Papadea called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.  Council members present were The Honorable E. W. Cromartie, II, The Honorable Anne M. Sinclair and The Honorable Tameika Isaac Devine.  Absent were The Honorable Robert D. Coble, The Honorable Hamilton Osborne, Jr. and The Honorable Sam Davis.  Also present were Mr. Charles P. Austin, Sr., City Manager and Ms. Erika D. Moore, City Clerk.

Ms. Erica Fields, Bradley Elementary School Principal, welcomed everyone out to Bradley Elementary.  She thanked the members of Council for choosing to meet at Bradley.  Ms. Fields invited everyone to come by anytime and visit the school.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

1.  Minutes of January 7 and 14, 2004

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion the Minutes of January 7 and 14, 2004.

PRESENTATION

2.  Congressional Recognition for Community Service – Congressman Joe Wilson

Mr. Earl Brown, Special Assistant to Congressman Wilson, presented Judge Lester Bates with a distinguished Congressional Recognition in acknowledgement of his recent retirement from the City of Columbia.  Mr. Brown recited a personal letter from Congressman Wilson to Judge Bates.

Judge Lester Bates thanked Mr. Earl Brown and Congressman Wilson for the honor.

3.  Youth Commission National League of Cities Conference – Mr. Archie Maddox, Youth Commission

Miss Sharifa Bailey, Richland Northeast Magnet School Sophomore, thanked the members of Council and Mr. Charles P. Austin, Sr., City Manager for their support.  She stated that she was able to share ideas with her peers at the National League of Cities Conference.  She urged the members of Council to continue to participate in the conferences.

Mr. Chad Mason¸ A.C. Flora High School Junior, thanked the members of Council and Mr. Charles P. Austin, Sr., City Manager for their support.  He suggested that the City of Columbia reduce the legal voting age to seventeen in an effort to increase teenage involvement with politics.

Mr. Richard McClain, W. J. Keenan High School Student, thanked the members of Council and Mr. Charles P. Austin, Sr., City Manager for their support.  He said that he learned how to be more effective within the community.  He stated that he was able to interact with various city leaders while attending the conference.

Miss Katherine Myers, C. A. Johnson Preparatory Academy Student and Youth Board Co-Chair, thanked the members of Council and Mr. Charles P. Austin, Sr., City Manager for their support.  She provided details of the various workshops that she attended during the conference.  Miss Myers suggested that the City of Columbia post welcome signs for visitors at our gateways that read “Welcome to our City.  We celebrate diversity.”

Miss Carmen Young, Columbia High School Senior, thanked the members of Council and Mr. Charles P. Austin, Sr., City Manager for their support.  She urged the members of Council to become more involved with the youth in the City of Columbia.

  3a.  **Two Notch Road Streetscape Project Update – Mr. Tom Ward, Director of Construction and Facilities Management

Mr. Tom Ward, Director of Construction and Facilities Management provided the members of Council with an update on the Two Notch Road Widening Project.  Mr. Ward told the members of Council that the contractor for Two Notch Road is being offered an incentive for completing the project ahead of schedule.  He stated that most Right of Way demolition has been completed and that the impacted residents have been notified.  Mr. Ward told the members of Council that to date no complaints have been made regarding this project.  He informed the members of Council that the demolition of the Prison Industries Building is 97% complete and that the project is moving on schedule.  He stated that the Lady Street preliminary field investigation began on January 19, 2004; bids for the Main Street Beautification Project are due on January 22, 2004 at 3:00 p.m.; and bids for the Harden Street Streetscaping Project are due on February 3, 2004 at 2:00 p.m.

  3b.  **Arbor Hill Apartments – Ms. Deborah Livingston, Executive Director

Ms. Deborah Livingston, Columbia Housing Development Corporation and Two Notch Development Corporation Executive Director provided an update on the Two Notch Development Corporation (TNDC).  She stated that TNDC has been in existence for 11 years and it’s Columbia’s best-kept secret.  Ms. Livingston presented before and after photos of the sites that are managed by TNDC.  She said that TNDC currently manages 168 units and will be expanding with the newest development project, Arbor Hill.   Ms. Livingston announced that the Two Notch Development Corporation has made a $12,543,000 economic impact and a priceless social impact within the City of Columbia.

PUBLIC HEARING

· Mayor Pro Tem Papadea opened the Public Hearing at 6:40 p.m.

ORDINANCE - FIRST READING

3c.  **Pay Day & Title Loan Issues – Mr. Marc Mylott, Zoning Administrator

Ordinance No.: 2004-005 – Amending 1998 Code of Ordinances of the City of Columbia, South Carolina, Chapter 17, Planning, Land Development and Zoning, Article III, Zoning, Division 8, District Descriptions; Use and Dimensional Regulations, Sec. 17-258, Table of permitted uses, Division H, Finance, Insurance and Real Estate, SIC 60-67, to add 6141, Non-depository Personal Credit Institutions

Ms. Doris Hilderbrand, Waverly Neighborhood Improvement and Protection Association President, appeared before the members of Council in support of the proposed amendment.  She told the members of Council that there are two (2) of the predatory lending companies in the Waverly Community and asked them to help ease at least one (1) of the companies out.
· Mayor Pro Tempore Papadea closed the Public Hearing at 6:50 p.m.

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve on first reading Ordinance No.: 2004-005 – Amending 1998 Code of Ordinances of the City of Columbia, South Carolina, Chapter 17, Planning, Land Development and Zoning, Article III, Zoning, Division 8, District Descriptions; Use and Dimensional Regulations, Sec. 17-258, Table of permitted uses, Division H, Finance, Insurance and Real Estate, SIC 60-67, to add 6141, Non-depository Personal Credit Institutions.

CONSENT AGENDA

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Ms. Devine, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion the Consent Agenda Items 4. through 18. and 20.  Item 19. was approved on a separate motion.

STREET CLOSING

4.  Council is asked to approve a request from the Township Auditorium to close the 1600 and 1700 blocks of Henderson Street and Blanding Street for the following performances: Contact: Ms. Sally Roach - Approved
 
  Friday January 30, 2004 Campaign   7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  Wednesday February 4, 2004 Black Journey  7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  Friday February 6, 2004 Freedom Train 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  Wednesday February 18, 2004 Harriet Tubman 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

 4a.  **Council is asked to approve a request from Macs on Main to close Main Street between Laurel Street and Blanding Street, on Sunday, February 1, 2004, from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. for the Onpoint with Cynthia Hardy Radio Talk Show. Contact:  Barry Walker - Approved

 4b.  **Council is asked to approve a request from Jillian’s to close Gadsden Street from Gervais Street to the dead end in front of Jillian’s, on Tuesday, January 27, 2004 from 7:00 a.m. until 2:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 28, 2004.  Resolution No.: R-2004-007 – Authorizing consumption of alcoholic beverages at outdoor event for Wesley Clark at Jillian’s - Approved
 
CONSIDERATION OF BIDS, AGREEMENTS AND CHANGE ORDERS

5. Council is asked to approve the Purchase of Five (5) Defribillators, as requested by the Fire Department.  Award to Medtronic / Physico Control, using the S.C. State Contract, in the amount of $15,339.13.  This vendor is located in Redmond, Washington. - Approved

6. Council is asked to approve the Purchase of Fifty (50) Sets of Uniforms for fiscal year 2003/2004, as requested by the Fire Department.  Award to Wright-Johnston, the only bidder, in the amount of $16,133.25.  This vendor is located within Columbia city limits. - Approved

7. Council is asked to approve the Purchase of Two (2) 16’ Trash Truck Bodies, as requested by the Solid Waste Division.  Award to W & W Body Builders, the low bidder, in the amount of $18,144.00.  This vendor is located in Columbia, SC.  - Approved

8. Council is asked to approve the Purchase of Two (2) Air Compressors, as requested by the Fire Department.  Award to Anderson Fire & Safety, the low bidder meeting specifications, in the amount of $21,822.00.  This vendor is located in Anderson, SC.  - Approved

9. Council is asked to approve the Purchase of Twenty-Five (25) Blue Strobe Light Bars with Electronic Sirens, as requested by the Police Department.  Award to Palmetto Distributors, the lowest bidder, in the amount of $28,821.82.  This vendor is located in Columbia, SC.  - Approved

10. Council is asked to approve Project #W461 (33) ½ Water Main Construction on Greene Street, as requested by Engineering.  Award to Ideal Construction, the lowest bidder, in the amount of $48,880.50.  This firm is located in White Rock, SC. - Approved

11. Council is asked to approve a Contract for the Implementation of Maintenance Processes and Procedures at the Wastewater Treatment Plant, as requested by Utilities Administration.  Award to Palmetto Maintenance and Asset Management Company, the lowest bidder, in an amount not to exceed $45,000.00.  This firm is located in Columbia, SC. - Approved

12. Council is asked to approve the Purchase of Three (3) Vehicles, as requested by Various Departments / Divisions.  Award to the following vendors, using the S.C. State Contract, in the total amount of $60,280.69. - Approved

1. Intermediate Patrol Car as requested by the Police Department from Herndon Chevrolet of Lexington, SC in the amount of $16,956.81.
2. Suburban as requested by the Police Department from Herndon Chevrolet of Lexington, SC in the amount of $27,208.88.
3. Dodge Caravan as requested by the Fire Department from Butler Chrysler/Dodge of Beaufort, SC in the amount of $16,115.00.

13. Council is asked to approve the Purchase of Traffic Signal Heads, as requested by Traffic Engineering.  Award to Walker Brothers, Inc., using the S.C. State Contract, in the amount of $61,103.70.  This vendor is located in Lexington, SC. - Approved

ORDINANCES – SECOND READING
 
14.   Ordinance No.: 2004-006 – Authorizing the City of Columbia, South Carolina, to execute and deliver an equipment lease purchase agreement in the amount of not exceeding $4,300,000 between the City and the Lessor thereof to defray the cost of acquiring certain equipment; and other matters relating thereto. First Reading approval on January 14, 2004 – Approved on second reading.

MAP AMENDMENTS – SECOND READING

15. 1495 TRINITY DRIVE; rezone from C-1 to PUD-R. – Approved on second reading.

16. THE COURTYARD.  626 Blanding Street and 1619 through 1627 Wayne Street; rezone from RG-3, PD and DD to PUD-R, PD and DD. – Approved on second reading.

17. 2320 HARRISON ROAD; rezone from C-3 to RS-3. – Approved on second reading.

18. 4623 N. MAIN STREET AND ADJACENT PROPERTY; rezone from C-1 to C-2. – Approved on second reading.
19. 2302 through 2310 READ STREET and 2316 through 2320 READ STREET; rezone from PUD-R, RG-2, and RS-3 to PUD-R. – Approved on second reading.

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Ms. Devine, Council voted unanimously to approve on second reading a Map Amendment for 2302 through 2310 Read Street and 2316 through 2320 Read Street; rezone from PUD-R, RG-2, and RS-3 to PUD-R.  Mr. Cromartie abstained from voting due to a potential conflict of interest.

20.  ARBOR HILL.  2503 through 2513 Center Street and 2508 and 2510 Covenant Road; rezone from C-1 and PUD-R to PUD-R. – Approved on second reading.

CONSIDERATION OF BIDS, AGREEMENTS AND CHANGE ORDERS

21. Council is asked to approve the Purchase of Eighteen (18) Astro Spectra Radios and Accessories, as requested by the Police Department.  Award to Motorola, using the S.C. State Contract, in the amount $126,340.63.  This vendor is located in Columbia, SC.

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve the Purchase of Eighteen (18) Astro Spectra Radios and Accessories, as requested by the Police Department.  Award to Motorola, using the S.C. State Contract, in the amount $126,340.63.  This vendor is located in Columbia, SC.

ORDINANCES – FIRST READING

22. Ordinance No.: 2004-008 – Approval for granting an easement to SCE&G Company along a portion of City property identified as Richland County TMS#08916-11-04 and #08915-03-01 to serve the Convention Center; CF#269-01A

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve on first reading Ordinance No.: 2004-008 – Approval for granting an easement to SCE&G Company along a portion of City property identified as Richland County TMS#08916-11-04 and #08915-03-01 to serve the Convention Center; CF#269-01A.

RESOLUTIONS

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Ms. Devine, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion Items 23. through 26.

23. Resolution No.: R-2004-002 – Authorizing Acceptance and Dedication of street known as Hawk’s Nest Court, Chestnut Ridge at Chestnut Hill Plantation to the City of Columbia, Richland County TMS#05200-03-54 (Portion); CF#199-11J - Approved

24. Resolution No.: R-2004-003 – Authorization Acceptance and Dedication of street known as Greenbrook Court, in Greenbrook Subdivision to the City of Columbia; Richland County TMS# 07306-02-04, 05 and 09 (Portion); CF#240-11 - Approved

25. Resolution No.: R-2004-005 – Release and abandonment of portions of the City’s existing water main and sanitary sewer easements along Richland County TMS# 13716-01-08 and TMS# 13716-01-16; Woodhill Mall Redevelopment, Phase A, Storage Facility; CF# 270-10A - Approved

 26. **Resolution No.: R-2004-006 – Authorizing Annual Sidewalk Sale for Merchants in the 2100-3200 blocks of Devine Street - Approved

APPEARANCE OF PUBLIC HAVING BUSINESS WITH CITY COUNCIL

Mr. Bill Manley, informed the members of Council the he and his wife were involved in a car accident on Sunset Drive on January 17, 2004.  Mr. Manley stated that he hit a stopped car from behind and they were taken to the hospital.  He said that if he would have swerved, he had no place to go.  He commended the Police Officers and Firefighters for doing an outstanding job when they arrived at the scene.  Mr. Manley blamed the City of Columbia for not expanding the lanes as he requested on two (2) occasions.  He urged the members of Council to be more concerned about the City.

· Mayor Pro Tempore Jim D. N. Papadea adjourned the meeting at 7:07 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by:
Erika D. Moore
City Clerk