CITY OF COLUMBIA
CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING MINUTES
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 06, 2002
10:00 A.M. - 1737 MAIN STREET
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS
 

The City of Columbia City Council met in regular session on Wednesday, February 06, 2002 in the City Hall Council Chambers, 1737 Main Street, Columbia, South Carolina.  Mayor Robert D. Coble called the meeting to order at 10:10 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.
 

I. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
This item was held over, no action was taken.

II. CONSENT AGENDA

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Davis, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion the consent agenda as presented.

A. STREET CLOSING REQUEST

1. Council is asked to approve a request from the University of South Carolina to close Wheat Street at the intersection of Wheat and Sumter Streets to the intersection of Wheat and Pickens Street, on Saturday, March 2, 2002, from 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. for the Fidler 5K Run.  Contact: Mr. Kevin Snyder, Office of Greek Life.   Approved

2. Council is asked to approve a request to close the 1800 block of Blanding Street between Barnwell Street and Greg Street, on Wednesday, April 3, 2002, from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. for an Annual Nascar Trade Show.  Contact: Kevin Poole.   Approved

B. CONSIDERATION OF BIDS, AGREEMENTS, AND CHANGE ORDERS

1. Council is asked to approve Change Order #1 to Agreement for Architectural / Engineering Services for Design and Construction of a New Administration / Laboratory Building at the City=s Metro Wastewater Treatment Plant; CIP Project #SS720, as requested by the Operations Division.  Award to LTC Associates in the amount of $71,195.00.  MBE/FBE participation is 38%.   Approved

2. Council is asked to approve an Agreement between the City and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to Cost Share in a Storm Drainage Inlet Capacity Study of Five Points, as requested by the Operations Division.  The cost of the study is estimated at $110,000.00 and is to be shared 50/50 by both the Corps and the City, $55,000.00 each.  Of the City=s share, $22,260.00 will be in-kind services and $32,740.00 will be direct expenditures.   Approved
 
3. Council is asked for approval to purchase a Video Printer and Capture Section, as requested by the Police Department.  Award to Unilux in the amount of $13,265.86.  This firm is located in Gaithersburg, MD.  There are no MBE/FBE vendors who furnish this equipment.   Approved

4. Council is asked for approval to purchase Firefighting Bunker Pants and Coats, as requested by the Fire Department.  Award to Anderson Fire & Safety, the low bidder meeting specifications, in the amount of $107,719.50.  Bids were sent to one (1) MBE vendor who did not respond.  There are no vendors in the City of Columbia.
Approved

5. Council is asked for approval to purchase Vehicles, as requested by various Departments/Divisions.  These vehicles will be purchased using the S.C. State Vehicle Contracts.  Award to Love Chevrolet, located in Cayce, SC, in the amount of $13,545.97; Vic Bailey Ford, located in Spartanburg, SC, in the amount of $200,702.80; and Butler Chrysler/Plymouth, located in Beaufort, SC, in the amount of $19,965.00.  The total amount of the purchases is $234,213.77.  There are no MBE/FBE vendors participating in the State Contract.   Approved

6. Council is asked to approve Change Order #3 to an Agreement for removal and disposal of approximately 500 tons of lead and chromium contaminated soil at SMI-Owen Steel, as requested by the Assistant Engineering Administrator.  Award to Carolina Wrecking, Inc., in an amount not to exceed $105,950.00.   Approved

7. Council is asked to approve SCE&G Utility Construction for the Convention Center and Lincoln Street, as requested by the Special Projects Coordinator.  This will be a reimbursement to SCE&G on a quarterly basis for a total amount of $2.865M.  This will be paid from the General Obligations Bonds being issued to cover the Infrastructure improvements for the Convention Center and the USC Arena.   Approved

C. ORDINANCE - SECOND READING

1.     Ordinance No.:  2001-099 - Granting encroachment to Free Will Baptist Church for directional sign at Rosewood Drive and South Kilbourne Road.   Approved

   2.    Ordinance No.:  2002-003 - Granting encroachment to Estates, Inc. for construction and maintenance of porches, steps, walkway, and retaining walls along the 1400 block of Gadsden Street and 800 block of Hampton Street.   Approved

D. ZONING MAP AMENDMENTS - SECOND READING

01-41 MA.  2854 Huron Street & 801 South Holly Street, TMS 11216-10-02, rezone from RG-1 to PUD-R. - Approved on first reading January 09, 2002 with current density as recommended by the Planning Commission.  Approved on second reading.
 

 
III. ORDINANCE - FIRST READING

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion Ordinances III. 2. Ordinance No. 2001-093; 3. Ordinance No. 2001-094; 4. Ordinance No. 2001-095; 5. Ordinance No. 2001-096; and 6. Ordinance No. 2001-097 on first reading.  Ordinance III. 1. Ordinance No. 2001-068 was held over, no action was taken.

1. Ordinance No. 2001-068 - Annexing 76.60 acres, Percival Road at Clemson Road Extension, Richland County TMS #25600-04-12.
This item was held over, no action was taken.

2. Ordinance No. 2001-093 - Annexing 36.43 acres, Garden Circle, Richland County TMS #11611-04-01.   Approved on first reading.

3. Ordinance No. 2001-094 - Annexing 5901 Indian Mound Road, Richland County TMS # 13715-01-10.   Approved on first reading.

4. Ordinance No. 2001-095 - Annexing 710 Buckner Road, Richland County TMS # 09316-03-07.   Approved on first reading.

5. Ordinance No. 2001-096 - Annexing 7708 Leitner Road, Richland County TMS # 19206-09-76.   Approved on first reading.

6. Ordinance No. 2001-097 - Annexing The Ridge at Woodcreek Farms, Area D5, Richland County TMS # 28900-03-07 and portion of 28800-01-01.   Approved on first reading.

IV. RESOLUTIONS

Upon motion by Ms. Heizer, seconded by Mr. Davis, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion Resolutions IV. 1.  Resolution R-2002-002; 2. Resolution R-2002-003; and
3. Resolution R-2002-005.

1. Resolution R-2002-002 - Designating 1315 Blanding Street as an Historic Property
Eligible for Special Property Tax Assessments for Rehabilitated Historic Properties.  Approved

2. Resolution R-2002-003 - Authorizing Approval and Adoption of Rules and
Regulations of the Design/Development Review Commission.   Approved

3. Resolution R-2002-005 - Condemnation for Water Main Easement, 125 Briarcliffe
East, CF #259-15, Richland County TMS #25903-05-005.  Approved

V. OTHER MATTERS

A. Council is asked to approve an encroachment permit requested by BellSouth
Communications, on behalf of the University of South Carolina, to install interfacing boxes in the area of Greene, Sumter and Bull Streets.  The proposed interface boxes are 68" high, 15.3" deep and 43" wide.
This item was held over, no action was taken.
 
VI. APPEARANCE OF PUBLIC HAVING BUSINESS WITH CITY COUNCIL

Ms. Eunice McAlister, Homeowner, appeared before Council regarding the violation of SC. Code of Law Sec. 6-9-130. She told Council that the city was in violation of the above referenced code by using the International Fire Code.  Ms. McAlister stated that this code should not be enforced at the Riverhill Condominiums because of the construction date of the buildings.  She also stated that she has been in contact with Mr. John Reich, CFD Fire Marshall and Mr. Jim Meggs, City Attorney and they have failed to resolve this.  Ms. McAlister said that the Building Board of Adjustments appeals hearing was conducted improperly by Mr. Donny Phipps, City Building Official.  She asked that Council investigate this matter and correct it.

Ms. Heizer told Ms. McAlister that she would ask Council to review the concerns in an executive session to try to find a solution or an answer for her.

Mayor Coble called the meeting to a close at 10:33 a.m. and reconvened the Executive Session.
 

Respectfully submitted by:
 
 

Pamela J. Ferst, CPS
Acting City Clerk