CITY COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2004
10:00 A.M. – 1737 MAIN STREET
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

The City of Columbia City Council met in regular session on Wednesday, February 11, 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.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

1.  Minutes of January 21, 2004

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve the Minutes of January 21, 2004 as presented.

PRESENTATION

2.  Martin Luther King Dream Keeper Award Recognitions – Councilman E. W. Cromartie, II

Councilman E. W. Cromartie, II recognized the winners of the 2004 Martin Luther King Dream Keeper Awards and the Corporate Sponsors who sponsored the contest.  He stated that nominees were 18 years old or younger, resides within Columbia city limits, provides extraordinary assistance to residents or agencies within city limits and worked with volunteer programs, charities and or held leadership roles in the community, which exemplify Dr. King’s dream.  The third place winner, Miss Tatayana Fulwiley of Eau Claire High School received $250.00 from Councilman E. W. Cromartie, II.  Mr. Tramier Brown of Keenan High School received $500.00 from the Palmetto Candy & Tobacco Company for second place.  And lastly, the 1st place winner, Mr. Jim Stansfield of Midlands Technical College, received $1,000.00 from South Carolina Bank and Trust.  Mr. Hipp of SCB&T and Mr. Jackson of Palmetto Candy & Tobacco were both recognized for their contributions.

Mr. Durham Carter, Martin Luther King Committee Chairman, announced that this was a citywide contest and programs were sent to all schools within Richland County School District I.

3.  February 2004 Employee of the Month – Ms. Della Waden, Fleet Services Divisional Secretary

Mr. David Knoche, Fleet Services, introduced Ms. Della Waden as the February 2004 Employee of the Month.  He described Ms. Waden as a special employee who goes beyond her duties to accomplish the goals of Fleet Services and the City of Columbia.

Mayor Coble presented Ms. Della Waden with a plaque recognizing her as the City of Columbia February 2004 Employee of the Month.

Mr. Charles P. Austin, Sr., City Manager, presented Ms. Wade with a token of appreciation.

4.  Proclamation – Ms. Joy Holman, Parks and Recreation – Benedict College Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee
  This item was deferred until February 18, 2004.

5.  2003 Housing Achievement Award – Ms. Deborah Livingston, Executive Director of the Columbia Housing Development Corporation and the Two Notch Development Corporation

Mr. Charles P. Austin, Sr., City Manager, presented the 2003 Housing Achievement Award to Ms. Deborah Livingston.   Ms. Livingston received this award from the South Carolina State Housing Finance and Development Authority in recognition of the P.O.W.E.R. Center (Providing Opportunities for Work by Empowering Residents).  He thanked Ms. Livingston for her unselfish acts and quality leadership.

CONSENT AGENDA

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion the Consent Agenda Items 6. through 12. as amended.

STREET CLOSING

6.  Council is asked to approve a request from the City Center Partnership to close Hampton Street between Main Street and Assembly Street from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on the following Saturdays for the Downtown Spring / Fall / Holiday Magnolia Markets.  Contact: Mr. Matt Kennell - Approved
 
  Spring Events   Fall Events
  March 27, 2004   September 4, 11, 18 and 25, 2004
  April 3, 10, 17, and 24, 2004  October 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30
  May 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29

  December Holiday Event
  December 4, 2004

7.  Council is asked to approve a request from the Fidler 5K Race Director to close Sumter Street between Greene Street and Pendleton Street on Saturday, February 28, 2004 from 7:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. for the Fidler 5K Race Contact:  Mr. Matthew DeAntonio - Approved
 
8.  Council is asked to approve a request from the Columbia Midlands Soap Box Derby Director to close Taylor Street between Assembly Street and Wayne Street during the following dates and times for the Columbia Annual Soap Box Derby.  Contact: Mr. Cecil Adkins - Approved

  Friday, June 11, 2004  11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
  Saturday, June 12, 2004 6:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.
  Sunday, June 13, 2004 6:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Rain Date

9.  Council is asked to approve a request from the Colonial Center 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 event: Contact:  Mr. Matt Homan - Approved

Sunday February 15, 2004 God is Love Tour 4:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

10.  Council is asked to approve a request from the Five Points Association to close streets as depicted on the attached map to through traffic and parking by non-residents in the Five Points area on Saturday, March 20, 2004 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. for Street and Sidewalk Sales for the St. Patrick’s Day Celebration – Rain Date:  Saturday, March 20, 2004 from 7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. and Sunday, March 21, 2004 from 1:00 p.m. until p.m.
Resolution No.: R-2004-008 - Authorizing the Five Points Association to Conduct Street and Sidewalk Sales for the “St. Pat’s in Five Points Festival” - Approved

10a.  **Council is asked to approve a request from the Five Points Association to close Saluda Avenue between Greene Street and Harden Street on Tuesday, February 17, 2004 between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. for a Press Conference. - Approved

CONSIDERATION OF BIDS, AGREEMENTS AND CHANGE ORDERS
 
11. Council is asked to approve the Purchase of a Compact Car, as requested by the Police Department.  Award to Love Chevrolet, the low bidder, in the amount of $10,724.46, using the SC State Vehicle Contract.  This vendor is located in Cayce, SC. - Approved

ORDINANCES – SECOND READING

12. 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 – Approved on second reading

CONSIDERATION OF BIDS, AGREEMENTS AND CHANGE ORDERS

13. Council is asked to approve the Selection of a Construction Administrator for the Charles R. Drew Wellness Center, as requested by Parks & Recreation.  Award to the LPA Group Inc., in the amount of $175,000.00. This firm is located within City limits.

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve the Selection of a Construction Administrator for the Charles R. Drew Wellness Center, as requested by Parks and Recreation.  Award to the LPA Group Inc., in the amount of $175,000.00.
 
14. Council is asked to approve Project Charles R. Drew Wellness Center, as requested by Parks & Recreation.  Award to Loveless Commercial Contracting, Inc., the low responsive bidder, in the amount of $7,082,000.00.  This firm is located in Columbia, SC.

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve Project Charles R. Drew Wellness Center, as requested by Parks & Recreation.  Award to Loveless Commercial Contracting, Inc., the low responsive bidder, in the revised amount of $7,307,533.00.

Upon motion by Mr. Osborne, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion Items 15. and 16. as presented.

15. Council is asked to approve the Purchase of Three Hundred Sixty (360) Pedestrian Signals for the Traffic System, as requested by Traffic Engineering.  Award to West Virginia Signal Light, Inc., in the amount of $131,922.00.  This vendor is located in West Virginia.  - Approved

16. Council is asked to approve the Purchase of Thirty (30) Controller Cabinets for the Traffic Signal System, as requested by Traffic Engineering.  Award to J. Moore Electrical, using the S.C. State Contract, in the amount of $157,890.00.  This vendor is located in Swansea, SC. - Approved

17. Council is asked to approve a Four-Party Agreement between the City of Columbia, South Carolina Department of Transportation, Richland County Transportation Committee and the City of Forest Acres for Drainage Improvements along Penn Branch Creek at Trenholm Road, as requested by Engineering.  The total project cost is $1,147,000.00.  Funding is proposed as follows.

 SCDOT      $487,000.00
 Richland County Transportation Committee  $510,000.00
 City of Columbia     $120,000.00
 City of Forest Acres     $  30,000.00

Upon motion by Mr. Osborne, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve a Four-Party Agreement between the City of Columbia, South Carolina Department of Transportation, Richland County Transportation Committee and the City of Forest Acres for Drainage Improvements along Penn Branch Creek at Trenholm Road, as requested by Engineering.  The total project cost is $1,147,000.00 and the City of Columbia is responsible for $120,000.00 of the total cost.

18. Council is asked to approve a Change Order for the Replacement of the Public Works Facility Roof at 2910 Colonial Drive, as requested by Construction and Facilities Management.  Award to Murton Roofing of South Carolina, in an amount not to exceed $328,794.00.  This firm is located in West Columbia, SC.

Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve a Change Order for the Replacement of the Public Works Facility Roof at 2910 Colonial Drive, as requested by Construction and Facilities Management.  Award to Murton Roofing of South Carolina, in an amount not to exceed $328,794.00.

ORDINANCE – SECOND READING

19.  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

Mr. John Cole, South Carolina Check Cashing Association, introduced himself as a representative for check cashing and pay day loan companies, but not for title loan companies.  He requested that City Council defer voting on this matter to allow the association time to provide statistical information on each location for such businesses within the city limits.

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve on second 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.

ANNEXATION WITH MAP AMENDMENT – SECOND READING

20. 3300 BLOCK OF LEESBURG ROAD; annex property and rezone from Richland County RS-3 to C-2.
 Ordinance No.: 2003-079 – Annexing parcels at Leesburg Road and Scotch Pine Road, Richland County TMS# 20004-01-12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 20 and portion of 23.

Upon motion by Mr. Osborne, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve on second reading a Zoning Map Amendment for the 3300 BLOCK OF LEESBURG ROAD; annex property and rezone from Richland County RS-3 to C-2 and Ordinance No.: 2003-079 – Annexing parcels at Leesburg Road and Scotch Pine Road, Richland County TMS# 20004-01-12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 20 and portion of 23.

ORDINANCES – FIRST READING

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to give first reading approval on a single motion to Item 21. Ordinance No.: 2003-100 – Granting encroachment to Liberty Tap Room for doors and planters at 1109 Lincoln Street and Item 23.  Ordinance No.: 2004-009 - Granting encroachment to James Hodges for landscaping and parking within the right of way area of Sims Avenue at Wheat Street as presented.  Item 22. was held over no action was taken.

21. Ordinance No.: 2003-100 – Granting encroachment to Liberty Tap Room for doors and planters at 1109 Lincoln Street – Approved on first reading.

22. Ordinance No.: 2003-104 – Granting encroachment to the Golden K Kiwanis Club of Columbia for placement and maintenance of a sign at the Capital Senior Center

Councilwoman Anne M. Sinclair requested that the Ordinance be denied because an additional sign would over crowd the corner of Blossom Street and Pickens Street.

There was a consensus of Council to direct staff to contact the requestor and evaluate all alternative locations that are available to the requestor.

This item was held over no action was taken.  There was a consensus

23. Ordinance No.: 2004-009 - Granting encroachment to James Hodges for landscaping and parking within the right of way area of Sims Avenue at Wheat Street – Approved on first reading.

24. Ordinance No.: 2004-019 - Authorizing conveyance of real property to Louis Bernard Lynn known as an access road and cul de sac within the Eau Claire Industrial Park

Upon motion by Mr. Davis, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted five (5) to one (1) to approve on first reading Ordinance No.: 2004-019 - Authorizing conveyance of real property to Louis Bernard Lynn known as an access road and cul de sac within the Eau Claire Industrial Park.  Voting aye were Mr. Papadea, Ms. Sinclair, Mr. Davis, Ms. Devine and Mayor Coble.  Voting nay was Mr. Osborne.  Mr. Cromartie abstained from voting due to a conflict of interest.

RESOLUTIONS

25. Resolution No.: R-2004-009 – Authorizing sidewalk Sales for Granger Owings, Inc. at 1333 Main Street

Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve Resolution No.: R-2004-009 – Authorizing sidewalk Sales for Granger Owings, Inc. at 1333 Main Street contingent upon approval from the Business Improvement District.

APPEARANCE OF PUBLIC HAVING BUSINESS WITH CITY COUNCIL

Ms. Natasha Taylor, Collaborative for Community Trust, appeared before the members of Council to request assistance with creating a flowerbed on the corner of Elmwood Avenue and Marion Street.  She stated that the organization would like to have the flowerbed finished in 2004.

Mr. Charles P. Austin, Sr., City Manager, requested that this item be referred to Ms. Debbie Price, Director of Forestry and Beautification to determine if the project is feasible.

Ms. Deborah Thomas, LDI Reprinting Centers, appeared before the members of Council with a request to be on the City’s bid list.  She stated that her company is 100% female owned and would like to do business with the City of Columbia.  She also said that she did respond to bids in the past and was rejected.  Ms. Thomas said that she felt like they were rejected because the company is female owned.  She then asked for clarification of the bid process.

Mr. Charles P. Austin, Sr., City Manager, requested that he be given an opportunity to review all of the facts relating to this matter.

Mr. Temple Ligon, stated that Houston, Texas, the fourth largest city in the United States does not have a grocery store within the downtown area.  He congratulated the members of Council.  Mr. Ligon announced the anniversary of the Burning of Columbia and suggested that the four corners of the 36-block area be dressed up for the occasion.

· Mayor Coble adjourned the meeting at 11:05 to reconvene the Work Session.

Respectfully submitted by:
Erika D. Moore
City Clerk