CITY COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2005
10:00 A.M. – 1737 MAIN STREET
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

The City of Columbia City Council met for a regular meeting on Wednesday, February 16, 2005 in the City Council Chambers at 1737 Main Street, Columbia, South Carolina.  Mayor Robert D. Coble called the meeting to order at 10:01 a.m.  The following City Council members were present: The Honorable E. W. Cromartie, II, Rickenmann The Honorable Anne M. Sinclair, The Honorable Hamilton Osborne, Jr. and The Honorable Sam Davis.  The Honorable Tameika Isaac Devine and The Honorable Daniel J. were absent.  Also present were Mr. Charles P. Austin, Sr., City Manager and Ms. Erika D. Moore, City Clerk.

· Mr. Cromartie left the meeting at 10:02 a.m.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

1.  Minutes of February 2, 2005

Upon motion by Mr. Davis, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve the Minutes of February 2, 2005 as presented.

PUBLIC HEARING

· Mayor Coble opened the Public Hearing at 10:03 a.m.

ORDINANCE – FIRST READING

 1a. **Ordinance No.: 2005-016 – Granting a Franchise to Sean Conzo for operation of a stationary sidewalk vending cart at the northwest corner of Main Street and Gervais Street
 
Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Mr. Davis, Council voted unanimously to approve on first reading Ordinance No.: 2005-016 - Granting a Franchise to Sean Conzo for operation of a stationary sidewalk vending cart at the northwest corner of Main Street and Gervais Street, subject to the review and approval of evidence of insurance and compliance with health and fire codes.
 
RESOLUTION

2. Resolution No.: R-2005-005 – Amending Sidewalk Vending Locations and Authorized Merchandise

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Mr. Davis, Council voted unanimously to approve Resolution No.: R-2005-005 - Amending Sidewalk Vending Locations and Authorized Merchandise.

· Mayor Coble closed the Public Hearing at 10:05 a.m.

PRESENTATIONS

3.  Dr. Naby Camara Day in the City of Columbia – The Honorable Mayor Robert D. Coble (Please refer to the Work Session Minutes Item D1.)

4.  Introduction of GET SET Program GED Recipients – Mr. Charles P. Austin, Sr., City Manager

Mayor Coble, the members of City Council and Mr. Charles P. Austin, Sr., City Manager recognized the following employees that recently received their GED through the Get SET Program: Ms. Kimberly McMichael, Forestry & Beautification; Mr. James F. Anderson, Parks & Recreation; Mr. Troy Robinson, Solid Waste and Mr. Craig Boykin, Water Distribution.

CONSENT AGENDA

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Mr. Davis, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion the Consent Agenda Items 5. through 12. as presented.

STREET CLOSINGS

5.  Council is asked to approve a request from the Township Auditorium to close Henderson Street between Taylor Street and Blanding Street and Blanding Street between Pickens Street and Henderson Street during the following dates and times for various children’s shows.  Contacts:  Ms. Sally G. Roach, Township Auditorium Executive Director – Approved subject to the sponsor hiring off-duty police officers to provide traffic control.
 
  Thursday February 24, 2005 7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Save the Music, Save Me
  Tuesday March 15, 2005 7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Super Scientific Circus

6.  Council is asked to approve a request from the City Center Partnership to close Hampton Street between Main Street and Assembly Street on Friday, April 8, 2005 and Friday, May 13, 2005 from 6:00 p.m. until 12:00 a.m. for the Spring Outdoor Movie Series.  Contact: Mr. Matt Kennell, City Center Partnership, Inc., Executive Director - Approved

7.  Council is asked to approve a request from the City Center Partnership to close Hampton Street between Main Street and Assembly Street on the following Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. for the Downtown Magnolia Market.  Contact: Mr. Matt Kennell, City Center Partnership, Inc., Executive Director - Approved

  April 2, 2005  September 10, 2005  October 15, 2005
  April 9, 2005  September 17, 2005  October 22, 2005
  April 16, 2005  September 24, 2005  December 3, 2005
  April 23, 2005  October 1, 2005
  April 30, 2005  October 8, 2005

 8.  Council is asked to approve a request from the Strathaven Forest Homeowners Association to close the 700 block of Caledonia Lane between Glengarry Drive and Stonehaven Drive on Saturday, April 16, 2005 from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. for an Annual Neighborhood Picnic.  Contact: Ms. Gayle Hickman, SFHO Social Chair - Approved

9.  Council is asked to approve a request from the Trinity Cathedral to close Marion Street between Gervais Street and Senate Street and Senate Street between Marion Street and Sumter Street on Saturday, November 5, 2005 from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. for the Trinity Bazaar.  Contact:  Ms. Susan Johnston and Ms. Jeannie Knowlton, Chairs of the 2005 Bazaar - Approved

CONSIDERATION OF BIDS & AGREEMENTS

10.  Council is asked to approve the Purchase of a Trailer Mounted Combination Vacuum Excavator and Jet, as requested by the Wastewater Maintenance Division.  Award to McLaughlin Manufacturing, the low bidder, in the amount of $44,215.92.  This vendor is located in Greenville, SC. - Approved

11.  Council is asked to approve the Purchase of a 100MF Rotating Assembly #1 Raw Stand-by Pump, as requested by the Metro Wastewater Plant.  Award to Charles Underwood, Inc., the low bidder, in the amount of $49,310.30.  This vendor is located in Sanford, NC. - Approved

ORDINANCES – SECOND READING

12.  Ordinance No.: 2005-012 – Amending the 1998 Code of Ordinances of the City of Columbia, South Carolina, Chapter 22, Streets, Sidewalks and Other Public Places, Article V, Utility Installation in Streets to add Sec. 22-137, Underground utilities – Approved on second reading.

CONSIDERATION OF BIDS, AGREEMENTS AND CHANGE ORDERS

Upon motion by Mr. Osborne, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion Items 13. through 17. as presented.

13.  Council is asked to approve a Contract for Physicals and Screening, as requested by the Fire Department.  Award to North Greenville Fitness, the low acceptable bidder, in the amount of $96,043.50.  This firm is located in Travelers Rest, SC. - Approved

14.  Council is asked to approve Project #WM3823 Blanding Street 24” Valve Installation Water Main Construction, as requested by the Department of Utilities and Engineering.  Award to McClam and Associates, the lowest bidder, in the amount of $98,849.00.  This firm is located in Little Mountain, SC.  - Approved

15.  Council is asked to approve the Purchase of 23 each Cabinets without Controllers, as requested by Traffic and Engineering. Award to J. Moore Electrical using the State Contract in the amount of $127,201.45. This firm is located in Swansea, SC. - Approved

16.  Council is asked to approve the Purchase of Parking Meter Mechanisms and Housings, as requested by General Services.  Award to P.O.M. Inc., as sole source procurement in the amount of $153,148.28. This vendor is located in Arkansas. - Approved

17.  Council is asked to approve Change Order #1 to an Agreement for Engineering Services for the Design and Construction of Effluent Diffuser and Pump Station at the City’s Metro Wastewater Treatment Plant; CIP Project SS6790.  Award to American Engineering Consultants in the amount of $350,000.00.  - Approved

ORDINANCES – FIRST READING

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Mr. Davis, Council voted unanimously to give first reading approval on a single motion to Items 18., 19., and 21. as presented.

18.  Ordinance No.: 2005-005 – Annexing 1715 Broad River Road, Richland County TMS# 07405-09-05 – Approved on first reading.

19.  Ordinance No.: 2005-008 – Granting encroachment to Central Parking for installation and maintenance of three signs along Park Street at Richland Street and Park Street at Laurel Street – Approved on first reading.

20.  Ordinance No.: 2005-013 – A fourth supplemental Ordinance providing for the issuance and sale of City of Columbia, South Carolina, Waterworks and Sewer System Revenue Bonds, Series 2005, in the principal amount of not exceeding $60,000,000; delegating the authority to the Mayor and City Manager to determine certain matters with respect to the bonds; prescribing the form and details of such bonds; and other matters relating thereto.

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Mr. Davis, Council voted unanimously to approve on first reading Ordinance No.: 2005-013 – A fourth supplemental Ordinance providing for the issuance and sale of City of Columbia, South Carolina, Waterworks and Sewer System Revenue Bonds, Series 2005, in the principal amount of not exceeding $60,000,000; delegating the authority to the Mayor and City Manager to determine certain matters with respect to the bonds; prescribing the form and details of such bonds; and other matters relating thereto.  Mr. Osborne abstained from voting due to a potential conflict of interest.

21.  Ordinance No.: 2005-014 – Authorizing conveyance of property known as 513 South Pickens Street, Richland County TMS# 11307-15-01 (former Naval Reserve Building) – Approved on first reading.

RESOLUTIONS

22.  Resolution No.: R-2005-007 – Relating to the declaration of intent by the City of Columbia, South Carolina, to reimburse certain expenditures prior to the issuance by the City of its Waterworks and Sewer System Revenue Bonds

Upon motion by Mr. Davis, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve Resolution No.: R-2005-007 - Relating to the declaration of intent by the City of Columbia, South Carolina, to reimburse certain expenditures prior to the issuance by the City of its Waterworks and Sewer System Revenue Bonds.  Mr. Osborne abstained from voting due to a potential conflict of interest.

APPEARANCE OF PUBLIC HAVING BUSINESS WITH CITY COUNCIL      

Reverend Belton, New Hope Baptist Church told the members of Council that they are not against the bus barn.  He requested the City’s assistance in resolving a drainage issue.  He said that he’s not sure which jurisdiction is responsible for the problems they are having, but the church would like to be connected to the city’s sewer system.  He also requested ownership information on the land that runs from the front of the church to the ditch.

· City Council adjourned the meeting at 10:26 a.m. to reconvene the Work Session.

Respectfully submitted by:
Erika D. Moore
City Clerk