CITY OF COLUMBIA
REGULAR MEETING MINUTES
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2004, 10 AM
City Council Chambers
1737 Main Street

The City of Columbia City Council met in regular session on Wednesday, February 18, 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 February 11, 2004

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve the Minutes of February 11, 2004 as presented.

PRESENTATION

2.  Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting – Ms. Cathy Alexander, Director of Finance

Ms. Cathy Alexander, Finance Director, presented members of the Finance Department with a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2002.

3.  Proclamation – Ms. Joy Holman, Parks & Recreation

Mayor Coble presented Ms. Joy Holman with a Proclamation, which recognized February 11, 2004 as Joy Holman Day in the City of Columbia.

4.  Columbia Assisting Neighborhoods Development Opportunities (CANDO) – Mr.Rick Semon, Community Development Director

Ms. Jennifer Chapman, Community Development Coordinator, presented various projects that were funded by CANDO in previous years and important dates regarding the application process for CANDO 2004.  She told the members of Council that the majority of CANDO funding is allocated to neighborhoods within Council Districts I and 2.

CONSENT AGENDA

Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Ms. Devine, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion the Consent Agenda Items 5. through 13. as presented

 STREET CLOSING

5.  Council is asked to approve a request from the University of South Carolina 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 events: Contact: Mr. Matt Homan, Director of Event Services - Approved

 Wednesday March 3, 2004  MBB vs Kentucky 5:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
 Thursday March 5, 2004  Bette Midler  8:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.
 Friday March 6, 2004  SCHSL B-Ball Champ 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
 Saturday March 7, 2004  SCHSL B-Ball Champ 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
 Friday March 12, 2004 Blues Festival  4:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
 Tuesday March 16, 2004 Electric Coop of SC 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
 Friday March 19, 2004 Bull Riding  8:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
 Saturday March 20, 2004 Bull Riding  5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
 Wednesday March 24, 2004 Britney Spears  4:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
 Friday March 26, 2004 Gaither Homecoming 4:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
 Saturday March 27, 2004 Spring Step Show 5:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
  Tuesday March 30, 2004 Yanni   4:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

6.  Council is asked to approve a request from Ferguson Enterprises, Inc. to close the 1800 block of Blanding Street between Barnwell Street and Gregg Street on Thursday, April 8, 2004, from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. for the Annual Nascar Trade Show.  Contact:  Mr. Kevin Poole - Approved

7.  Council is asked to approve a request from the 3 Rivers Music Festival to close the following streets during the times indicated below for the 3 Rivers Music Festival April 16-18, 2004 Event.  Contact:  Ms. Virginia Bedford - Approved
  Resolution No.: R-2004-011 – Authorizing 3 Rivers Music Festival 2004 - Approved

  Thursday, April 15, 2004
   7:00 p.m. Taylor Street from Assembly Street to Wayne Street
   7:00 p.m. Gadsden Street from Blanding Street to Hampton Street
  Friday, April 16, 2004
   9:00 a.m. Washington Street from Lincoln Street to Assembly Street
   9:00 a.m. Park Street from Taylor Street to Gervais Street
   9:00 a.m. Lincoln Street from Hampton Street to Taylor Street
    (Park Side Residents only)
   3:00 p.m. Hampton Street from Gadsden Street to Assembly Street
    (Park Side Residents and Justice Square only)
   5:00 p.m. Lady Street from Lincoln Street to Assembly Street

CONSIDERATION OF BIDS, AGREEMENTS AND CHANGE ORDERS

8. Council is asked to approve the Purchase of Two (2) Vehicles using the S.C. State Vehicle Contract in total amount of $25,293.97. - Approved

· One (1) - ½ ton Pick Up will be purchased for Fleet Services from Love Chevrolet of Cayce, SC in the amount of $11,527.97.
· One (1)  - Ford Taurus Station Wagon will be purchased for Inspections from Vic Bailey Ford of Spartanburg, SC in the amount of $13,766.00.

9. Council is asked to approve the Purchase of a Diesel 30,000 GVWR Cab and Chassis, as requested by Water Distribution.  Award to Burns Automotive Ford, using the S.C. State Contract, in the amount of $41,376.87.  This vendor is located in Rock Hill, SC.  - Approved

10. Council is asked to approve the Purchase of Repair Parts to Rebuild Pressure Relief Valves on top of the Digesters at the Wastewater Plant, as requested by the Metro Wastewater Treatment Plant.  Award to Heyward, Inc., the low bidder, in the amount of $10,257.45.  This vendor is located in Charlotte, NC.  - Approved

11. Council is asked to approve a request to Renew the Software Support Contract for the City’s GIS System, as requested by the Engineering Department and Computer Services.  Award to ESRI, Inc. in the total amount of $16,204.23.  This vendor is located in Redland, CA and is the only company who can provide the support for the proprietary software.  - Approved

 11a. **Council is asked to approve a Contract for Grinding Services, as requested by Public Works.  Award to Storm Reconstruction Services, the low bidder, in the amount of $33,250.00.  This firm is located in Tuscaloosa, AL. - Approved

ORDINANCES – SECOND READING

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

CONSIDERATION OF BIDS, AGREEMENTS AND CHANGE ORDERS

14. Council is asked to approve the Purchase of a Tandem Dump Truck, as requested by Water Distribution.  Award to Charleston Freightliner, the low bidder, in the amount of $91,090.00.  This vendor is located in Charleston, SC.

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve the Purchase of a Tandem Dump Truck, as requested by Water Distribution.  Award to Charleston Freightliner, the low bidder, in the amount of $91,090.00.  This vendor is located in Charleston, SC.

Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion Item 15. The Purchase of Bunker Gear, as requested by the Fire Department.  Award to Slagle Fire Equipment & Supply, Inc., the second low bidder meeting specifications, in the amount of $132,930.00 and Item 16. Project SD219-1/2; West Beltline Boulevard Colony Apartments, as requested by Engineering.  Award to G. H. Smith Construction, the low bidder, in the amount of $270,903.50.

15. Council is asked to approve the Purchase of Bunker Gear, as requested by the Fire Department.  Award to Slagle Fire Equipment & Supply, Inc., the second low bidder meeting specifications, in the amount of $132,930.00.  This vendor is located in Cayce, SC.  - Approved

16. Council is asked to approve Project SD219-1/2; West Beltline Boulevard Colony Apartments, as requested by Engineering.  Award to G. H. Smith Construction, the low bidder, in the amount of $270,903.50.  This firm is located in Columbia, SC.  - Approved

ORDINANCES – SECOND READING

17. Ordinance No.: 2003-083 – 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 an Dimensional Regulations, Sec. 17-283, Communication towers First reading approval on January 21, 2004
 
Mr. Marc Mylott, Zoning Administrator, requested that City Council defer this matter for further discussion.  This request is in light of the FCC Telecommunications Act and information that was received from various residents and the cell tower industry.

 Second reading approval was deferred until May 19, 2004.
 
18. 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 First reading approval on February 11, 2004

Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Ms. Devine, Council voted five (5) to one (1) to approve on second 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.

ORDINANCES – FIRST READING

19. Ordinance No.: 2004-007 – Annexing 36.31 +/- acres, Ulmer Road at Rawlinson Road, Richland County TMS# 19214-03-03, 04, 12 and 13

Upon motion by Mr. Osborne, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve Ordinance No.: 2004-007 – Annexing 36.31 +/- acres, Ulmer Road at Rawlinson Road, Richland County TMS# 19214-03-03, 04, 12 and 13

20. Ordinance No.: 2004-020 – Amending 1998 Code of Ordinances of the City of Columbia, South Carolina, Chapter 2, Administration, Article II, Mayor and Council, Division I, Generally, Sec. 2-31, Salaries of mayor and councilmembers

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted six (6) to one (1) to approve on first reading Ordinance No.: 2004-020 – Amending 1998 Code of Ordinances of the City of Columbia, South Carolina, Chapter 2, Administration, Article II, Mayor and Council, Division I, Generally, Sec. 2-31, Salaries of mayor and councilmembers.  Voting aye were Mr. Cromartie, Ms. Sinclair, Mr. Osborne, Mr. Davis, Ms. Devine and Mayor Coble.  Voting nay was Mr. Papadea.

MAP AMENDMENT – FIRST READING

21.  EAU CLAIRE HIGH SCHOOL.  4800 Monticello Road; rezone from RS-3 to PUD-C.

Upon motion by Mr. Davis, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve on first reading a Map Amendment for Eau Claire High School at 4800 Monticello Road; rezone from RS-3 to PUD-C.

ANNEXATION WITH MAP AMENDMENT – FIRST READING

22. 5024 FERNANDINA ROAD; annex property and rezone from Richland County M-1 and Lexington County ID to M-1, FS Overlay.
Ordinance No.: 2004-018 – Annexing 5024 Fernandina Road, Lexington County TMS #02898-03-07

Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously voted six (6) to one (1) to approve on first reading a Map Amendment at 5024 FERNANDINA ROAD; annex property and rezone from Richland County M-1 and Lexington County ID to M-1, FS Overlay and Ordinance No.: 2004-018 – Annexing 5024 Fernandina Road, Lexington County TMS #02898-03-07.  Voting aye were Mr. Cromartie, Mr. Papadea, Ms. Sinclair, Mr. Davis, Ms. Devine and Mayor Coble.  Voting nay was Mr. Osborne.

RESOLUTION

23. Resolution No.: R-2004-010 – Authorizing South Carolina Oyster Festival and consumption of alcoholic beverages at Finlay Park

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted five (5) to two (2) to approve Resolution No.: R-2004-010 – Authorizing South Carolina Oyster Festival and consumption of alcoholic beverages at Finlay Park.  Voting aye were Voting aye were Mr. Papadea, Ms. Sinclair, Mr. Davis, Ms. Devine and Mayor Coble.  Voting nay were Mr. Cromartie and Mr. Osborne.

24. Resolution No.: R-2004-012 – Approval for Site Acquisition for the Rimer Pond Road Water Tanks Site; Project #W873; Richland County TMS#15100-07-13

Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve Resolution No.: R-2004-012 – Approval for Site Acquisition for the Rimer Pond Road Water Tanks Site; Project #W873; Richland County TMS#15100-07-13.

17. **Ordinance No.: 2003-083 – 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 an Dimensional Regulations, Sec. 17-283, Communication towers First reading approval on January 21, 2004

Ms. Virginia Bedford, Earlewood Community Citizens Organization, told the members of Council that the Earlewood Community voted to have one (1) Suncom cell tower erected in their neighborhood because the residents need adequate service.

Mr. Halls Adams, 2226 Lincoln Street, told the members of Council that there are many neighborhoods in support of the proposed Ordinance.

Mr. John Gibson, Elmwood Park Neighborhood Association, told the members of Council that better cell service is needed in this area, but there are appropriate ways to make it a good situation for everyone involved.  He stated that we should be concerned about the way the cell towers look.

Mr. Jonathan Yates, Cingular Wireless Representative, thanked the City of Columbia for working with the service providers on this matter.  He hopes that a model Ordinance is created from this process.

Ms. Marie Dugan, Eau Claire Community Council President Elect, told the members of Council that she resides four (4) blocks away from an ugly cell tower.  She stated that she is concerned about the service providers paying off the residents.

 Second reading approval was deferred until May 19, 2004.

APPEARANCE OF PUBLIC HAVING BUSINESS WITH CITY COUNCIL

Ms. Suzanne Barczak, Earlewood Community Citizens Organization, inquired about the pile of debris that is sitting on River Drive.

Mayor Coble told Ms. Barczak that a contract was approved to have the debris grinded and once that is complete, the mulch can be given away at no charge.

· Mayor Coble adjourned the meeting to reconvene the Work Session at 10:50 a.m.

Respectfully submitted by:
Erika D. Moore
City Clerk