CITY OF COLUMBIA
CITY COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2003
10:00 A.M. - 1737 MAIN STREET
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS
 

The City of Columbia City Council met in regular session on Wednesday, February 19, 2003, in the City Hall Council Chambers, 1737 Main Street, Columbia, South Carolina.  Mayor Robert D. Coble called the meeting to order at 9:14 a.m.  Council members present were The Honorable E.W. Cromartie, II, The Honorable Jim D.N. Papadea, The Honorable Hamilton Osborne, Jr., The Honorable Sam Davis and The Honorable Tameika C. Isaac.  Absent was The Honorable Anne M. Sinclair.  Also present were Ms. Leona K. Plaugh, City Manager and Ms. Pamela J. Ferst, City Clerk.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

1. Minutes of February 05, and 12, 2003

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve the Minutes of February 05 and 12, 2003.

PRESENTATIONS

2. CFD Combat Challenge Update – Fire Fighter Mark George

Captain Mark George, Columbia Fire Department, thanked the members of Council for supporting the Fire Fighters during the 2002 Combat Challenge.   He said that the regional event was held in Ocean City, Maryland where they placed 2nd in the relay competition.  Captain George stated that the CFD placed 2nd in the state competition also.

3. Citizens Advisory Committee Budget Recommendations – Mr. Richard Semon

Ms. Kathryn Fenner, Citizens Advisory Committee Chair, appeared before Council to receive comments on the budget recommendations for fiscal year 2003/04.

A Public Hearing is scheduled for March 5, 2003.

CONSENT AGENDA

Upon motion by Mr. Davis, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion the Consent Agenda Items 4. through 11. as presented.

STREET CLOSING REQUESTS

4. 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 15, 2002 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:  Sunday, March 16, 2003 between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Resolution No.:  2003-008 - Authorizing Five Points Street and Sidewalk Sales for St. Patrick’s Day Celebration with Beer sales between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Food sales will stop at 6:00 p.m. - Approved

5. Council is asked to approve a request from Beach Music Festivals, LLC. in association with the City Center Partnership to close Main Street between Washington and Hampton Streets; Hampton Street between Sumter and Assembly Streets; Washington Street between Assembly and Sumter Streets on Saturday, May 10th, 2003 from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and the use of Boyd Plaza at the Columbia Museum of Art for a Beach Music Concert.  Contact:  Jim Engram
Resolution No.:  2003 –009 – Authorizing consumption of alcoholic beverages and Beach Music Festival - Approved

6. Council is asked to approve a request from the University of South Carolina to close Greene Street from Gadsden Street to the railroad track where it dead ends; 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:  Matt Homan - Approved

 Saturday March 01, 2003 Men’s Basketball   5:00p.m -    7:00p.m.
 Friday March 07, 2003 High School Basketball   7:00p.m .- 11:00p.m.
 Saturday March 08, 2003 High School Basketball 11:00a.m .- 10:00p.m.
 Sunday March 09, 2003 Men’s Basketball 12:00p.m. -   2:30p.m.
 Friday March 14, 2003 Concert   7:00p.m. - 11:00p.m.
 Saturday March 15, 2003 Comedy Show   7:00p.m. - 10:00p.m.
 Sunday March 16, 2003 Lipizzaner Stallions   2:00p.m. -   4:00p.m.
 Sunday March 16, 2003 Lipizzaner Stallions   6:00p.m. -   8:00p.m.
 Thursday March 27, 2003 Disney On Ice   7:30p.m. -   9:30p.m.
 Friday March 28, 2003 Disney On Ice 10:30a.m. - 12:30p.m.
 Friday March 28, 2003 Disney On Ice   7:30p.m. -   9:30p.m.
 Saturday March 29, 2003 Disney On Ice 11:30a.m. -   1:30p.m.
 Saturday March 29, 2003 Disney On Ice   3:30p.m. -   5:30p.m.
 Sunday March 30, 2003 Disney On Ice 12:30p.m. -   2:30p.m.
 
CONSIDERATION OF BIDS, AGREEMENTS, AND CHANGE ORDERS

7. Council is asked to approve the Purchase of Two (2) Vehicles, as requested by the Inspections Department and Five (5) Vehicles, as requested by the Fire Department.  Award to Love Chevrolet, a State Vehicle Contractor, in the amount of $77,747.97 and Butler Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep, a State Vehicle Contractor, in the amount of $23,996.00 for a total amount of $101,743.97.  No M/FBE vendors who furnish these vehicles at these prices.  One vendor is located in the Midlands area and the other  is located in the Low Country. - Approved

8. Council is asked to approve a Change Order to Contract  / Amendment No. 1-A between Owner and Construction Manager for the Southeast Vista District/Convention Center Water & Sewer Infrastructure Improvements, as requested by the Senior Project Administrator.  Award to MB Kahn, Construction Manager for the project in the amount of $88,500.00 for a total project amount of $1,190,000.00. - Approved

9. Council is asked to approve Change Order #1 to Agreement for Consulting Services, as requested by Engineering Operations.  Award to Wilbur Smith & Associates, to extend the feasibility study of the “Quiet Zone”, in the amount not to exceed $17,020.00.  No M/FBE participation.  This is a local firm.   **Request of $6,175.00 for proposed mail notifications.

Council approved Change Order #1 to extend the feasibility study of the Quiet Zone in the amount of $17,020.00 from the council contingency fund.  Council declined the additional request for funding in the amount of $6,175.00 for mail notifications to all property owners adjacent to the tracks.

ORDINANCES - SECOND READING

10. Ordinance No.:  2003-001 - Granting encroachment to Bar None at 620 Harden Street for outdoor dining.   - Approved on first reading February 05, 2003 – Approved on second reading.

11. Ordinance No.:  2003-015 - Authorizing execution of an Agreement to Sell and Buy between the City of Columbia and CEN, L.L.C. for Lot 3, Columbia Industrial Park
 - Approved on first reading February 12, 2003 – Approved on second reading.

 ORDINANCES - FIRST READING

12. Ordinance No.:  2003-010 - Granting encroachment to the Hollywood-Rose Hill Neighborhood Association for construction, installation and maintenance of a wrought iron fence along Hollywood-Rose Hill Park.

Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Mr. Davis, Council voted unanimously to approve on first reading Ordinance No.: 2003-010 – Granting encroachment to the Hollywood-Rose Hill Neighborhood Association for construction, installation and maintenance of a wrought iron fence along Hollywood-Rose Hill Park.

13. Ordinance No.: 2003-016 – Amending the 1998 Code of Ordinances of the City of Columbia, South Carolina, Chapter 17, Planning, Land Development and Zoning, Article III, Zoning, Division 11, Sexually Oriented Businesses, Sec. 17-372, Definitions, Semi-nude and Sexually oriented business
This item was rescheduled for a Public Hearing on March 12, 2003 no action was taken.

RESOLUTIONS

Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Mr. Davis, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion Item 14. Resolution No.: R-2003-010 – Release and abandonment of a portion of the City’s existing 15’ sanitary sewer easement along Richland County TMS#16509-01-67; Lot 318, King’s Grant, Phase 5; CF#181-18J and Item 15. Resolution No.: R-2003-011 – Authorizing Sidewalk Sales for Granger Owings, Inc. at 1333 Main Street.

14. Resolution No.: R-2003-010 – Release and abandonment of a portion of the City’s existing 15’ sanitary sewer easement along Richland County TMS#16509-01-67; Lot 318, King’s Grant, Phase 5; CF#181-18J - Approved

15. Resolution No.: R-2003-011 – Authorizing Sidewalk Sales for Granger Owings, Inc. at 1333 Main Street - Approved

APPOINTMENTS

Upon motion by Ms. Isaac, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion Item 16. The appointment of Ms. Eva Nance to the South Columbia Development Corporation as the replacement for Mr. Jemie Meachum’s term expiring on June 30, 2003 and Item 17. The appointment of Ms. Annie Jeffcoat to the Property Maintenance Board of Adjustments and Appeals for a three (3) year term to expire on February 09, 2006.

16. South Columbia Development Corporation Board

17. Property Maintenance Board of Appeals

TRAFFIC ISSUES

 18. Traffic Issue: Old Shandon Neighborhood Traffic Control - Traffic Calming by Three and Four Way Stop Signs
 This item was rescheduled for March 05, 2003.

OTHER MATTERS

19. Council is asked to approve a funding request from the Black Expo in the amount of $50,000.  Contact:  Mr. Darrin Thomas (Staff proposed $25,000.00)

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve a funding request from the Black Expo in the amount of $30,000.00 from the Economic Development Contingency Fund.

APPEARANCE OF PUBLIC HAVING BUSINESS WITH CITY COUNCIL

Mr. Bill Manley, appeared before Council because he is concerned about the direction the City of Columbia is heading in.  Mr. Manley stated that the focus is no longer on the neighborhoods, but the focus is on huge projects such as the Convention Center, baseball, ice hockey, the Dispensary Building and others.  He suggested that the agenda and all Council meetings be broadcasted on Channel 2.  Mr. Manley urged Council to hold evening meetings to meet with citizens, but not to discuss agenda items.  He also urged Council to hold businesses accountable.

Rev. Burton, appeared before Council because he as a community leader and a resident is concerned about the change in city leadership during war.  He stated that Ms. Plaugh has done a wonderful job in the Lyon Street Community.  Mr. Burton urged the members of Council to find a happy median because if Ms. Plaugh leaves it will appear to citizens as if she was ran off.

Mayor Coble adjourned the meeting at 10:50 a.m.

Respectfully submitted by:
Pamela J. Ferst, CPS
Acting City Clerk