CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING MINUTES
 WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2002
 10:00 A.M. - 1737 MAIN STREET
 CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS
 
The City of Columbia City Council  met in regular session on Wednesday, February 20, 2002, in the City Hall Council Chambers, 1737 Main Street, Columbia, South Carolina.  Mayor Pro-Tempore Sam Davis called the meeting to order at 10:08 a.m.  Council members present were The Honorable E. W. Cromartie, II, The Honorable Francenia B. Heizer, The Honorable Jim Papadea, and The Honorable Hamilton Osborne, Jr.  Absent was The Honorable Mayor Robert D. Coble and The Honorable Anne M. Sinclair.  Also attending were Ms. Leona K. Plaugh, City Manager and Ms. Pamela J. Ferst, Acting City Clerk.
  ROLL CALL

I. APPROVAL OF MINUTES

January 09, 16, 23, 30, 2002

Upon motion by Ms. Heizer, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve minutes for January 09, 16, 23, 30, 2002 as presented.

II. PRESENTATIONS

A. City Employee of the Year 2001

Mr. Allison Baker, Director of Parks and Recreation, introduced Mr. Robert Randle as the 2001 City Employee of the Year.  Mr. Randle is a Park Center Leader who has been employed with the City of Columbia since 1993.  Mr. Baker praised Mr. Randle for his initiative and the service he has provided at Greenview Park, especially with the Senior Citizens.

2. City Employee for the month of February 2002

Ms. Eloise McMillan, Animal Services Superintendent, introduced Ms. Stacey Cannon as the February 2002 Employee of the Month.  Ms. Cannon, a Kennel Technician, has been a city employee since 1998.   She told Council that Ms. Cannon lives at the Animal Shelter and therefore, serves the city on a twenty-four hour basis when animals are dropped off all hours of the day and night.  Ms. McMillan commented on how Ms. Cannon is always upbeat and tries to keep her co-workers upbeat as well.

3. Richland School District One - Mr. J. Ronald Sims, Athletic Director (Award)

Mr. J. Ronald Sims, W. J. Keenan High School Athletic Director presented City Council with a plaque for their continued support.

III. CONSENT AGENDA

Upon motion by Ms. Heizer, seconded by Mr. Papadea Council voted unanimously on a single motion to approve Consent Agenda Items A. 1. and 2.; B. 1 through 5.; and C. 1. through 5.  Item B. 6. was held over, no action was taken.

 
A. STREET CLOSING REQUEST

1. Council is asked to approve a request to close the 3300 block of Wilmot and Ravenel and the 3300 block of Wilmot and Ott Road, on Saturday, May 18, 2002, from 5:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. for an annual block party. - Approved

2. 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 16, 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 and Approval of Resolution No. 2002-008 - Authorizing Five Points Street and Sidewalk Sales for St. Patrick=s Day Celebration with Beer sales between 11:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Food sales will stop at 6:30 p.m.  - Approved

B. CONSIDERATION OF BIDS, AGREEMENTS, AND CHANGE ORDERS

1. Council is asked to approve the purchase of a 90 HP Wheel Loader w/Tink bucket and Claw, as requested by the Solid Waste Division.  Award to Fairfield Tractor Company, the lowest responsible bidder, in the amount of $74,900.  There are no MBE/FBE companies who can supply this equipment.  The vendor is located in the city.  The low bid submitted by L. B. Smith was unacceptable.  The transmission offered does not meet the specifications.  - Approved

3. Council is asked to approve the purchase of a Utility Truck, as requested by Water Distribution.  Award to State Contract vendors, Pulliam Motor Co. - 1 each Chassis (11,000 lb.), in the amount of $23,414.10 and to Lee Transport - 1 each Utility Body, in the amount of $3,592.79, for a total amount of $27,006.89.  There are no MBE/FBE companies who can supply this equipment.  The vendors are located in the City and Richland County.  - Approved

4. Council is asked to approve the purchase of Three (3) Portable-Service Line Jetters and Three 200X 3/16 hoses, as requested by the Wastewater Maintenance Division.  Award to Jet-Vac Sewer, in the amount of $11,749.50.  There are no MBE/FBE vendors, or local vendors who furnish this equipment.  The vendor is located in Sumter, SC.  - Approved

5. Council is asked to approve the purchase of a Self Container Boring Machine , as requested by Wastewater Maintenance Division.  Award to Rental Service Corp., in the amount of $19,581.03.  There are no MBE/FBE companies who can furnish this equipment.  The vendor is located in Richland County.  - Approved

6. Council is asked to approve Change Order #1 to CIP Project #SS680 Phase V - Belvedere SS. To serve properties that are currently experiencing severe septic tank problems in the area of Phase V of the Belvedere sanitary sewer project. as requested by the Director of Engineering.  Award to Trussell Brothers Construction Company, Inc. in the amount of $79,555.00 for a revised total amount of $224,953.00.  This is a local vendor.  No MBE/FBE increase over original contract.  Work will be performed by Trussell Brothers= employees. - Approved

7. Council is asked to approve Two (2) Elgin Grasswing Series [email protected] Street Sweepers, as requested by Public Works.  Award to Public Works Equipment, the low bidder, in the amount of $189,270.00.   There are no MBE/FBE vendors who sell this equipment, and none of the vendors are located in the city limits.
  This item was held over, no action was taken.
 
C. ORDINANCE - SECOND READING

1. Ordinance No. 2001-093 - Annexing 36.43 acres, Garden Circle, Richland County TMS #11611-04-01.  Approved on first reading February 06, 2002.  Approved on second reading.

2. Ordinance No. 2001-094 - Annexing 5901 Indian Mound Road, Richland County TMS # 13715-01-10   Approved on first reading February 06, 2002.  Approved on second reading.

3. Ordinance No. 2001-095 - Annexing 710 Buckner Road, Richland County TMS # 09316-03-07   Approved on first reading February 06, 2002.  Approved on second reading.

4. Ordinance No. 2001-096 - Annexing 7708 Leitner Road, Richland County TMS # 19206-09-76   Approved on first reading February 06, 2002

5. 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 February 06, 2002.  Approved on second reading.

IV. ORDINANCE - FIRST READING

Ordinance No. 2002-010 - Authorizing City Manager to execute an easement to SCE&G Company for the installation of Utilities along a portion of the City=s property identified as Richland County TMS #08914-04-01, #08914-04-03,  #08915-11-01, and #08915-06-01 for the service to the USC Basketball Arena; CF#255-13B

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to give first reading to Ordinance No. 2002-010 - Authorizing City Manager to execute an easement to SCE&G Company for the installation of Utilities along a portion of the City=s property identified as Richland County TMS# 08914-04-01, #08914-04-03, #08915-11-01, and #08915-06-01 for the service to the USC Basketball Arena; CF# 255-13B.

V. OTHER MATTERS

Council is asked to approve the Spirit Project as requested by Benedict College to paint the College Mascot at the entrance to the college on Oak Street.  If granted permission, the painting will take place between the months of March and April.

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve a request from Benedict College to paint the Benedict College mascot at the entrance tot he College on Oak Street between March and May 2002, with the caveat that Benedict commits to maintaining the painting.  Note: Permission needs to be acquired from SCDOT.

VI. APPEARANCE OF PUBLIC HAVING BUSINESS WITH CITY COUNCIL

No one appeared to speak before Council.

Mayor Pro-Tempore Sam Davis adjourned the meeting at 10:30 a.m. and reconvened the Executive Session to discuss the Ground Lease / USC Arena.
 
 

 
Respectfully submitted by:
 
 

Pamela J. Ferst, CPS
Acting City Clerk