CITY OF COLUMBIA
CITY COUNCIL MEETING &
PUBLIC HEARING MINUTES
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 05, 2003
10:00 A.M. - 1737 MAIN STREET
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

The City of Columbia City Council met in regular session and for a Public Hearing on Wednesday, March 05, 2003 in the City Hall Council Chambers, 1737 Main Street, Columbia, South Carolina.  Mayor Robert D. Coble called the meeting to order at 10:05 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 C. Isaac.  Also present were Ms. Leona K. Plaugh, City Manager and Ms. Pamela J. Ferst, City Clerk.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Davis, Council voted unanimously to revise the regular meeting agenda as follows:
- Remove Items 21. and 22. from the Consent Agenda
- Hold Item 28.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

1. Minutes of February 19, 2003

Upon motion by Mr. Osborne, seconded by Mr. Davis, Council voted unanimously to approve the Minutes of February 19, 2003.

PRESENTATIONS

2. Wilbur Smith Associates (WSA) recognition by the Columbia City Council, the South Columbia Development Corporation for their efforts on the Columbia Owens Master Plan.

Ms. Gerry Lynn Hall, Director of the South Columbia Development Corporation, recognized Wilbur Smith Associates and their associates from the Land Plan Group South for their efforts on the Columbia Owens Master Plan.  She stated that they devoted many hours to developing a detailed plan for redevelopment options in the area.

Wilbur Smith Associates presented Mayor Coble, Ms. Anne Sinclair and Ms. Gerry Lynn Hall with a token of appreciation.

3. City Year – Mr. Scott Sayers, Executive Director

Mr. Scott Sayers, City Year Executive Director, thanked Council for their support.

Mr. Sam Fineson, City Year Corp Member, thanked City Council for their support and invited them to participate in City Day on Saturday, March 8, 2003.  He presented each member of Council with a token of appreciation.

4. Arts Task Force Update – Mr. Stan Leinwand, Urban Design Planner

Mr. Stan Leinwand, Urban Design Planner, stated that the Arts Task Force has been very successful with wonderful attendance, passion and ideas.

Mr. Rhett Anders, Arts Task Force Vice Chairman, invited the members of Council to their next meeting on Monday, March 31, 2003 at 6:30 p.m. at Columbia College.  He said that great ideas are coming around.  Mr. Anders thanked the members of Council for their support.  He informed Council that the $15,000.00 allocated to the Arts Task Force hasn’t been disbursed to the committee.

A motion by Mayor Coble to confirm the original motion to allocate $15,000.00 to the Arts Task Force was withdrawn.

PUBLIC HEARING

Mayor Coble opened the Public Hearing at 10:28 a.m.

5. Proposed Community Development Block Grant Amendments to Fiscal Years 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, and 2000 to receive comments on Housing and Community Development needs and other requirements, (including Fiscal Year 2003/2004 Community Development Block Grant recommendations, Home Funds and Housing Opportunities for persons with AIDS (HOWPA) recommendations.)

Ms. Kathryn Fenner, presented the Citizen Advisory Committee budget recommendations for the use of $1,556,000.00 in Community Development Block Grant Funds for fiscal year 2003/2004. She stated that once program costs and Section 108 repayments are made the remainder of the funds would be equally divided between the Columbia Housing Development Corporation and the Eau Claire Development Corporation regardless of budget allocation.  Ms. Fenner outlined the specific CAC budget recommendations as follows: Housing at 39%; Economic Development at 35%; Public Services at 5%; Administrative Cost at 21% totaling $1,556,000.00 in CDBG funds.

Mr. Arthur Jones, appeared before Council to present matters regarding Community Development, which he has been a part of for many years.  Mr. Jones urged City Council to earmark $10 million for the Huger Street and Pulaski Street Corridor.  He thanked Ms. Plaugh for allowing him to create jobs in the Elmwood Park Neighborhood by leading efforts such as the Backyard Enterprise. Mr. Jones informed Council that the Sumter Columbia Empowerment Zone is operating under illegal and discriminating practices.  He stated that correspondence was sent to the Empowerment Zone requesting loan and grant information and no one responded.  Mr. Jones asked if the Empowerment Zone had any problems with the business plan he submitted, because Mr. Bill Gates funded the organization that was cited in the business plan.

Mr. Jahman O. Olulenu, stated that this great city belongs to all of us and many people worked hard to make Columbia what it is today.  He said that in 1990 he obtained the property at 1501 Rosewood Drive and as he cleaned it up an individual said that we don’t want your kind on this side.  He stated that those who ignore the mistakes of yesterday are bound to repeat them.  Mr. Olulenu told Council that small businesses can’t get cooperation and there shouldn’t be obstacles from bureaucrats that work for the system.

Mayor Coble closed the Public Hearing at 10:50 a.m.

CONSENT AGENDA

Upon motion by Mr. Osborne, seconded by Ms. Isaac, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion the Consent Agenda Items 6. through 20. and 23. as presented.  Items 21. and 22. were removed from the Consent Agenda.

STREET CLOSING REQUESTS

6. Council is asked to approve a request from Ferguson Enterprises, Inc. to close the 1800 block of Blanding Street on Thursday, April 03, 2003 from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. for an annual Nascar Trade Show.  Contact:  Kevin Poole - Approved

7. Council is asked to approve a request from the V.V. Reid Kindergarten & Nursery to close the 700 block of Gabriel Street between David and Rosebud Streets on Saturday, May 03, 2003 from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. for the annual May Day Festival. Contact:  Minnie B. White - Approved

8. Council is asked to approve a request from the Waverly Neighborhood Association to close Hampton Street between Harden and Heidt Streets on Saturday, March 8, 2003, from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. for a Neighborhood Cleanup and “Sweets and Strings in Waverly”.  Contact:  Catherine Bruce - Approved

9. Council is asked to approve a request from the S.C.Employment Security Commission to close Wayne Street from the corner of Washington and Gadsden Streets to the corner of Wayne and Hampton Streets on Wednesday, April 09, 2003 for additional parking for the annual Retiree Reunion.  Contact: Chief James D. Keisler - Approved

10. 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

 Friday April 25, 2003 Arts and Craft Show   4:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
 Saturday April 26, 2003  Arts and Craft Show 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

CONSIDERATION OF BIDS, AGREEMENTS, AND CHANGE ORDERS

11. Council is asked to approve an Agreement for Traffic Signal Maintenance, as requested by Traffic Engineering.  Reimbursement to the City of Columbia from the South Carolina Department of Transportation, in the amount of $310,820.00 covering the period of July 01, 2002 to June 30, 2003. - Approved

12. Council is asked to approve an Agreement for Engineering Services for Lighting Improvements at the Metro Wastewater Treatment Plant; CIP Project #SS842, as requested by Engineering Operations.  Award to Howard Engineering, the recommended firm, for a lump sum fee of $11,600.00.  This is an FBE firm and is located in SC. - Approved

13. a. Council is asked to approve Change Order #5 to an Agreement for Consulting Services, as requested by Engineering Operations.  Award to AMEC Earth & Environmental, Inc, on an hourly rate basis not to exceed a maximum of $52,065.00 for a revised contract price of $792,265.00.  This firm is located out of state and non-M/FBE firm. - Approved

 b. Council is asked to approve Change Order #4 to an Agreement for Consulting Services, as requested by Engineering Operations.  Award to AMEC Earth & Environmental, Inc, for a lump sum amount of $33,345.00 for a revised contract price of $740,200.00.  This firm is located out of state.  - Approved

14. Council is asked to approve the Purchase of a Speed Monitor on a Trailer for Community Policing Operations, as requested by the Police Department.  Award to Kustom Signals, the only bid received, in the amount of $13,772.85.  This firm is located in Lenexa, KS.  There are no known MBE/FBE vendors who can furnish this equipment.  - Approved
 
15. Council is asked to approve the Purchase a ½ ton Pick-Up, as requested by the Inspections Department.  Award to Love Chevrolet, a S.C. State Vehicles Contractor, in the amount of $12,848.00.  This firm is located in Cayce, SC.  There are no MBE/FBE who can supply this vehicle at this cost.  This vehicle will be purchased using the S.C. State Vehicles contract.  - Approved

16. Council is asked to approve the Purchase of Repair Materials such as Compression Fittings for repairs, as requested by Water Distribution.  Award to Pipeline Supply, the low bidder in the amount of $20,671.51.  The vendor is located in the Midlands.  No bids were submitted by MBE/FBE vendors.   - Approved

17. Council is asked to approve the Purchase of Repair Materials, as requested by Water Distribution.  Award to Pipeline Supply, the low responsive bidder, in the amount of $19,567.41.  This vendor is located in the Midlands.  No bids were submitted by MBE/FBE vendors.  - Approved

18. Council is asked to approve the Purchase of MSA Breathing Apparatus, as requested by the Fire Department.  Award to Newton’s Fire & Safety, the sole distributor for the Southeast in the amount of $13,193.50.  This vendor is located in Swepsonville, NC.  This is a Sole Source purchase based on compatibility with existing MSA Equipment.  - Approved

19. Council is asked to approve the Purchase of Two (2) Dezurik Plug Valves, as requested by Utilities/Metro Wastewater Plant.  Award to Carotek, Inc., a sole source vendor, in the amount of $17,476.20.  The vendor is the authorized representative for Dezurik values in this area.  - Approved

ORDINANCES - SECOND READING

20. Ordinance No.: 2002-057  - Amending the 1998 Code of Ordinances of the City of Columbia, South Carolina,  Chapter 24, Vehicles for Hire, Article IV, Wrecker and Towing Services, Sec. 205 through Sec. 215 – Approved on second reading

23. 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.  – Approved on second reading

ORDINANCES - FIRST READING

24. Ordinance No.:  2003-013 – Granting encroachment to City Center Partnership, Inc. for placement and maintenance of plants and planters along Main Street between Gervais Street and Elmwood Avenue.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve on first reading Ordinance No.: 2003-013 – Granting encroachment to City Center Partnership, Inc. for placement and maintenance of plants and planters along N. Main Street between Gervais Street and Elmwood Avenue.

ORDINANCES – SECOND READING

21. Ordinance No.: 2002-075 – Annexing 7520 and 7640 Monticello Road, Richland County TMS #07700-03-34 and 35.

Upon motion by Mr. Osborne, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to table Ordinance No.: 2002-075 – Annexing 7520 and 7640 Monticello Road, Richland County TMS#07700-03-34 and 35.

22. Ordinance No.: 2002-089 – Annexing lots 3, 4 and 5, Leesburg Road, Portion of Richland County Tax Map #22004-01-23

Upon motion by Mr. Osborne, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to table Ordinance No.: 2002-089 – Annexing lots 3, 4 and 5, Leesburg Road, Portion of Richland County Tax Map #22004-01-23.

RESOLUTIONS

25. Resolution No.:  R-2003-013 – Authorizing South Carolina Oyster Festival and consumption of alcoholic beverages at Finlay Park
Requested by Liquid Assets Events to be held on Saturday, March 22, 2003 between the hours of 12:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.  Beer sales authorized between 12:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.  Food sales will stop at 8:00 p.m.  Contact:  Shawn Rankin

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted six (6) to one (1) to approve Resolution No.: R-2003-013 – Authorizing South Carolina Oyster Festival and consumption of alcoholic beverages at Finlay Park.  Voting aye were Mr. Cromartie, Mr. Papadea, Ms. Sinclair, Mr. Davis, Ms. Isaac and Mayor Coble.  Voting nay was Mr. Osborne.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion Item 26. Resolution No.: R-2003-014 – Amending Resolution R-2003-008 Authorizing Five Points Street and Sidewalk Sales for St. Patrick’s Day Celebration and Item 27. Resolution No.: R- 2003-15 – For Condemnation of 1007 Park Street, Richland County TMS# 08916-10-11.

26. Resolution No.: R-2003-014 – Amending Resolution R-2003-008 Authorizing Five Points Street and Sidewalk Sales for St. Patrick’s Day Celebration - Approved

27. Resolution No. R-2003-015 – For Condemnation of 1007 Park Street, Richland County TMS# 08916-10-11 - Approved

APPOINTMENTS

28. City Center Partners Board (2 City Appointees – terms expired)
- Matt Kennell recommends Ms. Dalhi N. Myers to be appointed as a replacement
 This item was held over, no action was taken.

29. Columbia Tree & Appearance Commission (Appointments & Reappointments)

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Mayor Coble, Council voted unanimously to approve staff recommendations to re-appoint Mr. Al Barnett, Ms. Rosemarie Craig, Ms. Roberta Carver, Mr. Craig Dawson, Mr. Laddie Howard, Ms. Margaret Jordan, Ms. Susan Leonard, Ms. Hillary McDonald, Ms. Jennie Morris and Mr. John Stucker and to appoint Mr. Ben McIver to the Columbia Tree & Appearance Commission.

OTHER MATTERS

30. Council is asked to approve a request from the Trinity Episcopal Cathedral to utilize parking along Sumter Street, between Gervais and Senate Streets, in a “head-in” fashion on the west side of Sumter Street as currently being permitted on the east side of Sumter Street.  Contact:  W. Thomas Vernon

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve a request from the Trinity Episcopal Cathedral to utilize parking along Sumter Street, between Gervais and Senate Streets, in a head-in fashion on the west side of Sumter Street as currently being permitted on the east side of Sumter Street for Sunday only.

31. Council is asked to approve a funding request from the City Center Partnership, as requested by Mr. Matt Kennell, Executive Director, in the amount of $80,000.00.
 (Please see the Work Session Minutes)

APPEARANCE OF PUBLIC HAVING BUSINESS WITH CITY COUNCIL

Ms. Alta Milling, inquired about the status of the Memorial Park parking lot.  She asked if there was anything the Veterans could do to expedite the process.  Ms. Milling stated that she was surprised that her group wasn’t appointed to the SC Memorial Park Commission.  She also asked if the flyovers in conjunction with Celebrate Freedom are no longer authorized.  Ms. Milling informed the members of Council that the Veterans Day Parade would be moved to Fridays.

Mr. Rhett Anders, asked for an update on the intersection of Laurel Street and Elmwood, which is not slated for beautification.  He stated that residents of north Columbia hope that Main Street beautification will tie into N. Main Street and be one continuance boulevard.

Mr. Matt Kennell, stated that there are a few blocks of Main Street that will be Phase III of the project.

Mr. Mel Jenkins, appeared before Council to thank Mr. John Spade and the Parking Division for their assistance.  He told Council that Mrs. Jenkins and other employees of the Department of Social Services frequent the Richland County Courthouse and received numerous tickets while parked in the garage.  He said that she called Mr. Spade and he resolved the issue immediately.

Mayor Coble adjourned the Regular Meeting at 11:10 a.m.

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