CITY OF COLUMBIA
CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING
MINUTES
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 06, 2002
10:00 A.M. - 1737 MAIN STREET
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

The City of Columbia City Council  met in regular session on Wednesday, March 06, 2002, in the City Hall Council Chambers, 1737 Main Street, Columbia, South Carolina.  Mayor Robert D. Coble 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, The Honorable Anne M. Sinclair, The Honorable Hamilton Osborne, Jr. and The Honorable Sam Davis.  Also attending were Ms. Leona K. Plaugh, City Manager and Ms. Pamela J. Ferst, Acting City Clerk.
 

A. APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Davis, Council voted unanimously to approve the minutes for February 06, 13, 20, 27, and March 01, 2002.  Ms. Heizer was not present for the vote.

PRESENTATIONS

B. Oliver Gospel Mission - Mr. Wayne Fields, Executive Director
This item was held over, no action was taken.

C Ms. Heizer joined the meeting at 10:29 a.m.

C. Drew Park Update - Mr. Allison Baker, Director of Parks and Recreation

Ms. Sinclair suggested that the group working with the architects be expanded so that it is representative of the city and particularly of potential users of it.   Council should work within the four districts to look at ways to have public discussions; this can be used as a marketing tool.

Mr. Cromartie concurred and asked the Public Information Department and the Parks and Recreation Department staff to be in a position to start that process immediately along with the people that have already been working with it and add some additional people to the team to meet with the architect and the diverse neighborhoods, so it becomes a project whereby everyone from all the districts in the City of Columbia become intimately involved.  I incorporate that into my motion.

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Ms. Heizer, Council voted six (6) to one (1) to approve the building of the City-wide Wellness Center within the budget of $5.7 million, and direct staff to have a marketing plan for the building once it is completed.  City Council presently has $4 million budgeted for the facility.  The remaining $1.7 million will be ascertained by Council to become part of the working budget.  Voting aye were Mayor Coble, Mr. Cromartie, Ms. Heizer, Mr. Papadea, Ms. Sinclair and Mr. Davis.  Voting nay was Mr. Osborne.
 
 
 
 

Mrs. Myrtle Gordon, Edgewood/Read Street Community Council President, appeared before Council to present the plans for the City-Wide Wellness Center.  Ms. Gordon thanked City Council for their support of all communities throughout the City.

Mrs. Julia Prater, Columbia Housing Authority, appeared before Council to present plans for the HOPE VI Project, the new community in which the wellness center will be centered.

Mr. Doug Quackenbush, Boudreaux Group, appeared before Council to present plans for the complete renovation of Drew Park.  Mr. Quackenbush stated that the goals of the Wellness Center are to be a neighborhood landmark, promote cultural awareness, be flexible, adaptable, very durable and long lasting.  The components of the center will be meeting rooms, reception lobby, computer classroom, art room, multi-purpose meeting room, full scale gymnasium, natatorium, pool room, vending, community office, health room, fitness/equipment room, stretching / warm-up room, a jogging/walking track and cardio.

Ms. Mary Skinner-Jones, appeared before Council to present a finance report.  Ms. Jones was retained as a consultant to assist in the fund-raising for the Drew Park Wellness Center.  A concept paper was used to market potential programmatic supporters and $659,900 has been committed to date.

Mr. Henry Hopkins, Eau Claire Community Council, appeared before Council in support of the Drew Park Wellness Center.  Mr. Hopkins stated that he has polled the members of forty-two (42) Eau Claire communities and they whole heartedly support the wellness center.

Mr. Bill Manley, Eau Claire resident, appeared before Council in favor of the Drew Park Wellness Center. Mr. Manley said, it is a wonderful opportunity for seniors and youth.

Mr. McCoy, a Junior at Cardinal Newman High School, appeared before Council in favor of the Drew Park Wellness Center.  Mr. McCoy stated that Drew Park is a historical landmark and the new facility will assist youth in broadening their abilities.  He stated that this is a way to keep youth off the streets and back where they belong.

Mr. Jeffcoat, a citizen, appeared before Council in support of the Drew Park Wellness Center.  Mr. Jeffcoat stated, that he grew up at Drew Park and his son learned to swim there.  He said, because of that training, he received a full scholarship at SC State.  Mr. Jeffcoat said, the wellness center will allow the community to have adequate training.  He recited a letter submitted by Dr. Epps, Superintendent, outlining School District=s I commitment to providing curriculum and staff support for water safety instructions for students in Richland School District I at this new facility.

Ms. Myrtle Gordon stated that she hopes Council is inspired and will vote in favor of the project.  She said, this facility will be an asset to the City of Columbia and will provide services and activities that will be conducive to positive growth for everyone.

Mr. Cromartie thanked everyone for their presence and recognized the ministers and bishops that were present.

D. Black Expo 2002 - Mr. Darrin Thomas

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve Title Sponsorship for Black Expo 2002 in the amount of $25,000.00.
 
 
 

E. Fast Forward - Ms. Dee Albritton

Ms. Dee Albritton of Fast Forward, invited City Council to a press conference to be held on Monday, March 11, 2002, announcing Fast Forward=s partnership with PC Teach It Magazine.

Ms. Linda Dennis of PC Teach It Magazine, has provided Fast Forward with products to be tested this summer.

F. **City Year - Mr. Scott Sayers

Mr. Scott Sayers, Executive Director, thanked Council for their support and invited everyone to participate in City Day, March 09, 2002.

PUBLIC HEARING

Mayor Coble opened the Public Hearing at 11:33 a.m.

G. Proposed Community Development Block Grant Amendments to Fiscal Year 1999 Comments on Housing and Community Development needs and other requirements, (including Fiscal Year 2002 / 2003) Community Development Block Grant  Recommendations, Home Funds and Housing Opportunities for persons with AIDS (HOPWA Recommendations).

Ms. Jeanne McIntosh-Lirola, Citizens Advisory Committee Chairman, presented the budget recommendations for fiscal year 2002/2003.  The estimated amount that will be available in  Community Development Block Grant funds is $1,506,000.

No one appeared to speak in favor of or in opposition to the proposed Community Development Block Grant Amendments to Fiscal Year 1999 Comments on Housing and Community Development needs and other requirements, (including Fiscal Year 2002 / 2003) Community Development Block Grant  Recommendations, Home Funds and Housing Opportunities for persons with AIDS (HOPWA Recommendations). .

Mayor Coble closed the Public Hearing at 11:38 a.m.

CONSENT AGENDA

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Ms. Heizer, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion Consent Agenda Items H., I., J., M., O., P., Q., and S.  Items K., L. and N. were held over, no action was taken.

STREET CLOSING REQUESTS

H. Council is asked to approve a request by the Three (3) Rivers Music Festival to close off portions of Gadsden Street between Lady Street and Taylor Street; Lady Street between Lincoln Street and Assembly Street; Park Street between Gervais Street and Taylor Street; Hampton Street between Huger Street and Assembly Street; Wayne Street between Hampton Street and Washington Street; and Washington Street between Wayne Street and Assembly Street.  Resolution No.: R-2002-009 - Authorizing 3 Rivers Music Festival 2002; Sales of arts and crafts items and food and beverage items and game booths be permitted and Beer Sales are authorized between 6:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. on Friday, April 5, 2002; 11:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 6, 2002; and 1:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 7, 2002.  Food Sales will stop at 12:00 a.m on Friday, April 5, 2002 and Saturday, April 6, 2002; and at 10:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 7, 2002.  Approved

I. Council is asked to approve a request by the Columbia Action Council to close the 800 and 900 blocks of Taylor Street from Assembly Street to Gadsden Street between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Friday, June 07, 2002 and between 6:30 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 08, 2002, for the Columbia Soap Box Derby.  Approved

J. Council is asked to approve a request by the Columbia Action Council to close the 900 block of Laurel Street from Park Street to Lincoln Street between 7:00 a.m. and  6:30 p.m. and the1600 block of Gadsden Street from Taylor Street to Blanding Street between 6:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., on Saturday, March 30, 2002, for Kids Day Columbia.  Approved

CONSIDERATION OF BIDS, AGREEMENTS, AND CHANGE ORDERS

K. Council is asked to approve a contract for Project #W900-0/1; Main Street Water main construction and rehabilitation, as requested by the Director of Engineering. Award to Spiniello Companies, the low bidder, in the amount of $917,500.00.  MBE/FBE participation: 11.01%.  This Company is located out of state.   This item was held over, no action was taken.

L. Council is asked to approve a contract for Project #W843-8/9; 6" Water line on Luvalie Street. W/4" water line on Cleveland Street. as requested by the Director of Engineering. Award to Lake Murray Utility, the low bidder, in the amount of $113,856.00.  MBE/FBE participation: 36.01%.  The Company is located in S.C.
This item was held over, no action was taken.

M. Council is asked to approve a contract for Project #SD59B-9/0, Phase IA: Storm Drainage Improvements along Randall Avenue, as requested by the Director of Engineering. Award to Lanier Construction, the low bidder, in the amount of $419,381.25.  MBE/FBE participation: 15.10%.  The Company is located in S.C. Approved

N. Council is asked to approve a contract for Project #SD58-9/0, Phase I: Storm Drainage Construction along Craven Street, as requested by the Director of Engineering. Award to Trussell Brothers Construction Company, Inc., the low bidder, in the amount of $157,474.00.  MBE/FBE participation: 4.45%.  This is a local vendor.    This item was held over, no action was taken.

O. Council is asked to approve the Purchase of a Concrete Saw w/Trailer as requested by Water Distribution.  Award to SMI Sheplers (aka Owens Supply Co.), the low bidder, in the amount of $10,428.09.  There are no MBE/FBE vendors who can supply this equipment.  Approved

P. Council is asked to approve neighborhood signs as requested by the Community Development Director.  Award to Barhamville Estates Neighborhood in the amount of $2,967.11.  Approved

Q. Council is asked to approve the engagement of a qualified Appraisal Firm for the CanalSide Project as requested by Economic Development.  Award to Marshall Dodds Associates in the amount of $24,000 which includes an update of an appraisal of the Prison Industries Building.    No MBE/FBE participation.  This is a local firm.  Approved
 
 
 
 
 
 

R. Council is asked to approve a Development Agreement between the City of Columbia and Midlands Regional Convention Center Authority.  The Authority desires to assist with development of the Center.  This shall include providing direction with respect to design, construction, furnishing, equipping and decorating of the Center. Approved

ORDINANCE - SECOND READING

S. 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.   Approved on First Reading February 20, 2002.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve on second 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.

ORDINANCE - FIRST READING

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Osborne, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion, Item T., Ordinance No.:  2002-016 - Amending the 1998 Code of Ordinances of The City of Columbia, South Carolina, Chapter 22, Streets, Sidewalks and Other Public Places, Article III, Obstructions, Sec. 22-71, Prohibited; removal and Item U., Ordinance No.:  2002-017 - Amending the 1998 Code of Ordinance of The City of Columbia, South Carolina, Chapter 12, Article II, Stopping, Standing, and Parking, Division 1, Generally, Sec. 12-42, Storage of commercial vehicles on streets.

T. Ordinance No.:  2002-016 - Amending the 1998 Code of Ordinances of The City of Columbia, South Carolina, Chapter 22, Streets, Sidewalks and Other Public Places, Article III, Obstructions, Sec. 22-71, Prohibited; removal.  Approved

U. Ordinance No.:  2002-017 - Amending the 1998 Code of Ordinance of The City of Columbia, South Carolina, Chapter 12, Article II, Stopping, Standing, and Parking, Division 1, Generally, Sec. 12-42, Storage of commercial vehicles on streets.   Approved
RESOLUTIONS

V. Resolution R-2002-006 - For Condemnation - Easement Acquisition for Water Main from Monticello Road to U.S. Hwy. 21; Project W548-9/0

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Ms. Heizer, Council voted unanimously to approve  Resolution R-2002-006 - For Condemnation - Easement Acquisition for Water Main from Monticello Road to U.S. Hwy. 21; Project W584-9/0.

W. **Resolution R-2002-011 - Authorizing execution of a Contract of Sale for the purchase of property known as Richland County TMS #09013-13-02 and 09

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Ms. Heizer, Council voted unanimously to approve  Resolution R-2002-011 - Authorizing execution of a Contract of Sale for the purchase of property known as Richland County TMS #09013-13-02 and 09.  Mr. Papadea abstained from voting due to a conflict of interest.
 

X. **Resolution R-2002-010 - Authorizing Oyster Festival 2002 at Finlay Park on Sunday, March 24, 2002

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Ms. Heizer, Council voted five (5) to one (1) to approve Resolution R-2002-010 - Authorizing Oyster Festival 2002 at Finlay Park on Sunday, March 24, 2002.  Voting aye were Mayor Coble, Mr. Cromartie, Ms. Heizer, Mr. Papadea, Ms. Sinclair and Mr. Davis.  Voting nay was Mr. Osborne.

APPOINTMENTS

Y. Citizen=s Advisory Committee - Eau Claire Target Area
This item was held over, no action was taken.

APPEARANCE OF PUBLIC HAVING BUSINESS WITH CITY COUNCIL

No one appeared to speak before Council.

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Davis, Council voted unanimously to go into Executive Session at 11:44 a.m. to discuss Memorial Park real estate matter, Tapps Furniture Building real estate matter, Pleasants Hardware real estate matter and a Procurement briefing.

Mayor Coble adjourned the regular council meeting 11:45 a.m.
 

Respectfully submitted by:
 
 

Pamela J. Ferst, CPS
Acting City Clerk