The Columbia City Council met for a work session, Wednesday, March 8, 2000, in the Council Conference Room. Mayor Robert D. Coble called the meeting to order at 9:10 a.m. Council members present were: The Honorable E. W. Cromartie, 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 Mr. Michael A. Bierman, City Manager and Ms. Vivian A. Krigline, City Clerk
1. Review of Regular Agenda
Chip Land reviewed action taken by the Planning Commission on items on the agenda. Three of the items were deferred at the February meeting and were acted on at the March meeting.
Item A. 9 - 725 Cross Hill Road: The Planning Commission recommends
Item A. 10 - Veterans Road: The Planning Commission approved the request to rezone the property but deferred review of the subdivision plat.
Item A. 12 - Garners Ferry Road: This was deferred by the Planning Commission because of questions with the exact parcels being rezoned. Mr. Papadea reported he has a conflict with this request and did not participate in discussions.
Richard Flow reviewed the options available for the billboard ordinance amendments. The committee will continue to meet to work out differences.
Mr. Davis stated there is neighborhood opposition to Item A. 1 - Jackson Avenue rezoning request.
Council discussed Item A 10 - Veterans Road rezoning request. Mayor Coble stated that Mr. Osborne is opposed to the proposed development and recommends a two week deferral to meet with the neighborhoods. The developer is to meet to address concerns expressed by the Planning Commission. He recommends having the public hearing but not vote; although the neighborhood wants a negative vote.
Mr. Cromartie stated he has to go to court and asked that a vote on
Item A. 3 - 1618 Waverly rezone request, be held over.
2 Request for Change Order for Sanitary Sewer Replacement for Penn Branch/Lake Katherine, Phase I - Project #SS757-8/9
Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council unanimously voted to approve a change order in the amount of $456,657 for Kinsel Industries to make sanitary sewer replacements on the Penn Branch/Lake Katherine project.
3. Request from March of Dimes for assistance with its annual WalkAmerica on April 29, 2000
Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council unanimously approved the request from the March of Dimes for assistance with the annual WalkAmerica on April 29, 2000.
Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Ms. Heizer, Council unanimously voted to approve the request to use one lane of Hampton Street between Main Street and mid-block , in front of the Columbia Museum of Art, for valet parking on March 10, 2000 from 6:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m.
5. Zoning Update
Richard Flow distributed comments taken at the hearings and public meetings on the revisions to the zoning ordinance.
6. Colonial Heights Traffic
Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council unanimously approved the requested signs for no left turn on Colonial Drive at High and Liberty Streets, subject to DOT approval.
Upon motion by Ms. Heizer, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council unanimously approved a request for a 4-way stop at Dell, Tanglewood and Hillwood Streets. A letter will be sent to DOT explaining the change.
Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Ms. Heizer, Council unanimously voted to remove the traffic circle on Confederate and Marion Streets and replace it with a 4-way stop, upon approval by DOT.
7. Mr. Bierman stated that appointments for various boards and commission will be discussed on March 22 or 29.
8. Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council unanimously voted to go into executive session at 9:40 a.m. to receive legal briefings on the following matters: SCANA; Harden Street Beautification Design - Phase II; Economic Development - Dr. Schmidís Contract; and McMillan Contract.
Council went into the regular meeting at 10:00 a.m.
Note: Council did not return to work session after the regular meeting.
Vivian A. Krigline, City Clerk
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