CITY OF COLUMBIA
CITY COUNCIL ZONING PUBLIC HEARING
MINUTES
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 17, 2004
10:00 A.M. – 1737 MAIN STREET
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

The City of Columbia City Council met for a Zoning Public Hearing on Wednesday, March 17, 2004, in the City Hall Council Chambers, 1737 Main Street, Columbia, South Carolina.  Mayor Robert D. Coble called the meeting to order at 10:07 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 Isaac Devine.  Also present were Mr. Charles P. Austin, Sr., City Manager and Ms. Erika D. Moore, City Clerk.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

1.  Minutes of March 10, 2004

Upon motion by Mr. Osborne, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve the Minutes of March 10, 2004 as amended below:

 Item 14. Ordinance No.: 2004-020 – Amending 1998 Code of Ordinances of the City of Columbia, South Carolina, Chapter 2, Administration, Article II, Mayor and Council, Division I, Generally, Sec. 2-31, Salaries of mayor and councilmembers

 Upon motion by Mr. Osborne, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to table (temporarily suspend consideration of) Ordinance 2004-020 – Amending 1998 Code of Ordinances of the City of Columbia, South Carolina, Chapter 2, Administration, Article III, Mayor and Council, Division I, Generally, Sec. 2-31, Salaries of mayor and councilmembers.

PRESENTATIONS

2.  March 2004 Employee of the Month – Mr. Rick Semon, Director of Community Development will introduce Ms. Jennifer Chapman, Community Development Coordinator as the March 2004 Employee of the Month

Ms. Valeria Jackson, Community Development Administrator, introduced Ms. Jennifer Chapman, Community Development Coordinator as the March 2004 Employee of the Month.  She described Ms. Chapman as the prototype of an exemplary city employee. She said that Ms. Chapman always develops innovative approaches for the Community Development Department and that she works closely with various Social Service agencies.  Ms. Chapman is also an extremely humble Secretary for her neighborhood association.

Mayor Coble presented Ms. Chapman with a plaque recognizing her as the City of Columbia March 2004 Employee of the Month.

Mr. Charles Austin, Sr., City Manager presented Ms. Chapman with a token of appreciation.

PUBLIC HEARING

· Mayor Coble opened the Public Hearing at 10:16 a.m.

3.  Fiscal Year 2004/2005 Proposed Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Recommendations, Home Funds and Housing Opportunities for Persons With Aids (HOPWA) Recommendations – Mr. Rick Semon, Community Development Director

No one appeared to speak in favor of or in opposition to the proposed budget.

· Mayor Coble closed the Public Hearing at 10:17 a.m.

Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve the Fiscal Year 2004/2005 Proposed Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Home Funds and Housing Opportunities for Persons With Aids (HOPWA) Budgets in the amount of $1,543,000.00.  Ms. Devine was not present for the vote.

ZONING PUBLIC HEARING

ANNEXATIONS WITH MAP AMENDMENTS

4. LOST CREEK PLANTATION, LOT 17. TMS#05115-01-08; annex property and rezone from Richland County RU to RS-1. and Ordinance No.: 2004-014 – Annexing Lot 17, Lost Creek Plantation, Richland County TMS #05115-01-08

Upon motion by Mr. Davis, seconded by Mr. Osborne, Council voted unanimously to approve on first reading a Map Amendment for Lost Creek Plantation, Lot 17; rezone from Richland County RU to RS-1 and Ordinance No.: 2004-014 – Annexing Lot 17, Lost Creek Plantation, Richland County TMS #05115-01-08.  Ms. Devine was not present for the vote.

5. 609 OLD WOODLANDS ROAD.  Annex property and rezone from Richland County RS-1A to RS-1B. and Ordinance No.: 2004-013 – Annexing 609 Old Woodlands Road, Richland County TMS #13713-02-20

Upon motion by Mr. Osborne, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve on first reading a Map Amendment for 609 Old Woodlands Road; rezone from Richland County RS-1A to RS-1B and Ordinance No.: 2004-013 – Annexing 609 Old Woodlands Road, Richland County TMS #13713-02-20. Ms. Devine was not present for the vote.

6. WOODCREEK FARMS, VILLAGE GREEN.  TMS#25800-03-28 (p); Annex property and rezone from Richland County PUD-2 to PUD-R. and Ordinance No.: 2004-012 – Annexing Village Green at Woodcreek Farms, Richland County TMS #25800-03-28 (1.21 acre portion)

Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Mr. Osborne, Council voted unanimously to approve on first reading a Map Amendment for Woodcreek Farms, Village Green, TMS #25800-03-28(p); rezone from Richland County PUD-2 to PUD-R and Ordinance No.: 2004-012 – Annexing Village Green at Woodcreek Farms, Richland County TMS #25800-03-28 (1.21 acre portion).  Ms. Devine was not present for the vote.

7. WOODCREEK FARMS, AREA D-14, PHASE II (20.445 acres). TMS#28900-03-09; Annex property and rezone from Richland County PUD-2 to PUD-R. and Ordinance No.: 2004-011 – Annexing 20.445 acres, Woodcreek Farms Development, Area D-14, Phase 2, Richland County TMS #28900-03-09

Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Mr. Osborne, Council voted unanimously to approve on first reading a Map Amendment for Woodcreek Farms, Area D-14, Phase II (20.45 acres); TMS#28900-03-09; rezone from Richland County PUD-2 to PUD-R and Ordinance No.: 2004-011 – Annexing 20.445 acres, Woodcreek Farms Development, Area D-14, Phase 2, Richland County TMS #28900-03-09. Ms. Devine was not present for the vote.

8. GARNERS FERRY ROAD at DAPHNE ROAD (16.62 acres). TMS#16315-02-02; rezone from Richland County D-1 to C-3. and Ordinance No.: 2004-029 – Annexing  16.6 +/- acres, Garners Ferry Road at Daphne Road, Richland County TMS #16315-02-02

Mr. Tom Miliken, Edens & Avant, informed the members of Council that this tract of land was purchased over 18 years ago.  He stated that Daphne Road would be paved, a traffic signal would be installed by the new Wal-Mart and the current access road would be closed if this were approved.  Mr. Miliken said that this property would be developed for low-density usage.

Upon motion by Mr. Osborne, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve on first reading a Map Amendment for Garners Ferry Road at Daphne Road (16.62 acres); TMS #16315-02-02; rezone from Richland County D-1 to C-3 and Ordinance No.: 2004-029 – Annexing 16.6 +/- acres, Garners Ferry Road at Daphne Road, Richland County TMS #16315-02-02.  Mr. Osborne will visit the site prior to second reading approval. Ms. Devine was not present for the vote.

· Ms. Devine returned to the meeting at 10:32 a.m.

ZONING CONFIRMATIONS – (PROPERTIES PREVIOUSLY ANNEXED)

9. 400 HARBISON BOULEVARD; confirm D-1, annexed 1/7/04.

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Davis, Council voted unanimously to approve on first reading a Zoning Confirmation for 400 Harbison Boulevard; confirm D-1.  Mr. Papadea was not present for the vote.

10. 1020 FISKE STREET; confirm RG-1, annexed 1/14/04.

Upon motion by Mr. Davis, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve on first reading a Zoning Confirmation for 1020 Fiske Street; confirm RG-1. Mr. Papadea was not present for the vote.

Upon motion by Mr. Osborne, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to give first reading approval on a single motion to a Zoning Confirmation for Item 11. Willow Tree Subdivision (30.18 acre portion); TMS #19214-0303 and 04; confirm RS-3 and a Map Amendment for Item 12. Willow Tree Subdivision (3.46 acre portion); TMS #19214-03-12 and13; rezone from RS-1 to RS-3.  Mr. Papadea was not present for the vote.

11. WILLOW TREE SUBDIVISION (30.18 acre portion).  TMS#19214-03-03 and 04; confirm RS-3, annexed 2/25/04. – Approved on first reading.
 
 MAP AMENDMENTS -  (REZONINGS)

12. WILLOW TREE SUBDIVISION (3.46 acre portion).  TMS#19214-03-12 and 13; rezone from RS-1 to RS-3. – Approved on first reading.

13. LOST CREEK PLANTATION, 407 LOST CREEK ROAD; rezone from D-1 to RS-1.

Upon motion by Mr. Davis, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve on first reading a Map Amendment for Lost Creek Plantation, 407 Lost Creek Road; rezone from D-1 to RS-1.  Mr. Papadea was not present for the vote.

· Mayor Coble left the meeting at 10:40 a.m.

· Councilman E.W. Cromartie, II is now presiding as the senior member of Council.

14. 4807-09 ANDERSON STREET (AKA 4706-07 ANDERSON STREET); rezone from RS-3 to RD.

Upon motion by Mr. Davis, seconded by Ms. Devine, Council voted unanimously to approve on first reading a Map Amendment for 4807-09 Anderson Street (AKA 4706-07 Anderson Street); rezone from RS-3 to RD.  Mr. Papadea and Mayor Coble were not present for the vote.

· Mayor Coble returned to the meeting at 10:42 a.m. and is now presiding.

15. WOODHILL ESTATES, EAST SIDE OF GILLS CREEK PARKWAY; TMS#13809-05-03; rezone from C-3 to RS-1.

Upon motion by Mr. Osborne, seconded by Ms. Devine, Council voted unanimously to approve on first reading a Map Amendment for Woodhill Estates, East Side of Gills Creek Parkway; TMS #13809-05-03; rezone from C-3 to RS-1.  Mr. Papadea was not present for the vote.

16. 2805 RIVER DRIVE.  Rezone from RG-1 to PUD-C.

This item was withdrawn by the applicant.

· Mr. Papadea returned to the meeting at 10:44 a.m.

17. PALMETTO HEALTH ALLIANCE.  Properties bounded by Interstate I-26, Lake Murray Boulevard (Highway 60), and Parkridge Drive, TMS#5002-01-04, 5001-02-01 through 04, and Properties bounded by Lake Murray Boulevard (Highway 60), Parkridge Drive, and Proposed Relocation of Parkridge Drive, TMS#5005-01-05(p), 5005-01-01(p), 5005-01-07(p); rezone from PUD-LS-E and PUD-LS-R to PUD-LS-TC.

Mr. Todd Salvagin, Wilbur Smith Associates, told the members of Council that there is a need to relocate Parkridge Drive.  He said that this effort has been coordinated with Mr. Dave Brewer, Traffic Engineer and with the City of Columbia Planning Department.

Mr. Robert Fuller, Attorney representing Love Chevrolet, told the members of Council that his client, Mr. Michael Love, does not object to the Planned Unit Development, but Mr. Love does object to the relocation of Parkridge Drive.  He stated that having adequate access to Love Chevrolet and Love Hummer is critical to their success and the relocation of Parkridge Drive would be a business interruption.  Mr. Fuller explained that the new Parkridge Drive would be a private road for the hospital facility.

Ms. Frannie Heizer, McNair Law Firm, Representative for Palmetto Health Alliance, stated that the schedule is important, because time is money.  She said that her clients are willing to work towards a resolution.  She explained that the proposed traffic plan is to prevent a worsening traffic situation in this area.  Ms. Heizer emphasized the importance of protecting the integrity of the campus.  She informed the members of Council that a part of the request is for the City of Columbia to convey the right-of-way over to Palmetto Health at no additional charge.  She said that the road would be five (5) lanes with gutters and curbing and the City of Columbia would take ownership of the new and improved Parkridge Drive with a shorter distance to maintain.  Ms. Heizer requested first reading approval of the Map Amendment.

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve on first reading a Map Amendment for Palmetto Health Alliance; properties bounded by Interstate I-26, Lake Murray Boulevard (Highway 60), and Parkridge Drive, TMS#5002-01-04, 5001-02-01 through 04, and Properties bounded by Lake Murray Boulevard (Highway 60), Parkridge Drive, and Proposed Relocation of Parkridge Drive, TMS#5005-01-05(p), 5005-01-01(p), 5005-01-07(p); rezone from PUD-LS-E and PUD-LS-R to PUD-LS-TC to include approval of the concept to relocate Parkridge Drive.  Approval of this Map Amendment includes the following Planning Commission Recommendations: (1) the recommendations of the traffic study must be incorporated and/or implemented prior the facility operating and (2) the site is subject to current landscaping and tree preservation requirements.  Members of staff were directed to meet with the applicant and impacted businesses to discuss the process of relocating Parkridge Drive prior to second reading approval.

· Mayor Coble closed the Zoning Public Hearing at 11:25 a.m.

· Ms. Devine left the meeting at 11:25 a.m.

CONSENT AGENDA

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion the Consent Agenda Items 18. through 24. as presented.

STREET CLOSING

18.  Council is asked to approve a request from the Five Points Association to close Harden Street and Greene Street at the entrance to Saluda Avenue on Thursday evenings beginning on August 19, 2004 through October 30, 2004 at 5:30 p.m. until midnight for the 5 After 5 Fall Concert Series. Contact: Debbie Parker - Approved
  Resolution No.: R-2004-017 – Authorizing consumption of alcoholic beverages and Five Points Association’s 5 After 5 Fall Concert Series - Approved
 
19.  Council is asked to approve a request from the University of South Carolina Department of Student Life to close Greene Street between the gates in front of the Russell House University Union on Friday, March 26, 2004 from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. for the Kappa Alpha Psi Probate Step Show.  Contact:  Mr. Jerry T. Brewer - Approved

20.  Council is asked to approve a request from the S.C. Employment Security Commission Public Safety Department to close Wayne Street from the corner of Washington Street and Gadsden Street to the corner of Wayne Street and Hampton Street on Wednesday, April 21, 2004 from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. for the Annual Retiree Reunion.  Contact:  Chief James D. Keisler - Approved

 20a.  **Council is asked to approve a request from the University of South Carolina and Global Spectrum to close Greene Street from halfway between Lincoln Street and Park Street to Gadsden Street on Friday, March 19, 2004 from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. for the Professional Bull Riding Show.  Contact: Mr. Matt Homan - Approved

 CONSIDERATION OF BIDS, AGREEMENTS AND CHANGE ORDERS

21. Council is asked for approval to Replace the Entrance Sign at the Columbia Industrial Park, as requested by Economic Development.  Award to Colite International, Ltd., in the amount of $34,680.00.  This firm is located in West Columbia, SC.  - Approved

22. Council is asked to approve Project #SS916-3/4; North Main Street Line Cleaning, TV Inspection and Video Recording, as requested by Engineering.  Award to L-J, Inc., the low bidder, in the amount of $39,039.86.  This firm is located in Columbia, SC.  - Approved

ORDINANCES – SECOND READING

23.   Ordinance No.: 2004-027 – Approving form and authorizing execution of note and mortgage for Drew Wellness Center First reading approval on March 3, 2004. – Approved on second reading.

MAP AMENDMENTS – SECOND READING

24. MEMORIAL STADIUM 1000 Airport Boulevard, TMS#13703-01-01A and 02; rezone from RS-3 to PUD-C. First reading approval on March 3, 2004. – Approved on second reading.

CONSIDERATION OF BIDS, AGREEMENTS AND CHANGE ORDERS

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion Item 25a. Council is asked to approve Project #W785-7/8; 16” Water Main Extension from Longtown Road to Ashley Hall Road along Lee Road, as requested by Engineering.  Award to G. H. Smith Construction, the low bidder in the amount of $290,885.00.  This firm is located in Columbia, SC; Item 25b. Council is asked to approve Project#W849-9/0; 16” and 18” Water Main Construction from Hobart Pump Station to Lee Road along Killian Road and Longtown Road, as requested by Engineering.  Award to D. S. Utilities, the low bidder, in the amount of $484,851.70.  This firm is located in Little Mountain, SC; and Item 26.  Council is asked to approve a Water Main Extension Agreement between Turkey Farm, LLC and the City for Property Identified as the Turkey Farm Road Tract, as requested by Engineering Operations.  The construction of approximately 4,500 L.F. of 12” Water Main is required to provide City water service to this development.  Under this agreement the City would reimburse the developer $335.00 per ¾” meter installed for a total amount of $67,000.00 or up to the cost of construction within three (3) years.  At full build out of the subdivision the City will have collected $87,000.00 in tap fees and $102,389.70 annually in service charges.

25.   a. Council is asked to approve Project #W785-7/8; 16” Water Main Extension from Longtown Road to Ashley Hall Road along Lee Road, as requested by Engineering.  Award to G. H. Smith Construction, the low bidder in the amount of $290,885.00.  This firm is located in Columbia, SC. - Approved

b. Council is asked to approve Project#W849-9/0; 16” and 18” Water Main Construction from Hobart Pump Station to Lee Road along Killian Road and Longtown Road, as requested by Engineering.  Award to D. S. Utilities, the low bidder, in the amount of $484,851.70.  This firm is located in Little Mountain, SC. - Approved

26.   Council is asked to approve a Water Main Extension Agreement between Turkey Farm, LLC and the City for Property Identified as the Turkey Farm Road Tract, as requested by Engineering Operations.  The construction of approximately 4,500 L.F. of 12” Water Main is required to provide City water service to this development.  Under this agreement the City would reimburse the developer $335.00 per ¾” meter installed for a total amount of $67,000.00 or up to the cost of construction within three (3) years.  At full build out of the subdivision the City will have collected $87,000.00 in tap fees and $102,389.70 annually in service charges. - Approved

 26a.  **Council is asked to approve the Extension of a Contract for the External Auditor, as requested by the Director of Finance.  Award to J. W. Hunt and Company, LLP, in the amount of $93,875.00.  This firm is located in the City of Columbia.

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve the Extension of a Contract for the External Auditor, as requested by the Director of Finance.  Award to J. W. Hunt and Company, LLP, in the amount of $93,875.00.

ORDINANCE – FIRST READING

 26b.  **Ordinance No.: 2004-031 – Authorizing transfer of 1624 and 1630 Catawba Street, Richland County TMS# 11306-03-07 and 08

There was a consensus of Council to direct Mr. Jim Meggs, City Attorney, Mr. Jim Lawracy, Superintendent of Parks & Recreation, Mr. Marc Mylott, Zoning Administrator and Mr. Chip Land, Deputy Planning Director to draft a deed restriction that would assure that any new homes constructed on these parcels will conform to the existing structures within Wheeler Hill.  This item was held over, no action was taken.

RESOLUTION

27. Resolution No.: R-2004-018 – Authorizing City Manager to Execute a Cooperation Agreement between the Housing Authority of the City of Columbia and the City of Columbia for development of T.S. Martin Park

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve Resolution No.: R-2004-018 – Authorizing City Manager to Execute a Cooperation Agreement between the Housing Authority of the City of Columbia and the City of Columbia for development of T.S. Martin Park

OTHER MATTERS

 28. **Council is asked to approve a request from the Mad Monkey to shoot a Television Commercial within the Vista area for Carolina Care Plan, a local health insurance company. The production would take place on Saturday, March 20, 2004 until Sunday, March 21, 2004.  Exterior scenes would be shot within areas along Main Street between Washington Street and/or Gervais Street and areas around the Vista along Lincoln Street by the old railroad station.

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve a request from the Mad Monkey to shoot a Television Commercial within the Vista area for Carolina Care Plan, a local health insurance company. The production would take place on Saturday, March 20, 2004 until Sunday, March 21, 2004.  Exterior scenes would be shot within areas along Main Street between Washington Street and/or Gervais Street and areas around the Vista along Lincoln Street by the old railroad station.

APPEARANCE OF PUBLIC HAVING BUSINESS WITH CITY COUNCIL

Mr. Bill Manley, told the members of Council that the citizens of Columbia enjoyed the debate that was held on the previous evening.  He thanked the employees of the City of Columbia for making the candidate debate a success.

Mr. Eddie Lloyd submitted a letter of request to place a neighborhood sign within the right of way and to request a street closing for a neighborhood event that will be held on Saturday, March 27, 2004.

STREET CLOSING

29. **Council is asked to approve a request from the Waverly Annex to close House Street, Senate Street, Milwood Street, Short Street, Queen Street and Greene Street on Saturday, March 27, 2004 for a neighborhood event.  Contact:  Mr. Eddie Lloyd

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve a request from the Waverly Annex Neighborhood to close House Street, Senate Street, Milwood Street, Short Street, Queen Street and Greene Street on Saturday, March 27, 2004 for a neighborhood event subject to approval by Mr. Charles P. Austin, Sr., City Manager, Captain Harold Reaves and Mr. Dave Brewer, Traffic Engineer.

· Mayor Coble adjourned the zoning Public Hearing at 11:33 p.m. to reconvene the Work Session.

Respectfully submitted by:

Erika D. Moore
City Clerk