CITY OF COLUMBIA
CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT IV MEETING MINUTES
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 02, 2003
6:30 P.M. – 7421 GARNERS FERRY ROAD
RICHLAND COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY
SOUTHEAST REGIONAL BRANCH

The City of Columbia City Council met for a District IV Evening Meeting on Wednesday, April 02, 2003, at the Richland County Public Library Southeast Regional Branch, 7421 Garners Ferry Road, Columbia, South Carolina.  Mayor Robert D. Coble called the meeting to order at 6:35 p.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. and The Honorable Tameika C. Isaac.  Absent was The Honorable Sam Davis due to a family illness.  Also present were Mr. Charles Austin, Sr., Interim City Manager and Ms. Pamela J. Ferst, City Clerk.

Councilman Osborne welcomed the District IV constituents to the evening meeting at the Richland County Public Library.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

1. Minutes of March 12, 19, and 26, 2003
This item was held over, no action was taken.

PUBLIC HEARING

· Mayor Coble opened the Public Hearing at 6:38 p.m.

2. Billboards Ban –  Ms. Rosie Craig
The Columbia Tree and Appearance Commission have requested city council to place a ban on billboards. The Commission is encouraging members and the public to attend and express their concerns.

Ms. Rosie Craig, Columbia Tree & Appearance Commission, told Council that she is concerned about the situation in front of the Coliseum and on Millwood.  She stated that the Columbia Tree & Appearance Commission agreed to the Cap & Replace program as a compromise, but now they are insisting that all billboards are banned.

Mr. Van Kornegay, 1200 Shirley Street, stated that he works on billboard control and blight and would like for the members of Council to consider a billboard ban.  He presented many pictures of billboards located throughout the City of Columbia that are hazardous.

Ms. Susan Brill, Richland County Council, asked for Council’s consideration of banning billboards, because under the cap and replace program billboards are placed on the fringes of Richland County.

· Mr. Cromartie joined the meeting at 6:45 p.m.

Mr. Doug Bridges, Richland County resident and Realtor, agrees that billboards should be banned.  He said that we could do business without excessive billboards.

Ms. Katherine Trimnal, CCN President, stated that she is concerned about the distorted billboard on Broad River Road along the Columbia Canal that is seen by thousands of people daily.

Ms. Kathryn Fenner, University Neighborhood Association, told the members of Council that Maine has a total ban on billboards and she is concerned about the distracting billboard at USC.

· Mayor Coble closed the Public Hearing at 6:50 p.m.

Mayor Coble recognized Michael Guyton, Boy Scout Troop #388 and Johnathan Morgan, Boy Scout Troop #287.  Both gentlemen are working on their merit badges.

CONSENT AGENDA

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion the Consent Agenda Items 3. through 18. as presented.

STREET CLOSING REQUESTS

3. Council is asked to approve a request from the residents of Hollywood Drive to block off the 1700 block of Hollywood between S. Gregg and Southwood Streets on Sunday, April 06, 2003 from 4:00 p. m until 7:00 p.m. for an annual block party.  Contact:  Lisa Barr Walker  - Approved

4. Council is asked to approve a request from the Five Points Association to close the Harden Street at the entrance to Saluda Avenue and Green Street at the entrance to Saluda Avenue on Thursday evenings beginning April 10, through May 29, 2003 from 5:30 p.m. until 12:00 midnight for 5 after 5 Spring Concert Series.  Contact:  Debbie Parker
RESOLUTION NO.:  R-2003-022 – AUTHORIZING CONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES AND FIVE POINTS ASSOCIATION’S 5 AFTER 5 SPRING CONCERT SERIES.   - Approved

5.  Council is asked to approve a request from Carolina Sunshine to close Lincoln Street between Gervais and Lady Streets and Lady Street between Park and Gadsden on Sunday, April 13, 2003 from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. for the “Spring Rally in the Vista”.  Contact:  Pete Thomas
RESOLUTION NO.:  R-2003-018 – AUTHORIZING CONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES AT “SPRING RALLY IN THE VISTA” - Approved

6. Council is asked to approve a request from the Gunter’s Chapel Baptist Church for permission to have a section of Belvedere Drive, from the entrance at the intersection of Two Notch Road and Belevedere Drive (intersection w/o traffic light not the main entrance with a traffic light) blocked off for the church Women’s Conference to be held on April 10-13, 2003.  The following are the specific dates & times we are requesting:
 Contact Geraldine B. Washington  - Approved

 Thursday, April 10th   6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

 Friday,  April 11th 7:30 a.m.  to   3:45 p.m.
    6:00 p.m.  to 11:00 p.m.

 Saturday,  April 12th  6:00 a.m.  to   3:00 p.m.
    5:30 p.m.  to 11:00 p.m.

 Sunday,  April 13th  7:00 a.m.  to  2:00 p.m.
    4:00 p.m.  to  8:00 p.m.
 
6a. Council is asked to approve a request from a resident of Claremont Drive to close one lane of traffic in the 4100 block of Claremont Drive, on Friday, April 04, 2003 from 6:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. for a Block Party.  Contact:  Jennifer D. Powers. – Approved
 
CONSIDERATION OF BIDS, AGREEMENTS, AND CHANGE ORDERS

7. Council is asked to approve the Purchase of Repair Parts and Material used to Repair Water Lines, as requested by Water Distribution.  Award to Hughes Supply, the low bidder for Lot #1, in the amount of $13,492.53.  Award to Independent Water Works (FBE), the low bidder for Lot #2, in the amount of $3,563.28 for a total amount of $17,055.81.  One firm is FBE.  Both vendors are located in the Midlands area.  - Approved

8.  Council is asked to approve a Contract for Employee Health Exams, as requested by Utilities (Columbia Canal, Lake Murray Water Plant, WWTP).  Award to North Greenville Fitness & Cardiac Rehabilitation Clinic, the only responsive bidder, in the amount of $18,810.00.  No MBE/FBE firms responded.  The vendor is located in the Upstate. - Approved

9.  Council is asked to approve a Contract for Professional Services for the Design of the EdVenture parking deck, as requested by Developmental Services and Parking Services.  Award to HNTB Corporation in the amount of $281,300.00 plus reimbursable expenses.  The vendor estimates subcontracts to MBE/FBE's to be a minimum of 15%.  HNTB's headquarters is located out of state. - Approved

10. Council is asked to approve a Contract for Professional Services for Construction Management Services for City Dock, as requested by Developmental Services and Parking Services.  Award to LCK Construction Services, in the amount $120,000.00 plus reimbursable expenses.  This is an FBE vendor located in the Columbia area.   - Approved

11. Council is asked to approve the Purchase of a Thermal Imaging System, as requested by the Fire Department.  Award to Slagle Fire & Safety, the low bidder meeting specifications, in the amount of $13,907.25.  MBE/FBE Submitted Bids.   The vendor is located in the Midlands area.  - Approved

12. Council is asked to approve the Purchase of Computer Hardware for the Wan Network for the Leap Project, as requested by the Police Department.  Award to Pomeroy Computer Resources, under the State Contract for Cisco, in the amount of $15,737.40. Purchase under the S.C. State Technology Contract.  The vendor is located in Columbia.   - Approved

13. Council is asked to approve the Purchase of Components for a Storage Area Network (SAN) as requested by Information Technology.  Award to MCPC (vendor for Hitachi Data System), the low responsive bidder, in the amount of $179,349.64.  MBE/FBE Submitted Bids.  The vendor is located in Columbia.  - Approved

14. Council is asked to approve a Contract for Restoration of a Fountain at Myrtle Court, as requested by Parks & Recreation.  Award to W. P. Law, the only responsive bidder, in the amount of $22,450.00.  MBE/FBE Submitted Bids.  The vendor is located in the Midlands area.  - Approved as Ms. Sinclair recommended without Air Controller.

ORDINANCES – SECOND READING

ZONING TEXT AMENDMENTS – SECOND READING
 
15. Ordinance No.: 2003-021 Amending the 1998 Code of Ordinances of the City of Columbia, South Carolina, Chapter 17, Planning, Land Development and Zoning, Article III, Zoning, Division 9, Supplementary District Regulations, to amend Sec. 17-317, Residential parking
 Amend §17-317 and Front yard parking regulations.  Approved on first reading March 12, 2003 – Approved on second reading

16. Ordinance No.: 2003-022 - Amending the 1998 Code of Ordinances of the City of Columbia, South Carolina, Chapter 17, Planning, Land Development and Zoning, Article V, Historic Preservation and Architectural Review, Division 1, Generally, Sec. 17-652, Definitions; Sec. 17-655, Administration, (a) Administration of historic preservation regulations; (2) Issuance of certificate of design approval (b); Division 2, deleting Sec. 17-674, Actions requiring review by DDRC; amending Sec. 17-675, Review process; and renumbering subsequent sections
 Amend §17-675 §17-652, 655, 674, 675 Review process; and renumbering subsequent sections - Approved on first reading March 12, 2003 – Approved on second reading

ZONING MAP AMENDMENTS – SECOND READING

17. 03-01 MA.  61.7 + acres, Hazelwood Road, TMS#16315-02-01 and 19100-01-02; Rezone from RG-2 to RS-1 (this property is currently being considered for annexation).
 -  Approved on first reading March 19, 2003.  – Approved on second reading

18. 03-02 MA.  1222 and 1224 Summerville Avenue, TMS#09109-09-portion of lots  02 and 04; Rezone portions of these lots from C-1 to C-3. - Approved on first reading March 19, 2003.
 - Approved on Second Reading
 
19. 03-04 MA.  3407, 3414, 3436 Devine Street and 732 Adger Road, TMS#13804-05- 03 & 04 and 13804-06-02 & 04; Rezone from RS-1 and C-1 to PUD-C. -  Approved on first reading March 12, 2003
 This item was rescheduled for April 09, 2003, no action was taken.
 
20. Ordinance No.:  2002-030  (Revised)  - Amending the 1998 Code of Ordinances of the City of Columbia, South Carolina, Chapter 2, Administration, Article V, Procurement, be amended to add Sec. 2-208, Commercial Non-Discrimination; and amending the City Administrative Policies and Procedures (“CAPP”) Subsection 19, Procurement Regulations, to add CAPP 19-2.1 through 19-2.22 - Approved on first reading September 04, 2002.
 This item was held over, no action was taken.

21. Ordinance No.: 2003-017 – Providing for a Local Hospitality Tax - Approved on first reading March 19, 2003.
 This item was held over, no action was taken.

ORDINANCES - FIRST READING

22. Ordinance No.:  2003-014 – Granting encroachment to The Cock Pit for placement of six (6) tables and thirty (30) chairs for outdoor dining at 805 Harden Street

Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve on first reading Ordinance No.: 2003-014 – Granting encroachment to The Cock Pit for placement of six (6) tables and thirty (30) chairs for outdoor dining at 805 Harden Street.

RESOLUTIONS

23. RESOLUTION NO.:  R-2003-020 – Authorizing Acceptance and Dedication of Streets known as Gauley Drive, Welwyn Place and Frampton Court, The Grove at Chestnut Hill Plantation, Phase 3 to the City of Columbia; Richland County TMS #05200-03-54 (Portion); CF#199-111

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve Resolution No.: R-2003-020 - Authorizing Acceptance and Dedication of Streets known as Gauley Drive, Welwyn Place and Frampton Court, The Grove at Chestnut Hill Plantation, Phase 3 to the City of Columbia; Richland County TMS #05200-03-54 (Portion); CF#199-111

TRAFFIC ISSUES

24. Truck Traffic Restriction – Glenwood Road
 Council is asked to concur with a recommendation from SCDOT at the request of a city resident to restrict thru truck traffic with more than six (6) wheels on Glenwood Road between Forest Drive and Trenholm Road.

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to restrict thru truck traffic with more than six (6) wheels on Glenwood Road between Forest Drive and Trenholm Road.

25. Four-Way Stop-Intersection of Pendleton and Henderson Streets
   -  Mr. David Brewer, Traffic Engineer - Approved

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve the installation of a four-way stop at the intersection of Pendleton Street and Henderson Street.
 
OTHER MATTERS

26. Destruction of Narcotics - CPD
Council is asked to approve the destruction of Four Hundred Twenty-Three (423) narcotics, as requested by the City of Columbia Police Department, and have been dispositioned for destruction.

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve the destruction of Four Hundred Twenty-Three (423) narcotics, as requested by the City of Columbia Police Department.

APPEARANCE OF PUBLIC HAVING BUSINESS WITH CITY COUNCIL

Ms. Katherine Trimnal, stated that neighborhood leaders are concerned about schools and churches encroaching into neighborhoods.  Ms. Trimnal asked Council to consider a moratorium on buying houses that will be torn down to build parking lots.

Mr. Bill Manley, Hyatt Park Community, stated that it was wonderful to hear that the Armed Forces have rescued one (1) Prisoner of War.  Mr. Manley commended the Columbia Police Department on their efforts to manage a recent rally that was held downtown.  He inquired about the fees the City of Columbia and Richland County receives for billboards.  Mr. Manley urged City Council members to get back to the neighborhoods, because a lot of positive things have been done in Eau Claire in spite of the recent shooting where a sixteen (16) year old was killed.  He suggested that Council hold the April 11, 2003 Public Hearing at a larger location, consider bagging the meters for public parking and provide the trolleys for transportation.
Mr. James Skalamera, King Charles Road resident, told the members of Council that he was involved in a minor traffic accident in a plaza parking lot.  He said that neither party was ticketed because the Columbia Police Department said they didn’t have jurisdiction in shopping centers.

Ms. Rosie Craig, asked what is the next step City Council would take to ban billboards?

Ms. Margaret Jordan, Tree & Appearance Commission, stated that there are ideal communities that have a tree and landscape ordinance and a ban on billboards.

Mayor Coble adjourned the meeting at 7:20 p.m.

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