CITY OF COLUMBIA
CITY COUNCIL WORK SESSION MINUTES
April 4, 2001
9:00 AM - City Council Conference Room
2nd Floor City Hall - 1737 Main Street

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The Columbia City Council met for a Work session, Wednesday, April 4, 2001, in the Council Conference Room.  Mayor Robert D. Coble called the meeting to order at 9:05 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, and The Honorable Hamilton Osborne, Jr., and The Honorable Sam Davis.   Also attending were Ms. Leona K. Plaugh, City Manager and Ms. Peggy S. Breeland, City Clerk.

1. Review Regular Agenda

Ms. Plaugh reviewed the regular agenda with Council.   Council asked that Items III.B. 7 and 8 on the regular council agenda.

2. Memorial Park

Council moved this item to the regular agenda.

3. Holocaust Memorial Dedication - Parking and Trolley Request

Council held this item over, no action was taken.

4. Fort Jackson Commemorative Statue Project

Council held this item over, no action was taken.

5. Contract and Legal Matters

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to go into executive session at 9:50 a.m. to discuss a contractual matter regarding the Capital City Bombers, Parking Contracts, Bostick - Thompson Funeral Home.
 
6. Appointments

a. DDRC

Council moved this item to the regular council meeting.

b. Housing Authority

Council held this item over, no action was taken.

 
c. Convention Center Authority

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to appoint Mr. Bill Dukes as Chair and Mr. Charlie Cole as a member.  The remaining three members will be appointed at a later date.

7. ITEM FOR APPROVAL

a. Request from Cheryse Tapp

Council held this item over, no action was taken.

8. Resolution No. 2001-026 - Supporting the Southeast High-Speed Rail Corridor and
requesting a Charlotte-Columbia-Charleston segment.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to give approval to Resolution No. 2001-026 - Supporting the Southeast High-Speed Rail Corridor and requesting a Charlotte-Columbia-Charleston segment.

9. Capital City Bombers

Upon motion Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve a Voice Resolution  Authorizing the City Manager to negotiate a letter of intent with the Capital City Bombers Baseball owner for a new stadium using non general revenue funds.  In the event an agreement cannot be reach, the Council further Authorizes the City Manager to present Council with a renovation plan of the existing stadium.

10. 3 Rivers Music Festival

Upon motion by Ms. Heizer, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve amending Resolution No. 2001- 003 to include Authorizing the City Manager to suspend beer sales if consumers have not been properly monitored for I.D.  Council wants to ensure that the Police Department has the authority to carry out the City Manager=s recommendations.  Additionally, Council authorized the City Manager to distribute the free tickets that have been given to the City to persons who may not otherwise be able to attend the festival.

11. Other Matters

a. Storm-Water Utility

Council asked city staff to send a mock bill to customers to include the following:

a. Phone number and  a message telling customers to call if they have questions;
b. Phone lines open and adequately staffed to received customer questions;
c. City Council to be briefed on the priority list and review the plan prior to its
distribution.

 
b. Township Auditorium

Council asked that The Township Auditorium Intergovernmental Agreement be placed on a work session agenda and a copy of the letter be distributed to Council.

c. Convention Center - Architectural Agreement

Council asked that a requirement for the architects to make decisions in conjunction with LDR especially for landscaping and other infrastructure issue.

d. Technology

Council asked city staff to set up a meeting with Scott Spears at VC3 with City Council Members within the next couple of weeks.

e. Parking Issues

After a brief discuss, Council asked staff to make recommendations regarding parking garage rates.  Additionally, Council asked that the parking needs for employees at 1225 Laurel be addressed during the Tapp=s negotiations.

f. Special Meeting

Council asked that a special meeting set up to focus on designating priorities for the City Manager for the next 6 to 9 months.

g. City Council Meeting - Historic Columbia Foundation

Council asked staff to confirm plans with the Foundation for holding a meeting at one of the historic homes.

12. Public Hearing -  Property Maintenance Ordinances

Ms. Dana Turner, Housing Code Official for the City of Columbia, gave a brief summary of the four proposed property maintenance Ordinances.

Ms. Turner identified the first proposed ordinance dealt with the International Property Maintenance Code.  She noted the major difference from the standard property is that it addresses commercial property.

Ms. Turner identified the second proposed ordinance as the  Dangerous Building Ordinance.  She asked Council to consider reducing the threshold amount from 75% to 50% and to clarify the policy to consider a property that falling under this ordinance not be allowed to be boarded in order to avoid the application of the ordinance.  Additionally, Ms. Turner has that the title be changed from dwelling to building or structure.
 

 
Ms. Turner identified the third proposed ordinance as the Boarded-up Houses Ordinance.  She asked Council to consider to limit the time the house could be boarded to avoid the application of the code.  Ms. Turner suggested a year as an appropriate time limit.  She also asked that a permit including standards to board which would asked that boards be cut to fit the windows and doors using full sheets of plywood rather than signs or scrap lumber and that they be required to be screwed in and not nailed.  Ms. Turner stated that screwing the boards would help deter vagrants.

Ms. Turner identified the final ordinance as the Nuisance Ordinance whereby the property owner would be held accountable for conduct at the property after a violation of the law and notice to the property owner was given.

Council reconvened to open session at 10:15 a.m.

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Ms. Heizer, Council voted unanimously to approve the request for a Wales Garden Neighborhood Traffic Control for the installation of a multi-way stop at the intersections of Wateree/Catawba, Saluda/Catawba, and Edisto/Seneca and the installation of a four-way stop at Saluda/Seneca.  The neighborhood indicated that they do no wish to proceed with the Edisto/Seneca changes due to the potential location of a stop sign in a resident=s walkway.  The neighborhood asked to have a four-way stop at Saluda/Seneca instead of at Saluda/Catawba.

Additionally, a request to change payment marking in order to affect speeds on Wakayama Avenue.  In this section, parking one side of the street and a double yellow line is recommended.

Mayor Coble opened the meeting for public comment regarding the proposed property maintenance ordinances.

Mr. Scott Trent, a Bellmont/Eau Claire resident, appeared in favor of the proposed ordinances.  Mr. Trent asked that Council and City Staff ensure that these ordinances are enforced.

Ms. Essa Mandell, President of Cab Island Neighborhood Association and resident of Eau Claire, is a property owner and a landlord and is in favor of the proposed ordinances.

Mr. Rhett Anders, President of Eau Clair Community Neighborhood Association, appeared in favor of the proposed ordinances.  He is concerned with the noise ordinance and feels that the person causing the problem should be held responsible.

Mr. Olan Gayland, Manager of Imports Only at 1300 North Millwood Avenue since 1991 and lives at  2862 Ashton Street, appeared in favor of the proposed ordinances.

Ms. Carolyn Weston, Waverly resident, appeared before Council and with concerns regarding trash, gravel, pipes, and equipment at 2400 Gervais Street and the accumulation of old oil and hub caps located at Dillard Street.  Ms. Weston is also concerned with trash accumulated between the homes located at 1400 Millwood Avenue.

 
Council asked the City Manager and City Staff to address these concerns.

Mr. Durham Carter, resident of Martin L. King Park Neighborhood, appeared in favor of the proposed property maintenance ordinances.  Mr. Carter expressed his concerned regarding an abandoned home next door to him.  He stated that the door is open and vagrants are coming and going.  Mr. Carter would like to have city staff to visit and have the door boarded up.  He is also having trouble with rental residents [email protected] at 816 and 907 Oak Street.  Mr. Carter ask Council to ensure the ordinances are enforced.

Council asked city staff to address the concerns.

Mr. Paul Zeigler, a landlord, appeared before in favor of the proposed ordinances and asked Council to ensure that city staff enforce them.

Ms. Lois Whitening, resident of Brandon Acres, appeared in favor of the proposed ordinances and asked that they be enforced.

Ms. Mammie Jackson appeared before Council opposed to the proposed property maintenance ordinances.

Mayor Coble brought the public hearing to a close.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted to go into executive session at 11:40 a.m. to discuss parking contracts and a personnel matter.

The meeting adjourned at 11:55 a.m.

Respectfully submitted by,
 
 

Peggy S. Breeland,
City Clerk