DISTRICT IV EVENING MEETING MINUTES
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6, 2005
6:00 P.M. – 6500 OLDE KNIGHT PARKWAY
WOODLAND PARK

The City of Columbia City Council met for a District IV Evening Meeting on Wednesday, April 6, 2005 at Woodland Park, 6500 Olde Knight Parkway, Columbia, South Carolina.  The Honorable Mayor Robert D. Coble called the meeting to order at 6:0 p.m.  The following Council members were present: The Honorable E. W. Cromartie, II, The Honorable Anne M. Sinclair, The Honorable Hamilton Osborne, Jr., The Honorable Sam Davis, The Honorable Tameika Isaac Devine and The Honorable Daniel J. Rickenmann.  Also present were Mr. Charles P. Austin, Sr., City Manager and Ms. Erika D. Salley, City Clerk.

WELCOME

Councilman Hamilton Osborne, Jr. welcomed every one to the District IV Evening Meeting at Woodland Park.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Ms. Devine, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion the Minutes of February 23, 2005, March 2, 2005 and March 16, 2005 as presented.

1.  Minutes of February 23, 2005 – Approved as presented.

2.  Minutes of March 2 and 16, 2005 – Approved as presented.

PRESENTATIONS

3. National Fair Housing Month Proclamation – Mr. Rick Semon, Director of Community Development

Mr. Rick Semon, Director of Community Development, announced that during April we would celebrate Fair Housing Month.  He introduced the Housing and Community Development staff.  He outlined the many activities that will be a part of the Fair Housing Month celebration.

Mayor Robert D. Coble presented a Proclamation to the Department of Housing and Urban Development declaring April 2005 as Fair Housing Month in the City of Columbia.

Mr. Dudley Gregory, Department of Housing and Urban Development, stated that it was a pleasure to accept this Proclamation from the City of Columbia since it is the 37th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act.  He thanked the members of City Council for their actions to make sure that Columbia is free from housing discrimination.

Mr. Preston Winkler, Executive Director of the Greater Columbia Community Relations Council, invited everyone to the 20th Annual Fair Housing Month Poster Contest at Dutch Square Mall on Saturday, April 16, 2005 at 2:00 p.m.

4. Presentation to City Council – Mr. Bill Norwood, Elmwood Park Neighborhood Association President

Mr. Bill Norwood Elmwood Park Neighborhood Association President thanked City Council for their continued support, invited them to the Tour of Homes and Gardens on Saturday, April 9, 2005 and presented them with tokens of appreciation.

CONSENT AGENDA

Upon motion by Mr. Osborne, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion the Consent Agenda Items 5. through 18. as presented.

STREET CLOSINGS

5.  Council is asked to approve a request to close Arbutus Drive between Camellia Street and Daktura Road on Sunday, April 17, 2005 from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. for a Neighborhood Block Party.  Contact: Adelaide F. Powell - Approved

6.  Council is asked to approve a request from the Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church to close the 100 block of Queen Street between Heyward Street and Monroe Street on Sunday, April 24, 2005 from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. for a Block Party.  Contact:  Elsie Montgomery, Evangelism Chair - Approved
7.  Council is asked to approve a request from the Richland County Public Library and the University of South Carolina College of Library and Information Science to close Cypress Street between Woodrow Street and King Street on Saturday, April 23, 2005 from 8:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. for the Baker’s Dozen Storytelling Festival.  Contact:  Ms. Ginger Shuler, Chief of Youth Services - Approved

8.  Council is asked to approve a request from V.V. Reid Kindergarten to close the 700 block of Gabriel Street between David Street and Rosebud Street on Saturday, May 7, 2005 from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. for an Annual May Day Festival.  Contact:  Minnie B. White - Approved

9.  Council is asked to approve a request from the Columbia Midlands Soap Box Derby to close Taylor Street between Assembly Street and Huger Street while maintaining one (1) lane of traffic from Assembly Street to the Main Post Office during the following dates and times.  Contact:  Ms. Linda S. Allen, Derby Secretary – Approved subject to the event sponsor hiring off-duty Columbia Police Officers to provide traffic and crowd control.

  Friday June 3, 2005  10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  Saturday June 4, 2005  6:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

10.  Council is asked to approve a request from the Diamond Riders of Columbia, SC to close Schoolhouse Road between Margurette Street and  Mercer Street on Saturday, June 11, 2005 from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. for a Family Fun Day / Community Health Fair. - Approved

CONSIDERATION OF BIDS & AGREEMENTS

11.  Council is asked to approve the Purchase of a ¾ ton Crew Cab Pick Up, as requested by the Forestry Division.  Award to Butler Chrysler Dodge Jeep, using the SC State Vehicle Contract, in the amount of $17,730.00.  This vendor is located in Beaufort, SC. - Approved

12.  Council is asked to approve the Purchase of Light Bars and Siren Amplifiers for new Patrol Cars, as requested by the Police Department.  Award to Palmetto Distributors, using the SC State Contract, in the amount of $20,448.81.  This vendor is located in Columbia, SC. - Approved

13.  Council is asked to approve Renovation Work in the Basement of Washington Square, as requested by General Services.  Award to Hollington Construction Company in an amount not to exceed $22,000.00.  This firm is located in Orangeburg, SC.  - Approved

14.  Council is asked to approve Renovation Work for the First Floor Restrooms at City Hall, as requested by General Services.  Award to Contractor Services in the amount of $31,000.00.  This firm is located in Columbia, SC. - Approved

15.  Council is asked to approve the Purchase of Two (2) Hurst Jaws of Life, as requested by the Fire Department.  Award to Matrx Medical, Inc. in the amount of $62,139.00.  This firm is located in Ballentine, SC. - Approved

ORDINANCES – SECOND READING

16.  Ordinance No.: 2005-025 – Granting encroachment to the University of South Carolina for installation and maintenance of an irrigation system and landscaping adjacent to the pedestrian bridge located at Pickens Street and Pendleton Street First reading approval was given on March 30, 2005. – Approved on second reading subject to the Traffic Control Plan being reviewed and approved by Mr. David Brewer, City Traffic Engineer and Inspector Harold Reaves.  Staff also suggests that USC coordinate with Mr. John Stucker of the University Neighborhood.

17.  Ordinance No.: 2005-030 – Granting encroachment to Lady Street Associates adjacent to its building located in the 1300 block of Lady Street for landscaping and lighting installation and maintenance First reading approval was given on March 30, 2005. – Approved on second reading.

18. Ordinance No.: 2005-035 - Approval for Quit Claim Deed to Convey a Portion of Hillcrest Avenue; Richland County TMS #09214; Hillcrest Apartments; CF #226-01C First reading approval was given on March 30, 2005. – Approved on second reading.

CONSIDERATION OF BIDS, AGREEMENTS & CHANGE ORDERS

Upon motion by Mr. Osborne, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion Item 19. and 21. as presented.  Item 20. was deferred.

19.  Council is asked to approve the Purchase of a Truck with a Clamshell Loader, as requested by the Solid Waste Division.  Award to Love Chevrolet in the amount of $116,988.00.  This vendor is located in Cayce, SC. - Approved

 20.  Council is asked to approve Change Order #3 for the Mill Village Riverlink II, as requested by Public Services.  Award to Advance Outdoor Services in the amount of $183, 356.00.  This firm is located in Columbia, SC.
  Consideration of this item was deferred.

21.  Council is asked to approve an Agreement for the Design of the Pendleton Street Parking Deck, as requested by the Special Projects Administrator.  Award to The LPA Group, Inc., in the amount of $1,111,500.00.  This firm is located in Columbia, SC. - Approved

ORDINANCES – SECOND READING

 22.  ** Ordinance No. 2005-032- Closing the 100 block of Williams Street and 500 and 600 blocks of Heyward Street to thru Truck Traffic First reading approval was given on March 23, 2005.
  Consideration of this item was deferred.

ORDINANCES – FIRST READING

23. Ordinance No.: 2005-033 – Closing and transfer of Simkins Lane, Saxon Plaza and a portion of Elmira Street to the Housing Authority of the City of Columbia for development of Upper Saxon

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Osborne, Council voted unanimously to approve on first reading Ordinance No.: 2005-033 - Closing and transfer of Simkins Lane, Saxon Plaza and a portion of Elmira Street to the Housing Authority of the City of Columbia for development of Upper Saxon.

  24.  **Ordinance No.: 2005-036 – Authorizing execution of an Agreement to Sell and Buy between the City of Columbia and Security Technology Services, Inc. for the transfer of 2.06 acres in Columbia Industrial Park, Richland County TMS# 13511-02-02

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve on first reading Ordinance No.: 2005-036 – Authorizing execution of an Agreement to Sell and Buy between the City of Columbia and Security Technology Services, Inc. for the transfer of 2.06 acres in Columbia Industrial Park, Richland County TMS# 13511-02-02.

RESOLUTIONS

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion Item 25. through 26. as presented.

25.  Resolution No.: R-2005-013 – Authorizing Acceptance and Dedication of Streets Known as Sweetoak Court and Sweetoak Drive in Sweetwater Subdivision, Phase I and II to the City of Columbia, Richland County TMS# 22612-09-01 and TMS# 22612-08-21; CF #264-11 - Approved

  26.  **Resolution No.: R-2005-014 – Authorizing 3 Rivers Music Festival 2005 - Approved

OTHER MATTERS

27. Council is asked to approve the Destruction of Two Hundred Ninety Three (293) firearms, which were surrendered to the Gun Amnesty Cash for Guns Project on December 18, 2004.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Osborne, Council voted unanimously to approve the Destruction of Two Hundred Ninety Three (293) firearms, which were surrendered to the Gun Amnesty Cash for Guns Project on December 18, 2004.

APPEARANCE OF PUBLIC HAVING BUSINESS WITH CITY COUNCIL         

Ms. Kristen Harky, South Kilbourne Neighborhood Association, thanked the Community Development Department for the CANDO grant awarded to the association.  She stated that since she has been elected as the President all of her dealings with city staff have been positive and they attended meetings as requested.  She said that the waiting list for sidewalks is very extensive and reiterated that South Kilbourne is in need of sidewalks.

Mr. Walter Procko, Hampton Ridge Community resident, stated that he is against removing the right turn on red sign because it was installed in response to traffic issues.  He added that some drivers violate the sign and the speed limit making it hard for pedestrians to cross the street.  He stated that traffic to and from Hammond Academy is bad.  He suggested that the operating time of the signal be increased and that on demand crossing be installed.

Mr. Hal Adams 6137 Hampton Ridge Road requested that the no turn on red sign be removed because it wastes time and gasoline, increases air pollution, creates a safety hazard, increases congestion, may not be lawful, covers a 24-hour period seven days a week and prohibits right turns on red only during certain periods.

Ms. Sally Ross Hampton Ridge Road resident stated that she is against the removal of the sign because of safety and children. She said that traffic problems are caused by the increased traffic going to Hammond in the mornings and then there are residents leaving the many neighborhoods that utilize Old Woodlands Road to get to Garners Ferry Road.  She requested that a committee review the current traffic situation for the area.

Mr. Victor Hearth stated that this is an issue of convenience versus safety.  He said that the light is effective for left turners.  He said that sign shouldn’t be removed, but a compromise should be reached instead.

Mr. Willie Bruner stated that he waits 5-10 minutes to turn to go to school.  He said that speeding should be controlled.  He requested that the no turn on red sign remain in place.

Mr. Luke Fann, Old Woodlands Road resident, stated that he was against the initial installation of the sign and that no notice was given to the residents on the east side of the road.  He insisted that the sign should be warranted by a professional study.

Mr. Walter Rolandi suggested that the problem be studied prior to determining the appropriate times to utilize the left turn signal.

Mr. Thomas Huffman, Hampton Ridge resident, stated that the initial installation was due to the older neighborhoods being stuck in traffic while the newer ones could flow three ways.

Ms. Heather Cairns stated that a compromise should be reached, because the sign won’t affect volume.

· Council adjourned the meeting at 6:45 p.m. to reconvene the Work Session.

Respectfully submitted by:
Erika D. Salley
City Clerk