CITY COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20, 2005
10:00 A.M. – 1737 MAIN STREET
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

The City of Columbia City Council conducted a regular meeting on Wednesday, April 20, 2005 in the City Council Chambers at 1737 Main Street, Columbia, South Carolina.  The Honorable Mayor Robert D. Coble called the meeting to order at 10:06 a.m.  The following members of Council were present:  The Honorable Hamilton Osborne, Jr., The Honorable Sam Davis, The Honorable Tameika Isaac Devine and The Honorable Daniel J. Rickenmann.  Absent were The Honorable E. W. Cromartie, II due to medical concerns and The Honorable Anne M. Sinclair due to a business related trip.  Also present were Mr. Charles P. Austin, Sr., City Manager and Ms. Erika D. Salley, City Clerk.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

1.  Minutes of March 23 and 30, 2005 and April 6 and 13, 2005

Upon motion by Mr. Davis, seconded by Mr. Rickenmann, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion the Minutes of March 23 and 30, 2005 and April 6 and 13, 2005.

PRESENTATIONS

2. Introduction of the April 2005 Employee of the Month – Mr. Jeff Rainwater, Recreation Superintendent

Mr. Jeff Rainwater, Parks and Recreation Superintendent, introduced Mr. Kennedy Martin as the April 2005 Employee of the Month. He described the Recreation Specialist for Athletics as a hardworking employee with unwavering commitment.  Mayor Coble and Mr. Austin presented Mr. Martin with a plaque and tokens of appreciation for a job well done.

3. Recognition of Get SET Program GED Recipients – Mr. Charles P. Austin, Sr., City Manager

Mr. Charles P. Austin, Sr., City Manager, announced that twelve (12) City of Columbia employees have completed the Get SET Program to date and were given 1% of their gross salary.  He added that Ms. Marshell Johnson and Ms. Ida Duncan both work in the trenches to make this program successful.

Ms. Marshell Johnson, Training and Development Division Administrator, introduced Mr. Joshua Goodlet, Foreman II / Wastewater Treatment Plant.  Mr. Goodlet is the twelfth employee to obtain a GED through the Get SET Program.

Ms. Ida Duncan Training and Development Administrative Secretary, introduced Mr. Darnell Young, Truck Driver I / Water Maintenance Division.   It only took Mr. Young three (3) weeks to complete the GED course.

Mayor Coble and Mr. Charles P. Austin, Sr., City Manager presented the two (2) employees with tokens of appreciation for obtaining their General Equivalency Diploma’s through the Get SET Program.

4. Certificate of Commendation – Mr. John Stucker, Columbia Tree and Appearance Commission Chairman

Mr. John Stucker, Columbia Tree and Appearance Commission Chair presented a Resolution to The Honorable Daniel J. Rickenmann for his special initiative to donate trees for the City’s public areas through the Forever Forest Foundation.

5. Presentation from the Columbia Fire Department – Captain Eddie Baughman, Columbia Fire Rescue

Captains Eddie Baughman and Fred Brandt, Columbia Fire Department, presented Certificates of Appreciation to the members of City Council, the City Manager and the Fire Chief for their support of the Annual Boot Drive fundraiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.  They announced that the Columbia Fire Department collected the most funding in the Southeast Region to support the MDA.  Florida had won the trophy for twenty (20) years.  They also submitted a request for a Resolution that would authorize the 2005 MDA Boot Drive.

Mr. Dave Aiken of WOLO thanked the members of Council for their support over the years.

Mr. Tom Carson of the Muscular Dystrophy Association also thanked the members of City Council for their support.

CONSENT AGENDA

Upon motion by Mr. Rickenmann, seconded by Mr. Osborne, Council voted unanimously to approve the Consent Agenda Items 6. through 11. on a single motion.

STREET CLOSINGS

6.  Council is asked to approve a request from the Hollywood-Rosehill Neighborhood Association to close the 1700 block of Hollywood Drive between South Gregg Street and Southwood Drive on Sunday, April 24, 2005 from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. for a Neighborhood Block Party.  Contact: Lisa Walker - Approved

7.  Council is asked to approve a request from Palmetto Healthy Start to close Lincoln Street between Elmwood Avenue and Abbeville Street on Saturday, May 14, 2005 from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. for a Family Health Festival.  Contact:  Angela Rhodes- Approved

CONSIDERATION OF BIDS & AGREEMENTS

8. Council is asked to approve Repairs to a Pump, as requested by the Wastewater Treatment Plant.  Award to Charles Underwood, Inc., in the amount of $12,028.75.  This vendor is located in Sanford, NC. - Approved

9.  Council is asked to approve the Purchase of Thirty (30) Body Armor, as requested by the Police Department.  Award to Wright-Johnston Uniforms using the SC State Contract in the amount of $18,679.50.  This vendor is located in Columbia, SC.  - Approved

10. Council is asked to approve the Purchase of a Brush Chipper, as requested by the Forestry & Beautification Division.  Award to Vermeer Mid Atlantic Inc., in the amount of $22,906.80.  This vendor is located in Charlotte, NC.  - Approved

11. Council is asked to approve the Purchase of Three (3) Chemical Warfare Detectors and Three (3) Chemical Detectors, as requested by the Office of Emergency Operations.  Award to Fisher Safety as a sole source purchase in the amount of $59,911.27.  This vendor is located in Pittsburgh, PA.  - Approved

CONSIDERATION OF BIDS, AGREEMENTS & CHANGE ORDERS

Upon motion by Mr. Osborne, seconded by Ms. Devine, Council voted unanimously to approve Items 12. and 13. on a single motion.

12.  Council is asked to approve Change Order #1 for W461 (48) Phase III; Forest Hills Water Upgrade, as requested by the Utilities and Engineering Department.  Award to Ideal Construction Co., Inc. in the amount of $71,075.80.  This firm is located in White Rock, SC.  - Approved

13.  Council is asked to approve Change Order #1 for W461 (41); Phase II; Fire Protection Upgrade for Heathwood Area, as requested by the Utilities and Engineering Department. Award to Ideal Construction Co., Inc. in the amount of $75,391.84.  This firm is located in White Rock, SC.  - Approved

ORDINANCES – FIRST READING

14.  Ordinance No.: 2005-034 – Granting encroachment to the University of South Carolina for installation and maintenance of landscaping and lighting in the 600 and 700 blocks of Bull Street

Upon motion by Mr. Osborne, seconded by Mr. Rickenmann, Council voted unanimously to give first reading approval to Ordinance No.: 2005-034 – Granting encroachment to the University of South Carolina for installation and maintenance of landscaping and lighting in the 600 and 700 blocks of Bull Street.

RESOLUTIONS

Upon motion by Ms. Devine, seconded by Mayor Coble, Council voted unanimously to approve Items 15. and 16. on a single motion.

15.  Resolution No.: R-2005-001 – Authorizing condemnation for Right of Way acquisition for the North Main Street Streetscape Project; Richland County TMS# 09109-08-02 & 34 (Tracts 156 & 158); CF# 250-169 - Approved
 
16.  Resolution No.: R-2005-010 – Authorizing filing of a Complaint for Entry and Ex parte Order for the North Main Street Streetscape Project; Richland County TMS# 09016-12-16; 2110 North Main Street; Tract 5; CF# 250-169- Approved

OTHER MATTERS

17.  Council is asked to approve a Request for Certificate of Convenience and Necessity, as requested by the Business License Division.  Award to Billie B. McBride doing business as Express Shuttle, 1531 Toronto Street, Columbia, SC 29204.

Upon motion by Ms. Devine, seconded by Mr. Davis, Council voted unanimously to approve a Request for a Certificate of Convenience and Necessity, as requested by the Business License Division.  Awarded to Billie B. McBride doing business as Express Shuttle, 1531 Toronto Street, Columbia, SC 29204.

APPEARANCE OF PUBLIC HAVING BUSINESS WITH CITY COUNCIL

No one appeared.

· Council adjourned the meeting at 10:35 a.m. to reconvene the Executive Session.

Respectfully submitted by:
Erika D. Salley
City clerk