CITY OF COLUMBIA
CITY COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 21, 2004
10:00 A.M. – 1737 MAIN STREET
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

The City of Columbia City Council met for a regular session on Wednesday, April 21, 2004, at 10:11 a.m. in the City Council Chambers, 1737 Main Street, Columbia, South Carolina. Mayor Robert D. Coble called the meeting to order at 10:11 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.

PRESENTATIONS

1. ntroduction to Engineering Program – Mr. Keith McLeod, B.P. Barber & Associates, Inc. President and Ms. Lisa Muzekari, B.P. Barber & Associates, Inc. Project Manager

Mr. Keith McLeod, B.P. Barber & Associates, introduced numerous students that recently completed the Introduction to Engineering Program at W. G. Sanders Middle School.

Miss LaTasha Green, W.G. Sanders Middle School, thanked the members of Council for sponsoring the Introduction to Engineering Program. She said that the students now have a greater appreciation for the smaller things in life.

Mayor Coble presented the students with Certificates of Achievement for completing the Introduction to Engineering Program at W.G. Sanders Middle School.

2. April 2004 Employee of the Month - Mr. Allison Baker, Director Parks & Recreation will introduce Mr. Charles Etheridge as the April 2004 Employee of the Month

Mr. Allison Baker, Director of Parks & Recreation, introduced Mr. Charles Etheridge as the April 2004 Employee of the Month.  He described Mr. Etheridge as a responsible and dependable leader who demonstrates a sense of pride in his work.  He noted that Mr. Etheridge carries a City of Columbia directory with him in order to efficiently assist the citizens of Columbia.

Mayor Coble presented Mr. Etheridge with a plaque acknowledging him as the City of Columbia April 2004 Employee of the Month.

Mr. Charles P. Austin, Sr., City Manager presented Mr. Etheridge with a token of appreciation.

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

Mr. Richard Semon¸ Director of Community Development, stated that this is the 36th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act.

Mr. Dudley Gregory, Fannie Mae, on behalf of Secretary Alphonso Jackson, he stated that the City of Columbia has demonstrated exemplary performance in fair housing.  He announced that he would identify a source of funding for thousands of dollars if the City pass and enforce fair housing laws.

Mayor Coble presented a Proclamation declaring April as Fair Housing Month in the City of Columbia.

4. America’s Most Livable Cities – The Honorable Robert D. Coble

Mayor Coble announced that the City of Columbia will have a platform along with a website link to see how cities can have programs and promote and market their cities.  He stated that the website would be available for four (4) years and updated quarterly.  Mayor Coble indicated that various agencies would be contacted for sponsorships and input on promoting this opportunity.  The City of Columbia was given a banner to display, also.

CONSENT AGENDA

Upon Mr. Papadea, seconded by Mr. Osborne, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion the Consent Agenda Items 5. through 27. as amended.

STREET CLOSING

5. Council is asked to approve a request from Benedict College Office of Student Activities to close Oak Street between Taylor Street and Haskell Avenue on Friday, April 23, 2004, from 4:30 p.m. until 12:00 midnight for a Tiger Festival.  Contact: Ms. Mary Davis, Director - Approved

6. Council is asked to approve a request from the Koger Center for the Arts to close the 800 block of Park Street between Greene Street and College Street on Friday, April 30, 2004, from 8:30 a.m. until 12:00 noon for the Road to Victory Show.  Contact: Ms. Jeannie Weingarth, House Manager - Approved

7. Council is asked to approve a request to close the 500 block of Capitol Place on Friday, May 14, 2004, from 6:15 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. for a Neighborhood Block Party.  Contact: Ms. Alisa Painter - Approved

8. Council is asked to approve a request to close Dinwood Circle between 69 Dinwood Circle and 77 Dinwood Circle, on Saturday, May 22, 2004, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. for a 28th Annual Block Party.  Contact: Ms. Ronya Gunter - Approved

9. Council is asked to approve a request from the Columbia YMCA to close the northbound lanes of Sumter Street between the corners of Hampton Street and Washington Street, on Tuesday, June 1, 2004, from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon for a 150th Anniversary Celebration Event. Contact: Mr. Larry Moshell, Event Coordinator - Approved

10. Council is asked to approve a request from the Progressive Church of our Lord Jesus Christ, Inc. to close the 1600 block of Henderson Street between Taylor Street and Blanding Street, on Tuesday, July 6, 2004 through Friday, July 9, 2004 from 6:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. and on Sunday, July 11, 2004 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. for the 60th Annual Holy Convocation at the Township Auditorium. - Approved

11. Council is asked to approve a request from the University of South Carolina and Global Spectrum to close Greene Street from Gadsden Street to the railroad track where it dead ends and to restrict access from the corner of Gadsden Street and Greene Street to Wayne Street and Gervais Street one hour prior to the following event: - Approved

            Friday              April 30, 2004        Empowerment of Women        7:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

            Saturday          May 1, 2004          Empowerment of Women        7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

            Friday              May 7, 2004          USC Commencement              11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

            Saturday          May 8, 2004          USC Commencement              7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

            Friday              May 14, 2004        Black Expo Move-In                2:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

            Saturday          May 15, 2004        Black Expo                              9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

CONSIDERATION OF BIDS AND AGREEMENTS

12. Council is asked to approve the Purchase of a Trailer Mounted Air Compressor, as requested by the Wastewater Maintenance Division.  Award to United Rentals, the low bidder, in the amount of $10,918.95.  This vendor is located in Columbia, SC.  - Approved

13. Council is asked to approve the Purchase of a Streaming Current Monitor, as requested by the Canal Water Plant.  Award this Sole Source purchase to Chem – Trac Systems, in the amount of $10,762.50.  This vendor is located in Norcross, GA. - Approved

14. Council is asked to approve the Purchase of a Chevrolet Impala, as requested by the Police Department.  Award to Herndon Chevrolet, using the S.C. State Vehicle Contract, in the amount of $17,303.81.  This vendor is located in Lexington, SC. - Approved

15. Council is asked to approve a Contract for Interior Design Consulting and Architectural Services for the Renovation of six (6) Floors of the Washington Square Building, as requested by General Services.  Award to RDS Design, in an amount not to exceed $38,000.00.  This firm is located in Columbia, SC. - Approved

16. Council is asked to approve an Agreement between the Department of Parks and Recreation and the Eau Claire Development Corporation to facilitate the development of construction documents and other related to the architectural services for the construction of Greenview Park Gymnasium, as requested by Parks & Recreation.  Award to A.M.I. Architects, LLC, in the amount of $58,000.00.  This firm is located in Greenville, SC. - Approved
 
ORDINANCES – SECOND READING

17. Ordinance No.: 2003-104 (Revised) – Granting encroachment to the Golden K Kiwanis Club of Columbia for placement and maintenance of a sign on the southeastern corner of Park Circle and Pickens Street at the Capital Senior Center First reading approval on April 7, 2004 – Approved on second reading.

18. Ordinance No.: 2004-035 – Request for Easement from SCE&G Company along a Portion of City Property Located at 808 - 812 Pavilion Avenue; Richland County TMS# 11409-08-12; CF# 250-178 First reading approval on April 14, 2004 – Approved on second reading.

ZONING CONFIRMATIONS – SECOND READING

19. 3401 Lyles Street; confirm RG-2, annexed 3/10/04. First reading approval on April 14, 2004. – Approved on second reading.

20. 4104 Beecliff Drive; confirm RS-2, annexed 3/10/04. First reading approval on April 14, 2004. – Approved on second reading.

21. 2716 Leesburg Road; confirm RG-2, annexed 3/10/04. First reading approval on April 14, 2004. - Approved on second reading.

22. 5.0 ACRES FARROW ROAD; confirm RG-1, annexed 3/10/04. First reading approval on April 14, 2004. - Approved on second reading.

23. 2.22 ACRES FARROW ROAD; confirm RG-1, annexed 3/10/04. First reading approval on April 14, 2004.  – Approved on second reading.

ANNEXATIONS WITH CONFIRMATION – SECOND READING

24. 5730 Monticello Road; annex and confirm D-1. First reading approval on April 14, 2004. – Approved on second reading.

Ordinance No.: 2004-026 – Annexing 5730 Monticello Road, Richland County TMS #09311-02-25 First reading approval on April 14, 2004. – Approved on second reading.

25. 31 BETHUNE COURT; annex and confirm RS-3. First reading approval on April 14, 2004. – Approved on second reading.

Ordinance No.: 2004-025 – Annexing 31 Bethune Court, Richland County TMS #11606-05-12 First reading approval on April 14, 2004. – Approved on second reading.

26. WOODHILL ESTATES SUBDIVISION (16.23 acre portion).  East Side of Gills Creek Parkway and West Side of Garners Ferry Road; TMS#13813-05-03(p), 6, through 8, 9(p) 11 through 13; annex and confirm RS-1. First reading approval on April 14, 2004.  - Approved on second reading.

Ordinance No.: 2004-030 – Annexing parcels at Gills Creek Parkway and Garners Ferry Road, Richland County TMS #13813-05-03 (portion), 06, 07, 08, 09 (portion); 11, 12 and 13 First reading approval on April 14, 2004. – Approved on second reading.

MAP AMENDMENT  - SECOND READING

 27. UPPER CELIA SAXON REVITALIZATION.  Properties bounded by Slighs Avenue to the North, Barhamville Road to the East, Mathews Road and Simpkins Lane to the South, and Southern Railroad to the West, (Upper Saxon Homes); TMS#11505-01-03, 11505-02-01, 11505-03-01 and 02, 11505-03-09, 11506-01-15 through 19, 11506-01-33 through 38, 11506-01-40 through 55; rezone from RG-2 and RS-3 to PUD-R. First reading approval on April 14, 2004. – Approved on second reading.

CONSIDERATION OF BIDS, AGREEMENTS AND CHANGE ORDERS

Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve Items 28. through D1. as amended.

28. Council is asked to approve the Purchase of an Articulated Wheel Loader, as requested by the Solid Waste Division.  Award to Interstate Equipment, the second low bidder, in the amount of $76,399.00.  This vendor is located in West Columbia, SC. - Approved

29. Council is asked to approve an Agreement for Professional Services to Perform Right of Way Acquisition Services for the North Main Street Streetscape Project, as requested by Engineering.  Award to Post, Buckley, Schuh & Jernigan, in the amount of $80,625.00.  This firm is located in Columbia, SC. - Approved

 30. Council is asked to approve the Demolition of Pleasants Hardware, as requested by the Special Projects Administrator.  Award to J & B Construction & Services Inc., in the amount of $82,000.00.  This firm is located in Grovetown, Georgia. - Approved

31. Council is asked to approve the Purchase of 70 Controllers for the Traffic System Upgrade, as requested by Traffic Engineering.  Award this Sole Source purchase to Temple, Inc. in the amount of $169,050.00.  This vendor is located in Decatur, AL. - Approved

A. Council is asked to approve the Purchase of 53 Model 332A 170 Cabinet for the Traffic System Upgrade, as requested by Traffic Engineering.  Award to J. Moore, Inc., using the S.C. State Contract, in the amount of $292,885.95.  This vendor is located in Swansea, SC. - Approved

B. Council is asked to approve a Contract Addendum for Additional Professional Service Hours for the Banner CIS Utility Billing System Implementation, as requested by the CIS Implementation Team.  Award to Indus (formerly known as SCT), in the amount of $300,000.00. - Approved

C. Council is asked to approve a Contract to Replace Defective Water Meters in the City, as requested by the Water Distribution Division.  Award to Metro Meter Services, the low bidder meeting specifications, in the amount of $483,000.00.  This firm is located in Nashville, TN. - Approved

D. Council is asked to approve Project #SS819, Phase A; Harden Street Five Points Redevelopment, as requested by Engineering.  Award to L-J inc., the only bidder, in the amount of $29,384,898.75 subject to the contractor executing a change order in the amount of $1,486,156 to reduce the contract amount to $27,898,742.75.  This firm is located in Columbia, SC. - Approved

STREET CLOSING

 D1. **Council is asked to approve a request from the Columbia Urban League to close Lincoln Street between College Street and Greene Street on Saturday, April 24, 2004 from 6:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. for the PowerPlay Youth Empowerment Expo.  Contact: J. T. McLawhorn, Jr., President and CEO - Approved

ORDINANCES – FIRST READING

E. Ordinance No.: 2004-021 – Amending 1998 Code of Ordinances of the Cit of Columbia, South Carolina, Chapter 17, Planning, Land Development and Zoning, Article III, Zoning, Division 12, signs, Sec. 17-401, Definitions; Sec. 17-402, Vision clearance for signs in front yard setback; Sec. 17-403, Maintenance; Sec. 17-404. Prohibitied signs; Sec. 17-405, Temporary signs permitted in any district; Sec. 17-407, Signs permitted in commercial and industrial districts; and Sec. 17-409, Signs on public property. This item was deferred until July 14, 2004.

 F. Ordinance No.: 2004-033 – Granting encroachment to Waverly Neighborhood Annex for installation and maintenance of a sign at the corner of Dillon Street and Millwood Avenue

 Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to defer this item until the impacted neighborhoods work on a compromise.

G. Ordinance No.: 2004-043 (Revised) – Authorizing transfer of a 0.55 acre parcel on Heyward Street adjacent to Richland County TMS #11301-20-01 to University Housing

Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Mr. Osborne, Council voted unanimously to approve on first reading Ordinance No.: 2004-043 - Authorizing transfer of a 0.55 acre parcel on Heyward Street adjacent to Richland County TMS #11301-20-01 to University Housing.

RESOLUTION

H. Resolution No.: R-2004-022 – Permitting Fire Department to collect money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. This item was deferred.

I. Resolution No.: R-2004-023 – Authorizing consumption of alcoholic beverages at Riverfest Celebration at Riverfront Park

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve Resolution No.: R-2004-023 - Authorizing consumption of alcoholic beverages at Riverfest Celebration at Riverfront Park.

APPEARANCE OF PUBLIC HAVING BUSINESS WITH CITY COUNCIL

Captain Eddie Baughman, Columbia Fire Department, recognized the members of Council for their support and dedication to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Mayor Coble adjourned the meeting at 11:09 a.m. to reconvene the Work Session.

Respectfully submitted by:
Erika D. Moore
City Clerk