CITY OF COLUMBIA
CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING MINUTES
WEDNESDAY, MAY 01, 2002
10:00 A.M. - 1737 MAIN STREET
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS
 

The City of Columbia City Council met in regular session on Wednesday, May 01, 2002, in the City Hall Council Chambers, 1737 Main Street, Columbia, South Carolina.  Mayor Robert D. Coble called the meeting to order at 10:14 a.m.  Council members present were The Honorable E.W. Cromartie, II, The Honorable Francenia B. Heizer, The Honorable Jim Papadea, The Honorable Anne M. Sinclair, The Honorable Hamilton Osborne, Jr. and The Honorable Sam Davis.  Also attending were Ms. Leona K. Plaugh, City Manager and Ms. Pamela J. Ferst, Acting City Clerk.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

1.  Minutes of April 03 and 10, 2002

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve the minutes of April 3, 2002 and April 10, 2002.

PRESENTATIONS

2. April Employee of the Month

Ms. Pamela J. Ferst, Acting City Clerk, introduced Mr. Henry James, Records Technician, as the April employee of the Month.  Mr. James is a Records Technician who has been employed with the City of Columbia since 1970.  Mr. James was recognized for his impeccable attendance record, loyalty and determination.

3.  Miss South Carolina Pageant - Columbia Division - Ms. Jeannie S. Jones
Ms. Erin Sage Colgan, Miss Columbia; Miss Danielle Wilson, Miss Teen Columbia; and Miss Crystal Garrett, Miss Teen Capital City

Ms. Erin Sage Colgan, Miss Columbia, presented to Council her community service platform of preventing teen tobacco use.

Miss Crystal Garrett, Miss Teen Capital City, appeared before Council, presenting her community service platform to work with Family Connections as a volunteer teaching children with special needs and to speak out against teen pregnancy.

Miss Danielle Wilson, Miss Teen Columbia, presented her community service platform to emphasize learning about the Arts.  Miss Wilson stated that the Arts enhances learning and commended Council on their efforts to maintain art programs.

Mayor Coble presented Ms. Sage, Miss Wilson and Miss Garrett with a key to the City.
 

4.  Commission on Children and Youth - YouthBoard Senior Recognitions

Mr. Archie Maddox, Commission on Children and Youth Executive Director, presented Ms. Anna Dawson, Dreher High School Senior with a Certificate of Participation for five (5) years of service on the Commission on Children and Youth.

5. The Devine Street Association - Mr. Perry Lancaster, President

Mr. Perry Lancaster, Devine Street Association President, appeared before Council to recommend the establishment of a Devine Street Task Force to tackle such problems as traffic, parking, zoning, forestry and beautification, trolleys, bus system, and storm drainage.  Mr. Lancaster suggested that the Devine Street Task Force consist of fifty-five (55) members from the following groups: Devine Street Association, City Council, City of Columbia Traffic and Engineering, South Columbia Development Corporation, SCDOT and surrounding neighborhood associations.  Mr. Lancaster requested that the Devine Street Task Force hold a preliminary meeting within the next thirty (30) days to develop long range goals for Devine Street.

CONSENT AGENDA

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion Consent Agenda Items 6. through 28.

STREET CLOSING REQUESTS

6. Council is asked to approve a request from The Carolina Coliseum to close Park Street at Greene, Devine and Blossom Streets, from Monday, May 20, 2002 until Sunday, June 02, 2002 at 6:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. for High School Graduation Ceremonies. Approved

7. Council is asked to approve a request from the Windemere Springs Neighborhood Association to close the 4300 block of Wentworth Drive, on Saturday, May 11, 2002, from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. for an Annual Street Sale.  Approved

8. Council is asked to approve a request from the Shirley Street Residents to close the 1200 block of Shirley Street, on Sunday, May 19, 2002, from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. for a Block Party.  Approved

9. Council is asked to approve a request from the SC Council on Adoptable Children to close the 400 block of Sumter Street and the 1300 block of Wheat Street, on Saturday, May 18, 2002, from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m, for the Annual Waiting Children's Party.  Approved

10. Council is asked to approve a request from the Kershaw Street Residents to close the 2900 block of Kershaw Street, on Saturday, May 04, 2002, from 3:00 p.m. until midnight for an annual block party.  Approved

11. Council is asked to approve a request from Hispanic Connections and the Five Points Association to close Saluda Avenue at Harden and Greene Streets, on Saturday, May 04, 2002, from 6:00 p.m. until 12:00 midnight and designate the area around the fountain as a city park for the Cinco de Mayo Celebration.  Resolution No.: R-2002-026 - Authorizing the consumption of alcoholic beverages at Cinco de Mayo Celebration.  Approved

12.  Council is asked to approve a request from Kennedy Street residents to close the 2900 block of Kennedy Street, on Saturday, May 04, 2002, from 3:30 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. for a Block Party.  Approved

13.  Council is asked to approve a request from the Carolina Marathon Association to close Laurel Street from Assembly to Gadsden Street from 5:00 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. and Taylor Street from Assembly to Gadsden Street from 5:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m., on Saturday, May 11, 2002, for the 1st Annual Providence Heart & Sole Women's 5 Miler.  Approved

14. Council is asked to approve a request from the residents of Ellison and Wedgewood Roads to close Ellison Road from Brennan to Woodside Haven and Wedgewood Road at Brennan Road, on Sunday, May 05, 2002, from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. for a Neighborhood Street Party.  Approved

15.  Council is asked to approve a request from the residents of South Edisto Avenue to block of the 200 block of Edisto Avenue from Tugaloo to Kiawah, on Sunday, May 05, 2002, from 4:00 p.m to 7:00 p.m. for an Annual Block Party.  Approved

16. **Council is asked to approve a request to close the 1600 block of Laurel Street, 1600 block of Blanding Street, 1700 block of Pickens Street and the 1700 block of Henderson Street on Saturday, May 4, 2002, from 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. for the Beach Music Festival at the Hampton-Preston Mansion.  Approved (See Work Session Minutes for revision)

CONSIDERATION OF BIDS, AGREEMENTS, AND CHANGE ORDERS

17. Council is asked for approval to hold an Auction to dispose of surplus vehicles and equipment, as requested by Fleet Services.  Award to The Wayne Evans Auction Company, the low bidder, in an amount not to exceed 9% Buyers premium on each purchase.  Approved

18. Council is asked to approve Change Order #2 for Project #SS757-8/9, Phase IIB, Sanitary Sewer Replacement for Penn Branch/Lake Katherine, as requested by Engineering.  Award to Trussell Brothers Construction Co., in the amount of $91,662.27, for early project completion in one hundred twenty (120) days in lieu of one hundred eighty (180) calendar days.  Approved

19. **Council is asked to approve Change Order #1 to Agreement for Architectural / Engineering Services with the Boudreaux Group for Streetscape Development along Harden Street, as requested by Engineering.  Award to Boudreaux Group, in the amount of $665,140.00.  Approved

ORDINANCE - SECOND READING

20. Ordinance No.: 2002-025 - Annexing South Beltline Boulevard, Richland County TMS #13805-05-26.   Approved on first reading April 17, 2002.  Approved on second reading.

21. Ordinance No.: 2002-026 - Annexing 1624 Broad River Road, Richland County TMS #70308-02-15   Approved on first reading April 17, 2002.  Approved on second reading.

22. Ordinance No.: 2002-027 - Granting encroachment to Gracie's for outdoor dining at 711 Harden Street.   Approved on first reading April 17, 2002.  Approved on second reading.

23. Ordinance No.: 2002-028 - Granting encroachment to Friendship Baptist Church for placement and maintenance of directional signs   Approved on first reading April 17, 2002.  Approved on second reading.

24. Ordinance No.: 2002-032 - Annexing 201 Lost Creek Drive, Lot 3, Lost Creek Plantation, Richland County TMS #05114-04-01. Approved on first reading April 17, 2002.  Approved on second reading.

25. Ordinance No.: 2002-033 - Annexing Lot 16, Lost Creek Plantation, Richland County TMS #05100-03-89 (portion).   Approved on first reading April 17, 2002.  Approved on second reading.

26. Ordinance No.: 2002-034 - Annexing 7712 and 7720 Leitner Drive, Richland County TMS #19206-09-77 and 79.   Approved on first reading April 17, 2002.  Approved on second reading.

27. Ordinance No.: 2002-035 - Annexing 3337 Park Street, Richland County TMS #09106-02-04.   Approved on first reading April 17, 2002.  Approved on second reading.

28. Ordinance No.: 2002-036 - Authorizing City Manager or First Assistant City Manager to execute Addendum #3 to the Contract for Sale with Avant Developments, LLC for the transfer of approximately 15.31 acres on Pelham Drive, Richland County TMS #13715-01-02 (eastern portion), and to create an easement in favor of Avant Developments, LLC.  Approved on first reading April 17, 2002.  Approved on second reading.

ORDINANCE - FIRST READING

29. Ordinance No.: 2002-024 - Annexing 0.24 acre, Key Road and 0.04 acre, Bluff Road at National Guard Road, Richland County, TMS #11210-01-15 and 11205-01-1

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to give first reading approval to Ordinance No.: 2002-024 - Annexing 0.24 acre, Key Road and 0.04 acre, Bluff Road at National Guard Road, Richland County, TMS #11210-01-15 and 11205-01-1.

RESOLUTION

30. **Resolution No.: 2002-004 - Release and Abandonment of the City's existing water main easements along Richland County TMS#09304-02-04; 6517 Dorchester Street; CF#251-45 and CF#19-03

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to
approve Resolution No.: 2002-004 - Release and Abandonment of the City's existing water main easements along Richland County TMS#09304-02-04; 6517 Dorchester Street; CF#251-45 and CF#19-03.

OTHER MATTERS

Mr. Mel Jenkins, appeared before Council to request that the Police Department be authorized to withhold bonafide antique firearms from destruction for the purpose of historical value and display.

31.  Council is asked to approve the destruction of one hundred (100) firearms that have been disposition for destruction by the Columbia Police Department as of April 15, 2002.

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve the destruction of one hundred (100) firearms and to authorize the Police Department to donate antique rifles to the care or control of an organization or recognized group for the purpose of displaying the antique.

APPEARANCE OF PUBLIC HAVING BUSINESS WITH CITY COUNCIL

Ms. Bernice Scott, Richland County Council, appeared before Council to request assistance from the City in resolving a problem of contaminated well water in Hopkins by extending the City of Columbia  water system to the Hopkins area.  Ms. Scott stated that a study by DHEC shows that the well water has been contaminated with gasoline from old buried tanks and is not safe for the residents of Hopkins.

Mr. Mike Edmonds, City of Columbia Firefighter, appeared before Council to request that funds be added to the Fiscal Year 2002 / 2003 Budget for pay increases for firefighters because of the First Responder program.

Ms. Wagoner, property owner, appeared before Council to report damage that had been done to  her property , to request that a building that is in violation of the City Code be removed from her property and that a case be brought against her neighbor for violating various City codes.

Mayor Coble adjourned the meeting at 11:07 a.m.

Respectfully submitted by:

Pamela J. Ferst, CPS
Acting City Clerk