CITY OF COLUMBIA
CITY COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
WEDNESDAY, MAY 07, 2003
10:00 A.M. - 1737 MAIN STREET
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

The City of Columbia City Council met in regular session on Wednesday, May 07, 2003, in the City Hall Council Chambers, 1737 Main Street, Columbia, South Carolina.  Mayor Robert D. Coble called the meeting to order at 10:03 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 C. Isaac.  Also present were Mr. Charles P. Austin, Sr., Interim City Manager and Ms. Erika D. Moore, Deputy City Clerk.
 
APPROVAL OF MINUTES

1. Minutes of April 16 and 23, 2003

Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion the Minutes of April 16 and 23, 2003.

PRESENTATIONS

2. City Employee for the month of May, Mr. Wayne Pound, Maintenance Specialist, Columbia Canal Water Treatment Plant  - Mr. Bud Summers

Mr. Bud Summers, announced that this is National Drinking Water Week and invited the members of Council to visit the educational kiosk on display at 1225 Laurel Street.  Mr. Summers introduced Mr. Wayne Pound, Maintenance Specialist, as the May 2003 Employee of the Month.   He described Mr. Pound as a twenty (20) year employee whose leadership, work ethics and positive attitude are key contributors to the department.

Mayor Coble presented Mr. Wayne Pound with a plaque recognizing him as the City of Columbia May 2003 Employee of the Month.

Mr. Charles P. Austin, Sr., Interim City Manager presented Mr. Pound with a certificate for a day off with pay and a token of appreciation.

3. The Behavioral Health Center of the Midlands
- Mr. Jack Claypoole, Executive Director of LRADAC

Mr. Jack Claypoole introduced himself as the new Executive Director of LRADAC.  He told the members of Council that LRADAC received an award for Excellence in Not For Profit Management.  Mr. Claypoole provided an update on programs being offered by LRADAC. He mentioned that future prospects include the creation of a sobering center to service Richland and Lexington Counties and refocusing what LRADAC does.

4. Richland County Stand for Children – Ms. Catharine Croft

Ms. Tameika Samuel, Kingdom Kids Child Development Center employee and Stand for Children board member, told the members of Council that the most pressing concern is the quality of childcare and being able to provide quality teachers.  She asked the City of Columbia to consider a partnership with Richland County and State government to meet the needs of working families and presented supporting statistics.  Ms. Samuel explained that the ability to attract and retain qualified teachers is limited by how much they are paid.  She stated that Stand for Children has applied for Community Promotions funding and would use the funding to administer a program called WAGES that would reach 300 providers and directly improve the quality of care and education for 3,000 children in our community.

Ms. Maureen Derkin, Columbia College Dean of Students and Stand for Children board member, told the members of Council that she and her husband both work full time and have had difficulty finding quality childcare for their son.  She stated that her son was enrolled in five (5) different centers before finding a good daycare.  Ms. Derkin said that if we are to have a knowledge-based economy then quality education and childcare are an absolute necessity.  On behalf of working parents she asked for Council’s support of the WAGES program.

Mr. Rick Noble, Executive Director of Richland County First Steps and a Stand for Children board member stated that there is 25,000 children in our community under the age of six (6) and two thirds of those children attend day care.  He stated that the first four (4) years of a child’s life are critical.  He announced that Richland County First Steps approved the concept of administering the WAGES program because quality childcare is the number one priority for the community.

5. Community Development / Columbia Assisting Neighborhoods Development Opportunities (CANDO) Grants proposed allocations – Mr. Richard Semon, C.D. Director

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve $322,000.00 in CANDO grants to be allocated to the twenty-five (25) neighborhoods that applied and were eligible to receive funding.

CONSENT AGENDA

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion the Consent Agenda Items 6. through 14.

STREET CLOSING REQUESTS

6. Council is asked to approve a request from the residents of Dinwood Circle to close a portion of Dinwood Circle between #12 and #16 on Saturday, May 10, 2003, from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. for the 27th Annual Block Party.  Contact:  Kathy McCoy - Approved
 
7. Council is asked to approve a request from the Bradley Community Council to close Winsor Hills at the fork in the road and Winsor Hills at Bradley Drive on Tuesday, May 13, 2003, from 5:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. for an Annual Hot Dog Social.  Contact:  Linda Byrum - Approved

8. Council is asked to approve a request from the Carolina Marathon Association to close the following street intersections on Saturday, May 17, 2003 from 6:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. for the 2nd annual Heart & Sole Women’s Five-Miler which will begin at Finlay Park and end at Memorial Park:
  ? Laurel Street from Gadsden Street to Assembly Street (until after the race starts)
  ? Gadsden Street from Laurel Street to Richland Street (until after the race starts)
  ? Hampton Street from Huger Street to Assembly Street
  ? Washington Street from Wayne Street to Gadsden Street
  ? Wayne Street from Hampton Street to Washington Street
  Contact:  Lori Crowe, Director - Approved

8a. **Council is asked to approve a request from the Triumphant Praises Ministries to close the 1200 and 1300 blocks of House Street on Saturday, May 10, 2003, from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. for a community event:  Contact:  Rev. Margie Gallman - Approved

CONSIDERATION OF BIDS, AGREEMENTS, AND CHANGE ORDERS

9. Council is asked to approve the Purchase of Gravel, Silica Sand and Anthracite to repair the No. 3 Filter at the Lake Murray Water Treatment Plant, as requested by Utilities.  Award to F. B. Leopold  Water & Wastewater Products, the low bidder in the amount of $18,287.00.  No M/FBE participation to report.  This firm is located in Zelienople, PA.  - Approved

10. Council is asked to approve a Professional Services Agreement for Consulting Services, as requested by Economic Development.  Award to Dr. Gerhard Schmid, in the amount of $20.000 plus expenses.  No M/FBE participation. - Approved
 
11. Council is asked to approve an Intergovernmental Agreement between the City of Columbia and Richland County S.C. for Ballistics Examiner, as requested by the Police Department.  Award to the Richland County Sheriff’s Department, the low bidder, in the amount of $93,058.12 (1/2 of the total cost of salary and equipment). - Approved

12. Council is asked to approve a Change Order for EdVenture / City Dock, as requested by the ACM for Development.  Award to Shelco, Inc. in the amount of $200,677.00.  This firm is located in Lexington, SC.  MBE/FBE participation is 36%.  - Approved

CONSENT AGENDA ORDINANCES - SECOND READING

13. Ordinance No.:  2003-028 – Amending the 1998 Code of Ordinances of the City of Columbia, South Carolina, Chapter 21, Stormwater Management and Sedimentation Control, Article III, Flood Damage Prevention, Division 3, Flood Hazard Reduction, Sec. 21-173, Standards for streams without established base flood elevations or floodways  - Approved on first reading April 16, 2003. – Approved on second reading

14. Ordinance No.: 2003-029 – Amending the 1998 Code of Ordinances of the City of Columbia, South Carolina, Chapter 12, Motor Vehicles and Traffic, Article II, Stopping, Standing and Parking, Division 2, Parking Meter Zones, Sec. 12-79
 -  Approved on first reading April 16, 2003. – Approved on second reading.

ORDINANCES – SECOND READING

15. Ordinance No.:  2003-031 – Prohibiting the Issuance of Demolition Permits in Certain Portions of the City.  – Approved on first reading April 23, 2003

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, Seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve on second reading Ordinance No.: 2003-031 – Prohibiting the Issuance of Demolition Permits in Certain Portions of the City.  Ms. Isaac abstained from voting due to a potential conflict of interest.

ORDINANCES - FIRST READING

16. Ordinance No.: 2003-018 - Granting encroachment to Palmetto Health Baptist for construction and maintenance of a chain/pole barricade and landscaping along the 1500 block of Marion Street
This item was held over, no action was taken.
 
17. Ordinance No.:  2003-023 - Granting encroachment to Paul Yazel for construction and maintenance of a fence and landscaping at 200 S. Edisto Avenue and Tugaloo Avenue
This item was held over, no action was taken.
 
18. Ordinance No.:  2003-024 - Granting encroachment to the Mellow Mushroom for doors and planters at 1009 Gervais Street

Upon motion by Ms. Isaac, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve on first reading Ordinance No.: 2003-024 – Granting encroachment to the Mellow Mushroom for doors and planters at 1009 Gervais Street.  Mr. Papadea abstained from voting due to a conflict of interest.

19. Ordinance No.: 2003-026 – Granting encroachment to the University of South Carolina / Gateway Academy Child Development and Research Center for placement and maintenance of a directional sign at the northwest corner of Blossom Street and Pickens Street
This item was held over, no action was taken.

20. Ordinance No.:  2003-030  - Granting encroachment to The Women’s Club for placement of a plaque near their former clubhouse at 1703 Blossom Street.
This item was held over, no action was taken.
 
21. Ordinance No.: 2003-032 - Annexing 30’ wide strip, Jacobs Mill Pond Road; Spears Creek Church Road and Frontage Road; Richland County TMS #28800-01-10 (portion); #28800-01-03 (portion) and #28800-01-09 (portion)

Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Mr. Osborne, Council voted unanimously to approve on first reading Ordinance No.: 2003-032 – Annexing 30’ wide strip, Jacobs Mill Pond Road; Spears Creek Church Road and Frontage Road; Richland County TMS #28800-01-10 (portion);  #28800-01-03 (portion) and #28800-01-09 (portion).

22. Ordinance No.: 2003-038 - Amending the 1998 Code of Ordinances of the City of Columbia, South Carolina, Chapter 23, Utilities and Engineering, Article VII, Stormwater Management, Sec. 23-209, Exemptions and credits applicable to stormwater service charges.

Upon motion by Ms. Isaac, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve on first reading Ordinance No.: 2003-038 – Amending the 1998 Code of Ordinances of the City of Columbia, South Carolina, Chapter 23, Utilities and Engineering, Article VII, Stormwater Management, Sec. 23-209, Exemptions and credits applicable to stormwater service charges.

RESOLUTIONS

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion Item 23. Resolution No.: R-2003-017 – Authorizing Interim City Manager to execute a Deed transferring a portion of TMS No. 11383-01-16 adjacent to Laurens Street from the City of Columbia to Gibbes Green Homeowners Association for the Laurens Street relocation project and Item 24. Resolution No.: R-2003-027 – For Condemnation  - Easement to construct Water Main from Clemson Road to Throwbridge Road along Longtown Road and Lee Road; CIP Project W849-9/0, Phase II, Richland County Tax Map #20300-02-17 (portion); 20300-02-18; 20300-02-19 (portion) and 20300-02-16 (portion).

23. Resolution No.: R-2003-017 – Authorizing Interim City Manager to execute a Deed transferring a portion of TMS No. 11383-01-16 adjacent to Laurens Street from the City of Columbia to Gibbes Green Homeowners Association for the Laurens Street relocation project - Approved

24. Resolution No.: R-2003-027 – For Condemnation  - Easement to construct Water Main from Clemson Road to Throwbridge Road along Longtown Road and Lee Road; CIP Project W849-9/0, Phase II, Richland County Tax Map #20300-02-17 (portion); 20300-02-18; 20300-02-19 (portion) and 20300-02-16 (portion) - Approved

APPOINTMENTS

25. Planning Commission Appointments
This item was held over, no action was taken.

OTHER MATTERS

26. Council is asked to approve a Water Main Extension Agreement, as requested by Engineering Operations, to serve the South Carolina Army National Guard McCrady Training Center.  Approve Agreement between the City of Columbia and the Office of the Adjutant General, South Carolina Army National Guard (SCARNG).

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Ms. Isaac, Council voted six (6) to one (1) to approve a Water Main Extension Agreement, as requested by Engineering Operations to serve the South Carolina Army National Guard McGrady Training Center between the City of Columbia and the Office of the Adjutant General.  Voting aye were Mr. Cromartie, Mr. Papadea, Ms. Sinclair, Mr. Davis, Ms. Isaac and Mayor Coble.  Voting nay was Mr. Osborne.

27. Council is asked to approve an Agent/Broker Professional Services for 2003, as requested by Human Resources.  Award to Willis of the Carolinas, determined to be the most qualified and responsive by the committee.  No MBE firms responded. The selected firm has an office located in Columbia.

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve an Agent/Broker Contract to market and service the City’s Commercial Insurance and Excess Tort Liability Coverage’s, as requested by Human Resources.   Award to Willis of the Carolinas, the most qualified bidder, in the amount of $40,000.00 annually for the next three (3) years.

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion Items 28.  Disposal of Surplus Vehicles and Equipment at an auction that will be conducted by the Wayne Evans Auction Company on Saturday, May 24, 2003 and Item 29.  Destruction of One Hundred firearms that have been dispositioned for destruction, as requested by the Columbia Police Department.

28. Council is asked to approve the Disposal of Surplus Vehicles and Equipment, as requested by Fleet Services.  Auction to be conducted by the Wayne Evans Auction Company at no charge to the city.  The firm will receive compensation from a 9% buyers Premium charged to the buyers.  The Auction is scheduled for Saturday, May 24, 2003 at the Fleet Services Compound. - Approved

29. Destruction of Firearms - CPD
Council is asked to approve the destruction of One Hundred (100) firearms that have been dispositioned for destruction, as requested by the City of Columbia Police Department. - Approved

APPEARANCE OF PUBLIC HAVING BUSINESS WITH CITY COUNCIL

No one appeared to speak.

Mayor Coble adjourned the meeting at 11:17 a.m. to reconvene the Work Session.

Respectfully submitted by:

Erika D. Moore
Deputy City Clerk