CITY OF COLUMBIA
CITY COUNCIL WORK SESSION MINUTES
May 15, 2002
9:00 AM - City Council Conference Room
2nd Floor City Hall - 1737 Main Street

The City of Columbia City Council met in a Work Session on Wednesday, May 15, 2002, in the City Hall Council Conference Room, 1737 Main Street, Columbia, South Carolina.  Mayor Robert D. Coble called the meeting to order at 9:06 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 present were Ms. Leona K. Plaugh, City Manager and Ms. Erika D. Moore, Deputy City Clerk.

REVIEW PUBLIC HEARING AGENDA

The City Manager reviewed the Public Hearing agenda items with the Mayor and members of Council.

CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION / ACTION

1. **Elmwood Park Neighborhood Association - Design Development Review Commission Decision Appeal and Zoning Violation

Mr. Peter Corter, 2405 Park Street, Elmwood Park Neighborhood Association Executive Committee Member, appeared before Council along with Mr. Elliott Houser, Vice President; Ms. Jennifer Clapps, Secretary; Mr. Tom Shea, Treasurer; and Colonel and Mrs. Walter Jacobs, Jr., 2401 Clark Street to appeal the January and May decisions made by the Design Development Review Commission in regards to a neighbor constructing an accessory building at 2405 Clark Street.  Mr. Corter stated that the building resembles an apartment not an accessory building and that the builder has encroached on the neighbor's property.

Mr. Tom Shea, 914 Confederate Avenue, appeared before Council in opposition to the construction of the accessory building.

Mr. Kevin Varner, 2405 Clark Street, stated that on January 8, 2002 his plans for an accessory building were presented to and approved by the Design Development Review Commission and on February 5, 2002 changes were given to Ms. Krista Hampton for a 20 x 24 building with a four (4) foot knee wall and that plan was approved.  He explained to Council that in the middle of construction he received a zoning ordinance violation and cleared that matter with Mr. Chip Land.  Mr. Varner said the Neighborhood Association also approved the structure.  He stated that his neighbors are harassing him because of a previous argument.

2. Council is asked to approve a request from Ms. Joyce Law, Coach at Richland District One, to help defray the cost of team travel to Boulder Colorado May 22 - May 27, 2002 (World Finals Competition).  Award to A. J. Lewis Greenview Elementary School, in the amount of $17,725.00 or any portion of.

Upon motion by Ms. Heizer, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve funding for the Odyssey Mind Team in the amount of $1,400 to be disbursed from the Council Contingency Fund.

Mayor Coble adjourned the Work Session at 9:55 a.m. to convene the Public Hearing in Council Chambers at 10:02 a.m.

Mayor Coble reconvened the Work Session in Council Chambers at 12:14 a.m.

3. *City/County Planning Update

Council agreed to reschedule the City / County Council Meeting scheduled for May 28, 2002.

D. Proposed General Fund Budget Fiscal Year 2002 / 2003

Upon motion by Ms. Heizer, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion 1) that there will not be a tax increase; 2) to advertise the Public Hearing dates for the: a)General Fund Budget, b) Water and Sewer proposed 8% rate increase and c) Stormwater Utility; and 3)  to move the expenditures in the General Fund Capital Improvements Budget for Drew Park and the Township renovations to be allocated from unallocated surplus that will be realized after July 30, 2002 and apply the $740,000 toward the $782,691 request for additional police officers and fire fighters.

E. Council is asked to approve a request from Mr. Jerome Dickerson, Head Coach of the Carolina Shooting Stars, to help defray the cost of team travel to Lakeland Florida in July (National Competition).  Award to Carolina Shooting Stars Nationals 15-U (Blue Team), in the amount of $5,627.00 or any portion of.
This item was held over, no action was taken.

TRAFFIC ISSUES

F. Hollywood - Rosehill Neighborhood
Request that the curb be painted yellow for approximately forty-eight (48) feet on the west side of Gregg Street south of Hollywood Drive.  Staff has reviewed the location and concur with the neighborhood's request to improve the visibility for drivers and pedestrians.
This item was held over, no action was taken.

G. Bellevalley Lane and Emily Lane Intersection - Multi-Way Stop Request
Staff has reviewed the intersection and it appears that sight distance is adequate to both directions for the speed limit of 30 mph on Bellevalley Lane.  It is recommended that traffic control at the intersection remain unchanged.
This item was held over, no action was taken.

H. Wheat Street and Sims Avenue Intersection
Traffic on both streets must negotiate a [email protected] curve through the intersection.  It is recommended that a raised concrete median be installed on the east leg of Wheat Street as shown on the attached drawing.  This will prevent hazardous movement without seriously impeding normal traffic through the intersection.
This item was held over, no action was taken.

1. *Tree and Forestry Policy on Grand Trees
This item was held over, no action was taken.

STAFF BRIEFINGS

J. The Downtown Signal System Upgrade Project Contract - Mr. David Brewer
This item was held over, no action was taken.

K.  Ordinance No.: 2002-037 - Amending the 1998 Code of Ordinances of the City of Columbia, Chapter 15, Parks and Recreation, Sec. 15-1, Prohibited acts in parks to add (13), Sleeping in public parks - Mr. Jim Meggs
This item was held over, no action was taken.

L.  *Resolution No.: R-2002-023 - Authorizing the City of Columbia Legal Department to commence an action against The Baltimore and Annapolis Railroad Company d/b/a Carolina Southern Railroad, the City of West Columbia, South Carolina, the County of Lexington, South Carolina, the South Carolina Department of Transportation and/or any other responsible person or entity - Mr. Ken Gaines
This item was held over, no action was taken.

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Ms. Heizer, Council voted unanimously to go into Executive Session at 12:53 p.m. to discuss University Neighborhood historic property and a potential legal issue relating to zoning, Elmwood Park Neighborhood Association Design Development Review Commission appeal, a zoning decision, Burton School, Sara Nance School and Tennis Center update.

Mayor Coble left at 12:54 p.m.
Mayor Pro-Tem Sam Davis presiding.
Ms. Heizer left at 1:00 p.m.
Mayor Coble returned to the meeting at 1:29 p.m. and now presiding.

LEGAL BRIEFINGS*

M. *Burton School
This item was discussed in Executive Session, no action was taken.

N. *Anti-Discrimination Policy - Revised Ord. No.: 2002-030 & SubContracting Outreach Program
This item was held over, no action was taken.

O. *Real Estate Matter - Tennis Center
This item was discussed in Executive Session, no action was taken.

P. *Agreement between RTA and Columbia
This item was held over, no action was taken.

Q. *Animal Care Contract
This item was held over, no action was taken.

R. *Funeral Processions
This item was held over, no action was taken.

S. *Parking Ordinance
This item was held over, no action was taken.

T.  *FOI Request
This item was held over, no action was taken.

Mayor Coble adjourned the meeting at 2:53 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by:
 
 

Erika D. Moore
Deputy City Clerk