CITY COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 2005
10:00 A.M. – 1737 MAIN STREET
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

The City of Columbia City Council conducted a regular meeting on Wednesday, May 18, 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 10:04 a.m.  The following City Council members were present: The Honorable E.W. Cromartie, II, The Honorable Anne M. Sinclair, The Honorable Hamilton Osborne, Jr., The Honorable Sam Davis, The Honorable Tameika Isaac Devine and The Honorable Daniel J. Rickenmann.  Also present were Mr. Charles P. Austin, Sr., City Manager and Ms. Erika D. Salley, City Clerk.

SPECIAL PRESENTATION

Mr. Charles P. Austin, Sr., City Manager recognized the members of City Council on behalf of City of Columbia employees for their fine leadership and time that they give to the City of Columbia each day.

PRESENTATIONS

1. May 2005 Employee of the Month (Ms. Barbara Warren) – Mr. James Johnson, Water Maintenance Superintendent

Mr. John Dooley, Director of Utilities and Engineering introduced Ms. Barbara Warren of the Water Distribution and Maintenance Division as the May 2005 Employee of the Month.  He described Ms. Warren as a Clerk III that steps up each time with an infectious smile and professionalism.

2. National Public Works Week Proclamation – Mrs. Melissa Gentry – Director of Public Works

Mayor Coble presented a Proclamation declaring May 15 – 21, 2005 as Public Works Week in the City of Columbia.

3. Police Officers’ Memorial Week Proclamation – Police Chief H. Dean Crisp, Columbia Police Department

Mayor Coble presented a Proclamation declaring May 15 – 21, 2005 as Police Officer’s Week in the City of Columbia.

CONSENT AGENDA

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Ms. Devine, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion the Consent Agenda Items 4. through 26. as amended.  Items 11. and 19. were approved by a separate motion.

STREET CLOSINGS

4.  Council is asked to approve a request to close Youman Street between House Street and McDuffie Street on Saturday, June 18, 2005 from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. for Mrs. Annie Bell Johnson’s 80th Birthday Party.  Contact:  Ms. Harriet Stewart - Approved
 
 4a.  **Council is asked to approve a request to close Seneca Avenue between Saluda Avenue and Wateree Avenue on Friday, May 27, 2005 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. for a Family Barbecue.  Contact:  Mr. Rothrock Menge - Approved
 
CONSIDERATION OF BIDS AND AGREEMENTS

5.  Council is asked to approve a request for Emergency Response Training for 35 Employees, as requested by the Metro Wastewater Treatment Plant. Award to the Federal Training Environmental Services at a cost of $340.00 per person.  The training will be conducted in Cayce, SC.  - Approved

6.  Council is asked to approve the Replacement of Rotted Horizontal Galvanized Water Lines in the Public Works Building located at 2910 Colonial Drive, as requested by the Street Division.  Award to Franklin D. Plumbing in the amount of $13,172.00.This firm is located in Columbia, SC.  - Approved

7.  Council is asked to approve the Purchase of an Intermediate Car, as requested by the Fire Department.  Award to Herndon Chevrolet, using the SC State Vehicle Contract, in the amount of $17,207.66.  This firm is located in Lexington, SC.  - Approved

8.  Council is asked to approve the Replacement of One (1) Wallace & Tierman Chlorine Evaporator, as requested by the Metro Wastewater Plant.  Award to Chlorinator Sales in the amount of $18,520.00.  This vendor is located in Matthews, SC.  - Approved

9.  Council is asked to approve the Purchase of Chemical Soap for the Vehicle Washer at Public Works, as requested by Fleet Services.  Award to Carolina Chemical Equipment Co., the lowest bidder, in the amount of $24,000.00.  This vendor is located in Charleston, SC.  - Approved

10.  Council is asked to approve the Purchase of MSA Carbon Fiber Air Cylinders for the MSA Breathing Units, as requested by the Fire Department.  Award to Newton’s Fire & Safety, as a Sole Source Purchase, in the amount of $28,980.00.  This vendor is located in Swepsonville, NC.  - Approved

ORDINANCES – SECOND READING
 
11. Ordinance No.: 2005-013 – A fourth supplemental Ordinance providing for the issuance and sale of City of Columbia, South Carolina, Waterworks and Sewer System Revenue Bonds, Series 2005, in the principal amount of not exceeding $60,000,000; delegating the authority to the Mayor and City Manager to determine certain matters with respect to the bonds; prescribing the form and details of such bonds; and other matters relating thereto.  First reading approval was given on February 16, 2005  - Approved on second reading.

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to give first reading approval to Ordinance No.: 2005-013 – A fourth supplemental Ordinance providing for the issuance and sale of City of Columbia, South Carolina, Waterworks and Sewer System Revenue Bonds, Series 2005, in the principal amount of not exceeding $60,000,000; delegating the authority to the Mayor and City Manager to determine certain matters with respect to the bonds; prescribing the form and details of such bonds; and other matters relating thereto.  Mr. Osborne abstained from voting due to a potential conflict of interest.

CONFIRM ZONING OF PREVIOUSLY ANNEXED PROPERTIES – SECOND READING
 
12. 225, 229, and 233 Wynn Way (Lots15, 16, 17 Pine Knoll Subdivision), TMS# 06202-01-02, 03, and 04; this property is zoned RG-2. - Approved on second reading.

13. 2137 Apple Valley Road, TMS# 07502-01-06; this property is zoned RG-1. - Approved on second reading.

14. 7236 Broad River Road, TMS# 05004-02-13; this property is zoned C-3. - Approved on second reading.

15. 2310 Newell Road, TMS# 19208-02-11; this property is zoned RS-2. - Approved on second reading.

16. 2314 Newell Road, TMS# 19208-02-12; this property is zoned RS-2. - Approved on second reading.

ANNEXATIONS WITH MAP AMENDMENT / REZONING - SECOND READING

17. +/- 1.16 acres, Lykes Lane, TMS# 05008-01-09 and 10; rezone from D-1 to C-3.  This property is currently under consideration for annexation. - Approved on second reading.
 Ordinance No.: 2005-029 – Annexing 1.16 +/- acres. Lykes Lane, Richland County TMS# 05008-01-09 and 05008-01-10- Approved on second reading.

18. 506 and 510 Alcott Road (May Heavy Equipment), TMS# 11703-01-05 and 06; rezone from D-1 to M-1.  This property is currently under consideration for annexation. - Approved on second reading.

 Ordinance No.: 2005-028 – Annexing 506 and 510 Alcott Drive, Richland County TMS# 11703-01-05 and 11703-01-06 - Approved on second reading.

MAP AMENDMENTS / REZONING – SECOND READING

19. +/- 11.9 acres on Roberts Street (Eau Claire Place), TMS# 11607-14-01 and 11603-11-03; rezone from RG-1 to PUD-R.

Upon motion by Ms. Devine, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to give second reading approval to a Map Amendment and the Rezoning of+/- 11.9 acres on Roberts Street (Eau Claire Place), TMS# 11607-14-01 and 11603-11-03; rezone from RG-1 to PUD-R, subject to the applicant working with staff and removing up to two (2) lots to preserve grand trees.  Mr. Cromartie abstained from voting due to a potential conflict of interest.

20. 400 block of Park Street (USC Thurmond Wellness Center fields), TMS# 11302-13-04 (p), 08914-07-10, 11, and 13; rezone from M-2 and C-1 to C-3. - Approved on second reading.

21. 2700 Block Millwood Avenue (Shandon Square), TMS# 11413-05-02; rezone from C-1 -DP, C-3, and C-3 -DP to PUD-R and PUD-R -DP. – Approved on second reading, provided that (1) the ingress/egress running along the east side of the subject property from Cypress Street to Millwood Avenue need not be within a dedicated ROW -- an ingress/egress easement is acceptable -- but it shall be designed to City street specifications; (2) the height of buildings along Woodrow Street shall not exceed 3 stories; (3) the height of the clock tower/cell tower shall not exceed 120 feet; (4) density permits up to 26 dwelling units and 7 live/work units; and (5) pervious surfaces are permitted within the development.

22. 709 Woodrow Street (“Private P.O.”), TMS# 11316-14-6; rezone from C-1 to PUD-C. – Approved on second reading subject to conformance with descriptive statement dated 3/7/05 and amended to limit displays to no more than 3 and to strike language regarding “garish”, 8-0 (3/7/05).

23. 1807 Greene Street (Averyt Place), TMS# 11308-03-13, 14, and 15; rezone from RD, -DP to PUD-R, -DP. – Approved on second reading, provided that (1) the setback along Greene Street is approximately 16.2 feet measured from the back of the sidewalk to the principal vertical element of the front porches, not to the steps of the porches; (2) the location/configuration of the driveway is altered to minimize impact to the existing street tree shown within Site Picture B; and (3) the landscape plan is amended to provide greater species diversification.

 TEXT AMENDMENTS – SECOND READING

24. Ordinance No.: 2005-037 – Amending the 1998 Code of Ordinances of the City of Columbia, South Carolina, Chapter 17, Planning, Land Development and Zoning, Article I, In General, to add Sec. 17-1, Definitions, Sec. 17-2, Establishment and conditions of vested rights, and Sec. 17-3, Conflicting provisions - Approved on second reading.

 Ordinance No.: 2005-038 – Amending the 1998 Code of Ordinances of the City of Columbia, South Carolina, Chapter 17, Planning, Land Development and Zoning, Article IV, Subdivisions, Division 2, Plat Approval, Sec. 17-492, Procedures and plan requirements, (2) Sketch plan requirements (c) - Approved on second reading.

25. Ordinance No.: 2005-039 – Amending the 1998 Code of Ordinances of the City of Columbia, South Carolina, Chapter 17, Planning, Land Development and Zoning, --Article IV, Subdivisions, Division 3, Minimum Design Standards, Sec. 17-511, Variances - Approved on second reading.

26. Ordinance No.: 2005-040 – Amending the 1998 Code of Ordinances of the City of Columbia, South Carolina, Chapter 17, Planning, Land Development and Zoning, Article IV, Subdivisions, Division 1, Generally, Sec. 17-466, Violations; penalty - Approved on second reading.

CONSIDERATION OF BIDS, AGREEMENTS AND CHANGE ORDERS

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion Items 27. and 28.

27. Council is asked to approve Change Order #8 to the Canal Embankment Running / Walking Path, as requested by Public Services.  Award to Cherokee Inc. in the amount of $66,349.25.  This firm is located in Columbia, SC.  - Approved

28. Council is asked to approve Change Order #9 to the Canal Embankment / Riverfront Park, as requested by Public Services. Award to Cherokee Inc. in the amount of $70,056.00. This firm is located in Columbia, SC. - Approved

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion Items 29. through 31. as presented.

29. Council is asked for approval to Renew the Microsoft Agreement that covers the City’s Microsoft System, as requested by the Information Technology Department.  Award to SHI as a sole source purchase in the amount of $90,172.01.  This vendor is located in Raleigh, NC.  - Approved

30. Council is asked to approve the Purchase of a Front Loader Garbage Truck, as requested by the Solid Waste Division.  Award to Amick Equipment, the lowest bidder, in the amount of $163,431.00.  This vendor is located in Lexington, SC. - Approved

31. Council is asked to approve the Purchase of Bunker Coats and Pants, as requested by the Fire Department.  Award to Slagle’s Fire Equipment, the lowest bidder meeting specifications in the amount of $188,406.75.  This vendor is located in West Columbia, SC. - Approved

ORDINANCES – FIRST READING

A. Ordinance No.: 2005-042 – Annexing 20.8 acres, N/S I-20 at Clemson Road, Richland County TMS# 25603-01-01

Upon motion by Mr. Osborne, seconded by Ms. Devine, Council voted unanimously to give first reading approval to Ordinance No.: 2005-042 – Annexing 20.8 acres, N/S I-20 at Clemson Road, Richland County TMS# 25603-01-01.

B. Ordinance No.: 2005-051 – Granting encroachment to R. Wayne Smith for installation and maintenance of a stone retaining wall along 3335 Keenan Drive

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Davis, Council voted unanimously to give first reading approval to Ordinance No.: 2005-051 – Granting encroachment to R. Wayne Smith for installation and maintenance of a stone retaining wall along 3335 Keenan Drive.

RESOLUTIONS

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion Items C. and D. as presented.

C Resolution No.: R-2005-017 – Permitting Fire Department to collect money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association - Approved

D. Resolution No.: R-2005-022 – Amending Resolution R-2005-001 Authorizing Condemnation for Right of Way Acquisition for the North Main Street Streetscape Project; Richland County TMS# 09215-08-02 and 09216-08-34 - Approved

APPEARANCE OF PUBLIC HAVING BUSINESS WITH CITY COUNCIL 

Ms. Shirley Fields Martin, Greening the Arts Festival 2005, thanked Mr. Cromartie and Ms. Sinclair for their support of the festival.  She invited everyone out to the Unity March at that’s scheduled for Sunday, May 22, 2005.

Ms. Catherine Fleming Bruce, Collaboration for Community Trust, stated that the Historic Waverly Community supports the efforts of the East Central City Consortium; the Livability Court; and low-income housing.

· Council adjourned the meeting at 10:55 p.m. to reconvene the Work Session.

Respectfully submitted by:
Erika D. Salley
City Clerk