CITY OF COLUMBIA
CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING MINUTES
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 2, 2004
10:00 A.M. – 1737 MAIN STREET
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS
 

The City of Columbia City Council met for a Public Hearing on Wednesday, June 2, 2004 in the City Council Chambers at 1737 Main Street, Columbia, South Carolina.  Mayor Robert D. Coble called the meeting to order at 10:10 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.

MINUTES

1. Minutes of May 12, 19, and 26, 2004

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion the Minutes of May 12, 19, and 26, 2004 as presented.

PRESENTATION

2.   Columbia Homeownership Month Proclamation – Mr. Eric Cassell, Loan Administrator

Mr. Eric Cassell recognized twelve (12) Developers that participated in the City Living Homeownership Initiative.

Mayor Coble presented a proclamation to the Department of Housing and Urban Development representatives and the City of Columbia Community Development Department declaring June 2004 as Columbia Homeownership Month.

PUBLIC HEARINGS – FIRST READING

· Mayor Coble opened the Public Hearing at 10:25 a.m.

3. Fiscal Year 2004 / 2005 Proposed Budget

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve a no tax increase budget for fiscal year 2004/2005.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve on first reading Ordinance No.: 2004-054 – To Raise Revenue and Adopt the Budget for the City of Columbia, South Carolina, for the Fiscal Year ending June 30, 2004.

 4. Ordinance No.: 2004-045 – Granting a Franchise to Gus’ Dogs (Gary D. Hosie) for operation of a stationary sidewalk-vending cart at the southeast corner of Hampton Street and Assembly Street
 
  The applicant withdrew this application.

CONSENT AGENDA

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, secvonded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion the Consent Agenda Items 5. through 19. as presented.

STREET CLOSINGS

5.  Council is asked to approve a request to close Waverly Street between Chestnut Street and Gordon Street on Saturday, July 10, 2004 from 6:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. for a Community Block Party.  Contact: Ms. Darlene Keitt - Approved

6.  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 June 25, 2004 Jehovah’s Witness  2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  Saturday June 26, 2004  Jehovah’s Witness  8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  Sunday June 27, 2004  Jehovah’s Witness  8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

7.  Council is asked to approve a request from Blue Marlin and Willy’s Oyster Bar and Grill to close the 1200 block of Lincoln Street between Gervais Street and Lady Street on Thursday, June 24, 2004, from 5:00 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. for a Customer Appreciation Event.  Contact: Mr. Bill Dukes - Approved

 CONSIDERATION OF BIDS AND AGREEMENTS

8. Council is asked to Award a Contract for On-Site Health Screenings, as requested by the Metro Wastewater Treatment Plant.  Award to North Greenville Fitness, the only bidder, in the amount of $10,260.00.  This firm is located in Travelers Rest, SC. – Approved

9. Council is asked to approve the Purchase of a Partition Wall 40’ long x 12’ high with a door for the Martin Luther King Park Building, as requested by the Inspections Department.  Award to National Specialties, the low bidder, in the amount of $10,479.00.  This firm is located in Columbia, SC. - Approved
 
10. Council is asked to approve the Purchase of a Ford Ranger Pick-Up, as requested by the Parking.  Award to Benson Ford Mercury, using the S.C. State Vehicle Contract, in the amount of $12,006.69.  This vendor is located in Easley, SC. - Approved

11. Council is asked to approve the Purchase of an American Disabilities Act (ADA) approved Wheel Chair Lift for the Arsenal Hill Park, as requested by Parks & Recreation. Award to Carolina Home Lift, the low bidder meeting specifications, in the amount of $13,123.95.  This vendor is located in Pineville, NC. - Approved

12. Council is asked to approve an Agreement for Professional Services to Perform Appraisals for the North Main Street Streetscape Project, as requested by the Engineering Real Estate Division.  Award to Crider & Associates, the low bidder, in the amount of $14,700.00.  This firm is located in Greenville, SC. - Approved

13. Council is asked to approve the Purchase of Five (5) Defibrillators and Batteries, as requested by the Fire Department.  Award to Meditronic Physico Control, using the S.C. State Contract, in the amount of $15,336.13.  This firm is located in Redmond, WA. - Approved

14. Council is asked to approve the Renewal of the Service / Maintenance Contract for the Automated Vehicle Washer for fiscal year 2004/2005, as requested by Public Works.  Award to Carolina Chemical Equipment, the low bidder, in the amount of $25,200.00.  This firm is located in Cayce, SC. - Approved

 15. **Council is asked to approve Change Order #2 to Agreement for Consulting Services to Conduct a Study to Determine the Feasibility of Establishing a “Quiet Zone” along Certain Lines of Railroad in the City of Columbia, as requested by Engineering.  Award to Wilbur Smith Associates, in the amount of $32,558.00.  This firm is located in Columbia, SC.
 This item was held over no action was taken.

16. Council is asked to approve the Purchase of Repair Material for the Wastewater Maintenance Division, as requested by Utilities.  Award to the following firms for a total amount of $51,796.65.  - Approved

  Lot 1 Hughes Supply   $10,663.15
  Lot 2 Cregger Company   $  2,285.00
  Lot 3 Hughes Supply   $  8,848.50
  Lot 4 National Waterworks   $15,225.00
  Lot 5 Cregger Company   $12,308.49

17. Council is asked to approve the Renewal of the Contract for Safety Boots and Shoes for fiscal year 2004/2005.  Award to Lehigh Corporation, the low bidder, in the amount of $60,142.95.  This vendor is located in Vestal, NY, but has an office/store in Columbia, SC. - Approved

18. Council is asked to approve the Fiscal Year 2004/2005 Testing by Independent Laboratories for Environmental Monitoring Programs Required by the City’s Code of Ordinances and State and Federal Regulations, as requested by Engineering.  Award to the following firms for a total amount of $72,116.00. - Approved

  Shealy Environmental Services Inc.  $62,890.00
  Data Resources, Inc.    $  1,770.00
  Access Analytical, Inc.   $  7,456.00

 ANNEXATION WITH REZONING  – SECOND READING

19. 1.74 ACRES GARNERS FERRY ROAD, TMS#13813-05-02(p); annex and rezone from C-1 and D-1 to C-1. First reading approval on May 19, 2004. – Approved on second reading.
 
Ordinance No.: 2004-028 – Annexing 1.74 acres +/- Garners Ferry Road, Richland County TMS# 13813-05-02 First reading approval on May 19, 2004. – Approved on second reading.

CONSIDERATION OF BIDS, AGREEMENTS AND CHANGE ORDERS

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion Items 20. through 26. as presented.

 20. Council is asked to approve the Purchase of Valve Actuators for the Filter Upgrade at the Canal Water Plant, as requested by Utilities.  Award to Chalmers and Kubec, the low bidder, in the amount of $76,728.75.  This vendor is located in Charlotte, NC. - Approved
21. Council is asked to approve the Purchase of a Heavy Duty Crane Truck, as requested by Utilities.  Award to Hydraulic Machinery, the second low bidder meeting specifications, in the amount of $102,484.00.  This vendor is located in Prosperity, SC. - Approved

22. Council is asked to approve an Agreement for Engineering Services to Prepare a Storm Drainage Master Plan for a Portion of the Five Points Area Watershed; Woolpert LLP; Portions of Capital Improvements Program Projects SD32 and SD159, as requested by Engineering.  Award to Woolpert, LLP, in an amount not to exceed $125,944.00.  This firm is located in Columbia, SC. - Approved

23. Council is asked to approve an Agreement for Engineering Services for Water Service to Raintree Acres and Dutch Creek Subdivisions, as requested by Engineering.  Award to B.P. Barber and Associates, in an amount not to exceed $158,600.00. - Approved

24. Council is asked to approve Project #W1025; 16’ Water Main Relocation Division “A” Clemson Road and Division “B” Farrow Road, as requested by Engineering.  Award to LAD Corporation, the low bidder, in the total amount of $404,970.00.  This firm is located in West Columbia, SC. - Approved

25. Council is asked to approve a Contract for Two Years of Uniform and Rag Rental, as requested by the Purchasing Division.  Award to Unifirst Corporation, the low bidder, in the amount of $409,827.60.  This vendor is located in Columbia, SC. - Approved

26. Council is asked to approve Project #SS680-6/7; Phase VI; Belvedere, as requested by Engineering.  Award to Lake Murray Utilities, the low bidder, in the amount of $529,674.00.  This firm is located in Columbia, SC. - Approved

RESOLUTION

27. Resolution No.: R-2004-026 – Release and Abandonment of Portions of the City’s Existing 15’ Sanitary Sewer Easements along Richland County TMS#16310-04-06, 07, 08, 09; TMS#16309-07-01,02, 03 & 04 and TMS#16309-01-16, 17, 24, 25 & 28, East Lake, Phases 1 & 2; CF#232-11E

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve Resolution No.: R-2004-026 – Release and Abandonment of Portions of the City’s Existing 15’ Sanitary Sewer Easements along Richland County TMS#16310-04-06, 07, 08, 09; TMS#16309-07-01,02, 03 & 04 and TMS#16309-01-16, 17, 24, 25 & 28, East Lake, Phases 1 & 2; CF#232-11E.

OTHER MATTERS

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion Items 28. and 29. as presented.

28. Council is asked to approve an Application for the Operation of a Private Investigative Service from Mr. Kenneth A. Brown d/b/a DT Private Investigative Service Company, Inc., 1922 Barnwell Street, Columbia, SC 29201. - Approved

29. Council is asked to approve the Destruction of Four Hundred Eighty Two (482) Narcotics to include Drug Paraphernalia, as requested by the Columbia Police Department Evidence Property Unit. - Approved

APPEARANCE OF PUBLIC HAVING BUSINESS WITH CITY COUNCIL

Mr. Bill Manley, told the members of Council about the excellent service he and Mrs. Manley received from the Columbia Police Department.  He reported that his car broke down and Officer Jesse Olivares drove Mrs. Manley home and returned to assist Mr. Manley.  Mr. Manley stated that it’s good news for the City to have employees like Officer Olivares.

· Mayor Coble adjourned the meeting at 10:55 a.m. to reconvene the Work Session.

Respectfully submitted by:
Erika D. Moore
City Clerk