CITY OF COLUMBIA CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
WEDNESDAY, June 7, 2000

The City of Columbia City Council met in regular session, Wednesday, June 7, 2000, in the City Hall Council Chambers.  Mayor Robert D. Coble called the meeting to order at 10:15 a.m. Council Members present were: The Honorable E. W. Cromartie, II, The Honorable Francenia B. Heizer, The Honorable Anne M. Sinclair, The Honorable Hamilton Osborne, Jr., and The Honorable Sam Davis.  Also attending were Mr. Michael A. Bierman, City Manager, and Ms. Peggy Breeland, City Clerk

I. PRESENTATIONS

A. Recognition of Employee of the Month - June 2000

Chief of Police Charles Austin recognized Master Officer H. L. Taylor as the City of Columbia’s employee of the month for June 2000.  Officer Taylor has been with the Columbia Police Department since July 29, 1991.  Mayor Coble presented Master Officer Taylor with a plaque  honoring him as employee of the month.

B. Recognition of James Davis, Jr. For Years of Service

Mr. John Dooley, Director of Engineering, recognized city employee James Davis, Jr. for his years of service to the city of Columbia and his dedication not only to the city but to his co-workers as well.  Upon his retirement, Mr. Davis has served the city for thirty-seven (37) years.

C. Recognition of March of Dimes “Walk America” Top Fund-raisers

City Manager Michael A. Bierman recognized the top three fund-raisers in the March of Dimes “Walk America.”

First Place: Ms. Gladys Brown, Municipal Court
Second:  Ms. Ruth Hampton, Municipal Court
Third:  Ms. Eva Gordon, Municipal Court

D. Presentation by Community Mediation Center

 
A representative of the Community Mediation Center, stated that the Council has given the center an opportunity to effect positive change to the City practically on a door to door basis.  He said that  the center’s endeavors to meet conflict where it lives in our community.  This gentleman  informed Council that in helping to resolve conflict, skills are taught to our citizens to help them successful resolve their conflicts without violence or confrontation.  He also stated that the Community Mediation Center is a 501 3c organization and offers the services for free. He told Council that their support to the center’s start-up is critical.  He stated that they are asking for $30,000 this year and appreciates the help very much.

E. Recognition of Youth Board’s Graduating High School Seniors

Mayor Coble honored the Council on Youth’s Graduating High School Seniors by presenting a certificate of appreciation to Alline Sloan.  Nathaniel Stewart was honored as well and will be presented his certificate at a later date.

F. Presentation of Black Expo Plaque to City Council

Ms. Kim Newsome, Commercial Loan Officer for the City of Columbia introduced Mr. Darien Thomas of the Black Pages USA as as participant in Black Expo USA.

Mr. Thomas, on behalf of Thomas McCants Media, Black Pages USA, and the hundreds of minority owned business that took part in Black Expo 2000, expressed  thanks to Mayor Bob and City Council for their support and leadership that enabled them to host such a worthwhile event.  He stated that the purpose of the Expo was to give exposure and visibility to minority businesses throughout the community.  He further stated that they had over Twelve Thousand people come through the Carolina Coliseum for that one day event.  Mr. Thomas personally thanked Councilman Cromartie, Councilman Davis, Mr. Jim Gambrell, and Ms. Kim Newsome for all of the work that they did to insure the success of this event.  On Behalf of Black Pages USA and the community, Mr. Thomas presented, as a small token of appreciation, a framed promotional poster of Black Expo USA, to the Mayor and City Council.

7. Recognition of City Clerk

Mayor and Council recognized Mrs. Vivian Krigline, City Clerk, for her many years (28) of service to the City of Columbia by presenting her with a key to the City and a plaque.  Mrs. Krigline, along with her husband, Michael and son, Andrew, is moving to China.

III. PUBLIC HEARING

A. City of Columbia Operating Budget for Fiscal Year 2000-2001 and Ordinance No. 2000-037: To Raise Revenue and Adopt the Budget for The City of Columbia, South Carolina, for the Fiscal Year ending June 30, 2001.

 
Ms. Belinda Rogers, Principal of Hand Middle School, appeared before Council.  She expressed her thanks and appreciation for the support of City Council and their vision.  Ms. Rogers  humbly and respectfully requested that Council consider helping to continue this dream and vision and help others learn how to empower their communities.

Mr. Sal Cilella, Director of the Columbia Museum of Art, appeared before Council to express his thanks and appreciation for supporting the museum and asked for continued support in the budget process.

The public hearing on the Proposed Budget was closed when no one else appeared to speak.

B. Amending the 1998 Code of Ordinances of the City of Columbia, South Carolina, Chapter 17, Planning, Land Development and Zoning, Article III, Zoning, Division 11, Sexually Oriented Business to amend Sec. 17-372, Definitions, Permittee and Licensee, and to repeal Sec. 17-374, Sec. 17-375, Sec. 17-376, Sec. 17-377, Sec. 17-378, Sec. 17-379, Sec. 17-380, Sec. 17-382(b) and Sec. 17-383.

C. Ordinance No. 2000-029 - Amending the 1998 Code of Ordinances of the City of Columbia, South Carolina, Chapter 17, Planning, Land Development and Zoning, Article III, Zoning, Division 11, Sexually Oriented Business to amend Sec. 17-372, Definitions, Permittee and licensee and to repeal Sec. 17-374, Sec. 17-375,Sec. 17-376, Sec. 17-377, Sec. 17-378, Sec. 17-3979, Sec. 17-380, Sec. 17-382(b)and Sec. 17-383.

D. Ordinance No. 2000-031 - Amending the 1998 Code of Ordinances of the City of Columbia, South Carolina, Chapter 17, Planning, Land Development and Zoning, Article III, Zoning, Division 11, Sexually Oriented Business, Sec. 17-372, Definitions to add Principal business purpose and Sexual material or merchandise and to amend Adult bookstore and adult video store.

No one appeared to speak on public hearing items III. B., C., and D.

Mr. Cromartie asked that staff send notices to the types of businesses that are affected by the above ordinances in order that they can be aware of public hearing issues that may concern their businesses.

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve on first reading items III. B., C., and D. on a single motion. Ms. Heizer was absent for the vote.

IV. CONSENT AGENDA

A. ORDINANCES - SECOND READING

1. Ordinance No. 2000-033 - Closing and Transfer of a Portion of Oakdale

 
Street which abuts Richland County TMS #11206-01-02 and Richland County TMS #11202-0802.

2. Ordinance No. 2000-035 - Granting Encroachment to Cat & Clever Catering Company for placement of three tables and nine chairs within the sidewalk right-of-way at 1202 Main Street.

3. Ordinance No. 2000-038 -  Authorizing Sale of a.02103 acre parcel located on Gadsden Street being a portion of Richland county TMS #09010-10-01 to the Columbia Development Corporation.

B. CONSIDERATION OF BIDS

1. Request approval to construct a Foreman’s Room at 2910 Colonial Drive for the Wastewater Maintenance Division: Award contract to Jim’s Construction Company, the low bidder, for $12,000.

2. Request approval to purchase Bunker Coats and Pants for the Fire Department: Award contract to Slagles Fire Equipment Co., the low bidder, for $29,553.62.

C. REQUESTS TO CLOSE CITY STREETS

1. Request from Bethel A.M.C. Church to close Preston Street, at the intersections of Preston at Woodrow and Preston at King, for their annual picnic on Saturday, June 17, 2000, from 12:00 Noon until 7:00 p.m.

2. Request to close Sanford Street at the intersection of Kathwood and Mabar Streets for a neighborhood block party on Sunday, June 11, 2000, hours of 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.  Contact: Lyn Schultz.

3. Request from New Samaritan Baptist Church to close the 500 Block of Pendleton Street at the intersection of Huger and Pendleton Street on Saturday, August 12, 2000, for their Community Block Party, hours of 8:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve  items IV. A. 1 through 3,  B. 1. through 2. and C. 1. through 3., on a single motion.

V. ORDINANCES

A. FIRST READING

 

1. Ordinance No. 2000-041 - Amending the 1998 Code of Ordinances to increase parking meter fees.

2. Ordinance amending the 1998 Code of Ordinances to increase Water/Sewer service rates.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve Ordinance No. 2000-041 - Amending the 1998 Code of Ordinances to increase parking meter fees and Ordinance amending the 1998 Code of Ordinances to increase Water/Sewer service rates., on a single motion.

3. Ordinance No. 2000-040 -  Amending the 1998 Code of Ordinances of the City of Columbia, South Carolina, Chapter 23, Utilities and engineering, Article III, Water Service, Sec. 23-71, Authority of city manager to restrict use during water shortage.

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Osborne, Council voted unanimously to approve Ordinance No. 2000-040 -  Amending the 1998 Code of Ordinances of the City of Columbia, South Carolina, Chapter 23, Utilities and engineering, Article III, Water Service, Sec. 23-71, Authority of city manager to restrict use during water shortage as amended to read “When drought conditions exist the city manager may in his discretion impose”.

VI. APPOINTMENTS

A. South Columbia Development Corporation.

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve the appointments of Ms. Alice Perritt, Ms. Margaret A. Nevill, and Ms. Joan L. Price to the South Columbia Development Corporation as members of the board.

VII. RESOLUTIONS AND AGREEMENTS

A. Resolution 2000-028 - Release and Abandonment of the City’s Existing 15' Sanitary Sewer Easement along Richland County TMS#13915-11-48, known as 1626Graeme Drive (Lot 4, Block 11, Kilbourne Heights); Project #SS757-8/9; CF#250-83C).

B. Resolution No. 2000-029 - To allow the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages at the Five Points Association’s, “Friday Night at the Fountain”, June 16, 2000, hours of 6:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. and to close Saluda Avenue at Harden and Greene Streets beginning at 6:00 p.m.
 

 
C. Resolution No. 2000-030 - To increase monthly lease rates at the City’s various parking facilities.

D. Resolution No. 2000-027 - Condemnation of a portion of Lexington County TMS# 02803-01-34, located on Piney Grove Road (S-32-671) for an easement to operate and maintain a sanitary sewer main, File #240-23.

Item VII. D. was held over, no action was taken.

Upon motion by Ms. Heizer, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve the above items VII. A through C. on a single motion.  Item VII. D. was held over, no action was taken.

VIII APPEARANCE OF PUBLIC HAVING BUSINESS WITH CITY COUNCIL

Mrs. Roland Wilson appeared to inform Council that the delegation from CCN returned from Phoenix, Arizona.  Information regarding the trip will be published in the CCN newsletter, the State Neighbors section and the Columbia STAR.  She thanked City Council for providing the opportunity.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by seconded by Mr. Osborne, Council voted unanimously to go into executive session to discuss contracts and legal matters regarding SCANA.

The meeting adjourned at 12:15 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by:
 
 

Pamela J. Ferst, CPS
Acting City Clerk


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