CITY OF COLUMBIA
CITY COUNCIL WORK SESSION MINUTES
June 12, 2002
9:00 AM - City Council Conference Room
Council Chambers - 1737 Main Street

The City of Columbia City Council met in a Work Session on Wednesday, June 12, 2002, in the City Hall Council Chambers, 1737 Main Street, Columbia, South Carolina.  Mayor Robert D. Coble called the meeting to order at 8:06 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. Pamela J. Ferst, Acting City Clerk.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to go into Executive Session to discuss the Tennis Center Land Acquisition, Burton School, Sarah Nance, the Tree and Forestry Policy on Grand Trees, Funeral Processions and a Personnel Matter.

Mr. Davis left the meeting at 9:00 a.m.

Mayor Coble reconvened the Work Session at 9:05 a.m.

CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION / ACTION

A. J.W. Hunt and Company, LLP - Ms. Anne H. Ross, CPA

Ms. Anne Ross, J. W. Hunt Company, LLP, presented the audit report for Fiscal Year 2001-2002 to City Council.  Ms. Ross complimented the accounting staff on their efforts in preparing the financial statements.

B. Palmer Memorial Chapel - Mr. E. Perry Palmer
This item was held over, no action was taken.

C. Waverly United for Action, Inc. - Mr. Eddie Lloyd

Mr. Eddie Lloyd, appeared before Council to ask that the area of Gervais Street to Heidt Street be acknowledged by the Columbia Council of Neighborhoods as a neighborhood district.

Upon motion by Ms. Heizer, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to authorize the City Manager and the City Attorney to review the bylaws of the Columbia Council of Neighborhoods to determine the authority of City Council.

D. Approval to Purchase two (2) Dodge Neons, as requested by the office of Public Safety, from Dodgeland of Columbia, the lowest quote, in the amount of $23,942.00.  No MBE/FBE participation. Local firm.

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve the purchase of two (2) Dodge Neons, as requested by the office of Public Safety, from Dodgeland of Columbia, the lowest quote, in the amount of $23,942.00.

E. Approval to Purchase Double-Up Water Bills (for FY 2002-03), as requested by Information Technology, from Moore North America, the low bidder, in the amount of $29,694.80.  No MBE/FBE able to provide.  Local firm.

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve the purchase of Double-Up Water Bills (for FY 2002-03), as requested by Information Technology, from Moore North America, the low bidder, in the amount of $29,694.80.

F. City Dreams Funding Request - $5,000.00

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve a funding request from City Dreams in the amount of $5,000.00 from the Council Contingency Fund.

G. Columbia Basketball AAU Sponsorship Request - Mrs. William Hatten, Coach

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve a funding request from the Columbia Basketball AAU in the amount of $6,000.00 from the Council Contingency Fund.

ORDINANCES - FIRST READING

H. Ordinance No.: 2002-039 - To Raise Revenue and Adopt the Budget for The City of Columbia, South Carolina for the Fiscal Year ending June 30, 2003

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve on first reading Ordinance No.: 2002-039 - To Raise Revenue and Adopt the Budget for The City of Columbia, South Carolina for the Fiscal Year ending June 30, 2003.

I. Ordinance No.: 2002-046 - Amending the 1998 Code of Ordinances of the City of Columbia, South Carolina, Chapter 23, Utilities and Engineering, Article V, Water and Sewer Rates, Sec. 23-143, Water Service Rates and Sec. 23-149, Sewer service rates (a) Generally

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Osborne, Council voted unanimously to approve on first reading Ordinance No.: 2002-046 - Amending the 1998 Code of Ordinances of the City of Columbia, South Carolina, Chapter 23, Utilities and Engineering, Article V, Water and Sewer Rates, Sec. 23-143, Water Service Rates and Sec. 23-149, Sewer service rates (a) Generally.

J. Ordinance No.: 2002-029 - Amending the 1998 Code of Ordinances of the City of Columbia, South Carolina, Chapter 23, Utilities and Engineering, to add Article VII, Stormwater Management, to establish a Stormwater Management Utility for the Purpose of Planning, Designing, Constructing, Funding and Maintaining Stormwater Management, Sediment Control and Flood Control Programs, Projects and Facilities, and Reviewing and Approving Stormwater Management and Sediment Control Plans for Land Disturbing Activities and Providing for the Administration and Enforcement Thereof

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve on first reading Ordinance No.: 2002-029 - Amending the 1998 Code of Ordinances of the City of Columbia, South Carolina, Chapter 23, Utilities and Engineering, to add Article VII, Stormwater Management, to establish a Stormwater Management Utility for the Purpose of Planning, Designing, Constructing, Funding and Maintaining Stormwater Management, Sediment Control and Flood Control Programs, Projects and Facilities, and Reviewing and Approving Stormwater Management and Sediment Control Plans for Land Disturbing Activities and Providing for the Administration and Enforcement Thereof.

K. Approval of Accommodations Tax and Community Promotions FY 2002-03 Funding

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve the Accommodations Tax and Community Promotions FY 2002-03 Funding as presented.

L. Ordinance No. 2001-070 - Amending the 1998 Code of Ordinances of the City of Columbia, South Carolina, Chapter 4, Animals, Article III, Animal Control, Division1, Generally, Sec. 4-61 Definitions; Sec. 4-63 Kennels; Sec. 4-64 Restraint or confinement of dogs; Division 2, Dangerous Animals, Sec. 4-91 Prohibited; exceptions; Sec. 4-92 Impoundment;
This item was held over, no action was taken.

M. Ordinance No.: 2002-038 (Revised) - Amending Code of Ordinances of the City of Columbia, South Carolina, Chapter 5, Buildings and Building Regulations, to add Article VII, Boarded-up Dwelling Units

Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve on first reading Ordinance No.: 2002-038 (Revised) - Amending Code of Ordinances of the City of Columbia, South Carolina, Chapter 5, Buildings and Building Regulations, to add Article VII, Boarded-up Dwelling Units.

N. Intersection of W. Campanella Drive and Gavilan Avenue - Multi-Way Stop Requests

Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve the installation of a 4-way stop at the intersection of W. Campanella Drive and Gavilan Avenue.  Ms. Heizer was not present for the vote.

O. Intersection of Wheat Street and Waccamaw Avenue

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve staff recommendations to pursue selective enforcement of the 25 mph speed limit instead of installing a 4-way stop.

P. West Buchanan Drive - Multi-Way Stop Requests
This item was held over no action was taken.

Q. Planning Commission Appointments

Upon motion by Mr. Osborne, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve the re-appointment of Ms. Susan Heyward and Ms. Nancy Reid for a three (3) year term expiring on March 01, 2005.

R. Columbia Housing Authority Appointments
This item was held over, no action was taken.

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to go into Executive Session at 11:00 a.m. to discuss the Tennis Center Land Acquisition, Burton School, Sarah Nance, the Tree and Forestry Policy on Grand Trees, Funeral Processions, a legal claim, Land acquisition, Lease, and Universoul Circus Contracts.

LEGAL BRIEFINGS*

S. *Tennis Center Land Acquisition
This item was discussed in Executive Session, no action was taken.

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

U. *Sarah Nance
This item was discussed in Executive Session, no action was taken.

V. *Tree and Forestry Policy on Grand Trees
This item was discussed in Executive Session, no action was taken.

W. *Funeral Processions
This item was discussed in Executive Session, no action was taken.

BRIEFING

X. Strategic Planning Session on the revitalization of Saxon Homes as it relates to Drew Park

Ms. Julia Prater, Columbia Housing Authority, stated that the biggest challenge with moving the Drew Park Wellness Center is losing housing units and the time it will take to resubmit the new plans for HUD's approval.

Mr. Doug Quackenbush, Boudreaux Goup, stated that we need to move forward with the existing design or set a time line that would allow for re-designing the building.

Mayor Coble adjourned the meeting at 1:20 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by:
 

Pamela J. Ferst, CPS
Acting City Clerk