CITY OF COLUMBIA
CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 16, 2004
10:00 A.M. – 1737 MAIN STREET
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS
 

The City of Columbia City Council met in regular session on Wednesday, June 16, 2004, in the City Council Chambers, 1737 Main Street, Columbia, South Carolina.  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 Jim D. N. Papadea, The Honorable Hamilton Osborne, Jr., The Honorable Sam Davis and The Honorable Tameika Isaac Devine.  Absent was The Honorable Anne M. Sinclair.  Also present were Mr. Charles P. Austin, Sr., City Manager and Ms. Erika D. Moore, City Clerk.

PRESENTATIONS

1.  June 2004 Employee of the Month Ms. Crystal A. Brown – Chief of Police Dean Crisp, Columbia Police Department

Chief of Police Dean Crisp introduced Ms. Crystal Brown as the June 2004 Employee of the Month.  Ms. Brown has served as a Community Safety Officer for the City of Columbia for two (2) years.  Chief Crisp complimented Ms. Brown for taking the initiative to get things done and for working on her scheduled days off.

Mayor Coble presented a plaque acknowledging Ms. Brown as the June 2004 City of Columbia Employee of the Month.

Mr. Charles P. Austin, Sr., City Manager presented Ms. Brown with a monetary gift as a token of appreciation for being recognized as the June 2004 Employee of the Month.

CONSENT AGENDA

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion the Consent Agenda Items 2. through 7. as presented.

STREET CLOSING

2.  Council is asked to approve a request from the Collaborative for Community Trust and the Modjeska Monteith Simkins Center to close Marion Street between Elmwood Avenue and Calhoun Street on Saturday, June 19, 2004 from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. in celebration of World Refugee Day.  Contact: Ms. Rashida McFadden - Approved

3.  Council is asked to approve a request from the First Church of God to close Dubard Street between Kingston Street and Covenant Road on Saturday, August 7, 2004 from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. for a Neighborhood Block Party.  Contact: Mr. R.C. DeVors - Approved
 
 CONSIDERATION OF BIDS AND AGREEMENTS

4. Council is asked to approve the Purchase of 20 Royal Sofas and 22 Recliners, as requested by the Fire Department.  Award to Morris Furniture, the low bidder, in the amount of $17,721.90.  This firm is located in Columbia, SC. - Approved

5. Council is asked to approve the Purchase of the Veritas Tape Backup Software, as requested by Information Technology.  Award to Veritas Software Global Corporation, as a Sole Source purchase, in the amount of $17,939.25.  This vendor is located in Chicago, IL. - Approved

6. Council is asked to approve the Purchase of Panasonic Tough Book and Accessories, as requested by the Fire Department.  Award to USAT Corporation, as a Sole Source purchase in the amount of $33,995.92.  This vendor is located in Chapel Hill, NC. - Approved

7. Council is asked to approve the Purchase of Self Levelling Cameras & Locators as requested by the Wastewater Maintenance Division.  Award to Jet-Vac., in the amount of $35,249.57.  This vendor is located in Sumter, SC. - Approved

CONSIDERATION OF BIDS, AGREEMENTS AND CHANGE ORDERS

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion Items 8. through 11. as presented.

8. Council is asked to approve an Addendum to the Software License and Support Agreement dated August 27, 2002, as requested by the Information Systems Project Manager.  Award to SunGard Bi-Tech Inc., in the amount of $75,000.00.  This vendor is located in Chico, CA. - Approved

9. Council is asked to approve Project #W1019-3/4; Hyatt Park Water Line Upgrade, as requested by Engineering.  Award to Carolina Tap and Bore, the low bidder in the amount of  $78,735.00.  This firm is located in West Columbia, SC.  - Approved

10. Council is asked to approve the Purchase of Compost Grinding and Screening, as requested by the Solid Waste Division.  Award to Carolina Materials Corporation, in the amount of $103,320.00.  This vendor is located in Columbia, SC.  - Approved

11. Council is asked to approve the Purchase of Repair Materials, as requested by the Water Distribution Division.  Award to Hughes Supply, in the amount of $329,426.58.  This vendor is located in West Columbia, SC. - Approved

RESOLUTION

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion Items 12. and 13. as presented.

12. Resolution No.: R-2004-022 – Permitting Fire Department to collect money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association - Approved

13. Resolution No.: R-2004-027- Authorizing consumption of alcoholic beverages at Customer Appreciation Party - Approved

14.  Resolution No.:  R-2004-029 - Authorizing approval of Municipal Judges' Salaries
 This item was discussed in Executive Session no action was taken.

OTHER MATTERS

15.  Courtyard at Arsenal Hill  (Doric Real Estate Development, LLC)
  This item was held over no action was taken.

16.  Incubator Program and 1225 Laurel Street – Mr. Jim Gambrell, Director of Economic Development

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve a Memorandum of Understanding regarding a lease for 1225 Laurel Street between the City of Columbia and the USC Research Foundation.

17. **Council is asked to approve a request from the University of South Carolina to close the 1600 block of Henderson Street on Wednesday, June 23, 2004 through Sunday, June 27, 2004 from 10:30 a.m. until 10:30 p.m. for the UniverSoul Circus.  Contact:Mr. Derrick Huggins

Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve a request from the University of South Carolina to close the 1600 block of Henderson Street on Wednesday, June 23, 2004 through Sunday, June 27, 2004 from 10:30 a.m. until 10:30 p.m. for the UniverSoul Circus subject to the University of South Carolina being responsible for cleanup in the designated areas.

APPEARANCE OF PUBLIC HAVING BUSINESS WITH CITY COUNCIL

Mr. Jim Wescott, United States Tennis Association (USTA), appeared before the members of Council to discuss the upcoming USTA Championship Tournaments.  He stated that approximately 2,100 players would be in Columbia during the July 16, 2004 weekend along with their families and friends.  Mr. Wescott told the members of Council that the association applied for Hospitality Tax Funding from the City of Columbia, but did not receive funding.  He stated that they received $25,000.00 from Richland County and additional funds from Lexington County.  Mr. Wescott requested funding from the City of Columbia for marketing this large, nine (9) day event. He noted that the Sheraton would serve as the anchor hotel; the Conventions & Visitors Bureau assisted with marketing “The Players Handbook”; and SCE&G would also sponsor a party bus and the use of Pine Island.

Mr. Charles P. Austin, Sr., City Manager, requested that staff research the United States Tennis Association’s original funding request and to report any relevant findings.

· Mayor Coble adjourned the regular meeting at 10:25 a.m. to reconvene the Work Session.

Respectfully submitted by:
Erika D. Moore
City Clerk