CITY OF COLUMBIA
CITY COUNCIL MEETING
MINUTES
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 18, 2003
10:00 A.M. - 1737 MAIN STREET
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS
 

The City of Columbia City Council met in regular session on Wednesday, June 18, 2003, in the City Hall Council Chambers, 1737 Main Street, Columbia, South Carolina.  Mayor Robert D. Coble called the meeting to order at 10:00 a.m.  Council members present were The Honorable Jim D. N. Papadea, The Honorable Hamilton Osborne, Jr., The Honorable Sam Davis and The Honorable Tameika C. Isaac.  Also present were Mr. Charles P. Austin, Sr., Interim City Manager and Ms. Erika D. Moore, Acting City Clerk.  Absent was The Honorable E. W. Cromartie, II due to his attendance at the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials and Ms. Anne M. Sinclair.
 
APPROVAL OF MINUTES

1. Minutes of June 04 and June 11, 2003

Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Mr. Davis, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion the minutes of June 04 and June 11, 2003.

**Mayor Coble proclaimed Friday, June 20, 2003 as South Carolina Black Hall of Fame Day in the City of Columbia.

PRESENTATIONS

2. June 2003 Employee of the Month – Master Police Officer C.E. Sumpter, North Region School Resource Officer  - Major N. L. Caldwell, CPD

Major Caldwell introduced Master Police Officer Sumpter as the June 2003 City of Columbia Employee of the Month.  Master Police Officer Sumpter has been employed with the City of Columbia since 1994 and graciously maintains a heavy workload.

Mayor Coble presented Master Police Officer Sumpter with a plaque acknowledging him as the June 2003 City of Columbia Employee of the Month.

Mr. Charles P. Austin, Sr., Interim City Manager, presented Master Police Officer Sumpter with a certificate for one (1) day off with pay and a token of appreciation.

3. Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Boot Drive – Captain Eddie Baughman, CFD

There was a consensus of Council to direct the Legal Department to draft a Resolution for Council’s consideration authorizing the Fire Department to conduct a MDA Boot Drive on August 20-22, 2003.

4. “A Better Way, Project G.O. (Gang Out)” – A.V. Strong, Executive Director

Mr. Keith Bailey, Deputy Director of A Better Way stated that their non-profit organization has been in existence for 1 ½ years and does not receive funding from any outside source.  He told the members of Council that Project Gang Out offers an alternative to youth that want to get out of the gang life.  Mr. Bailey requested funding to assist in building their non-profit organization in the amount of $179,000 and additional funding in an amount not to exceed $5,000 for a cultural awareness trip to Atlanta, Georgia.

Mr. A. V. Strong, Executive Director of A Better Way, told the members of Council that they only deal with individuals that want help.  He stated that they also provide support to the parents.

There was a consensus of Council to direct staff to review the request and provide recommendations for consideration by Council.

5. Tree City Award – Mr. Jimmy Walters, SC Forestry Commission

Mr. Jimmy Walters, SC Forestry Commission, presented the City of Columbia with the Tree City USA Award and the Tree City USA Growth Award.  He stated that the National Arbor Day Foundation has recognized the City of Columbia for their comprehensive tree program, the well-staffed Forestry & Beautification Department, and the tree protection ordinance that was recently enacted.
 
6. Youth Board Senior Recognition – Mr. Archie Maddox, Youth Director

Mr. Archie Maddox, Youth Director, recognized seven (7) graduating seniors that served on the Youth Board.  He presented Ms. Jaclyn Green with a certificate of appreciation.

CONSENT AGENDA

Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Mr. Davis, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion the Consent Agenda Items 7. through 23.  Item 16. was held over, no action was taken.

STREET CLOSING REQUESTS

7. Council is asked to approve a request from Mikes Tree Service, LLC to close the 900 block of Pine Street for removal of a large tree on July 1, 2003 from 7:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. with a rain date of July 2, 2003 - Contact:  Mike Coleman - Approved

8. Council is asked to approve a request from T. Blair Smith to close Longleaf Street, a side street off of Shirley Street, at the boundaries of 3019 Longleaf Street (approximately seventy-five feet in front of house) on Saturday, June 21, 2003 from 3:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. for a block party.  (Note:  Fifty people are expected to attend.) - Contact:  Blair Smith - Approved
 
9. Council is asked to approve a request from the Family Worship Center to close the 3600 block of Colonial Drive between Seegars and McGrath Street; Colonial Drive and High Street; McGrath Street and High Street; and Seegars Street and High Street on Sunday, June 22, 2003 from 4:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. for a Youth Fest.  Contact:  Gwendolyn Baker - Approved
10. Council is asked to approve a request from the University of South Carolina and Global Spectrum request to close Greene Street from Gadsden Street to the railroad track where it dead ends; restrict access from the corner of Gadsden Street and Greene Street to Wayne Street and Gervais Street one hour prior to the following events: - Contact:  Matt Homan - Approved
 
11. Council is asked to approve a request from the Coqui, Coqui, Productions to close a portion of Main Street between the Hampton Street intersection and Washington Street on Saturday, September 6, 2003 from 7:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. for the Main Street Latin Festival: - Contact:  Luis G. Rosario
Resolution No.: R-2003-033 - Authorizing consumption of alcoholic beverages and the Main Street Latin Festival (the sale beer and wine 12:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.) - Approved

CONSIDERATION OF BIDS, AGREEMENTS, AND CHANGE ORDERS

12. Council is asked to approve a Contract to Upgrade the Traffic Signals at 113 Intersections, as requested by Traffic Engineering.  Award to Traffic Safety Contractors, the low bidder in the amount of $1,666,359.57.   This vendor is located in Conyers, GA.  - Approved

13. Council is asked to approve a Water Main Extension Agreement for Property Identified as the Longtown Tract, as requested by Engineering Operations.  The construction of 890 L. F. of 16” water main and 70 L. F. of 12” water main from an existing water main is required. - Approved

14. Council is asked to approve a Water Main Construction Participation Agreement for Longtown Tract, as requested by Engineering Operations.  The Mungo Company (Developer) has requested that the City consider rerouting its project to run through the property of the Developer.  - Approved

15. Council is asked to approve the Fiscal Year 2003/2004 Testing by Independent Laboratories for Environmental Monitoring Program, as requested by Engineering Operations.  Award the testing of Metro Groundwater Monitoring, Metro NPDES Parameters, Metro Ash, Grit and Sludge Disposal Qualifications and Metro Effluent Toxicity to Shealy Environmental Services, the low bidder in the amount of $68, 529.00. Award the testing of Metro Stormwater, Wastewater Surcharge Program and Phase I Stormwater Program to Columbia Analytical Laboratories, Inc., the low bidder, in the amount of $24,702.00.  Award the testing of Septage Station Metals and Industrial Pretreatment Program to Access Analytical, Inc., the low bidder in the amount of $5,930.00, for a grand total of $99,161.00.  Shealy Environmental Services, Inc. is a Female Business Enterprise.  - Approved

16. Council is asked to approve a Requisition for Cryptosporidium / Giardia analyses for the Columbia Canal and Lake Murray Water Treatment Plant, as requested by Engineering Operations.  Award to Clancey Environmental Consultants, the low bidder in an amount not to exceed $37,460.00.  There are no MBE/FBE firms that perform this work.  This firm is located in St. Albans, Vermont.
 This item was held over, no action was taken.

16a. Council is asked to approve the Purchase of Playground Equipment for Hyatt Park, a s requested by Parks & Recreation.  Award to Play Systems, the vendor selected by Parks & Recreation personnel and members of the neighborhood association, in the amount of $19,830.92.  There are no MBE/FBE vendors who can furnish this equipment.    This vendor is located in Columbia.  – Approved

17. Council is asked to approve the Purchase of 182 Tiles of Columbia Area Building Footprint Layers in GIS Format, as requested by the Planning Department.  Award to Richland County, in the amount of $18,200.00.  - Approved

18. Council is asked to approve a Water Main Extension Agreement for Aderley Subdivision, as requested by Engineering Operations.  The Mungo Company has constructed approximately 1,292 linear feet of 12” water main extension to provide water service to the development.  - Approved

19. Council is asked to approve a Contract for Professional Services to Render Commercial Loan Agreements to Business Owners in the 1500 Block of Main Street to Demolish and Create Parking Spaces, as requested by Community Development. Award to the City Center Partnership in the amount of $40,000.00.  -  Approved

ORDINANCES - SECOND READING

20. Ordinance No.:  2003-041 – Granting encroachment to TN Development Corporation for uplighting and landscaping adjacent to Byrnes Place Apartments at 2313, 2321, and 2335 Byrnes Drive.    –  Approved on first reading June 04, 2003  - Approved on second reading.

21. Ordinance No.:  2003-042 – Authorizing transfer of 2117 Mockingbird Road, Richland County, TMS #14101-02-10, from the City of Columbia to the Columbia Housing Development Corporation.   –  Approved on first reading June 04, 2003  - Approved on second reading.

22. Ordinance No.:  2003-047 – Amending the 1998 Code of Ordinances of the City of Columbia, South Carolina, Chapter 5, Article II, Building and Technical Codes, Division 5, Electric Code, Sec. 5-111, Adoption; conflicting provisions. –  Approved on first reading June 04, 2003  - Approved on second reading

23. Ordinance No.:  2003-053 - Authorizing execution of a Lease Agreement between the City of Columbia and Carolina Interior Market, LLC for the first floor of the former Tapp’s Building located at 1644 Main Street – Approved on second reading.

 ORDINANCES – SECOND READING

24. Ordinance No.: 2003-037 – To raise Revenue and Adopt the Budget for The City of Columbia, South Carolina, for the Fiscal Year ending June 30, 2004

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Davis, Council voted unanimously to approve on second reading Ordinance No.: 2003-037 – To raise Revenue and Adopt the Budget for The City of Columbia, South Carolina, for the Fiscal Year ending June 30, 2004.

ORDINANCES - FIRST READING

Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Mr. Davis, Council voted unanimously to give second reading approval on a single motion to Items 25. through 28.

25. Ordinance No.:  2003-033 - Annexing 5.85 acres, Cort Road, Richland County, TMS #11704-03-12 (portion) and #11703-01-02 (portion) – Approved on first reading.

26. Ordinance No.:  2003-034 - Annexing parcel at North Main Street and Fiske Street, Richland County TMS #11710-02-03  - Approved on first reading.

27. Ordinance No.:  2003-035 - Annexing Phase 1-A, The Village at Woodcreek Farms, Richland County TMS #25800-03-28 – Approved on first reading.

28. Ordinance No.:  2003-048 – Granting an easement to SCE&G Company for the Installation of Utilities along a portion of the City’s property for Two Notch Road Streetscape Project, identified as Richland County TMS #11412-02-31; CF#250-15 – Approved on first reading.

28a. **Ordinance 2003-056 - Authorizing borrowing of $1,500,000.00 for Drew Park Wellness Center
 
Upon motion by Ms. Isaac, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve on first reading Ordinance 2003-056 – Authorizing borrowing of $1,500,000 for Drew Park Wellness Center.
 
RESOLUTIONS

29. Resolution No.: R-2003-035 – Authorizing Acceptance and Dedication of Streets Known as Fountain Lake Way, Springway Drive and Pine Mast Court, East Lake Subdivision, Phase 4A to the City of Columbia; Richland County TMS# 16309-01-01 (portion), CF#232-11B

Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Mr. Osborne, Council voted unanimously to approve Resolution No.: R-2003-035 - Authorizing Acceptance and Dedication of Streets Known as Fountain Lake Way, Springway Drive and Pine Mast Court, East Lake Subdivision, Phase 4A to the City of Columbia; Richland County TMS# 16309-01-01 (portion), CF#232-11B.

APPOINTMENTS

30. South Columbia Development Corporation

Upon motion by Ms. Isaac, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve the appointment of Mr. Fred Easley, Ms. Tracey Greene, Ms. Kelly Hamilton and Ms. Cheryl Sky to the South Columbia Development Corporation for a three (3) year term to expire June 30, 2003; the re-appointment of Ms. Margaret Nevill and Ms. Alice Perritt for a second and final term to expire June 30, 2003; and Ms. Rebecca Munnerlyn and Ms. Eva Nance for their first full term to expire June 30, 2003.
Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Osborne, Council voted unanimously to approve the re-appointment of Mr. Jim Papadea, Ms. Anne Sinclair and Ms. Tameika Isaac to the South Columbia Development Corporation for a one (1) year term to expire June 30, 2004.

OTHER MATTERS

31. Council is asked to approve a request by Sidney Graham doing business as America’s Private Investigation Network, Inc. to operate a Detective Agency at 1728 Main Street, Suite 105.

Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Mayor Coble, Council voted unanimously to approve a request by Sydney Graham doing business as America’s Private Investigation Network, Inc. to operate a Detective Agency at 1728 Main Street, Suite 105.

APPEARANCE OF PUBLIC HAVING BUSINESS WITH CITY COUNCIL

Mr. Mel Jenkins, thanked the members of staff for their support of the Community Promotions Advisory Committee and he thanked the members of Council for the additional funding provided.  He urged the members of Council to review city purchases pertaining to cars, office furniture and office decorations.  He also urged Council to review the history of commitments, expenditures and the timeliness of dealing with EdVenture.   Mr. Jenkins explained why he thought that Time Warner Cable should add a true public access channel to their line up.

Mr. Scott Sayers, Executive Director of City Year, informed the members of Council that due to an accounting mix up with AmeriCorp, many programs across America are being cut by 88%.  He stated that City Year of Columbia is approaching their 10th year of service and hopes that the City of Columbia would continue to support them financially.  Mr. Sayers outlined many of the programs that serve over 10,000 kids in our community.

City Year Volunteers explained to the members of Council what they do as Corp members and how they will continue to serve America.

Mayor Coble adjourned the meeting at 10:51 a.m. to reconvene the Executive Session.

Respectfully submitted by:

Erika D. Moore
Acting City Clerk