CITY OF COLUMBIA
CITY COUNCIL WORK SESSION and PUBLIC HEARING MINUTES
June 27, 2001
9:00 AM - City Council Conference Room, 2nd Floor City Hall
10:00 AM - City Council Chambers, 3rd Floor City Hall
1737 Main Street, Columbia, South Carolina
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The Columbia City Council met for a Work Session in the Council  Conference Room and a Public Hearing in Council Chambers on Wednesday, June 27, 2001.  Mayor Robert D. Coble called the meeting to order at 9:15 a.m.  Council members present were:  The Honorable E.W. Cromartie, III, The Honorable Francenia B. Heizer, The Honorable Jim Papadea, The Honorable Hamilton Osborne, Jr., and The Honorable Sam Davis.  Absent was The Honorable Anne M. Sinclair.  Also attending were Ms. Leona K. Plaugh, City Manager and Ms. Peggy S. Breeland, City Clerk.
 

1. ROLL CALL AND APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES

Upon motion by Mr. Osborne, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve the minutes as presented.

2. PRESENTATIONS

A. Bulgarian Delegation

Mayor Coble welcomed the members of the Bulgarian Delegation and introduced Ms. Pam Harpooltian.  Ms. Harpooltian introduced the Delegation as being from the City of Clovid, the second largest city in Bulgaria, and Columbia=s first Sister City.  She stated that the Delegation, which included the City Manager of Clovid and members of their Citizen=s Advisory Board, was here do to the USID Project to learn how Citizens participate in Government.

B. City Dock - Mike Dawson

Mr. Mike Dawson presented to Council an in progress review of regarding the City Dock Project.

Ms. Heizer joined the meeting at 9:45 a.m.

City Council adjourned to the Council Chambers at 10:05 a.m. and reconvened for the Public Hearing.

3. COMMUNITY PRESENTATIONS

A. Ms. Myrtle Gordon and Ms. Katherine Bellfield

On behalf of the Neighborhood Associations of District II and other generous citizens, Ms. Gordon, Ms. Bellfield and Rev. Francis appeared before Council and presented the city with a check in the amount of $1, 692.39, to cover extra travel expenses incurred by Councilman Cromartie.

 

4. CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING -  10:00 A.M.
CABLE TELEVISION FRANCHISE RENEWAL PROCEEDINGS

Mayor Coble opened the floor for comments on the Time Warner Cable Television Franchise renewal.

Ms. Elma Byrd, appeared before Council to express her appreciation to  Mr. Cromartie, Ms. Libby Gober and Mr. Leona Plaugh for their efforts in having city staff remove debris from a facility she owns in a timely manner.

Ms. Hazel Curry, a resident of 1719 Stanley Street, appeared before Council with concerns that the Cable is not on and trouble with correcting problems with her cable service and feels that there is room for improvement regarding cable services.

Mr. Mel Jenkins, appeared before Council in favor of the renewal of the cable franchise.  Mr. Jenkins stated that he would like to see better communication in place.  He proposed adding two additional cable channels, one to be dedicated to true citizen community non profit organization access where churches, neighborhood groups, and environmental groups are able to present to citizens of the city at a minimal cost process.  The second channel to be reserved for live presentations of city council meetings.

Mr. Bill Manley, appeared before Council in favor of renewal the cable franchise.  Mr. Manley stated he was concerned about the future control of the cost of cable and how it will be implemented.

Council asked Mr. Bud Tibshrany to provide Council with Time Warner Cable Television=s procurement policy and a organizational list relating to it=s Columbia Office.   Council asked staff to ensure that additional public hearings regarding the franchise be scheduled.

Mr. Bud Tibshrany stated that he would submit the requested information to Council.  Mr. Tibshrany also stated that an outage report is submitted to the city on a quarterly basis and that he would ensure that all of City Council=s concerns are addressed.

Mayor Coble brought the public hearing to a close.
 

5. ITEMS FOR COUNCIL APPROVAL

A. Ordinances - First Reading

1. Ordinance No. 2001-054 - Amending the 1998 Code of Ordinances of the City
of Columbia, South Carolina, Chapter 4, Animals, Article III, Animal Control,
Division 2, Dangerous Animals, Sec. 4-91 Prohibited; exceptions.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to hold this item over.

2. Ordinance No. 2001-056 - Amending the 1998 Code of Ordinances of the City
of Columbia, South Carolina, Chapter 14, Offenses and Miscellaneous
Provisions, Article II, Offenses Against the Person, Sec. 14-32 Distributing
material, soliciting or conducting transactions on street; stopping persons on
 
sidewalk for purpose of soliciting business.

Upon motion by Ms. Heizer, seconded by Mayor Coble, Council voted unanimously to Ordinance No. 2001-056 on first reading.

3. Ordinance No. 2001-063 - Amending 1998 Code of Ordinances of the City of
Columbia, South Carolina, Chapter 2, Administration Article II, Mayor and
Council, Division I, Generally, Sec. 2-31, Salaries of Mayor and Council
Members.

Upon motion by Ms. Heizer, seconded by Mayor Coble, Council voted five (5) to one (1) to approve Ordinance No. 2001-063 on first reading.  Voting aye were Mayor Coble, Mr. Cromartie, Ms. Heizer, Mr. Osborne, and Mr. Davis.  Voting nay was Mr. Papadea.

B. Ordinances - Second Reading

1. Ordinance No. 2000-027 - Amending Code of Ordinances of the City of
Columbia, South Carolina, Chapter 5, Buildings and Buildings Regulations, to
add Article VII, Property Maintenance.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Ms. Heizer, Council voted unanimously to approve Ordinance No. 2000-027 on second reading.  Mr. Davis was not present for the vote.

2. Ordinance No. 2000-039 - Amending Code of Ordinances of the City of
Columbia, South Carolina, Chapter .. (Public Nuisances).

This item was held over, no action was taken.

3. Ordinance No. 2001-041 - Amending Code of Ordinances of the City of
Columbia, South Carolina, Chapter 5, Buildings and Building Regulations, Article
VI, Dangerous Buildings, Sec. 5-293, Order to repair, vacate or demolish
dwelling.

This item was held over, no action was taken.

4. Ordinance No. 2001-065 - Authorizing The Issuance and Sale of $8,000,000
General Obligation Bonds and Authorizing the Issuance and Sale of $8,000,000
General Obligation Bond  Anticipation Notes,  2001, of The City Columbia, South
Carolina; Fixing the Form and Details of the Notes; Providing for Payment and
Disposition of the Proceeds Thereof; and Other Matters Relating Thereto.

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve Ordinance No. 2001-065 on second reading.  Ms. Heizer and Mr. Osborne abstained from voting do to a conflict of interest.

C. Resolutions

1. Resolution No. 2001-044 - Authorizing City Manager to execute a  Lease
Agreement with Suggs & Kelly Investments, LLC for the lease of parking spaces
at 500 Taylor Street.

This item was held over, no action was taken.
 
 
 
 

D. Engineering Services

1. Request approval to enter into an agreement for engineering services to design
a parking area between the City=s Court facility and Zion Baptist Church.  Award
contract to Chao and Associate=s in the amount of $12,195.00.

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Ms. Heizer, Council voted unanimously to approve entering into an agreement for engineering services to design a parking area between the City=s Court facility and Zion Baptist Church.  Award contract to Chao and Associate=s in the amount of $12,195.00.

E. Contract and Bids

1. Council approved the request for approval to purchase tracking software from
the Community Services Department.  Award contract to Proflex Software
Company, a sole source procurement, at a cost of $10,800.00.

2. Council approved the request for approval to replace HVAC Unit at Public
Works.  Award contract to Central Heating & Air Conditioning, the low bidder,
at a cost of $22,414.00.

3. Council approved the request for approval to enter into a contract with Eau
Claire Development Corporation to assist in community and economic
redevelopment in the greater Eau Claire/North Columbia Area.

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Ms. Heizer, Council voted unanimously to approve Items E. 1., 2., and 3. on a single motion.

Mayor Coble adjourned the meeting at 11:55 a.m. to the continue with the Work Session.

6. CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION / ACTION

A. SCOIC Inc. Request

This item was held over, no action was taken.

B. Federation Center of the Blind Request

This item was held over, no action was taken.

C. Midlands Homeless Task Force Report - Recommended Action

Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Mayor Coble, Council voted unanimously
to approve the recommendations of the Midlands Commission on Homelessness.  Mr. Davis wasn=t present for the vote.

7. Appointments

 
A. Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority

Council is asked to appoint 5 members to the Central Midlands Regional Transit
Authority and approval of a signed creating agreement and adoption of the by-laws.
 

Upon motion by Ms. Heizer, seconded by Mayor Coble, Council vote to appoint Mayor Robert D. Coble, Councilmen E. W. Cromartie, III and Sam Davis to the Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority as representatives of the city of Columbia.  Two additional appointments will be made at a later date.

B. Greater Columbia Community Relations Council

Council is asked to reappoint the following individuals to the Board of Directors of
the Greater Columbia Community Relations Council for the 2001-2002 term: Betsy
Boatwright Boineau, James Lucas, Bud Tibshrany.

Upon motion by Ms. Heizer, seconded by Mayor Coble, Council vote to reappoint to the Board of Directors of the Greater Columbia Community Relations Council for the 2001-2002 term: Ms. Betsy Boatwright Boineau, Mr. James Lucas, and Mr. Bud Tibshrany.

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mayor Coble, Council voted unanimously to reconvene in an Executive Session to discuss Personnel, Contractual, and Real Estate matters.

The Executive Session concluded at 1:00 p.m., no other actions were taken.

Respectfully Submitted by,
 
 

Pamela J. Ferst,
Acting City Clerk
 
 
 

Peggy S. Breeland,
City Clerk