CITY OF COLUMBIA CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
WEDNESDAY, June 21, 2000
 

The City of Columbia City Council met in regular session, Wednesday, July 12, 2000, in the City Hall Council Chambers.  Mayor Pro-Tempore Hamilton Osborne, Jr. called the meeting to order at 10:00 a.m. Council Members present were: The Honorable E. W. Cromartie, III, The Honorable Francenia B. Heizer, The Honorable Jim Papadea, and The Honorable Sam Davis.  Also attending were Mr. Michael A. Bierman, City Manager, Ms. Peggy Breeland, City Clerk and Ms. Pamela J. Ferst, Acting City Clerk.
 

I. ADMINISTRATION OF OFFICE

South Carolina Court of Appeals Judge Jasper M. Cureton presided over the swearing in of newly elected Council Members, The Honorable E. W. Cromartie and The Honorable Jim Papadea.

II. APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve City Council minutes for May 10, 17, and 24, 2000.  Ms. Heizer was not present for the vote.

III. PRESENTATIONS

A. Recognition of Employee of the Month - July 2000

Fire Chief Jack Jansen recognized Captain Frank E. Baughman as employee of the month for July 2000.  Captain Baughman has been with the Columbia Fire Department since July 23, 1984.

Ms. Susan Beach, District Director of the Muscular Dystrophy Association, also recognized Captain Baughman as a community volunteer that the City of Columbia can be proud of.  Ms. Beach stated that Captain Baughman works tirelessly as a volunteer for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

B. Recognition of Ron Cunningham For Years of Service

Mr. Michael K. West, Assistant City Manager for Administrative Services, recognized Mr. Ronald Cunningham, Personnel Director on his upcoming retirement after Twenty-Five (25 ) years of service to the City of Columbia.

Mr. Cromartie expressed appreciation to Mr. Cunningham for his years of service to the City.

IV. PUBLIC HEARING

A. ZONING MAP AMENDMENTS

1. #00-25 MA. 2139 Adams Grove Road, TMS 11503-6-10, 11, 12, & 13. Rezone from M-2 (Heavy Industrial) and RG-2 (General Residential) to C-1 (Office & Institutional).

Dr. Joseph A. Brannigan, Jr. of 14 Richland Medical Park, co-owner of the above property, stated to Council that he would like approval of the above rezoning request.  Dr. Brannigan also stated that he and Dr. Michael D. Cook plan to build a two or three story office structure on this property.

No one appeared to speak in opposition

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve on first reading Zoning Map Amendment #00-25 MA. 2139 Adams Grove Road, TMS 11503-6-10, 11, 12, & 13. Rezone from M-2 (Heavy Industrial) and RG-2 (General Residential) to C-1 (Office & Institutional).  Ms. Heizer was absent for the vote.

2. #00-26 MA. 409-09½  S. Woodrow St. and portion of 2320 Rosewood Dr., TMS11313-18-4 & 2(p).  Rezone from RG-2 (General Residential to C-2 Neighborhood Commercial).

Mr. Carey Page , as a representative of First Citizens Bank, ask Council to approve the above request for rezoning to build a new branch bank.   Mr. Page stated that he had met with people in the area and had sent out flyers in the neighborhood.  He also stated that he has been in contact with DOT about cutting the front curb for access and has received verbal permission to do so. Mr. Page said he has also worked out the requirement by the City for barriers between the bank and the residential areas.

 
Mr. Richard LaBarre, of 420 S. Woodrow Street, appeared before Council, not in opposition to the above rezoning request but with several concerns.  He expressed his appreciation to Council on the effort and support put into the Korean Monument at Memorial Park.  Mr. LaBarre stated that his concerns have come about because of his experience several years ago when Rite Aid was being proposed to be built, across from the above location.  He said the architectural drawings looked great but now the beautiful plants are now dead or dying.  Mr. LaBarre also said that there was not a tractor-trailer in the drawings and now there is, with gang slogans written on it.  He asked where is the accountability if all these great architectural drawings don’t come through?  Mr. LaBarre stated that unfortunately the neighborhood has to live with it.  He implored City Council that if they approve this and that he is in support of it, somebody has got to be accountable to make sure that  the beautification plans are taken into effect, are accomplished, and maintained .  Mr. LaBarre also ask that the increase in traffic be taken into consideration especially during rush hour traffic.

Mayor Pro-Tempore Osborne asked the City Manager to take note of the comments made by the previous speaker, particularly with respect to the landscaping and the parking of trucks.  Mr. Osborne stated that he believes these matters are governed by ordinance and that there may  have been ordinance violations.  He asked the City manger to look into these and require corrective action.

Mr. Mel Jenkins, of 3334 Montgomery Avenue, appearing before Council, stated that he is in overall support of this project.  He said that the traffic problems that Mr. LaBarre identified are real and that he has been in contact with the City traffic engineer.  Mr. Jenkins said the City Council and the City staff have always basically approached neighborhoods only through the Council of Neighborhoods.  He told Council that things like the Zoning Commission meetings held on June 05 and July 10  were not informed to the people in the neighborhood. Mr. Jenkins further stated that while the neighborhood president, alone may have been informed, that did not communicate out to the neighborhood.  He also said First Citizens worked very pro-actively to have a meeting with the neighborhood and to discuss all of their plans and that has been a good process.

No one appeared to speak in opposition.

Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve on first reading Zoning Map Amendment #00-26 MA. 409-09½  S. Woodrow St. and portion of 2320 Rosewood Dr., TMS11313-18-4 & 2(p).  Rezone from RG-2 (General Residential to C-2 Neighborhood Commercial).  Ms. Heizer was not present for the vote.

Ms. Heizer joins the meeting at 10:23 a.m.

3. #00-27 MA. 822, 907, 910 & 4 vacant lots on Carola Ave., 3 vacant lot on Pinner Road, TMS 11701-12-22; 9313-6-10, 11; 9313-7-2,3,4,6; 9216-7-1,2; 9216-5-4; and 9313-6-2.  Rezone from RS-2 & RS-3) Single Family Residential) to C-1 (Office & Institutional).

 
Dr. Jim Rex, President of Columbia College expressed to City Council the importance of this acquisition for this institution.  He said Columbia College will celebrate its “150 th” Anniversary in 2004 and hope to be around another 150 years.  He also said they have done an extensive study in terms of redevelopment and renewal of the campus.  Dr. Rex stated that this acquisition assures that this location is where Columbia College will continue to develop and grow in the years ahead.  He told Council that the 20 acres that they are asking to be rezoned to C-1 will be developed over time and into an athletic and recreational facility.  Dr. Rex stated  they have very strong community support and that they have had meetings on campus and throughout the neighborhoods.  He asked Council for their support.

Ms. Fran Potter stated that she lives in the College Place Community and is not opposed to this rezoning.  She said that she is very much in favor of the projected use.  Ms. Potter told Council that the meeting information did not reached her attention and that she felt more than one meeting should have taken place.  She asked Council “have we made absolutely sure that we are not impacting wetlands?”

Ms. Essa Mandel of Carola Avenue stated that she is not speaking in opposition.  She wanted to reiterate some of the concerns brought up.  She said her main concern was if the land was sold would the land stay zoned as C-1.

Mr. Osborne responded yes to her question.

Ms. Mandel also stated that she is very concerned with the increase in traffic and the possible redesign of her intersection which she is very opposed to.

Ms. Heizer asked why the rezoning requested was not a PUD (Planned Unit Development) since that was the City’s recommendation?  She also said that the college would probably not be leaving, but she is concerned about the lighting and the noise that may bother the neighbors.  Ms. Heizer stated that she wants to know how these concerns have been addressed.

Mr. Bob Waites, Vice President of Administration for Columbia College wanted to clarify that the college distributed 600 flyers by hand to neighborhood residents and that he was sorry that Ms. Potter didn’t get a flyer.  He also stated that the meeting was held well in advance of the  Planning Commission meeting in order to get community input.

Ms. Heizer again reiterated her concerns about rezoning to C-1 instead of PUD and said that she would like to talk more about this.

Mr. Waites said that one of the things that they have to consider is a contract on this property and that there is a deadline on their ability to purchase the property and if they can’t do it within that range,  they simply can’t go forward with this project.  He also stated that the Master Plan of the core campus depend on it.  Mr. Waites said that they have to close in October and that they would be glad to talk to Council about other options.

Dr. Rex  told Council that they do have some concerns about not the initial PUD process so much but the on going process that what it might require of the institution in terms of raising money and working with donors in terms of developing this concept.  He stated that they have made the commitment institutional to create an advisory group that will participate with the college as these plans unfold.
 
Mr. Henry Hopkins of the Eau Claire Community Council let the Council know that Columbia College has done their job.  He told Council that they came to the community first before the initial thrust was made.  Mr. Hopkins said that all of the concerns have been voiced and that he is on the Advisory Council.

Ms. Karen Donald Tanner, Director of Athletics at Columbia College told Council that she thought they would be remiss if they didn’t hear from a woman who was working at the institution.  She stated that the proposal is for a new athletic complex and how very important athletics is at the college, especially given the fact that it is an all women’s institution, the only all women’s institution in Columbia.  Ms. Tanner said that anything that would jeopardize the increase in opportunity for women to participate in sports would be a big detriment to the college if the PUD would in any way limit the ability to get the property.  She asked Council to take under strong consideration the fact of how important this athletic complex will be to all the women of Columbia College and eventually to the City of Columbia.

Ms. Geisa, resident of the neighborhood stated that they are 100% in favor of the College and think an athletic complex is a wonderful idea.  She stated that they are concerned that 100% of the land hasn’t been completely planned but are in full support of the college.

No one appeared to speak in opposition.

Upon motion by Mr. Davis, seconded by Mr. Osborne, Council voted unanimously to approve  on first reading Zoning Map Amendment #00-27 MA. 822, 907, 910 & 4 vacant lots on Carola Ave., 3 vacant lot on Pinner Road, TMS 11701-12-22; 9313-6-10, 11; 9313-7-2,3,4,6; 9216-7-1,2; 9216-5-4; and 9313-6-2.  Rezone from RS-2 & RS-3) Single Family Residential) to C-1 (Office & Institutional).  Ms. Heizer was not present for the vote.

4. #00-28 MA.  1205 Hyatt Avenue, TMS 09215-10-20.  Rezone from RG-2 General Residential) to C-1.

Mr. Joseph Johnson, applicant for the rezoning an owner of the above property appeared before Council.  Mr. Johnson stated that his purpose to seek rezoning is to use his home as an office.  He said that it would be used for administrative purposes and nothing else.

Ms. Denise Woodward of 4306 Windermere Avenue appeared before Council in opposition to the above map amendment.

Ms. Doris Caldwell appeared before Council in opposition to the above rezoning request.  She asked Council not to rezone this property.

Ms. Doris Jumper, President of the College Place Community Association, stated that she is in opposition to the request.  She said that they do not want commercial property in a residential area.

Upon motion by Mr. Davis, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to deny the first reading of Zoning Map Amendment #00-28 MA.  1205 Hyatt Avenue, TMS 09215-10-20.  Rezone from RG-2 General Residential) to C-1.  Ms. Heizer was not present for this vote.
 
5. #00-29 MA.  200 Block East Exchange Blvd., TMS 16308-7-1.  Rezone from D-1 (Development District) to C-3 (General Commercial).

A representative of the owners out of Phoenix, Arizona appeared before Council stated that this was an original request for a hotel.  He said it may also be used for flexspace, office, or lease space.

No one else appeared in favor of or in opposition to this request.

Upon motion by Mr. Osborne, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve on first reading Zoning Map Amendment #00-29 MA.  200 Block East Exchange Blvd., TMS 16308-7-1.  Rezone from D-1 (Development District) to C-3 (General Commercial).  Ms. Heizer was not present for this vote.

6. #00-31 MA.  Along I-77, TMS 13512-04-02.  Add FS Overlay (Billboard) to M-2 (Heavy Industrial).

No one appeared in favor of or in opposition to this request.

Upon motion by Mr. Davis, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve on first reading Zoning Map Amendment #00-31 MA.  Along I-77, TMS 13512-04-02.  Add FS Overlay (Billboard) to M-2 (Heavy Industrial).  Ms. Heizer was not present for the vote.

7. #00-32 MA.  Between Saluda River & I-126 (near railroad tracks), TMS
7301-01-01. Add FS Overlay (Billboard) to C-3 (General Commercial).

Upon motion by Mr. Davis, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve on first reading Zoning Map Amendment #00-32 MA.  Between Saluda River & I-126 (near railroad tracks), TMS 7301-01-01. Add FS Overlay (Billboard) to C-3 (General Commercial).  Ms. Heizer was not present for the vote.

8. #00-33 MA.  1018 Pine Street, TMS 11410-22-01.  Rezone from RS-3 (Single Family Residential) to PUD-R (Planned Unit Development - Residential).

 
Mr. Henry Hopkins appeared before Council with concerns about the Zada House property and the affect on it.

Mr. Cromartie assured the effect of this would be two beautiful brick homes and that this would enhance the Zada property.

No one else appeared in favor of or in opposition to this request.

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Davis, Council voted unanimously to approve on first reading Zoning Map Amendment #00-33 MA.  1018 Pine Street, TMS 11410-22-01.  Rezone from RS-3 (Single Family Residential) to PUD-R (Planned Unit Development - Residential).

V. CONSENT AGENDA

A. ORDINANCES - FIRST READING

1. Ordinance No. 2000-046 - Annexing Parcel 11, Columbiana Station
Lexington County TMS No.: 02763-01-08.

2. Ordinance No. 2000-047 - Annexing 821 Summit Avenue, Richland County T.S. No.: 09313-12-14.

3. Ordinance No. 2000-048 - Annexing 1307 Rosewood Drive, Richland County T.S. No.: 11208-01-06 and 07.

4. Ordinance No. 2000-049 - Granting encroachment to Palmettos Restaurant for placement of six tables and twenty-four chairs within the canopy covered sidewalk adjacent to 902-F Gervais Street.

B. CONSIDERATION OF BIDS AND AGREEMENTS

1. Request approval to purchase Water Bills for 2000/2001 Fiscal Year, for the Computer Services Division: Award contract to Intrex, Inc., the low bidder, for $27,494.88.

2. Request approval to purchase Material to irrigate the 1st Tee Driving Range, for the Department of Parks & Recreation: Award contract to Smith Turf, the low bidder, for $20,303.00.

3. Request approval to contract for Tree Inventory Data Collection, for the Forestry & Beautification Division: Award contract to Daley Tree, the only company to bid on the work, for $4,455.57.

4. Request approval to purchase Seven (7) Trash Collection Bodies to be mounted on Chassis already on order, for the Solid Waste Division: Award contract to Padgett Truck Bodies, the lowest bidder meeting specifications, for $66,150.00.  The two lowest bids were not acceptable, the low bid from Lee Transport did not meet specs and the next low bidder from W.W. Body Builders did not provide specs on hoist as required and was rejected.

5. Request approval to purchase fifteen computers for the Customer Services Division: Award contract to Compaq, under S.C. State Contract for $24,774.75.

6. Request approval to contract with Hensons, Inc., for Compost Grinding at the landfill, the only company to bid, for $39,495.00.

7. Request approval to award contracts for the purchase of tires by Fiscal Year 2000/2001 for Fleet Services: Award Contracts to the low bidders, per lot, for a total of $133,744.96 including $6,368.81 in sales tax.

8. Request approval to purchase four motorcycles for the Police
Department.Award contract to Carolina Honda, the low bidder, for
$13,242.60.

9. Request for approval for Demoliton, Removal, and Disposal of the Eau Claire Fire Station for the Engineering Department: Award Contract to Carolina Wrecking, the low bidder, for $19,800.00.

C. REQUEST TO CLOSE CITY STREETS

1. Request from Kilbourne Park Crime Watch to close one block of Whittaker Drive, from the intersection of Whittaker and Kilbourne Road and Pineridge Ridge for their annual National Nite Out, on Tuesday, August 1, 2000, between the hours of 6:30 p.m. through 8:30 p.m.  Contact Spears Westbrook.

2. Request from The Columbia Housing Authority and the Resident Executive Council to close the 2300 Block of Elmwood at the intersections of Oak/Elmwood, Oak/Matthews, Elmwood/Henry and Elmwood/Barhamville Road, for their annual “Family Fun Festival 2000", on Saturday, August 26, 2000, between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Contact Donna Jones-Gilbert.

3. Request from the Bradley Community Council to close the intersection of Robin Road and Bradley Road for their National Nite Out - Ice Cream Social on Tuesday, August 1, 2000, between the hours of 7:00 p.m. through 9:00 p.m.  Contact Linda L. Byrum.
 
4. Request from Palmetto Place Children’s Emergency Shelter to close Lincoln Street between Gervais and Lady Streets for a “Sensational Summer Sunday” benefit for Palmetto Place, on Sunday, August 20, 2000, between the hours of 3:00 p.m. through 12:00 midnight, Contact Donna Doyle.

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve items V. A. 1. through 4; B. 1. through 9.; and C. 1. through 4.  Ms. Heizer was not present for the vote.

VI. RESOLUTIONS AND AGREEMENTS

A. FY 2000-2001 HOPWA CONTRACTS

1. Request approval of FY 2000-2001 HOPWA CONTRACTS with The
Cooperative Ministry ($184,000) and Palmetto AIDS Life Support Services ($147,0520 providing services and assistance to people with HIV/AIDS.

Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve a request to approve FY 2000-2001 HOPWA CONTRACTS with The Cooperative Ministry ($184,000) and Palmetto AIDS Life Support Services ($147,0520 providing services and assistance to people with HIV/AIDS.  Ms. Heizer was not present for the vote.

VII. DESTRUCTION OF NARCOTICS AND DRUGS

A. Request approval for the destruction of narcotics and drugs from the Police Department presently being held in the Property Room and dispositioned for destruction.

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve a request for the destruction of narcotics and drugs from the Police Department presently being held in the Property Room and dispositioned for destruction.  Ms. Heizer was not present for the vote.

VIII. ADDITIONAL PARKING - 2100 BLOCK OF GREENE STREET

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve a request for additional parking in the 2100 block of Greene Street.  Ms. Heizer was not present for the vote.

IX. APPEARANCE OF PUBLIC HAVING BUSINESS WITH CITY COUNCIL

No one appeared to speak before Council.

The meeting adjourned at 11:14 a.m.

Respectfully submitted by:
 
 

Pamela J. Ferst, CPS
Acting City Clerk

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