CITY OF COLUMBIA
CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
WEDNESDAY, JULY 16, 2003
10:00 A.M. - 1737 MAIN STREET
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS
 

The City of Columbia City Council met in regular session on Wednesday, July 16, 2003 in the City Hall Council Chambers, 1737 Main Street, Columbia, South Carolina.  Mayor Pro-Tempore  Jim D. N. Papadea called the meeting to order at 10:05 a.m.  Council members present were The Honorable E. W. Cromartie, II, The Honorable Anne M. Sinclair, The Honorable Sam Davis and The Honorable Tameika C. Isaac.  Absent was The Honorable Mayor Robert D. Coble and The Honorable Hamilton Osborne, Jr.  Also present were Mr. Charles P. Austin, Sr., Interim City Manager and Ms. Erika D. Moore, Acting City Clerk.
 
APPROVAL OF MINUTES

1. Minutes of July 9, 2003

Upon motion by Ms. Isaac, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve the Minutes of July 9, 2003.

PRESENTATIONS

2. July 2003 Employee of the Month – Ms. Marie Brown, Senior Zoning Inspector

Mr. Marc Mylott, Zoning Administrator, introduced Ms. Marie Brown, Senior Zoning Inspector as the July 2003 Employee of the Month.  He described Ms. Brown as an employee that goes above and beyond to maintain order in her assigned area.  He stated that she has reset the bar in terms of giving of herself to the City of Columbia.

Mayor Pro-Tempore Papadea presented Ms. Marie Brown with a plaque recognizing her as the City of Columbia July 2003 Employee of the Month.

Mr. Charles P. Austin, Sr., Interim City Manager presented Ms. Marie Brown with a certificate for one (1) day off with pay and a token of appreciation.

3. Introduction of the Work Initiative Program 2nd Graduating Class – Mr. Tony Lawton

Mr. Tony Lawton, Work Initiative Program Director, introduced eighteen (18) men and four (4) women as the 2nd graduating class of the Work Initiative Program.  He also introduced Mr. Steven King and Mr. Lorezo Ruff as the program instructors along with various business leaders who partnered with the City of Columbia to employ these graduates.  Mr. Lawton invited the members of Council to attend the 2nd Graduation Ceremony and Reception tonight at 7:30 p.m.

4. Midlands Commission on Homelessness – Mr. Cravens Ravenel

Mr. Cravens Ravenel, Chairman, appeared before Council to present the idea of forming a Wet Shelter to house agencies that provide services to the homeless.  He told the members of Council that the Mental Health Association and Palmetto Richland Hospital have agreed to partially fund and staff the shelter.  Mr. Ravenel suggested that funding come from the existing budgets of The Cooperative Ministry, the Winter Shelter and PALSS to pay off debt incurred from acquiring the property.  He asked the members of Council to consider acting as a guarantor for starter funds and to authorize the commission to proceed by investigating the feasibility of forming a Wet Shelter.  Mr. Ravenel also requested funding for current operations in the amount of $75,000.

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to authorize the Midlands Commission on Homelessness and City staff to move forward to develop a plan for forming a Wet Shelter.  This plan should be specific to the process and presented to Council to assist in determining the appropriate amount of funding needed.

5. Columbia U. S. Youth Games – Mr. James Brown, Chair and Mr. Oliver Washington, Coordinator

Mr. James Brown, Chair, informed the members of Council that on July 25, 2003, approximately seventy- (70) youth would travel to the U. S. Youth Games in San Francisco to compete on a national level.  He thanked the members of Council for their support.

Mr. Oliver Washington, Coordinator, introduced the team members, staff and volunteers of the U. S. Youth Games.  He thanked the members of Council and Mr. Allison Baker, Director of Parks & Recreation.  Mr. Washington asked the members of Council to consider hosting the 2005 or 2006 Youth Games.  He stated that there are approximately 1,200 to 1,500 participants along with their parents and many spectators.

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to authorize Mr. Brown and Mr. Washington to prepare an economic impact and feasibility study to determine the benefits of hosting the 2006 Youth Games in the City of Columbia.

CONSENT AGENDA

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Ms. Isaac, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion the Consent Agenda Items 6. through 28. as presented.

 STREET CLOSINGS

6. Council is asked to approve a request to close the 1400 block of Main Street between Hampton Street and Washington Street; 1100 and 1200 blocks of Hampton Street between Sumter Street and Assembly Street on Thursday, September 25, 2003, from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. for the Palmetto Capital City Classic Downtown Block Party.  Contact:  Latrice Williams
Resolution No.: R-2003-037 - Authorizing consumption of alcoholic beverages at Palmetto Capital City Classic Downtown Block Party. - Approved

7. Council is asked to approve a request to close the 2100 block of Greene Street from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 23, 2003 for Group Therapy’s 25th Annual Anniversary Street Party to benefit the Harvest Hope Food Center.  Contact: Kelly LaFreniere
Resolution No.: R-2003-041 - Authorizing consumption of alcoholic beverages and Group Therapy’s 25th Anniversary Street Party. - Approved
8. Council is asked to approve a request to close the 2100 block of Greene Street from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 04, 2003 for Group Therapy’s Annual Chili Cookoff to benefit the Babcock Center.  Contact: Kelly LaFreniere
Resolution No.: R-2003-042 - Authorizing consumption of alcoholic beverages and Group Therapy’s Annual Chili Cookoff. - Approved

9. Council is asked to approve a request from the Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church to close 100 block of Queen Street between Heyward Street and Monroe Street on Sunday, September 17, 2003, from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. for a Block Party.  Contact:  Elsie Montgomery - Approved

10. Council is asked to approve a request from the Columbia City Jazz Company to close Park Street behind the Coliseum on Friday, July 18, 2003, from 10:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. for two (2) performances at the Koger Center for the Arts.  Contact:  Pam Harpootlian - Approved

11. 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
 
Cool JC’s   Friday - Thursday August 1-7, 2003   5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

USC Commencement Saturday  August 9, 2003   9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

 CONSIDERATION OF BIDS, AGREEMENTS, AND CHANGE ORDERS

12. Council is asked to approve the Purchase of Chemicals used by the Columbia Canal and Lake Murray Water Plants for Fiscal Year 2003/2004, as requested by Utilities.  Award to the low bidder of the following lots in the total amount of $1,278,019.00.  There are no MBE/FBE vendors who can supply these chemicals in this quantity.  - Approved

 Lot 1  Univar USA  $128,000
 Lot 2  General Chemical $243,600
 Lot 3 Tanner Industries   $83,720
 Lot 4  Jones Chemical  $205,360
 Lot 5  LCI Ltd.  $62,146
 Lot 7  Burnett Lime  $264,000
 Lot 8  Jones Chemical  $145,425
Lot 9  Carus Chemical  $42,308  Lot 10 Altivia Corp.  $102,660

13. Council is asked to approve Payment for Services and Expenses, as requested by the Columbia Development Corporation.  Award to HNTB, in the amount of $22,603.42.   - Approved

14. Council is asked to approve Repairs to Turbine No. 2 at the Columbia Hydro Plant, as requested by Utilities.  Award to Superior Machine Co., the low bidder, in the amount of $31,200.00 plus $6,000.00 for reassembly for a total amount of $37,200.00.  This firm is located in Florence, SC.  - Approved

ORDINANCES – SECOND READING

15. Ordinance No.: 2003-050 – Annexing 7320 Patterson Road, Richland County TMS #16413-03-03 – Approved on second reading.

16. Ordinance No.: 2003-051 – Annexing 1033 Coatsdale Road, Richland County TMS #16307-09-11 – Approved on second reading.

17. Ordinance No.: 2003-052 – Annexing 3928 Rosewood Drive, Richland County TMS #13805-04-05 – Approved on second reading.

18. Ordinance No.: 2003-062 – Annexing 1.64 acre parcel (Parcel A); 1.41 acre parcel (Parcel B) and 0.35 parcel (Parcel C); Leesburg Road and Pepper Street; Richland County TMS #16407-08-01, 02 and 03 and 16407-09-03 and 04 – Approved on second reading.

19. Ordinance No.: 2003-064 – Authorizing execution of an Amended 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.

20. Ordinance No.: 2003-065 (Revised) - Approving Land Swap between the Housing Authority of the City of Columbia and the City of Columbia to promote the enhancement and development of the Celia Saxon Hope VI Revitalization – Approved on second reading.
 
ZONING AMENDMENTS - SECOND READING

21. 03-17 MA 4723 North Main Street, TMS# 11604-18-18; rezone from RS-3 (Single Family Residential) to C-1 (Office and Institutional).  – Approved on second reading.
 
22. 03-20 MA 900-912 Senate Street, TMS#08916-10-01, 02 (Northern 205 feet); rezone from M-1 (Light Industrial), DD (Design Development) to C-4 (Central Area Commercial), DD (Design Development).  – Approved on second reading.

23. 03-21 MA Fountain Lake Way, (East Lake Subdivision), TMS#16309-01-01; rezone from RG-2 (General Residential) and C-1 (Office and Institutional) to PUD-R (Planned Unit Development – Residential).   – Approved on second reading.

24. 03-22 MA Seaboard Avenue, (Eau Claire Place Subdivision), TMS#11603-11-03; rezone from M-1 (Light Industrial) to RG-1 (General Residential).  – Approved on second reading.

25. 03-23 MA SE Professional Plaza, 1.64 acre parcel (Parcel A), 1.41 acre parcel (Parcel B), and 0.35 acre parcel (Parcel C), TMS#16407-08-01, 02, 03, 16407-09-03, 04; rezone from M-1 (Light Industrial) and C-3 (General Commercial) to all C-3 (General Commercial). (This property is currently being considered for annexation).  – Approved on second reading.

 26. **03-24 MA 230 and 300 Pickens Street, 1606, 1608, 1612, 1613, 1615, 1616, 1620 Catawba Street, TMS#11307-19-03, 04, 05; 11306-03-01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06; rezone from RG-2 (General Residential) and RS-3 (Single Family Residential) to PUD-R (Planned Unit Development).  – Approved on second reading.

27. 03-25 MA 903, 905, 907, 909, 915, 910, 914, Hillcrest Avenue, Arlington Street at Hillcrest Avenue, 4024 Ensor Avenue, 1008, 1010, 1013, 1101, Duke Avenue, 1001, 1005, 1007, 1009, 1011, portion of 1103, 1103, 1102-04, Wildwood Avenue, and 4202, 4209 North Main Street, TMS#09211-09-01; 09214-01-01, 02, 03, 04; 09214-02-04 and 12; 09215-22-04, 05, 06; 09215-21-01; 09215-20-02; 09215-18-09, 10, 11; 09215-17-01, 02(p); 09215-14-01; 09215-15-01; 09215-16-01; 09215-18-11; 09215-22-04; rezone from RG-1 (General Residential), C-1 (Office and Institutional), RS-3 (Single Family Residential), and PUD-C (Planned Unit Development – Commercial) to all PUD-C (Planned Unit Development).  – Approved on second reading.

The following properties have been recently annexed into the City of Columbia with no zoning change.  This action is for confirmation of zoning classification only.

28. 03-26 MA 30’ wide strip – Jacobs Mill Pond Road, Spears Creek Church Road at Earth Road, TMS# 28800-01-10(p); County Zoning PUD-2.  – Approved on second reading.

ORDINANCES – FIRST READING

29. Ordinance No.: 2003-055 – Granting encroachment to David Odom and Lynn Odom for construction and maintenance of a brick retaining wall adjacent to 2424 Terrace Way

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve on first reading Ordinance No.: 2003-055 – Granting encroachment to David Odom and Lynn Odom for construction and maintenance of a brick retaining wall adjacent to 2424 Terrace Way.

ZONING AMENDMENT – FIRST READING

30. 03-19 MA 342 Pickens Street, TMS# 11307-18-01 and 04; rezone from RG-2 (General Residential) to PUD-C (Planned Unit Development – Commercial).

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve on first reading Zoning Amendment 03-19 MA 342 Pickens Street, TMS# 11307-18-01 and 04; rezone from RG-2 (General Residential) to PUD-C (Planned Unit Development – Commercial).  Mr. Papadea abstained from voting due to a conflict of interest.

RESOLUTIONS

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion Items 31. through B2. as presented.

31. Resolution No.: R-2003-039 – For Condemnation of 3545 West Beltline Boulevard, Richland County TMS# 11605-05-03 (portion); CIP Project #SD192-1/2, File #250-145 - Approved

A. Resolution No.: R-2003-045 – Authorizing consumption of alcoholic beverages and 1st Annual Capital City Blues Fest  - Approved

B. Resolution No.: R-2003-046 – Authorizing execution of an Intergovernmental Agreement with the Town of Irmo for beautification of the intersection of Broad River Road and Interstate 26 - Approved

 B1. **Resolution No.: R-2003-050 – Authorizing Interim City Manager to execute an Agreement with Holmes Smith Dispensary, LLC – Publix Project – Approved

 B2. **Resolution No.: R-2003-051 – Approving terms of loan for Drew Park Wellness Center - Approved

APPOINTMENTS

C. Richland County Board of Assessment Control

Upon motion by Ms. Isaac, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve the appointment of Mr. Joseph P. Rosen to the Richland County Board of Assessment Control.

Upon motion by Ms. Isaac, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to reconsider the motion previously made to approve the appointment of Mr. Joseph Rosen to the Richland County Board of Assessment Control because Mr. Rosen does not reside within the corporate boundaries of the City of Columbia.
 
This item was held over.

APPEARANCE OF PUBLIC HAVING BUSINESS WITH CITY COUNCIL

Mr. Mel Jenkins appeared before the members of Council to revisit several issues that were brought before Council during prior Council meetings.  He asked Council to review the purchase of cars, office equipment, travel and similar expenditures in recent years to determine if there has been consistency and appropriateness; to review expenditures for the large non-profit corporation’s expenses from the City of Columbia over recent years; and to do a break out of the past two (2) years expenditures of city funds and services within the four (4) Council districts.  He stated that as a result of observing a number of City Council meetings Council should ask organizations that receive City funding not to bring gifts for the members of Council or its attendees.

Mr. Randolph Johnson, former Columbia Fire Fighter, appeared before the members of Council to receive a response to his inquiry made at the last Council meeting regarding his Workers Compensation claim.  He stated that the City of Columbia is putting pressure on him to do work around his rental properties and he doesn’t have the money.

Ms. Ethel Marie Brown, Woman’s Club of Columbia Chair, appeared before the members of Council to inquire about the status of their encroachment request to place a historical plague near 1703 Blossom Street.

Mayor Pro-Tempore Papadea adjourned the meeting at 11:06 p.m. to reconvene the Work Session.

Respectfully submitted by:

Erika D. Moore
Acting City Clerk