CITY OF COLUMBIA
CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING
WEDNESDAY, July 17, 2002
6:00 P.M. - GREENVIEW PARK, 1700 Gavilan Road
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS
 

The City of Columbia City Council met in Council District I for a regular session on Wednesday, July 17, 2002, in Greenview Park, 6700 Gavilan Road, Columbia, South Carolina.  Mayor Robert D. Coble called the meeting to order at 6:14 p.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 C. Isaac.  Absent was The Honorable Anne M. Sinclair.  Also present were Ms. Leona K. Plaugh, City Manager and Ms. Erika D. Moore, Deputy City Clerk.

Mayor Coble recognized the attendance of the University of South Carolina Journalism Class, the family of Deputy City Clerk Moore and Councilwoman Isaac's mother.

Mr. Davis welcomed the Greenview Community to the District I Evening Meeting.

Dr. Reid, N. Columbia Greenview Civic Club President, joined local organizations in welcoming City Council members to the Greenview neighborhood.  Dr. Reid commended Mr. Davis for always working hard to keep their concerns before City Council.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

1. Minutes of July 10, 2002

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve the minutes of July 10, 2002.

CONSENT AGENDA

Upon motion by Mr. Osborne, seconded by Ms. Isaac, Council voted unanimously on a single motion to approve Consent Agenda Items 2. thorough 25. as presented.

STREET CLOSING REQUESTS

2. Council is asked to approve a request from Jillian's Entertainment to close Gadsden
Street adjacent to Jillian's on Friday, July 27, 2002 at 7:00 a.m. until Saturday, July 28, 2002 at 5:00 a.m. for the Vanilla Ice Concert.  Contact: Jack Lewis Resolution: R-2002 - 043 - Authorizing consumption of alcoholic beverages and outdoor concert for Jillian's in Gadsden Street at Gervais Street, on Saturday, July 27, 2002.  Approved

3. Council is asked to approve a request from the Columbia Bethlehem Community Center to close the 2000 block of Waverly Street at Elmwood Avenue; 2500 block of Elmwood Avenue at Willis Street; and the 2000 block of Willis Street at Read Street, on Saturday, August 3, 2002, from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. for a Bookum Block Party.  Approved

4. Council is asked to approve a request from the Residents to close Ravenel Street from Duncan Street to Monroe Street, on Friday, July 26, 2002, from 5:00 p.m. until 12:00 midnight for a block party.  Approved

5. Council is asked to approve a request from the Koger Center for the Arts to close the 800 block of Park Street (between Greene and College Streets), on Friday, July 26, 2002, from 9:00 a.m until 5:00 p.m., for the Columbia City Jazz Dance Company Show arranged for children by Ms. Pam Harpootlian.  Approved

6. Council is asked to approve a request from The Crane Company to close two eastbound lanes of Washington Street on Saturday, August 31, 2002 from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and bag meters #120, 122, 124, 126, 128, 130, 132, to complete a job at the old Standard Savings and Loan Building.  Approved

7. **Council is asked to approve a request from Union Baptist Church to close Waites Road at Germany Street and one (1) block where Germany Street runs behind the church, on Saturday, July 20, 2002, from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. for a Celebration of 95 Years of Service to the Columbia Communities.  Approved

CONSIDERATION OF BIDS, AGREEMENTS, AND CHANGE ORDERS

8. Council is asked to approve the Purchase of a Clamshell Loader with Boom and Grapple, as requested by Forestry and Beautification.  Award to Columbia Freightliner, the second lowest bidder, in the amount of $109,672.67.  The five (5) lowest bids did not meet specifications.  Bids were sent to one (1) MBE who did not respond.  This is a local firm.  Approved

9. Council is asked to approve the Purchase of Antennas and Cases, as requested by the Police Department.  Award to Kustom Signals, in the amount of $10,468.50.  This is a sole source procurement based on compatibility with existing system.  No MBE/FBE participation.  The vendor is located in Lexexa, KS.  Approved

10. Council is asked to approve the Purchase of Return Payment Envelopes for FY 2002-2003, as requested by Information Technology.  Award to Mail Well Corp., the low bidder, in the amount of $12,399.89.  This firm is located in Jacksonville, FL.  Approved

11. Council is asked to approve Contracts for Chemicals used at the Water Plants, as requested by Utilities.  Award to, the low bidders, Westvaco Corp. , in the amount of $98,700.00; Kemiron Atlantic of KS, in the amount of $270,250.00; Tanner Industries of PA, in the amount of $75,600.00; Jones Chemical of NC, in the amount of $190,605.00; LCI Industries of FL, in the amount of $57,822.00; American International Chemical of MA in the amount of $16,080.00; Burnett Lime of SC, in the amount of $264,000.00; Jones Chemical of NC, in the amount of $68,100.00 and Calciquest of NC, in the amount of $44,852.80, for a grand total of $1,086,009.80.  Bids were sent to one (1) MBE who did not respond.  Approved

12. Council is asked to Renew the Safety Shoe Contract for FY 2002-2003, as requested by Purchasing.  Award to Iron Age, option to renew, in the amount of $75,337.50.  The vendor is located out of state but has a Columbia store.  No MBE/FBE participation.  Approved

13. Council is asked to approve the Purchase Equipment for the Fitness Center, as requested by Risk Management.  Award to Atlantic Edge of NC, in the amount of $4,804.00; Superior Fitness of Richland County, in the amount of $18,048.50; and Nebula Fitness of OH, in the amount of $1,445.00, for a grand total, including sales tax, of $25,512.38.  No MBE/FBE participation.  Approved

14. Council is asked to approve the Purchase of a Boom Truck, as requested by the  Wastewater Treatment Plant.  Award to Florida Hydraulic Equipment, the low bidder, in the amount of $93,690.00.  This firm is located in Tampa, FL.  No MBE or FBE participation.  Approved

15. Council is asked to approve the Purchase of Chemicals for the Wastewater Treatment Plant for FY 2002-2003, as requested by the Wastewater Treatment Plant.  Award to, the low bidders, Jones Chemical of Charlotte, NC in the amount of $80,025.00; Vopak of Spartanburg, SC, in the amount of $528.00; American  International of Natick, MA, in the amount of $910.00; Jones Chemical of Charlotte, NC, in the amount of $31,300.00; Vopak of Spartanburg, SC, in the amount of $960.00; and Polydyne of Riceboro, GA, in the amount of $189,216.00, for a grand total of $302,939.00.  Bids were sent to two (2) MBE's who did not respond.  Approved

16. Council is asked to approve the Purchase of One (1) Air Compressor with Two (2) Hammers, as requested by Water Distribution.  Award to Goodlett Equipment, the low bidder, in the amount of $12,355.35.  Bids were sent to two (2) MBE's who did not respond.  The vendor is located in Cayce.  Approved

17. Council is asked to approve a Contract to change out Residential Water Meters for FY 2002-2003, as requested by Water Distribution.  Award to National Metering Service, the low bidder, in the amount of $45,000.00.  11% Minority Participation.  The vendor is located out of state.  Approved

18. Council is asked to approve a Professional Services Contract for Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) Program, as requested by Community Development. Award  to the Cooperative Ministry (TCM), in an amount not to exceed the maximum sum of Two Hundred Thirty-Four Thousand Eight Hundred Forty-Six Dollars and No Cents ($234,846) for all of the services required as specified in Attachment I.  Approved

19. **Council is asked to approve a Professional Services Contract for Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) Program, as requested by Community Development.  Award to Palmetto AIDS Life Support Services, Inc., in an amount not to exceed the maximum sum of Two Hundred Thirty-Five Thousand Six Hundred Forty-Nine Dollars and No Cents ($235,649) for all of the services required as specified in Attachment 2.  Approved

20. Council is asked to approve a Contract for Professional Services, as requested by  Community Development.  Award to the Eau Claire Development Corporation, in an amount not to exceed the maximum sum of Two Hundred Ninety-Nine Thousand Two Hundred and Twenty-Five Dollars and Seventy-Six Cents ($299,225.76), which includes $45,222.06 in amended previous funds: $157,601.93 in actual program income and $96,401.77 in FY 2002-2003 CBDG Funds for all of the services required as specified in Attachment I.  Approved

21. Council is asked to approve a Contract for Professional Services, as requested by  Community Development.  Award to the Columbia Housing Development Corporation, in an amount not to exceed the maximum sum of Ninety-Six Thousand Four Hundred and One Dollars and Seventy-Seven Cents ($96,401.77) for all services.  Approved
 

22. Council is asked to approve the purchase of two (2) Fire Trucks, as requested by the Fire Department.  Award to Spartan Fire Company, the low bidder, in the amount of $551,311.00.  No MBE/FBE participation.  This vendor is located in Spartanburg, SC.  Approved

23. Council is asked to approve a Contract for Chemical Root Control in Sewer Lines, as requested by Wastewater Maintenance.  Award to Duke's Sales & Service, as recommended,  in the amount of $108,125.00.  All bidders were invited to complete a test section of sewer line.  Two out of the three completed the test, Municipal Services= treatment failed to make a difference.  Duke's Sales & Services has performed this service for the city for several years with good results.  There are no known MBE/FBE vendors who can perform this work.  All vendors are out of state.  Approved

ORDINANCES - SECOND READING

24. Ordinance No.: 2002-048 - Granting encroachment to Dianne's on Devine Street for
planting and maintenance of an oak tree at 2400 Devine Street.  Approved on first reading July 10, 2002.  Approved

25. Ordinance No.: 2002-058 - Authorizing execution of an Agreement of Sale between the City of Columbia and Barbara R. Graves and David M. Graves for the sale of approximately 4,775 square feet of Richland County TMS #09010-10-01 (portion)  Approved on first reading July 10, 2002.  Approved

26. ZONING MAP AMENDMENTS

Upon motion by Mr. Osborne, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously,  on a single motion, to approve on second reading the following Zoning Map Amendments and Confirmation of Zoning Classifications Only: Mr. Papadea abstained from voting due to a conflict of interest.

02- 18 MA.  Pelham Dr. near Gills Creek Pkwy., TMS 13715-01-02.  Rezone from D-1 to PUD-R.  Approved on first reading July 10, 2002.  Approved

02-19 MA.  Portion of 7600 block Garners Ferry Rd., TMS 16315-02-02 (portionB2 acres).  Annex with re-zoning from D-1 to C-3.  Approved on first reading July 10, 2002.  Approved

02-21 MA.  724 Beltline Blvd., Parcel A, 1.09 acres, TMS 13811-05-32 (portion).  Rezone from RS-1 to C-1.  Approved on first reading July 10, 2002.  Approved

02-22 MA.  2827 Wheat Street, TMS 11315-03-11, 12, 13 & 19, St. John's Episcopal Church.  Major change to PUD-R.   Approved on first reading July 10, 2002.  Approved

02-23 MA.  4540 Trenholm Road, TMS 13914-01-08 Columbia Jewish Community Center.  Major change to PUD-R.   Approved on first reading July 10, 2002.  Approved

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.

02-24 MA.  76.60-acre parcel at Percival Road & Clemson Road Extension, TMS 25600-04-12.  Confirm C-3 zoning.   Approved on first reading July 10, 2002.  Approved

02-25 MA.  Lot N/S Adams Grove Rd., TMS 11503-06-09.  Confirm C-1 zoning.   Approved on first reading July 10, 2002.  Approved

02-26 MA.  3337 Park Street, TMS 09106-02-04.  Confirm RG-2 zoning.
Approved on first reading July 10, 2002.  Approved

02-27 MA.  7712 & 7720 Leitner Dr., TMS19206-09-77 & 79.  Confirm RS-1 zoning.
Approved on first reading July 10, 2002.  Approved

02-28 MA.  1624 Broad River Road, TMS 7308-02-15.  Confirm C-3 zoning.
Approved on first reading July 10, 2002.  Approved

02-29 MA.  919 South Beltline Blvd., TMS 13805-05-26.  Confirm RG-2 zoning.
Approved on first reading July 10, 2002.  Approved

02-30 MA.  0.24 acre, Key Road & 0.04 acre, Bluff Rd. at National Guard Rd.,TMS 11210-01-15 & 11205-01-11.  Confirm M-1 zoning.   Approved on first reading July 10, 2002.  Approved

RESOLUTIONS

27. Resolution R-2002-041 - Authorizing Sidewalk Sales for Granger Owings, Inc. at 1333 Main Street.  During the business hours of 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. starting Wednesday, August 21, 2002 through Saturday, August 24, 2002.

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve Resolution R-2002-01 - Authorizing Sidewalk Sales for Granger Owings, Inc. at 1333 Main Street.  During the business hours of 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. starting Wednesday, August 21, 2002 through Saturday, August 24, 2002.

28. Resolution R-2002-042 - Release and abandonment of a portion of the City's existing storm drainage easement along Richland County TMS #11416-09-04, 2822 Stratford Road; Project #SD244-9/0; CF#250-106A.

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve Resolution R-2002-042 - Release and abandonment of a portion of the City's existing storm drainage easement along Richland County TMS #11416-09-04, 2822 Stratford Road; Project #SD244-9/0; CF #106A to include the City Manager is authorized to execute a release and abandonment instrument on behalf of the City of Columbia.

29.  **Resolution R-2002-044 - For Condemnation of 0.50 acre at Gadsden Street and Washington Street known as Richland County TMS #09009-07-15

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve Resolution R-2002-044 - For Condemnation of 0.50 acre at Gadsden Street and Washington Street known as Richland County TMS #09009-07-15.

OTHER MATTERS
30. Council is asked to consider a donation in the amount of $2,700.00 to the Slammers (Boys) Basketball Teams (ages 10 and under and 13 and under) for the rental of three (3) vans as transportation to the YBOA National Tournament Competition held in Orlando, FL. July 19 - 28, 2002.
 

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve a request for funding in the amount of $2,700.00 to the Slammers (Boys) Basketball Teams (ages 10 and under and 13 and under) for the rental of three (3) vans as transportation to the YBOA National Tournament Competition held in Orlando, FL. July 19-28, 2002.

31. Council is asked to approve a request from Mashburn Construction Company and Corley Construction to approve fencing off a section of the Taylor Street sidewalk in the proximity of 1212 Taylor Street (Silver's 5 & 10), sketch attached, July 18 through September 6, 2002.  Also a request to block off 60' of sidewalk at 1546 Main Street from July 26 through August 9, 2002 and use several parking spaces as walk ways for pedestrian traffic.

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve a request from Mashburn Construction Company and Corley Construction to approve fencing off a section of Taylor Street (Silver's 5 & 10), as presented for July 18 through September 6, 2002.  Also a request to block off 60' of sidewalk at 1546 Main Street from July 26 through August 9, 2002 and use several parking spaces as walk ways for pedestrian traffic.

32. **Cell Tower Data Collection

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Davis, Council voted unanimously to contract with a technical expert to review the data submitted by cell tower owners.

APPEARANCE OF PUBLIC HAVING BUSINESS WITH CITY COUNCIL

Senator Kay Patterson, welcomed the Mayor and City Council to the Greenview community.

Representative Joe Brown, stated that it is a delightful pleasure for the Mayor and Council to be in the Greenview Community.

A member of the Concerned Citizens Club, expressed concerns about a ditch on the west side of the park.  The ditch is widening and the fence is falling into the ravine.  He thanked Council for replacing the lights outside Greenview Park.

Mr. Bill Manley, Abingdon Road, stated that the Regional Transit Authority Public Hearing on July 8, 2002 was a good meeting.  Mr. Manley offered suggestions on how to better the public transportation system.

Mr. Robert Dawkins, 855 Easter Street, complained about a snake infested ditch in front of his property.  Mr. Dawkins stated that two (2) of his expensive hunting dogs were bitten while in their kennels.

Ms. Mildred Christopher, Prescott Community Club, expressed concerns about Ames Road.  Ms. Christopher stated that City staff cut down trees and did not remove the debris and there is an unkept shed by the railroad.  Ms. Christopher requested a shed for children to stand under for protection while waiting for the school bus and a rail in front of the ditch at Ethel and Carousel.

Mr. Davis explained to Ms. Christopher that the ditch at Ethel and Carousel is on the list, but they can not provide a shelter.

Mr. Woodrow McKenzie, 312 Isaac Street, wanted to know the plans to clean up the ditches because he has to cross a bridge to get to his mailbox.

Dr. Reid, stated that Greenview Park is the place to develop youth training programs and seminars.  Dr. Reid stated that this is an open opportunity for youth to develop on a championship level, but the building needs to be demolished because it is out dated.

Mr. Lumas Gist, Fairlawn Community, appeared before Council to express concerns regarding the installation of a cell tower in his front yard.  Mr. Gist was told that the tower has to go there and he does not agree.

Ms. Sharon Caughman, Fairwold Acres and Harlan Heights Neighborhood Organization President, agrees that ditches are a problem because she has witnessed children running into ditches to avoid being hit by a car.

Ms. Martha Bray, 1800 Willow Street, requested that Council do something about the south end of Broad Street because she has replaced her fence on three (3) occasions, but this time she will not replace the fence.  Ms. Bray informed Council that the neighborhood sign was torn down, West Street Apartments is a problem, pedestrians cut through her yard, a ditch in the 1900 block of Willow fills when it rains and there are storm drainage problems.

Mr. Osborne left the meeting at 7:07 p.m.

Mr. Marvin Chatman, 715 Easter Street, agrees that the building needs to be replaced.  Mr. Chatman stated that he is concerned about the children and senior citizens.  Mr. Chatman informed Council of an encounter that his uncle had with a drug addict that caused him to have a heart attack.  Mr. Chatman requested funding for a new building, walking trail and computers.  Mr. Chatman also requested that a police officer monitor the walking trail at 6:00 a.m.

Mr. Reneth C. Jones, 847 Mayfield Street, stated that the engineers are bad and too much money is spent on manholes instead of ditches.  Mr. Jones stated that he has signed petitions and everything else that can be done.  Mr. Jones urged Council to get rid of things that have been on the table for more than 25 years and spend more time in the community.

Mr. Clarence Brookhart, 6420 Easter Street, complained about snakes and land erosion.  Mr. Brookhart stated that he is willing to pay for the supplies needed to fix the problems on his property.

Ms. Katie Crumpton, 316 Floyd Street, asked why the city stopped spraying for mosquitoes because she is allergic to them and would like for the city to spray.

Senator Kay Patterson, requested that Mayor Coble or the City Manager produce a map showing the current locations and owners of all cell towers.

Mayor Coble adjourned the meeting at 7:35 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by:
 
 

Erika D. Moore

Deputy City Clerk