CITY OF COLUMBIA
CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
WEDNESDAY, JULY 21, 2004
10:00 A.M. – 1737 MAIN STREET
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

The City of Columbia City Council met for a regular session on Wednesday, July 21, 2004, in the City Council Chambers at 1737 Main Street, Columbia, South Carolina.  Mayor Robert D. Coble called the meeting to order at 10:12 a.m.  Council members present were The Honorable E. W. Cromartie, II, The Honorable Anne M. Sinclair, The Honorable Hamilton Osborne, Jr., The Honorable Sam Davis, The Honorable Tameika Isaac Devine and The Honorable Daniel J. Rickenmann.  Also present were Mr. Charles P. Austin, Sr., City Manager and Ms. Erika D. Moore, City Clerk.

PRESENTATIONS

1.  Presentation of the Ecumenism Award – The Reverend Brenda L. Kneece, Executive Minister, South Carolina Christian Action Council

Ms. Brenda Kneece, South Carolina Christian Action Council Executive Minister, told the members of City Council that the SCCAC is the only statewide Ecumenical Association.  She presented the Ecumenism Award to the City of Columbia and her faith communities for embracing the Somali Refugee Bantus.  Ms. Kneece introduced staff members and supporters along with Mr. Richard Robinson who introduced representatives of various organizations.

2.  Special Presentation from China – Councilman E. W. Cromartie, II

Councilman E. W. Cromartie, II shared information and photos of his recent trip to China for the US – Guangzhou Business Conference.  He said that the National League of Cities invited him and he was the only elected official from the Eastern United States. Mr. Cromartie offered a special thanks to Ms. Susan Benesh for her invaluable advice prior to his trip to China. He explained that China would like to establish a cooperative business relationship with the City of Columbia.  He presented Mayor Coble with a gift from China.   Mr. Cromartie requested that the members of City Council ratify the Agreement to Issue Letter of Intent on US – China Cooperation.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve the Agreement to Issue Letter of Intent on US –China Cooperation between the City of Columbia and Guangzhou Province, China.

CONSENT AGENDA

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion the Consent Agenda Items 3. through 28. as amended.  Item 7. was held over, no action was taken.

STREET CLOSINGS

3.  Council is asked to approve a request from the Diamond Riders to close Schoolhouse Road between Pinehurst Road and Mercer Park on Saturday, August 7, 2004 from 12:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. for the Diamond Rider’s First Annual Back to School Bash.  Contact: Ms. Sandra Rivers - Approved

4.  Council is asked to approve a request from the Koger Center for the Arts to close the 800 block of Park Street between Greene Street and College Street on Wednesday, August 11, 2004 from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. for bus parking during the performance of Dora the Explorer Live.  Contact: Ms. Jeannie Weingarth - Approved
 
5.  Council is asked to approve a request from the Windemere Springs Neighborhood Association to close the 4500 block of Windemere Avenue between Muller Avenue and Hyatt Avenue on Tuesday, August 3, 2004 from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. for National Night Out.  Contact: Ms. Phyllis Coleman, President - Approved

6.  Council is asked to approve a request from the SC Statewide MAAFA Reparations Committee to close Gervais Street between Sumter Street and Assembly Street on Saturday, July 24, 2004 from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. for a National March and Rally.  Contact: Mr. Ernest Louis, Minister In Charge - Approved

7.  Council is asked to approve a request from Friendship Baptist Church Friendship Young People Parents Association to close F. M. Young Street between Liberty Hill and House Street; Lady Street between Liberty Hill and House Street; Youman Street between House Street and McDuffie Avenue; and House Street between Lady Street and F. M. Young Street on Saturday, August 28, 2004 from 6:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. for a Neighborhood Back to School Bash.  Contact: Ms. Audy McCary
  This item was held over, no action was taken.

 7a.  **Council is asked to approve a request from the University of South Carolina and Global Spectrum to close Greene Street from Gadsden Street to the railroad track where it dead ends and to 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: Mr. Monty Jones, Jr. - Approved

  Saturday August 7, 2004 USC Commencement  7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  Friday August 20, 2004 American Idols Tour  8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

CONSIDERATION OF BIDS & AGREEMENTS

8. Council is asked to approve the Excavation of Cement, Asphalt and Brick at 1612 Bull Street to run a new plumbing line for the building, as requested by Support Services.  Award to the Bill Broach Company, the low bidder, in the amount of $15,000.00.  This firm is located in Blythewood, SC. - Approved

9. Council is asked to approve the Purchase of Sixteen (16) each Mounts to Install Laptops in Police Vehicles, as requested by the Police Department.  Award to Tessco, the low bidder, in the amount of $15,002.65.  This vendor is located in Blythewood, SC. - Approved

10. Council is asked to approve the Purchase of Ten (10) each Radio and Accessories, as requested by the Fire Department.  Award to Motorola C & E, using the SC State Contract, in the amount of $23,571.98.  This vendor is located in Sumter, SC. - Approved

 10a. **Council is asked to approve an Agreement for Laboratory Services for Cryptosporidium/Giardia Testing, as requested by Engineering Operations.  Award to Environmental Health Laboratory, the low bidder, in the amount of $25,120.00.  This firm is located in South Bend, Indiana. - Approved

11. Council is asked to approve Contract for Elevator Maintenance, as requested by Support Services.  Award to the Thyssenkrupp, in the amount of $36,060.00.  This firm is located in Columbia, SC. - Approved

12. Council is asked to approve the Purchase of Five (5) each Motorola Radios and Accessories, as requested by the Fire Department.  Award to Motorola C & E, using the SC State Contract, in the amount of $49,052.19.  This vendor is located in Sumter, SC. - Approved

13.  Council is asked to approve Change Order #4 to Main Street Streetscpaing Project for the Main Street Basement / Roof / Sidewalk Evaluation, as requested by the Director of Construction and Facilities Management.  Award to Chao and Associates, in the amount of $49,500.00. This firm is located in Columbia, SC. - Approved

ORDINANCES – SECOND READING

14.  Ordinance No.: 2004-053 – Authorizing conveyance of a 1.2 acres known as Parcel “A” Columbia Industrial Park, Richland County TMS# 13512-04-01 (portion) First reading approval on July 14, 2004 – Approved on second reading.

15.  Ordinance No.: 2004-066 – Amending the 1998 Code of Ordinances of the City of Columbia, South Carolina, Chapter 17, Planning, Land Development and Zoning, Article III, Zoning, Division 8, District Descriptions; Use and Dimensional Regulations, Sec. 17-258, Table of permitted uses, Division E, Transportation, Communication, Electric, Gas and Sanitary Services, SIC 48 Communication to add 485, Wireless communication facilities First reading approval on July 14, 2004 – Approved on second reading.

16.  Ordinance No.: 2004-067 – Amending the 1998 Code of Ordinances of the City of Columbia, South Carolina, Chapter 17, Planning, Land Development and Zoning, Article III, Zoning, Division 9, Supplementary District Regulations, Sec. 17-311, -DD design / development area First reading approval on July 14, 2004 – Approved on second reading.

17.  Ordinance No.: 2004-068 – Granting an easement to Time Warner Cable Company along a portion of City property identified as Lorick Park; Richland County TMS# 11602-16-01; CF# 250-185 First reading approval on July 14, 2004 – Approved on second reading.

ANNEXATION WITH REZONING – SECOND READING

18. 409 LOST CREEK DRIVE (LOST CREEK PLANTATION), TMS#05115-01-10; annex and rezone from RU to RS-1. First reading approval on July 14, 2004 – Approved on second reading.

Ordinance No.: 2004-060 – Annexing 409 Lost Creek Drive (lot19, Lost Creek Plantation), Richland County TMS# 05100-03-89 (portion) First reading approval on July 14, 2004 – Approved on second reading.

19. 411 LOST CREEK DRIVE (LOST CREEK PLANTATION), TMS#05115-01-11; annex and rezone from RU to RS-1. First reading approval on July 14, 2004 – Approved on second reading.

Ordinance No.: 2004-061 – Annexing 411 Lost Creek Drive (lot19, Lost Creek Plantation), Richland County TMS# 05100-03-89 (portion) First reading approval on July 14, 2004 – Approved on second reading.

TEXT AMENDMENT – SECOND READING

20. Ordinance No.: 2004-057 – Amending 1998 Code of Ordinances of the City of Columbia, South Carolina, Chapter 17, Planning, Land Development and Zoning, Article III, Zoning, Division 9, Supplementary District Regulations, Sec. 17-315, -FS freeway sign overlay district First reading approval on July 14, 2004 – Approved on second reading.

  REZONING – SECOND READING

 21. NEWLAND ROAD ADJACENT TO I-20 (BILLBOARD AT CAPITAL CHEVROLET), TMS#25600-03-02; rezone from C-3 to C-3, FS. First reading approval on July 14, 2004 – Approved on second reading.

22. FOUNTAIN LAKE WAY (CLIF KINDER, EAST LAKE PHASE V), TMS#16310-01-04; 16310-01-02(p); 16311-02-05; rezoned from PUD-R to amended PUD-R. PRESTON GREEN (THE MUNGO COMPANY), South Side of Atlas Road, TMS# 16311-02-02, with option of 16311-02-05(p), and 16310-01-20(p); rezone from PUD-R to amended PUD-R, FP. First reading approval on July 14, 2004 – Approved on second reading.

23. 4540 TRENHOLM ROAD (JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER), TMS#13914-01-08; rezone from PUD-R to amended PUD-R. First reading approval on July 14, 2004 – Approved on second reading.

24. 301 AND 305 WILKES ROAD (DR. REID), TMS#14203-04-14 and 15; rezone from RS-2 to PUD-C. First reading approval on July 14, 2004 – Approved on second reading.

25. 501 S. BULL STREET (C.H.A. ROSEWOOD HILLS), TMS#11212-01-01, 11212-02-01; rezone from RG-2 to PUD-R. First reading approval on July 14, 2004 – Approved on second reading.

26. 1125 POPE STREET, TMS#09109-10-23; rezone from RS-3 to C-1. First reading approval on July 14, 2004 – Approved on second reading.

TEXT AMENDMENTS – SECOND READING

27. Ordinance No.: 2004-058 – Amending 1998 Code of Ordinances of the City of Columbia, South Carolina, Chapter 17, Planning, Land Development and Zoning, Article III, Zoning, Division 3, Board of Zoning Appeals, Sec. 17-112, Powers and duties First reading approval on July 14, 2004 – Approved on second reading.

28. Ordinance No.: 2004-065 - Amending the 1998 Code of Ordinances of the City of Columbia, South Carolina, Chapter 17, Planning, Land Development and Zoning, Article III, Zoning Division 8, District Descriptions; Use and Dimensional Regulations, Sec. 17-283, Communication Towers First reading approval on July 14, 2004 – Approved on second reading.

ORDINANCES – FIRST READING

29.  Ordinance No.: 2004-022 – Amending the 1998 Code of Ordinances of the City of Columbia, South Carolina, Chapter 12, Motor Vehicles and Traffic, Article II, Stopping, Standing and Parking, Division 2, Parking Meter Zones to repeal Sec. 12-82, Valet parking zones and to add Division 4, Valet Parking

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve on first reading Ordinance No.: 2004-022 – Amending the 1998 Code of Ordinances of the City of Columbia, South Carolina, Chapter 12, Motor Vehicles and Traffic, Article II, Stopping, Standing and Parking, Division 2, Parking Meter Zones to repeal Sec. 12-82, Valet parking zones and to add Division 4, Valet Parking.

30. Ordinance No.: 2004-047 – Amending the 1998 Code of Ordinances of the City of Columbia, South Carolina, Chapter 5, Buildings and Building Regulations, Article III, Building Permits, Sec. 5-204, Fee Schedule

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Osborne, Council voted unanimously to authorize the formation of a committee to review the proposed fee schedule.

This item was held over, no action was taken.

31.  Ordinance No.: 2004-052 – Granting encroachment to the University of South Carolina School of Public Health for installation and maintenance of landscaping and an irrigation system, curb cuts, sidewalks, driveways and a bus pull off along College Street, Park Street, Pendleton Street and Assembly Street

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Ms. Devine, Council voted unanimously to approve on first reading Ordinance No.: 2004-052 – Granting encroachment to the University of South Carolina School of Public Health for installation and maintenance of landscaping and an irrigation system, curb cuts, sidewalks, driveways and a bus pull off along College Street, Park Street, Pendleton Street and Assembly Street.
 
A.  Ordinance No.: 2004-055 – Granting encroachment to Albert S. Babinec for installation and maintenance of landscaping and an irrigation system at 2008 Marion Street

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Ms. Devine, Council voted unanimously to approve on first reading Ordinance No.: 2004-055 – Granting encroachment to Albert S. Babinec for installation and maintenance of landscaping and an irrigation system at 2008 Marion Street.
 
RESOLUTIONS

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Ms. Devine, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion Items B. and C. as presented.

B. Resolution No.: R-2004-032 – Authorizing Annual Sidewalk Sale for Merchants in the 2100 – 3200 blocks of Devine Street - Approved

C. Resolution No.: R-2004-038 – Release and Abandonment of a portion of the City’s existing 15’ Water Main Easement along Richland County TMS# 17114-01-25; Renaissance Park, Parcel B; CF#172-17 and CF#172-17F - Approved

OTHER MATTERS

D.  Harden Street Traffic Control – Mr. James Wilson and Ms. Denise Degenhart
  This item was held over, no action was taken.

E.  Convention Center Hotel Letter of Intent – Mr. Paul C. “Bo” Aughtry, III, Windsor Aughtry Company - Approved (Refer to Work Session Item E1.)

APPEARANCE OF PUBLIC HAVING BUSINESS WITH CITY COUNCIL       

Reverend Antonio Williams, 994 Heidt Street, appeared before the members of Council to discuss concerns relating to the East Central City Master Plan.  He said that his community opposes the plan because of gentrification.  He stated that this plan was carried out without their consent.  Mr. Williams requested that they schedule a Public Hearing in the evening for everyone to attend.

· City Council adjourned the meeting at 11:03 a.m. to reconvene the Work Session.

Respectfully submitted by:
Erika D. Moore
City Clerk