CITY OF COLUMBIA CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
Work Session
WEDNESDAY, July 26, 2000

The Columbia City Council met for a work session Wednesday, July 26, 2000, in the City Council Conference Room at City Hall. Mayor Coble called the meeting to order at 9:15 a.m.  Members of Council present were: The Honorable E. W. Cromartie, II, The Honorable Jim Papadea, The Honorable Anne M. Sinclair, The Honorable Sam Davis.  Also attending were Mr. Michael A. Bierman, City Manager and Ms. Pamela J. Ferst, Acting City Clerk.
 

1. ORDINANCES - Second Reading

1. Ordinance No. 2000-052 - Amending 1998 Code of Ordinances of the City of Columbia, South Carolina, Chapter 1, General Provisions, Sec. 1-5, General penalty; continuing violations.

Upon Motion by Mr. Davis, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve on second reading, Ordinance No. 2000-052 - Amending 1998 Code of Ordinances of the City of Columbia, South Carolina, Chapter 1, General Provisions, Sec. 1-5, General penalty; continuing violations.

II RESOLUTIONS AND AGREEMENTS

1. Resolution No. 2000-038 - Authorizing the Execution of Property Management Agreement with Richland County Historical Preservation Commission.

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve Resolution No. 2000-038 - Authorizing the Execution of Property Management Agreement with Richland County Historical Preservation Commission.

III       REQUEST TO CLOSE STREETS

1. Request from Pinehurst Neighborhood Association to close Magnolia Street between Ervin Street and Little Street, for their annual neighborhood block party, on Saturday, July 29, 2000, between the hours of 4:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m., Contact Robert Riley.

2. Request from AV, LLC State of the Art Audio and Video, to close Lady Street from Gadsden to Lincoln Street, for a customer appreciation party, on Saturday, July 29, 2000, between the hours of 3:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m., Contact Bonnie Kelly.
 

 
Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve the above street closing requests, items III. A. and B., on a single motion.

IV CONTRACTS and AGREEMENTS

1. The Grant Group, Inc. - Minority Business Enterprise

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve   an engagement agreement between the City of Columbia and The Grant Group Inc. for the project, “Developing on Effective and Legally Defensible Contracting Outreach Program.

2. Lobbyists

1. Barbara T. McCall Associates, Inc.
2. The Grant Group, Inc., Joseph M. Grant, Principal
3. Larry C. Marchant, Jr., Governmental Consulting and Public Relations

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve the above contracts and agreements, items IV. B. 1., 2., and 3., on a single motion.

3. Benchmark, Incorporated, Local Government Services - Planning Services

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Davis, Council voted unanimously to approve a  proposal from Benchmark, Incorporated, Local Government Services to continue services as a joint Planning Director and related support roles.

V YANCEY ENVIRONMENTAL SOLUTIONS

1. Gills Creek Watershed Association, Section 206 Grant application

1. Preliminary Restoration Plan (P.R.P.), Letter of Intent

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve a letter of intent to the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers for restoration, protection and management of the Gills Creek Watershed.

VI HOPE VI PROJECT - INFRASTRUCTURE

Upon Motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Davis, Council voted unanimously to approve the construction of infrastructure for the Hope VI Project.
 
 
 

 
VII PROPERTY MANAGEMENT REVIEW

· Mayor Coble stated that most problems fall outside of current City ordinances and have no real enforcement process for prosecuting.  He would like to hold public hearings in the neighborhoods to inform the residents, landlords, and owners of the proposed ordinance to correct these matters.

· Mr. Cromartie stated that he would like to establish due process procedures for violations of the ordinance.  Mr. Cromartie also asked that all neighborhood associations and neighbor leaders be advised of the proposed changes in the City ordinance.

· Mr. Papadea asked if the new proposals could be viewed on the City’s web site.  Mr. Donny Phipps, Housing Official stated that this information could possibly be linked to the SPPCI web site.

· Ms. Sinclair stated that she was scheduled to speak to the Council on Neighborhoods to talk about the proposed landlord - tenant act on August 24, 2000 at 5:30 p.m.

Staff was directed to send out list number three (3) and a draft of the proposed ordinance to all Neighborhood Associations, Leaders, Landlords, and owners, prior to Council on Neighborhoods meeting.

Councilman Davis requested that staff look into sidewalk work in Elmwood Park on Clark Street between Confederate and Benton Streets.

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to go into executive session to receive legal briefings on contract and legal matters related to sewer line negotiations.

Council reconvened the work session meeting at 10:25 a.m.

VII AMENDED AGENDA ITEMS

1. Resolutions

1. Resolution No. R-2000-042 - Authorizing City Manager to execute an Agreement to Purchase and Sell Surplus Water with the City of Cayce

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve Resolution No. R-2000-042 - Authorizing City Manager to execute an Agreement to Purchase and Sell Surplus Water with the City of Cayce
 
 

 
2. Resolution No. R-2000-043 - Authorizing City Manager to execute a Contract for Third Party Administration for Tort Liability with Companion TPA Services, LLC

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve
 

Resolution No. R-2000-043 - Authorizing City Manager to execute a Contract for Third Party Administration for Tort Liability with Companion TPA Services, LLC

Mr. Carey McSwain, Administrator for the county of Richland appeared before City Council on behalf of the Richland County Council.  Mr. McSwain informed Council members that approximately twelve (12) to fifteen (15) septic tanks in the Broad River Heights and Riverside Forest have failed to function.  He also stated that Richland County would like to partner with the City of Columbia to provide sewer lines to these areas.  At Richland County Council’s request, Mr. McSwain asked if the City would consider a match in financing this project by providing one half (½) of the cost.  Prior to this meeting the City Council had proposed a match of one third (1/3) for the City of Columbia, the county of Richland and the property owners.  Mr. McSwain responded that do to the economic diversity in these areas that not all owners could afford even one third (1/3) of the cost.  Mr. McSwain also noted that the county of Richland has addressed the State of South Carolina and the Federal Government for funds but unsure if funds would be available.

Ms. Sinclair asked to clarify that there are actually two proposals for matching funds to consider: 1) City and County each matching one half (½) of the cost.
2) City, County, and Property Owners each providing one third (1/3) of the necessary funds.

Mr. Cromartie stated that he would like to look at the total financial package.

Mr. Papadea said he would like for the Councils to meet with the neighborhoods.  He also wanted to know if hook-up to the sewer lines would be optional for each house.

Mr. McSwain responded yes to Mr. Papadea’s question unless DHEC required it.

Mr. Davis asked what kind of time line they were looking at and Mr. McSwain responded that the State was waiting on the City’s decision.

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Davis, Council voted unanimously to go into executive session at 10:45 a.m. to discuss matters relating to sewer line extensions.
 
 
 
 

 
The meeting was adjourned at 11:30 a.m.

Respectfully submitted by:
 
 

Pamela J. Ferst, CPS
Acting City Clerk


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