CITY OF COLUMBIA
CITY COUNCIL AGENDA MINUTES
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 01, 2001
10:00 A.M. - 1737 MAIN STREET
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS
 

The City of Columbia City Council met Wednesday, August 01, 2001, in the City Hall Council Chambers, 1737 Main Street, Columbia, South Carolina.  The Mayor Robert D. Coble called the meeting to order at 10:30 a.m.  Council members present were:  The Honorable Francenia B. Heizer, The Honorable Jim Papadea, The Honorable Anne M. Sinclair, The Honorable Hamilton Osborne, Jr. and The Honorable Sam Davis.  Absent was The Honorable E.W. Cromartie, II.  Also attending were Ms. Leona K. Plaugh, City Manager and Ms. Pamela J. Ferst, Acting City Clerk.

Ms. Dot Ryall, Executive Director of the Cultural Council introduced visiting Artists from Kaiserslautern, Germany.

I. APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Mr. Davis, Council voted unanimously to approve the minutes for February 2001, March 2001 and June 2001.

II. PUBLIC HEARINGS

A. ZONING MAP AMENDMENT - Public Hearing continued from July 18, 2001.

1. 01-16 MA.  1026 Oakland Avenue, TMS 11706-7-12.  Rezone from RS-3 to
RG-2.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Davis, Council voted unanimously to hold this item until August 08, 2001.

III. CONSENT AGENDA

Upon motion by Ms. Heizer, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve the Consent Agenda, amending Item A. 1. to end at 8:00 p.m. and authorizing the City Manager to approve additional National Night Out street closing requests.  Item C. 2. was held over, no action was taken.

A. STREET CLOSINGS

1. Request from the Vista After Five Committee for permission to use the City owned   parking area located at the end of Lincoln and Senate Streets for eight (8) consecutive   Thursdays  from August 30th - October 18th, 2001 from 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m..    Approval of Resolution No. 2001-048 - Authorizing consumption of alcoholic   beverages and Vista After Five Fall Concert Series. - Approved
 
2. Request from Strathaven Forest Homeowners= Association to close Caledonia Lane from Glongarry Drive to Glasgow Drive on Tuesday, August 7th between 7:30 p.m. - 8:30  p.m. to hold a National Night Out March / Walk and an Ice Cream Social.  Also requesting Columbia Police to provide a Police Squad Car to lead the walk. - Approved

3. Request from Colonial West Neighbors Association to close Hydrick Street from West  Avenue to Grand Street on Tuesday, August 7th starting at 6:00 p.m. for a Covered
 Dish Dinner to celebrate National Night Out. - Approved

4. Request from the Waverly Neighborhood Improvement and Protection Association to
to close the 2100 block of Lady Street on Tuesday, August 7th between 5:00 p.m. -   11:00 p.m. for a National Night Out celebration.  Contact:  Doris W. Hildebrand -
Approved

5. Request from Arsenal Hill Neighborhood Association to close the portion of 1800
Lincoln Street in front of the Arsenal Hill Community Center  on Tuesday, August 7th between 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. for a National Night Out cookout. - Approved

6. Request from College Place Community Council to close the intersection of Ashley   Street/Holmes Avenue and Standish Street/Holmes Avenue on Tuesday, August 7th   between 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. to celebrate National Night. - Approved

7. *Request from the Earlewood Citizens Community Organization (ECCO) to close off
the 2900 block of Columbia Avenue on Tuesday, August 7th between 6:00 p.m. - 8:00
p.m.  for National Night. - Approved

8. *Request from Budweiser of Columbia to block forty (40) feet of street parking on   Hemlock Street for a special event during all USC Home Football Games. - Approved

B. CONSIDERATION OF BIDS, AGREEMENTS, AND CHANGE ORDERS

1. Council is asked for approval to requisition for certified laboratory Cryptosporidium /   Giardia Bi-Monthly analyses for the Columbia Canal and Lake Murray Water Treatment   Plants as requested by the Operations Division.  Award to the low bidder, as   recommended by staff, Clancey Environmental Consultants,, in the amount of   $14,550.00.   No MBE/FBE participation.  Firm is located out of state.  Only labs known   in U.S. to offer this service. - Approved

2. Council is asked for approval to contract for Grit and Ash Hauling from the Wastewater   Treatment Plant to a Landfill as requested by Utilities.   Award bid to Container Co. of   Carolina, the low bidder, in the amount of $72,862.02  No MBE/FBE participation.  The   firm is local.  - Approved

3. Council is asked for approval to replace HVAC Units and Ductwork at the Municipal   Court as requested by the Police Department.  Award bid to Piedmont HVAC, the one  bidder, in the amount of $65,700.00.  No MBE/FBE participation.  The firm is located   in the Midlands. - Approved

4. Council is asked for approval to contract for Compost Grinding and Compost Screening   at the City Landfill as requested by the Solid Waste Division. Award contract by lot, as   recommended by staff, to the low bidders at a total cost of $94,495.00 as follows:

Lot 1,  Compost Grinding @ Henson's Inc. $79,000.00
Lot 2,  Compost Screening @ Grindall S.E. $15,495.00

No MBE/FBE participation.  Grindall is a S.C. firm and Henson's an out of state firm. -
Approved

5. Council is asked for approval to purchase Fitness Equipment as requested by the   Fitness Trainer.  Award, as recommended by staff, at a total cost of $43,341.38   as follows:
Nebula Fitness   $   8,530.00
Strength, Inc.   $   1,750.00
Superior Fitness  $ 21,605.00
Athletic Edge (F)  $   9,392.50

Superior Fitness & Athletic Edge are located in the Midlands.  Athletic Edge is a female   owned business.  Nebula Fitness  and Strength, Inc. are located out of state. - Approved

6. Council is asked for approval to purchase City of Columbia Envelopes (water bills,   parking tickets, parking garage, solid waste) as requested by Information Technology.    Award bid to Data Imaging, Inc., the low bidder, in the amount of $13,015.38  No   MBE/FBE bidders.  Firm is located out of state. - Approved

7. Council is asked for approval to purchase Double-Up City of Columbia Water Bill Forms as requested by Information Technology.  Award bid to Intrex, Inc., the low bidder, in the amount of $30,517.20  No response from two MBE/FBE firms.  Firm is local. - Approved

C. ORDINANCES - SECOND READING

1. Ordinance No.:  2001-035 - Annexing 3504 Leesburg Road, Richland County
TMS #22105-02-02.  First reading was given July 25, 2001. - Approved on second reading

2. Ordinance No. 2001-040 - Granting encroachment to Norman B. Stuckey and Shannon    S. Stuckey for construction and maintenance of a privacy wall adjacent to their    residence at the corner of St. James Street and Catawba Street.  First reading was    given May 16, 2001.
This item was held over, no action was taken.
 
IV. WORK SESSION AGENDA ITEMS*

E. **Fallout 2001 at Finlay Park

Upon motion by Ms. Heizer, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted five (5) to one (1) to approve Fallout 2001 at Finlay Park.  Voting aye were Mayor Coble, Ms. Heizer, Mr. Papadea, Ms. Sinclair and Mr. Davis.  Voting nay was Mr. Osborne.

K. **Gamecock Acquatics - $3,000 Financial Assistance

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve funding of the Gamecock Acquatics in the amount of $3,000.

L.  **Edge Application to Federal Home Loan Bank for Drew Park

Upon motion by Ms. Heizer, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to authorize the City Manager to proceed with the Edge Application to the Federal Home Loan Bank for Drew Park.

V. ORDINANCES - FIRST READING

Upon motion by Ms. Heizer, seconded by Mr. Davis, Council voted unanimously on a single motion to approve on first reading Ordinance No. 2001-085 - Establishing the City Center Business Improvement District and Ordinance No.: 2001-0076 - Annexing 938 Fiske Street, Richland County TMS #11711-13-11

1. Ordinance No. 2001-085 - Establishing the City Center Business Improvement District.
Approved on first reading.
 
2. Ordinance No. 2001-066 - Granting encroachment to Lawrence F. Rhu for   construction and maintenance of a brick parking area adjacent to 2509 Burney   Drive.
This item was held over, no action was taken.

3. Ordinance No.: 2001-0076 - Annexing 938 Fiske Street, Richland County
TMS #11711-13-11- Approved on first reading.

4. Ordinance No.: 2001-073 - Granting encroachment for directional signs to Fort Jackson   at entrances on Fort Jackson Boulevard at I-77 and Forest Drive at I-77
This item was held over, no action was taken.

VI. RESOLUTIONS

1. Resolution No.:  R- 2001-051 - Designating 915 Lady Street (National Biscuit Company   Warehouse) as an Historic Property Eligible for Special Tax Assessments for   Rehabilitated Historic Properties.

Upon motion by Mr. Osborne, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve Resolution No.:  R- 2001-051 - Designating 915 Lady Street (National Biscuit Company Warehouse) as an Historic Property Eligible for Special Tax Assessments for Rehabilitated Historic Properties

2. Resolution No.:  R-2001-052 - Authorizing placement of bat boxes along Gills Creek.

Upon motion by Mr. Osborne, seconded by Mr. Davis, Council voted unanimously to approve Resolution No.:  R-2001-052 - Authorizing placement of bat boxes along Gills Creek, pending DHEC approval.

3. Oral Resolution - Authorizing funding of the Bombers Stadium City Site Selection Committee

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Ms. Heizer, Council voted five (5) to one (1) to approve an oral resolution authorizing up to $250,000 to the Bombers Stadium City Site Selection Committee.  This is deposit money that is refundable in the event that a site is not selected.  Voting aye were Mayor Coble, Ms. Heizer, Mr. Papadea, Ms. Sinclair and Mr. Davis.  Voting nay was Mr. Osborne.

VII. APPOINTMENTS

1. The Mini Grant Committee

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Ms. Heizer, Council voted unanimously to approve the appointment of Ms. Joan Fail to the Mini Grant Committee.

2. The Citizens Advisory Committee
This item was held over, no action was taken.

VIII. APPEARANCE OF PUBLIC HAVING BUSINESS WITH CITY COUNCIL

Mayor Coble opened the meeting for Public comment.

Ms. Cherie Waggoner appeared before Council regarding her sister's property rights that have been taken away.  Ms. Waggoner stated that she has not received a report from Mr. Gergel.

The City Attorney will provide Ms. Waggoner with the report.

Mr. Lou Kaplan appeared before Council to receive assistance with resolving a water bill issue.
Mr. Charles Austin, 1st Assistant City Manager for Public Safety, is to assist Mr. Kaplan in resolving this issue.

The meeting adjourned at 11:25 a.m.

Respectfully submitted by,
 

Pamela J. Ferst, CPS
Acting City Clerk