CITY OF COLUMBIA CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
WEDNESDAY, August 2, 2000
 

The City of Columbia City Council met  in regular session Wednesday, August 2, 2000, at 10:00 a.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers, 1737 Main Street, Columbia, South Carolina.  Mayor Coble called the meeting to order at 10:00 a.m.  Members of Council present were: The Honorable E. W. Cromartie, II, The Honorable Francenia B. Heizer, The Honorable Jim Papadea, and The Honorable Hamilton Osborne, Jr.  Also attending were Mr. Michael A. Bierman, City Manager and Ms. Pamela J. Ferst, Acting City Clerk.

I. PRESENTATIONS

A. Recognition of Employee of the Month - August 2000

Ms. Sandra Smith, Parking Division was recognized by Mr. Bill Baker, Parking Building Superintendent, as the City of Columbia’s Employee of the month for August 2000.  Mayor Coble presented Ms. Smith with her Employee of the Month plaque and City Manager Michael Bierman presented her with a certificate for a “Day Off” and a City of Columbia.

B. Recognition of Bernadette C. Herbert - Citizens Advisory Committee

Ms. Bernadette C. Herbert was recognized by Mr. Richard J. Semon, Community Development Director, for her years of service as a member of the Citizens Advisory Committee.  Mayor Coble presented Ms. Herbert with a Certificate of Appreciation.

C. Commission On Children & Youth - Recognition of Summer City Interns

The City’s Summer Interns and the department and division heads who participated in this worthwhile program were recognized by Mr. Archie Maddox, Jr., Director of the Commission on Children and Youth.  The Interns are rising Juniors and Seniors from High Schools around Richland County.

Mayor Coble expressed the City’s appreciation for each one’s participation.

4. City Year - “Best Team Sponsor” Award

Columbia’s City Council was presented the “Best Team Sponsor” award, recently received by City Year at their national conference, by Ms. Marguerite O’Brien, Executive Director, City Year, and Ms. Beth Binkley, Program Director.
 
II. CONSENT AGENDA

A.  CONSIDERATION OF BIDS AND AGREEMENTS

1. Request approval to contract for the Belmont Water System Upgrade,
for the Department of Engineering, Award contract to Ideal Construction,
the low bidder, for $934,407.85.

2. Request approval to enter into an Agreement for Engineering Services for completion of Part 1 of  the Application for NPDES Medium Municipal Storm Sewer System (MS4) Permit, total cost of Part 1 not to exceed $725,112.00, with the work to be completed and submitted to SCDHEC by February 1, 2001.

3. Request approval to enter into an Agreement for Engineering Services
with Clark’s Engineering Services, Inc., for General Safety Consulting
Services for both the Department of Engineering and the Department
of Utilities.

4. Request approval to repair Muffin Monster 30001-08, Serial Number
1181 and Muffin Monster 30004-12-B, Serial Number 14079, for the
Department of Utilities Metro Wastewater Plant, Award contract to JWC
Environmental, Inc., the sole source provider/distributer for this type of
equipment, for $10,035.95.

5. Request approval to contract for Cryptosporidium/Giardia Analyses for
the Columbia Canal and Lake Murray Water Treatment Plants, Award
contract to Analytica Services, Inc., the low bidder, for $10, 500.00.

6. Request approval to extend contracts for Health & Fitness Screening
for the 2000/2001 Fiscal Year for the Police Department, Fire
Department, and Water Plants, Award contracts to Peterson & Plante,
MD and North Greenville Fitness for a total of $145,506.00.

7.     Request approval to award a contract for Batteries used by the City in its Fleet for Fleet Services, Award contract to Battery Marty, the low bidder, for $11,310.45.

8.   Request approval to purchase parts for Parking Meters for Parking
Division, Award contract to Duncan Meters, a sole source procurement
based on compatibility, for $18,288.36.

9.   Request approval to purchase computer hardware and software for the existing Smartnet System for the Computer Services Division, Award contract to Premier Systems Integrators.  This purchase is being
 accomplished through the SC State Technology Contract, for $29,546.50.

10. Request approval to purchase chemicals for  the Columbia and Lake
Murray Water Plants for both the Department of Utilities and
Engineering, Award contracts to the lowest bidders, by lot, for a total
of $902,761.20.

11. Request approval to award contract for Lift Station Telemetry System
for Columbia Metro Wastewater Treatment Plant, SS762 for the
Department of Utilities Wastewater Treatment Plant, Award contract
to MR Systems, Inc., a sole source procurement based on
compatibility, for $85,690.50.

Item III. A. 11. was withdrawn, no action was taken.

B. REQUEST TO CLOSE CITY STREETS

1. Request from Gayle Darby to close the 300 block of Princess Street between Wilmont Avenue and Duncan Street for a Neighborhood Block Party, on Sunday, August 6, 2000, between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.  Contact Gayle Darby.

2. Request from the Northwood Hills Neighborhood Association to close Amberly Road at the intersections of Lauderdale and Romford Road, on Thursday, August 10, 2000, between the hours of 5:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Contact Alvin Hinkle.

3. Request from the Historic Columbia Foundation to close Richland Street at the intersections of Bull and Marion Streets and at the intersection of Marion Street from Calhoun to Richland Street, for their 22nd Annual Jubilee: Festival of Heritage, on Saturday, August 19, 2000, between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Contact Latrice Williams.

4. Request from the Koger Center to close the 800 block of Park Street at the intersection of Greene and College Streets, for their Children’s Shows, on the following date and times, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.:
 
Thursday October 12, 2000
Friday   November 10, 2000
Tuesday December 12, 2000
Wednesday December 13, 2000
Thursday December, 14, 2000
 
Friday   December 15, 2000
Tuesday February 27, 2001
Wednesday February 28, 2001
Wednesday March 7, 2001
Thursday March 8, 2001
Friday   March 9, 2001
Thursday March 15, 2001

5. Request from Vista After Five, Inc. to Use the City-owned Parking Area at Lincoln and Senate Street for Eight (8) Concerts beginning on August 31, 2000 through October 29, 2000, from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.; and to Approve Resolution No. 2000-034 - Authorizing Consumption of Alcoholic Beverages and Vista after Five Concerts.

6. Request from the Devine Street Association to hold the Annual Devine Street Sidewalk Sale on Saturday, August 5, 2000, with a rain date of Saturday, August 12, 2000, to close the 2100-3200 blocks of Devine Street; and Approve Resolution No. 2000-036 - Authorizing Annual Sidewalk Sale for Merchants in the 2100-3200 blocks of Devine Street.

7. Request from Group Therapy, Inc. to hold the annual Micro-Brew
Festival on Saturday, August 26, 2000, from Noon until 7:00 p.m., to
close the 2100 Block of Greene Street, between the hours of 11:00 a.m.
until 8:00 p.m.; and to Approve Resolution No. 2000-037 - Authorizing
the Sale and Consumption of Alcoholic Beverages in a designated area
for the Micro-Brew Festival.

Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve all of the above consent agenda items II. A. 1. through 10 and B. 1. through 7., on a single motion with the exception of item II. A. 11. which was withdrawn.

III ORDINANCES

A. FIRST READING

1. Ordinance No. 2000-051 - Amending the 1998 Code of Ordinances of
the City of Columbia, Chapter 24, Vehicles for Hire, Article II, Taxicabs,
Shuttles and Limousines, Division 5, Rates for Taxi Service; Taximeters,
Sec. 24-141, Rates established.

 
Mr. Ralph Snively of 2805 Augusta Road, appeared before Council in opposition to the above ordinance.  Mr. Snively told Council that this ordinance if passed will drive small companies of out business.  He stated that Fort Jackson won’t allow the small companies on post and this will  only allow the Checker Yellow and Blue Ribbon Cab Companies to control the market.  He also stated that the public transportation is terrible in Columbia and many people, especially the elderly depend on Taxi service.  Mr.

Snively told Council that if this ordinance passes, he will have to look for a new place to relocate his business.

Mr. John McDaniel of 6 Reuben Circle, appeared before Council in opposition to the above ordinance.  Mr. McDaniel told Council that to renew his Chauffeurs License every five (5) years was very expensive and a very extended process of several trips to the police department.  He asked Council to look into this matter and try to improve the process.  He also asked Council to look at granting a sixty (60) day temporary license to operate until Council approved a permit license.

Mayor Coble asked the City Council to look into how this process could be improved and if a temporary permit could be issued prior to the Council’s approval of application.

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie to amend Ordinance No. 2000-051 by eliminating the $0.25 charge per grocery parcel (Section 24-141 a. 4) and changing Section 24-141 b. 1 and 2 to read  a 10% discount for senior citizens, age sixty (60) years of age or older, seconded Mr. Papadea, Council voted four (4) to one (1) to approve Ordinance No. 2000-051 - Amending the 1998 Code of Ordinances of the City of Columbia, Chapter 24, Vehicles for Hire, Article II, Taxicabs, Shuttles and Limousines, Division 5, Rates for Taxi Service; Taximeters, Sec. 24-141, Rates established to as amended on first reading.  Voting aye were Mr. Osborne, Mr. Papadea, Mr. Cromartie and Mayor Coble.  Voting nay was Ms. Heizer.

2. Ordinance No. 2000-053 - Annexing 1037 Fiske Street and adjoining
lot known as Richland County TMS  #11710-01-02 and 03.

3. Ordinance No. 2000-054 - Annexing 1711 Woodcreek Farms Road,
known as a portion of Richland County TMS #25800-03.28.

4. Ordinance No. 2000-055 - Annexing Parcels A-1 (0.256 acre) and A-2
(0.050 acre) on Woodcreek Farms Road and Jacobs Mill Pond Road
known as a portion of Richland County TMS #25800-03-13.

5. Ordinance No. 2000-056 - Annexing Parcel B-1 (0.420 acre) and Parcel
B-2 (0.079 acre), Woodcreek Farms Road and Jacobs Mill Pond Road
known as a portion of Richland County TMS #25800-03-28.

6. Ordinance No. 2000-057 - Annexing 712 Suber Street, Richland County
TMS #13708-04-03.

7. Ordinance No. 2000-058 - Annexing 824 Oakland Avenue, Richland
County TMS #11707-02-45.
 
8. Ordinance No. 2000-059 - Annexing Lots 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8, 9,10,11,12,
13,14, 15,16,17,18,20,21,22,23,24,25,26,27,28,29, 30 and 31, Phase
B5-A Woodcreek Farms Development, Richland County TMS #28800
(portion).

9. Ordinance No. 2000-060 - Annexing 27.4 acres, S/S Buckner Road,
Richland County TM #09316-03-08.

Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve on first reading, items III. A. 2 through 9., on a single motion.

IV. RESOLUTIONS AND AGREEMENTS

A. Resolution No. 2000-039 - Authorizing the City Manager to execute a
Contract of Sale to purchase 5.834 acres on Heyward Street and Wayne
Street known as a portion of Richland County TMS #08816-09-01.

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Ms. Heizer, Council voted unanimously to approve Resolution No. 2000-039 - Authorizing the City Manager to execute a Contract of Sale to purchase 5.834 acres on Heyward Street and Wayne Street known as a portion of Richland County TMS #08816-09-01.
 
B. Resolution No. 2000-041 - Authorizing the City Manager to execute an
Estoppel Certificate and Non-Disturbance Agreement with Pegasus Holding,
LLC and Carolina First Bank.

This item was held over, no action was taken.

V. APPEARANCE OF PUBLIC HAVING BUSINESS WITH CITY COUNCIL

No one appeared to speak before Council.

Councilman Cromartie expressed the City’s appreciation to the summer interns. He
explained to them the importance of staying in school and being the best possible
person they could be.

The meeting adjourned at 10:30 a.m.

Respectfully submitted by:
 

Pamela J. Ferst, CPS
Acting City Clerk


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