CITY OF COLUMBIA
CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 4, 2004
10:00 A.M. – 1737 MAIN STREET
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

The City of Columbia City Council met in Regular Session on Wednesday, August 04, 2004 in the City Hall Council Chambers at 1737 Main Street, Columbia, South Carolina.  Mayor Robert D. Coble called the meeting to order at 10:04 a.m.  Council members present were The Honorable E.W. Cromartie, II, The Honorable Anne M. Sinclair, The Honorable Sam Davis and The Honorable Daniel J. Rickenmann.  Absent were The Honorable Hamilton Osborne, Jr. and The Honorable Tameika Isaac Devine.  Also present were Mr. Charles P. Austin, Sr., City Manager and Ms. Erika D. Moore, City Clerk.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

1. Minutes of July 14, 21 and 28, 2004

Upon motion by Mr. Rickenmann, seconded by Mr. Davis, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion the Minutes of July 14, 21 and 28, 2004 as presented.  Mr. Cromartie was not present for the vote.

PRESENTATIONS

2. Introduction of the July 2004 Employee of the Month – Ms. Judy G. Spell, Telecommunications Director

Ms. Judy Spell, Telecommunications Director, introduced Ms. Leslie Bryant as the July 2004 Employee of the Month.  She described Ms. Bryant as a hard working, conscientious and empathetic 3-1-1 Call Taker.  She said that Ms. Bryant is always on time and is worth her weight in gold.  Ms. Spell noted that the 3-1-1 Call Center will celebrate its 2nd Anniversary on August 5, 2004.

Mayor Coble presented Ms. Leslie Bryant with a plaque acknowledging her as the July 2004 Employee of the Month.

Mr. Charles P. Austin, Sr., presented Ms. Leslie Bryant with a token of appreciation for being recognized as the City of Columbia July 2004 Employee of the Month.

CONSENT AGENDA

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Mr. Davis, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion the Consent Agenda Items 3. through 15. as amended.  Item 16. was approved on a separate motion.

STREET CLOSINGS

3.  Council is asked to approve a request from the Kline Street Residents to close 3200 block of Kline Street at the intersection of Daly Street and Princeton Street on Saturday, August 21, 2004 from 4:00 p.m. until 12:00 a.m. for a Block Party.  Contact: Ms. Marni Bird, Resident - Approved

4.  Council is asked to approve a request from the Godbold Homeowners Association to close the cul-de-sac on Sunday, August 22, 2004 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. for a Neighborhood Barbecue.  Contact: Ms. Donna Callahan, President - Approved
5.  Council is asked to approve a request from the University of South Carolina Department of Student Life to close the 1400 block of Greene Street on the during the following dates and times for Carolina Welcome activities: Contact: Mr. Jerry T. Brewer, Director - Approved
 
    Tuesday, August 17, 2004 from 3:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. for the Association of African American Students Welcome Back Cookout

 Wednesday, August 18, 2004 from 3:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. for the Residence Hall Association Groovin’ Carolina Event

6.  Council is asked to approve a request from the City Center Partnership, Inc. to close Hampton Street between Main Street and Assembly Street on Friday, September 10, 2004 and Friday October 8, 2004 from 6:00 p.m. until 12:00 a.m. for the Fall Outdoor Movie Series.  Contact: Mr. Matt Kennell, Executive Director - Approved
 
7.  Council is asked to approve a request from Jillian’s to close Gadsden Street at Gervais Street on Saturday, August 28, 2004 at 7:00 a.m. until Saturday, August 29, 2004 at 2:00 a.m. for the Parrot Palooza Festival.  Contact: Mr. Jack Lewis, General Manager - Approved
  Resolution No.: R-2004-036 – Authorizing consumption of alcoholic beverages and Parrot Palooza Concert on Gadsden Street adjacent to Jillian’s - Approved
 
8. Council is asked to approve a request from the Columbia Regional Sports Council to close Greene Street between Park Street and Greene Street and Lincoln Street between Devine Street and College Street on the following dates from 2:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. for the Columbia Regional Sports Council Friday Night Gamecock Pep Rallies.  Contact: Ms. Lu Armstrong, Director - Approved
 
  September 10, 2004   October 29, 2004
  September 17, 2004   November 5, 2004
  September 24, 2004
 
  Resolution No.: R-2004-031 – Authorizing consumption of alcoholic beverages at Columbia Regional Sports Council Friday Night Gamecock Pep Rallies - Approved
 
CONSIDERATION OF BIDS & AGREEMENTS

9. Council is asked to approve the Purchase of Fleet Focus Mobile Software and Hardware, as requested by Fleet Services.  Award to Maximus, Inc., the second low bidder, in the amount of $11,929.80.  This vendor is located in Wayne, PA. - Approved

10.  Council is asked to approve Project SS6958; Sanitary Sewer Relocation at the Preserve, as requested by Engineering.  Award to Ballards Utility Construction, LLC, the lowest bidder, in the amount of $13,000.00.  This firm is located in Marshall, NC. - Approved

11.  Council is asked to approve the Renewal of the Maintenance Agreement for the Server located at City Hall, as requested by the Information Technology Department.  Award to Dimension Data, the low bidder, in the amount of $15,793.95.  This firm is located in Charlotte, NC. - Approved

12.  Council is asked to approve the Purchase of Software Upgrade to be used with the GIS System, as requested by Traffic Engineering.  Award to ERSI, Inc., in the amount of $18,765.60.  This vendor is located in Redlands, California. - Approved

13.  Council is asked to approve the Purchase of Parts for the Computer Network to be installed at the Washington Square Building, as requested by the General Services Department.  Award to Systems & Services, using the S.C. State Technology Contract, in the amount of $24,788.00.  This firm is located in Columbia, SC. - Approved

 13a.  **Council is asked to approve Elevator Repairs, as requested by the Metro Wastewater Treatment Plant.  Award to Otis Elevator, Co., in the amount of $11,235.00.  This firm is located in West Columbia, SC. - Approved
 
 13b.  **Council is asked to approve the Purchase of a Flow Meter, as requested by the Metro Wastewater Treatment Plant.  Award to W.K. Hile Company, Inc., in the amount of $14,525.70.  This vendor is located in Matthews, NC. - Approved
 
13c.  **Council is asked to approve the Purchase of a New Fairbanks Morse Model Rotating Assembly, as requested by the Metro Wastewater Treatment Plant.  Award to Charles R. Underwood, Inc., in the amount of $35,013.00.  This vendor is located in Sanford, NC. - Approved

ORDINANCES – SECOND READING

14. Ordinance No.: 2004-069 – Granting encroachment to Thomas W. McGee, III for installation and maintenance of a rope-and-post divider, sprinkler system and landscaping at 1673 Kathwood Drive First reading approval on July 28, 2004. – Approved on second reading subject to the applicant replacing the city trees, which were removed with five (5) Crepe Myrtles and three (3) shade trees.
 
15. Ordinance No.: 2004-072 – Annexing 920 Hemlock Drive (0.58 acre, Parcel 2) Richland County TMS# 11206-06-22 First reading approval on July 28, 2004. – Approved on second reading.
 
  REZONING – SECOND READING

16. 342 S. PICKENS STREET (DIPRATOS RESTAURANT), TMS#11307-18-01 and 04; rezone from PUD-C to amended PUD-C. First reading approval on July 14, 2004

Mr. Jim Stuckey, appeared before the members of Council in opposition to the recent compromise for Dipratos Restaurant to close at 9:00 p.m.  He asked how this would be enforced. He presented photos of a crowded Dipratos parking lot.

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve on second reading the Rezoning of 342 S. Pickens Street (Dipratos Restaurant), TMS#11307-18-01 and 04 rezone from PUD-C to amended PUD-C with expanded hours of operation to 9:00 p.m. and provided that the phased parking area is limited to Phase I and II only.

CONSIDERATION OF BIDS, AGREEMENTS & CHANGE ORDERS

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion Items 17. through 23.  Item 20. was held over, no action was taken.

17. Council is asked to approve Change Order #2 to Agreement for Consulting Services to Conduct a Study to Determine the Feasibility of Establishing a “Quiet Zone” along Certain Lines of Railroad in the City of Columbia, as requested by Engineering.  Award to Wilbur Smith Associates, in the amount of $32,558.00.  This firm is located in Columbia, SC. - Approved

18. Council is asked to approve Change Order #1 for Project W1019 Hyatt Park Waterline to Repair / Replace Out of Service Fire Hydrants, as requested by Engineering.  Award to Carolina Tap & Bore, Inc., in the amount of $54,885.00.  This firm is located in West Columbia, SC. - Approved

19.  Council is asked to approve Project #W461 (48) Phase III; Forest Hills Water System Improvements, as requested by Engineering.  Award to Ideal Construction, the lowest bidder, in the amount of $450,002.55.  This firm is located in White Rock, SC.  The CIP budgeted amount was $402,645.00. - Approved

20.  Council is asked to approve Change Order for Project W973 Water Line Rehabilitation to Provide Funding for Additional Areas Found in the Melrose Park and Earlewood Area in Need of Cleaning and Lining for Water Quality and Fire Protection, as requested by Engineering.  Award to Spinello Company in the amount of $594,725.00.
 This item was held over, no action was taken.

21.  Council is asked to approve Project #W461 (41) Phase II; Heathwood Fire Protection, as requested by Engineering.  Award to Ideal Construction, the lowest bidder, in the amount of $1,064,596.73.  This firm is located in White Rock, SC.  The CIP budgeted amount was $1,263,293.25. - Approved

22.  Council is asked to approve an Agreement for Engineering Services for the Saluda River Outfall; CIP Project SS6961, as requested by Engineering Operations.  Award to Jordan, Jones and Goulding, in the amount of $1,508,500.00.  This firm is located in within Columbia city limits. - Approved

23.  Council is asked to approve an Agreement for Engineering Services for Raw Wastewater Pump Station and Preliminary Treatment Facility at the Metro Wastewater Treatment Plant; CIP Project SS6722, Division 2, as requested by Engineering Operations.  Award to Hazen and Sawyer Environmental Engineers and Scientists in the amount of $1,716,000.00.  This firm is located in Charlotte, NC. - Approved

ORDINANCES – FIRST READING

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Davis, Council voted unanimously to give first reading approval on a single motion to Items 24. through A1. as amended.

24.  Ordinance No.: 2004-048 – Annexing 1001 Kinley Road, Richland County TMS#05000-01-20 – Approved on first reading.
 
25.  Ordinance No.: 2004-062 – Annexing 315 South Beltline Boulevard, Richland County TMS# 13805-05-24 – Approved on first reading.
 
26. Ordinance No.: 2004-063 – Annexing 5.74 acres, Clement Road, Richland County TMS# 09104-07-11 – Approved on first reading.
 
27.  Ordinance No.: 2004-064 – Annexing Parcels A, B, and C, 81.49 +/- acres, Padgett Road, Richland County TMS# 22109-02-03 and 04 and 22012-01-01 – Approved on first reading.

28. Ordinance No.: 2004-071 – Granting encroachment to Oakbrook Village Homeowners Association for an irrigation system, landscaping and privacy fence – Approved on first reading.

29. Ordinance No.: 2004-073 – Annexing 1009 Bendale Drive and 5554 Farrow Road, Richland County TMS# 11612-04-01 – Approved on first reading.

30.  Ordinance No.: 2004-075 – Authorizing transfer of 0.01 acre (290 square feet) of Richland County TMS# 09013-01-07 to The Zion Baptist Church of South Carolina – Approved on first reading.

31.  Ordinance No.: 2004-077 – Amending the 1998 Code of Ordinances of the City of Columbia, South Carolina, Chapter 11, Licenses, Permits and Miscellaneous Business Regulations, Article IX, Prevention of Discrimination in the Rental or Sale of Housing, Sec. 11-395, Unlawful housing practices to add (9), (10) and (11) – Approved on first reading.

A.  Ordinance No.: 2004-078 – Amending Ordinance No.: 2004-054 to adjust millage rate – Approved on first reading.

A1.  **Ordinance No.: 2004-080 – Amending the 1998 Code of Ordinances of the City of Columbia, South Carolina, Chapter 2, Administration, Article III, Officers and Employees, Sec. 2-116 City Clerk through Sec. 2-134 Employee grievance procedure for city-funded agencies and Article IV, Departments, Sec. 2-151 Departments created; department heads; administrative regulations and procedures – Approved on first reading.

RESOLUTIONS

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion Items B. through D. as presented.

B. Resolution No.: R-2004-039 – Annexing 1009 Bendale Drive and 5554 Farrow Road, Richland County TMS# 11612-04-01 - Approved

C. Resolution No.: R-2004-040 - Release and abandonment of a portion of the City’s Existing 15’ Sanitary Sewer Easement along Richland County TMS# 13715-01-02 (Portion); Lots 13 and 14, The Preserve; CF#268-12 & CF#56-28C - Approved

OTHER MATTERS

D. Council is asked to approve the Renewal of the Excess Tort Liability Insurance Policy from August 16, 2004 through August 16, 2005, as requested by the Legal Department.  Award to States Self-Insured Retention Group, the lowest bidder, in the amount of $296,103.00 to include a brokerage fee to Willis of the Carolinas in the amount of $25,000.00. - Approved

APPEARANCE OF PUBLIC HAVING BUSINESS WITH CITY COUNCIL

Mr. Temple Ligon, reminded the members of City Council of a time when the Historic Columbia Foundation’s four (4) historic homes were featured in the New York Times.  He said that each Sunday there’s an article titled “What’s Doing” in the Travel Section and that ten (10) years ago they featured “What’s Doing Columbia” and they were only interested in those historic homes.

· City Council adjourned the meeting at 10:20 a.m. to reconvene the Work Session.

Respectfully submitted by:
Erika D. Moore
City Clerk