CITY OF COLUMBIA
 CITY COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 06, 2003
10:00 A.M. - 1737 MAIN STREET
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

The City of Columbia City Council met in regular session on Wednesday, August 06, 2003, in the City Hall Council Chambers, 1737 Main Street, Columbia, South Carolina.  Mayor Robert D. Coble called the meeting to order at 10:08 a.m.  Council members present were The Honorable E.W. Cromartie, II, The Honorable Jim D. N. Papadea, The Honorable Anne M. Sinclair, The Honorable Hamilton Osborne, Jr., The Honorable Sam Davis and The Honorable Tameika C. Isaac.  Also present were Mr. Charles P. Austin, Sr., Interim City Manager and Ms. Erika D. Moore, City Clerk.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

1. Minutes of July 16, 23 and 30, 2003

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Davis, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion the Minutes of July 16, 23 and 30, 2003.

PRESENTATION

2. Fast Forward – Ms. Dee Albritton

Ms. Dee Albritton, Fast Forward, informed the members of Council that Fast Forward received the Palmetto Pillar Award for Community Service for the second year.  She thanked the City of Columbia for the new partnership with Parks and Recreation at Emily Douglas Park.  Representatives of the Verizon Foundation presented Fast Forward with a $3,000 check, which will be used to train staff.

3. Neighborhood USA & Columbia Council of Neighborhoods – Mr. Ernest Evans, Mr. Wilbur Tucker & Mr. George McIntosh

Mr. George McIntosh, Columbia Council of Neighborhoods, reported to the members of Council on the 2003 Neighborhood USA Conference that was held in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  He thanked the members of Council for their financial support.  He stated that at NUSA he was able to see how other neighborhoods get things done.

Mr. Ernest Evans and Mr. Wilbur Tucker, Neighborhood USA Board Members, presented Mayor Coble and the members of City Council with a plaque recognizing the City of Columbia as a member of Neighborhoods USA for fiscal year 2003/2004.

4. August 2003 Employee of the Month – Ms. Brenda F. Lockhart, 911 Emergency Communications Shift Supervisor

Ms. Judy Spell, introduced Ms. Brenda Lockhart as the August 2003 Employee of the Month.  She described Ms. Lockhart as a valuable member of the Communications Center.  She stated that Ms. Lockhart is the epitome of an ideal employee, who’s also reliable, flexible and dedicated.

Mayor Coble presented Ms. Brenda Lockhart with a plaque recognizing her as the City of Columbia August 2003 Employee of the Month.

Mr. Charles P. Austin, Sr., Interim City Manager, presented Ms. Lockhart with a certificate for one (1) day off with pay and a token of appreciation.

5. Get SET Program (Get Skills Enhancement Training) – Ms. Marshell Johnson, Training Administrator

Ms. Marshell Johnson, Training Administrator, informed the members of Council that on Tuesday, August 12, 2003 the City of Columbia, Richland County School District I and the Columbia Greater Literacy Council would unveil the Get SET Program.  She said that this program is designed to assist employees with obtaining their General Education Development.  Ms. Johnson stated that all employees are vital to this organization and we want them to be able to compete for better jobs. She informed the members of Council that fifty-five (55) employees would be assessed and the ten (10) week program begins in September.

Ms. Debra Yoho, Columbia Greater Literacy Council, thanked the members of Council for their support.  She stated that approximately 40,000 adults are without a high school education.  She also stated that the more citizens the organization serves, the more federal and state funding they receive.

Ms. Wannelle Lefkowitz, Richland County School District One Adult & Community Education Center, thanked the members of Council for their support.  She stated that the rewards would be great.

Mr. Melvin Singleton, Get SET Program Participant, thanked the members of Council for supporting the program.

6. Presentation of Summer Workers – Ms. Debbie Price, Forestry & Beautification Director

 Ms. Debbie Price, Forestry & Beautification Director, informed the members of Council that this is the 10th year that the Forestry & Beautification Division has received a grant from SCDOT to hire summer interns.  She stated that the four (4) interns have assisted with many projects throughout the city.  Ms. Price introduced Mr. Jason Hilbert, Mr. Jamal Byrd, Ms. Taylor Brennecke and Mr. Kevin Lawracy to the members of Council.

CONSENT AGENDA

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion the Consent Agenda Items 7. through 20. as presented.

STREET CLOSING REQUESTS

7. Council is asked to approve a request from the City Center Partnership to close the 1100 block of Hampton Street between Main Street and Assembly Street on Saturdays from September 6 – 27, 2003 and on December 6, 2003, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for the Fall and Holiday Downtown Magnolia Markets.  Contact:  Matt Kennell
Resolution No.: R-2003-047 – Authorizing Fall and Holiday Downtown Magnolia Markets - Approved

8. Council is asked to approve a request from the Columbia Regional Sports Council to close Lincoln Street between College Street and Greene Street from 2:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. for set up and staging of the Friday Night Gamecock Pep Rallies and Concerts on Fridays August 29, September 4, September 19, October 10, October 17 and November 14, 2003. - Approved

 Council is asked to approve a request from the Columbia Regional Sports Council to close Lincoln Street between College Street, Greene Street and Devine Street and Greene Street between Gadsden Street and Park Street from 12:00 p.m. Friday, November 21, 2003 until 12:00 a.m. Saturday, November 22, 2003, for set up and staging of the Friday Night Gamecock Pep Rally and Tiger Burn.
Resolution No.: R-2003-044 – Authorizing consumption of alcoholic beverages at Columbia Regional Sports Council Friday Night Gamecock Pep Rallies and Concerts and Tiger Burn - Approved

9. Council is asked to approve a request from Jillian’s to close the 1100 block of Gadsden Street, on Friday, August 22, 2003 at 7:00 a.m. until Saturday, August 23, 2003 at 2:00 a.m. for a Parrot Palooza Concert.  Contact:  Jack Lewis
Resolution No.: R-2003-052 – Authorizing consumption of alcoholic beverages and Parrot Palooza Concert on Gadsden Street adjacent to Jillian’s  - Approved
 
10. Council is asked to approve a request from the Historic Columbia Foundation to close the 1400 block of Richland Street between Marion Street and Bull Street and Marion Street between Richland Street and Calhoun Street on Saturday, August 30, 2003, from 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. for the 25th Annual Jubilee Celebration on the grounds of the Mann-Simons Cottage.  Contact:  Ann Posner - Approved

11. Council is asked to approve a request from the University of South Carolina to close the 1400 block of Greene Street during the following events associated with Carolina Welcome 2003 for new and returning Carolina students.  Contact:  Jerry T. Brewer - Approved

· Tuesday, August 19, 2003 – from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. for the “Merchants Fair”
· Tuesday, August 20, 2003 – from 6:00 p.m. until 12:00 a.m. for “Carolina Y’All”
· Wednesday, August 20, 2003 – from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. for “Cool Off Carolina”

12. Council is asked to approve a request from Daughters of the Holy Cross at Trinity Cathedral to close the 1100 blocks of Marion Street and Senate Street, on Saturday, November 8, 2003, from 7:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. for the Trinity Bazaar.  Council is also asked to approve a request to bag the parking meters on both sides of the street from Friday, November 7, 2003 until Saturday, November 8, 2003.  Contact:  Lee Hutson - Approved
 
13. Council is asked to approve a request from First Baptist Church to close Washington Street between Marion Street and Sumter Street, on Thursday, September 25, 2003, from 12:00 noon until 11:00 p.m. for a Sportsman Dinner.  Contact:  Rev. Tim Parcheta, Sr. - Approved

 13a. **Council is asked to approve a request from the SC Employment Security Commission to close Washington Street and Gadsden Street to the corner of Wayne Street and Hampton Street on Thursday, August 14, 2003 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Contact: James Keisler - Approved
 
  CONSIDERATION OF BIDS, AGREEMENTS AND CHANGE ORDERS

14. Council is asked to approve a Contract for M5 Software License, Professional Service and On-going Maintenance and Support, as requested by Fleet Management.  Award to CSI-Maximus, in the total amount of $274,087.00.  The vendor is located in Wayne, Pennsylvania. - Approved
 
15. Council is asked to approve a Vendor for Cutting and Lawn Maintenance for the Metro Wastewater Treatment Plant and Lift Stations for FY 2003/2004, as requested by Utilities. Award to Addison Lawn & Ground Maintenance, the low bidder in the amount of $42,300.00.  The vendor is located in the Midlands area.  - Approved

16. Council is asked to approve Project #SS680, Phase IIB;  Sanitary Sewer Construction inside the right-of-way to serve Phase IIB of Belvedere Subdivision, as requested by Engineering.  Award to Trussell Brothers Construction, the low bidder, in the amount of $214,390.00.  This firm is located in Columbia, SC.  - Approved

17. Council is asked to approve Project #SS848-0/1, Proposed Sanitary Sewer Construction inside the right-of-way to serve Wayne Street, as requested by Engineering.  Award to Ideal Construction, the low bidder, in the amount of $50,516.00. This firm is located in White Rock, SC. - Approved

18. Council is asked to approve the Purchase of Chemicals for the Wastewater Treatment Plant for FY 2003/2004, as requested by Utilities.  Award the following lots as listed for a total amount of $122,870.70.  - Approved

Lot 1 Chlorine  Jones Chemical $86,350.00
Lot 2 Caustic Soda  Brentag Southeast $492.00
Lot 3 Sulfamic Acid  Bretang Southeast $908.70
Lot 4 Sulfur Dioxide  Jones Chemical $34,100.00
Lot 5 Sodium Chloride Univar   $1,020.00

ORDINANCES - SECOND READING

19. Ordinance No.: 2003-046 - Amending 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. 17-255, Table of permitted uses, Division I, Services, SIC 7999, Amusement and recreation services not elsewhere permitted to add SIC 7999.1 Bingo parlors – First reading approval on July 09, 2003 – Approved on second reading

20. Ordinance No.: 2003-067 - Authorizing property exchange between the City of Columbia and South Carolina Department of Transportation – First reading approval on July 30, 2003 – Approved on second reading

 SECOND READING - ZONING AMENDMENTS

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously give second reading approval on a single motion to Item 21. Zoning Amendment 03-18 MA - 1014 Adeline Drive, TMS# 11215-06-26; rezone from M-1 (Light Industrial) to PUD-R and Item 22. Zoning Amendment 03-19 MA - 342 Pickens Street, TMS# 11307-18-01 and 04; rezone from RG-2 (General Residential) to PUD-C.

21. 03-18 MA 1014 Adeline Drive, TMS# 11215-06-26; rezone from M-1 (Light Industrial) to PUD-R (Planned Unit Development – Residential).  – First reading approval July 9, 2003  - Approved on second reading

22. 03-19 MA 342 Pickens Street, TMS# 11307-18-01 and 04; rezone from RG-2 (General Residential) to PUD-C (Planned Unit Development – Commercial). First reading approval July 16, 2003 – Approved on second reading

ORDINANCES - FIRST READING

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to give first reading approval on a single motion to Item 23. Ordinance No.: 2003-058 – Annexing 1732 Carnegie Street, Richland County TMS #11609-05-01 and Item 24. Ordinance No.: 2003-059 – Annexing Tracts I and B and 25’ strip on McLeod Road at Wilson Boulevard, Richland County TMS #14303-02-11 and 12 and 25’ strip of 14303-02-01.

23. Ordinance No.: 2003-058 – Annexing 1732 Carnegie Street, Richland County TMS #11609-05-01 – Approved on first reading

24. Ordinance No.: 2003-059 – Annexing Tracts I and B and 25’ strip on McLeod Road at Wilson Boulevard, Richland County TMS #14303-02-11 and 12 and 25’ strip of 14303-02-01- Approved on first reading

RESOLUTIONS

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously on a single motion to approve Item 25. Resolution No.: R-2003-048 – Authorizing Sidewalk Sales for Logan Raye at 801 Gervais Street and Item 26. Resolution No.: R-2003-054 – Authorizing Sidewalk Sales for Granger Owings, Inc. at 1333 Main Street

25. Resolution No.: R-2003-048 – Authorizing Sidewalk Sales for Logan Raye at 801 Gervais Street – Approved

26. Resolution No.: R-2003-054 – Authorizing Sidewalk Sales for Granger Owings, Inc. at 1333 Main Street - Approved

APPOINTMENT

27. Commercial Revolving Loan Fund Board

Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve the re-appointment of Mr. Leo Richardson, Mr. Leon Howard, Ms. Thomasena Reynolds, Mr. J. Scott Blackmon, Jr., Ms. Sharon Bramlett and Mr. Rick Semon and the appointment of Mr. Charles P. Austin, Sr., Interim City Manager for a two year term to expire on July 10, 2005.

OTHER MATTERS

28. Midlands Regional Convention Center Authority Name Change

Upon motion by Ms. Isaac, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve the request from Midlands Regional Convention Center Authority to change its name to the Midlands Authority for Conventions, Sports and Tourism, contingent upon approval by all impacted governmental agencies.

APPEARANCE OF PUBLIC HAVING BUSINESS WITH CITY COUNCIL

Mr. Bill Manley, 4000 Abingdon Road, appeared before the members of Council to discuss various issues.  He stated that the issue he had regarding the purchase of new playground equipment has been resolved.  He also informed Council that Abingdon Road has been paved, but it doesn’t look good and barriers were left lying around.  Mr. Manley presented photographs of Abingdon Road.

Mr. Temple Ligon, The Columbia Star, reminded the members of Council that he lectures on cities each second Friday of the month at noon.

· Mayor Coble adjourned the regular meeting at 10:55 a.m. to reconvene the Work Session.

Respectfully submitted by:

Erika D. Moore
City Clerk