CITY OF COLUMBIA
CITY COUNCIL / PUBLIC HEARING MINUTES
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15, 2001
10:00 A.M. - 1737 MAIN STREET
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS
 

The Columbia City Council met for in regular session and a Public Hearing on Wednesday, August 15, 2001, in the City Hall Council Chambers.  Mayor Robert D. Coble called the meeting to order at 10:27 a.m.  Council members present were:  The Honorable E.W. Cromartie, The Honorable Francenia B. Heizer, The Honorable Jim Papadea, The Honorable Anne M. Sinclair, The Honorable Hamilton Osborne, Jr., and The Honorable Sam Davis.  Also attending were Ms. Leona K. Plaugh, City Manager and Ms. Pamela J. Ferst, Acting City Clerk.

I. PRESENTATIONS

A. Employee of the Month

Human Resources Director, Jacques Gilliam introduced Mrs. Mona Holiday, Human Resources Benefits Coordinator as the Employee of the month for August, 2001.  He stated that Ms. Holliday has been an employee of the city for the last fifteen (15) years beginning as a clerk III then promoted to a divisional secretary.  Mr. Gilliam acknowledged her for professionalism.

Mayor Coble presented Ms. Holiday with a plaque recognizing her as August=s Employee of the Month.

City Manager Plaugh presented her with a day off and a token of the city=s appreciation.

B. City Year

1. Recognition of City Year for obtaining six (6) awards at the National     City Year Conference:
1. Best Daily Briefing (Daily Newsletter)
2. Best Civic Engagement & Initiative (City Day)
3. Best Service Impact (Cycle:City Year Community Leadership Education Curriculum)
4. Best Camp City  Year
5. Best Young Heroes Program
6. Best Recruitment

Ms. Margaret O=Brien informed the Mayor and Council of the outstanding accomplishments of City Year Columbia that were recognized at the National City Year Conference.

2. Presentation of Best Sponsor Award to the City of Columbia

Mr. Rick Noble presented the Mayor and Council with the City Year Best Team Sponsor Award.
C. Youth Board Recognition - Mr. Archie Maddox, Youth Commissioner

Mr. Archie Maddox recognized Ms. Emily Brady, a graduating senior of the YouthBoard.  Ms. Brady is a graduate of Hammond School and has served on the YouthBoard for the last five (5) years.

$ Mr. Davis joined the meeting at 10:40 a.m.

4. The Black Expo -  Mr. Darron Thomas
This item was held over, no action was taken.

E. Columbia Metro Airport Presentation - Mr. Mike Flack

Mr. Mike Flack updated the Mayor and Council on the proposed future expansion of the Columbia Metropolitan Airport.

II. PUBLIC HEARINGS

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

1. 01-17 MA.  Old Shandon/Lower Waverly Neighborhoods, add a DP (Design Preservation) overlay to this district with general boundaries being Harden Street,   Gervais Street, Millwood Avenue, Maple Street and Devine Street.

Mayor Coble opened the Public Hearing for public comments.

Mr. Eddie Lloyd, President of the Waverly Neighborhood Annex Association, recognized members present.  Mr. Lloyd urged that before becoming a designated area, a foundation is laid which means those vacant lots need to be cleaned up, the overgrown trees, the overgrown bushes need to be cleaned up, the crime in the area i.e. prostitution.

Mr. Lloyd stated that the proposed concept is a good idea but wants the idea to include all of Waverly.  He then invited the Mayor and Council to a neighborhood clean-up day.

Reverend Shawn Weston stated that the neighborhood is willing to stick with the community, partnership with the city as far as is allowed and to try to take steps to control the conditions of that neighborhood.  Reverend Weston told Council that he can=t change everything but that he is willing to be a part of trying to change the look or the appearance in hopes that in doing that we can bring pride back in the community and the city.

' Ms. Heizer left the meeting at 11:30 a.m.

Mayor Coble called the Public Hearing to a close.

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve  on first reading in concept a Rehab Grant Program for elderly owner occupied residents with  future changes.  Mr. Davis abstained from voting do to a conflict with Arsenal Hill.  Withdrawn???

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve  on first reading in concept a Rehab Grant Program for elderly owner occupied residents with  future changes.  Mr. Davis abstained from voting do to a conflict with Arsenal Hill.  Ms. Heizer was not present for the vote.

2. 01-16 MA.  1026 Oakland Avenue, TMS 11706-7-12.  Rezone from RS-3 to RG-2.
ACTION:  APPROVED on first reading.
 

B. ORDINANCE - SECOND READING

1. Ordinance No. 2000-039 - Amending Code of Ordinances of the City of Columbia,   South Carolina, Chapter .. (Public Nuisances).
This item was held over, no action was taken.

2. Ordinance No. 2001-071 - Amending Code of Ordinances of the City of Columbia,
South Carolina, Chapter ... (Boarded Dwelling Unit Ordinance).

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve Version B of Ordinance No. 2001-071 - Amending Code of Ordinances of the City of Columbia, South Carolina, Chapter ... (Boarded Dwelling Unit Ordinance).  Ms. Heizer was not present for the vote.

Mayor Coble left the meeting at this time.

Mayor Pro-Tempore Davis presided over the meeting.

III. CONSENT AGENDA

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Ms. Heizer, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion the consent agenda as amended.  Mayor Coble was not present for the vote.

A. STREET CLOSINGS

1. Request from Group Therapy, Inc. to close the 2100 block of Greene Street on   Saturday, August 25, 2001, from 11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. for Brew Fest= 2001.    Approval of Resolution No.:  2001-057 - Authorizing consumption of alcoholic   beverages at Brew Fest= 2001.  Contact: Scott Linaberry - Approved

2. Request from the Columbia Museum of Art for permission to hold the Third Thursday Party on the Boyd Plaza and to close off Hampton Street between the intersections of Main and Assembly Streets on Thursday, October 18, 2001, from 3:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Contact: Margaret Lawson - Approved

3. Request from the University of South Carolina to close Greene Street between the Russell House gates on Tuesday, August 21, 2001, from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and from 6:00 p.m. - 12:00 midnight to accommodate plans for Welcome Back Week for students.  Contact: Jerry T. Brewer - Approved
 
4. Request Jillians to close Gadsden Street Friday, September 14th at 8:00 a.m. until   Saturday, September 15, 2001 at 5:00 a.m. for Jillians Concert.    Approval of
*Resolution No.:  2001-0__ - Authorizing consumption of alcoholic beverages for   Jillians Concert.  Contact:  Fred Delk - Street closing was approved.  Resolution was   held over to a later date.

5. Request from the Township Auditorium to close Henderson Street between the   Township and the Robert Mills House for refurbishing Monday thru Friday, the weeks   of August 20 - 24th; August 27 - 31st; Tuesday, September 4th and Wednesday,   September 5th.- Approved

6. *Request from the Historic Columbia Foundation to close 1)  Portion of Richland   Street from Bull to Marion Streets:  2)  Marion Street from Calhoun to Richland   Street on Saturday, August 18, 2001 at 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. for the 23rd Annual   Jubilee:  Festival of Heritage. - Approved

7. *Request from the Five Points Association to close the Harden and Greene Street entrances to Saluda Avenue every Thursday evening from August 23rd through October 31st between the hours of 5:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. for the 5 Points after 5 Concert Series.  The concert hours are 6:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.  Approval of Resolution No.:  2001-058 - Authorizing consumption of alcoholic beverages at Five Points Association=s 5 Points after 5 Fall Concert Series.  Contact:  Debbie Parker - Approved

B.  CONSIDERATION OF BIDS, AGREEMENTS, AND CHANGE ORDERS

1. Council is asked for approval to contract for one lot of Lawn maintenance as requested
by the Utilities Dept.   Award to the Reigel Touch, the low bidder, in the amount of   $10,479.00.  A FBE Company located in Elgin, S.C. - Approved

Lake Murray Water Plant & Lift Station / 7 months

2. Council is asked for approval to contract for two lots of Lawn Maintenance as requested by the Utilities Dept.   Award to RJP Lawn Care, the low bidder, in the amount of $61,880.00.  A MBE located in Hopkins, S.C. - Approved

Wastewater Treatment Plant / 12 months $42,000.00
Lift Station / 7 months    $14,880.00

3. Council is asked for approval for the purchase of six (6) Utility Trailers as requested by the Wastewater Maintenance Division.  Award to the Floyd Marketing Group, the low bidder, in the amount of $11,774.70.  The firm is located in Greenville, S.C.  There are no MBE=s on file who sell these trailers. - Approved

4. Council is asked for approval for the purchase of Plastic Borders and Galvanized Stakes as requested by Parks and Recreation. Award to Bliss Products, the low bidder, in the amount of $12,464.05.  The firm is located in Douglas, Georgia.  There were no MBE or FBE Bidders. - Approved

5. Council is asked for approval to contract for the Painting of Parks and Recreation Department Building as requested by Parks & Recreation.  Award to Robert=s Painting Service, the low bidder.  All bidders were local and MBE=s. - Approved
 
6. Council is asked for approval to contract with Professional Consulting Services to do   a Radio Communications System needs analysis and conceptual system design as   requested by the Office of Public Safety.  Award to Buford Goff & Associates as a Sole   Source on an emergency basis, in the amount of $90,280.00. - Approved

7. Council is asked for approval for the purchase of a lot of Cisco Network Hardware and   Hardware Trade-In as requested by the Police Dept.  Award bid to Premier System   Integrators, the low bidder, in the amount of $16,405.20.  Prices per S.C. State   Contract #C800794044.  The Vendor is not an MBE and is located in Charlotte, N.C. -   Approved

C. ORDINANCES - SECOND READING

1. Ordinance No.: 2001-0076 - Annexing 938 Fiske Street, Richland County
TMS #11711-13-11.  First reading was given August 01, 2001. - Approved on second   reading.

IV. RESOLUTIONS

Upon motion by Mr. Papdea, seconded by Mr. Davis, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion Resolution No.: R-2001-053 - Authorizing extension of the term of the Inmate labor Agreement with the South Carolina Department of Corrections and Resolution No.: R-2001-054 - Authorization for Acceptance of Dedication of a Street, Known as BelleValley Lane in Belleclave, Phase 4A; Richland County TMS # 22715-05-01 (Portion); CF # 222-04D.  Ms. Heizer and Mayor Coble were not present for the vote.

1. Resolution No.: R-2001-053 - Authorizing extension of the term of the Inmate labor Agreement with the South Carolina Department of Corrections. - Approved

2. Resolution No.: R-2001-054 - Authorization for Acceptance of Dedication of a Street, Known as BelleValley Lane in Belleclave, Phase 4A; Richland County TMS # 22715-05-01 (Portion); CF # 222-04D - Approved

3. Resolution No.:  R-2001-055 - Authorizing Sidewalk Sales for Granger Owings, Inc. at 1333 Main Street

Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve Resolution No.:  R-2001-055 - Authorizing Sidewalk Sales for Granger Owings, Inc. at 1333 Main Street.  Ms. Heizer and Mayor Coble were not present for the vote.

V. OTHER MATTERS

4. REQUEST FOR CERTIFICATE OF PUBLIC CONVENIENCE AND NECESSITY
Tyrone Brown, DBA as Brown Transportation

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve the request for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity for Tyrone Brown, DBA as Brown Transportation.    Ms. Heizer and Mayor Coble were not present for the vote.

B. Agreement with the Town of Irmo (WS)
ACTION:  APPROVED
 
C. Agreement with SCDOT (WS)
ACTION:  APPROVED

D. Saluda River Force Main (WS)
ACTION:  APPROVED B.P. Barber and Associates, Inc. for the Preliminary Design.

E. *TIF Agreement
ACTION:  APPROVED

VI. APPEARANCE OF PUBLIC HAVING BUSINESS WITH CITY COUNCIL

5. Resident requesting City Trolley service in the Harbison area.

6. Ms. Christie Canzater appeared before Council to appeal her request for a Chauffeurs license.
ACTION:  APPROVED for a one (1) year probationary period.

Council moved to go into Executive Session to discuss Excess Tort Liability at 1:00 p.m.

The meeting adjourned at 1:15 p.m.
 

Respectfully submitted by:
 
 

Pamela J. Ferst, CPS
Acting City Clerk

(WS) Moved from Work Session Agenda