CITY COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2004
10:00 A.M. – 1737 MAIN STREET
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

The City of Columbia City Council met in regular session on Wednesday, September 1, 2004, in the City Hall Council Chambers at 1737 Main Street, Columbia, South Carolina. Mayor Robert D. Coble called the meeting to order at 10:07 a.m.  Council members present were The Honorable E.W. Cromartie, II, The Honorable Anne M. Sinclair, The Honorable Hamilton Osborne, Jr., The Honorable Sam Davis, The Honorable Tameika Isaac Devine and The Honorable Daniel J. Rickenmann.  Also present were Mr. Charles P. Austin, Sr., City Manager and Ms. Erika D. Moore, City Clerk.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

1. Minutes of August 18 and 25, 2004

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion the Minutes of August 18 and 25, 2004 as presented.

PRESENTATIONS

  2. August 2004 Employee of the Month Ms. Deidre A. Epps – Mr. Robert Hecker, Director of Information Technology
 This item was deferred until September 15, 2004.

3. Columbia Museum of Art – Ms. Karen Brosius, Executive Director

Ms. Karen Brosius, Executive Director provided an update on the programs of the Columbia Museum of Art and to share the positive progress the Museum has made in the past six (6) months.  She stated that they finished the fiscal year out of debt by carefully watching their budget, by jump-starting fund raising efforts, cutting expenses, and combining positions. Ms. Brosius explained that centralizing their inventory and maintenance needs saved money as well. She said they also saved money on HVAC by installing the latest energy saving devices. She said that the board members raised over $50,000.00 in new pledges through a phone-a-thon.  Ms. Brosius stated that corporate support has increased significantly and that the rise in individual support has been inspiring.  She thanked the City of Columbia for fiscal year 2004 funding in the amount of $584,079.00 and Richland County for fiscal year 2005 funding in the amount of $669,500.00.  She said that they are committed to community outreach and diversity. She stated Ms. Catherine Davis chairs the new African American Advocacy Group to move toward the goal of greater involvement, dialogue, and partnership in the community.  Ms. Brosius told the members of Council about African American exhibitions such as Urhobo and Jonathan Green’s Rhythms of Life.  She stated that the Columbia Museum of Art is the cultural window of the world.  She said that they would increase and diversify their funding base and continue to be fiscally responsible.  Ms. Brosius encouraged the members of Council to come and see what the Columbia Museum of Art is doing to enrich our community and the lives of its residents.

4. Palmetto Capital City Classic – Mr. Allison Baker, Assistant City Manager for Public Services

Mr. Bobby Gist, Palmetto Capital City Classic Committee Member, thanked the members of City Council for their on-going support of the Palmetto Capital City Classic.  He briefly explained the scheduled events associated with the Classic.  He said that the business community and Richland County have embraced this event also.  He told the members of Council that last year’s game was rated as one (1) of the top five (5) Historically Black College Football Classics in America.  Mr. Gist said that in years to come this game would become more prominent.  He invited the members of Council to attend the Doug Banks Morning Show at the Township Auditorium on Thursday at 7:00 p.m.; the R& B Show at the Colonial Center and a Step Show at the Koger Center on Friday night.  He thanked SCE&G for sponsoring the Vendor Village and the South Carolina Fair Association for embracing this event as well.  He thanked the University of South Carolina and Dr. McGhee for working diligently to make the game a success and for waiving the stadium rental fees.  He stated that a contingency plan is being drafted in case the Governor declares a state of emergency.  Mr. Gist stated that the gates would open at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday.

CONSENT AGENDA

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Davis, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion the Consent Agenda Items 5. through 12. as presented.

STREET CLOSINGS

5.  Council is asked to approve a request from the Roberson Memorial Holiness Church to close the 1000 block of House Street between Bratton Street and Senate Street on Saturday, September 11, 2004 from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. for a Ground Breaking Service.  Contact: Ms. Gladys C. Roberson - Approved

6.  Council is asked to approve a request from the Wales Garden Neighborhood Association to close Catawba Avenue between Wateree Street and St. James Street and St. James Traffic Circle at St. James Street and Catawba Avenue on Sunday, October 24, 2004 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. for a Neighborhood Block Party.  Contact: Mrs. Coles J. Lawton, President - Approved

CONSIDERATION OF BIDS & AGREEMENTS

7.  Council is asked to approve the Purchase of Toys for Employee’s Children for Christmas, as requested by the Administration for Employees ‘ Children Christmas. Award to Wal-Mart in the amount of $12,149.34.  This vendor is located in Columbia, SC.  - Approved
8.  Council is asked to approve the Purchase of a Four Door Sedan with Flex Fuel Capability, as requested by Municipal Court.  Award to Butler Chrysler Dodge Jeep using the SC State Vehicle Contract, in the amount of $12,404.00.  This vendor is located in Beaufort, SC. - Approved

9.  Council is asked to approve the Purchase of Repair Parts for the MSA Breathing Equipment, as requested by the Fire Department.  Award to Newton’s Fire & Safety, as a Sole Source purchase, in the amount of $15,973.12.  This vendor is located in Swepsonville, NC. - Approved

10.  Council is asked to approve the Purchase of Turkeys, as requested by the Administration for Employee Christmas.  Award to U.S. Food Services (PYA), the low bidder, in the amount of $15,997.50.  This vendor is located in Lexington, SC. - Approved

11.  Council is asked to approve Project #SD262-3/4; Storm Drainage Improvements for Carousel Circle, as requested by Engineering.  Award to Palmetto Environmental Group, in the amount of $20,780.00.  This firm is located in Elgin, SC.  The CIP budgeted amount for this project is $20,922.00. - Approved

12.  Council is asked to approve the Purchase of Two (2) Intermediate Patrol Sedans, as requested by the Fire Department.  Award to Herndon Chevrolet, using the SC State Vehicle Contract, in the amount of $34,163.56.  This vendor is located in Lexington, SC. - Approved

CONSIDERATION OF BIDS, AGREEMENTS & CHANGE ORDERS

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion Items 13. through 14a. as amended.

13. Council is asked to approve the Purchase of a Four (4) Flex-fuel Utility Trucks, as requested by the Fire Department.  Award to Herndon Chevrolet, using the SC State Vehicle Contract in the amount of $98,173.32.  This vendor is located in Lexington, SC. - Approved

14. Council is asked to approve an Agreement for Consulting Services to Perform a Water and Sewer Rate Study for the City, as requested by Engineering Operations.  Award to Black and Veatch, in the amount of $210,000.00.  This firm is located in Greenville, SC. - Approved

 14a. **Council is asked to approve a Three (3) Year Contract for Digital Copiers, Paper and Consumables, as requested by the Support Services Division.  Award to Palmetto Office Machines, the low bidder, in the amount of $938,979.72.  This firm is located in Columbia, SC.  - Approved

ORDINANCES – FIRST READING

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to give first reading approval on a single motion to Items 15. through 18. as presented.

15.  Ordinance No.: 2004-083 – Annexing 5217 Fairfield Road, Richland County TMS# 11702-02-30 – Approved on first reading.

16.  Ordinance No.: 2004-084 – Authorizing transfer of a 1.22 acres (55,520 square feet) portion of Lexington County TMS# 01800-07-02, at Hwy. 6 and North Lake Drive – Approved on first reading.

17.  Ordinance No.: 2004-085 – Amending the 1998 Code of Ordinances of the City of Columbia, South Carolina, Chapter 14, Offenses and Miscellaneous Provisions, Article IV, Offenses Against the Public Peace and Order, Sec. 14-97, Loitering – Approved on first reading.

18.  Ordinance No.: 2004-086 – Amending the 1998 Code of Ordinances of the City of Columbia, South Carolina, Chapter 14, Offenses and Miscellaneous Provisions, Article IV, Offenses Against the Public Peace and Order, to add Sec. 14-104, Unlawful urination or defecation – Approved on first reading.

RESOLUTIONS

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion Items 19.,20.,22. and 23. as presented.  Item 21. was deferred.

19. Resolution No.: R-2004-047 – Authorizing Execution of Richland District Two Mutual Aid Agreement - Approved

20. Resolution No.: R-2004-048 – Approving the Housing Authority of the City of Columbia engaging in Celia Saxon Revitalization Project - Approved

21. Resolution No.: 2004-049 – Authorizing consumption of alcoholic beverages at Hootie & The Blowfish Concert at Finlay Park
 This item was held over no action was taken.

22. Resolution No.: R-2004-050 – For condemnation of a portion of Wayne Street, Richland County TMS# 08912-06-11 (portion) - Approved

23. Resolution No.: R-2004-051 – Authorizing Acceptance and Dedication of Streets Known as Woodcreek Farms Road, Woodcreek Farms Road, Parcel B to the City of Columbia; Richland County TMS#28900-03-07 (portion); CF#222-22 - Approved

APPEARANCE OF PUBLIC HAVING BUSINESS WITH CITY COUNCIL

· City Council adjourned the meeting at 10:38 p.m. to reconvene the Work Session.

Respectfully submitted by:
Erika D. Moore
City Clerk