CITY OF COLUMBIA CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
WEDNESDAY, September 6, 2000
 

The City of Columbia City Council met Wednesday, September 6, 2000, at 10:00 a.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers, 1737 Main Street, Columbia, South Carolina.  Mayor Robert D. Coble called the meeting at 10:10 a.m.  Council members present were: The Honorable Francenia B. Heizer, The Honorable Jim Papadea, The Honorable Anne M. Sinclair,  The Honorable Hamilton Osborne, Jr., The Honorable Sam Davis.  Also attending was Mr. Michael A. Bierman, City Manager and Ms. Peggy S. Breeland, City Clerk.

I. ROLL CALL AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Ms. Heizer, Council unanimously approved the minutes of the May 31, June 7, June 21, June 28, 2000 meetings.

II. PRESENTATION

A. Recognition of Employee of the Month - September 2000

Mr. Chris White, of the Columbia City Police Department, was recognized as the City of Columbia Employee of the Month for September 2000.  Mr. White has been employed with the City since October 1995.

B. Proclamation  - National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Mayor Coble presented a proclamation for National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month (May).

C. Presentation by Midlands Commission on Homelessness

Mr. Jake Clamp, Chair of the Midlands Commission on Homelessness, reported to the Council the results of the commission’s study of homelessness.

Mr. Craven Ravenal, attorney, appointee of the City of Columbia, requested Council to consider the constituency that rely on bus system as their only form of transportation for medical treatment and employment.  Mr. Ravenel also stated that the rates and routes should match the riders using the system.

 
Dr. Stuart Garvin informed Council on the ongoing health care of the homeless population.  Dr. Garvey also stated that the Commission started T.B. screening of the homeless in November of 1998 and it is now being continued through the Richland County Health Department and the SC DHEC.

Ms. Jan Hide of the Salvation Army praised the Commission that through it’s advocacy and help in moving the Salvation Army to Elmwood and Main Street location.

Mr. Earl Brown thanked Council for allowing him to serve on the Commission and asked Council to review the covenants of the Downtown Churches regarding their concerns as stated in the covenant.

Mr. Clamp requested that Council designate a week in November as Homeless Week in the City of Columbia.

Mayor Coble expressed Council’s appreciation for the work of the Midlands Commission on Homelessness.

III. PUBLIC HEARING

A. Property Maintenance Ordinance

A public hearing was held to receive comments on the proposed Property Maintenance Ordinance in which Council is considering adopting the International Property Maintenance Code, a model ordinance, which would address requirements for the maintenance of residential and commercial property.

Mayor Coble opened the floor for public comment.

Ms. Dana Turner, City of Columbia Housing Inspector, stated that the Property Maintenance Code is a combination code developed by the three main code organizations across the nations, the International Conference of the Building Officials, the Building Officials and Code Administrators, and the Southern Building Code Congress.  This code is intended to replace the standard housing code and is being considered across the nation by a number of cities for adoption.  It was approved by the South Carolina Legislature for adoption in April 2000.  We have forward copies of these documents to all the neighborhood associations.  Also, forwarded a letter to commercial property owners and managers regarding this code informing of and inviting them to the public hearing and were invited to attend.  Ms. Turner reviewed the differences regarding this proposed ordinance and our current property maintenance ordinance.  Some of these differences were:

Commercial Property Owners need to maintain property. Address unsafe equipment as well as unsafe and unlawful structures; includes swimming pools, side walks, stairways; parking areas; extermination provisions, and specific heating
requirements.
 
Ms. Turner urged Council to consider and adopt the International Property Maintenance Code.

Mr. Papadea asked what other cities and/or counties have adopted this code.

Mr. Turner responded that the City of Columbia would be the leader with respect to adopting the code.

Ms. Heizer assured the public that everyone will have a opportunity to voice their concerns.

Ms. Sinclair asked if the public hearing included the nusiance ordinance.

Mr. Bierman responded that this public hearing is for the property maintenance ordinance only.

Mr. Papadea asked how the code would be enforced.

Mr. Turner responded that primarily response is based on complaints, unless requested by neighborhood associations.

Mayor Coble opened the floor for public comment.

Mr. John Stucker, President of University Neighborhood Association, appeared before Council and spoke in support of the adoption of this code.  Mr. Stucker stated that the executive counsel voted to endorse the code and presented a copy to Council for the record.

Ms. Ann House, representing the Earlewood Park Community, appeared before Council and spoke in support of the adoption of this code.

Ms. Diane Strater, a resident of Earlewood Park, appeared before Council and expressed her concerns regarding homes of the elderly at 2905 and 2906 River Drive.    She stated to Council that the elderly were being evicted because the properties were being converted to unsupervised rental housing units.  Ms. Strater also expressed concerns regarding a duplex at 3305 Clark Street that may become a rooming house as well.

Council responded that these concerns will be investigated.

Mr. Randolph Johnson, President of Belmont Neighborhood Assocation, appeared before Council and spoke in favor of adopting this code because of the need to make properties safer and more attractive.  Mr. Johnson stated that although he is in support of this code, he asked Council consider problems that could possible arise if adopted, such as the boarding up of houses in neighborhoods.
 
Mr. Wilbur Tucker, President of CNN, appeared before Council and spoke in favor of adopting this code.  Mr. Tucker stated that he is in favor of this property maintenance code and it is needed to make the City of Columbia better.

Mr. Rhett Anders, President of Eau Claire Community Council, appeared before Council and stated that he has a cross section view of this code and stated it would be good if adopted.

Ms. Katherine Tremmnel, President Elect of CNN, appeared before Council and stated that all comments she has received were very favorable.

Mr. Bill Barron, representing the Columbia Appearance Commission, appeared before Council and stated his concerns about the appearance of the City.  Mr. Barron stated asked Council to be sure to have the code enforced if adopted.

Ms. Fran Potter expressed her concerns with adopting the international code in fear that the code could be used to destroy historic structures or  make them too expensive to be saved by virtue of accumulated liens. She had concerns that the City could find itself in violation of the code if roadways, drainage areas and the like were included.

Ms. Catherine Bellfield, President of Washington Heights Neighborhood Association, appeared before Council and expressed her concerns regarding how the proposed property maintenance code will be enforced.  Ms. Bellfield is also concerned with trash washing into the streets and storm drains.  She also requested that copies of the proposed ordinance be distributed to Waverly residents.

Mr. Osborne asked Ms. Bellfield to make a list of her concerns and provide the list to Mr. Michael Bierman, City Manager.

Ms. Doris Blackmon appeared before Council to express her concerns regarding criminal activities in her neighborhood.  Ms. Backmon asked that Council ensure the proposed ordinance is enforced.

Ms. Susan James, resident of Hollywood Hills Community, appeared before Council and expressed her concerns with the proposed public nuisance ordinance and asked Council to ensure, if adopted, the enforcement of the ordinance.

Ms. Susan Heyward, resident of Wales Garden, appeared before Council and expressed her concerns regardng enforcement of the proposed property maintenance ordinance.  Ms. Heyward also asked that tidiness within the city’s side of commercial easements be addressed.

Council responded that these concerns would be investigated.

 
Ms. Carla McGown appeared before Council and asked the status of HUD funding for limited rehabilitation for housing for the elderly.

Ms. Leona Plaugh, Assistant City Manager for Community Services, responded that  the HUD programs that are in place for the elderly and others is usually done once a year and is dependent upon volunteer labor.  Ms. Plaugh asked Ms. McGown to  provide a list of names so she may place them program list.

Mayor Coble brought the public hearing to a close.

IV. CONSENT AGENDA

Upon motion by Ms. Heizer, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council unanimously approved the consent agenda as amended: Item B.4 will be held over, Item C.8. will be moved to the regular agenda, and  Items D. 1 and 4 will be moved to the regular agenda.

A. ZONING MAP AMENDMENTS - SECOND READING

1. #00-27 MA.  822, 907, 910 7 4 vacant lots on Carola Ave., 3 vacant lots on
Barton St., and vacant lot on Pinner Road, TMS 11701-12-22; 9313-6-10 &11;
9313-7-2,3,4&6; 9216-7-172; 9216-5-4; and 9313-6-2.  Rezone from RS-2 &
RS-3) Single Family Residential to PUD-R (Planned Unit Development -
Residential).

2. #00-44 MA.  Woodcross Drive at Fernandian Court (13.35 acres), TMS 04911-06-01; 4910-02-01; & Lexington Map 2898-03-19.  Annexation with rezoning from PUD-2 in the County to PUD-LS with plan amendment to allow multi-family residential in City.

B. ORDINANCES - SECOND READING

1. Ordinance No. 2000-068 - Authorizing execution of Quit Claim Deed for unopened streets in the area bounded by the Congaree River on the west, Huger Street on the east, Gervais Street on the north and Blossom Street on the south.

2. Ordinance No. 2000-062 - Granting encroachment to A Self Storage for landscaping of the right of way in the 2800 block of Marion Street adjacent to its business.

3. Ordinance No. 2000-063 - Amending the 1998 Code of Ordinances of the City of Columbia, South Carolina, Chapter 23, Utilities and Engineering, Article V, Water and Sewer Rates, Sec. 23-149, Sewer service rates, (b) Consumers using water cooling towers for air conditioning.
 

4. Ordinance No. 2000-064 - Prohibiting parking in certain areas on the 1900 block Park Street the 900 block of Richland Street and the 1900 block of Lincoln Street.

This item was held over.

C. CONSIDERATION OF BIDS AND AGREEMENTS

1. Council approved the request purchase Roll Carts for the 2000/2001 Fiscal Year for the Solid Waste Division, Award contract to Toter, Inc., a sol source procurement based on compatibility, for $98,558.46.

2. Council approved the request to enter into an agreement for consulting
services with SEAUS, Inc., for the Department of Utiltiies, to provide services
necessary to conduct both an Organotion Study and Toxicity Identification
Evaluation of the City’s sanitary sewerage system, contract amount not to
exceed $50,000.

3. Council approved the request to enter into an agreement for engineering services with Consoer Townsend Environdyne (CTE) to provide engineering services for Water Line Relocation at Interstate 26 and Broad River Rd; CIP Project W355, for a not to exceed fee of $127,500.00.

4. Council approved the request to enter into an agreement for architectural/
engineering services with The Boudreaux Group, for the Harden Street
Redevelopment Project - Phase II, for a fee of $44,000.00.

5. Council approved the request approval to purchase PKG-1010 TOC Automated System for Lake Murray Water Plant; for the Department of Utilities,  Award contract to OI Analytical, the low bidder, for $25,296.00.

6. Council approved the request to contract for professional services with Eau
Claire Development Corporation to render services and financing to assist
community/economic activities, and redevelop the Eau Claire/North Columbia
area, for $85,000.00.

7. Council approved the request to contract for professional services with South
Columbia Development Corporation for the purposes of Harden Street
(between College and Gervais) Improvements, for $85,000.00.

8. Council approved the request to contract to construct water mains and appurtenances along Rauch Metz Road and Broad Stone Road to Service Ice Land USA, Award contract to Trussell Brothers Construction Co., Inc., the low bidder, for $222,053.50.
 
 
Mr. David Johnson appeared before to speak on Item IV.C.8..  Mr. Johnson stated that the developer will pay for the engineering and construction of the project.  The city will only handle the management of the project and that funds have already been received.  He also stated that it will be a city maintained water main.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Ms. Heizer, Council unanimously voted to approve the request to contract with Trussell Brothers Construction Co., Inc., to  construct water mains and appurtenances along Rauch Metz Road and Broad Stone Road to service Ice Land USA.

9. Council approved the request to contract for construction improvements to the water system in the Atlas Road Area, Award contract to Lake Murray Utility, the low bidder, for $274,079.80.

D. REQUESTS TO CLOSE CITY STREETS

1. Request from Columbia Inferno, to close Lincoln Street from Lady Street
(infront of Willy’s) and halfway down Lincoln Street (up to the Blue Marlin) for
their “SEC Fan Jam”, between the hours of 5:00 p.m. thru Midnight on the
following Friday evenings: September 8th, September 22nd, October 13th, and
October 27th.

Council discussed the request from Columbia Inferno and moved this item to the regular agenda.  Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Ms. Heizer, Council unanimously voted to approve the request for only September 8th, 2000.

2. Council approved the request from Hollywood-Rose Hill Neighborhood
Association to close South Gregg Street, between Maplewood and Crestwood,
for their annual Fall Picnic at Hollywood Park, on Sunday, September 24,
2000, between the hours of  4:00 p.m. thru 7:00 p.m.

3. Council approved the request from Strathaven Forest Homeowners
Association to close 7000 block of Calendonia Lane, for their annual
neighborhood picnic on Saturday,  September 30, 2000, between the hours of
4:00 p.m. thru 6:00 p.m.

4. Request from Palmetto Place Children’s Emergency Shelter to close the 1200  block of Lincoln Street and Approval of Resolution No. 2000-049 authorizing  the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages and denying use of coolers,  glass containers and the presence of pets, for the SEC Fan Jam, between  hours of 5:00 p.m. until 1:00 a.m. on the following Friday evenings: September  8th, September 22nd, October 13th, and October 27th.

 
Council discussed the request from Palmetto Place Children’s Emergency Shelter and moved this item to the regular agenda.  Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Ms. Heizer, Council unanimously voted to approve the request for only September 8th, 2000.

V. ORDINANCES

A. FIRST READING

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Mr. Osborne, Council unanimously voted to give first reading approval to Items V.A. 1 thru 4.

1. Ordinance No. 2000-065 - Amending interim zoning designation of Ordinance  No. 2000-04 - annexing parcels on the North and South sides of Buckler Road  and Parcel B, known as Richland County T.S. #09315-02-02, 03 and 04,  09316-03-05 and Parcel B adjacent to 09316-03-05 was enacted on May 3,  2000 with an interim zoning designation of C-3.

2. Ordinance No. 2000-066 - Annexing 7 Jacobs Mill Court, Lot 33, Block D4 &  D4A, Wood creek Farms, Richland County T.S. #28901-01-01.

3. Ordinance No. 2000-067 - Annexing Chellewood Subdivision, Phase 3C,  portion of Richland County T.S. #22715-01-01.

4. Ordinance No. 2000-069 - Authorizing sale of 1705 German Street, Richland  County T.S. No.: 11512-02-02 to Ronald Taylor.

VI. RESOLUTIONS AND AGREEMENTS

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Mayor Coble, Council unanimously voted to approve Item VI.1. Resolution No. 2000-047.
 

1. Resolution No. 2000-047 - For Condemnation - CIP Project #W889; Water Main From US Highway 76 Along Rauch Metz Road to Serve Iceland, USA.
VII. APPOINTMENTS

A. The Mini Grant Committee

This item held over.

VIII. DISPOSITION OF BICYCLES

Upon motion by Ms. Heizer, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council unanimously voted to approve the disposition of bicycles by the Police Department.
 
IX. APPEARANCE OF PUBLIC HAVING BUSINESS WITH CITY COUNCIL

No one appeared before council at this time.

Council returned to work session at 11:30 a.m.

Submitted by:
 
 

Peggy S. Breeland
City Clerk
 




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