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

The City of Columbia City Council met in regular session on Wednesday, September 10, 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.

**Moment of Meditation – Howard Lederfind, Emergency Operations Center MMRS-Coordinator

Mayor Coble proclaimed Thursday, September 11, 2003 as Patriot Day in the City of Columbia in recognition of the 2nd Anniversary of the 9-11 terrorists attacks.  Mayor Coble asked all citizens of Columbia to pause for a moment of silence on Thursday, September 11, 2003 at 8:46 a.m.

Mr. Howard Lederfind led us in a Moment of Meditation.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

1. Minutes of August 20 and 27, 2003

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Davis, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion the Minutes of August 20, 2003 and August 27, 2003.

PRESENTATION

 2. Central Midlands Council of Governments – Mr. Norman Whitaker

Mr. Norman Whitaker introduced himself as the new Executive Director of the Central Midlands Regional Planning Council.  He stated that one his goal is to upgrade the regional planning services and other services to governmental agencies.

3. September 2003 Employee of the Month – Ms. Wendy Bell, Forestry & Beautification Secretary

Ms. Debbie Price introduced Ms. Wendy Bell as the City of Columbia September 2003 Employee of the Month.  She stated that Ms. Bell has been a Secretary in Forestry & Beautification for two (2) years and plays a major role in dealing with citizens.  She described Ms. Bell as a positive employee who handles additional work without hesitation.

Mayor Coble presented Ms. Wendy Bell with a plaque recognizing her as the City of Columbia September 2003 Employee of the Month.

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

4. Arts Task Force – Ms. Pat Wilson, Chair

Ms. Pat Wilson presented the Arts Task Force 2003 Report to the members of Council.  Ms. Wilson stated that rehabilitating existing facilities for an Art Village is an option.  She outlined the amount of space that would be needed to accommodate various arts organizations.  She also explained that cultural tourist spend more money than the average tourist.  Ms. Wilson stated that an investment in the arts is an investment in our future.

· Mayor Coble adjourned the regular meeting at 10:43 a.m. to reconvene the Work Session.

· Mayor Coble reconvened the regular meeting at 10:46 a.m.

CONSENT AGENDA

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion the Consent Agenda Items 5. through 19. Item 20. and Item 21. were removed from the Consent Agenda.

STREET CLOSING REQUESTS

5. Council is asked to approve a request from the Richland County Public Library and USC’s College of Library and Information Science to close the following streets on the following dates for the Annual Augusta Baker’s Dozen Storytelling Festival. Contact:  Ms. Ginger Shuler - Approved

· Close the 1600 block of Blanding Street between Pickens Street and Henderson Street and the 1600 block of Henderson Street on Friday, April 23, 2004 from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.

· Close the 1000 block of Hampton Street between Assembly Street and Park Street on Saturday, April 24, 2004 from 8:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.

6.  Council is asked to approve a request to close Sanford Drive between Kathwood Drive and Mabar Drive on Sunday, October 5, 2003, from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. for a block party.  Contact:  Lyn Schultz - Approved

7.  Council is asked to approve a request from the Prescott Terrace Community Club to close 1518 Carousel Circle to 1627 Carousel Circle, on Saturday, September 13, 2003 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. for a Back to School Cook Out.  Contact:  Ms. Maude Christopher - Approved

8.  Council is asked to approve a request from the Wales Garden Neighborhood Association to close Wateree Avenue between Enoree Avenue and Catawba Avenue and Seneca Avenue between Saluda Avenue and Wateree Avenue, on Sunday, October 19, 2003, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. for the annual neighborhood block party. - Approved

9.  Council is asked to approve a request from Benedict College to close Barhamville Road at Germany Road and Germany Road at Waites Road, for each home football game on the following dates and times.  Contact:  Mr. Willie Washington - Approved

· Saturday October 11, 2003 10:00 a.m.
· Saturday October 18, 2003 10:00 a.m.
· Saturday October 25, 2003 10:00 a.m.
· Saturday November 15, 2003 10:00 a.m.

10.  Council is asked to approve a request from the Eau Claire Community Council to close the following streets during the listed dates and times for the Renaissance Faire.  Contact:  Ms. Becky Bailey - Approved

· North Main from Sunset Drive/Beltline Boulevard to Monticello Road on Saturday, November 8, 2003, from 10:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. for the Renaissance Parade

· Monticello Road from N. main Street to Jackson Street; Jackson Street from Monticello Road to Lamar Street; Lamar Street between Jackson Avenue and Kortright Street, on Saturday, November 8, 2003, from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. for the Renaissance Faire

11.  Council is asked to approve a request from the Young Woman’s Auxiliary of Second Nazareth Baptist Church to close the 2300 block of Elmwood Avenue to Oak Street, Henry Street and Barhamville Road, on Saturday, September 27, 2003 from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. for an Outdoor Crusade.  Contact:  Jestine Goodwin - Approved

CONSIDERATION OF BIDS, AGREEMENTS AND CHANGE ORDERS

12.   Council is asked to approve a Contract for the Hauling of Grit, Ash, and Sludge and Container Rental, as requested by Utilities.  Award to Waste Management, the only bidder, $90,544.00.  This firm is located in Elgin, SC.  - Approved

13.   Council is asked to approve an Agreement to Provide Roving Security Services for all the Water Tank Sites, as requested by Utilities.  Award to Best Security Incorporated for a 6-month period in the amount of $25,662.00.  This is a local firm.  - Approved

14.   Council is asked to approve the Purchase of Three (3) Laptop Computers, as requested by the Construction & Public Facilities Department.  Award to Dell Computer Corporation, in the amount of $13,424.25 using the SC State Technology Contract.  - Approved

15.   Council is asked to approve the Purchase of Playground Equipment for Hyatt Park, as requested by Parks & Recreation.  Award to Play Systems, the vendor selected by Parks & Recreation Personnel and members of the neighborhood association, in the amount of $39,999.00.  - Approved

ORDINANCES - SECOND READING

16. Ordinance No.: 2003-057 – Granting encroachment to David M. Graves for installation and maintenance of a wrought iron fence, walk gate, drive gate, brick posts and lanterns adjacent to 719 Blanding Street  - Approved on second reading.

17. Ordinance No.: 2003-070 – Annexing 105 Leyden Lane, Richland County TMS #07401-08-07 – Approved on second reading.

18. Ordinance No.: 2003-071 – Annexing lots 1-37, Southridge at Woodcreek Farms, Richland County TMS#28800-01-10 (portion) and 28800-01-09 (portion) – Approved on second reading.

19. Ordinance No.: 2003-072 – Annexing 1320 Buckner Road, Richland County TMS#11704-03-07 – Approved on second reading.

CONSIDERATION OF BIDS, AGREEMENTS AND CHANGE ORDERS

20. Council is asked to approve Change Order #1 to the Contract with Sungard BiTech for the Development of a Centralized Cashiering System, as requested by the IS Project Manager.  Award to Sungard BiTech, in the amount of $157,200.00.

Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve Change Order #1 to the Contract with Sungard BiTech for the Development of a Centralized Cashiering System, as requested by the IS Project Manager.  Award to Sungard BiTech, in the amount of $157,200.00.

21. Council is asked to approve the Replacement of the Old Windows at City Hall, as requested by Support Services.  Award to Shenandoah Restorations, the only bidder, in the amount of $198,748.00.  This firm is located in Irmo, SC.
 This item was held over, no action was taken.

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 Item 22. Ordinance No.: 2003-063 – Granting encroachment to the University of South Carolina for it’s National Advocacy Center at 1620 Pendleton Street for landscaping, curb cuts for bus pull-off area and a traffic island with sidewalk; Item 23. Ordinance No.: 2003-066 – Granting encroachment to the Windemere Springs Neighborhood Association for installation and maintenance of an underground irrigation system and for landscaping on the medians located at the 1200 block of Hyatt Avenue between North Main Street and Windemere Avenue and the 4500 block of Windemere Avenue between Hyatt Avenue and Muller Avenue; and Item 24. Ordinance No.: 2003-069 – Granting encroachment to Edwin Russell Jeter and Gail R. Jeter for construction and maintenance of a brick wall, fountain and landscaping at 841 Kawana Road and Devereaux Road.

22. Ordinance No.: 2003-063 – Granting encroachment to the University of South Carolina for it’s National Advocacy Center at 1620 Pendleton Street for landscaping, curb cuts for bus pull-off area and a traffic island with sidewalk  - Approved on first reading.

23. Ordinance No.: 2003-066 – Granting encroachment to the Windemere Springs Neighborhood Association for installation and maintenance of an underground irrigation system and for landscaping on the medians located at the 1200 block of Hyatt Avenue between North Main Street and Windemere Avenue and the 4500 block of Windemere Avenue between Hyatt Avenue and Muller Avenue – Approved on first reading.

24. Ordinance No.: 2003-069 – Granting encroachment to Edwin Russell Jeter and Gail R. Jeter for construction and maintenance of a brick wall, fountain and landscaping at 841 Kawana Road and Devereaux Road – Approved on first reading.

25. Ordinance No.: 2003-078 – Annexing 1812 Leesburg Road, Richland County TMS #19203-04-02

Upon motion by Mr. Osborne, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to reject Ordinance No.: 2003-078 – Annexing 1812 Leesburg Road, Richland County TMS #19203-04-02

 26. Ordinance No.: 2003-079 – Annexing parcels at Leesburg Road and Scotch Pine Road, Richland County TMS# 20004-01-12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 20 and portion of 23
This item was held over, no action was taken.

27. Ordinance No.: 2003-080 – Request for Permission to Grant an Easement to SCE&G Company for access, ingress & egress along a portion of city property identified as the “unopen” portion of Sligh’s Avenue; Richland County TMS #11502 & 11503; CF#273-21A
 This item was held over, no action was taken.

28. Ordinance No.: 2003-086 – Approval for Conveyance of .005 of an acre to South Carolina Department of Transportation for widening Nursery Road (S-32-356) and construction of a drive entrance along a portion of city property, ID the Coldstream Tank Site; Lexington County TMS# 01998-02-063 (Portion); CF#251-55

Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve on first reading Ordinance No.: 2003-086 – Approval for Conveyance of .005 of an acre to South Carolina Department of Transportation for widening Nursery Road (S-32-356) and construction of a drive entrance along a portion of city property, ID the Coldstream Tank Site; Lexington County TMS# 01998-02-063 (Portion); CF#251-55.

29. Ordinance No.: 2003-089 – Authorizing conveyance of real property to Louis Bernard Lynn known as Lot 1 (3.51 acres); Lot 2 (2.41 acres); Lot 3 (2.62 acres); Lot 4 (3.02 acres) a1.00 acre parcel north of Lot 4 and detention pond within the Eau Claire Industrial Park

A motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Ms. Isaac to approve on first reading Ordinance No.: 2003-089 – Authorizing conveyance of real property to Louis Bernard Lynn known as Lot 1 (3.51 acres); Lot 2 (2.41 acres); Lot 3 (2.62 acres); Lot 4 (3.02 acres) a1.00 acre parcel north of Lot 4 and detention pond within the Eau Claire Industrial Park, was withdrawn.

Upon motion by Mr. Davis, seconded by Ms. Isaac, Council voted five (5) to one (1) to approve on first reading Ordinance No.: 2003-089 – Authorizing conveyance of real property to Louis Bernard Lynn known as Lot 1 (3.51 acres); Lot 2 (2.41 acres); Lot 3 (2.62 acres); Lot 4 (3.02 acres) a1.00 acre parcel north of Lot 4 and detention pond within the Eau Claire Industrial Park.  Voting aye were Mr. Papadea, Ms. Sinclair, Mr. Davis, Ms. Isaac and Mayor Coble.  Voting nay was Mr. Osborne.  Mr. Cromartie abstained from voting due to a potential conflict of interest.

RESOLUTIONS

30. Resolution No.: R-2003-056 – Designating 1644 Main Street (former Tapp’s Building) as an Historic Property Eligible for Special Property Tax Assessments for Rehabilitated Historic Properties

Upon motion by Mr. Osborne, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve Resolution No.: R-2003-056 – Designating 1644 Main Street (former Tapp’s Building) as an Historic Property Eligible for Special Property Tax Assessments for Rehabilitated Historic Properties.

APPOINTMENT

31. Ministerial Recorder

Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Ms. Isaac, Council voted unanimously to approve the appointment of Mr. Russell Spencer as a Ministerial Recorder.

APPEARANCE OF PUBLIC HAVING BUSINESS WITH CITY COUNCIL

Mr. Bill Manley thanked the members of Council for approving the purchase of playground equipment for Hyatt Park.  He commended the Fire Department for the commitment that was put into the recent Muscular Dystrophy Boot Drive that raised $150,000.  Mr. Manley referenced several personal topics dealing with the War on Terror and the passing of Colonel DeLoach.

Mr. Richard Durlach and Breedlove, Dance Swing thanked the members of Council for their financial support of the Big Apple Reunion.

Mayor Coble adjourned the regular meeting at 11:25 a.m. to reconvene the Work Session.

Respectfully submitted by:

Erika D. Moore
City Clerk