CITY OF COLUMBIA
CITY COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2004
10:00 A.M. – 1737 MAIN STREET
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

The City of Columbia City Council met in regular session on Wednesday, September 15, 2004, in the City Hall Council Chambers, 1737 Main Street, Columbia, South Carolina.  The Honorable Mayor Robert D. Coble called the meeting to order at 10:10 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. Valorie Lykes, City Clerk Assistant.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

1.  Minutes of September 1 and 8, 2004

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mayor Coble, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion the Minutes of September 1 and 8, 2004 as presented.

PRESENTATIONS

2. August 2004 Employee of the Month Ms. Deidre Epps – Mr. Bobby Hecker, Director of Information Technology

Mr. Bobby Hecker, Director of Information Technology, introduced Ms. Deidre Epps as the August 2004 Employee of the Month.  Mr. Hecker stated that Ms. Epps was being recognized for her loyalty to the City, her work ethics and confidence in her job.  She has been employed with the City for eighteen (18) years.  She is responsible for maintaining many systems throughout the departments and divisions.

Mayor Coble presented Ms. Deidre Epps with a plaque recognizing her as the August 2004 Employee of the Month.

Mr. Charles P. Austin, Sr., City Manager presented Ms. Epps with a token of appreciation for being recognized as the City of Columbia August 2004 Employee of the Month.

3. Cultural Council of Richland – Lexington Counties – Mr. Andrew Witt, Executive Director

Mr. Andrew Witt introduced himself as the new Executive Director of the Cultural Council of Richland – Lexington Counties.  He told the members of Council that the Cultural Council is going through a series of changes due to economic factors and changes in philosophy.  He said that through a series of brown bag lunches with the constituency, they’ve identified a number of area issues that will be focused on to develop a strategy plan for the next five to ten years.  He said that he would notify the members of City Council of community meetings as they are scheduled.

CONSENT AGENDA

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion the Consent Agenda Items 4. through 18a. as amended.  Items 9. and 11. were approved subject to the surrounding businesses and churches being notified and in support of the street closings.

STREET CLOSINGS

4.  Council is asked to approve a request from the Koger Center for the Arts to close the 800 block of Park Street between Greene Street and College Street for bus parking during the following shows.  Contact: Jean Weingarth, House Manager - Approved
 
 Wednesday October 20, 2004 Junie Jones Kid Shows 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Friday December 3, 2004   Cola Classical Nutcracker  8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Tuesday December 7, 2004 Cola City Ballet Nutcracker  8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Wednesday  December 8, 2004 Cola City Ballet Nutcracker  8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Thursday  December 9, 2004 Cola City Ballet Nutcracker  8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Friday December 10, 2004 Cola City Ballet Nutcracker  8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Thursday  December 16, 2004 Cola City Ballet Nutcracker 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
  Friday  December 17, 2004 Cola City Ballet Nutcracker  8:00 am – 12:00 pm

5.  Council is asked to approve a request from Palmetto Health to close Hampton Street between Sumter Street and Marion Street on Saturday, September 25, 2004 from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. for a 90th Anniversary Celebration.  Contact: D. Julian Gibbons, Director of Public Relations – Approved

6. Council is asked to approve a request from the Forest Hills Neighborhood Association to close the dead-end at the 2800 block of Canterbury Road and the 1300 block of Wellington Drive on Sunday, October 10, 2004 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. for an Annual Family Picnic.  Contact: Sam Clarke, President - Approved

7.  Council is asked to approve a request from the   to close Sanford Drive between Kathwood Drive and Mabar Street on Sunday, October 17, 2004 from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. for a Neighborhood Block Party. Contact: Lyn Schultz – Approved

8. Council is asked to approve a request from The Healing Hands Project to close Gervais Street between Assembly Street and Sumter Street; the 1200 block of Main Street and Sumter Street between Gervais Street and Pendleton Street; and the 1300 block of Senate Street on Saturday, November 20, 2004 from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. for the Real Men March and Rally.  Contact: Eugene Washington, Executive Director - Approved

9.  Council is asked to approve a request from WACH FOX 57 to close Marion Street between Hampton Street and Washington Street on Tuesday, November 30, 2004 at 2:00 p.m. until Wednesday, December 1, 2004 at 10:00 p.m. for the 5th Annual Share Your Holiday Food Drive.  Contact: Ms. Barbara Bethea, Director of Marketing and Community Relations – Approved subject to the surrounding businesses and churches being notified and in support of the street closings.

10.  Council is asked to approve a request from the University of South Carolina’s Department of Student Life to close the 1400 block of Greene Street between Sumter Street and Pickens Street on Monday, September 20, 2004 from 6:00 a.m. unitl 5:00 p.m. for the Susan B. Komen Foundation’s College Tour Exhibition.  Contact: Mr. Jerry Brewer, Director of Student Life - Approved

11.  Council is asked to approve a request from the First Baptist Church to close Washington Street between Marion Street and Sumter Street on Thursday, September 30, 2004 from 12:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. for the 3rd Annual Sportsmen Jamboree.  Contact: Rev. Tim Parcheta, Sr., Associate Pastor – Approved subject to the surrounding businesses and churches being notified and in support of the street closings.

12.  Council is asked to approve a request from Group Therapy to close the 2100 block of Greene Street between Pavillion Avenue and Harden Street on Saturday, October 23, 2004 from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. for the Annual Chili Cook Off.  Contact: Mr. Jason Johnson - Approved
Resolution No.: R-2004-056 – Authorizing consumption of alcoholic beverages and
Group Therapy’s Annual Chili Cook off - Approved

13.  Council is asked to approve a request from the Residents of South Edisto Avenue to close the 200 block of South Edisto between Tugaloo Avenue and Kiawah on Saturday, October 2, 2004 from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. for an Annual Block Party.  Contact: Ms. Peggy Alford - Approved

14.  Council is asked to approve a request from the Eau Claire Community Council to close 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, October 2, 2004 from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. for the Annual Renaissance Faire.  Contact: Ms. Becky Bailey, Event Coordinator - Approved
  Resolution No.: R-2004-053 – Authorizing Eau Claire Renaissance Faire at Ensor-Keenan House on Friday, October 1, 2004 and at Hyatt Park on Saturday, October 2, 2004 and consumption of alcoholic beverages at the Ensor-Keenan House on Friday, October 1, 2004. - Approved

15.  Council is asked to approve a request from the Columbia Housing Development Corporation to close the 2300 block of Stark Street between Pendleton Street and College Street on Tuesday, September 28, 2004 from 3:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. for an Open House to showcase the revitalization project in the Martin Luther King Neighborhood.  Contact: Ms. Deborah Livingston, executive Director - Approved

CONSIDERATION OF BIDS & AGREEMENTS

16.  Council is asked to approve Change Order #2 for the Highland Park Subdivision Storm Drain Improvements; CIP# SD215-6/7, as requested by the Director of Construction and Facilities Management.  Award to Carolina Contracting, Inc., in the amount of $23,285.23. - Approved

17.  Council is asked to approve a Five (5) Year Lease for a Mailing / Postage Machine for the Mail Room, as requested by the Support Services Division.  Award to Neopost, the low bidder, in the amount of $30,261.00.  This vendor is located in Hayward, CA. - Approved

ORDINANCES - SECOND READING

18.  Ordinance No.: 2004-087 – Granting encroachment to the University of South Carolina for installation and maintenance of a bus shelter adjacent to Barnwell Street Lot Z13 – Approved on second reading.

 18a. Ordinance No.: 2004-088 – Authorizing execution of a Lease Agreement with the University of South Carolina Research Foundation for 1225 Laurel Street – Approved on second reading.

CONFIRM ZONING OF PREVIOUSLY ANNEXED PROPERTY – SECOND READING

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to give second reading approval on a single motion to Items 19. through 30. as presented.

19.  1001 KINLEY ROAD, TMS# 05000-01-16; confirm C-3. – Approved on second reading.
 
20.  3625 CLEMENT ROAD, 5.74 ACRES, TMS# 09104-07-11; confirm C-3. – Approved on second reading.

21.  APPROXIMATELY 86.8 ACRES (HONEY TREE SUBDIVISION), bounded by northern portion of the 3300-3600 block of Padgett Road; also, bounded by the southern portion of the 3700-3800 block of Old Leesburg Road, TMS#22109-02-03 and 04, 22012-01-01; confirm RS-3. – Approved on second reading.

22.  315 S.  BELTLINE BOULEVARD, TMS#13805-05-24; confirm RG-2. – Approved on second reading.

23. 920 HEMLOCK DRIVE, TMS#11206-06-13; confirm M-1. – Approved on second reading.

24. 1009 BENDALE DRIVE AND 5554 FARROW ROAD, TMS#11612-04-01; confirm C-3. – Approved on second reading.

25. 5217 FAIRFIELD ROAD, TMS#11702-02-30; confirm RG-1. – Approved on second reading.
 
  ANNEXATION WITH REZONING – SECOND READING

26.  36.43 ACRES, NORTH SIDE OF 800 THROUGH 1000 BLOCK OF PINEY GROVE ROAD, TMS#06200-01-06; annex and rezone from D-1 to RS-3. – Approved on second reading.

Ordinance No.: 2004-074 – Annexing 36 +/- acres, Piney Grove Road, Richland County TMS #06200-01-06 – Approved on second reading.

27.  6600 OLD DAVIDSON ROAD, TMS#16505-02-03; annex and rezone from C-1 to RS-3. – Approved on second reading.

Ordinance No.: 2004-082 – Annexing 6600 Davidson Street, Richland County TMS# 16505-02-03 – Approved on second reading.

REZONING – SECOND READING

28.  501-03 BELTLINE BOULEVARD, TMS#13810-01-07; rezone from RS-2 to PUD-C. – Approved on second reading.

29.  LOT ADJACENT TO 501-03 BELTLINE BOULEVARD, TMS#13810-01-06; rezone from RS-2 to PUD-C. – Approved on second reading.

30.  1220,1228, AND 1242 HARDEN STREET, 2106-2112 AND 2114 LADY STREET, 2 THROUGH 10 BRAYTON ALLEY, 1 THROUGH 11 BRAYTON ALLEY, TMS#11406-08-01 and 02(p), 08(p) through 10, 12 through 14, 28 and 29; rezone from RG-2 and C-3 to C-1. – Approved on second reading.

CONSIDERATION OF BIDS, AGREEMENTS & CHANGE ORDERS

Upon motion by Mr. Osborne, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion Items 31. and A. as presented.

31. Council is asked to approve the Purchase of 2,600 Roll Carts, as requested by the Solid Waste Division.  Award to Toter, Inc., as a Sole Source Purchase, in the amount of $117,117.00.  This vendor is located in Statesville, NC. - Approved

A. Council is asked to approve Change Order #4 to Agreement for Architectural / Engineering Services for Prototypical Fire Services Facility Design; Woodcreek Fire Station, as requested by Engineering Operations.  Award to McCreary / Snow Architects in the amount of $117,470.00.  This firm is located in Columbia, SC. - Approved

ORDINANCES – FIRST READING

B.  Ordinance No.: 2004-081 – Amending 1998 Code of Ordinances of the City of Columbia, South Carolina, Chapter 11, License, Permits and Miscellaneous Business Regulations, Article II, Business and Professional Licenses, Sec. 11-50, Telecommunications business license tax

Upon motion by Mr. Osborne, seconded by Ms. Devine, Council voted unanimously to approve on first reading Ordinance No.: 2004-081 - Amending 1998 Code of Ordinances of the City of Columbia, South Carolina, Chapter 11, License, Permits and Miscellaneous Business Regulations, Article II, Business and Professional Licenses, Sec. 11-50, Telecommunications business license tax.
 
RESOLUTIONS

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Mr. Davis, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion Items C. and D. as presented.

C. Resolution No.: R-2004-054 – Authorizing consumption of alcoholic beverages and Annual Blues Festival at Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park - Approved

D. Resolution No.: R-2004-055 – Release and abandonment of portions of the City’s existing 15’ sanitary sewer main easements along Richland County TMS#06203-01-79 (117 Thorn Tree Lane), TMS#06203-01-78 (119 Thorn Tree Lane), TMS#06204-01-11 (118 Thorn Tree Lane), TMS#06204-01-12 (120 Thorn Tree Lane), TMS#06204-01-13 (122 Thorn Tree Lane), TMS# 06204-01-36 (“Open Space”); Thorn Tree Subdivision; CF#254-21- Approved

· City Council adjourned the meeting at 10:45 a.m. to reconvene the Work Session.

APPEARANCE OF PUBLIC HAVING BUSINESS WITH CITY COUNCIL         

Mr. Bill Manley appeared before the members of City Council to express his concerns for the violence among teens in our community. He recommended that the schools, Police Departments and the Parks & Recreation Department come together to offer a solution.  Mr. Manley suggested that we invite soldiers into our homes for the holidays, because a lot of them can’t be with their families.  He discussed concerns with the proposed site for the Regional Transit Authority.  He asked why couldn’t Time Warner Cable televise the City Council meetings for free. Mr. Manley recommended that City Council seek citizen input while developing the agenda outline for the upcoming City Council Retreat in November.

Ms. Carmen Bowie, 3119 Harrison Road, appeared before the members of City Council to inquire about the status of a pending claim resulting from sewer damage within her residence three years ago.  She said that she is disappointed that elected officials call her sewer girl.  She indicated that City of Columbia officials wouldn’t talk with her or provide reports of the incident.  Ms. Bowie requested an explanation as to what happened in June and what the City plans to do to prevent this from happening again.  She also requested that City Council override the policy and release funds for the replacement of her personal items.  Ms. Bowie wants a guarantee on the repairs being done.  She said she reported an over payment to Companion in good faith because she only wants what’s due to her.

· City Council adjourned the meeting at 10:45 a.m. to reconvene the Work Session.

Respectfully submitted by:
Valorie Lykes
City Clerk Assistant