CITY OF COLUMBIA
CITY COUNCIL AGENDA MINUTES
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2001
10:00 A.M. - 1737 MAIN STREET
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS
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The Columbia City Council met in regular session on Wednesday, September 19, 2001, at 1737 Main Street, Columbia, South Carolina, City Hall Council Chambers.  Mayor Robert D. Coble called the meeting to order at 10:00 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 Plaugh and Ms. Pamela J. Ferst, Acting City Clerk.

1. APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve the minutes of April 04,11,18, 25, and May 02, 09,16, 2001.

II. PRESENTATIONS

A. Main Street Arts Village Task Force

Mr. Rhett Anders briefed Council regarding a feasibility study for the proposal of the Main Street Arts Village and the request for Community Promotions funding in the amount of $50,000.

Nancy Pope, Coordinator for Visual and Performing Arts for Richland School District One, appeared in favor of an arts village and feasibility study.

John Whitehead, Director of Columbia Music Festival, appeared in favor of the arts village in the community.

Tom Sabre, appeared in favor of a feasibility study for an arts village.

Council agreed to further discussions at the October 3, 2001, Council Meeting.  Council asked that representatives from the Cultural Council be included in these discussions.

Fran Wheeler appeared in favor of an arts village.

Mary Dennis, Cottontown, supports of the arts village.

Angela Howard appeared in favor of an arts village.

B.  Eau Claire Renaissance Faire 2001 - Becky Bailey, Festival Coordinator

Ms. Becky Bailey appeared before Council to express the Eau Claire  Community's appreciation for the city's support.
 
 

 
C. Neighborhood Skateboard/Bicycle Ramp Complaint - Mr. Brian Thomas

Mr. Brian Thomas appeared before Council to request assistance to resolve an issue regarding a Skateboard/Bicycle Ramp erected in a neighbor's back yard. Mr. Thomas stated that concerned Forest Acres and Columbia residents are upset about the considerable noise  disturbance and the violation of privacy.

III. PUBLIC HEARING

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion the confirmation of the zoning classifications for Items III. 2. through III. 14. with the exception of III. 8.  Ms. Heizer was not present for the vote.

ZONING MAP AMENDMENTS

1. 01-16 MA. 2314 Waites Road, TMS 11510-03-09, rezone from RG-1
  to C-3.  PLANNING COMMISSION RECOMMENDATION:  DENIAL.  This item was withdrawn. - Approved

2. 01-23 MA. 1828 Columbia College Drive, TMS 11606-7-1, confirm RG-1   zoning.  For Confirmation of Zoning Classification only. - Approved

3. 01-24 MA. 0.41 acres, Lancaster Street, TMS 9107-13-10, confirm RG-2   zoning.  For Confirmation of Zoning Classification only. - Approved

4. 01-25 MA. 3.91 acres, Lucius Road, TMS 9106-2-1 (p), confirm RG-2 zoning.
For Confirmation of Zoning Classification only. - Approved

5. 01-26 MA. 600 Beltline Blvd., TMS 13810-3-13, confirm C-3 zoning.    For Confirmation of Zoning Classification only. - Approved
6. 01-27MA. 725 Broad River Road, TMS 7310-4-1, confirm C-3 zoning.    For Confirmation of Zoning Classification only.  Approved

7. 01-28MA. 1110 Fiske Street, TMS 11711-13-21, confirm C-3 zoning.
For Confirmation of Zoning Classification only. - Approved

8. 01-29MA. 144 Charles Towne Court, TMS 19206-9-37, confirm RS-1 zoning.
For Confirmation of Zoning Classification only.
This item was held over, no action was taken.

9. 01-30MA. 5743 Farrow Road, TMS 11713-1-5, confirm C-3 zoning.
For Confirmation of Zoning Classification only. - Approved

10. 01-31MA. Woodcreek Farms Development, Phase A9-2, Lots 35, 37 thru 62,  118 thru 122 and an open area and wetlands parcel; and Phase A9-2, Lots 63  thru 78, 81, 103 thru 117, TMS 28800 (portion), Confirm PUD-R zoning.  For
Confirmation of Zoning Classification only. - Approved
 
 

 
11. 01-32MA. Woodcreek, Phase A9-2, Lot 34, TMS 28800 (portion), confirm   PUD-R zoning.  For Confirmation of Zoning Classification only. - Approved

12. 01-33MA. Woodcreek, Phase A9-2, Lot 36, TMS 28800 (portion), confirm   PUD-R zoning.  For Confirmation of Zoning Classification only. - Approved

13. 01-34MA. Woodcreek, Phase A9-3, Lot 79, TMS 28800 (portion), confirm   PUD-R zoning.  For Confirmation of Zoning Classification only. - Approved

14. 01-35MA. Woodcreek, Phase A9-3, Lot 80, TMS 28800 (portion), confirm   PUD-R zoning.  For Confirmation of Zoning Classification only. - Approved

 15. 01-25 MA.  Property bound by Blanding/Williams/Hampton Streets, TMS09005-03-01, rezone from RG-3 to PUD-C.

Upon motion by Ms. Heizer, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve Zoning Map Amendment 01-25 MA.  PROPERTY bound by Blanding/Williams/Hampton Streets, TMS09005-03-01, rezone from RG-3 to PUD-C.

IV. CONSENT AGENDA

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion Consent Agenda Items IV. A. 1 through 6; B. 1. through B. 15  and B. 19; and IV. C. 1.  Items IV. B. 16 through B. 18 were held over, no action was taken.

1. STREET CLOSINGS

1. Request from the Employment Security Commission to close Wayne Street and Washington Street from the corner of Washington Street and Gadsden Street to the corner of Wayne Street and Hampton Street on Monday, October 15, 2001, from 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m for the Midlands One-Stop dedication and grand opening ceremony. - Approved

2. Request from Group Therapy, Inc. to close the 2100 block of Greene Street  on Saturday, November 03, 2001, from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m for the 15th Annual Chili Cook Off. Approval of Resolution No.:  2001-064 -  Authorizing consumption of alcoholic beverages and Group Therapy's Fourteenth Annual Chili Cook Off.- Approved

3. Request from Palmetto Children's Emergency Shelter, Willy's Oyster Bar and Harley Haven to close Lincoln Street between Gervais Street and Lady Street and Lady Street between Pulaski Street and Park Street on Sunday, October 14, 2001, from 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. for Sensational Summer Sunday.   Approval of Resolution No. 2001-062 Authorizing consumption of alcoholic beverages at Sensational Summer Sunday. - Approved

4. Request from Second Nazareth Baptist Church to close the 2300 block of Elmwood Avenue to Oak Street, Henry Street and Barhamville Road on Saturday, September 22, 2001 from 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. for a Church Crusade.  This request requires the City Bus to re-route down Sligh Avenue to Oak Street.  - Approved

 
5. Request from Ruth Circle of the Lutheran Church of Incarnation to close Greenwood at Devine Street and Greenwood at Kirkwood Street on Saturday, November 10, 2001, from 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. for the annual Kid's Festival. - Approved

6. Request from the South Carolina Department of Education, Commission on National and Community Service to close South Main from the rear of the Holiday Inn to the State House for an AmeriCorps March for Service on Thursday, September 20, 2001, from 9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. - Approved

2. CONSIDERATION OF BIDS, AGREEMENTS, AND CHANGE ORDERS

7. Council is asked for approval to purchase fifty one (51) benches for Finlay Park as requested by Parks & Recreation.  Award to Bliss Products, the low bidder, in the amount of $14,334.28.  This is not a local firm.  There were no MBE bidders and only one local bidder. - Approved

8. Council is asked to approve a contract to Remove and Replace Pump and Motor #2 at the Finlay Park Water Feature as requested by Parks & Recreation. Award contract to MSI Construction, the low bidder, in the amount of $14,480.00.  This is a local firm.  There was no MBE or FBE participation - Approved.

9. Council is asked for approval to purchase six (6) Handicapped Accessible Drinking Fountains as requested by Parks & Recreation.  Award to Peggs Recreation, the low bidder, in the amount of $10,593.45.  There were no MBE or local vendors.  A Midlands firm did not respond and a Columbia vendor submitted a late bid. - Approved

10. Council is asked for approval to repair the City Hall roof as requested by Support Services.  Award to Aqua Seal, the second bidder that met the requirements, in the amount of $23,333.00.  This is a Midlands firm.  The Low bidder, did not submit manufacturers specifications as required and did not return phone calls.  The request for bids was sent to nine (9) MBE's but none responded. - Approved

11. Council is asked for approval to purchase Playground Equipment for Rosewood Park as requested by Parks & Recreation.  Award to Cunningham & Associates, the selected vendor, in the amount of $15,995.41.  No MBE or FBE participation.  Only one vendor was located in the Midlands area.  Citizens from the Rosewood Neighborhood selected the vendor that would best serve their park. - Approved

12. Council is asked for approval to re-roof the Municipal Court Building as requested by Support Services.  Award to Aqua Seal, the low bidder, in the amount of $50,980.00.  This vendor is located in the Midlands area.  Bid requests were sent to ten (10) MBE's but none responded.  This is a special type of roof and not many companies apply this type of roof. - Approved
 
 
 

 
13. Council is asked for approval to purchase Uniforms as requested by Police Department.  Award to Wright-Johnston, a sole source vendor, in the amount of $75,000.00.  This is a local firm.  Wright-Johnson will extend the bid prices from the previous fiscal year, they will provide the same day alterations required by the Police Department at no charge.  There was no MBE or FBE participation. - Approved

14. Council is asked for approval to purchase Recapped Tires for the Fiscal Year 2001/2002 as requested by Fleet Services.  Award to Frasier Tire Service, the low bidder, in the amount of $37,551.42.  This is a local firm.  Bids were sent to two(2) MBE's but they did not respond. - Approved

15. Council is asked for approval to purchase 1,950 Fruit Boxes and Turkeys as requested by Administration for Employee's at Christmas.  Award to PYA Monarch, the low bidder, in the amount of $33,637.50.  The firm is located in the Midlands area.  No MBE/FBE participation. - Approved

16. Council is asked for approval to extend the Service/Maintenance Chemicals Contract for Automated Fleet Washers as requested by Fleet Services.  Award contract to DuBois, the low bidder, in the amount of $26,800.00.  This is an extension of 2000/2001 bid at the same price for Fiscal Year 2000/2001.  This is not a local company but the only one that services this manufacturer's equipment.  There was no MBE participation. - Approved

17. Council is asked for approval to purchase Security Cameras and Monitoring Stations as requested by the Municipal Court.  Award to Armour group, the low bidder, in the amount of $12,856.00.  This is a local firm.  Bid was sent to one MBE with no response. - Approved

18. Council is asked for approval to purchase Mobile Radio and Accessories for Vehicles as requested by Police Department.  Award to Motorola C & E, the low bidder, in the amount of $44,711.57.  Vendor is located in the Midlands area and is under S.C. State Contract.  No MBE/FBE participation. - Approved

19. Council is asked to approve the Netting of the Golf Driving Range as requested by the Parks and Recreation Department.  Award to Net Connections, the low bidder, in the amount of $42,756.00.  No MBE participation.  This firm is located out of state.  Only one vendor was located in SC. - Approved

20. Council is asked to approve two (2) 42" Plasma Screens with built-in Pentium III 933MHZ computers built to specifications, as requested by the Communications Director.  Award to Palmetto Soft Technologies Corporation, a sole source vendor, in the amount of $24,300. - Approved

21. Council is asked to approve an Agreement for Professional Services  to Identify Future Telecommunications Needs within the Main Street Improvements Project Area as requested by the Operations Division.  Award contract to Mid-South Consulting Engineers in the amount of $22,880.00.
Study of existing facilities and future growth potential $15,080.00
Develop a pricing scale for leasing conduit  $  7,800.00 - Approved
 

 
16. Council is asked to approve the purchase an enterprise license agreement for   Microsoft Operating Systems, Client Access Licenses and Office Suite   Professional for up to 766 seats as requested by Information Technology.    Award to Software House International (SHI), a sole source vendor, in the   amount of $167,091.00. - This item was held over, no action was taken.

17. Council is asked to approve the purchase of Computer Hardware, Peripherals, and Services as requested by Information Technology.  Award to Gateway, a sole source vendor, in the amount of $1,029,925.00. - This item was held over, no action was taken.

18. Council is asked to approve the purchase of 452 seats of Altiris Express Software as requested by Information Technology.  Award to Altiris, a sole source vendor, in the amount of $16,724.00. - This item was held over, no action was taken.

19. Council is asked to approve to contract for the SMI OWEN STEEL PHASE II   ASBESTOS ABATEMENT AND DEMOLITION as requested by Engineering.    Award to Carolina Wrecking, the low bidder, in the amount of $235,770.00.
This is a local firm.  14.82% MBE/FBE - Approved

C. ORDINANCES - SECOND READING

1. Ordinance No. 2001-040 - Granting encroachment to Norman B. Stuckey and Shannon S. Stuckey for construction and maintenance of a privacy wall adjacent to  their residence at the corner of St. James Street and Catawba Street.  First reading  was given on May 16, 2001.  Approved on second reading

Representatives of the Engineering Department met with Mr. Stuckey and Debbie  Price to discuss concerns related to the permit.  Provided the following guidelines are  followed, approval of the encroachment permit is recommended.

The fence can be installed with little damage to the existing trees if the following  recommendations are followed:

1) The foundation for piers may be dug where shown on the drawing, however, the   owner should work with the contractor to install the wall without digging a
continuous footing.  In particular, the area within 8 feet of the 16" oak should not have any digging or root disturbance other than the piers.  The 10" oak is poorly shaped, and could be removed if necessary.

2) The homeowner agreed not to change the grade around the 25" oak.  This will be necessary in order to protect the roots.  Installation of pavers or asphalt over the roots would be acceptable.

Development Services:  For Site Visibility reasons, the wall should be angled at  driveway.
 
 
 
 

 
V. ORDINANCES - FIRST READING

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mayor Coble, Council voted unanimously on a single motion to approve on first reading Items V. A. and B. and Items V. D. through V. H. Item V. C. was held over, no action was taken.  Ms. Heizer and Mr. Papadea were not present for the vote.

A. Ordinance No.:  2001-072 - Granting encroachment to Hampton Inn for   installation and maintenance of brick pavers into the front vestibule of its building   at 822 Gervais Street. - Approved

B. Ordinance No.:  2001-074 - Authorizing City Manager to execute a Deed for the   transfer of 1135 Cedar Terrace, Richland County TMS #16505-06-03 to   Columbia Housing Development Corporation and a Deed for the transfer of 3815   Palmetto Avenue, Richland County TMS #09209-08-02 to Eau Claire   Development Corporation. - Approved

C. Ordinance No.: 2001-080 - Annexing 39.05 acres, Cort Road at Buckner Road,   Richland County TMS #09315-03-15; 11703-01-24 and portion of 11703-01-01.
- Held over

D. Ordinance No.: 2001-081 - Annexing 924 Broad River Road, Richland County   TMS #07311-05-09. - Approved

E. Ordinance No.: 2001-082 - Authorizing Conveyance On-Site and Off-Site   Sanitary Sewer Lines and Sanitary Sewer Lift Station Site for Belleclave   Subdivision Phases 2, 4 and 5 and Chellewood Subdivision and Assignment of   Easements to East Richland County Public Service District, CF #222-04B,222-  04C and 222-04D - Approved

F. Ordinance No.: 2001-084 - Annexing parcels at Woodcross Drive and   Fernandina Road known as Richland County TMS #04911-06-01; Richland   County TMS #04910-02-01and Lexington County TMS #02898-03-19 - Approved
Mr. Osborne abstained from voting do to a conflict of interest.

G. Ordinance No.:  2001-085 - Amending the 1998 Code of Ordinances of the City   of Columbia, South Carolina, Chapter 17, Planning, Land Development and   Zoning, Article V, Historic Preservation and Architectural Review, Division 4,   Landmarks, Sec. 17-681, Districts identified, (c) Protection area district. -
Approved

H. Ordinance No.:  2001-086 - Amending the 1998 Code of Ordinances of the City   of Columbia, South Carolina,  Chapter 24, Vehicles For Hire, Article II, Taxicabs,   Shuttles and Limousines, Division 2, Driver's Permit, Sec. 24-72, Investigation   of application; persons ineligible for permit. - Approved
 
 
 
 

 

VI. RESOLUTIONS

A. Resolution No.: R-2001-056 - Authorizing Annual Blues Festival at Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park. (Revised)

B. Resolution No.: R-2001-063 - Authorizing Amendment to By-Laws of the Columbia Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Upon motion by Mr. Osborne, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion Resolution No.: R-2001-056 - Authorizing Annual Blues Festival at Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park. (Revised) and Resolution No.: R-2001-063 - Authorizing Amendment to By-Laws of the Columbia Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau.  Ms. Heizer was not present for the vote.

C. **Resolution No.: R-2001-067 - Authorizing Fall Out 2001 Concert and consumption of alcoholic beverages in Finlay Park

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted five (5) to one (1) to approve Resolution No.: R-2001-067 - Authorizing Fall Out 2001 Concert and consumption of alcoholic beverages in Finlay Park.  Voting aye were Mr. Cromartie, Ms. Heizer, Mr. Papadea, Mr. Davis and Mayor Coble.  Voting nay was Mr. Osborne.

VII. OTHER MATTERS

1. Request from Promoter, Anthony Russo for a gated/admission event in Finlay Park, titled Disco Fun Fest, projecting 10,000 - 20,000 attendance.  Mr. Russo is also requesting that Gadsden Street be closed from Blanding Street to Taylor Street, Saturday, November 03, 2001, from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.  Approval of Resolution No.:  R-2001-065 - Authorizing Disco Fun Fest at Findlay Park on Saturday, November 03, 2001.
This item was held over, no action was taken.

VIII. APPEARANCE OF PUBLIC HAVING BUSINESS WITH CITY COUNCIL

No one appeared to speak before Council.

Council reconvened the Work Session at 11:40 a.m.
 

Respectfully submitted by:
 
 
 

Pamela J. Ferst, CPS
Acting City Clerk