CITY COUNCIL MEETING
MINUTES
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2005
10:00 A.M. – CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS
1737 MAIN STREET

The City of Columbia City Council conducted a meeting on Wednesday, September 21, 2005 in the City Hall Council Chambers at 1737 Main Street, Columbia, South Carolina.  Mayor Robert D. Coble called the meeting to order at 10:10 a.m.  The following members of City Council were present: The Honorable E.W. Cromartie, II; The Honorable Anne M. Sinclair; The Honorable Hamilton Osborne, Jr.; The Honorable Sam Davis; and The Honorable Daniel J. Rickenmann.   The Honorable Tameika Isaac Devine is on maternity leave.  Also present were Mr. Charles P. Austin, Sr., City Manager and Ms. Erika D. Salley, City Clerk.

PRESENTATIONS

1. September 2005 Employee of the Month (Mr. Michael D. McQueen) – Ms. Melissa Gentry, Director of Public Works

Mr. Robert Anderson recognized Mr. Michael McQueen, Truck Driver III for the Solid Waste Division as the City of Columbia September 2005 Employee of the Month.  He described Mr. McQueen as an employee that is not always seen, but is known as the go to guy that quickly responds to all matters.

Mayor Coble and Mr. Charles P. Austin, Sr., City Manager presented Mr. Michael McQueen with various tokens of appreciation.

2. Columbia Development Corporation Award Presentation – Mr. Fred Delk, Executive Director of the Columbia Development Corporation

Mr. Fred Delk, Executive Director of the Columbia Development Corporation (CDC) announced that the Corporation was awarded the 2005 Downtown Achievement Award from the International Downtown Association for the Publix project. He presented “The State of Development in Columbia – The Numbers” indicating that over the next few years the City of Columbia will experience an estimated $1 billion worth of public and private investments.

Mr. Ned Pendarvis, Chairman of the CDC Board of Directors, applauded the members of City Council for their support of the Publix project.  He stated that the International Downtown Association is over 51 years old and that eighty- (80) applications were submitted for the Economic Development award category.

CONSENT AGENDA

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion the Consent Agenda Items 3. through 17. as presented.  Item 11. was approved by a separate motion.

STREET CLOSINGS

3.  Council is asked to approve a request from WACH FOX 57 and First Baptist Church to close Marion Street between Hampton Street and Washington Street and the parking garage to thru traffic from Tuesday, November 29, 2005 until Wednesday, November 30, 2005 at 9:00 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 sponsor hiring off duty Columbia Police Officers to provide traffic and crowd control.

 3a.  **Council is asked to approve a request from First Baptist Church to close Washington Street between Marion Street and Sumter Street on Thursday, September 22, 2005 from 12:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. for a Sportsmen’s Dinner.  Contact:  Rev. Tim Parcheta, Sr., Associate Pastor - Approved subject to the sponsor hiring off duty Columbia Police Officers to provide traffic and crowd control and renting lighted barricades.
 
CONSIDERATION OF BIDS AND AGREEMENTS

4.  Council is asked to approve a Vendor to Cater the Employee Appreciation Luncheon, as requested by Administration.  Award to Tronco’s Catering, the lowest bidder, in the amount of $13,951.75.  This vendor is located in Columbia, SC.  Funding Source: 1011125-624200 - Approved

5.  Council is asked to approve the Purchase of a 11,200 GVWR Cab and Chassis, as requested by the Water Distribution Division.  Award to Benson Ford Mercury, using the SC State Contract, in the amount of $16,459.00.  Funding Source:  5516203-658500 - Approved

6.  Council is asked to approve the Purchase of 2,150 Turkeys for the Employee’s Christmas, as requested by Administration.  Award to US Food Service (PYA), the lowest bidder in the amount of $25,284.00.  This firm is located in Lexington, SC.  Funding Source:  1011125-639900 - Approved

7.  Council is asked to approve the Purchase of a One (1) Ton Cargo Van, as requested by the Fire Department.  Award to Christopher Trucks, using the SC State Contract, in the amount of $27,904.00.  This vendor is located in Greenville, SC.  Funding Source: 1012305-658500 - Approved

8.  Council is asked to approve the Purchase of Gift Cards for the Employee’s Christmas, as requested by Administration.  Award to Piggly Wiggly in the amount of $67,725.00.  This vendor is located throughout Columbia, SC.  Funding Source:  1011125-639900 - Approved

ORDINANCES – SECOND READING

9. Ordinance No.: 2005-093 – Annexing 17.94 acres, St. Andrews Road, Richland County TMS# 06113-02-40 – Approved on second reading.

10. Ordinance No.: 2005-095 – Approval to Grant an Easement to SCE&G for the Installation of Utilities along a portion of City Property for the Southeast Community Park and Tennis Center Project; Richland County TMS#16513-02-01 (Portion); CF#283-12A - Approved

11. Ordinance No.: 2005-096 – Authorizing execution of a Lease Agreement between the City of Columbia and Shanahan & Company for Capital City Stadium

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mayor Coble, Council voted four (4) to two (2) to approve on second reading Ordinance No.: 2005-096 – Authorizing execution of a Lease Agreement between the City of Columbia and Shanahan & Company for Capital City Stadium.  Voting aye were Mr. Cromartie, Mr. Davis, Mr. Rickenmann and Mayor Coble.  Voting nay was Ms. Sinclair and Mr. Osborne.

12. Ordinance No.: 2005-100 - Amending Ordinance 2002-007 to Authorize the Allocation of up to $500,000.00 Aggregate Principal Amount of Federally Guaranteed Note of City of Columbia, South Carolina Pursuant to Section 108 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended, and Section 6-1-30, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, as Amended; to the North Main Plaza Project, Columbia, South Carolina – Approved on second reading.

CONFIRM ZONING OF PREVIOUSLY ANNEXED PROPERTIES – SECOND READING

13. 8415 Garners Ferry Road (4.63 acres, S/S Garners Ferry Rd a/k/a 7713 Garners Ferry Road), TMS# 16314-03-08 and 14; this property is zoned C-3. – Approved on second reading.

MAJOR CHANGE TO A PLANNED UNIT DEVELOPMENT (PUD) – SECOND READING

14.  1807 Greene Street (Ayrsley Place), TMS# 11308-03-14; rezone from PUD-R, -DP to amended PUD-R, -DP. - Approved on second reading, noting that the proposed 24-foot front-yard setback is measured from the edge of the sidewalk, not the property line as suggested within the descriptive statement of the PUD.
 
 MAP AMENDMENTS / REZONING – SECOND READING

15.  501 A & B South Beltline Boulevard, TMS#13805-05-26(p); rezone from RG-2 to   PUD-R. – Approved on second reading.

16. 5003 Holmes Avenue, TMS# 11604-09-15(p); rezone from RS-3 to PUD-R. – Approved on second reading.

ANNEXATION WITH MAP AMENDMENT / REZONING – SECOND READING

17. +/- 5 acre portion of 17.94 acres, N/S 1400 block of St. Andrews Road (Meadowland), TMS# 06113-02-40 (p); rezone from Richland County C-3 to RG-2. This property is under consideration for annexation.  (See item 24.) – Approved on second reading.

CONSIDERATION OF BIDS, AGREEMENTS AND CHANGE ORDERS

18. Council is asked to approve Change Order #2 for the Southeast Park, as requested by the Parks and Recreation Department. Award to Cherokee, Inc. in the amount of $31,401.37. This firm is located in Columbia, SC.  Funding Source: Water and Sewer Funds will be transferred to the Parks and Recreation Construction Project Fund for the Southeast Park.

Upon motion by Mr. Osborne, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve Change Order #2 for the Southeast Park, as requested by the Parks and Recreation Department. Award to Cherokee, Inc. in the amount of $31,401.37. This firm is located in Columbia, SC.

MAP AMENDMENTS / REZONING – FIRST READING

19. +/- 8.5 acres, Westwood Avenue & Abingdon Road (Willowbrook Gardens), TMS# 09206-08-05(p), 07, 08, and 11-16; rezone from RS-1 and RS-2 to PUD-R.

Mr. Bill Manley,  Abingdon Road resident appeared before the members of Council in opposition to the request.  He said that this development project would change the character of the community.

Upon motion by Mr. Davis, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve on first reading a Map Amendment and the Rezoning of +/- 8.5 acres, Westwood Avenue & Abingdon Road (Willowbrook Gardens), TMS# 09206-08-05(p), 07, 08, and 11-16; rezone from RS-1 and RS-2 to PUD-R, provided that (1) Hilltop Avenue has no more than 17 lots, (2) the Jackson Avenue extension has 7 lots within the same footprint as the 6 shown on the site plan dated 7/6/05, (3) Abingdon Avenue has no more than 2 lots, (4) Westwood Avenue has no more than 8 lots, (5) home styles and exterior materials substantially conform to email from W. McGuinn dated 7/5/05, (6) the applicant install a hard curb along Westwood Avenue and include a sidewalk that meanders to protect the root zones of significant trees, (7) the applicant install a sidewalk along Abingdon Avenue, and (8) curb cuts along Westwood and Abingdon Avenues shall be minimized by sharing one driveway for every two lots; 8-0 (7/11/05).

RESOLUTIONS

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Mr. Davis, Council voted unanimously to approve Resolution Items 20. and 22. through 24. as presented.  Item 21. was approved by a separate motion.

20. Resolution No.: R-2005-048 – Authorizing consumption of alcoholic beverages and Group Therapy’s Annual Chili Cookoff - Approved

21. Resolution No.: R-2005-050 - Authorizing acceptance of a Deed from Benedict College for Read Street Extension - Approved

Upon motion by Mr. Osborne, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve Resolution No.: R-2005-050 - Authorizing acceptance of a Deed from Benedict College for Read Street Extension.  Mr. Cromartie abstained from voting due to a potential conflict of interest.

22. Resolution No.: R-2005-053 – Authorizing consumption of alcoholic beverages and Annual Blues Festival at Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park - Approved

 23. Resolution No.: R-2005-056 - Authorizing Sidewalk Sale for Merchants in the 700 block of Saluda Avenue - Approved

 24. Resolution No.: R-2005-057 – Authorizing Runaway Runway and consumption of beer and wine beverages at the Ensor-Keenan House on September 23, 2005 - Approved
 
· Council adjourned the meeting at 10:49 a.m. to reconvene the Work Session.

Respectfully submitted by:
Erika D. Salley
City Clerk