CITY OF COLUMBIA
CITY COUNCIL
PUBLIC HEARING MINUTES
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 02, 2002
6:00 P.M. - W.A. PERRY MIDDLE SCHOOL AUDITORIUM

The City of Columbia City Council met in regular session on Wednesday, October 02, 2002, 6:00 p.m. at the W. A. Perry Middle School Auditorium, 2600 Barhamville Road, Columbia, South Carolina.  Mayor Robert D. Coble called the meeting to order at 6:05 p.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 Ms. Leona K. Plaugh, City Manager and Ms. Pamela J. Ferst, Acting City Clerk.

Councilman E.W. Cromartie welcomed everyone to the District II Evening Meeting at W.A. Perry.

Dr. Alfred Vanderpuije, Principal of W.A. Perry Middle School, welcomed everyone and stated that W.A. Perry is committed to educating boys and girls.  Mr. Vanderpuije thanked Council for assisting in the creation of the T.S. Martin Neighborhood.

Ms. Myrtle Gordon, Edgewood Read Street Community Improvement Council, thanked City Council for all the things that have been done in the community to provide affordable housing, to clean up the area and to educate the residents.  Ms. Gordon also thanked the Columbia Police Department and the Richland County Sheriffs Department for assisting them.

**Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Davis, Council voted unanimously to amend the Public Hearing Agenda to add the SCANA Operation and Maintenance Contract and the Ground Lease Agreement of Huger Street Bus Maintenance Facility.  Mr. Osborne abstained from voting due to a conflict of interest.
 
APPROVAL OF MINUTES

1. Minutes of August 14, 21, 2002

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Mr. Davis, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion the Minutes of August 14 and 21, 2002.

PRESENTATIONS

2. Ms. Teen South Carolina - Miss Danielle Wilson (Miss Teen Columbia)

Miss Danielle Wilson, Miss Teen Columbia, thanked the Mayor and members of City Council for their support.  Miss Wilson asked that we keep her in our thoughts and prayers as the year progresses and she travels the state to share the positive benefits that art can have on learning.

Mayor Coble and Mayor Pro Tempore Cromartie presented Miss Danielle Wilson with a dozen of roses since she had already received a Key to the City and a Proclamation.

3. The Hyatt Park 4-H Group - Ms. Tameika Issac

Ms. Barbara Summers, Hyatt Park, introduced the 4-H Group members and informed Council that the 4-H Group has competed and won first place in consumer shopping.  The 4-H Group members demonstrated the skill of stacking for the audience.

4. The Cooperative Ministry's Twentieth Anniversary Proclamation  - Mr. Alan Whitecross, Chairman of the Board

Mr. Whitecross, Chairman of the Board, thanked the Mayor and Council members for their support during the Cooperative Ministry’s twenty (20) years of service.

5. South Carolina Philharmonic - Mr. Nicholas Smith, Music Director

Mr. Nicholas Smith, Music Director, thanked City Council for their support.  Mr. Smith stated that SC Philharmonic sells their tickets at an affordable rate because they are committed to keeping downtown life vigorous, active and fun.  He said that over 350 people attended the first concert.  He told Council that the Philharmonic has an education initiative and a youth orchestra that is composed of young people from the community and is the only community based orchestra in the Midlands.

PUBLIC HEARING

Mayor Coble opened the Public Hearing at 6:28 p.m.

6. Ordinance No.: 2002-030 - Amending the 1998 Code of Ordinances of the City of Columbia, South Carolina, Chapter 2, Administration, Article V, Procurement, be amended to add Sec. 2-208, Commercial Non-Discrimination; and amending the City Administrative Policies and Procedures (“CAPP”) Subsection 19, Procurement Regulations, to add CAPP 19-2.1 through 19-2.22   Approved on first reading September 04, 2002.

Mr. Richard Gergel stated that he and Mr. Franklin Lee have been working on two (2) city policies, a commercial non-discrimination policy and a subcontracting outreach program.   He told Council that several years ago Mayor Coble called him and said he had been to national meetings and there had been talk about the death of programs for equal opportunity for minority businesses and certainly there had been major Supreme Court cases that had indicated that set aside programs specifically designating by race or gender or anything was unconstitutional.  He said the Mayor wanted to know was there an alternative to doing nothing.  Mr. Gergel then introduced Mr. Franklin Lee.

Mr. Franklin Lee informed Council that this is the culmination of work that has gone into a collaboration to develop the first step in the process of creating a market place in the City of Columbia that is free from the effects of racial and gender discrimination.  He stated the following: The first policy is the commercial non-Discrimination Policy, it creates a policy that says the City will not engage in business with any firms that discriminate in the solicitation, selection or treatment of contractors, subcontractors, vendors and information suppliers on any City contract.  This policy creates a mechanism whereby complaints may be filed against firms that have discriminated in the marketplace.  It provides for due process in terms of an investigation by City staff, a hearing process before an independent hearing examiner and also appeals to the City Manager and ultimately to a court to make sure whatever findings are rendered are proper and just.  There’s also provision in this ordinance for the imposition of sanctions in the event there is a violation policy and those sanctions include disqualification for up to five years from bidding with the City.  Also a violator can be subject to termination of all existing contracts and be referred for prosecution for fraud. The second one is a mandatory subcontracting outreach program that requires all prime contractors that are doing construction contracts with the City in excess of $200,000 to subcontract at a minimum of 20% of their work to some subcontractors and it requires specific detailed efforts on the part of every prime contractor to conduct outreach efforts to all segments of the subcontracting community including disadvantaged business enterprises, disabled veteran business enterprises and also other business enterprises.  In the event that a prime contractor fails to conduct those outreach efforts their bid will be found to be non responsive and will not be accepted by the City

No on appeared in favor of or in opposition to the proposed ordinance.

Mayor Coble closed the Public Hearing at 6:40 p.m.

PUBLIC MEETING / PUBLIC INPUT

Mayor Coble opened the Public Meeting at 6:44 p.m.

 ZONING ORDINANCE PARKING TEXT AMENDMENT - SECOND READING

7. Ordinance No.:  2002-067 - Amending the 1998 Code of Ordinances of the City of Columbia, South Carolina, Chapter 17, Planning, Land Development and Zoning, Article III, Zoning, Division 9, Supplementary District Regulations, is amended to add Sec. 17-317, Residential parking to read as follows:  Approved on first reading September 11, 2002

Mr. Chip Land stated that they sent out notices to all neighborhood association presidents along with a copy of the ordinance. He also stated that there has radio and news media advertisement. Mr. Land told Council that there has been no change to the ordinance as it was approved on first reading.   Mr. Land informed Council that we have received two letters from individuals concerning the impact this ordinance will have on their property and a letter from an individual who has questions about where the front begins and how this affects corner lots.

Ms. Katherine Trimnal, CCN President, stated that she received approximately forty-five (45) calls regarding this ordinance and only heard positive comments regarding this amendment.

Ms. Margaret Masse, Cedar Terrace Brandon Acres Resident, appeared before Council in favor of the proposed ordinance because the older neighborhoods need protection also.

Ms. Lois Whiting, Cedar Terrace Brandon Acres Resident, appeared before Council in favor of the proposed ordinance because of personal investments.  Ms. Whiting thanked Council members that visited the neighborhood.

Ms. Daphine Carter, College Place Community Council President, appeared before Council in favor of ordinance, but she is concerned how the communities will be informed and how the ordinance will be enforced by the City.

Mayor Coble stated that the ordinance will be publicized and the ordinance will be enforced by the actions of Zoning once they are notified.

Mr. Davis suggested that we do a water bill insert to notify citizens.

Mr. Charles Crawford, Meadowfield Neighborhood Association, appeared before Council in favor of the proposed ordinance.

Mr. Steve Brennen, Shandon Neighborhood Council President, appeared before Council in favor of the proposed ordinance.  Mr. Brennen stated that he has not heard any objections from the constituents in the Shandon area.  He urged Council to enforce this ordinance because property values will go up.

Ms. Goria Woodard, Greenview Neighborhood Resident, stated that this ordinance infringes on the personal rights of residents and she doesn’t see how it will benefit the community as a whole. She said that this city is being micro managed.

Mr. Jahman O. Olulenu, Waverly Community Resident, stated that in the Waverly Community the lots are small and once you take that one spot in front of the house where are you supposed to park?  He asked how will this ordinance affect renters and businesses?

Mr. Alfred Davis, 2413 Lee Street, appeared before Council in favor of the proposed ordinance and stated that he hopes that the ordinance is enforced.
Mr. Moses Rabb, Waverly Community, appeared before Council in favor of the proposed ordinance, but said he is concerned about residents having to park on narrow streets.

Mayor Coble closed the Public Meeting at 7:05 p.m.

Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Mr. Osborne, Council voted unanimously to approve on second reading Ordinance No.: 2002-067 – Amending the 1998 Code of Ordinances of the City of Columbia, South Carolina, Chapter 17, Planning, Land Development and Zoning, Article III, Zoning, Division 9, Supplementary District Regulations, is amended to add Sec. 17-317, Residential Parking.

CONSENT AGENDA

Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Ms. Isaac, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion the Consent Agenda Items as presented.

STREET CLOSING REQUESTS

8. Council is asked to approve a request from the Wales Garden Neighborhood Association to close Wateree Avenue between Enoree and Catawba Avenues and Seneca Avenue between Saluda and Wateree Avenues on Sunday, October 20, 2002, 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 the Residents of Capitol Place to close the 500 Block of Capitol Place on Friday, October 04, 2002 from 6:15 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. for a Neighborhood Block Party.  Approved

10. Council is asked to approve a request from the Cycle Center and Children's Chance to close all streets intersecting Santee Avenue from Lee Street to Heidt Street, all streets intersecting Heidt Street from Santee Avenue to Greene Street, all streets intersecting Greene Street to Pavillion Street, all streets intersecting Pavillion Street to Lee and Santee Streets, and the intersection of Pavillion, Santee, and Lee Streets, on Saturday, October 19, 2002 from 7:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. for the Sunshine Festival Bicycle Event held at Martin Luther King Park.  Approved

11. Council is asked to approve a request from the Palmetto Place's Children's Emergency Shelter, Willy's Oyster Bar and Harley Haven to close Lincoln Street between Gervais and Lady Streets between Pulaski and Park Streets on Sunday, November 10, 2002, from 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. for the "Fall Rally in the Vista".  Contact:  Kim Wellman
Resolution No.:  R-2002-064 - Authorizing consumption of alcoholic beverages at Fall Rally in the Vista.  Approved

12. Council is asked to approve a request from the Koger Center for the Arts to close the 800 block of Park Street between Greene and College Streets for bus parking from 8:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. during the children's shows listed below:  Approved
· Tuesday, October 22, 2002
· Friday, December 06, Wednesday, December 11, 2002
· Friday, December 13, Wednesday, December 18, 2002
· Thursday, December 19, and Friday, December 20, 2002
· Tuesday and Wednesday, February 25 and 26, 2003
· Wednesdays, March 12 and 19, 2003 and Thursday, March 20, 2003
· Thursday, April 03, 2003

13. Council is asked to approve a request from the Daughters of the Holy Cross of Trinity
Cathedral to block off the 1100 blocks of Marion and Senate Streets, on Saturday, November 16, 2002 from 7:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. for the Annual Trinity Bazaar.  Also request ninety-one (91) parking meters, at $2.50 per meter, on Marion (24) and Senate (67) Streets are bagged on Friday, November 15, 2002.  Approved

CONSIDERATION OF BIDS, AGREEMENTS, AND CHANGE ORDERS

14. Council is asked to approve Lot of Labor and Materials to Repair a building roof at Pinehurst Park, as requested by Parks & Recreation.  Award to Heritage Roofing, the low acceptable bid, in the amount of $15,108.00.  Bid requests were sent to eleven (11) MBE vendors with only Carolina Construction responding.  The vendor is located in the Midlands area.  Approved

15. Council is asked to approve the Purchase of 2600 Roll Carts, as requested by Solid Waste.  Award to Toter, Inc., a sole source vendor, in the amount of $117,117.00.  There are no MBE/FBE manufacturers or distributors of these carts. The vendor is located out of state.  Approved

16. Council is asked to approve the Purchase of 1950 Turkeys and 1950 Fruit Boxes, for City Employees Christmas, as requested by Administration.  Award to Marcus Food Company, the low bidder, in the amount of $33,871.50.  No known MBE/FBE vendors who can provide this quantity.  The vendor is located in the Upstate.   Approved

17. Council is asked to approve the Purchase of 1950 $25.00Gift Cards @ $22.50, for City Employees Christmas, as requested by Administration.  Award to Food Lion, the low bidder, in the amount of $43,875.00.  The Gift Cards will be redeemed in the Midlands area.  Approved

18. Council is asked to approve a request by the Utilities Selection Committee to proceed with
Contract Negotiations with Parsons Infrastructure and Technology Group, Inc., the Selected Firm, to Perform Vulnerability Assessment for the City's Water Plants and Distribution System.  This firm made a strong female/minority participation commitment that at least 50% of the team members conducting 70% to 80% of the work would be females and / or minorities.  The firm further made the commitment that at least 22% of the overall project value would be sub-contracted to female and /or minority owned firms.  We are under severe time constraints to complete this project.  The City received a grant from the EPA on August 05, 2002, in the amount of $115,000.00.  To remain eligible to receive this money, the Vulnerability Assessment must be completed by February 05, 2003 (6 months from the dated of the grant).   Approved

ORDINANCES - SECOND READING

19. Ordinance No.: 2002-083 - Authorizing the closing and transfer of an unopened portion
 of Broad Street to Martha G. Bray.  Approved on second reading.

20. Ordinance No.: 2002-087 - Granting encroachment to the United State Marshall’s Office for installation and maintenance of twenty-seven stone parking bollards along the sidewalk adjacent to the J. Bratton Davis United States Bankruptcy Courthouse at 1100 Laurel Street.  Approved on second reading.

ORDINANCES - FIRST READING

21. Ordinance No.: 2002-085 - Amending the 1998 Code of Ordinances of the City of Columbia, South Carolina, Chapter 2, Administration, Article III, Officers and Employees, Sec. 2-116 City Clerk through Sec. 2-126 Employee grievance procedure for city-funded agencies and Article IV, Departments, Sec. 2-151 Departments created; department heads; administrative regulations and procedures.  Approved on first reading.

Councilwoman Sinclair stated she would like to make an amendment if you look under the section Director of Finance the word collecting has been deleted and should be reinserted.  She also stated that the Director of Finance should serve as a Treasurer and collect all the funds.  Ms. Sinclair said whoever is collecting and investing the money should know on a daily basis what our financial situation is, where the money is coming from, how much money can we invest, how much money needs to be available to pay our bills and to me this position is very important. She said I have no problems with separating the other functions, the accounting function, audit and the things we talked about.

Councilman Osborne stated that he has given editorial changes to the City Attorney that will not change the substance of the ordinance.  He said he does not agree that the collection employees should report directly to the Director of Finance.

Councilman Davis stated that he concurs with Mr. Osborne.  It is not necessary for the collection function to be under the Director of Finance.

Mayor Pro Tempore Cromartie said he does not see the necessity in having the collection function under the Director of Finance.

Ms. Sinclair stated that the City of Columbia receives $61 million per year that is now listed under Customer Service as it relates to the Water and Sewer Department.  Of the $61 million, 60% of it is Water and Sewer and the rest of it is miscellaneous.  We are talking about a lot of money that flows through the City that will not be handled by our Finance Director.

Mr. Papadea stated that he spoke with the CEO of the largest corporation in the Midlands.  He is also an ex-accountant.  He said that the one thing he needed to operate this company is one person reporting to me on all the money, I don’t want it coming from different sources.

A motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Mr. Papadea, failed by a vote of two (2) to five (5) to amend the ordinance to insert the collection responsibility under the duties of the Director of Finance.  Voting aye was Mr. Papadea and Ms. Sinclair.  Voting nay were Mr. Cromartie, Mr. Osborne, Mr. Davis, Ms. Isaac and Mayor Coble.

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Ms. Isaac, Council voted five (5) to two (2) to approve on first reading Ordinance No.: 2002-085 - Amending the 1998 Code of Ordinances of the City of Columbia, South Carolina, Chapter 2, Administration, Article III, Officers and Employees, Sec. 2-116 City Clerk through Sec. 2-126 Employee grievance procedure for city-funded agencies and Article IV, Departments, Sec. 2-151 Departments created; department heads; administrative regulations and procedures.  Voting aye were Mr. Cromartie, Mr. Osborne, Mr. Davis, Ms. Isaac and Mayor Coble.  Voting nay were Mr. Papadea and Ms. Sinclair.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously on a single motion to approve on first reading Item 22. through Item 31.

22. Ordinance No.: 2002-044 - Annexing Parcel A1 and Lot 2, Percival Road at Newland Road, Richland County TMS #25600-03-05 (portion) and 25600-03-02.  Approved on first reading.
 
23. Ordinance No.: 2002-059 - Granting encroachment to Fat Alley’s for outdoor dining at 640 Harden Street.  Approved on first reading.

24. Ordinance No.: 2002-064 - Granting encroachment to St. James A.M.E. Church for placement and maintenance of directional signs at the southeast corner of Pickens Street and Wheat Street and in the northern median of Saluda Avenue at Wheat Street.  Approved on first reading.

25. Ordinance No.: 2002-071 - Annexing Annacy Park, 30.42 acres, Percival Road at Old Percival Road, Richland County TMS #19813-02-24.  Approved on first reading.

26. Ordinance No.: 2002-076 - Annexing 15+/- Smallwood Road at Percival Road, Richland County TMS #22600-01-01 (portion).  Approved on first reading.

27. Ordinance No.: 2002-077 - Annexing Lot 7 A, Clemson Road at Percival Road, Richland County TMS #25600-03-02 (portion).  Approved on first reading.
 
28. Ordinance No.: 2002-082 - Granting encroachment to 5 Points Diner/Minglewood for placement of four (4) tables and sixteen (16) chairs for outdoor dining at 800 Harden Street.  Approved on first reading.

29. Ordinance No.: 2002-084 - Granting encroachment to Larry E. Gates for installation and maintenance of a sprinkler system in the tree zone area adjacent to 730 Whaley Street.  Approved on first reading.

30. Ordinance No.: 2002-086 - Granting encroachment to Sub Pub at 2002-F Greene Street for installation and maintenance of brick pavers and for four tables and fourteen chairs for outdoor dining by its patrons.  Approved on first reading.

31. Ordinance No.:  2002-088 - Granting encroachment to Kevin Anderson for construction and maintenance of a brick wall along the side yard of 2519 Canterbury Road.  Approved on first reading.

RESOLUTIONS

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Ms. Isaac, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion Item A. Resolution No.: R-2002-055 - Authorizing execution of a Quit Claim Deed for the transfer of an unopened portion o Broad Street to Martha G. Bray and Item C.  Resolution No.: R-2002-063 - Authorizing the acceptance and dedication of a street to the City of Columbia known as Atlas Court in 77 South Business Park; Richland County TMS #16306-03-01 (portion); CF #254-03.

A. Resolution No.: R-2002-055 - Authorizing execution of a Quit Claim Deed for the transfer of an unopened portion o Broad Street to Martha G. Bray.  Approved

B. Resolution No.:  R-2002-060 - Authorizing approval of Classification and Pay Plan for the
 Officials and Employees of the City.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve Resolution No.: R-2002-060 – Authorizing approval of Classification and Pay Plan for the Officials and Employees of the City.

C. Resolution No.: R-2002-063 - Authorizing the acceptance and dedication of a street to the City of Columbia known as Atlas Court in 77 South Business Park; Richland County TMS #16306-03-01 (portion); CF #254-03.  Approved

APPOINTMENTS

D. River Alliance Appointment - Ms. Tameika Issac

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve the appointment of Ms. Tameika C. Isaac, Ms. Anne M. Sinclair to replace Mayor Robert D. Coble, Mayor Robert D. Coble as an Ex-Officio member and the re-appointment of Ms. Gloria James and Mr. James Daniels, III to a three (3) year term.

E. North Main Street Improvement Project Advisory Council

Upon motion by Mr. Davis, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve the North Main Street Improvement Project Advisory Council Recommendations to appoint Atty. Diandre Gist Benjamin, Mrs. Mary Dennis Cauthen, Rev. Wiley Cooper, Mr. Mark Hall, Mr. Henry Hopkins, Mr. Richard Kendrick, Ms. Ute Lowery, Mr. J. C. Moore, Mr. Jim Prater, Mr. Dalton Tresvant, Ms. Vera Johnson Burkett, Mr. Keith McIver, Mr. Alvin Hinkle, Mr. Leroy Moss, Ms. Sabrina Odom Patterson, Mr. Ken Hart, Mr. Robbie Jones and Mr. David Jones and approved the formation of a Two Notch Road Improvement Project Advisory Council.

OTHER MATTERS

F. Council is asked to approve the Destruction of One Hundred Fourteen (114) Firearms that are presently being held in the City of Columbia Police Department Property/Evidence Unit and have been dispositioned for destruction with the exception of one (1) weapon (W97-430) which has be dispositioned for the South Carolina State Museum for historical display.
 This item was held over, no action was taken.

G. CAC WOW ‘03 - New Year’s Eve Celebration Funding Request: $12,000

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve funding for WOW ’03 New Year’s Eve Celebration in the amount of $12,000 from the Council Contingency Fund.

H. Council is asked to approve a request from the March of Dimes for permission to collect donations from motorists at the intersection of Assembly Street and Rosewood Drive on Saturday, November 02, 2002 from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, November 09, 2002 from 9:00 a.m. until  :00 p.m. for a fund-raiser.  Approximately 20-25 soliciting volunteers.  Contact: Lara Peck, Program Director

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve the request from the March of Dimes to collect donations from motorists at the intersection of Assembly Street and Rosewood Drive on Saturday, November 02, 2002 from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. and staff was authorized to develop a comprehensive policy for handling future requests.  The request to collect donations on November 09, 2002 was held over for further review.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously on a single motion to approve Item I. from the Council Contingency Fund and Item J. from the Council Contingency Fund.

I. Council is asked to approve a funding request from the South Carolina Pop Warner Junior Football League in the amount of $6,000 and the use of Owens Field during the football season for the next three years and the use of football-only playing fields equipped with goalpost for future years.

Council approved the request for funding from the South Carolina Pop Warner Junior Football League in the amount of $6,000 from the Council Contingency Fund and the use of Owens Field during the football season for the next three (3) years and the use of football only playing fields equipped with goalpost for future years.

J. Council is asked to approve a funding request in the amount of $6,600, from Ernest Evans and Wilbur Tucker, CCN officers, elected to 3-year terms on the Board of Neighborhoods USA (NUSA), which meets quarterly, in different cities nationwide. They are requesting assistance for the other three meetings. The first is in Chattanooga October 29 through November 3, 2002. The estimated cost is $1,026.55 for each person. The estimated cost for all three meetings and the extra day next Spring would be $6,600, although the costs cannot be determined exactly for two of the meetings since the locations have not been finalized.  The funds City Council provided CCN will pay for their trip next spring in conjunction with their annual conference (except for one day's food and lodging).

Council approved funding in the amount of $6,600 from the Council Contingency Fund.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion Item K. SCANA Operation and Maintenance Contract for the Canal Hydro Electric Plant and Item L. Ground Lease Agreement of Huger Street Bus Maintenance Facility.

K. ** SCANA Operation and Maintenance Contract - Canal Hydro Electric Plant.  Approved

L. **Ground Lease Agreement of Huger Street Bus Maintenance Facility.  Approved

APPEARANCE OF PUBLIC HAVING BUSINESS WITH CITY COUNCIL

Mr. Bill Manley, Eau Claire Community, stated that two weeks ago there was an event at the Capital Senior Center where 200 seniors attended along with seniors from Newberry, Richland and Lexington Counties.  Mr. Manley thanked Mr. Allison Baker and Mr. John Dooley for their assistance.  He urged Council to look at the traffic along Sunset Drive because the population is growing in that area, but the roads are not expanding.

Mr. Eddie Lloyd, Waverly Annexation Neighborhood Association, submitted a proposal to Council requesting assistance with a financial hardship they are experiencing since they took the initiative to clean up the immediate area of the neighborhood.

Mr. Jahman Olulenu, Waverly Community, thanked the City for making the Waverly Community better.  He said we still have problems with people thinking this area is a community dump.  Mr. Olulenu asked that the 1000 block of Harden Street be looked at.

Mr. Hilderbrand, stated that trash collectors do their collections between 2:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. at James Square Shopping Center.  He told Council that they are noisy and an ordinance needs to be in place that controls collection times not before 6:00 a.m. and not after 11:00 p.m.

Mayor Coble adjourned the meeting at 8:07 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by:
Pamela J. Ferst, CPS
Acting City Clerk