CITY COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2005
6:00 P.M.
 WATKINS NANCE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
2525 BARHAMVILLE ROAD

The City of Columbia City Council conducted a District II Evening Meeting on Wednesday, October 5, 2005 in the Watkins Nance Elementary School Multi-Purpose Room at 2525 Barhamville Road, Columbia, South Carolina.  Mayor Robert D. Coble called the meeting to order at 6:06 p.m.  The following City Council members were present:  The Honorable E.W. Cromartie, II, The Honorable Hamilton Osborne, Jr. and The Honorable Sam Davis.  Absent were The Honorable Anne M. Sinclair, The Honorable Tameika Isaac Devine and The Honorable Daniel J. Rickenmann.  Also present were Mr. Charles P. Austin, Sr., City Manager and Ms. Erika D. Salley, City Clerk.

APPROVAL OF MINTUES

1. Minutes for September 14, 21 and 28, 2005

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Osborne, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion the Minutes of September 14, 21 and 28, 2005.

**Councilman E.W. Cromartie, II welcomed everyone out to the City Council District II Evening Meeting.

**Ms. Emma M. McGraw, Jones McDonald Community Club President, presented greetings on behalf of one of the four neighborhood associations that serve the area.

**Ms. Myrtle Gordon, Columbia Improvement Cooperative Council (CICC) President, welcomed everyone out to the Edgewood Community.  She thanked the members of Council for all they’ve done in the area and she invited them to come out and visit sometime.

PRESENTATIONS

2. Recognition of Miss Katherine Myers - The Honorable E.W. Cromartie, II

Mayor Coble and the members of Council presented a Proclamation to Miss Katherine Myers declaring October 5, 2005 as Katherine Myers Day in the City of Columbia.  Miss Myers excels in academics at CA Johnson Preparatory Academy with a 4.8 GPA and was recently elected as the first African American Governor of Palmetto Girls State.

3. Double Dutch Force Performance – Ms. Joy Holman, Athletic Specialist for the Parks & Recreation Department

Ms. Joy Holman, Athletic Specialist and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park Double Dutch Force demonstrated the art of Double Dutch.

4. Drew Wellness Center Update  – Mr. S. Allison Baker, Assistant City Manager for Public Services

Mr. Kelly Garvey, Drew Wellness Center General Manager, provided an update on the programmatic use of the Drew Wellness Center.  Mr. Garvey said that the Drew Wellness Center would be a jewel and a positive environment. He announced that Richland School District One students would complete renderings of what they think the center should be. Those renderings will be on display throughout the Drew Wellness Center.

TAXI CAB PUBLIC HEARING

· City Council opened the Public Hearing at 6:41 p.m.

An unidentified individual noted that he has been a cab driver for over 20 years now, but the increase in gas prices is causing a problem. He said that they have been transporting wheelchair patrons for years, but they are not equipped to carry motorized chairs.

Mr. Allan Douglas, Checker Yellow Cab Co., Inc., thanked Councilman Cromartie for his support and for opening the industry’s eyes to the needs of the disabled.  He noted that they are in support of both Ordinances.

Mr. Duane Harmon, Checker Yellow Cab Co., Inc., told the members of Council that he has taken wheelchairs apart to accommodate disabled patrons.  He said that a raise is needed because they travel beyond the City limits and further out into Richland County.

Mr. Steve English, Blue Ribbon Cab Co. Management Team stated that the wheelchair Ordinance was long overdue.  He stated that we should protect our handicapped and give it a shot to make it work in the City.

Mr. Jerome Huggins stated that it would be a great idea because it would enhance their mobility in the community. He said that DART doesn’t run in his area past 8:30 p.m.  He said that this would allow for same day service also.

Ms. Rucha McCall noted that she likes being independent.  She said that it would be a great idea for the cab companies to have this equipment.

Mr. Johnell Knuckles stated that they need this service.  He said that DART doesn’t run on Sundays.

Mr. Don Hammond, Capital City Cab Co. stated that he supports the Ordinances one hundred percent.  He suggested that the City subsidize the vans or some other type of service for the cab companies.

Mr. Scott Mount, Vann Mann Mobility Representative, said that no one else in this area has this type of equipment available for the disabled community.  He said that sometimes people with personal vehicles use their service.

· City Council closed the Public Hearing at 7:00 p.m.

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Davis, Council voted unanimously to give first reading approval on a single motion to Items 5. and 6. as presented.

5. Ordinance No.: 2005-097 - 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 1, Generally, to add Sec. 25-49, Handicapped service requirement - The Honorable E.W. Cromartie, II - Approved on first reading.

6. Ordinance No.: 2005-099 - 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 5, Rates for Taxi Service; Taximeters, Sec. 24-141, Rates established - The Honorable E.W. Cromartie, II - Approved on first reading.

CONSENT AGENDA

Upon motion by Mr. Osborne, seconded by Mr. Davis, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion the Consent Agenda Items 7. through 19. as amended.  Item 17. was withdrawn from the agenda.

STREET CLOSINGS

7.  Council is asked to approve a request from the Columbia Action Council to close Blanding Street between Pickens Street and Henderson Street on Sunday, October 16, 2005 from 12:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. for the Annual Autumn at the Mills.  Contact: Ms. Yvette Stribling - Approved

8.  Council is asked to approve a request from the Wales Garden Neighborhood Association to close Catawba Avenue between Wateree and St. James Avenue and the St. James traffic circle on Sunday, October 23, 2005 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. for a Block Party.  Contact: Mrs. Coles Lawton, President - Approved

9.  Council is asked to approve a request to close Cedarwood Lane between Kilbourne Road and Heatherwood Road on Sunday, October 23, 2005 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. for a Block Party.  Contact:  Mr. Tom Milliken - Approved

10.  Council is asked to approve a request from the Earlewood Community Citizens Organization to restrict vehicular access from Earlewood Park on Saturday, November 5, 2005 from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. as follows to celebrate the opening of the Earlewood Park Amphitheater.  Contact:  Mr. Fordyce Mason, III - Approved

· Restrict access at the intersection of Parkside Drive and Main Street where Parkside Drive enters Earlewood Park
· Restrict access at Parkside Drive near the semicircular driveway to the Park building.
· Restrict access at the intersection of Parkside Drive and Earlewood Avenue
· Restrict access at the intersection of Northwood Street and Earlewood Avenue

11.  Council is asked to approve a request from the USC Department of Student Life to close Greene Street from Gadsden Street to the railroad track where it dead ends; Gadsden Street and Lincoln Street between Blossom Street and the railroad tracks around the University of South Carolina Greek Housing; restrict access from the corner of Gadsden Street and Greene Street to Wayne Street and Gervais Street one hour prior to the following events.  Contact:  Mr. Jerry Brewer. Director of Student Life – Approved, subject to the University Police Department being responsible for traffic control at each location.

USC Homecoming Week  October 17, 2005 9:00 a.m. until Midnight
Spurs and Struts Celebration  October 18, 2005 7:00 a.m. until Midnight

12.  Council is asked to approve a request from the University of South Carolina and Global Spectrum to close Greene Street from Gadsden Street to the railroad track where it dead ends; Gadsden Street and Lincoln Street between Blossom Street and the railroad tracks around the University of South Carolina Greek Housing; restrict access from the corner of Gadsden Street and Greene Street to Wayne Street and Gervais Street on Wednesday, October 12, 2005 from 5:00 p.m. until 12:00 a.m. for a NBA Preseason Game.  All locations will be closed one hour prior to the event. – Approved, subject to the University Police Department being responsible for traffic control at each location.

 12a.  **Council is asked to approve a request from Allen University to close Pine Street between Taylor Street and Hampton Street on Saturday, October 8, 2005 from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. for a Homecoming Celebration.  Contact:  Mr. Willard Felton, Dean of Students - Approved
 
 12b. **Council is asked to approve a request from the Bluetile Skateshop to close Santee Street between Blossom Street and Harden Street on Thursday, October 13, 2005 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. for a Skateboarding Demonstration.  Contact:  Mr. David Toole, Owner  - Approved subject to 1) the event sponsor hiring off duty Columbia Police Officers to provide traffic and crowd control; 2) the event sponsor providing lighted barricades and signage as needed; and 3) the event sponsor coordinating with the Parking Division regarding the bagging of meters.

 12c. **Council is asked to approve a request from Southern Valet to close the right hand lane going down the hill on Greene Street nearest the Koger Center during all Koger Center Events to support both handicap drop offs and event patrons utilizing the valet service.  Contact:  Mr. David Toole, Owner – Approved subject to 1) the event sponsor providing all barricades and signage as needed; 2) the lane blockage would take place 30 minutes prior to a Koger Center event and 30 minutes after an event; 3) the event sponsor complying with all City Ordinances pertaining to valet parking; and 4) Southern Valet submitting this request every six months for evaluation.
 
 CONSIDERATION OF BIDS AND AGREEMENTS

13.  Council is asked to approve the Purchase of Radio and Electronic Parts for the SC State Guard, as requested by the Emergency Operation Center Division.  Award to K Comm, Inc., as a Sole Source Purchase, in the amount of $10,008.70.  This vendor is located in San Antonio, TX.  Funding Source: GL-2059999-657800 and JL-9601000102-657800 - Approved

14.  Council is asked to approve the Purchase of Three (3) 3” Piercing Tools, as requested by the Water Distribution Division.  Award to Vermeer Mid-Atlantic, Inc., the lowest bidder, in the amount of $11,098.20.  This vendor is located in Charlotte, NC.  Funding Source: 5516203-658400 - Approved

15.  Council is asked to approve the Purchase of five (5) Printers, as requested to the Police Department. Award to M & M Computers, the lowest bidder, in the amount of $12,515.00.  This vendor is located in Brooklyn, NY.  Funding Source:  1012402-657600 - Approved

16.  Council is asked to approve Concrete Repairs at Finlay Park, as requested by the Parks & Recreation Department.  Award to Boykin Contracting Co., in the lowest bidder, in the amount of $19,200.00.  This firm is located in West Columbia, SC.  Funding Source: GL4039999-6593 and JL-PK005601-659300 - Approved

17.  Council is asked to approve the Purchase of a Full Size Sedan, as requested by the Fire Department.  Award to Vic Bailey Ford, using the SC State Vehicle Contract, in the amount of $20,757.00.  This vendor is located in Spartanburg, SC.  Funding Source: 2082306-658500 - This item was withdrawn from the agenda.

18. Council is asked to approve the Replacement of the Existing Roof at the Animal Shelter, as requested by Animal Services.  Award to Roofco, Inc., the lowest bidder, in the amount of $38,600.00.  This firm is located in Sumter, SC.  Funding Source:  1012101-638100 and 5511219-638500 - Approved

MAP AMENDMENTS / REZONING – SECOND 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. – Approved on second reading, subject to the following language being what was agreed upon:  (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 rootzones of significant trees, (7) the applicant install a sidewalk along Abingdon Avenue, and (8) curbcuts along Westwood and Abingdon Avenues shall be minimized by sharing one driveway for every two lots; 8-0 (7/11/05).

CONSIDERATION OF BIDS, AGREEMENTS AND CHANGE ORDERS

Upon motion by Mr. Osborne, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion Items 20. through 22. as presented.

20. 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, in the amount of $126,500.00.  This vendor is located in Statesville, NC. Funding Source: GL1014401-627600 - Approved

21. Council is asked to approve Project #WM3950; Water Main Rehabilitation Cleaning and Lining, as requested by the Department of Utilties and Engineering.  Award to Carolina Tap and Bore, the lowest bidder, in the amount of $2,293,950.00.  This firm is located in West Columbia, SC.  Funding Source:  (GL) 5529999-851500 and (JL) WM395001-851500 - Approved

22. Council is asked to approve a Water Main Extension Agreement between Stonemont, LLC and the City for Property Identified as the Stonemont Subdivision, as requested by Engineering Operations.  The construction of approximately 2,220 feet of 8” Water Main is required to provide City water service to this subdivision.  The City is requiring the Developer to upgrade the 8” water main to a 12” water main for future expansion.  Under this agreement the City would reimburse the developer $335.00 per ¾” meter installed up to the estimated or actual cost of construction, whichever is lower.  The estimated cost of the water main extension is $135,150.00. - Approved

ORDINANCES – FIRST READING

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Osborne, Council voted unanimously to give first reading approval on a single motion to Items 23. through 25. as presented.

23. Ordinance No.: 2005-101 – Easement to SCE&G Company Along a Portion of City Property Identified as the North Columbia Fire Station #7; 2622 N. Main Street; Richland County TMS# 09109-08-01 (Portion); North Main Street Streetscape Project; CF# 250-169A – Approved on first reading.

24. Ordinance No.: 2005-105 – Authorizing the Execution and Delivery of a Forward Delivery or Supply Agreement by the City of Columbia, South Carolina, in Connection with the City’s Outstanding Waterworks and Sewer System Revenue Bonds; Delegating the Authority to the Mayor and the City Manager to Determine Certain Matters; Approving the Form of Request for Offers; and Other Matters Relating Thereto. – Approved on first reading.

25. Ordinance No.: 2005-106 - Amending Ordinance 2005-056, to Raise Revenue and Adopt the Budget for The City of Columbia, South Carolina, for the Fiscal Year ending June 30, 2006 – Approved on first reading.

RESOLUTIONS

Upon motion by Mr. Osborne, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion Items 26. through 29. as presented.

26. Resolution No.: R-2005-054 – Release and abandonment of a portion of the City’s existing 15’ Sanitary Sewer Easement along Lexington County TMS# 02797-01-055; Columbiana Station, Phase 3, Buildings E & F; Bower Parkway; CF#230-03L & CF#230-03L1 (R-1) – Approved

27. Resolution No.: R-2005-055 – Release and abandonment of a portion of the City’s existing 15’ Water Main Easement along Lexington County TMS# 02797-01-055; Columbiana Station, Phase 3, Buildings E & F; Bower Parkway; CF#230-03L & CF#230-03L1 (R-1)  – Approved

28. Resolution No.: R-2005-059 – Authorizing the Restructuring of the Midlands Commission on Homelessness, the Adoption of Strategies to Address Chronic Homelessness, and the naming of a Site Selection Committee and its Purposes – Approved

 29. Resolution No.: R-2005-060 - Authorizing Sidewalk Sale for Five Points Merchants– Approved

APPEARANCE OF PUBLIC HAVING BUSINESS WITH CITY COUNCIL

Ms. Maire Dugan, stated that she is concerned about the approval of the Planned Unit Development for Westwood Avenue and Abingdon Road.  She said that the Hyatt Park Neighborhood Association did vote to support this development, but that the stipulations do not reflect what the neighborhood agreed to.

Mr. Charles P. Austin, Sr., City Manager, decided to meet with staff in the morning to determine if there are any discrepancies.

Councilman Davis stated for the record that Item 19. was approved subject to the language coinciding with staff recommendations and with what the Developer and the Hyatt Park Neighborhood Association agreed to.

Ms. Katheryn Bellefield, Booker Washington Heights Organization President, requested that Mayor Coble, Councilman Cromartie, Mr. Austin and Chief Crisp meet with the community at St. John Baptist Church on Monday, October 10, 2005 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss the Hot Spot and the recent murder of a young man at that location.  She further reported concerns of a house in the 3200 block of Farrow Road that dumps trash on the street.  She said that a man sells t-shirts on the side of the road and leaves the trash.  Ms. Bellefield asked that something be done about the trash because it looks terrible.

· Council adjourned the meeting at 7:11 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by:
Erika D. Salley
City Clerk