CITY COUNCIL MEETING
MINUTES
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2004
10:00 A.M. – 1737 MAIN STREET
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

The City of Columbia City Council met in regular session on Wednesday, October 20, 2004 in the City Hall Council Chambers at 1737 Main Street, Columbia, South Carolina.  Mayor Robert D. Coble called the meeting to order at 10:07 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 and The Honorable Tameika Isaac Devine.  Absent was The Honorable Daniel J. Rickenmann.  Also, present were Mr. Charles P. Austin, Sr., City Manager and Ms. Erika D. Moore, City Clerk.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

1.  Minutes of October 6, 2004

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Ms. Devine, Council voted unanimously to approve the Minutes of October 6, 2004 as presented.

PRESENTATIONS

  1a.  **Proclamation - National Day of Concern for Young People and Gun Violence – The Honorable Mayor Robert D. Coble

Mayor Robert D. Coble and the members of City Council presented a Proclamation to Ms. Tara Lyons, Assistant United States Attorney, declaring Wednesday, October 20, 2004 as the National Day of Concern for Young People and Gun Violence in the City of Columbia.

2.  September 2004 Employee of the Month (Mr. Alvin R. Cannady) – Mr. Robert Anderson, Solid Waste Superintendent

Mr. Robert Anderson, Solid Waste Superintendent presented Mr. Alvin R. Cannady as the September 2004 Employee of the Month.  He described Mr. Cannady as a 10-year employee that goes above and beyond his job duties.

Mayor Robert D. Coble presented Mr. Cannady with a plaque recognizing him as the September 2004 Employee of the Month.

Mr. Charles P. Austin, Sr., City Manager presented Mr. Cannady with a token of appreciation.

3.  October 2004 Employee of the Month (Master Police Officer Michael A. Grogan) – Chief H. Dean Crisp, Columbia Police Department

Captain C. E. Burke, Columbia Police Department presented Master Police Office Michael A. Grogan as the October 2004 Employee of the Month.  He described Mr. Grogan as a 15-year employee that volunteers with the Dream Riders, an initiative that teaches disabled individuals horseback riding.

Mayor Robert D. Coble presented Mr. Cannady with a plaque recognizing him as the October 2004 Employee of the Month.

Mr. Charles P. Austin, Sr., City Manager presented Mr. Cannady with a token of appreciation.

4.  Recognition of Melissa Smith-Gentry, Director of Public Works – Mr. Charles P. Austin, Sr., City Manager

Mr. Charles P. Austin, Sr., City Manager recognized Ms. Melissa Smith-Gentry for being honored on October 8, 2004 as an Outstanding Young Alumni for the University of South Carolina’s College of Engineering and Information Technology.

CONSENT AGENDA

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion the Consent Agenda Items 5. through 20. as amended.  Item 12. was withdrawn.

STREET CLOSINGS

5.  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 and to 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. Monty Jones, Jr., Event Coordinator - Approved
 
  Saturday, October 23, 2004 Women’s Expo  6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  Saturday, October 30, 2004 SC Cheerleading Competition 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

6.  Council is asked to approve a request from the Residents of Wheeler Hill to close Phelps Street at St. James Street on Sunday, October 31, 2004 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. for a Halloween Block Party.  Contact:  Ms. Theresa Watts - Approved

7.  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 on Friday, November 5, 2004 from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. bus parking during a children’s performance by the University of South Carolina Dance Company.  Contact: Ms. Jeannie Weingarth - Approved

8.  Council is asked to approve a request from the Columbia Action Council to close the following streets on Thursday, November 11, 2004 during the indicated times for the Annual Veterans Day Parade.  Contact:  Ms. Judy Stringer, Executive Director - Approved

Parade Assembly area, streets to be closed from 7:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.
1100, 1200, 1300 Calhoun Street
1100, 1200, 1300 Richland Street
1800, 1900 & 2000 Sumter Street

VIP / Reviewing area, streets to be closed from 7:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.
1300 & 1400 Sumter Street
1200 & 1300 Washington Street

Dispersal area, streets to be closed at 9:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.
800 & 900 Sumter Street
1000 & 1100 Sumter Street
1300 & 1400 Senate Street
1000 & 1100 Marion Street
1200 College Street

Parking / dispersal area for Fort Jackson troops and equipment, streets to be closed from 9:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.
800 & 900 Sumter Street
1200 College Street

9.  Council is asked to approve a request from the Residents of Landgrave Road to close the 4500 block of Landgrave Road between Kathwood Drive and Brennen Road on Sunday, October 31, 2004 from 4:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. for a Street Party.  Contact:  Mr. Jim Cauthen - Approved

10.  Council is asked to approve a request from Benedict College to close Oak Street between Taylor Street and Haskell Avenue on Thursday, October 28, 2004 from 4:00 p.m. until 12:00 a.m. for a Homecoming Carnival.  Contact: Ms. Mary Davis, Office of Student Activities - Approved

11.  Council is asked to approve a request from the Office of the Adjutant General to close the westbound lane of the 1400 block of Hampton Street on Thursday, October 28, 2004 from 7:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. for the Midlands Region WMD Counter-Terrorism Exercise.  Contact: Mr. Ronald Osborne, Director - Approved

12.  Council is asked to approve a request from the Wastewater Maintenance to close the 1200 block of Glenwood Road between Delano Drive and Gervais Street from Tuesday, October 19, 2004 at 7:00 a.m. through Thursday, October 21, 2004 at 8:00 a.m.    Contact: Mr. Willie Abney, Asst. Superintendent WasteWater Maintenance - This item was withdrawn from the agenda.

CONSIDERATION OF BIDS & AGREEMENTS

13.  Council is asked to approve the Maintenance and Upgrade to the Design Software, as requested by the Engineering Department.  Award to DLT Solution Inc., as a sole source purchase in the amount of $12,045.60.  This vendor is located in Herndon, Virginia. - Approved

14.  Council is asked to approve the Purchase of Repair Materials, as requested by the Water Distribution Division.  Award to Waterworks Supply, the low bidder, in the amount of $14,507.70.  This vendor is located in Lexington, SC. - Approved

15.  Council is asked to approve an Agreement for the Design and Development of Construction Drawings for Improvements to Finlay Park, as requested by the Parks and Recreation Department.  Award to Chao and Associates, in an amount not to exceed $23,530.00 plus reimbursable expenses not to exceed $3,000.00 for a total amount of $26,530.00.  This firm is located in Columbia, SC. - Approved

16.  Council is asked to approve the Purchase of 2,050 Gift Cards for the Employee Christmas Party, as requested by Administration.  Award to Piggly Wiggly, the low bidder, in the amount of $64,575.00.  This vendor is located in Charleston, SC - Approved

ORDINANCES - SECOND READING

17.  Ordinance No.: 2004-070 – Amending the 1998 Code of Ordinances of the City of Columbia, South Carolina, Chapter 4, Animals, Article III, Animal Control, Division 1, Generally, Sec. 4-67, Redemption of impounded pet animals (a) – Approved on second reading.

 18.  Ordinance No.: 2004-089 – An Ordinance Authorizing the City of Columbia, South Carolina, to Enter into and Approving the Form and Terms of an Installment Sale Agreement between the City of Columbia, South Carolina, and the Columbia Public Facilities Corporation; Approving the Form and Terms of a Trust Agreement between Columbia Public Facilities Corporation and a Corporate Trustee Named Therein, in Connection with the Construction and Renovation of Certain Tourism-Related Projects within the City; Consenting in the Installment Sale Agreement to the Issuance of Certificates of Participation, Series 2004, in the Aggregate Principal Amount of not Exceeding $22,000,000; Approving the form of a Certificate Purchase Contract with Columbia Public Facilities Corporation and BB&T Capital Markets; and Other Matters Related Thereto. – Approved on second reading.

19.  Ordinance No.: 2004-092 – Amending the 1998 Code of Ordinances of the City of Columbia, South Carolina, Chapter 14, Offense and Miscellaneous Provisions, Article I, In General, Sec. 14-5, Prohibited acts in city owned parking facilities and lots – Approved on second reading.

20.  Ordinance No.: 2004-093 – Authorizing transfer of Burton School Property to Eau Claire Development Corporation  - Approved on second reading.

CONSIDERATION OF BIDS, AGREEMENTS & CHANGE ORDERS

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve on single motion to approve Items 21. through 24. as presented.  Item 25. was approved on a separate motion.

21. Council is asked to approve Project #WM3913; 8” Water Main Along Pickens from Blossom to Pendleton Street, as requested by the Utilities and Engineering Department. Award to Ideal Construction, the low bidder, in the amount of $332,247.20.  This firm is located in White Rock, SC. - Approved

22. Council is asked to approve the Purchase of Uniforms for Fiscal Year 2004-2005 and 2005-2006, as requested by the Police Department.  Award to Wright-Johnston, the low bidder meeting specifications, in the amount of $412,020.00.  This vendor is located within Columbia city limits. - Approved

23. Council is asked to approve Project #SS680-6/8, Phase IV; Belvedere Sanitary Sewer Replacement, as requested by the Utilities and Engineering Department.  Award to Trussell Brothers Construction, the low bidder, in the amount of $905,890.00.  This firm is located in Columbia, SC. - Approved

24. Council is asked to approve a Five (5) Year Contract for Landfill Services, as requested by the Solid Waste Division.  Award to Waste Management Pine Hill C & D Landfill, the low bidder, in the amount of $2,434,000.00.  This firm is located in Elgin, SC. - Approved

25. Council is asked to approve an Agreement for the Sale of the Parcel of Land at the Southwestern Corner of Senate Street and Park Street, Columbia, South Carolina, for the Development of a Hilton Full-Service Hotel, as requested by the Department of Construction and Facilities Management.  Award to the Windsor-Aughtry Company, Inc. in the amount of $250,000.00.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted five (5) to one (1) to approve an Agreement for the Sale of the Parcel of Land at the Southwestern Corner of Senate Street and Park Street, Columbia, South Carolina, for the Development of a Hilton Full-Service Hotel, as requested by the Department of Construction and Facilities Management.  Award to the Windsor-Aughtry Company, Inc. in the amount of $250,000.00.   Voting aye were Mr. Cromartie, Ms. Sinclair, Mr. Davis, Ms. Devine and Mayor Coble.  Voting nay was Mr. Osborne.

ORDINANCES – FIRST READING

26.  Ordinance No.: 2004-096 – Annexing 0.7649 acre (Parcel A-2), Cushman Drive at Two Notch Road, Richland County TMS #14103-03-18 (portion)

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Mayor Coble, Council voted unanimously to approve on first reading Ordinance No.: 2004-096 - Annexing 0.7649 acre (Parcel A-2), Cushman Drive at Two Notch Road, Richland County TMS #14103-03-18 (portion).

RESOLUTIONS

Upon motion by Mr. Davis, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion Items 27. through A. as amended.

27. Resolution No.: R-2004-060 – Authorizing Acceptance and Dedication of Street Known as Cami Forest Lane, Ellen’s Glen Subdivision to the City of Columbia, Richland County TMS#16405-01-05 (Portion); CF#265-20 - Approved

28. Resolution No.: R-2004-061 – Release and Abandonment of Portions of the City’s Existing 10’ and 15’ Water Main Easements along Lexington County TMS#02899-03-027; LeJac Office Complex Addition; CF#126-14A & CF#126-14(R-2) - Approved

29. Resolution No.: R-2004-062 – Release and Abandonment of a Portion of the City’s Existing 15’ Sanitary Sewer Easement along Richland County TM#09313-06-10 (Portion); Columbia College Sports Facility; CF #193-04F & CF#62-03 - Approved

30. Resolution No.: R-2004-063 – Release and abandonment of a portion of the City’s Existing 10’ Water Main Easement along Richland County TMS#23306-04-04; Lot 36, Woodleigh Park at Lake Carolina; CF#241-06FF & CF#241-06D - Approved

31. Resolution No.: R-2004-064 – Approval for Site Acquisition for the Sandhills Water Tank Site; CIP Project #W964; Richland County TMS#22910-01-02 (Portion) - Approved

  A. **Resolution No.: R-2004-065 – Authorizing Runaway Runway and consumption of beer and wine beverages at the Ensor-Keenan House on Sunday, October 31, 2004 - Approved

APPEARANCE OF PUBLIC HAVING BUSINESS WITH CITY COUNCIL    

No one appeared.

· City Council adjourned the Regular Meeting at 10:38 a.m. to reconvene the Work Session.

Respectfully submitted by:
Erika D. Moore
City Clerk