CITY COUNCIL MEETING MIUTES
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2005
10:00 A.M.
 CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS
1737 MAIN STREET

The City of Columbia City Council conducted a meeting on Wednesday, October 26, 2005 in the City Hall Council Chambers at 1737 Main Street, Columbia, South Carolina.  Mayor Robert D. Coble called the meeting to order at 10:06 a.m.  The following City Council members were present:  The Honorable E. W. Cromartie, II, The Honorable Anne M. Sinclair, The Honorable Hamilton Osborne, Jr., The Honorable Sam Davis, 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 October 5 and 12, 2005

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Mr. Rickenmann, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion the Minutes of October 5 and 12, 2005 as presented.

PRESENTATIONS

**Ms. Julie C. Tovey, President and CEO / Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Columbia, thanked the members of Council for wearing the ties that were decorated by Big Brothers Big Sisters participants.  She invited them to attend the Tie One On fundraiser event on Tuesday, November 15, 2005 at 7:30 p.m. at the Koger Center.

2. October 2005 Employee of the Month– Chief H. Dean Crisp, Columbia Police Department

Chief of Police H. Dean Crisp introduced Sergeant Kenneth M. Hite as the October 2005 Employee of the Month.  He described Sgt. Hite as an 18-year veteran that’s a shining star of the Columbia Police Department.  He said that he makes a huge difference in his unit by just getting the job done. He noted that Sgt. Hite obtained 280 out of 300 points in a boot camp fitness challenge hosted by Colonial Life.

Captain T. H. Dodson noted that Sergeant Hite’s colleagues refer to him as the Swiss Army Knife, because he functions effectively in any role.  He said that he gets the job done without requesting compensatory leave or overtime pay.

Mayor Coble presented Sergeant Kenneth Hite with a plague recognizing him as the City of Columbia Ocotber 2005 Employee of the Month.

Charles P. Austin, Sr., City Manager presented Sergeant Hite with a token of appreciation.

3. Introduction of Chief Curator and Director of Development – Ms. Karen Brosius, Executive Director / Columbia Museum of Art

Ms. Karen Brosius, Executive Director introduced Ms. Melissa Berliner as the new Director of Development and Mr. Todd Herman as the Chief Curator for the Columbia Museum of Art.  She announced that they have experienced a 30% increase in attendance and a 43% increase in membership.  She further announced that they received a grant from the South Carolina Department of Parks and Recreation and Tourism that will allow them to advertise out of state.
Ms. Melissa Berliner, Director of Development, noted that she is a Chicago native joined by her husband who dances for the Columbia City Ballet.  She said that her priority is to grow and diversify the donor base by hosting monthly open houses called CMA 101.  She indicated that she would work to make smaller and mid size companies corporate partners of the Columbia Museum of Art.

Mr. Todd Herman, Chief Curator, noted that he worked at the Cleveland Museum of Art for seven (7) years and that he obtained his Masters Degree here at the University of South Carolina. He said that the Columbia Museum of Art has one of the finest international collections in the region. He said that he would work to enhance and raise the reputation of the profile of the museum and to raise the caliber of the exhibitions.  Mr. Herman announced that they would be publishing a catalog of the collections in two volumes and that he is developing a traveling exhibition to benefit the museum’s national and regional reputation.  He noted that a vibrant and well funded arts and cultural community indicates a vibrant and growing city.

4. Fast Forward Quarterly Update – Ms. Dee Albritton, Executive Director / Fast Forward

Ms. Dee Albritton, Executive Director / Fast Forward distributed copies of Fast Forward’s annual report.  She noted that a lot of the programs were a carry over from a fiscal year 2003/2004 US Department of Education grant.  She announced that they would be submitting a $900,000.00 grant to the National Science Foundation for implementing the science program in City parks versus being in restricted areas.

Mr. Carlin Llorente, America Connects Consortium / Education Development Center of Boston, stated that it’s their role to review these programs; document what works well for the program and then share the information among practitioners.   He said that they would be visiting with Fast Forward for four days as part of a national case study to determine how these programs help the communities in need across the country.

RESOLUTIONS

4a. Resolution No.: 2005-065 - Authorizing a Public Hearing for the Redevelopment Plan for the Olympia Whaley Granby Tax Increment Financing District - Approved

Mr. Lomas Gist stated that Elmwood Park, North Columbia and East Central should also be added to the Tax Increment Financing District.

Ms. Frannie Heizer, Esquire / McNair Law Firm P. A., stated that there is a potential to establish one or more Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Districts.  She explained that there is a concern about the overall decline of the area in question. She further explained that the Richland County Council was approached about establishing a County TIF and that the City of Columbia and Richland School District One were asked to participate in that TIF District, because portions of the neighborhoods are not in the City of Columbia and the City could not create a TIF outside its incorporated limits; however, the County can create a TIF that includes areas within the City.  She stated that the recommendation is to have both the City and County review the same redevelopment plan; each would adopt the plan and each would ask the School District to participate. The law requires that a definitive procedure be followed and thus the redevelopment plan must be delivered to the taxing districts at least 45 days prior to a required public hearing.   She stated that it’s important to establish the TIF District prior to the Olympia Mill building coming on the tax roll.  Ms. Heizer stated that she is aware of the concern of creating a TIF District in the North Columbia area reaching into Richland County and the Central City.  She noted that steps could be taken to begin that process and to open dialogue between elected officials.  She requested that City Council schedule a Public Hearing on December 14, 2005 and authorize the distribution of the Joint Redevelopment Plan, which contains the list of projects to be funded.

She told the members of Council that once the plan is distributed the external boundaries and the list of projects cannot be changed.  She noted that with everyone’s cooperation the plan could be amended post December 31, 2005.
Councilman E. W. Cromartie, II noted that once the TIF reaches it funding level, it would automatically end.

Councilman Sam Davis stated that his support of a Olympia, Whaley, Granby TIF is contingent upon the County’s support of the creation of a TIF District for North Columbia and East Central.

Councilwoman Tameika Isaac Devine recommended passing a Resolution directing staff to begin the process of creating a TIF District for North Columbia and East Central.

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve Resolution No.: 2005-065 - Authorizing a Public Hearing for the Redevelopment Plan for the Olympia Whaley Granby Tax Increment Financing District on Wednesday, December 14, 2005.

Upon motion by Mr. Davis, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to direct staff to negotiate with the Richland County Council to obtain a commitment to form a Tax Increment Financing District for Olympia, North Columbia and East Central on the basis that the three communities have done the necessary work; we should meet with Richland County and unless there is a commitment from Richland County Council to support all three (3), then the City of Columbia could exercise its right to not participate with the bonds.  Staff was further directed to work with legal counsel expeditiously in order to prepare the documents necessary for the creation of a Tax Increment Financing District in North Columbia and East Central.

For the record, Councilman Sam Davis indicated that in terms of interest the following communities appeared in support of redeveloping Olympia, North Columbia and East Central:  Elmwood Park, Eau Claire, Greenview, Fairwold, College Place, Earlewood and Hyatt Park.

CONSENT AGENDA

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Mr. Davis, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion the Consent Agenda Items 5. through 17. as presented.

STREET CLOSINGS

5.  Council is asked to approve a request from the Druid Hills Neighborhood Association to close Stanton Street between Rigby Street and Reynold Street on Saturday, October 29, 2005 from 4:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. for a Neighborhood Covered Dish Supper.  Contact: Mr. Clyde Waters, President and Ms. Ethel Davis Rain Date: November 5, 2005 - Approved

6.  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; close 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 (1) hour prior to the following events.  Contact: Mr. Lanny Correll, Jr., Security and Safety Coordinator – Approved subject to the University Police being responsible for traffic control at each location.

Date Event Time
Thursday November 10, 2005 USC Men’s BB 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Friday November 11, 2005 Gaithers & Friends 7:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Sunday November 13, 2005 Battle of the Bands 12:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Monday November 14, 2005 USC Women’s BB 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Wednesday November 16, 2005 Elton John 7:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Thursday November 17, 2005 The Wiggles 7:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Friday November 18, 2005 USC Women’s BB 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Sunday November 20, 2005 BBDoubleheader 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday November 22, 2005 Trans-Siberian Orchestra 7:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Tuesday November 29, 2005 USC Women’s BB 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Wednesday November 30, 2005 USC Men’s BB 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

7.  Council is asked to approve a request from the Columbia Action Council to close the following streets on Friday, November 11, 2005 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

CONSIDERATION OF BIDS AND AGREEMENTS

8.  Council is asked to approve Repairs to Four (4) ABS Pumps, as requested by the Metro Wastewater Treatment Plant.  Award to Electro Mechanical Services, the lowest responsible bidder, in the amount of $14,522.00.  This firm is located in Florence, SC.  Funding Source: 5516208-631800 - Approved

9.  Council is asked to approve the Purchase of Twenty One (21) Model S-425 Trash Receptacles for the Devine Street Enhancement Project, as requested by the South Columbia Development Corporation.  Award to Victor Stanley, Inc. in the amount of $16,752.48.  This firm is located in Dunkirk, MD.  Funding Source: GL-4139999-625500 and JL-CP003001-625500 - Approved

10.  Council is asked to approve the Purchase of Nineteen (19) Gretchen Style Benches for the Devine Street Enhancement Project, as requested by the South Columbia Development Corporation.  Award to Landscape Forms in the amount of $24,897.60.  This vendor is located in Kalamazoo, Michigan.  Funding Source: GL-4139999-625500 and JL-CP003001-625500 - Approved

11.  Council is asked to approve the Purchase of 125 Rolls of White Starmark Crosswalk Marking Tape for the Devine Street Enhancement Project, as requested by the South Columbia Development Corporation.  Award to the 3M Traffic Safety Division, the lowest bidder, in the amount of $29,514.38.  This vendor is located in St. Paul, MN.  Funding Source: GL-4139999-623500 and JL-CP003001-623500 - Approved

12.  Council is asked to approve the Purchase of Toys for the Employee’s Christmas, as requested by Administration.  Award to Wal-Mart in the amount of $16,392.00.  This vendor is located in Harbison.  Funding Source: 1011125-639900 - Approved

13.  Council is asked to approve the Purchase of a Fire Hose, as requested by the Fire Department.  Award to Newton’s Fire and Safety, the lowest bidder, in the amount of $25,395.75. This vendor is located in Swepsonville, NC. Funding Source: 2082317-627100 and 1012303627100 - Approved

14.  Council is asked to approve the Purchase of Dress Uniforms, as requested by the Fire Department.  Award to Wright-Johnston, the lowest bidder meeting specifications, in the amount of $44,287.86.  This vendor is located in Columbia, SC.  Funding Source: 1012303-624100 and 2082306-624100 - Approved

ORDINANCES – SECOND READING

15.  Ordinance No.: 2005-110 – Amending the 1998 Code of Ordinances of the City of Columbia, South Carolina, Chapter 5, Buildings and Building Regulations, Article VII, Boarded-up Dwelling Units First reading approval was given on October 12, 2005.  – Approved on second reading.

16.  Ordinance No.: 2005-111 – Authorizing transfer of Tract 3 (0.246 acre) to Holmes Smith Dispensary, LLC and Tract 4 (0.111 acre) to Holmes Smith Residential, LLC First reading approval was given on October 12, 2005.  – Approved on second reading.

 17.  Ordinance No.: 2005-112 – Authorizing transfer of 0.08 acre (3.434 square feet) at the corner of Cypress Street and Woodrow Street to Shandon Square, LLC First reading approval was given on October 12, 2005.  – Approved on second reading.

CONSIDERATION OF BIDS, AGREEMENTS AND CHANGE ORDERS

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion Items 18. through 23b. as amended.

18. Council is asked to approve a Water Main Extension Agreement between Turkey Pointe, Inc. and the City for Property Identified as the Turkey Pointe / Turkey Ridge Subdivisions, as requested by Engineering Operations. The construction of approximately 650 linear feet of 8” pipe is required to provide City water service to the property.  Under this agreement the City would reimburse the Developer $870.00 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 $44,000.00. - Approved

19. Council is asked to approve the Purchase of an Automated Fingerprint Identification System, as requested by the Police Department.  Award to Motorola, Inc., Printrak, Integrated Solutions Division, as a Sole Source Purchase, in the amount of $$96,126.00. This vendor is located in Anaheim, CA.  Funding Source: GL-2659999-658600; JL-9208000105-658600.  A grant from the SCDPS / Office of Justice Programs is paying $87,730.00 of the cost. - Approved

20.  Council is asked to approve a Second Amendment to the Operations and Maintenance Agreement by and between the City of Columbia, South Carolina and South Carolina Electric and Gas Company for the Columbia Hydroelectric Plant. - Approved

21.  Council is asked to approve an Agreement between the City of Columbia and Norfolk Southern Railway Company for the Realignment, Maintenance and Removal of Roadway at the Intersection of West Greene Street and Laurens Street as part of the Harden Street Streetscaping Project in Five Points. - Approved

22.  Council is asked to approve Project #SS789; Electrical Modifications and Upgrades at the Metro Wastewater Treatment Plant, as requested by the Department of Utilities and Engineering.  Award to M.B. Kahn – Moore Division, the lowest bidder, in the amount of $8,168,000.00.  This firm is located in Greenwood, SC.  Funding Source: GL-5529999-851600 and JL-SS6789015001-851600 - Approved

23. Council is asked to approve Pre-construction Services for the Pendleton Street Parking Deck, as requested by the Special Projects Administrator.  Award to M.B. Kahn Construction Co., Inc., in the amount of $90,000.00.  This firm is located in Columbia, SC.  Funding Source: Parking Bond Revenues - Approved

 23a. **Council is asked to approve the Replacement of the Roof at 1612 Bull Street (Office of Business Opportunity), as requested by the Support Services Division.  Award to Roofco, the lowest bidder, in the amount of $50,350.00.  This firm is located in Sumter, SC.  Funding Source:  Capital Fund - Approved

 23b. **Council is asked to approve Project #WM4066; Water Main Construction along Pinemont Drive, Sequoia Road, Whittaker Drive from Beltline Boulevard to Trenholm Road, as requested by the Utilities and Engineering Department.  Award to Carolina Tap and Bore, the lowest acceptable bidder, in the amount of $616,087.00.   This firm is located in West Columbia, SC. Funding Source: (GL) 5529999-851500 and (JL) WM4066015001-851500 - Approved

ORDINANCES – FIRST READING

24. Ordinance No.: 2005-119 – Authorizing and Providing for the Issuance of Parking Facilities Revenue Bonds of the City of Columbia, South Carolina; Limiting the Payment of the Bonds Solely to the Net Revenues Derived from the Operation of the Parking Facilities and Pledging the Net Revenues to Such Payment; Creating Certain Funds and Providing for Payments into Such Funds; and Making Other Covenants and Agreements in Connection with the Foregoing. – Approved on first reading.

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Mr. Davis, Council voted unanimously to give first reading approval to Ordinance No.: 2005-119 – Authorizing and Providing for the Issuance of Parking Facilities Revenue Bonds of the City of Columbia, South Carolina; Limiting the Payment of the Bonds Solely to the Net Revenues Derived from the Operation of the Parking Facilities and Pledging the Net Revenues to Such Payment; Creating Certain Funds and Providing for Payments into Such Funds; and Making Other Covenants and Agreements in Connection with the Foregoing. Mr. Osborne abstained from voting due to a conflict of interest.  Mr. Cromartie and Ms. Devine were not present for the vote.

25. Ordinance No.: 2005-118 - A First Supplemental Ordinance Providing for the Issuance and Sale of City of Columbia, South Carolina, Parking Facilities Revenue Bonds, Series 2005A, in the Principal Amount of not Exceeding $41,000,000, and Taxable Series 2005B, in the Principal Amount of not Exceeding $9,000,000; Delegating the Authority to the Mayor and City Manager to Determine Certain Matters with Respect to the Bonds; Prescribing the Form and Details of Such Bonds; and Other Matters Relating Thereto. – Approved on first reading.

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Mr. Davis, Council voted unanimously to give first reading approval to Ordinance No.: 2005-118 - A First Supplemental Ordinance Providing for the Issuance and Sale of City of Columbia, South Carolina, Parking Facilities Revenue Bonds, Series 2005A, in the Principal Amount of not Exceeding $41,000,000, and Taxable Series 2005B, in the Principal Amount of not Exceeding $9,000,000; Delegating the Authority to the Mayor and City Manager to Determine Certain Matters with Respect to the Bonds; Prescribing the Form and Details of Such Bonds; and Other Matters Relating Thereto. Mr. Osborne abstained from voting due to a conflict of interest.  Mr. Cromartie and Ms. Devine were not present for the vote.
26. Ordinance No.: 2005-121 – Repealing April 5, 1912 Ordinance to Palmetto Construction Company – Approved on first reading.

Upon motion by Mr. Osborne, seconded by Mr. Rickenmann, Council voted unanimously to approve on first reading Ordinance No.: 2005-121 – Repealing April 5, 1912 Ordinances to Palmetto Construction Company.  Mr. Cromartie and Ms. Devine were not present for the vote.

RESOLUTIONS

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Mr. Davis, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion Resolution Items 27. through 29. as presented.

27. Resolution No.: 2005-062 – Authorizing Annual Vista Lights Celebration in the Congaree Vista - Approved

28. Resolution No.: 2005-063 – Authorizing consumption of alcoholic beverages at Five Points Association’s 5 After 5 Fall Concert Rain Date - Approved

29. Resolution No.: 2005-064 – Authorizing consumption of alcoholic beverages and Five Points Association’s 5 After 5 Spring 2006 Concert Series - Approved

APPEARANCE OF PUBLIC HAVING BUSINESS WITH CITY COUNCIL

Mr. Ford Mason, Earlewood Neighborhood Association President, invited everyone to an event at the Amphitheater on Saturday, October 29, 2005 from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

· Council adjourned the meeting at 11:10 a.m. to reconvene the Work Session.

Respectfully submitted by:
Erika D. Salley
City Clerk