CITY COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2004
6:00 P.M. – 1737 MAIN STREET
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

The City of Columbia City Council met for a Regular Meeting on Wednesday, November 3, 2004, in the City Council Chambers at 1737 Main Street, Columbia, South Carolina.  The Honorable Mayor Robert D. Coble called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.  The Honorable Mayor Robert D. Coble called the meeting to order at 4:05 p.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. Moore, City Clerk.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

1.  Minutes of October 20 and 27, 2004

Upon motion by Mr. Davis, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion the Minutes of October 20 and 27, 2004 as presented.

PRESENTATIONS

2. Recognition of Residential Patrol Officer Paul Barton – Mr. John Stucker, University Neighborhood Association

Mr. John Stucker, University Neighborhood Association, told the members of City Council that the University Neighborhood Association recently presented a citation to Residential Patrol Officer Paul Barton at their annual meeting for outstanding community service.  He said that RPO Barton deserved this citation because of his dedication, exemplary service and considerate behavior.  Mr. Stucker stated that RPO Barton also has a strong rapport with the young adults and he works hard to discourage underage drinking and noise violations.

Ms. Kathryn Fenner, University Hill Appearance Chairperson, told the members of City Council that RPO Barton introduces himself to new college residents and lets them know what is expected of them.  She stated that the neighborhood has been cleaner, quieter and nicer.

Mr. Raj Aluri, Greene Street Resident, told the members of City Council that RPO Barton is the most valuable thing to happen to the University Neighborhood.  He admitted that this was the first year he hasn’t called the City of Columbia with various residential complaints.

2a. **Mayor Coble recognized Boy Scout Troop #10 of the Eastminster Presbyterian Church.

CONSENT AGENDA

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Ms. Devine, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion the Consent Agenda Items 3. through 8. as presented.

STREET CLOSINGS

3.  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 and to restrict access from the corner of Gadsden Street and Greene Street to Wayne Street and Gervais Street and the 500 block of Lincoln Street and the 400 block of Gadsden Street one hour prior to the following events.  Contact: Mr. Monty Jones, Jr., Event Coordinator – Approved subject to the University Police being responsible for traffic control at each location.

  Sunday  November 7 Alan Jackson  8:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.
  Monday  November 8 USC Men’s BB 5:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
  Wednesday November 10 Kanye West   8:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.
  Thursday  November 11 Sesame Street Live 12:00 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
  Friday  November 12 Sesame Street Live 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
  Saturday  November 13 Sesame Street Live 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  Sunday  November 14 Sesame Street Live 12:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
  Friday  November 19 USC Women’s BB 5:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
  Sunday  November 21 USC Men’s BB 5:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
  Wednesday November 24 USC Men’s BB 5:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
  Friday  November 26 3rd Day Concert 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.
  Saturday  November 27 USC M/W’s BB 3:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
  Tuesday  November 30 USC Women’s BB 5:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
 
4.  Council is asked to approve a request from the Congaree Vista Guild to close Gervais Street between Park Street and Gadsden Street; Park Street between Lady Street and Senate Street; and Lincoln Street between Lady Street and Senate Street on Thursday, November 18, 2004 from 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. for the Annual Vista Lights Celebration.  Contact: Ms. Jeanne Lirola, Vice President
  Resolution No.: 2004-067 – Authorizing annual Vista Lights celebration in the Congaree Vista – Approved subject to the sponsor hiring off duty officers to provide traffic and crowd control and clean up within a one (1) block radius following the event.

CONSIDERATION OF BIDS & AGREEMENTS

5.  Council is asked to approve the Purchase of Six (6) 2070L Cabinet and Modems for the Traffic System, as requested by Traffic Engineering.  Award to Temple, Inc., in the amount of $14,490.00.  This vendor is located in Cornelius, NC. - Approved

6.  Council is asked to approve the Purchase of Dress Uniforms, as requested by the Fire Department.  Award to Wright-Johnson, Inc., the low bidder, in the amount of $17,744.27.  This firm is located within the Columbia city limits.  - Approved

7.  Council is asked to approve the Purchase of Two (2) – ¾ ton pick up trucks, as requested by the Water Distribution Division.  Award to Pulliam Motor Co., using the S.C. State Vehicle Contract, in the amount of $32,425.36.  This vendor is located in Columbia, SC. - Approved

8.  Council is asked to approve the Purchase of Parking Data Equipment, as requested by Parking Division.  Award to Cardinal Tracking, the low bidder meeting specifications, in the amount of $43,665.55.  This vendor is located in Lewisville, TX. - Approved
 
CONSIDERATION OF BIDS, AGREEMENTS & CHANGE ORDERS

9. Council is asked to approve the Demolition of Burton Elementary School, as requested by the Special Projects Administrator.  Award to International Public Works, in the lowest bidder in an amount not to exceed $200,000.00.  This firm is located in Mount Pleasant, SC.

Upon motion by Mr. Davis, seconded by Ms. Devine, Council voted unanimously to approve the Demolition of Burton Elementary School, as requested by the Special Projects Administrator.  Award to International Public Works, the lowest bidder, in an amount not to exceed $200,000.00.

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Ms. Devine, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion Items 10. through 14. as presented.

10. Council is asked to approve the Rescue Vehicle, as requested by the Fire Department. Award to Spartan Fire & Emergency Apparatus, the low bidder, in the amount of $385,506.00. This vendor is located in Roebuck, SC. - Approved

11. Council is asked to approve the Purchase of a Hazmat Truck, as requested by the Fire Department. Award to Spartan Fire & Emergency Apparatus, the low bidder, in the amount of $448,827.00. This vendor is located in Roebuck, SC. - Approved

12. Council is asked to approve the Purchase of Two (2) 1500 GPM Pumper Trucks, as requested by the Fire Department.  Award to Spartan Fire & Emergency Apparatus, the low bidder, in the amount of $684,386.00.  This vendor is located in Roebuck, SC. - Approved

13. Council is asked to approve Project #WM3794; 16” Water Main along Sumter Street from Hampton Street to Gervais Street, as requested by the Utilities and Engineering Department. Award to Carolina Tap and Bore, the low bidder, in the amount of $766,626.00. This firm is located in West Columbia, SC. - Approved

14. Council is asked to approve a Contract for Professional Services for a Temporary Full-Time Independent Contractor for the Harden Street / Five Points Redevelopment Project, as requested by the Construction Management Department.  Award to Mr. Arthur J. Garick at a rate of $24.00 per hour. - Approved

ORDINANCES – FIRST READING

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