CITY OF COLUMBIA
CITY COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 05, 2003
10:00 A.M. – 1737 MAIN STREET
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

The City of Columbia City Council met in regular session on Wednesday, November 5, 2003 in the City 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 Jim D. N. Papadea, The Honorable Hamilton Osborne, Jr., The Honorable Sam Davis and The Honorable Tameika C. Isaac.  Absent was The Honorable Anne M. Sinclair.  Also present were Mr. Charles P. Austin, Sr., City Manager and Ms. Erika D. Moore, City Clerk.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

1.  Minutes of October 15, 22 and 29, 2003

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion the Minutes of October 12, 22 and 29, 2003.  Mr. Davis was not present for the vote.

PRESENTATION

2. November 2003 Employee of the Month – Mr. Christopher T. Kip, Senior Fire Fighter

Chief Jack Jansen, Columbia Fire Department, introduced Firefighter Christopher T. Kip as the November 2003 Employee of the Month.  He described Mr. Kip as a five (5) year employee who is very active outside of his job duties.  He stated that Mr. Kip learned to speak Spanish to be able to communicate with the Hispanic community, serves on many committees and serves as Editor of the Fire Department’s monthly newsletter.

Mayor Coble presented Firefighter Christopher Kip with a plaque recognizing him as the City of Columbia November 2003 Employee of the Month.

Mr. Charles P. Austin, Sr., City Manager, presented Mr. Kip with a certificate for one (1) day off with pay and a watch as a token of appreciation.

3.  Sesame Street Live – Ms. Laura Bundrick, Marketing Manager – Colonial Center

Mayor Coble presented Elmo, Bert and Ernie of Sesame Street with a Proclamation renaming Main Street as Sesame Street for the day of Thursday, November 6, 2003 in recognition of Sesame Street Live at the Colonial Center.

4.  Palmetto Aids Life Support Services (PALSS) – Mr. Alton B. Cobb, Midlands Area Consortium for the Homeless

Mr. Alton Cobb, Midlands Area Consortium for the Homeless Chair, stated that this organization is a coalition of more than sixty- (60) social service agencies that have come together to fight and heighten awareness of hunger and homelessness within eight (8) participating counties.

Ms. Debra Boone, Activities Chairperson, invited the members of Council to participate in the many activities surrounding Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week during November 16–22, 2003.  She urged everyone to wear green ribbons in support of this nationally recognized event.
5.   Latin Festival – Mr. Luis Rosario, President of Coqui, Coqui Productions

Mr. Luis Rosario, Coqui Coqui Productions President, presented the Mayor and the members of City Council with a plaque in appreciation of the City’s support of the 1st Annual Latino Festival.  He stated that this has been his dream since he moved to Columbia seven (7) years ago.

6.   Carolina Ballet – Ms. Randle Christian

Ms. Julie Launder invited the members of Council, the Columbia Police Department, the Columbia Fire Department, EMS workers and 911 Telecommunications staff to a performance of the Nutcracker on Friday, November 28, 2003.   Children who are performing in the Nutcracker distributed tokens of appreciation to the members of City Council.

6a.  **Vista Guild – Mr. Tom Jackson

Mr. Tom Jackson, Vista Guild President, invited the members of Council to the 17th Annual Vista Lights Celebration entitled “Viva La Vista” on November 20, 2003.

7.  Eau Claire Community Council – Mr. Henry T. Hopkins, Executive Director & Ms. Becky Bailey, Festival Coordinator

Ms. Becky Bailey, Festival Coordinator, invited the members of Council to the 6th Annual Eau Claire Renaissance Faire on November 7–8, 2003.  Mrs. Barbara Deemer and the Eau Claire High School Dance Ensemble performed for City Council.

8.  Outstanding Service in Public Safety Communication Recognition – Ms. Judy Spell, Director of Telecommunications

Mayor Coble presented Ms. Jackie Richburg, Ms. Robbie Smith and Mr. Ken Brown with Excellence in Service Awards in recognition of their most recent accomplishments.  The Association of Public Safety Communications and the National Emergency Number Association recognized Ms. Jackie Richburg as the S.C. Supervisor of the Year; Ms. Robbie Smith as the S.C. Telecommunicator of the Year; and Mr. Ken Brown as the S.C. Communications Training Officer of the Year.

CONSENT AGENDA

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion the Consent Agenda Items 9. through 19. and Item 21.  Item 13. was withdrawn.  Item 20. was approved on a separate motion.

STREET CLOSING REQUESTS

9.   Council is asked to approve a request to close the 3300 block of Wilmot Avenue and Ravenel Avenue and the 3300 block of Wilmot Avenue and Ott Road on Saturday, May 22, 2004 for a block party.  Contact:  Ms. Nell Walters - Approved
 
10.   Council is asked to approve a request from The Township to close the 1600 and 1700 blocks of Henderson Street and Blanding Street on Tuesday, November 25, 2003, from 7:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. for the performance of “The Nutcracker”.  Contact: Ms. Sally Roach - Approved

11.   Council is asked to approve a request from WACH FOX 57 to close Marion Street between Hampton Street and Washington Street from Tuesday, December 2, 2003 at 3:00 p.m. until Wednesday, December 3, 2003 at 10:00 p.m. for the 5th Annual Share Your holiday Food Drive to benefit the Harvest Hope Food Bank. Contact:  Ms.. Barbara Bethea - Approved

12.   Council is asked to approve a request from the Vista Guild to close Gervais Street between Assembly Street and Huger Street; Park Street between Lady Street and Senate Street; and Lincoln Street between Lady Street and Senate Street on Thursday, November 20, 2003, from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. for Vista Lights. Contact: Ms. Jeanne Lirola - Approved
   Resolution No.: R-2003-062 – Authorizing annual Vista Lights celebration in the Congaree Vista. - Approved

 13.  Council is asked to approve a request from the Daughters of the Holy Cross at Trinity Cathedral to close the 1100 block of Sumter Street on Saturday, November 8, 2003 from 7:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. for a Trinity Bazaar.  Contact:  Ms. Lee Hutson
  This item was withdrawn.
 
14.  Council is asked to approve a request to close the 2800 block of Duncan Street on Tuesday, November 16, 2003, from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. for a Block Party.  Contact: Ms. Sandy Herrell - Approved
 
15.  Council is asked to approve a request from the Columbia Christian Fellowship to close Schoolhouse Road between Ervin Street and Pinehurst Road on Saturday, November 8, 2003 from 8:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. for a Health Fair:  Contact Ms. Debbie LaGeorge - Approved
 
16.  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 one hour prior to the following events: - Approved

Thursday November 6, 2003 Sesame Street  8:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Thursday November 6, 2003 Sesame Street  5:00 PM – 10:00PM
Friday  November 7, 2003 Sesame Street  9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Friday  November 7, 2003 Sesame Street  5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Saturday November 8, 2003 Sesame Street  8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Sunday November 9, 2003 Sesame Street  11:00AM – 8:00PM
Wednesday November 12, 2003 JM Ministries   8:00AM – 4:00PM
Thursday November 13, 2003   JM Ministries   3:00PM--10:00PM
Friday  November 14, 2003  JM Ministries   7:00AM—1:00PM
Friday  November 14, 2003  JM Ministries   5:00PM—10:00PM
Saturday November 15, 2003  JM Ministries   7:00AM—4:00PM
Monday November 17, 2003   Guardian Classic  4:00PM—10:00PM
Tuesday November 18, 2003   Guardian Classic  4:00PM—10:00PM
Friday  November 21, 2003   Men’s Basketball  4:00PM—10:00PM
Monday November 24, 2003   Women’s Basketball  5:00PM—9:00PM
Wednesday November 26, 2003   Women’s Basketball  5:00PM—9:00PM
Friday  November 28, 2003 Toby Keith   8:00AM—12:00AM
Saturday November 29, 2003 Men’s & Women’s B-ball 1:00PM—11:00PM
Sunday November 30, 2003 Disson    8:00AM—6:00PM

CONSIDERATION OF BIDS, AGREEMENTS AND CHANGE ORDERS

17.   Council is asked to approve the Purchase of a ½ ton Pick-up Truck, as requested by the Lake Murray Water Treatment Plant.  Award to Love Chevrolet in the amount of $12,878.30 using the S.C. State Vehicle Contract.  This firm is located in Cayce, SC.  - Approved

18.  Council is asked to approve Project #SD213-6/7; Cavalier Court Storm Drainage Improvement, as requested by Engineering.  Award to Ideal Construction, the low bidder, in the amount of $428,478.00.  This firm is located in White Rock, SC.  - Approved

 ORDINANCES - SECOND READING

19.  Ordinance No.: 2003 - 055– (Revised)  – Granting encroachment to David Odom and Lynn Odom for construction and maintenance of a brick retaining wall adjacent to 2424 Terrace Way First Reading approval on July 16, 2003. – Approved on second reading.

20.  Ordinance No.: 2003-094 – A fourth supplemental Ordinance providing for the issuance and sale of City of Columbia, South Carolina, Waterworks and Sewer System Refunding and Improvement Revenue Bonds, Series 2003, in the principal amount of not exceeding $55,000,000 prescribing the form and details of such bonds; and other matters relating thereto First Reading approval on October 22, 2003.

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve on second reading Ordinance No.: 2003-094 - A fourth supplemental Ordinance providing for the issuance and sale of City of Columbia, South Carolina, Waterworks and Sewer System Refunding and Improvement Revenue Bonds, Series 2003, in the principal amount of not exceeding $55,000,000 prescribing the form and details of such bonds; and other matters relating thereto.  Mr. Osborne abstained from voting due to a potential conflict of interest.

21. Ordinance No.: 2003-098 – Amending Ordinance 2003-077 First Reading approval on October 29, 2003. – Approved on second reading.

CONSIDERATION OF BIDS, AGREEMENTS AND CHANGE ORDERS

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion Items 22. and 23. as presented.

22.  Council is asked to approve Modifications to Columbia Canal Water Treatment Plant Filters 19-30 / Project #W908, as requested by Engineering.  Award to M.B. Kahn Construction (Moore Division), the low bidder, in the amount of $1,756,000.00.  This firm is located in Greenwood, SC. - Approved

23.  Council is asked to approve a Cooperation Agreement between the City of Columbia and SCDOT for Improvements along Harden Street from Gervais Street to Blossom Street, as requested by Engineering.  The maximum funding available for the Project is $5,453,286.00. - Approved

24.  Council is asked to approve Project Prison Industries Building; CanalSide Redevelopment, as requested by Engineering.  Award to Carolina Wrecking, Inc., in the amount of $787,208.80.  This firm is located in Columbia, SC.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve Project Prison Industries Building; CanalSide Redevelopment, as requested by Engineering.  Award to Carolina Wrecking, Inc., in the amount of $787,208.80.  This firm is located in Columbia, SC.
25.  Council is asked to approve Project Lady Street Streetscape, as requested by Engineering.  Award to Greenwall Construction, the low bidder in the amount of $10,253,228.21.  This firm is located in Myrtle Beach, SC.

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve Project Lady Street Streetscape, as requested by Engineering.  Award to Greenwall Construction, the low bidder in the amount of $10,253,228.21.  This firm is located in Myrtle Beach, SC.

ORDINANCES – FIRST READING

26. Ordinance No.: 2003-080 – Request for permission to grant an easement to SCE&G Company for access, ingress & egress along a portion of city property identified as the “unopen” portion of Slighs Avenue; Richland County TMS# 11502 & 11503; CF#273-21A

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve on first reading Ordinance No.: 2003-080 – Request for permission to grant an easement to SCE&G Company for access, ingress & egress along a portion of city property identified as the “unopen” portion of Slighs Avenue; Richland County TMS# 11502 & 11503; CF#273-21A.

27. Ordinance No.: 2003-092 – Granting encroachment to Jake’s Bar and Grill for landscaping at 2112 Devine Street
   This item was held over, no action was taken.

28. Ordinance No.: 2003-093 – Granting encroachment to the University of South Carolina for installation and maintenance of ornamental brick columns with urns, landscaping and an irrigation system adjacent to the Greek Housing Development at Lincoln Street and Gadsden Street

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Ms. Isaac, Council voted unanimously to approve on first reading Ordinance No.: 2003-093 – Granting encroachment to the University of South Carolina for installation and maintenance of ornamental brick columns with urns, landscaping and an irrigation system adjacent to the Greek Housing Development at Lincoln Street and Gadsden Street.

APPOINTMENTS

29.  Greater Columbia Community Relations Council

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve the appointment of Ms. Kathryn Fenner and Ms. Constance Barnes and the reappointment of Ms. Lillian Crosby-Brown to the Greater Columbia Community Relations Council for a three (3) year term to expire on June 30, 2006.

APPEARANCE OF PUBLIC HAVING BUSINESS WITH CITY COUNCIL

Mrs. Pam Harpootlian, expressed concerns regarding Hospitality Funding.  She stated that we needed balance and shouldn’t put our money into advertising without funding infrastructure.

Mr. Tom Jackson, Vista Guild, thanked the members of City Council for their continued support. He stated that each member of City Council would be receiving a letter outlining the future plans of the Vista Guild.

· Mayor Coble adjourned the regular meeting at 10:54 a.m. to reconvene the Work Session.

Respectfully submitted by:
 

Erika D. Moore
City Clerk