CITY OF COLUMBIA
CITY COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 06, 2002
10:00 A.M. - 1737 MAIN STREET
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

The City of Columbia City Council met in regular session on Wednesday, November 06, 2002, in the City Hall Council Chambers, 1737 Main Street, Columbia, South Carolina.  Mayor Robert D. Coble called the meeting to order at 10:00 a.m.  Council members present were The Honorable E.W. Cromartie, II, The Honorable Jim D. N. Papadea, The Honorable Anne M. Sinclair, The Honorable Hamilton Osborne, Jr., and The Honorable Sam Davis.  Absent was The Honorable Tameika C. Isaac.  Also present were Ms. Leona K. Plaugh, City Manager and Ms. Pamela J. Ferst, Acting City Clerk.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Upon motion by Mr. Davis, seconded by Mayor Coble, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion Item 1.  The Minutes of September 04 and 11, 2002 as presented and the minutes of September 18, 2002 with Item G. to read as amended: Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted four (4) to two (2) to approve a Contract for Professional Services between the City of Columbia and Grant Business Strategies, Inc. in the amount of $80,000.  Voting aye were Mr. Cromartie, Mr. Davis, Ms. Isaac and Mayor Coble.  Voting nay were Mr. Papadea and Ms. Sinclair. and  Item 2. The Minutes of October 02, 2002 as presented.

1. Minutes of September 04, 11, and 18 (amended), 2002 – Approved

2. Minutes of October 02, 2002 - Approved

PRESENTATIONS

3. Employee of the Month – Erwin Boykin, CFD Logistics Bureau

Assistant Chief Bradley Anderson introduced Mr. Erwin Boykin, Columbia Fire Department Logistics Bureau as the November 2002 Employee of Month.  Mr. Boykin has been employed with the City of Columbia since March 09, 1992.  Mr. Anderson stated that Mr. Boykin has the best attitude and demeanor.  Mr. Anderson told Council that Mr. Boykin’s nomination came from a division other than the division he works in.

Mayor Coble presented Mr. Erwin Boykin with a plague acknowledging him as the City of Columbia November 2002 Employee of the Month.  Ms. Leona Plaugh, City Manager presented Mr. Boykin with a certificate for one day off with pay.

4. Recognition of Employees at the 911 Center as the 911 Center of the Year for South
 Carolina

Ms. Judy Spells, Telecommunication Administrator, told Council that they were pleased to be recognized as the 911 Center of the Year for South Carolina.  She said that the staff truly earned this award.

5. Capital Senior Center - Ms. Charlotte Berry, Chair of the Board
 This item was held over, no action was taken.

6.  T.O.P.P. Sports – Mr. Robert Randle  (Appreciation)

Mr. Robert Randle, Parks & Recreation, thanked Council for supporting T.O.P.P. Sports.  Mr. Randle told Council that the 16 and under division came in 2nd place out of 48 teams.  He presented the members of Council with a token of appreciation.

7.   Boys and Girls Clubs of the Midlands - Carter Clark, Executive Director

Mr. Carter Clark, Executive Director, thanked Council for supporting the Boys and Girls Club of the Midlands.  Mr. Carter told Council that clubs are currently located at Ben Arnold Park, Lorick Park and Meadowlake Park.  He stated that he also looks forward to working with Parks & Recreation and the communities of the Midlands to identify kids that need this program the most at virtually no cost.  Mr. Carter presented the members of Council with a token of appreciation.
 
CONSENT AGENDA

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mayor Coble, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion the Consent Agenda Items 8. and 9. as presented, Item 11. and 12. as Staff recommended, and Item 13. through Item 26. as presented.  Item 10. was held over, no action was taken.

 STREET CLOSING REQUESTS

8. Council is asked to approve a request from the University Neighborhood Association, to close the 900 block of Laurens Street between Pendleton and College Streets on Thursday, November 14, 2002, from 5:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., to evaluate the proposed neighborhood lighting system.  This will require rerouting the RTA bus.  Contact:  John Stucker
Resolution No.:  R-2002-073 – Authorizing consumption of alcoholic beverages at University Neighborhood Association Block Party  (Beer & Wine served) - Approved

9.  Council is asked to approve a request from the University of South Carolina to close the 1300 and 1400 blocks of Greene Street on Monday, January 20, 2002, from 8:30 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. during the University’s Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. Contact:  Jerry T. Brewer - Approved
 
10. Council is asked to approve a request from the University of South Carolina to close the block of Greene Street from Gadsden to the railroad track, where it dead ends.  Also, Gadsden Street between Wayne and Greene Streets to be only accessible by a University –issued parking pass.  Both of these requests are to aid in controlling event traffic.  Contact: John Moore
 This item was held over, no action was taken.

11. Council is asked to approve a request from The Township to close the 1600 blocks of Henderson and Blanding Streets for several children’s theatre presentations during the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on the following dates:
· Wednesday,  November 06, 2002  Slim Goodbody
· Tuesday, November 12, 2002  Sleeping Beauty
· Tuesday, November 26, 2002  The Nutcracker
· Wednesday, November 27, 2002  The Nutcracker
· Friday,  December 06, 2002  Sleeping Beauty
· Friday,  December 13, 2002  A Christmas Carol

 Approved Staff Recommendations: to close the 1600 block of Henderson Street; 1700 block of Henderson Street between Blanding Street up to mid-block; and the 1700 block of Blanding Street between Henderson Street up to mid-block.

12. Council is asked to approve a request from the Congaree Vista Guild to close Gervais Street between Gadsden Street and Assembly Street, on Thursday, November 21, 2002, from 6:00 p.m. until 9:30 p.m., for the annual Vista Lights celebration in the Congaree Vista.  Contact: Bob Medlock
Resolution No.:  R-2002-067 – Authorizing annual Vista Lights celebration in the Congaree Vista.
· Permission for Vista area merchants to operate sales booths except for the sale of alcoholic beverages, beer and wine
· Street sales of Arts and Crafts items
· Only Pedestrian traffic allowed within the area
· Prohibited:  Pets, Coolers, Glass Bottles and other Breakable Glasses and /or Cups, Large Bags, and Backpacks.
  · Permission and Consumption of Alcoholic Beverages permitted only in Containers provided by Vendors within the designated area.

  Approved Staff Recommendations:
· Sponsor Hire off duty Columbia Police Officers to provide security
· Sponsor Rent sixteen (16) lighted reflective barricades for the street closing

CONSIDERATION OF BIDS, AGREEMENTS, AND CHANGE ORDERS

 13. Council is asked to approve the Purchase of Maintenance Service and Chemicals, for the vehicle washer and equipment, as requested by Public Works.  Award to DuBois, the manufacturer and only supplier, in the amount of $26,800.00 (an extension of the FY 2001/2002 price through June 30, 2003). - Approved

14. Council is asked to approve the Purchase of Panasonic Toughbook Accessories for Mounting the Panasonic Laptop computer in Police cars, as requested by the Police Department.  Award to Pomery Computers, the low bidder, in the amount of $12,240.22.  This is a local company.  There are no MBE/FBE vendors who can sell these. - Approved

15. Council is asked to approve the Purchase of Traffic Signal Detector Loops, as requested by Traffic Engineering.  Award to MRB, Inc., Lots 1, 4, 5, 6 and J. Moore Electric, Lots 2, 3, 7, the low bidders, in the amount of $16,424.10.  There are no known MBE/FBE vendors who sell this equipment.  Both vendors are located in the state. - Approved

16. Council is asked to approve the request for Emission Testing of Two Multiple Health Incinerators, as requested by the Metro Wastewater Treatment Plant.  Award to General Engineering, the low bidder, in the amount of $13,570.00.  This is specialized testing and there are no known local MBE/FBE vendors who can do this.  The vendor is located in Charleston. - Approved
 
17. Council is asked to approve a Contract for Professional Services for Legal Consultations Regarding MBE Program Development, as requested by Administration.  Award to Shapiro Sher Guinot & Sandler (Franklin Lee), in an amount not to exceed $53,500 in cumulative value without prior written consent of the City of Columbia. - Approved

18. Council is asked to approve an Upgrade to the Contract for Cellular Phone Service, as requested by Administration.  Award to Verizon Wireless, the current contractor, in the amount of $149,688 annually for 300 phones and 120,000 shared minutes per month.  No F/MBE participation.  MBE vendor did not respond.  - Approved

 ORDINANCES - SECOND READING

 19. Ordinance No.: 2002-065 - Amending 1998 Code of Ordinances of the City of Columbia, South Carolina, Chapter 11, Licenses, Permits and Miscellaneous Business Regulations, Article III, Contractors, Sec. 11-72, License; Identification decals.  Approved on first reading October 16, 2002.  Approved on second reading.

 20. Ordinance No.:  2002-090 – Annexing Lots 1, 3A, 4A, 6A, 6B, 7B, and Greystone Office parcel, Newland Park, Percival Road at Clemson Road Extension, Richland County TMS #25600-03-02 (portion); 25600-03-03 (portion); and 25600-03-05 (portion).  Approved on first reading October 16, 2002.  Approved on second reading.

  21. Ordinance No.:  2002-093 – Granting a Franchise to Joseph M. Pope d/b/a Jersey Joe’s Original New York City Hot Dog for operation of a stationary sidewalk-vending cart at the southeast corner of Hampton Street and Assembly Street.  Approved on first reading October 16, 2002.  Approved on second reading.

 22. Ordinance No.:  2002-094 – Granting a Franchise to Michael Cary Percell d/b/a Hot Roaming Dogs for operation of a stationary sidewalk vending cart on the east side of Sumter Street at College Street     Approved on first reading October 16, 2002.  Approved on second reading.

 23. Ordinance No.:  2002-095 – Granting a Franchise to Steve Gibson d/b/a Gibson’s Catering and Concessions for operation of a stationary sidewalk vending cart on the west side of the 1700 block of Main Street     Approved on first reading October 16, 2002.  Approved on second reading.

 24. Ordinance No.:  2002-096 – Granting a Franchise to Robert Spencer for operation of a stationary sidewalk vending cart at the northwest corner of Main Street and Gervais Street
  Approved on first reading October 16, 2002.  Approved on second reading.

 25. Ordinance No.:  2002-097 – Granting a Franchise to R. Berry Twork d/b/a L.E.T.’S Have A Dog! for operation of a stationary sidewalk vending cart at the northwest corner of Main Street and Washington Street.  Approved on first reading October 16, 2002.  Approved on second reading.

 ZONING MAP AMENDMENT

 26. 02-33 MA. 1208-1222 Heidt Street, First Nazareth Baptist church; TMS 11410-02-18, 19, 20, 21, 22 & 1; rezone from RG-2 to PUD-C.  Approved on first reading October 16, 2002.  Approved on second reading.
 
 ORDINANCES - FIRST READING

 27. Ordinance No.:  2002-099 – Granting encroachment to Katherine Gray for planting of an 11-inch caliper laurel oak within the right of way adjacent to 124 Sims Avenue.  Approved on first reading.

 Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted four (4) to two (2) to approve on first reading Ordinance No.: 2002-099 – Granting encroachment to Katherine Gray for planting of an 11-inch caliper laurel oak within the right of way adjacent to 124 Sims Avenue.  Voting aye were Mr. Cromartie, Ms. Sinclair, Mr. Osborne and Mr. Davis.  Voting nay were Mr. Papadea and Mayor Coble.

28. Ordinance No.:  2002-102 – An ordinance authorizing the City of Columbia, South Carolina, to enter into and approving the form and terms of an installment sale agreement and a base lease between the City of Columbia, South Carolina, and the Columbia Public Facilities Corporation and an Assignment Agreement among the City of Columbia, Corporation and Wachovia Bank, National Association, as trustee, in connection with the construction of a Regional Convention Center in the City of Columbia; consenting in the Installment Sale Agreement to the Issuance of Certificates of Participation in the aggregate principal amount of not exceeding $40,000,000; and other matters related thereto.
 
  Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve on first reading Ordinance No.:  2002-102 – An ordinance authorizing the City of Columbia, South Carolina, to enter into and approving the form and terms of an installment sale agreement and a base lease between the City of Columbia, South Carolina, and the Columbia Public Facilities Corporation and an Assignment Agreement among the City of Columbia, Corporation and Wachovia Bank, National Association, as trustee, in connection with the construction of a Regional Convention Center in the City of Columbia; consenting in the Installment Sale Agreement to the Issuance of Certificates of Participation in the aggregate principal amount of not exceeding $40,000,000; and other matters related thereto.
29. Ordinance No.: 2002-103 – Authorizing the City of Columbia to enter into an Intergovernmental Agreement with regard to the City’s Tourism Development Fee; and other matters relating thereto.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Davis, Council voted unanimously to approve on first reading Ordinance No.: 2002-103 – Authorizing the City of Columbia to enter into an Intergovernmental Agreement with regard to the City’s Tourism Development Fee; and other matters relating thereto.

30. Ordinance No.:  2002-104 – Identifying the Carolina Arena located on Lincoln Street within the City of Columbia as a “Major Tourism or Recreation Facility” pursuant to the provisions of the Tourism infrastructure Admissions Tax Act; authorizing the City Manager to prepare and file certain document required under the Act; and other matters relating thereto.

Mr. Michael Ey, McNair Law Firm, told Council that state law provides that for major tourism recreation facilities, the State of South Carolina will share the admissions tax that’s generated with the local government.  He explained that there are two pots of money.  Mr. Ey said that the State tax is 5% on paid admissions and ¼ of that tax is directed back to the local government.  He also said that those monies might be used for additional infrastructure improvements including roads, water & sewer, public facilities or any capital item.  Mr. Ey informed Council that the second ¼ portion of the tax is held by the state of South Carolina in a special account designated for that local government and it is not an interest bearing account.  He stated that the city would access those monies by filing a grant application with the Coordinating Council for Economic Development.  He explained that those monies are also restricted in use to additional infrastructure improvements, roads, water & sewer, fire stations, or publicly owned facilities.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve on first reading Ordinance No.:  2002-104 – Identifying the Carolina Arena located on Lincoln Street within the City of Columbia as a “Major Tourism or Recreation Facility” pursuant to the provisions of the Tourism infrastructure Admissions Tax Act; authorizing the City Manager to prepare and file certain document required under the Act; and other matters relating thereto.

RESOLUTIONS

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mayor Coble, Council voted to approve on a single motion Item 31.  Resolution No.:  R-2002-020 – Authorizing City Manager to place confiscated or unclaimed property to City use; Item A. Resolution No.:  R-2002-071 – Authorizing execution of a Contract of Sale between the City of Columbia and the South Carolina Department of Transportation for the sale of the City’s municipal stormwater system outfall data; and Item B. Resolution No.:  R-2002-077 - Authorizing City Manager to execute an Amendment to Attachment G of the Contract with Unisys Corporation.

31. Resolution No.:  R-2002-020 – Authorizing City Manager to place confiscated or unclaimed property to City use. - Approved

A. Resolution No.:  R-2002-071 – Authorizing execution of a Contract of Sale between the City of Columbia and the South Carolina Department of Transportation for the sale of the City’s municipal stormwater system outfall data. - Approved

B. Resolution No.:  R-2002-077 - Authorizing City Manager to execute an Amendment to
Attachment G of the Contract with Unisys Corporation - Approved

APPOINTMENTS

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion Item C.  To re-appoint Mr. Leroy Moss, Ms. Edna Page Anderson, Ms. Eunice Robinson and Mr. George McIntosh to the Mini Grant Committee for a three-year term expiring on September 30, 2005 and Item D. To appoint Mr. John Pincelli and Mr. Jamil Rassi to the Arts Task Force.

C. Mini-Grant Committee - Approved

D. Arts Task Force - Approved
 
OTHER MATTERS

E. Council is asked to consider a request from the Eau Claire Community Council, Inc. and the Booker T. Washington Foundation, in the amount of $67,450.00 to move the Historic Monteith School to a location donated by Richland School District One.  Contact:  Mr. Henry Hopkins.

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve funding to relocate the Historic Monteith School to a location donated by Richland School District One in the amount of $67,450 from the Council Contingency Fund.

F. Council is asked to consider a request from the Parks and Recreation Foundation for an amount of $10,000 for operating expenses for this fiscal year.  Contact:  Marjorie Stands

Ms. Marjorie Stands, Parks & Recreation Foundation, thanked Council for their support of the foundation.   Ms. Stands also thanked Council for bringing Mr. Allison Baker back as the Director of Parks & Recreation.

· Mr. Davis left the meeting at 10:30 a.m.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve funding for the Parks and Recreation Foundation’s operating expenses in the amount of $10,000 from the Council Contingency Fund.  Mr. Davis was not present for the vote.

· Mr. Davis rejoined the meeting at 10:35 a.m.

  G. Council is asked to approve a request from the Greater Columbia Hotel & Motel Association and the Greater Columbia Restaurant Association for a Sponsorship of the 2nd Annual Columbia Hotel & Restaurant Golf Challenge on November 04, 2002, in the amount of $500 or $5000.

Upon motion by Mr. Osborne, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve funding for the 2nd Annual Columbia Hotel & Restaurant Golf Challenge in the amount of $500 from the Council Contingency Fund.
 
APPEARANCE OF PUBLIC HAVING BUSINESS WITH CITY COUNCIL

Ms. Katherine Trimnal, CCN President, informed Council that she received a letter from the Home and Gardens television crew High Noon Productions.  She stated that they are looking for homeowners who may have discovered artifacts while restoring their homes.  She said  “If Walls Could Talk”, airs on Sunday nights at 10:00 p.m. and Columbia is being strongly considered for several episodes on this national television show with Homes and Gardens.  Ms. Trimnal told Council that she has received a few responses with the mail out done by CCN, but we the deadline is in one week.  Ms. Trimnal asked members of the press to assist in getting the word out to the public.

Mayor Coble adjourned the meeting at 10:50 a.m.

Respectfully submitted by:
Pamela J. Ferst, CPS
Acting City Clerk