CITY COUNCIL / PUBLIC HEARING MINUTES
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2001
10:00 A.M. - 1737 MAIN STREET
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

The City of Columbia City Council met in regular session on Wednesday, November 07, 2001, in the City Hall Council Chambers.  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 Francenia B. Heizer, The Honorable Jim Papadea, The Honorable Anne M. Sinclair, The Honorable Hamilton Osborne, Jr. and The Honorable Sam Davis.  Also attending were Ms. Leona K. Plaugh, City Manager and Ms. Pamela J. Ferst, Acting City Clerk.

1. APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve the minutes of July 11, 2001, July 18, 2001, July 25, 2001, September 26, 2001, October 10, 2001, October 17, 2001 and October 24, 2001.

2. PRESENTATIONS

A. Employee of the Month

Chief Jansen, Columbia Fire Department recognized Mr. Erwin Boykin, Fire Department Logistics, Fire Hydrants, as the City of Columbia's employee of the month for November 2001.  Mr. Boykin has been with the Columbia Fire Department since March 9, 1992.  Mayor Coble presented Mr. Erwin Boykin with a plaque honoring him as employee of the month.  City Manager, Ms. Leona K. Plaugh, presented Mr. Boykin with a certificate for a day off with pay and a small token of appreciation.

B. Fast Forward - Ms. Dee Albritton

Mr. Scott Derks, Chair of Fast Forward Advisory Committee, appeared before Council to celebrate the success of Fast Forward in promoting computer literacy.

Ms. Lynette Alston, Fast Forward Advisory Committee, briefed Council on the classes offered at the Fast Forward Technology Center.

Ms. Dee Albritton, Fast Forward, presented Council members with gifts from Fast Forward volunteers.

C. Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week Recognition of Midlands Area   Consortium for the Homeless - Mr. Rick Semon

Mr. Rick Semon, Community Development Director, briefed Council on the schedule of events that will take place from November 6 - 16, 2001 during Homeless Awareness Week.
 
Mayor Coble presented certificates to Margaret  McFaddin, Anita Floyd, Jane Key, Nancy Stoudenmire, and Deborah Boone for their support of the City of Columbia efforts to assist those faced with homelessness.

D. AIDS Housing of Washington Presentation - Mr. Mark Putnam & Ms. Amy   Davidson

Mr. Rick Semon, Community Development Director, introduced Mr. Mark Putnam, Senior Housing Planner and Ms. Amy Davidson, Housing Planner of AIDS Housing of Washington.  Mr. Putnam and Ms. Davidson have been hired by the City of Columbia, through Community Development to facilitate the HIV/AIDS housing needs assessment and planning process.

Ms. Amy Davidson, Housing Planner, presented an overview of the HIV/AIDS housing plan, preliminary findings and future recommendations to Council.

1. Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting

Ms. Cathy Alexander, Finance Director, introduced staff members of the Accounting Division.

Mayor Coble presented the Government of Finance Officers Association Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting to Ms. Cathy Alexander, Finance Director and the Accounting Division staff.

2. Waverly Neighborhood Annex Association - Mr. Eddie Lloyd

Mr. Eddie Lloyd, President of Waverly Neighborhood Annex Association, appeared before Council to thank the City of Columbia for their assistance with the Waverly Neighborhood Faire held in September 2001.  Mr. Lloyd is requesting assistance with another project which is to improve the Millwood area.  The Waverly Neighborhood Annex Association wants to be recognized by the CCN.

III. PUBLIC HEARING

Abatement of Nuisances / Public Nuisance
1. Ordinance No.:  2000-039 - Amending Code of Ordinance of the City of   Columbia, South Carolina Chapter Public Nuisance ___

Mayor Coble opened the Public Hearing at 10:50 a.m.

Mr. Jay Latham, Brandon Acres/Cedar Terrace Neighborhood Association, stated that his neighborhood applauds Council for passing the ordinance.  He recommended that the ordinance apply to the following problems: trash bins should be out of sight except on garbage collection days; automobiles that are not in use should be moved to the back of property; automobiles should park only on the first twenty-five (25) feet of the property; house trailers for which the neighborhood is not zoned, should not be permanently parked in the front yard; there should be owner maintenance of vacant lots; and discarded furniture may not be stored on parts of the property viewable from the street.

 
Ms. Louise Joye, 1319 Laurel Street property owner, appeared before Council to request that her parking lot at 1319 Laurel Street that is leased by Palmetto Elder Care Center, not be included in the Business Improvement District.  She stated that because of the BID assessment her taxes will be raised.

Mr. Tom Gottshall, University Neighborhood, stated that he supports the ordinance and thanked Council for adopting the Property Maintenance Code.  Mr. Gotshall suggested that the Zoning Code be added to Ordinance No.: 2000-039.

Mr. Robert Weston, Property Manager, stated that he would support the nuisance ordinance if Property Managers are removed from the chain of command.

Mr. Jeff Patterson, Shandon Neighborhood Association President, stated that his neighborhood supports the nuisance ordinance in its current form.

Mr. Jim Stiver, University Neighborhood Association Executive Council, supports the nuisance ordinance.  Mr. Stivers stated that people who are responsible homeowners are not thanked.

Ms. Susan Jane, Hollywood-Roseville, supports the idea of not allowing residents to park vehicles in the yard.

Ms. Judith Roberts, Wales Garden Neighborhood, is concerned about noise late at night and the appearance of vacant lots.

Ms. Coles Lawton, Wales Garden Neighborhood Association President, supports the nuisance ordinance and concurs with Ms. Roberts regarding the noise.

Mr. Douglas Carlisle, University Neighborhood resident, supports the ordinance.  He is a resident and a property owner and feels that this ordinance holds people accountable.

Mr. Joseph Rosen, Property Manager, appeared before Council to express his concerns regarding an incident that involved prostitution and sexual assaults.

Ms. Denise Woodward, Windemere Springs Neighborhood, requested that city staff monitor a neighbor that is feeding stray animals.  Ms. Woodward would like for Council to consider placing a time limit that an unused vehicle can be parked in a yard because this contributes to the problems with rats and snakes.

Ms. Catherine Bellefield is in favor of the ordinance, but is concerned about absentee landlords and the Hot Spot.

Ms. Evelyn Bush, 7309 Venus Road, concurs with prior comments.

Mr. John Stucker, University Neighborhood Association, urged Council to pass the ordinance and move forward.

Ms. Carolyn Yvonne Murphy Taylor, stated that she has received three (3) violations this year.  Ms. Taylor stated that this is not a new ordinance it is merely the policies and procedures of the City of Columbia Inspections Division.  Ms. Taylor feels that this ordinance is not enforceable.

Reverend Kenneth Burton, Lyon Street Community Association President, described two (2) instances that have taken place in his neighborhood that has caused one (1) resident to move.

Columbia College area residents asked Council if a neighborhood crime watch has been established in their area.

Mayor Coble called the Public Hearing to a close at 12:00 noon.

IV. CONSENT AGENDA

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously on a single motion to approve the Consent Agenda as presented.  Mr. Cromartie was not present for the vote.

1. STREET CLOSINGS

1. Council approved a request from the University of South Carolina to close the 1300 and 1400 blocks of Greene Street, between Sumter Street and Bull Street, from 12:00 noon on Friday, November 9, 2001 until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 16, 2001.  The USC Chapter of Habitat for Humanity will be building a house on a movable foundation, in front of Preston Residential College and Davis Field. - Approved

2. Council approved a request from The Township to close the 1600 block of Henderson Street and the 1600 block of Blanding Street, from 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 20, 2001; Wednesday, November 21, 2001; Tuesday, November 27, 2001; Friday, December 7, 2001 and Wednesday, December 12, 2001.  This request is made to accommodate bus parking during the children's theater presentations. - Approved

3. Council approved a request from the Family Worship Center to close the 2200 block of Magrath Street to Seegars Street, the end of 3600 Magrath Street, 3500 Magrath Street and the intersection of Adams Street and Magrath Street, on Saturday, November 17, 2001, from 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. for AChristmas in [email protected] - Approved

4. *Council approved a request from the Congaree Vista Guild to close Gervais Street from the west side of Assembly to the intersection of Gadsden and Gervais Streets on Thursday, November 15, 2001for Vista Lights.   Approval of Resolution No.:  2001-079 - Authorizing annual Vista Lights celebration in the Congaree Vista. - Approved

B. CONSIDERATION OF BIDS, AGREEMENTS, AND CHANGE ORDERS

1. Council gave approval to purchase a Rear Loader Garbage Truck, as requested   by the Solid Waste Division.  Award to Amick Equipment, the low bidder in the   amount of $93,939.  This firm is located in Lexington, SC.  There was no   MBE/FBE participation. - Approved
 
2. Council gave approval to purchase two (2) Recycling Trucks, as requested by the Solid Waste Division.  Award to Carolina International Trucks, the low bidder in the amount of $181,518.32.  This is a Columbia firm.  There was no MBE/FBE participation. - Approved

3. Council gave approval to an Agreement for Engineering Services to Construct an Enclosure Dike around the Metro Wastewater Treatment Plant; CIP Project SS802, as requested by Operations.  Award to the Gage Group, the low bidder, with sub-contract work to B.P. Barber in an amount not to exceed $694,140.00. - Approved

4. Council gave approval to purchase two (2) Patrol Sedans, as requested by the Fire Department.  Award to Vic Bailey, in the amount of $41,402.20.  This firm is located in Spartanburg, SC.  These vehicles will be purchased using the SC State Vehicle Contract.  There are no MBE/FBE vendors who sell these vehicles locally. - Approved

5. Council gave approval to purchase 1,920 Gift Cards ($25.00 face value), as requested by Administration.  Award to Food Lion in the amount of  $43,200.00.  There are no MBE/FBE vendors who can furnish these gift cards. - Approved

6. Council gave approval to contract for an Urban Forestry Program Analysis and   Management Plan, as requested by Forestry & Beautification.  Award to Davey   Resource Group in the amount of $12,800.00.  Davey Resource Group is   located in Kent, Ohio.  This bid was sent to one local vendor but there was no   response.  There are no MBE/FBE vendors for this service. - Approved

7. Council gave approval to purchase two (2) Vacuum Leaf Loaders, as requested   by the Solid Waste Division.  Award to Old Dominion Brush Company the low   bidder, in the amount of $25,442.  This firm is located in Richmond, Virginia.    The request was sent to three (3) local vendors but none responded.  There was   no MBE/FBE participation. - Approved

8. Council gave approval to purchase a 2-Ton Dump Truck, as requested by the Street Division.  Award bid as recommended by City Purchasing Agent.
1 - Chassis  Love Chevrolet $36,120.20
1 - Bump Body Lee Transport          8,844.99
Total     $45,465.19
Love Chevrolet is located in Cayce.  Lee transport is a Columbia firm.  There are no MBE/FBE companies who can furnish this. - Approved

9. Council gave approval to purchase 350 Tons of Liquid Lime for the Columbia Canal Water Plant, as requested by Utilities.  Award to Barnett Lime, the low bidder, in the amount of $84,000.  This firm is located in Camponella, S.C.  No MBE/FBE participation. - Approved

10. Council gave approval to purchase Playground Equipment for Lorick Park, as requested by Parks & Recreation.  Award to Gordon Hamilton, Bliss Products, the selected vendor, in the amount of $24,648.79.  Citizens from the Neighborhood Committee selected the vendor that would best serve their park.  - Approved
 
11. Council gave approval to destroy 380 (three hundred eighty) narcotics and drugs, as requested by the Columbia Police Department.  - Approved

12. Council gave approval to Project #SS476, City of Columbia Metro Wastewater Treatment Plant, Renovations to Digestors No. 1 and No. 2, as requested by Utilities.  Award to J.C. Construction Inc., the low bidder, in the amount of $4,780,280.  This firm is located in Lugoff, S.C.  MBE/FBE participation is 20%. - Approved

C. ORDINANCE - SECOND READING

Ordinance No.:  2001-102 - Amending Ordinance No.:  2001-055 - To Adopt the Budget for the City of Columbia, South Carolina for the Fiscal Year ending June 30, 2002.  First Reading was given on October 31, 2001. - Approved on second reading

V. ORDINANCES - FIRST READING

A. Ordinance No.: 2001-080 - Annexing 39.05 acres, Cort Road at Buckner Road, Richland County TMS# 09315-03-15; 11703-01-24 and portion of 11703-01-01
This item was held over, no action was taken.

B. Ordinance No.: 2001-100 - Granting temporary encroachment to Pam   Harpootlian at 1721 Enoree Avenue - Approved on first reading

C. Ordinance No.: 2001-101 - Granting encroachment to Wayne Wickers d/b/a   Chef Wayne's New York City Hotdogs for a cart at the Southern corner of   Hampton and Assembly Streets - Approved on first reading

Upon motion by Ms. Heizer, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion:
. Ordinance No.: 2001-100 - Granting temporary encroachment to Pam Harpootlian at 1721 Enoree Avenue
. Ordinance No.: 2001-101 - Granting encroachment to Wayne Wickers d/b/a Chef Wayne's New York City Hotdogs for a cart at the Southern corner of Hampton and Assembly Streets
. Resolution No.: 2001-076 - Designating 1422 Laurel Street as an Historic Property Eligible for Special Property Tax Assessments for Rehabilitated Historic Properties
. Resolution No.:  2001-078 - Designating two parking spaces adjacent to Hannah Jane's located at 2020 Devine Street as a Valet Parking Zone
. Item VIII. 1.  The reduction of the speed limit as requested by Hand Middle School.
Mr. Cromartie was not present for the vote.

VI. RESOLUTIONS

A. Resolution No.: 2001-076 - Designating 1422 Laurel Street as an Historic Property Eligible for Special Property Tax Assessments for Rehabilitated Historic Properties.  - Approved
 
B. Resolution No.:  2001-078 - Designating two parking spaces adjacent to  Hannah Jane's located at 2020 Devine Street as a Valet Parking Zone  - Approved

VII. APPOINTMENTS

4. The Planning Commission
This item was held over, no action was taken.

VIII. TRAFFIC ISSUES

1. Reduction of Speed Limit Request - Hand Middle School - Approved
(See above motion)

2. Neighborhood Traffic Control Program

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Davis, Council voted unanimously to approve:
. One (1) three-way stop at Wayne Street and Aiken Street; two (2) multi-way stops on Byron Road.
. One (1) multi-way stop on Galway Lane; one (1) multi-way stop on Delverton Road.
. One (1) multi-way stop on Amberly Road at Glenthorne Road.
. One (1) multi-way stop at Waccamaw Avenue and Monroe Street.
. Two (2) multi-way stops at the intersections of High Street and Liberty Street.

IX. OTHER MATTERS

1. Appeal Request for a Chauffeurs License - Mr. Andre Watkins
This item was held over, no action was taken.

B. *The Magic of John Tudor - Funding Request - Mr. John Tudor
Discussion, no action was taken.

X. APPEARANCE OF PUBLIC HAVING BUSINESS WITH CITY COUNCIL

Council reconvened to the work session at 12:13 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by,
 
 

Pamela J. Ferst, CPS
Acting City Clerk