CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING MINUTES
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2005
10:00 A.M.
 CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS
1737 MAIN STREET

The City of Columbia City Council conducted a Public Hearing on Wednesday, November 16, 2005 in the City Hall Council Chambers at 1737 Main Street, Columbia, South Carolina.  Mayor Robert D. Coble called the meeting to order at 10:09 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 of November 9, 2005

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve the Minutes of November 9, 2005 as presented.

PUBLIC HEARING

2. Brownfields Assessment, Revolving Loan Funds and Cleanup Grants – Ms. Dana D. Turner, Assistant City Manager for Commerce and Development

Mr. Chuck Clymer of the Gage Group stated that five (5) years ago the City of Columbia received an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Brownfields Grant that was focused on the City Center.  These funds were used to assess properties that were under development or significant redevelopment.  He offered to assist the City in applying for a 2006 Brownfields Assessment Grant in the amount of $200,000.  This EPA grant would be for a community wide redevelopment effort.

Mr. Eric Oltman of Concurrent Technologies offered to assist Mr. Chuck Clymer with the grant application.  He stated that the multiple grants could be used to conduct environmental site inspections on properties with environmental contaminations, potentially hazardous waste, petroleum contamination (former gas stations), conduct community outreach meetings, clean up planning or redevelopment planning.  No match funding is required.  This Public Hearing is a part of the application process.

· City Council opened the Public Hearing at 10:13 a.m.

No one appeared in support of or in opposition to the City applying for the Brownfields Assessment, Revolving Loan Funds and Cleanup Grants.

There was a consensus of Council to authorize City staff along with Mr. Chuck Clymer and Mr. Eric Oltman to apply for the Brownfields Assessment, Revolving Loan Funds and Cleanup Grants after conducting an assessment of all city properties.

· City Council closed the Pubic Hearing at 10:16 a.m.

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 18. as amended.  Items 19. through 21. were approved by a separate motion.

 STREET CLOSINGS

3. Council is asked to approve a request from the Historic Columbia Foundation to close the 1600 block of Blanding Street between Pickens Street and Henderson Street on Tuesday, November 29, 2005 through Thursday, December 1, 2005 from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. each evening for the Annual Holiday Tour of Homes. Contact:  Ms. Robin Waites, Executive Director - Approved

  CONSIDERATION OF BIDS AND AGREEMENTS
 
4.  Council is asked to approve a Contract for Actuarial Review and Analysis Valuation of the City of Columbia’s Self-Funded Workers’ Compensation and Health and Dental Programs required by GASB Statements 43 & 45, as requested by the Finance Department.  Award to Aon, the lowest bidder, in the amount of $20,385.00.  This firm is located in Charlotte, NC.  Funding Source: 5511409-636600  - Approved

5.  Council is asked for approval to Resurface a Portion of Beltline Boulevard, as requested by Public Works. Award to Sloan Construction, the lowest bidder, in the amount of $55,413.25.  This firm is located in Columbia, SC.  Funding Source: WM4086 - Approved

6.  Council is asked to approve the Purchase of Systems Furniture, Walls and Installation for the First Floor Renovations at Washington Square, as requested by General Services.  Award to Foster-Cook Commercial Interiors, in the amount of $70,262.38.  This firm is located in Columbia, SC.  Funding Source: CP105902 – Approved
 
 CONFIRM ZONING OF PREVIOUSLY ANNEXED PROPERTIES – SECOND READING

7. +/- 12.94 acre portion of 17.94 acres, N/S 1400 block of St. Andrews Road (Meadowland), TMS# 06113-02-40(p); confirm C-3.  First reading approval was given on November 9, 2005. – Approved on second reading.

MAP & TEXT AMENDMENTS (HISTORIC DISTRICTS AND LANDMARKS) – SECOND READING

8. 1537 Main Street, TMS# 09014-11-07; rezone from C-5, -DD to C-5, -DD, -DP.  Amend Chapter 17, Article V, Division 4, §17-691, Buildings and sites list (c), Group II, add 1537 Main Street.  First reading approval was given on November 9, 2005. - Approved on second reading.

Ordinance No.: 2005-102 – Amending the 1998 Code of Ordinances of the City of Columbia, South Carolina, Chapter 17, Planning, Land Development and Zoning, Article V, Historic Preservation and Architectural Review, Division 4, Landmarks, Sec. 17-691, Buildings and site list, (c), Group II – First reading approval was given on November 9, 2005. – Approved on second reading.

ANNEXATIONS WITH MAP AMENDMENTS / REZONING – SECOND READING

9. +/- 4.8 acre portion of 7.8 acres Garners Ferry Road, TMS# 16413-01-03(p); annexation with rezoning from Richland County D-1 to C-3. First reading approval was given on November 9, 2005. – Approved on second reading.

Ordinance 2005-108 – Annexing 7.8 acres (Tract C-2), Garners Ferry Road, Richland County TMS# 16413-01-03 – First reading approval was given on November 9, 2005. – Approved on second reading.

10. 313 Lost Creek Drive (Lot 11, Lost Creek Plantation), TMS# 05115-01-02, annexation with rezoning from Richland County RU to RS-1. First reading approval was given on November 9, 2005. – Approved on second reading.

  Ordinance No.: 2005-120 – Annexing 313 Lost Creek Drive (Lot 11, Lost Creek Plantation), Richland County TMS# 05100-01-02 – First reading approval was given on November 9, 2005. – Approved on second reading.

11. +/- 198 acres, 7743 Garners Ferry Road (Burnside Farms), TMS# 19100-06-01, 06, 08, and 09, 16313-01-03 and 04, 16216-01-05; annexation with rezoning from Richland County D-1 and C-3 to PUD-LS. First reading approval was given on November 9, 2005. – Approved on second reading.

  Ordinance No.: 2005-109 – Annexing 198.95 +/- acres known as 7743 Garners Ferry Road; 7749 Garners Ferry Road and W/S Pineview Road Extension, Richland County TMS# 16216-01-05; 19100-06-01; 19100-06-06; 19100-06-08 and 19100-06-09 – First reading approval was given on November 9, 2005. – Approved on second reading.

 MAJOR CHANGE TO A PLANNED UNIT DEVELOPMENT (PUD) – SECOND READING

12. +/- 25.1 acres, northwest corner of Hampton Street at Williams Street (CanalSide), TMS# 09005-03-01; rezone from PUD-C, -DD, -FP to amended PUD-C, -DD, -FP.  First reading approval was given on November 9, 2005. – Approved on second reading.

13. 2700 Block Millwood Avenue (Shandon Square), TMS# 11413-05-02; rezone from PUD-R and PUD-R, -DP to amended PUD-R and PUD-R, -DP.  First reading approval was given on November 9, 2005. – Approved on second reading, subject to (1) conformance with the site plan labeled “Proposed ALTERNATE Site Development Plan,” (2) working with staff to further refine the design of the vehicular and pedestrian entrances and exits to the site, (3) authorizing the use of any space constructed above garages for use only by family members residing within the associated principal residence, by their extended family members as an accessory dwelling unit, and for home occupations permitted by the Zoning Ordinance, but certainly not to be rented as a second dwelling unit or as commercial space, and (4) conformance with staff site plan review comments, 9-0 (10/3/05).

  MAP AMENDMENTS / REZONING – SECOND READING

14. 3121 Carver Street, TMS# 11508-20-02; rezone from RS-3 to PUD-R.  First reading approval was given on November 9, 2005. – Approved on second reading.

15. 2019 Worthy Drive, TMS# 11616-03-16; rezone from D-1 to PUD-R.  First reading approval was given on November 9, 2005. – Approved on second reading.

16. 3602 Rose Drive, TMS# 13702-04-01; rezone from RS-3 to PUD-R.  First reading approval was given on November 9, 2005. – Approved on second reading, subject to (1) conformance with the applicant’s descriptive statement (which among other things limits the use of the structure in question to her son or another member of her extended family), (2) review and approval of the specifics of the landscape plan by staff, (3) providing four parking spaces in accordance with all requirements for single-family residential uses within the Zoning Ordinance, (4) trimming the height of the fence currently being constructed upon the property to a height no higher than 6 feet where the fence is located within the secondary front yard, (5) repairing, scraping, and painting (or cladding in vinyl, HardiPlank, or other like material approved by staff) the exteriors of the shed and 400-sq.ft. second dwelling unit, and (6) conformance with staff site plan review comments; 9-0 (10/3/05).

17. 5203 & 5205 Middleton Street, TMS# 11608-04-14 and 15, rezone from RS-3 and PUD-C to PUD-C.  First reading approval was given on November 9, 2005. – Approved on second reading, subject to conditions placed upon original grant of PUD and conformance with descriptive statement and staff site plan review comments (see Case Summary for specifics), 7-0 (10/3/05).

ORDINANCES – SECOND READING

 18.  **Ordinance No.: 2005-121 - Repealing April 5, 1912 Ordinance to Palmetto Construction Company First reading approval was given on October 26, 2005. – Approved on second reading.

 MAP AMENDMENTS / REZONING – SECOND READING

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to give second reading approval on a single motion to the Map Amendment / Rezoning of USC Horizon Block, TMS# 11303-11-01, 04 and 05; rezone from C-1, -PD and C-3, -DD to PUD-C, -DD and PUD-C, -PD and USC Public Health & Biomedical Blocks, TMS# 8915-06-01, 8916-07-01 and 02; rezone from C-1, -DD and C-4, -DD to PUD-C, -DD.  Mr. Osborne abstained from voting due to a potential conflict of interest.

19. USC Horizon Block, TMS# 11303-11-01, 04 and 05; rezone from C-1, -PD and C-3, -DD to PUD-C, -DD and PUD-C, -PD.  First reading approval was given on November 9, 2005. – Approved on second reading, subject to conformance with staff comments (see Case Summary) 9-0 (10/3/05).

20. USC Public Health & Biomedical Blocks, TMS# 8915-06-01, 8916-07-01 and 02; rezone from C-1, -DD and C-4, -DD to PUD-C, -DD.  First reading approval was given on November 9, 2005. – Approved on second reading, subject to conformance with staff comments (see Case Summary), 9-0 (10/3/05).

 CONSIDERATION OF BIDS AND AGREEMENTS

21.  Council is asked to approve the Purchase of a Parking Ticket Management Software System, as requested by the Collections Division.  Award to Cardinal Tracking, Inc., as a sole source purchase in the amount of $48,289.00.  This vendor is located in Flower Mound, TX.  Funding Source:  699-8991-659005 - Approved

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Rickenmann, Council voted unanimously to approve the Purchase of a Parking Ticket Management Software System, as requested by the Collections Division.  Award to Cardinal Tracking, Inc., as a sole source purchase in the amount of $48,289.00.  This vendor is located in Flower Mound, TX.

ORDINANCE – FIRST READING

22.      Ordinance No.: 2005-123 - Authorizing transfer of property known as Richland County TMS 08916-10-09 and 08916-10-12 to Vista Hotel Partners, LLC for development of the Convention Center Hotel.  – Approved on first reading.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Ms. Devine, Council voted unanimously to give first reading approval to Ordinance No.: 2005-123 - Authorizing transfer of property known as Richland County TMS 08916-10-09 and 08916-10-12 to Vista Hotel Partners, LLC for development of the Convention Center Hotel.

23.    Ordinance No.: 2005-124 - Authorizing the closing and transfer of an unopened portion of Aiken Street to J. Robert White, James S. White, and S. Travis White – Approved on first reading.

Upon motion by Mr. Davis, seconded by Mr. Rickenmann, Council voted unanimously to give first reading approval to Ordinance No.: 2005-124 - Authorizing the closing and transfer of an unopened portion of Aiken Street to J. Robert White, James S. White, and S. Travis White.

24.      Ordinance No.: 2005-125 - Authorizing the issuance and sale of not exceeding $8,750,000 general obligation bond anticipation notes, series 2006A and taxable series 2006B, of the City of Columbia, South Carolina, for the purpose of defraying a portion of the costs of construction a parking facility; fixing the form and details of the notes; providing for the payment and disposition of the proceeds thereof; and other matters relating thereto. – Approved on first reading.

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Ms. Devine, Council voted unanimously to give first reading approval to Ordinance No.: 2005-125 - Authorizing the issuance and sale of not exceeding $8,750,000 general obligation bond anticipation notes, series 2006A and taxable series 2006B, of the City of Columbia, South Carolina, for the purpose of defraying a portion of the costs of construction a parking facility; fixing the form and details of the notes; providing for the payment and disposition of the proceeds thereof; and other matters relating thereto.

CONSIDERATION OF BIDS, AGREEMENTS AND CHANGE ORDERS

Upon motion by Mr. Davis, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve Items 25. through 27. on a single motion as presented.

25. Council is asked to approve a Professional Services Contract for the Purpose of Providing Emergency Shelter and Appropriate Services to Persons Experiencing Homelessness in the City of Columbia, as requested by the Community Development Department. Award to The Cooperative Ministry in the amount of $137,000.00.  This firm is located in Columbia, SC.  Funding Source: Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program - Approved

26. Council is asked to approve Project #WM3964 2.0 M.G. Elevated Water Storage Tank; Village at Sandhills, as requested by the Utilities and Engineering Department.  Award to CB&I Constructors, the lowest bidder, in the amount of $3,617,000.00.  This firm is located in Alpharetta, GA.  Funding Source: (GL) 5529999-851500 and (JL)WM396401-851500- Approved

27.   Council is asked to approve Change Order #11 for Harden Street/Five Points Redevelopment; CIP #SS819/WM1069, as requested by Engineering.  Award to L.J. Inc., in the amount of  $963,590.50.  This change order is necessary to compensate the contractor for removal and replacement of the existing water main from Devine Street to Senate Street due to age, condition, location, existing department and additional service demands.  This firm is located in Columbia, S.C.  Funding Source: Water Improvement Fund - Approved

RESOLUTIONS

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Ms. Devine, Council voted unanimously to approve Items 28. through 30. on a single motion as amended.

28. Resolution No.: R-2005-067 – Release and abandonment of a portion of the City’s existing 15’ Water Main Easement along Lexington County TMS# 02898-01-023 & 029; Columbiana Station, Phase 4; Bower Parkway; CF# 102-29 & CF# 230-03M - Approved

29. Resolution No.: R-2005-070 – Authorizing 2005 Holiday Main Street Marketplace - Approved

 30. **Resolution No.: R-2005-071 – Requesting Woodcreek Farms and surrounding areas in Northeast Richland County be designated as Columbia by the United States Postal Service - Approved

OTHER MATTERS

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Davis, Council voted unanimously to approve Items 31. and A. on a single motion.

31. Council is asked to approve the Transfer of the City’s Banking Services, as requested by the Finance Department. Award to First Citizens Bank and Trust Company, Inc. - Approved

A. Council is asked to approve a request from the Columbia Police Department’s Property and Evidence Unit to conduct a Public Auction on Saturday, December 10, 2005 at 8:00 a.m. at the Columbia Police Department Headquarters, 1 Justice Square. - Approved

APPEARANCE OF PUBLIC HAVING BUSINESS WITH CITY COUNCIL      

Ms. Patricia Frierson appeared before the members of Council to present a complaint against the Columbia Police Department.  She stated that on October 27, 2005 she faxed information over to the Police Department’s Internal Affairs Office requesting an investigation of four (4) Police Officers that came to her house in April 2005. She said that she made a follow up call and was told not to call there any more; therefore, she sent a certified letter to the Chief of Police.  She reported that a meeting was scheduled with the Chief of Police and others only to be canceled at the last minute.  She stated that her calls to the City Attorney’s Office and Administration were not returned.  Ms. Frierson demanded a response and an internal investigation of the four (4) Police Officers and Internal Affairs.

· City Council adjourned the meeting at 10:57 a.m. to reconvene the Work Session.

Respectfully submitted by:
Erika D. Salley
City Clerk