CITY OF COLUMBIA
CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING MINUTES
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2003
10:00 A.M. - 1737 MAIN STREET
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

The City of Columbia City Council met in regular session on Wednesday, November 19, 2003, in the City Hall Council Chambers at 1737 Main Street, Columbia, South Carolina.  Mayor Pro-Tempore Jim D. N. Papadea called the meeting to order at 10:18 a.m.  Council members present were The Honorable E. W. Cromartie, II, The Honorable Anne M. Sinclair, The Honorable Hamilton Osborne, Jr., The Honorable Sam Davis and The Honorable Tameika C. Isaac.  Also present were Mr. Charles P. Austin, Sr., City Manager and Ms. Erika D. Moore, City Clerk.

· Mayor Pro-Tempore Jim D. N. Papadea is presiding.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

1.  Minutes of November 05 and 12, 2003

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion the Minutes of November 05 and 12, 2003.

ZONING MAP AMENDMENTS - SECOND READING

1a. **SHANDON UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 3407, 3414, 3436 Devine Street & 732 Adger Road; rezone from RS-1 and C-1 to PUD-C. First reading approval on October 8, 2003

Upon motion by Mr. Osborne, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve on second reading a Zoning Map Amendment for Shandon United Methodist Church at 3407, 3414, 3436 Devine Street & 732 Adger Road; rezone from RS-1 and C-1 to PUD-C.  An amended Cooperative Agreement between Shandon United Methodist Church and the Historic Heathwood Neighborhood Association is on file.

PRESENTATIONS

2. Citizens Advisory Committee – Mr. Rick Semon, Community Development Director

Mr. Rick Semon, Community Development Director, informed the members of Council that he would like to celebrate the service of the Citizens Advisory Committee past and present members.

Mayor Pro-Tempore Jim D. N. Papadea and the members of City Council presented the following committee members with plaques in appreciation for their unselfish service to the City of Columbia as former volunteers on the Citizens Advisory Committee:  Ms. Elizabeth Bolton, Ms. Christine Brouwer, Ms. Dorothy Davenport, Mr. Joshua Gold, Ms. Mary Harts, Mr. Arthur Holmes, Ms. Wilhelmina Mathias, Ms. Josette McDaniel, Ms. Jackie Mitchell, Mr. James Revels and Ms. Christie Savage.

3. Columbia Regional Technology Council – Mr. Neil McLean, Sagacious Partners

Mr. Neil McLean, Sagacious Partners presented the members of Council with a progress report for the Technology Council since they began working in June 2003.  He stated that their mission is to grow the number of knowledge based companies within the Columbia region.  Mr. McLean said that the Technology Square of Atlanta would be used as the model for Columbia.  He stated that the University of South Carolina is a vital participant and their resources will be connected to the business community along with other regional colleges. Mr. McLean informed the members of Council that they are pursuing financial support from Richland County, Lexington County and the business community.  He assured the members of Council that good things are coming out of this process.

· Mayor Coble returned at 10:33 a.m. and is now presiding.

  3a. **Devine Street Association – Mrs. Judy Phipps

Mr. Donny Phipps invited the members of Council to participate in the Devine Night Event sponsored by the Devine Street Association on Thursday, December 4, 2003 from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

CONSENT AGENDA

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion the Consent Agenda Items 4. through 10. and Item 12.

 CONSIDERATION OF BIDS, AGREEMENTS AND CHANGE ORDERS

4.   Council is asked to approve the Purchase of two (2) 22,000 GVWR Diesel Cab & Chassis (Ford F650), as requested by the Solid Waste Division.  Award to the Pulliam Motor Co., using the S.C. State Contract, in the amount of $64,239.34.  This vendor is located in the City. - Approved

5.   Council is asked to approve the Purchase of Traffic Signals, as requested by Traffic Engineering.  Award to Walker Brothers Inc., using the S. C. State Contract, in the amount of $10,349.38.  This vendor is located in Lexington, SC. - Approved

6.   Council is asked to approve the Purchase of Trees for fiscal year 2003/2004, as requested by Forestry & Beautification.  Award to Moon’s Tree Farm of Loganville, Georgia, in the amount of $8,935.00 and to Gilmore’s Plant Bulb of Julian, North Carolina, in the amount of $17,325.00, for a total amount of $26,260.00. - Approved

7.   Council is asked to approve the Installation of Three (3) new HVAC Units, as requested by the Support Services Division.  Award to Bear Mechanical Services, the low bidder, in the amount of $34,920.00.  This firm is located in Hollywood, SC.  - Approved

8.   Council is asked to approve the Purchase of Equipment and Supplies for Mounting Signals to Pedestal Poles, as requested by Traffic Engineering.  Award to Temple Inc., the low bidder, in the amount of $11,495.93.  This vendor is located in Cornelius, NC.  - Approved

9.   Council is asked to approve the Purchase of four (4) Vehicles, as requested by Utilities.  Award as follows using the S. C. State Contract in the total amount of $66,087.96:  Love Chevrolet of Cayce, SC in the amount of $38,823.02; Pulliam Motors of Columbia, SC in the amount of $14,860.94; and Butler Chrysler/Dodge of Beaufort, SC in the amount of $12,404.00.  - Approved

10.   Council is asked to approve a Change Order for Banner CIS Modification and Upgrade, as requested by the CIS Implementation Team.  Award to Indus (formerly known as SCT) in the total amount of $35,650.00.  - Approved

 ORDINANCES - SECOND READING

11. 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 First reading approval on November 5, 2003
 This item was held over, no action was taken.

12. 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 First reading approval on November 5, 2003 – Approved on second reading.

CONSIDERATION OF BIDS, AGREEMENTS AND CHANGE ORDERS

13.   Council is asked to approve Annual Health Screenings and Physicals for Fiscal Year 2003/2004, as requested by the Fire Department.  Award to North Greenville Fitness, the only bidder, in the amount of $95,455.00.

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve Annual Health Screenings and Physicals for Fiscal Year 2003/2004, as requested by the Fire Department.  Award to North Greenville Fitness, the only bidder, in the amount of $95,455.00.

14.   Council is asked to approve an Agreement for Architectural and Engineering Services for the Southeast Community Park and Central Columbia Tennis Center, as requested by Engineering.  Award to Global Sports and Tennis Design Group, LLC, in an amount not to exceed $274,100.00.  This firm has offices located in Fair Haven, New Jersey and Boynton Beach, Florida.
  This item was held over, no action was taken.

15.   Council is asked to approve an Agreement for Landscape Architectural Services for Southeast Community Park, as requested by Engineering.  Award to Kenneth B. Simmons and Associates, LLC, in the amount of $195,360.00.  This firm is located in Columbia.
   This item was held over, no action was taken.

16.   Council is asked to approve the Re-roofing of the Public Works Building at 2910 Colonial Drive, as requested by the Support Services Division.  Award to Murton Roofing of South Carolina, Inc., the low bidder, in the amount of $413,740.00.  This firm is located in West Columbia, SC.
   This item was held over, no action was taken.

ZONING MAP AMENDMENTS - SECOND READING

17. HYATT PARK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL.  4200 North Main Street; Rezone portion from C-1 to RS-3. First reading approval on November 12, 2003

Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve on second reading a Zoning Map Amendment for Hyatt Park Elementary School at 4200 North Main Street; Rezone portion from C-1 to RS-3.

18. 2200 College Street and 714-16 Pine Street; rezone from RS-3, DP to PUD-R, DP. First reading approval on November 12, 2003

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve on second reading a Zoning Map Amendment for 2200 College Street and 714-716 Pine Street; rezone from RS-3, DP to PUD-R, DP

19. 217-19 Huger Street; rezone from RG-2, PD to PUD-R, PD. First reading approval on November 12, 2003

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve on second reading a Zoning Map Amendment for 217-19 Huger Street; rezone from RG-2, PD to PUD-R, PD

20.  SHANDON UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 3407, 3414, 3436 Devine Street & 732 Adger Road; rezone from RS-1 and C-1 to PUD-C. First reading approval on October 8, 2003 – Approved on second reading see Item 1a.
 
21.  DREHER HIGH SCHOOL.  701 Adger Road, 3319 Millwood Avenue; area generally bounded by Michigan Street on north, Millwood Avenue on south, Adger Road on East, and Daly Street on west; rezone from RS-2, RG-1, C-1, C-3 to PUD-C. First reading approval on November 12, 2003

Ms. Sara Williams, Edisto Court Resident, stated that this shouldn’t be about walls.  She said that she voted for the bond referendum and now she’s sad.

Mr. Kyle Cunningham, asked the members of Council why did they make the decision to tear down the house he and his family lives in.

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Mr. Osborne, Council voted unanimously to approve on second reading a Zoning Map Amendment for Dreher High School at 701 Adger Road, 3319 Millwood Avenue; area generally bounded by Michigan Street on north, Millwood Avenue on south, Adger Road on East, and Daly Street on west; rezone from RS-2, RG-1, C-1, C-3 to PUD-C, as amended to include the following conditions.  Mr. Cromartie and Ms. Isaac abstained from voting due to a potential conflict of interest.

(1) SITE PLAN AND SCREENING DEVICES:  Conformance with the site plan dated 9/22/03 and submitted to City Council 11/12/03, except . . .
a. That segment of screening along the Adger Road lot line, from the northern-most point to the south side of 746 Adger Road, shall be a 6-foot high red-clay brick wall, the bottom five feet of which shall be solid and the top one foot of which shall be brick lattice, columns or some other architectural relief to the wall shall be placed every 8 to 12 feet, and a vine or ground cover shall be planted along the Adger Road side to grow on the wall,
b. That segment of screening along Adger Road, from the south side of 746 Adger Road to the point generally shown on the site plan, may be increased to 6 feet high,
c. That segment of screening along the south lot line of 1000 Princeton Street, specifically from the east end of the Michigan Street brick wall to the southeast corner of 1000 Princeton Street, shall be a brick wall constructed in the same manner as the Michigan Street brick wall,
d. That segment of screening along the north lot lines, specifically from the southeast corner of 1000 Princeton Street to the southeast corner of 827 Adger Road, shall be a fence consisting of brick columns and PVC/vinyl panels, provided . . .
i. The majority of the fence shall be constructed of 6-foot 6-inch high brick columns and 6-foot 6-inch high PVC/vinyl panels, except the height of the columns and panels along the south lot line of 827 Adger Road shall be 6-feet high, matching the height of the wall required along Adger Road,
ii. No brick column shall be greater than 12 feet from any other brick column, and PVC/vinyl posts may be used between brick columns to support the span between brick columns,
iii. The School District may use 6-foot high PVC/vinyl panels in the event that 6-foot 6-inch high panels are not readily available and upon showing a good-faith effort to procure 6-foot 6-inch panels,
iv. If the School District uses 6-foot PVC/vinyl panels, then the panels shall be set upon the columns to approximate a 6-foot 6-inch screen, and
v. The minimum thickness of PVC/vinyl panels shall be 0.06 inches, the minimum thickness of PVC/vinyl rails shall be 0.12 inches, and the minimum thickness of PVC/vinyl posts shall be 0.14 inches,
e. The wall along the south side of 1000 Princeton Street, the wall along Adger Road, and the fence along the north lot lines, all of which are described above, shall be installed prior to initiating major construction activity, and
f. Substantial conformance with the Preliminary Landscape Plan dated revised 10/24/03 and submitted to City Council 11/12/03 that depicts, among other things, a buffer transition yard (specifically the equivalent to 16 caliper inches of canopy trees only every 100 feet) located in close proximity to the walls and fences required above;
(2) MAINTENANCE:  All landscaping and screening devices (i.e. walls and fences) shall be well maintained in perpetuity;
(3) LIGHTING:  Lights may be mounted upon 22-foot poles as shown but light levels shall be reduced to 50 percent after 10:30 p.m.; and
(4) AMENDMENTS:  Any changes to the site plan approved by City Council must be reviewed and approved by the Planning Commission.
(5) Prohibit students from parking in the Shandon United Methodist Parking lot on the south side of Devine Street;
(6) Richland County School District I and SCDOT should facilitate the installation of curbing along the north side of Michigan Street;
(7) Richland County School District I and SCDOT should facilitate the installation of a traffic signal at the Millwood Street entrance; and
(8) Richland County School District I is responsible for notifying the neighbors of any changes to this request and should also cooperate with neighbors that request additional shrubbery around the installed fencing.

ZONING CONFIRMATIONS – SECOND READING (Properties Previously Annexed)

Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve on second reading on a single motion Zoning Confirmations 22. through 27. as presented.

22. 116 and 124 McLeod Road and 25’ strip on McLeod Road; confirm M-1, annexed 8/13/03. First reading approval on November 12, 2003 – Approved on second reading.

23.  1732 Carnegie Street; confirm C-3, annexed 8/20/03. First reading approval on November 12, 2003 – Approved on second reading

24. 105 Leyden Lane; confirm RS-2, annexed 9/10/03.  First reading approval on November 12, 2003 – Approved on second reading.

25. 1320 Buckner Road; confirm D-1, annexed 9/10/03. First reading approval on November 12, 2003 – Approved on second reading.

26. Woodcreek Farms, Southridge (Lots 1-37); confirm PUD-R, annexed 9/10/03. First reading approval on November 12, 2003 – Approved on second reading.

27. 131 Cort Road (5.85 acres); confirm M-1, annexed 9/24/03. First reading approval on November 12, 2003 – Approved on second reading.

ZONING MAP AMENDMENTS  - FIRST READING

28. 03-33 MA 4503 Ridgewood Avenue, TMS#09211-02-03; rezone from RS-3 to PUD-R. First reading approval on November 12, 2003

Upon motion by Mr. Davis, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve on first reading a Zoning Map Amendment for 4503 Ridgewood Avenue, TMS#09211-02-03; rezone from RS-3 to PUD-R.

29. PICKENS STREET APARTMENTS.  700 Pickens Street; rezone from C-1, DD to PUD-R, DD. First reading approval on November 12, 2003

Mr. Charles Small, Diversified Development, stated that this project is an environmental design that gives us massing and the architectural design quality that should be promoted throughout the city.  He said that the Planning Commission approved the original proposal of sixty-two units, but he has since decreased the size of this project by 57%.  Mr. Small reminded the members of Council how much additional money this project would add to the tax roll for the City of Columbia.

Ms. Mary Bissett, Brennan Associates Principal Director of Design, informed the members of Council that one (1) floor level has been removed from the design and that this project was designed based upon the guidelines they were given.

Mr. John Stucker, University Neighborhood Association, informed the members of Council that the neighborhood association is disappointed because they couldn’t reach a compromise with the developer.  He stated that the community is not anti-student or anti-progress, but they are concerned about density.  Mr. Stucker further explained that the property in question is without a doubt a part of the University Neighborhood.

Ms. Kathryn Fenner, University Neighborhood Association stated that the neighborhood association wouldn’t have a problem with the development of an office complex.

Mr. Raj Arusi, University Neighborhood Resident, stated that City Council is not setting a good precedent by approving this request.  He stated that he is opposed to any zoning changes throughout the entire neighborhood.

Mr. Glen Taylor, University Neighborhood property owner, stated that this is a beautiful project and it’s good for the area.  He said that sometimes laws have to be changed as they become antiquated.  He addressed his concern of public safety near the alleyways in this area.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve on first reading a Zoning Map Amendment for Pickens Street Apartments at 700 Pickens Street; rezone from C-1, DD to PUD-R, DD, subject to the following conditions:

(1) Increasing the number of off-street parking spaces to at least 55;
(2) Limiting occupancy within each dwelling unit to no more than 1 unrelated person times the number of bedrooms;
(3) Providing a 24-hour on –site manager;
(4) The applicant agrees that the site plan and construction resulting there from will in no way encumber the easement located along the south side of the subject property commonly referred to as 637-641 Henderson Street is restricted; and
(5) Develop no more than 49 units and no less than 42 units.

ZONING CONFIRMATIONS – FIRST READING (Properties Previously Annexed)

30. 1730 and 1732 Canal Drive; confirm D-1, annexed 9/24/03.

Ms. Fitts informed the members of Council that she is no longer in opposition to the request to rezone 1730 and 1732 Canal Drive.

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve on first reading a Zoning Confirmation for 1730 and 1732 Canal Drive; confirm D-1.

ZONING TEXT AMENDMENTS – FIRST READING

31. Ordinance No.: 2003-083 – Amending the 1998 Code of Ordinances of the City of Columbia, South Carolina, Chapter 17, Planning, Land Development and Zoning, Article III, Zoning, Division 8, District Descriptions; Use and Dimensional Regulations, Sec. 17-283, Communication towers
 This item was held over until a Public Hearing is scheduled, no action was taken.

ORDINANCES – FIRST READING

A. Ordinance No.: 2003-092 – Granting encroachment to Jake’s Bar and Grill for landscaping at 2112 Devine Street

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve on first reading Ordinance No.: 2003-092 - Granting encroachment to Jake’s Bar and Grill for landscaping at 2112 Devine Street.

B. Ordinance No.: 2003-096 – Granting encroachment to the University of South Carolina Gateway Academy Child Development and Research Center for installation and maintenance of a sign at the southwest corner of Wheat Street and Pickens Street

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to deny Ordinance No.: 2003-096 - Granting encroachment to the University of South Carolina Gateway Academy Child Development and Research Center for installation and maintenance of a sign at the southwest corner of Wheat Street and Pickens Street.  Mr. Osborne was not present for the vote.

C. Ordinance No.: 2003-099 – Authorizing acceptance of the 900 and 1000 blocks of Princeton Street from the South Carolina Department of Transportation; conveyance of the right of way of the 900 block of Princeton Street to Richland County School District One and acceptance of maintenance of the 1000 block of Princeton Street
 This item was held over, no action was taken.  Mr. Cromartie and Ms. Isaac abstained from discussions due to a potential conflict of interest.

RESOLUTION

D. Resolution No.: R-2003-063 - Authorizing Notice of 2004 Election for Three Members of City Council

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Ms. Isaac, Council voted unanimously to approve Resolution No.: R-2003-063 - Authorizing Notice of 2004 Election for Three Members of City Council.

OTHER MATTER

E. Council is asked to approve the Release of forty-three (43) Bicycles to Charitable Organizations, as requested by the Columbia Police Department Property & Evidence Unit.

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve the Release of forty-three (43) Bicycles to Charitable Organizations subject to ten (10) bicycles being disbursed to the Bethlehem Community Center and the remaining thirty-three (33) bicycles being divided between Hope World Wide and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc.

APPEARANCE OF PUBLIC HAVING BUSINESS WITH CITY COUNCIL

Mr. Bill Manley, thanked the members of City Council for supporting such a great Veterans Day Parade.  He informed the members of Council that the yellow stripes haven’t been repainted down Abingdon Road since the most recent construction project was completed.  Mr. Manley addressed the issue of receiving late notices of the Regional Transit Authority public meetings.  He also urged Council to look at traffic calming measures for Sunset Drive.

Mr. Arnold Karr, stated that he had three (3) children to graduate from Dreher High School without cars. He urged the members of Council to consider the lessons that the Dreher High School issue is teaching our children when we displace more then twenty (20) families for high school students to drive cars to school that they didn’t have to purchase.

Mr. Temple Ligon, informed the members of Council that the City of Columbia has things that major cities such as Los Angeles don’t.  He commended Council for having an Elementary School and a grocery store within downtown Columbia.

· Mayor Coble adjourned the meeting at 12:37 p.m. to reconvene the Work Session.

Respectfully submitted by:
Erika D. Moore
City Clerk