CITY OF COLUMBIA
CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING MINUTES
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2003
10:00 A.M. - 1737 MAIN STREET
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

The City of Columbia City Council met in regular session on Wednesday, December 3, 2003, 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., 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.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

1.  Minutes of November 19 and 24, 2003

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion the Minutes of November 19 and 24, 2003 as presented.  Mr. Osborne was not present for the vote.

PRESENTATION

2.  December Employee of the Month – Mr. Johnny L. Reed, Motor Equipment Operator III, Wastewater Maintenance Division

Mr. Joe Glenn, introduced Mr. Johnny Reed as the City of Columbia December 2003 Employee of the Month.  He described Mr. Reed as a 20-year employee who is dependable, trustworthy and who always exceeds expectations.

Mayor Coble presented Mr. Johnny Reed with a plaque recognizing him as the December 2003 Employee of the Month.

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

3.  Presentation of Accreditation Credentials for 911 Emergency Communications – Ms. Judy Spells, Director

Ms. Judy Spells, Director of 911 Communications presented the Accreditation Credentials for 911 Emergency Communications to the members of Council.

  3a. **Proclamation

Mayor Coble and the members of Council presented a Proclamation to Pastor Alexander and Mr. Sam Waldrep on behalf of the Washington Street United Methodist Church in honor of their Bicentennial Celebration.

  3b. **Kernels & Kreme – Ms. Mignon Clyburn

Commissioner Mignon Clyburn introduced Kernels & Kreme, the first business in the N. Main Plaza.  She stated that this unique business venture is a dream come true for three (3) sisters.

CONSENT AGENDA

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve the Consent Agenda Items 4. through 6. as amended.

STREET CLOSING

4.  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: Contact: Mr. Matt Homan - Approved

  Wednesday December 3, 2003 Colonial Skating Party  5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
  Saturday December 13, 2003 BOSE Holiday Party  7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
  Monday December 15, 2003 Commencement  1:00 pm – 7:00 pm
  Wednesday December 17, 2003 MBB vs. Charleston Sthrn 5:30 pm – 10:30 pm
  Thursday December 18, 2003 WBB vs. LA Lafayette  5:30 pm – 10:00 pm
  Saturday December 20, 2003 MBB vs. NC State  12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
  Monday December 22, 2003 MBB vs. SC State  5:30 pm – 10:30 pm
  Tuesday December 30, 2003 MBB vs. Yale   5:30 pm – 10:30 pm

 CONSIDERATION OF BIDS, AGREEMENTS AND CHANGE ORDERS

5.   Council is asked to approve a Memorandum of Agreement for the purpose of creating a template in the PROVIDE software system to aid in the required data collection of sub recipients of the Columbia EMSA Housing Opportunity for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program, as requested by Community Development.  Award to Groupware Technologies, Inc. in an amount not to exceed $2,400.00.  This firm is located in Wauwatosa, WI. - Approved

 5a.  **Council is asked to approve the Purchase of Fifteen (15) Computers, as requested by the Information Technology Department.  Award to Gateway, using the S.C. State Contract, in the amount of $22,215.22.  This vendor is located in North Sioux City, SD. - Approved

ORDINANCES – SECOND READING

6. Ordinance No.: 2003-092 – Granting encroachment to Jake’s Bar and Grill for landscaping at 2112 Devine Street First reading approval on November 19, 2003 - Approved on second reading.

CONSIDERATION OF BIDS, AGREEMENTS AND CHANGE ORDERS

7.   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.

Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously 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.

8.   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, SC.

Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Mr. Davis, Council voted unanimously 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.

Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion Items 9., 10. and 11. as presented.

9.   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. - Approved

10.   Council is asked to approve the Purchase of Five (5) Backhoes, as requested by Fleet Services.  Award to Van Lott, Inc., the low bidder in the amount of $255,950.00.  This vendor is located in West Columbia, SC.  - Approved

11.   Council is asked to approve the Purchase of Vehicles, as requested by Various Departments and Divisions.  Award to Benson Ford Mercury of Easley, SC in the amount of $19,404.42 and Vic Bailey of Spartanburg, SC in the amount of $622,844.99, for a total amount of $642,249.41 using the S.C. State Vehicle Contract. - Approved

12. Council is asked to approve Project SS819 Five Points Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation Rocky Branch, as requested by Engineering.  Award to Trussell Brothers Construction, the low bidder, in the amount of $1,291,300.00.  This firm is located in Columbia, SC.

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve Project SS819 Five Points Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation Rocky Branch, as requested by Engineering.  Award to Trussell Brothers Construction, the low bidder, in the amount of $1,291,300.00.

ORDINANCES - SECOND READING

13.  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

Upon motion by Ms. Isaac, seconded by Mr. Osborne, Council voted unanimously to approve on second 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.

ZONING MAP AMENDMENTS  - SECOND READING

14. 03-33 MA 4503 Ridgewood Avenue, TMS#09211-02-03; rezone from RS-3 to PUD-R. First reading approval on November 19, 2003

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

15. PICKENS STREET APARTMENTS.  700 Pickens Street; rezone from C-1, DD to PUD-R, DD. First reading approval on November 19, 2003

Ms. Kathryn Fenner, University Neighborhood Association, told the members of Council that the residents of the University Neighborhood feel as though they weren’t given a choice.  She stated that the business community shouldn’t be a priority over the residents.  She said that they were forced into a compromise.  Ms. Fenner requested a moratorium of granting any zoning changes in this block until this is figured out.

Mr. John Stucker, University Neighborhood Association, stated that this project is an imposition on the residents.  He said that they wanted to work to reduce density.  He stated that although they do not support the proposal, they do accept the amendments.

Upon motion by Ms. Isaac, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted five (5) to one two (1) (2) to approve on second 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.  Voting aye were Mr. Cromartie, Mr. Papadea, Mr. Osborne, Ms. Isaac and Mayor Coble.  Voting nay were Ms. Sinclair and Mr. Davis.

1. The garbage dumpster will be screened and moved away form Pickens Street at a site agreeable to the collection service;
2. Residents will be ineligible to apply for local tenant or tenant visitor parking permits issued by the City of Columbia; and
3. There will be no more than one person per bedroom within the tenant units.  (This does not apply to the resident manager’s apartment.)  This will be stipulated in the lease document and monitored by the property management agency.  There will be a total of 47 bedrooms within the development including the resident manager’s unit.

ZONING CONFIRMATIONS – SECOND READING (Properties Previously Annexed)

16. 1730 and 1732 Canal Drive; confirm D-1, annexed 9/24/03. First reading approval on November 19, 2003

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

ORDINANCES – FIRST READING

Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Ms. Isaac, Council voted unanimously to approve on first reading on a single motion Items 17. and 18.  as presented.

17. Ordinance No.: 2003-095 – Granting encroachment to Palmetto Baptist Medical Center for installation and maintenance of a brass plaque and base in the 1500 block of Marion Street – Approved on first reading.

18. Ordinance No.: 2003-097 – Granting encroachment to Midland Terrace Neighborhood Association for installation and maintenance of a brick retaining wall at Covenant Point – Approved on first reading.

RESOLUTIONS

19. Resolution No.: R-2003-064 – Authorizing purchase of property known as Richland County TMS# 08916-10-15 from the South Carolina Members First Federal Credit Union f/k/a The South Carolina Employees Federal Credit Union.

Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Ms. Isaac, Council voted unanimously to approve Resolution No.: R-2003-064 – Authorizing purchase of property known as Richland County TMS# 08916-10-15 from the South Carolina Members First Federal Credit Union f/k/a The South Carolina Employees Federal Credit Union.

20. Resolution No.: R-2003-065 – Authorizing purchase of property known as Richland County TMS# 11409-18-11 and 12 from Carolyn Sharpe.

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve Resolution No.: R-2003-065 – Authorizing purchase of property known as Richland County TMS# 11409-18-11 and 12 from Carolyn Sharpe.

APPOINTMENT

21. South Carolina Memorial Park Commission

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve the appointment of Mr. Claude J. Eichelberger and Mr. Milton G. Kimpson to the South Carolina Memorial Park Commission. (Refer to Work Session Agenda Item A.)

OTHER MATTERS

22. Council is asked for approval to conduct the 2003 Auction, as requested by the Columbia Police Department.

Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to authorize the Columbia Police Department to conduct an Auction on Saturday, December 13, 2003 at 8:00 a.m. at the Columbia Police Department.

APPEARANCE OF PUBLIC HAVING BUSINESS WITH CITY COUNCIL

Mr. Bill Manley, stated that the Regional Transit Authority told citizens that they would postpone their matter that was to be heard at the upcoming Planning Commission meeting.  He said that he attended the meeting and this item was not postponed, but instead it was presented without the input of many citizens.  He urged the members of Council to attend meetings when constituents request their presence.

Mr. Tom McAndrews, asked the members of Council for their support in selecting and placing a Purple Heart Monument in Memorial Park.  He stated that the South Carolina Memorial Park Commission previously rejected this request, but they all agreed to work together to find an appropriate monument for this site.

Mr. Marshall Mays, appeared before the members of Council to discuss the issue of increased property taxes.  He stated that a petition was delivered to the City of Columbia and Richland County back in August.  He suggested that the two (2) municipalities form an ad-hoc committee to look at the possibility of merging various essential services.  He stated that Duval County reduced taxes by 30% by merging municipal services.

· Mayor Coble adjourned the meeting at 11:09 a.m. to reconvene the Work Session.

Respectfully submitted by:
Erika D. Moore
City Clerk