CITY OF COLUMBIA
CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING
MINUTES
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2001
10:00 A.M. - 1737 MAIN STREET
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS
 

The City of Columbia City Council met in regular session on Wednesday, December 12, 2001, 10:00 a.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers, 1737 Main Street, Columbia, South Carolina.  Mayor Pro-Tempore Sam Davis 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 and The Honorable Anne M. Sinclair. Council members absent were The Honorable Mayor Robert D. Coble and The Honorable Hamilton Osborne, Jr.  Also attending were Ms. Leona K. Plaugh, City Manager and Ms. Pamela J. Ferst, Acting City Clerk.

1. PRESENTATIONS

A. Employee of the Month
Mr. Michael [email protected] House, Department of Utilities Construction Administrator

Mayor Pro-Tempore Sam Davis presented Mr. House with a City of Columbia Employee of the Month plaque and Ms. Leona Plaugh, City Manager awarded Mr. House a day off with pay.

2. University of South Carolina Columbia Technology Incubator - Presentation and Request for Funding - Mr. Joel Stevenson

Mr. Joel Stevenson appeared before Council to request funding for the Columbia Technology Incubator Program 2002 in the amount of $25,000.  Mr. Stevenson presented the annual report for the program to Council.

3. Columbia Assisting Neighborhood Development Opportunities (CANDO) Program - Mr. Rick Semon

Ms. Valeria Jackson and Ms. Rebecca Frierson presented a power point presentation and a newsletter to Council outlining programs and projects that were completed with CANDO funds in 1999 and 2000.

4. Columbia Firefighters Association - Mr. David Anderson

This item was withdrawn.

II. CONSENT AGENDA

Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Mr. Davis, Council voted unanimously to approve the Consent Agenda.   Items II. A.4.; B.3. and B.5. were held over, no action was taken.  Item B.6. was moved to the Work Session agenda and approved.
 
 
 
 

 
1. STREET CLOSINGS

1. Council is asked to approve a request from the Columbia Action Council to close the 1400 and 1500 blocks of Gervais Street between Marion Street and Pickens Street and the 1100 and 1200 blocks of Bull Street between Senate Street and Lady Street on Monday, December 31, 2001, from 12:00 noon - 11:00 p.m. for AWOW >02" New Years Eve event. - Approved

2. Council is asked to approve two (2) requests from the Richland County Public Library to close the 1600 block of Blanding Street and Henderson Street next to the Township Auditorium on Friday, April 19, 2002, from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon and to close Hampton Street between Park Street and Assembly Street on Friday, April 19, 2002 at 6:00 p.m. until Saturday, April 20, 2002 at 3:30 p.m.  For the annual (Augusta) Baker's Dozen storytelling festival. - Approved

3. Council is asked to approve a request from the University of South Carolina to close Greene Street between the Russell House Gates on Monday, January 21, 2002, from 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Rally. - Approved

1. Council is asked to approve a request from Ms. Shirley Gossett, Legislative Liaison, to close Lincoln Street between Gervais and Lady Streets on Wednesday, January 9, 2002, from 3:00 p.m. - 12:00 midnight for the annual Legislative reception.  Approval of Resolution No.: R-2001-084  - Authorizing consumption of alcoholic beverages at Legislative Reception on January 9, 2002.  - This item was held over, no action was taken.

B. CONSIDERATION OF BIDS, AGREEMENTS, AND CHANGE ORDERS

1. Council is asked to approve an agreement for Engineering Services Conduct a Study to Determine the most Feasible Routing for Construction of a Proposed Force Main between Riverbanks Zoo and the Blossom Street Bridge along the Congaree River; SS395, Division III (Portion), as requested by the Operations Division Administrator.  Award to B. P. Barber and Associates in an amount not to exceed $104,790.  This is a local firm.  There was no MBE/FBE participation.  Approved

2. Council is asked to approve an agreement for Engineering Services to Design and Construct a Sanitary Sewer Pump Station near the Riverbanks Zoo; Project SS395, Division III, as requested by the Operations Division Administrator.  Award to B. P. Barber and Associates in an amount not to exceed $216,000.  This is a local firm.  MBE/FBE participation 30%. - Approved

3. Council is asked to approve an encroachment permit requested by BellSouth Communications, on behalf of the University of South Carolina, to install interfacing boxes in the area of Greene, Sumter and Bull Streets.  The proposed interface boxes are 68" high, 15.3" deep and 43" wide.  - This item was held over, no action was taken.
 
 
 
 

 
4. Council is asked to approve an agreement for Architectural/Engineering Services for Construction of an Esplanade and City Balcony on the CanalSide Re-Development Site; The Boudreaux Group, as requested by the Operations
Division Administrator.  Award to the Boudreaux Group in a lump sum  fixed fee   of $133,350 plus reimbursable expenses not to exceed $5,000.  This is a local   firm.  MBE/FBE participation is 8.5%.  CanalSide Project Fund - Approved

5. Council is asked to approve the purchase of one (1) forty-two (42") EdisonPC   installed at 1201 Main Street, Suite 250 and the retrofitting of the existing   EdisonPC at the Main Street location to be reinstalled at 1225 Laurel Street, 4th   Floor Conference Room.  Award to PalmettoSoft Technologies Corporation in   the amount of $12,150.00 plus tax.  This is a Sole Source purchase.     Contingency funds  - This item was held over, no action was taken.

6. Council is asked to approve an Agreement for Architectural Services for the Convention Center and related facilities along Lincoln Street.  Award to Thompson, Ventulett, Stainback & Associates, Inc., Architects in the  amount of $ 3,731,400.00.  South Vista Infrastructure - Approved in the Work Session

7. Council is asked to approve a Space Utilization Master Plan to develop and   administer an instrument to collect data to determine personnel  forecasts,   space needs, location requirements and a complete understanding of the   manner in which city departments operate.  The projected cost for this task is   $61,500.  Twenty-five thousand ($25,000) approved.   Request additional   funding awarded to Chinn Planning Inc. in the amount of $41,500.00.    Contingency funding - Approved

C. ORDINANCE - SECOND READING

Ordinance No.: 2001-109 - Granting encroachment to Cottontown Community for landscaping on Sumter Street between Franklin Street and Scott Street and for landscaping traffic medians at Victoria Street and Bull Street and at Grace Street and Marion Street.  Approved on First Reading December 05, 2001. -
Approved on second reading.

III. ORDINANCES - FIRST READING

A. Ordinance No.: 2001-108 - Amending the 1998 Code of Ordinances of the City   of Columbia, South Carolina, Chapter 2, Administration, Article III, Officers and   Employees, Sec. 2-117, Finance Director.

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Ms. Heizer, Council voted unanimously to give first reading to Ordinance No.: 2001-108 - Amending the 1998 Code of Ordinances of the City of Columbia, South Carolina, Chapter 2, Administration, Article III, Officers and Employees, Sec. 2-117, Finance Director.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
B. Ordinance No.: 2001-110 - Authorizing City Manager to execute Addendum #2   to the Contract of Sale with Avant Developments, LLC for the transfer of   approximately 15.31 acres on Pelham Drive, Richland County TMS #13715-01-  02 (eastern portion) to, and to create an easement in favor of, Avant    Developments, LLC  - Approval of Addendum #2 was held over.

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Ms. Heizer, Council voted unanimously to approve an oral resolution to approve a time extension regarding Ordinance No.: 2001-110.  Mr. Papadea abstained from voting due to a conflict of interest.

IV. ZONING MAP AMENDMENT - FIRST READING

A. 01-26 MA. 3500 block Oscar Street, TMS 11616-03-17, rezone from D-1 to RD (original request was for RG-1).

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Ms. Heizer, Council voted unanimously to deny the request to rezone 01-26 MA. 3500 block Oscar Street, TMS 11616-03-17, from D-1 to RD.

V. RESOLUTIONS

A. Resolution No.: R-2001-075 - Authorizing Notice of 2002 Election for Mayor and Three Members of City Council.

2. Resolution No.: R-2001-083 - Authorizing acceptance from Adam & Kelly Properties, L.L.C.  to the City of Columbia a Dedication of Street known as Park Terrace Drive, Lexington County TMS#02898-01-016 (portion), City File #204-13C.

Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion Resolution No.: R-2001-075 - Authorizing Notice of 2002 Election for Mayor and Three Members of City Council and Resolution No.: R-2001-083 - Authorizing acceptance from Adam & Kelly Properties, L.L.C.  to the City of Columbia a Dedication of Street known as Park Terrace Drive, Lexington County TMS#02898-01-016 (portion), City File #204-13C.

VI. APPOINTMENTS

A. Columbia Housing Development Corporation

Council is asked to re-appoint Mayor Robert D. Coble, Councilman E.W. Cromartie, II, Councilman Jim Papadea and Councilman Hamilton Osborne to the Columbia Housing Development Corporation for a one (1) year term to expire November 2002.  - Approved

2. Citizens Advisory Committee

Council is asked to appoint Ms. Kathryn Fenner as the University Neighborhood Rotating Neighborhood appointee.  Ms. Robin Langston Gorman resigned and the neighborhood would like for Council to consider Ms. Fenner as a replacement.
- Approved

 
3. *Columbia Development Corporation

Council is asked to appoint Councilman E.W. Cromartie to the Columbia Development Corporation Board of Directors.  - Approved

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Ms. Heizer, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion the above Committee and Board appointments.

VII. OTHER MATTERS

A. Council is asked to approve the Disposition of fifty-five (55) Bicycles, as   requested by the Columbia Police Department.  The bicycles have been   advertised in the Star Reporter and are now available for release to a charitable   organization.  Forty-five (45) bicycles will be released to Epworth Children's   Home and ten (10) bicycles will be released for the City Police Department   Charity Christmas Party.

Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve the disposition of the fifty-five (55) bicycles to the Epworth Children's Home, the City of Columbia Police Department Charity Christmas Party, Carolina Children's Home and Bethlehem Community Center.

B. Council is asked to approve funding $15,000 from the Economic Development   Fund for the second annual Summit on Technology (the New Economy) to be   held February 5, 2002 at the State Fair's Cantey Building in conjunction with the   Greater Chamber of Commerce's annual Business Expo.

This item was held over, no action was taken.

VIII. APPEARANCE OF PUBLIC HAVING BUSINESS WITH CITY COUNCIL

No one appeared to speak before Council.

The meeting was adjourned at 10:37 a.m.
 

Respectfully submitted by:
 
 

Pamela J. Ferst, CPS
Acting City Clerk