CITY OF COLUMBIA
CITY COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES
WEDNESDAY, December 18, 2002
10:00 A.M. - 1737 MAIN STREET
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

The City of Columbia City Council met in regular session on Wednesday, December 18, 2002, in the City Hall Council Chambers, 1737 Main Street, Columbia, South Carolina.  Mayor Robert D. Coble called the meeting to order at 10:02 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 Ms. Leona K. Plaugh, City Manager and Ms. Pamela J. Ferst, Acting City Clerk.

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve the revised regular meeting agenda.

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Davis, Council voted unanimously to amend the regular meeting agenda to add Resolution No.: R- 2002-083 – Encouraging Elimination of Predatory Lending Practices.
 
Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mayor Coble, Council voted unanimously to amend the regular meeting agenda to add a request to sponsor the Tom Joyner Morning Show in the amount of $2,500.00.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

1. Minutes of December 11, 2002

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Ms. Isaac, Council voted unanimously to approve the minutes of December 11, 2002.

PRESENTATIONS

2. Employee of the Month – Ms. Frances Tillman, Data Accounts Specialist

Mr. James Johnson, Water Maintenance Division Superintendent, introduced Ms. Frances Tillman, Data Accounts Specialist as the December 2002 Employee of the Month.  Mr. Johnson stated that Ms. Tillman is a twenty (20) year employee that works diligently in preparing billing statements and making sure they are accurate.  He said that she exudes the character and class that we want all employees to represent.

Mayor Coble presented Ms. Tillman with a plaque acknowledging her as the City of Columbia December 2002 Employee of the Month.  Ms. Plaugh presented Ms. Tillman with a certificate for one (1) day off with pay and a token of appreciation.

2a. Certificate of Commendation – Mr. Steven Peoples by CPD Chief Charles P. Austin

Chief Charles P. Austin, Sr. and Mayor Coble presented Mr. Steven Peoples with a Certificate of Commendation for assisting the Police Department in solving a case where his mother, Ms. Margie Peoples was burglarized and assaulted.  Chief Austin stated that because of Mr. Peoples efforts they were able to make an arrest expeditiously.  Mr. Austin told Council that it is evident that Mr. Peoples is concerned with the public safety of all citizens.

Mr. Peoples thanked Chief Austin for the honor.  He told Council that ten (10) years ago, through the Department of Juvenile Justice an organization call Vector Foundation was founded.  Mr. Peoples stated that remarkable things are happening right now to help prevent others from experiencing crimes against them.
 
3. Columbia Development Corporation (CDC) 20th Anniversary – Mr. Fred Delk

Mr. Fred Delk, Director of Columbia Development Corporation, presented a PowerPoint presentation to Council reflecting on the Columbia Development Corporation’s twenty (20) years of service.  Mr. Delk told Council that the CDC serves an area of 1,200 acres and represents the Congaree Vista area. He also stated that the CDC is working to provide economic development, assistance to businesses, and to create a better area in the Vista.  He informed Council that the CDC had a $50 million impact on development in the Vista.  Mr. Delk introduced staff, board members and partners of the Columbia Development Corporation.

4. A Better Way “Project GO (Gang Out) – Mr. A. V. Strong, Executive Director
 This item was rescheduled, no action was taken.

5. City Kwanzaa Celebration – Dr. Germon Miller

Dr. Germon Miller, updated Council on the City-wide Kwanzaa Celebration that took place on December 7, 2002.  She thanked Parks & Recreation staff for their support.  Dr. Miller stated that it is the discipline of the individual that makes success.   She told Council that being at the Sara Nance Community Center is the greatest opportunity.  Dr. Miller informed Council that the center provides various cultural programs daily from 9:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.

6. Waverly United for Action, Inc. – Mr. Eddie Lloyd, Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Eddie Lloyd, Chief Executive Officer, thanked Councilman Cromartie for supporting their efforts in restoring the Waverly Community.  He stated that there is a difference in the neighborhood because of the City’s contributions.  Mr. Lloyd informed Council that the CCN is deadlocked on the issue of allowing the Waverly community to become a recognized neighborhood association.  He asked Council to look at the issue, because it is causing the neighborhood to suffer.

Mr. Cromartie reminded Mr. Lloyd that regardless of CCN’s decision, the City of Columbia is committed to assisting the Waverly community.  Mr. Cromartie told Mr. Lloyd to identify the needs of the community and City Council will find the resources.

CONSENT AGENDA

Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Mr. Davis, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion the Consent Agenda Items 7. through 11. and Item 14. as presented.  Item 12. was approved on a separate motion.  Item 13. was held over, no action was taken.

STREET CLOSING REQUESTS

7. Council is asked to approve a request from Wilmot Avenue residents to close the 3300 block of Wilmot Avenue and Ravenel and the 3300 block of Wilmot Avenue and Ott Road on Saturday, May 10, 2003, from 5:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. for an Annual Block Party.  Contact:  Nell Walters - Approved

CONSIDERATION OF BIDS, AGREEMENTS, AND CHANGE ORDERS

8. Council is asked to approve Change Order #1 for SS730-8/9; Sanitary Sewer Line Cleaning, Television Inspection and Video Recording, as requested by Engineering.   Award to Advanced Underground Imaging, the current vendor, in the amount of $83,500.00.  No MBE/FBE participation (no subcontractors).  The vendor is located out of state.  - Approved

9. Council is asked to approve a Contract for Compost Grinding and Compost Screening at the Landfill, as requested by Solid Waste.  Award to Industrial Waste Services, the low bidder, in the amount of $97,600.  There are no MBE/FBE vendors who can bid on this type of work.  This firm is located in Camden, SC. - Approved

10. Council is asked to Approve the Excess Workers' Compensation Insurance Policy for calendar year 2003, as requested by Risk Management.  - Approved

11. Council is asked to approve the Purchase of a Chevrolet Blazer, as requested by Traffic Engineering.  Award to Love Chevrolet, under the S.C. State Vehicle Contract, in the amount of $20,332.47.  This firm is located in Cayce, SC. - Approved
 
ORDINANCES - SECOND READING

12. Ordinance No.: 2002-101 - Amending the 1998 Code of Ordinances of the City of Columbia, Chapter 17, Planning, Land Development and Zoning, Article III, Zoning, Division 9, Supplementary District Regulations, to add Sec. 17-318, Shipping containers, cargo containers and tractor-trailers

Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve on second reading Ordinance No.: 2002-101 – Amending the 1998 Code of Ordinances of the City of Columbia, Chapter 17, Planning, Land Development and Zoning, Article III, Zoning, Division 9, Supplementary District Regulations, to add Sec. 17-318, Shipping containers, cargo containers and tractor trailers.

13. Ordinance No.:  2002-109 – Authorizing transfer of 1305 South Kilbourne Road Richland County TMS #13706-19-03, from the City of Columbia to the Columbia Housing Development Corporation
 This item was held over, no action was taken.

Mr. Mel Jenkins, asked if the South Kilbourne Neighborhood Association had been informed of this transfer and if so, what was their response?  He stated that the transfer of ownership implies that it may have other uses, so the neighborhood association needs to be apprised of this.

14. Ordinance 2002-111 - Annexing Parcels 17, 17A and 21A, Columbiana Station, Lexington County TMS #002797-01-055 (portion) – Approved

ORDINANCES - FIRST READING

15. ZONING MAP AMENDMENTS and TEXT AMENDMENT

1. 02-36 MA. 6038 Percival Rd., TMS 16712-05-10, add FS overlay to existing C-3 zoning. – Approved on first reading
2 . 02-37 MA. I-77 and Shop Rd., TMS 16301-02-12, add FS overlay to existing M-1 zoning. – Approved on first reading

Mr. Hal Stevenson, stated that the superimposed signs shown are taller than the actual billboards that will go up.  He told Council that he would continue to help clean up the signs in the City.

A motion by Mr. Osborne, seconded by Mr. Davis, failed by a vote of three (3) to four (4) to disapprove 02-36 MA. 6038 Percival Rd., TMS 16712-05-10, add FS overlay to existing C-3 zoning and 02-37 MA. I-77 and Shop Rd., TMS 16301-02-12, add FS overlay to existing M-1 zoning.  Voting aye were Mr. Cromartie, Mr. Osborne and Mr. Davis.   Voting nay were Mr. Papadea, Ms. Sinclair, Ms. Isaac and Mayor Coble.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted four (4) to three (3) to approve on first reading 02-36 MA. 6038 Percival Rd., TMS 16712-05-10, add FS overlay to existing C-3 zoning and 02-37 MA. I-77 and Shop Rd., TMS 16301-02-12, add FS overlay to existing M-1 zoning.  Voting aye were Mr. Papadea, Ms. Sinclair, Ms. Isaac and Mayor Coble.  Voting nay were Mr. Cromartie, Mr. Osborne and Mr. Davis.

16. Ordinance No.:  2002-079 – Amending 1998 Code of the Ordinances of the City of Columbia, South Carolina, Chapter 5, Buildings and Building Regulations, Article III, Building Permits, Sec. 5-204, Fee schedule, (a) Generally, (1) Commercial construction and renovation.

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve on first reading Ordinance No.:  2002-079 – Amending 1998 Code of the Ordinances of the City of Columbia, South Carolina, Chapter 5, Buildings and Building Regulations, Article III, Building Permits, Sec. 5-204, Fee schedule, (a) Generally, (1) Commercial construction and renovation.

17. Ordinance No.:  2002-106 (Revised) – Granting encroachment to L. Patricia Wharton for landscaping and construction and maintenance of a driveway, lighting fixtures, steps, and railings at 3519 Monroe Street and Bonham Street

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve on first reading Ordinance No.:  2002-106 (Revised) – Granting encroachment to L. Patricia Wharton for landscaping and construction and maintenance of a driveway, lighting fixtures, steps, and railings at 3519 Monroe Street and Bonham Street.

RESOLUTIONS

18. Resolution No.: R-2002-080 – Release and abandonment of a portion of the City’s existing 15’ water main easement along Richland County TMS#06113-02-40; Harmon Hill Apartments; St. Andrews Road & Meadowland Court; CF#261-09 & CF#62-260B

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve Resolution No.: R-2002-080 – Release and abandonment of a portion of the City’s existing 15’ water main easement along Richland County TMS#06113-02-40; Harmon Hill Apartments; St. Andrews Road & Meadowland Court; CF#261-09 & CF#62-260B.
19. Resolution No.: R-2002-081 – Authorizing extension of closing date with Unitech Services Group, Inc.

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve Resolution No.: R-2002-081 – Authorizing extension of closing date with Unitech Services Group, Inc. with the amendment that the closing date for the subject contract is extended to October 01, 2003.  Mayor Coble abstained from voting due to a conflict of interest.
 
19a. Resolution No.:  R-2002-082 – Authorizing Guidelines for Rehiring Retirees

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Davis, Council voted unanimously to approve Resolution No.: R-2002-082 – Authorizing Guidelines for Rehiring Retirees.

19b.  **Resolution No.: R- 2002-083 – Encouraging Elimination of Predatory Lending Practices

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Davis, Council voted unanimously to approve Resolution No.: R- 2002-083 – Encouraging Elimination of Predatory Lending Practices.

APPOINTMENTS

20. Mini-Grant Committee (Appointment by Ms. Sinclair)
 This item was held over, no action was taken.

21. SC Memorial Park Commission – Mr. John Rainey
 This item was rescheduled, no action was taken.

22. Midlands Commission on Homelessness (3)

Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve the appointment of Mr. Robert Hill to the Midlands Commission on Homelessness for a term of three (3) years.

TRAFFIC ISSUES

23. Traffic Issue: Reduced speed flashers on Monticello Road and Columbia College Drive adjacent to Eau Claire High School

Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve the installation of a 25 MPH reduced school speed zone with flashers on Monticello Road in front of the school; a 25 MPH reduced school speed zone with time of day placards on Columbia College Drive adjacent to the school; and School Advance warning signs on Columbia College Drive.

OTHER MATTERS

24. Council is asked to approve an Amendment to a Professional Services Contract, as requested by the South Columbia Development Corporation, to reflect an addition in the service area for the Neighborhood Business Improvement Zone (NBIZ) to include the 1300-4400 blocks of Rosewood Drive.

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve an amendment to a Professional Services Contract, as requested by the South Columbia Development Corporation, to reflect an addition in the service area for the Neighborhood Business Improvement Zone (NBIZ) to include the 1300-4400 blocks of Rosewood Drive.
25. Council is asked to approve a funding request from the Greater Columbia Community Relations Council to offset their budgetary shortfall, in the amount of $35,000.00.  Contact: Preston H. Winkler

Mr. Preston Winkler, Executive Director, informed Council that there was a budgetary shortfall because some corporate sponsors did not fulfill their commitments to fund the Greater Columbia Community Relations Council.

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve a funding request from the Greater Columbia Community Relations Council to help offset their budgetary shortfall in the amount of $17,500.00 from the Council Contingency Fund.

26. Council is asked to approve a funding request from the Arts Task Force in the amount of $15,000 as stated in their operating budget. – Stan Leinwand, City Liaison

Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve a funding request from the Arts Task Force in the amount of $15,000.00 from the Council Contingency Fund.

27. Council is asked to approve sponsoring a Performance Series of Cities and Rivers by the S.C. Philharmonic.

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Mayor Coble, Council voted unanimously to approve a request for sponsorship from the S.C. Philharmonic to sponsor one (1) concert in the amount of $10,000.00 from the Council Contingency Fund.

27a. Council is asked to approve a funding request from Auntie Karen, in the amount of $5,000.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Ms. Isaac, Council voted unanimously to approve a request for funding from the Auntie Karen Foundation in the amount of $5,000.00 from the Council Contingency Fund.

**Upon motion by Mr. Davis, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to authorize staff to develop non-bureaucratic recommendations on how Council would obtain expenditure reports from projects and programs that were funded by the City of Columbia outside of the budget.

27b. **Council is asked to approve funding for the Tom Joyner “Big Sky Show”, in the amount of $2,500.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Ms. Isaac, Council voted unanimously to approve funding for the Tom Joyner “Big Sky Show” in the amount of $2,500.00.

28. Council is asked to approve Funding Priorities for Fiscal Year 2002 / 2003.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve the Funding Priorities for Fiscal Year 2002 / 2003 in the amount of $9,323,199.00 as recommended by the City Manager. (Attached)

APPEARANCE OF PUBLIC HAVING BUSINESS WITH CITY COUNCIL

Mr. Mel Jenkins, appeared before Council to inquire about the demolition of the old Fire Station Headquarters.  Mr. Jenkins stated that this item should be fully reviewed by the public and asked that discussions of this item be deferred.  He announced that December 19, 2002 is the anniversary of chartering the Town of Columbia in 1805.

Mayor Coble adjourned the meeting at 12:07 p.m.
 

Respectfully submitted by:

Pamela J. Ferst, CPS
Acting City Clerk