The City of Columbia City Council met Wednesday, March 15, 2000, at
10:00 a.m. 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, The Honorable Jim Papadea, The Honorable Anne M. Sinclair,
The Honorable Hamilton Osborne, Jr., and The Honorable Sam Davis.
Also attending were Mr. Michael A. Bierman, City Manager and Ms. Vivian
A. Krigline, City Clerk.
I. ROLL CALL
Council members present at roll call: Mr. Davis, Mr. Osborne, Ms. Sinclair, Mr. Papadea, Mr. Cromartie, and Mayor Coble.
Mayor Coble asked to add to the agenda a contact with LAMAR Advertising allowing the removal and relocation of two outdoor advertising sign structures.
Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Mr. Davis and Ms. Sinclair, Council unanimously approved the proposed contract with LAMAR Advertising to remove two billboards located at the Town Hall in Eau Claire and Millwood Drive near Shirley Drive, and to allow the relocation of the signs.
A. CITY OF COLUMBIA EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH
Mr. Hung Huynh, of the Engineering Department, was recognized as the City of Columbia March 2000 Employee of the Month. Mr. Huynh has been employed with the City since May or 1984.
B. PRESENTATION BY CHECKER-YELLOW CAB CO., INC. AND ORIGINAL BLUE RIBBON CAB COMPANY, INC. - Taxi Meter Rates
Mr. John S. Bacot and Mr. Evans Elchelberger appeared before Council to request a change in the current taxi meter rate. The proposed rate schedule is as follows:
Drop Charge Mileage Rate 1 Mile 3 Miles 5 Miles 10 Miles
Current: $1.45 $1.30 $2.75 $5.35 $7.95 $13.15
Proposed $1.60 $1.50 $3.10 $6.10 $9.10 $15.10
Senior $1.45 $1.35 $2.80 $5.50 $8.20 $13.65
Additional Passenger - $.50 each over two – Foot Locker - $1.00 – Duffel Bag - $.50 – Suitcase or Grocery Parcel - $.25 each over one – Traffic Delay or Waiting Time - $12.00
The request also included a delay in cab inspections, currently scheduled for April 3-7, 2000, until a decision is made on the rates.
Council discussion included assurances that increases caused by new
rates will go directly to the drivers (not company/owners) and driver’s
leases are not increased.
A public hearing will be held on April 19, 2000. Notices are to be run in the newspaper and placed in cars (front and back). Council asked Mr. Bierman to discuss with the Police Department the request to delay cab inspections. Mr. Bierman recommended having the safety inspections as scheduled, then have the meters rechecked if the rates are changed.
Mr. John McDaniel spoke, opposing the rate increase and asked that the lease rates charged by companies be lowered as a way to assist drivers without creating a hardship on the public. Mr. Cromartie asked for documentation to support the position presented by Mr. McDaniel.
Mr. Ralph Snively sopke, opposing the rate increase, stating that each time rates go up, the companies increase the leases for the drivers.
Council asked the City Attorney to study the legal issue of lease increases and assist with the notification of the public hearing, so all cab companies will be notified and have notices with rates in all cabs.
III. PUBLIC HEARING
SECOND PUBLIC HEARING AND APPROVAL OF PROPOSED COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT AMENDMENTS TO FISCAL YEARS 1995, 1996, 1997, AND 1998. TO RECEIVE COMMENTS ON HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT NEEDS AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS (INCLUDING FISCAL YEAR 2000/01 COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT RECOMMENDATIONS, FISCAL YEAR 2000/01 HOME FUNDS AND HOUSING OPPORTUNITIES FOR PERSONS WITH AIDS (HOPWA) AVAILABILITY)
Mr. Rick Semon distributed copies of the official statement for the second public hearing and requested approval of the CDBG Amendments and Budgets for 2000/01. The first public hearing was held on March 1, 2000.
Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council unanimously
Community Development Block Grant Amendments to Fiscal Years 1995, 1996, 1997, And 1998; and Approval of the Fiscal Year 2000/01 Community Development Block Grant Recommendations, Fiscal Year 2000/01 Home Funds and Housing Opportunities for Persons with Aids (HOPWA) Availability).
IV. CONSENT AGENDA
Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council unanimously approved the consent agenda as submitted.
A. REZONING MAP AMENDMENTS - SECOND READING
1. #99-78 MA. 720 Riverhill Circle - TMS 7310-4-2 Rezone from RS-1 to
Council gave second reading approval to the request to rezone 720 Riverhill Circle from RS-1 to C-3. The property is being purchased by Pulliam-Wray Properties, LLC and will be improved as a parking lot for the adjacent automobile dealership. First reading approval was given at the public hearing on March 8, 2000.
2. #00-01 MA. 3301 Duncan Street - TMS 13803-15-13 - Rezone from RS-2 to RS-3
Council gave second reading approval to the request to rezone 3301 Duncan Street from RS-2 to RS-3. The owner is proposing to subdivide the property to construct a single family dwelling on the newly created lot. First reading was given at the public hearing on March 8, 2000.
3. #00-02 MA. 2139-2229 Read Street & 2003-2025 Oak Street - TMS 11408-01-01 Rezone from RG-3 to PUD-R
Council gave second reading approval to the request to rezone property at 2139-2229 Read Street and 2003-2025 Oak Street from RG-3 to PUD-R. The property is owned by the Columbia Housing Authority and will be part of the HOPE VI revitalization program. First reading was given at the public hearing on March 8, 2000.
4. #00-04 MA. 3201 Trenholm Road - TMS 13907-01-01 - Rezone from RS-1 to PUD-R
Council gave second reading approval to the request to rezone 3201 Trenholm Road from RS-1 to PUD-R. The property is owned by the Carolina Children’s Home and the requested rezoning will allow upgrading of the facilities without having to go before the Zoning Board of Adjustment for each phase. First reading was given at the public hearing on March 8, 2000.
5. #00-08 MA. 300 Gervais Street - TMS 08912-12-01 - Rezone from C-3, DD to C-3, DD, DP
Council gave second reading approval to the request to rezone 300 Gervais Street from C-3, DD to C-3,DD, DP which is General Commercial, Design Development, Design Preservation. The State Budget and Control Board, current owner, desires to have the property designated as an individual historic landmark to provide protection from future demolition. First reading was given at the public hearing on March 8, 2000.
CONFIRMATION OF CURRENT ZONING CLASSIFICATIONS OF THE FOLLOWING RECENTLY ANNEXED PROPERTIES (Items 6 through 14)
Council gave second reading approval to confirm the zoning classifications of the following recently annexed properties. First reading was given at the public hearing on March 8, 2000.
6. #00-10 MA. 1004 Veteran’s Road - TMS 16303-12-10; Confirm RS-2 Zoning
7. #00-11 MA. 6825 N. Main Street & Parcel on NW side of N. Main - TMS 11814-1-4 & 7; Confirm M-1 Zoning
8. #00-12 MA. 1139 & 731 Bush River Road - TMS 7308-1-8 & 9; Confirm C-3 Zoning
9. #00-13 MA. 528 Bush River Road - TMS 7304-5-1; Confirm C-3 Zoning
10. #00-14 MA. Parcel 4, Columbiana Station - TMS 2797-1-5(p) & TMS 2797-1-5(p); Confirm C-3 Zoning
11. #00-15 MA. Parcel 7, Columbiana Station - TMS 2797-01-39(p) & TMS 2797-1-5(p); Confirm C-3 Zoning
12. #00-16 MA - Parcel 10, Columbiana Station - TMS 2797-1-38(p) & TMS 2797-1-5(p); Confirm C-3 Zoning
13. #00-17 MA - Parcel 6, Columbiana Station - TMS 2763-1-8(p); TMS 2797-1-38(p) & TMS 2797-1-5(p); Confirm C-3 Zoning
14. #00-18 MA - Parcel 14, Columbiana Station - TMS 2763-1-8(p); TMS 2797-1-38(p) & TMS 2797-1-5(p); Confirm C-3 Zoning
15. Ordinance No. 2000-017 Annexing 103 Beaver Lake Drive, Lot 34, Block D4, Woodcreek Farms, Portion of Richland County TMS #28800
Council gave second reading approval to the request to annex 103 Beaver Lake Drive, Lot 34, Block D4, Woodcreek Farms. The property will retain the current PUD-R zoning classification, and is located in Council District 4. First reading was given at the public hearing on March 8, 2000. Upon approval, annexation will be effective April 15, 2000.
16. Ordinance No. 2000-018 Annexing Parcels Bounded by Garland Street, Hemlock Road and Oakdale Street known as Richland County TMS #11206-06-10; a Twenty (20') Foot Wide Parcel Around the Entire Perimeter of Richland County TMS #11206-01-02; Richland County TMS #11206-06-01, 15 and 18; and Richland County TMS #11202-08-02
Council gave second reading approval to the request to annex property on Garland Street, Hemlock Road and Oakdale Street. The property is owned by Budwiser of Columbia. The property will retain the current M-1 and C-3 zoning classifications upon annexation, and is located in Council District 1. First reading was given at the public hearing on March 8, 2000.
B. CONSIDERATION OF BIDS
1. Council approved the request to contract with Aqua Seal Manufacturing, the low bidder, to re-roof 1225 Laurel Street building for a total cost of $73,522.
2. Council approved the request to purchase three Thermal Imaging Cameras for the Fire Department, from Wally’s Fire, the low bidder meeting specifications, for a total cost of $37,800.
3. Council approved the request to purchase a Mini Van for Public Works Administration from Hoover Motors, Inc., using the S. C. State Vehicle Contract, for a total cost of $16,716.
A. SECOND READING
Upon motion by Mr. Davis, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council approved Items 1 and 2 on a single motion. Note: Mr. Papadea did not vote due to a potential conflict of interest on Item 1.
1. Rezoning Map Amendment :#00-06 MA. 7.23 Acres, Howell Court - TMS 11507-04-58 - Annex with rezoning from RG-2 to M-1 – Ordinance No. 2000-016
Council gave second reading approval to the request to rezone and annex property on Howell Court. The request is to rezone from RG-2 to M-1 to allow the development of a parking lot and additional public works building for the City of Columbia on the site. First reading was given at the public hearing on March 8, 2000. Note: Mr. Papadea has a potential conflict of interest with this request.
2. Rezoning Map Amendment: #00-05 MA. Lot 13, Lost Creek Plantation - TMS 5100-03-89(p). Annex with rezoning from County RU to City RS-1 – Ordinance No. 2000-005
Council gave second reading approval to the request to rezone and annex lot 13, Lost Creek Plantation. The current zoning in Richland County is RU and the property will be zoned RS-1 (single family residential) upon annexation. Concerns were expressed during the March 8, public hearing about the lot sizes for the new development of which this lot is a part. Council gave first reading approval to the request at the public hearing on March 8, 2000.
VI. RESOLUTIONS AND AGREEMENTS
A. Resolution No. R-2000-011 - Release and Abandonment of a Portion of the City’s Existing Sanitary Sewer Easement along Bush river Road for Chick-Fil-A; CF#248-16
Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council unanimously
approved Resolution R-2000-011 for the release and abandonment of
a portion of an existing sanitary sewer easement along Bush River Road
at the Chick-Fil-A restaurant. A portion of the existing sanitary
sewer line was relocated for construction of the restaurant; therefore,
this easement is no longer needed.
VII. APPOINTMENT OF MINISTERIAL RECORDER FOR MUNICIPAL COURT
Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council unanimously approved the appointment of Ms. Sarah K. Hoyle, a warrant clerk in the municipal Court, as ministerial recorder.
VIII. APPEARANCE OF PUBLIC HAVING BUSINESS WITH CITY COUNCIL
No one appeared before Council at this time.
Council returned to work session as 10:40 a.m.
Vivian A. Krigline
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