The City of Columbia City Council met for a District II Evening Meeting on Wednesday, October 6, 2004, in the Theater at Edventure Children’s Museum, 211 Gervais Street, Columbia, South Carolina. The Honorable Mayor Robert D. Coble called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. Council members present were The Honorable E. W. Cromartie, II, The Honorable Sam Davis, The Honorable Tameika Isaac Devine and The Honorable Daniel J. Rickenmann. Absent were The Honorable Anne M. Sinclair due to a business trip and The Honorable Hamilton Osborne, Jr. Also present were Mr. Charles P. Austin, Sr., City Manager and Ms. Erika D. Moore, City Clerk.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
1. Minutes of September 15 and 22, 2004
Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Ms. Devine, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion the Minutes of September 15 and 22, 2004 as presented.
**Mayor Coble recognized Boy Scout Troop #100 and Mr. Bill McCarthy of the St. Joseph Catholic Church. These young men are in attendance tonight to witness government in action and to earn their merit badges.
Councilman E. W. Cromartie, II stated that he was delighted to conduct the first City Council Evening Meeting at EdVenture. He said that this meeting would allow us to showcase EdVenture and the outstanding work they’re doing for children. Mr. Cromartie stated that this would also allow us to bring in the various neighborhoods that make up the Vista and the downtown area. He recognized and thanked Mr. Jack Edgerton, Adluh Flour, Mr. Chuck Watson, Mellow Mushroom and Mr. Tom Jackson, Palmetto Candy for providing refreshments for this evening.
2. Greetings from EdVenture Children’s Museum – Ms. Catherine Horne, President / Chief Executive Officer
Ms. Catherine Horne introduced the Board of Directors to the members of City Council. On behalf of the south’s largest children’s museum, she welcomed City Council and the citizens of Columbia to EdVenture Children’s Museum. She invited those in attendance to tour the facility at the conclusion of the meeting. She announced that in two days EdVenture would be celebrating its 11th month anniversary. Ms. Horne said that they have had over 225,000 daytime visitors from 49 states and 50% of the visitors were adults. She told Council that they are considering campaigning to see whom the first visitor would be from North Dakota.
Dr. Louis B. Lynn, Board of Trustees Chairman of Governmental Affairs Committee, thanked the members of City Council also.
Mr. Bradley Anderson, Ex-Officio Board of Director, Assistant Fire Chief, and Member of the State Fireman’s Association said that EdVenture provides Dalmatian Station, a public fire education experience that is state of the art and world class. He said that this component is an asset to the Columbia Fire Department and the City of Columbia as a whole.
3. Greetings from the Vista Guild – Mr. Tom Jackson, President
Mr. Tom Jackson, Vista Guild President, welcomed everyone to the Vista. He introduced the members of the Vista Guild and explained the nineteen-year history of the organization, which is comprised of business owners, property owners, merchants and residents. He announced that Vista Lights would open the holiday season on November 18, 2004. He thanked the City of Columbia for Hospitality Tax funding that was utilized to update the website (www.vistacolumbia.com) with links to businesses and events. Mr. Jackson also announced that Ms. Kay Hampton of the Columbia Development Corporation would be presenting Wi Fi demonstrations at Willy’s Bar and Grill.
4. Greetings from the Arsenal Hill Neighborhood Association - Mr. Paul Moore, President
Mr. Paul Moore, Arsenal Hill Neighborhood Association President, introduced residents of the Arsenal Hill Neighborhood Association. He described Arsenal Hill as a culturally and economically diverse neighborhood that has been in existence for more than two (2) centuries. He said that according to the Columbia Council of Neighborhoods, Huger Street, Elmwood Avenue, Assembly Street and Gervais Street bound this community. Mr. Moore said that Arsenal Hill exists on planned streets from 1786 and is inclusive of almost one-fourth of Columbia’s original boundaries. He stated that the history of this neighborhood is very important, so they started photographing many of the historic structures. He added that they have met with Ms. Krista Hampton the City’s Historic Preservation Planner to establish a level of historic designation for the neighborhood to maintain its historic nature and to impose flexible zoning requirements for new development. He said that they are also seeking support in the effort to prohibit developers from converting residential properties into commercial properties within Arsenal Hill. Mr. Moore invited everyone to attend the monthly community meetings at their community center located at 1800 Lincoln Street. He requested photos and information related to the history of Arsenal Hill.
5. Greetings from the City Center Partnership – Mr. Matt Kennell, Executive Director
Mr. Matt Kennell explained how the Business Improvement District was created and the role that it has taken in reviving the downtown area. He said that the Business Improvement District was established in 2001 and since it was created, there has been a ten to one return on the city’s investment. He said that the City Center Partnership is working to make downtown Columbia a premiere family destination. He announced that the City Center is implementing a residential database to track the record-breaking occupancy levels. He said that they are developing a downtown residential. He thanked the members of City Council for supporting the new Downtown Business Alliance. The Columbia Development Corporation and the City Center Partnership won a bid to host the 2006 Conference of the International Downtown Association with Columbia being the smallest city to ever host this conference. Mr. Kennell said that the City Center Partnership has an agreement with the Five Points Association to share the staff of the Clean and Safe Programs.
6. Double Dutch Force Performance – Ms. Joy Holman, Athletic Specialist
Ms. Joy Holman, Parks & Recreation Athletic Specialist, announced the many outstanding accomplishments of the Double Dutch Team over the past twenty (20) years while the Double Dutch Force performed many exciting stunts such as the ladder and the elevator.
7. Greetings from the Columbia Development Corporation – Mr. Fred Delk, Executive Director
Mr. Ned Pendarvis, Columbia Development Corporation Chair, thanked the members of Council for their continued support. He recognized the other board members that were in attendance. He said that this is great time to be in the City of Columbia.
Mr. Fred Delk, Columbia Development Corporation Director, displayed the progress of the Vista through a PowerPoint presentation. He announced that the Columbia Development Corporation is celebrating their 20th Anniversary. Mr. Delk stated that Publix recently opened on Gervais Street due to the adaptive reuse of a historic structure; the Renaissance Plaza is under construction now; and seven (7) new homes will be built within Arsenal Hill. He said that the 23-acre site at CanalSide could generate $150 million in development. He noted that Pleasant’s Hardware could generate $25 million dollars in residential property development. He encouraged everyone to think about the development that could occur at Kline Iron and Steel and the Bus Barn on Huger Street, collectively representing 20 acres of prime development property at a key intersection. He also mentioned ten (10) acres of the Hoeffer Property and the Richland County Court site and the thirty - (30) acres owned by the Guignard Family. He stated that the Columbia Development Corporation would continue to work with private developers and public / private partnerships to help them find their way through the maze of development and working with the city. Mr. Delk said they would conduct a pedestrian safety study looking at all streets to determine what areas are dark and where we have bad sidewalks. He said they will also doing a market analysis and designing business locator signs.
Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Ms. Devine, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion the Consent Agenda Items 8. through 14. as amended.
8. Council is asked to approve a request from the Residents of Chester Street to close the 700 block of Chester Street between Gadsden Street and Wayne Street and Wayne Street between Aiken Street and Chester Street on Saturday, October 23, 2004 from 4:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. for a Neighborhood Block Party. Contact: Ms. Jennifer Powers – Approved
9. Council is asked to approve a request from the residents of Rickenbaker Road and Burwell Lane to close Rickenbaker Road between Datura Road and Burwell Lane on Sunday, October 24, 2004 from 3:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. for a neighborhood block party. Contact: Mr. James Reid Rain date: Sunday, November 7, 2004. – Approved
10. Council is asked to approve a request from the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center to close Calhoun Street behind the Salvation Army Facility between Main Street and Assembly Street on Friday, October 29, 2004 from 7:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. for “Stand Down for the Homeless”. Contact: Ms. Patricia Bradford, Program Director – Approved subject to the sponsor hiring off duty officers for traffic and crowd control and the sponsor is required to clean up within a one-block radius following the event.
11. Council is asked to approve a request from the Columbia Action Council to close Blanding Street between Pickens Street and Henderson Street on Sunday, October 17, 2004 from 12:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. for Autumn at the Mills. Contact: Ms. Judy Stringer, Executive Director – Approved subject to the following: 1) The sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages will cease one hour prior to the end of the event; 2) The area within a one-block radius will be cleaned following the event; and 3) The Event Sponsor will hire off duty officers for traffic and crowd control.
12. Council is asked to approve a request from the University of South Carolina Department of Student Life to close the 1300 and 1400 blocks of Greene Street between Sumter Street and Bull Street on Friday, November 5, 2004 at 7:00 a.m. through Friday, November 12, 2004 at 4:30 p.m. for the Habitat for Humanity Building Project. Contact: Mr. Jerry Brewer, Director – Approved subject to the University Police being responsible for opening and closing the Greene Street gates.
CONSIDERATION OF BIDS & AGREEMENTS
12a. **Council is asked to approve a Modification to Employment
Agreement, as requested by the Legal Department. Award to Mr. Charles
P. Austin, Sr., City Manager. – Approved
ORDINANCES – SECOND READING
13. Ordinance No.: 2004-090 – Request for approval to Grant an easement to the SC department of Transportation along a portion of city property for the North Main Street streetscape project, identified as Richland county TMS# 09109-08-09 (North Columbia Fire Station); CF # 250-169 First reading approval on September 22, 2004. – Approved on second reading.
14. Ordinance No.: 2004-091 – Authorizing acceptance of 3305 Piedmont Avenue, Richland County TMS # 11508-16-03 from the Columbia Housing Development Corporation in exchange for the transfer of 2.42 acres (Parcel “A”), Carver Street, Richland County TMS# 11508-07-01 (portion) First reading approval on September 22, 2004. – Approved on second reading.
CONSIDERATION OF BIDS, AGREEMENTS & CHANGE ORDERS
Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Rickenmann, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion Items 15., 16. and 18. as presented. Item 17. was approved on a separate motion.
15. Council is asked to approve Change Order #2 for Five Points / Rocky Branch, as requested by the Director of Construction and Facilities Management. Award to Trussell Brothers Construction in the amount of $14,073.00. This firm is located in Columbia, SC. Funding Source: Sanitary Sewer Funds – Approved
16. Council is asked to approve Change Order #1 for SS680; Phase III;
Sanitary Sewer to Serve Belvedere Subdivision, as requested by the Engineering
Department. Award to Trussell Brothers Construction, in the amount
of $88,500.00. This firm is located in Columbia, SC. Funding
Source: Sewer Improvement Fund – Upon completion, SCDOT will reimburse
the City of Columbia for all associated cost. Approved
17. Council is asked to approve Project #SD58-9/0, Phase II; Improvements for Winton Avenue/Fairfield Road to Craven Street, as requested by the Utilities and Engineering Department. Award to Henley’s Construction, the low bidder, in the amount of $549,761.00. This firm is located in Cheraw, SC. Funding Source: (GL) 5549999-656200 / (JL) SD8058023-656200
Upon motion by Mr. Davis, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve Project #SD58-9/0, Phase II; Improvements for Winton Avenue/Fairfield Road to Craven Street, as requested by the Utilities and Engineering Department. Award to Henley’s Construction, the low bidder, in the amount of $549,761.00. This firm is located in Cheraw, SC.
18. Council is asked to approve Project #SS720; Administration Building at Metro Wastewater Treatment Plant, as requested by the Utilities and Engineering Department. Award to Ideal Construction, the low bidder in the amount of $4,935,427.00. This firm is located in White Rock, SC. Funding Source: (GL) 5529999-851200 / (JL) SS672001-851200 – Approved
ORDINANCES – FIRST READING
Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Rickenmann, Council voted unanimously to give first reading approval on a single motion to Item 19., 20., 21. and 22. as presented. Item 19a. was approved on a separate motion.
19. Ordinance No.: 2004-070 – Amending the 1998 Code of Ordinances of the City of Columbia, South Carolina, Chapter 4, Animals, Article III, Animal Control, Division 1, Generally, Sec. 4-67, Redemption of impounded pet animals (a) – Approved on first reading.
19a. **Ordinance No.: 2004-089 – An Ordinance Authorizing the City of Columbia, South Carolina, to Enter into and Approving the Form and Terms of an Installment Sale Agreement between the City of Columbia, South Carolina, and the Columbia Public Facilities Corporation; Approving the Form and Terms of a Trust Agreement between Columbia Public Facilities Corporation and a Corporate Trustee Named Therein, in Connection with the Construction and Renovation of Certain Tourism-Related Projects within the City; Consenting in the Installment Sale Agreement to the Issuance of Certificates of Participation, Series 2004, in the Aggregate Principal Amount of not Exceeding $22,000,000; Approving the form of a Certificate Purchase Contract with Columbia Public Facilities Corporation and BB&T Capital Markets; and Other Matters Related Thereto. – Approved on first reading.
Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Rickenmann, Council voted unanimously to give first reading approval to Ordinance No.: 2004-089 – An Ordinance Authorizing the City of Columbia, South Carolina, to Enter into and Approving the Form and Terms of an Installment Sale Agreement between the City of Columbia, South Carolina, and the Columbia Public Facilities Corporation; Approving the Form and Terms of a Trust Agreement between Columbia Public Facilities Corporation and a Corporate Trustee Named Therein, in Connection with the Construction and Renovation of Certain Tourism-Related Projects within the City; Consenting in the Installment Sale Agreement to the Issuance of Certificates of Participation, Series 2004, in the Aggregate Principal Amount of not Exceeding $22,000,000; Approving the form of a Certificate Purchase Contract with Columbia Public Facilities Corporation and BB&T Capital Markets; and Other Matters Related Thereto.
20. Ordinance No.: 2004-092 – Amending the 1998 Code of Ordinances of the City of Columbia, South Carolina, Chapter 14, Offense and Miscellaneous Provisions, Article I, In General, Sec. 14-5, Prohibited acts in city owned parking facilities and lots – Approved on first reading.
21. Ordinance No.: 2004-093 – Authorizing transfer of Burton School Property to Eau Claire Development Corporation – Approved on first reading.
22. Resolution No.: R-2004-059 – Authorizing City Manager to execute a Lease with Prop-Care, Inc. for 2632-B Millwood Avenue - Approved
Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Davis, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion Items 23. and 24.
23. Council is asked to approve a Request for a Certificate of Convenience and Necessity for a Limousine Service, as requested by the Business License Division. Award to Christopher J. Williams and William S. Bell doing business as Southern Chariot, 1600 Quail Grove, Willow Springs, North Carolina. – Approved
24. Council is asked to approve the Destruction of Five Hundred Nineteen (519) Narcotics to include drug paraphernalia, as requested by the Columbia Police Department Evidence Unit. – Approved
APPEARANCE OF PUBLIC HAVING BUSINESS WITH CITY COUNCIL
Mr. Jeffrey Thore, appeared before the members of City Council in opposition to the Four Corners of Hope, Inc., an initiative which began in May 2004 to relocate the homeless population to Shop Road. He protested against the manner in which this corporation was established. He said that a homeless initiative of this size would compromise the lives of the residents around Olympia Avenue and Shop Road. He inquired about a feasibility and impact study. He invited interested parties to attend a community meeting at Bluff Road Park on Thursday, October 7, 2004 at 6:30 p.m. He asked Mayor Coble why wasn’t there a summit five (5) months ago.
Ms. Becky Headden, Palmetto Pig B-B-Q Restaurant Owner, reported that she has had tons of problems with the homeless. She said that the homeless remove locks to gain access to trash containers. She asked what plans do the City have to resolve the problems along the Blossom Street Bridge such as drug dealing.
Mr. Guy Jones, River Runner Outdoor Center, reported that someone stole
a blank check from his business and attempted to cash it two (2) hours
later. He said that once the bank notified him he dialed 911 at 4:55
p.m. before chasing after one (1) suspect. The responding officer
arrived at 5:25 p.m. He said that both suspects would have been apprehended
if it hadn’t taken the police thirty minutes to respond.
Mr. Jahman O. Olulenu, Rosewood Drive business owner, told the members of Council that two police officers and 2 city officials arrived at his place of business to deliver him a letter. He stated that it was a waste of resources to have four employees deliver one letter, because certified mail would have been cheaper. He said that friends are used to intimidate others and to steal their property.
Mr. Barry Walker, Irmo Town Council Member and Macs on Main Owner, appeared before the members of City Council in support of the Four Corners of Hope, Inc. He said that as a board member he sincerely understands Mr. Thore’s concerns. He agreed that the homeless problem is here to stay and we need to act as a community in addressing this because the Lou and Beth Holtz Winter Shelter will close next winter, so we must do something. He said that the Four Corners of Hope, Inc. is comprised of businessmen, gathering resources to get things done. He agreed that there should have been more communication and he hopes that these issues can be resolved at the summit.
Mr. Bill Manley encouraged the members of Council to televise all meetings.
He said that this would’ve been a great meeting to televise. He inquired
about the status of the relocation of the Regional Transit Authority.
He said that they should reconsider relocating to Lucius Road. He
complained about the lack of sidewalks, curbing, gutters, turning lanes
and the width of Sunset Drive. He requested that another traffic
study be done in this area from Broad River Road to North Main Street.
· City Council adjourned the meeting at 7:55 p.m.
Respectfully submitted by:
Erika D. Moore