2017-04-21 / Government / Neighborhood

Columbia City Council creates a food policy committee, proclaims May as National Bike Month

By Josh Cruse

Columbia City Council held its monthly meeting Tuesday, April 19.

Council approved a resolution to create a City of Columbia Food Policy Committee. The motion to approve the resolution was made by Howard Duvall, who had originally expressed concerns about the resolution at the previous meeting.

Mayor Steve Benjamin proclaimed May 2017 National Bike and Bicycle Safety Month, May 15-19 as Bike to Work week, and May 19 as Bike to Work day.

With May being National Bike and Bicycle Safety Month, Gosselin announced a number of activities planned, including the City of Columbia Mayor’s bike and walk summit May 4 and 5. Bike to the Ballpark is scheduled for May 7, Ride of Silence is May 17, and Bike Movie Night is May 31.

Among the initiatives BPAC has assisted with are the yield to pedestrian and bicycle guidance signs on Main Street and a collaboration on watermarked Vista projects.

Keith Gosselin, the chairman of the Bike and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, gave an update.

Gosselin said the committee would like to see council set an annual budget allocating funds for pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure, install bike facilities which circulate downtown, prioritize the implementation of catalyst projects identified in Walk Bike Columbia, and ensure regulatory and departmental inclusion of pedestrian and bicyclist considerations in development, design, and infrastructure processes.

The City of Columbia’s information technology services department was recognized as the 2016 Silver State Electronics Challenge award recipient.

Randy Davis, the director of Parks and Recreation Department, gave a presentation on the Beltline property development concept. The idea is to turn a 17 acre piece of property on Beltline Road near Interstate 277 and Lester Drive into a Co-op, an urban farm, and a park.

Approximately 290 parking spots would be included for the entire space.

Included in the concept are a vegetation field and livestock for the urban farm and a multisports field for the park.

Council approved

• an ordinance granting a franchise to Di Wangwright for operation of a stationary sidewalk vending cart in the midblock pad near 1333 Main Street.

• the first reading of an ordinance authorizing the city manager to execute a fourth amendment to the lease agreement between the City of Columbia and First Citizens Bank and Trust Company, Inc. for the property 1225 Lady Street.

• the first reading of an ordinance to repeal an encroachment ordinance to Kelly’s Deli & Pub at 1001 Washington Street.

• first reading that granted an encroachment to The Aristocrat for use of the tree zone area of the 1000 block of Washington Street located between the sidewalk and curb adjacent to 1001 Washington Street for placement and maintenance of a concrete patio with brick border, three tables, and 12 chairs for use by its patrons for outdoor dining during normal business hours of 4:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday.

• a resolution authorizing the condemnation of an easement acquisition for sanitary sewer upgrades for Greenlawn Drive Outfall to Hampton Forest.

• the release and abandonment of the City of Columbia sewer easements for the Lake Katherine sewer line capacity enhancement project along 1618 Graeme Drive.

• authorization for the city manager to execute an intergovernmental agreement between Richland County and the City of Columbia for the Lake Katherine sediment removal project.

• and finally, the honorary naming of the 2200 block of Barhamvile Road between Chestnut and Gordon Streets as “Bishop Edward Smith Way.”

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