2017-09-08 / Government / Neighborhood

Columbia City Council passes resolutions to run winter shelter

By Josh Cruse


Mayor Steve Benjamin proclaimed September 5, 2017, as Supporting the Goals of Solarize South Carolina Day. The proclamation was received by Mary Pat Baldauf and Sara Rajca. Mayor Steve Benjamin proclaimed September 5, 2017, as Supporting the Goals of Solarize South Carolina Day. The proclamation was received by Mary Pat Baldauf and Sara Rajca. Columbia City Council held its monthly meeting Tuesday, September 5.

Council passed four resolutions regarding homeless services. The first authorized the city manager to execute a professional services agreement for the Housing First program between the City of Columbia and the University of South Carolina for the 2017-2018 fiscal year.

Another resolution authorized the city manager to execute a professional services extension agreement between the City of Columbia and the United Way of the Midlands for the regional coordination of homeless services in the Midlands.

The following resolution authorized the city manager to execute an agreement between the City of Columbia and the Midlands Housing Alliance.

The final resolution authorized the city manager to execute an inclement weather service agreement between the City of Columbia and the United Way of the Midlands for operation of the inclement weather center.


Mayor Steve Benjamin proclaimed September 2017 as Kinship Care Month. Megan Branham and Erin Hall received the proclamation. Mayor Steve Benjamin proclaimed September 2017 as Kinship Care Month. Megan Branham and Erin Hall received the proclamation. A final resolution approved authorized the city manager to execute a letter of intent between the City of Columbia and Jeannie M. Rubin for the purchase of 1231 Blanding Street.

Council denied a request, by way of a motion from Howard Duvall, to grant a franchise to Chick-Fil-A in Five Points for operation of a stationary sidewalk vending cart at the northeast corner of Main and Lady Streets.

Duvall made a subsequent motion to send the ordinance, originally written in 2002, to the Economic and Development committee for further evaluation. The motion passed 7-0.


Mayor Steve Benjamin proclaimed September 25-October 1 as Diaper Need Awareness Week. Ayanna and Amina White received the proclamation. Mayor Steve Benjamin proclaimed September 25-October 1 as Diaper Need Awareness Week. Ayanna and Amina White received the proclamation. Council approved the first reading of an ordinance granting a franchise to Slidr.

Council approved a request for installation of additional street lighting on Eureka Street and the Highland Park Neighborhood.

Another request receiving approval asked for a certificate of convenience and necessity to Matthew Koleske for doing business as SC Pedal Parlor.

The final request that was approved asked to allocate up to $250,000 from liquor rebate funds for eligible capital expenses for the Hyatt Park Improvement Project.

Josh Speed and Marcellous

Primus was appointed, and Charles Salley was re-appointed, to the Board of Zoning Appeals.

Selena Pickens was re-appointed to the Columbia Housing Authority.

Randall Roberts was appointed to the Columbia Tree and Appearance Commission.


Mayor Steve Benjamin proclaimed September 5, 2017 Laura Spong Day. Mayor Steve Benjamin proclaimed September 5, 2017 Laura Spong Day. Fred Monk was appointed to the Parks and Recreation Foundation.

Scott Lindenberg was appointed to the Richland County Board of Assessment Appeals.

Mike Velasco was appointed to the Riverbanks Park Commission.



Kiara Hayes was recognized for receiving the National Bronze Medal in the NAACP ACT-SO Olympics. Kiara Hayes was recognized for receiving the National Bronze Medal in the NAACP ACT-SO Olympics.

Janice Alonso received a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the Fiscal Year ending June 30, 2016. This is the fourth year in a row the City of Columbia received the award. Janice Alonso received a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the Fiscal Year ending June 30, 2016. This is the fourth year in a row the City of Columbia received the award.

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