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City Council approves HomeServe contract extension

Before the City Council meeting November 15 commenced, the City of Columbia held a press conference in council chambers to highlight November as Diabetes Awareness Month. District II Councilman and Mayor Pro-Tem Edward McDowell Jr. kicked off the press conference and then turned it over to representatives from SCDHEC who discussed the impacts diabetes has on the community, specifically in the Midlands.

During the presentation portion at the beginning of the meeting, McDowell read and presented a proclamation recognizing November as Diabetes Awareness Month.

The meeting featured the monthly Zoning Public Hearing, in which council hears cases that have been to the Planning Commission or were placed on the agenda by the Zoning Division in accordance with local and state statutes.

Council approved a three-year contract extension to HomeServe USA Corp., which provides a water and sewer line repair warranty program and services to the city water and sewer utility customers that enroll in the program.

HomeServe has been successful in providing repairs to thousands of customers who have signed up for its service. As of February 2022, approximately 12,469 Columbia residents were enrolled in programs, totaling 22,991 policies for water and sewer service lines. Since its inception, HomeServe has completed 9,349 service line repairs, with estimated savings to Columbia residents of over $3.7 million. The program continues to receive high ratings for customer satisfaction.

The city will also start a new leaf collection option this fall for residents, which allows residents to drop their bagged leaves at designated locations throughout the city. The city has also invested in a new roll off truck with an array of containers that adds to alternative collections services.

Solid Waste will be deploying these containers throughout the city for residents to drop off bagged leaves only and moving them to new locations weekly. Residents are encouraged to use these locations but can still use regular curbside service.

Notices for the container locations will be disseminated via press releases, social media posts, and at

Residents can also stay up to date on container locations, recycling/trash pick-up schedules and more information from Solid Waste by downloading the Columbia, SC Solid Waste mobile app. The app can be found on the Apple and Android app stores. A collection calendar and other sign up options are also available online at

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