City Council
Virtual Meeting
Tuesday, February 16, 2021 1:00 PM, Columbia, SC 29201
City Council Extends Mask/Face Coverings and Temporary Suspension of Meetings

In the interest of public health, the Columbia City Council voted to extend an emergency ordinance and amend certain emergency ordinances related to COVID-19 during their virtual City Council meeting on Tuesday, February 2, 2021.

Please read the full ordinance here.
Advertisement of Vacancies on Various Boards and Commissions
The City of Columbia is accepting applications to fill several vacancies on the following boards and commissions.  
Columbia Housing Authority – Resident Commissioner
Seeking to fill one (1) vacancy.
Seeking one (1) Applicant to appoint as Resident Commissioner. Applicant must reside within the city limits and must be a participant in one of Columbia Housing’s housing programs. The mission of the Columbia Housing Authority is “to meet the emerging affordable housing needs of low to moderate-income individuals and families in Columbia and Richland County while promoting self-reliance and improving their quality of life”. Term – 5 years.
Resident Commissioner Requirements:   
1.      SC state law governing the appointment of a Resident Commissioner to Columbia Housing’s Board of Commissioners.
“The council shall appoint not less than five nor more than seven persons as commissioners of the authority created for the municipality. At least one of the commissioners appointed shall be a person who is directly assisted by the public housing authority”. SC Public Housing Authority Statue, Article 5, City Housing Authorities, Section 31-3-340
1.      Federal law governing the appointment of a Resident Commissioner to Columbia Housing’s Board of Commissioners.
“The membership of the governing board of each public housing agency must contain not less than one eligible resident board member.” United States Department of Housing & Urban Development code of federal regulations 964.415(a)
1.      Must be a resident of the City of Columbia participating in one of Columbia Housing programs.
1.      Housing Choice Voucher Program Participant (aka Section 8
1.      Public Housing Resident residing at one of the following properties;
1.      Marion Street High-rise
2.      Latimer Manor
3.      Dorrah-Randall
4.      Reserves at Faraway
5.      Arrington Manor
6.      Single Family Homes
7.      Oak Reed High-rise
8.      Villages at Rivers Edge
9.      Eastover
10.  Hammond Village
1.      Must be available to attend monthly Board Meetings. The Board of Commissioners meets virtually at 4:30 pm on the third Thursday at each month via zoom.
1.      Must not acquire any interest, direct or indirect, in any project or in any property included or planned to be included in any project, nor shall he or she have any interest, direct or indirect, in any contract or proposed contract for materials or services to be furnished or used in connection with any project.
2.      Must not be a member of any other board, commission or committee, perform any official function, or have any private or official contractual relationship with the Housing Authority of the City of Columbia other than as a tenant, or hold any elective public office.
*This is not a paid position. Service is voluntary.

Deadline –Applications are due no later March 5, 2021 at 5pm.  

Municipal Court Opening Courthouse Payment Windows and Drive Thru
In-person Court Appearances Still Suspended
By Order of Chief Justice Beatty of the South Carolina Supreme Court, in-person Court appearances have been suspended until further notice. However, the courthouse payment windows and drive thru will be open for payments and any other inquiries. 
If you miss your court date due to the court closure, your case will be rescheduled and a new court date notification will be sent to you by mail. Please make sure the court has your correct address. If your address has changed, we must receive the new address in writing by bring it to our payment window, mail it to Post Office Box 644 Columbia, SC 29202 or Fax to 803-545-3193. 
Please include your name, original court date and ticket/warrant number. Fine payments can be made at our payment windows, drive thru, online from this web page under the Court Payments tab or mail your check or money order payment to Post Office Box 644 Columbia, SC 29202.  Preliminary Hearings will continue to be conducted virtually (via invitation) through Web-Ex.
City’s Pet of the Week: Hampton (ID# A268202)
 Hampton is our adoptable pet of the week! This handsome Labrador retriever mix already knows sit and down and is very gentle about his treats. He has done well with other large dogs but prefers calmer ones. Though 7 years old, he has plenty of pep in his step left and can be a bit nosey- he wants to know what everyone is doing all the time! Come meet our handsome gentleman Hampton!
This loving “furbaby” has already been spayed, micro-chipped, and is currently ready to meet her “furever” family.
Visit other pets available for adoption at the Columbia Animal Shelter, 127 Humane Lane. Visit or call 803-776-PETS for more information.
All of our pets need loving homes! To view other animals available for adoption, visit Please refer to the ID number listed above when visiting the website.
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Federal Government Notifies Southeastern States of Possible Vaccine Shipping Delays
South Carolina will continue to receive full weekly allotments;
severe weather could impact vaccine shipping hubs

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) today provided the following update:
The federal government has made South Carolina and other southeastern states aware that severe weather may delay the arrival of COVID-19 vaccine shipments over the next few days. Severe weather has the potential to impact the FedEx facility in Memphis and the UPS facility in Lousiville that are vaccine shipping hubs for several southeastern states. 
The majority of hospitals and large vaccine providers in South Carolina receive their vaccine shipments directly from the federal government, and any shipping delays are beyond DHEC's control. DHEC has been in contact with all providers who receive their vaccines directly from the federal government, and the agency will provide additional information as we receive it. 
South Carolina will continue to receive its full weekly allotments of vaccine. However, some providers may need to reschedule some appointments due to possible federal shipping delays. 
DHEC continues to urge all providers to hold by-appointment-only vaccine clinics and not hold large-scale or walk-in clinics in order to appropriately manage their limited doses of vaccine supplies and to help limit the need for any appointments to be rescheduled. By-appointment-only clinics are the best way to ensure South Carolinians receive their shots as quickly and easily as possible.
For the latest vaccine information in South Carolina, visit
Follow these easy steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:

 1.      Wash hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.

2.      If soap and warm water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

3.      Clean surfaces frequently with disinfecting supplies (telephones, keyboards, copiers, printers, desks, etc.)

4.      Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other individuals

5.      Do no gather in crowds and groups.
6.      Maximize social distancing among co-workers and the public.

Remember, Safety Starts with an “S” but it begins with “YOU”.
Let’s continue to unite and fight the spread of the Coronavirus. 
City Leaders

Stephen K. Benjamin
Sam Davis
Councilman District I
Tameika Isaac Devine
Councilwoman At-Large
Howard E. Duvall, Jr.
Councilman At-Large
Edward H. McDowell, Jr.
Councilman District II
Daniel J. Rickenmann
Councilman District IV
Will Brennan
Councilman District III
Teresa Wilson
City Manager