City of Columbia Parks and Recreation to Close South End of Riverfront Park Due to Construction
 
City of Columbia Parks and Recreation will close the south end of Riverfront Park (312 Laurel St.) on Thursday, September 17 and Friday, September 18.
 
Contractors will be boring into the canal levee to assess soils using drill rigs. Guests can still access the restrooms and fitness area, but will not be able to cross the pedestrian bridge. Guests can also still visit the north end of the park at 4122 River Drive, but travel south of Interstate 126 will be prohibited.
 
Work will conclude on the evening of Friday the 18th, and normal park operations (6 a.m. – 9 p.m. daily) will resume.
Millwood Avenue Resurfacing Project Underway
In mid-2019, SCDOT approached the City of Columbia with a partnership opportunity to improve safety along Millwood Avenue for all users. Staff of both agencies worked together to develop an alternative striping plan to accompany the resurfacing project. The alternative striping plan presented to the public included adding turn lanes, bike lanes and other safety improvements.
 
Starting in May 2020, Phase One of the Millwood Avenue Resurfacing began with selective repairs, starting at Gervais Street, and continuing southwest towards Gladden Street. Phase Two will occur in the future from Gladden Street to Devine Street.
 
The planned improvements will create a more effective, standardized lane width throughout the corridor. The proposed lane  configuration does not does not reduce the number of vehicular travel lanes and no changes to the overall width of the road are proposed.
With the above noted changes bike lanes will be provided from Gervais to Devine over the course of two phases. No loss of on-street parking will occur, except for two spaces near the intersection of Millwood and Tree to provide safety improvements at the transit stop and create better sight distances.
 
Currently, the safety improvements and paving of Millwood Ave is on schedule for this paving season with phase one beginning on Sunday, September 13, 2020 and ending around September 30, 2020, weather permitting.
Virtual Mayor’s Walk Against Domestic Violence

The 2020 Mayor’s Walk Against Domestic Violence will be held virtually Saturday, October 10. Participants are asked to join in and show their support by going for a walk in their own neighborhoods, local parks, and other outdoor areas throughout Columbia.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and for the 14th year, Mayor Steve Benjamin and Councilwoman Tameika Isaac Devine are hosting the annual walk, which will be taking place virtually this year due to the global pandemic. Participants are encouraged to walk alone or with their family members (households). If someone chooses to walk with a group or with friends, they are urged to wear a mask and practice social distancing. By joining in and walking in parks and neighborhoods within the community, participants will help in raising awareness about the abuse and violence that is taking place in our community. The first 500 people who register will have the opportunity to pick up a registration packet and gift as well as a yard sign to be displayed at their homes, showing their support in taking steps against domestic violence.
 
There is no cost to participate, but registration is required at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-mayors-walk-against-domestic-violence-tickets-120247063203?aff=affiliate1 Participants can also search “Virtual Mayors Walk Against Domestic Violence” on the Eventbrite website to register.
For more information, contact the Public Relations, Media and Marketing Department at pio@columbiasc.gov.
City of Columbia to Host #LoveColumbiaSC Photo Challenge
The #LoveColumbiaSC Challenge is a City initiative that encourages citizens of Columbia to submit photos via social media of the places they love in the city. Therefore, citizens will be tasked with submitting photos of their favorite places within City limits. The City of Columbia Photo Challenge, #LoveColumbiaSC, began in 2014 as a way to increase community engagement, expand public knowledge of the City’s social media sites and increase the use of technology to interact with citizens. To enter the contest, you must tag the City of Columbia in your photo on the social media platform and use hashtag #LoveColumbiaSC to identify a contest entry.
 
WHO: City of Columbia
 
WHAT:
 
Image Submission:
Submit images that include landscapes, structures, buildings or historical monuments. The photos MUST include images that are within the city limits. The winning photo will be based on the total number of “likes, favorites, retweets, etc. that are received by September 30, 2020. To enter the contest, social media users MUST tag the City of Columbia on the social media platform and use #LoveColumbiaSC to identify a contest entry.
 
There will be three photos chosen and they will include one photo from Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The winner will be decided by the number of votes from followers on each of the social media platforms.
   
WHEN: The #LoveColumbiaSC Photo Challenge will held on the City’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter media platforms from now until September 30, 2020.

WHERE: City limits of Columbia, South Carolina
 
FOLLOW US TO PARTICIPATE:
Instagram: @wearecolumbia
Twitter: @cityofcolumbia
Facebook: @cityofcolumbia
Planning Commission | Monday, September 14, 2020
 
In the interest of public health and authorized by City Council Ordinance 2020-032, the City of Columbia Planning Commission will conduct a virtual meeting on Monday, September 14th, 2020 at 5:15 p.m.
 
Members of the public and/or media who want to observe the meetings may do so remotely, by
 
2.      E-Mail: Submit letters and statements to COCBoardMeeting@ColumbiaSC.gov leading up to and/or during the meeting.
3.      Phone: Call 855-925-2801. When prompted, please enter the meeting code: 7934
1.      (star one) *1 will allow you to listen
2.      (star two) *2 will allow you to record a voice mail message that will be read into the record.
3.      (star three) *3 will allow a participant to be placed in a queue, so they may speak live when prompted
 
As this is an ever-evolving situation, please continue to monitor www.columbiasc.gov for additional information.
 
Questions can be directed to Zoning by calling (803) 545-3333 or by e-mailing John.Fellows@ColumbiaSC.gov. For additional information, please visit our website at www.columbiasc.net/planning-boards-commissions.

See the attached agenda here.
The City of Columbia Office of Business Opportunities Annual Mentor Protégé Program Meeting
 
WHAT: Columbia Office of Business Opportunities Annual Mentor Protégé Program Meeting.

WHO: The City of Columbia Office of Business Opportunities to hold conference call for all Mentor Protégé Program participants. New firms interested in participating in the program are encouraged to join as well.

WHEN: Dates Changed to Tuesday, September 29, 2020 and Thursday, October 1,2020 

WHERE: For more information and to register, please go to
The City of Columbia Partners with DHEC and Prisma Health to Offer Free COVID-19 Testing

 WHO: The City of Columbia, DHEC and Prisma Health
 
WHAT: The City of Columbia has partnered with DHEC and Prisma Health to host COVID-19 mobile testing clinic in the City limits. Screening and specimen collection is free through the mobile clinics, which is part of DHEC’s efforts to increase testing across the state.
 
WHEN: Wednesday, September 2, 2020 to Tuesday, September 29, 2020
 
WHERE: Pardon and Parole (Old Building) 2204 Lee St, Columbia 29205
 
To stay updated with current mobile testing clinics, please visit http://scdhec.gov/covid19testing
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. 
Columbia City Council

Stephen K. Benjamin
Mayor
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