October 27 Meeting Minutes

Rosewood Community Council Meeting, October 27, 2011
Hamilton-Owens Field Airport Conference Room

Law Enforcement Reports

Columbia Police Captain Sharp and Officer Brink reported on two incidents in the Rosewood area from September 25th until today.  One was an intimidating phone call between individuals that was an isolated incident.  The other was a burglary in the 3100 block of Rosewood Drive.

Deputy Buzhardt with the Richland County Sheriff’s Office spoke on crime in the unincorporated areas of Rosewood. Concerns were shared about the perception of slow responses to calls in those areas.

Councilmembers and Candidates

Candidate for City Council District 3, Moe Baddourah, spoke on his concerns about crime in Rosewood.  He plans to install cameras at major intersections in the neighborhood if elected. Seth Rose, who will be the county councilman for Rosewood after redistricting is approved, introduced himself to the neighborhood.  He says he asked to represent the Rosewood neighborhood under the new plan and is looking forward to representing us.

Rosewood Elementary Grant

Rosewood Elementary is undergoing a traffic calming study to more safely enable students to bike and walk to school.  They were awarded a Safe Route to Schools grant in 2007 to pay for the study and the improvements.  Some Rosewood streets, including Prentice and South Walker, are currently being surveyed as a part of this process.  More information here:  http://www.saferoutesinfo.org/data-central/success-stories/columbia-south-carolina-comprehensive-srts-program-rosewood-elementary

Zoning Updates
Updates on recent zoning issues before the Board of Zoning Appeals and City Council:

  1. Community Character (interim measures) passed City Council on October 11, 2011 and is in effect in Rosewood for 2 years.  More information here: http://columbia.sc.gov/index.cfm/development-gateway/planning-and-development-services/preservation-and-design/community-character-protection/

  2. The Montessori School of Columbia was given a special exception to expand operations to the other side of Oceola Street.

  3. Hawg Scooters, 1928 Rosewood Drive, was granted a special exception to open a scooter store.

Parks

  1. SCE&G has agreed to refurbish Rosewood and Valencia Parks.  We’re waiting to hear back on what improvements will be made.

  2. The city is paving Rosewood Park.  They will be developing a rain garden to catch the runoff from the newly paved lot.

  3. RCC officers are meeting with CPD, City Parks, and Councilwoman Gergel on Friday to discuss crime issues and problems with cursing and rough behavior at Owens Field Park.

  4. Rosewood resident and RCC member Foster Yarborough and two of his neighbors expressed their concerns over people who were letting their dogs run free in Bates Park without leashes against city ordinance. Also, they are not picking up after their dogs.  The dogs are causing problems to the neighbors around Bates Park.  They emphasized that they were not opposed to dogs in the park but were disturbed that the dogs were causing problems. Because of this, those neighbors in attendance wanted to make sure there were no plans to make Bates Park an official dog park. 

Upcoming events

    • The Community Orchard Planting will be Saturday morning, November 5, 9:30 a.m., at Owens-Field Park, between the skate park and the track.  A pot luck lunch will be held after at City Roots.  Participants may sign up here: http://communityorchard.eventbrite.com

    • Meeting attendees were encouraged to attend the newly-formed Central Rosewood Neighborhood Association meeting on November 3, 6:30 pm, at the Rosewood Elementary cafeteria.  Columbia Police Chief Randy Scott will be speaking.

    • There was not a quorum, so elections were postponed to the next meeting.
    • Meeting attendees were encouraged to attend three planning sessions the city is holding for the Rosewood Neighborhood and Corridor Study.  The first is a drop-in tonight from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. so there is still time to make it over there tonight.  Future dates are December 15, 2011 and February 16, 2012.

    • RCC’s next meeting will be January 19, 2012, 6:30 p.m. at the Hamilton-Owens Field airport conference room.

Respectfully Submitted,

Cyndy Storm
RCC Secretary

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