Richland County RUNS October 4

Richland County will be hosting a 10k run and a 5k run/walk on Saturday, October 4, at 7:45am, with the race beginning and ending at the Hamilton-Owens airport in Rosewood.

The race–Richland R.U.N.S., a charity road race that celebrates the Rural, Urban, Neighborhoods, and Suburbs of the county–will benefit United Way of the Midlands, and give participants the opportunity to learn about the county’s aviation history. The South Carolina Historic Aviation Foundation hangar will be open for touring.

The neighborhood with the most pre-registered participants will be recognized during the awards ceremony.

Register for Richland R.U.N.S. at www.strictlyrunning.com. More information here.
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April 17, 2014 meeting minutes

Jenna Stephens began the meeting with introductions.  Officer Alex Broder of the City of Columbia Police Department discussed the reorganization of the department’s Pro-Active Community Enforcement (PACE) team.  The PACE team has been decentralized but will continue to be active in the city’s communities.  The south region PACE team will report to a regional captain and have three officers dedicated to the region, in addition to Officer Broder.  Officer Broder encouraged residents to continue to be watchful and vigilant and to report any suspicious behavior they see.

Residents can view local crime statistics using the RAIDS Online website and may contact Officer Broder at (803) 315-9143 or asbroder@columbiasc.net.

Andy Whitfield of the Columbia Tree and Appearance Commission, which serves as an advisory board to the city, discussed the Commission’s request to have the city begin to bury power lines.  The Commission is asking local organizations to adopt its utility resolution, which encourages the city to route power and utility cables underground for safety reasons and aesthetic appearance.  Because it did not have a quorum at the meeting, RCC was unable to take a vote on the resolution but will put forth a vote via e-mail.

Karen Kuse of the Montessori School of Columbia provided an update to the school’s plans.  The school is currently renovating the home at 413 S. Maple St.  It also has a contract on 411 S. Maple, which it plans to renovate for offices, and it intends to eventually tear down the home at 415 S. Maple and build a new classroom building.  The school has also received the title to the street for the block of Oceola between S. Maple and Howard and will close that block to vehicular traffic.  The school had a strategic planning meeting in Feb. 2014 where it solidified its plans for growth.  The school plans to grow to no more than 108 students (87 currently) so that it can maintain small classrooms with personal interaction with students and their families.

Jenna stated that some members of the community have expressed concerns about the overuse and appearance of Owens Field Park.  In addition to the YMCA’s soccer league and the use of the Dreher High School track, a Miracle Field is planned for the park. Mike Miller, vice president of RCC, plans to send a letter to the city’s parks department formally asking the department to assess the use of the park.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:30.

Jan. 16, 2014 Meeting Minutes

Mike Miller, RCC Vice President, called the meeting to order at 6:30 pm. Anne Burke, Michael Juras, and Dan Bilderbach of Columbia Resilience provided a summary of the organization’s purpose and described their planned activities to revitalize the fruit orchard at Owens Field Park. With the permission of the City of Columbia, they intend to build up the soil, plant new fruit trees to replace the trees that have died, and eventually turn the area into a food forest. They asked that residents who have yard clippings, lime, and other organic materials consider leaving them at the orchard site. A cleanup/work day at the orchard will be planned for the last Saturday of each month from 10am to 1pm (or the next day, 1pm-4pm in case of rain). Those interested in volunteering can contact Michael at michael.juras@gmail.com

Karen Kuse of the Montessori School of Columbia presented improvements the school hopes to make to its property, which include an application to close to car traffic the 2800 block of Oceola. Emily Paavola of the school’s board said the school has filed a petition with the Richland County Circuit Court with an allowance for the City of Columbia to respond by Feb.17 to its petition. Ms. Paavola also stated that the recommendation to close the block came from the SCDOT. If the closing of the block is allowed, it will only affect car traffic; bikes and pedestrians would retain access. Residents expressed concerns that closing the block would route school traffic onto another block and asked the school to consider other options such as speed humps or reducing the speed limit. Ms. Kuse stated that she is open to residents’ suggestions and invited them to visit the school. The school also intends to build a new classroom building at 415 S. Maple and to renovate the home at 413 S. Maple. The school hopes to have concrete plans to present to the community at the April quarterly RCC meeting.

Scott Mechling presented his plans to add on to the building he owns at 2910 Rosewood Dr. (5th Ave. Deli location) and to open a liquor store in the additional space. The liquor store will open to the BP parking lot and will be operated by the owner of the BP, Terry Blanton. Mr. Mechling stated that the liquor store meets the city’s requirements regarding parking and distance from the church. Mr. Mechling also intends to tear down the building located at 3000 Rosewood (old appliance store) and build a new mixed use 7000 square foot building. He plans to move 5th Ave. Deli to the site, which will also include a fitness business and three to four additional spaces. He has asked the city for a variance to the building’s set back so that it will be in line with 2910 Rosewood.

David Miller of Rosewood Baptist Church stated that he and his congregation were opposed to a liquor store at the location. Many residents expressed concerns about the traffic in the BP parking lot and the corner of Holly and Rosewood St. as well as the impact of having a liquor store in the area.

The next quarterly RCC meeting will be held April 17, 2014.

Rosewood Holiday Yard Contest Poll

Update: Congratulations to 3608 Rose Drive For winning the 2013 Rosewood Holiday Lights contest!

The following five homes have been nominated for the best lights in Rosewood this holiday season! Drive around and take a look at them, because one even has Christmas music that syncs with the lights! Choose your favorite and vote at the bottom of this page. Voting ends Monday, December 23, at midnight.

405 s bonham

405 S. Bonham Road

3317 Capers Avenue

3317 Capers Avenue

516 Hemphill Street

516 Hemphill Street

3106 Hope Avenue

3106 Hope Avenue

3608 Rose Drive

3608 Rose Drive

Holiday Yard Contest

Dust off those decorations, because Rosewood Community Council is holding a holiday yard contest!  RCC is calling for committee members for judging, so if you are interested in serving, please e-mail jenna@rosewoodcommunity.com by December 17.  Committee members will not be eligible to enter the contest (but you can still decorate!).

Nominations for best holiday yard decorations must also be submitted to jenna@rosewoodcommunity.com by December 17 (please include the address and homeowner name, if possible).  The committee will select finalists who will be presented to the community for judging via Facebook and online survey.

Happy holiday decorating!

Light Up Rosewood!

Join Rosewood neighbors and merchants on Sunday, December 1, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. for the official start to the Rosewood holiday season! We’ll celebrate Light Up Rosewood at 6 p.m. by flipping the switch to the Rosewood Drive Snowflake Lights.

This family friendly event will also include:

  • artist vendors
  • cider and hot chocolate
  • kids activities
  • Too Fat to Fly food truck
  • Liquid Assets drinks

So do a little holiday shopping, meet your neighbors, and enjoy the holiday cheer!

Please RSVP on Facebook or email jenna@rosewoodcommunity.com.

This event is sponsored by the Greater Rosewood Merchants Association and Rosewood Community Council.

Election Tuesday, November 5

The City of Columbia will hold municipal elections next week. Challenger Moe Baddourah is running against incumbent mayor Steve Benjamin. Incumbent at-large council member Tameika Devine is being challenged by Tommy Burkett.

A Richland County referendum to help fund Richland Library will also be on the ballot. Learn more about the referendum question here.

Find your polling location here.

Keep up to date on elections through Voterheads–a local group (owned by a Rosewood resident) that notifies users of upcoming elections and local civic information.

Aramark Property Cleanup

Aramark, formerly located on Airport Boulevard, has demolished their building and relocated so that environmental cleanup of the soil beneath the building can begin. The work is expected to be complete by December 2013. Environmental work has been ongoing at the site since the 1990s.

Click here for a copy of the postcard that was mailed to immediate neighbors with more information from DHEC.

July 18, 2013 Meeting Minutes

Rosewood Community Council
7/18/2013 Quarterly Meeting
Hamilton-Owens Airport conference room

Jenna Stephens called the meeting to order at 6:30 pm. Tommy Burkett was introduced and made a few remarks about his run for the at-large seat on the Columbia City Council. The election will be held this November.

Karen Kuse, director of the Montessori School of Columbia, presented the school’s expansion plans. The school has been planning an expansion of its physical space for a number of years and has purchased an adjoining property (415 S. Maple). In addition, the school hopes to purchase the property at 413 S. Maple. The school is not planning to greatly increase the number of students enrolled but intends to build a new facility and parking/drop-off area.

Zoning updates:

1. A craft beer store has been granted a special exception to locate in the site formerly occupied by Game Stop in the Publix shopping center.

2. RCC has applied for a two-year extension of its community character overlay. The city plans to rewrite all zoning laws; once that has been done, a decision will be made whether or not to make the community character overlay permanent.

The City of Columbia Police Department has relocated its K-9 unit to an office on Adeline Dr. Sgt. Blendowski and Officer White attended the meeting to show appreciation of the community’s support. The Department’s drug suppression team will eventually be located at this site, as well.

Officer Broder of the Department’s Proactive Community Enforcement (PACE) unit provided a crime update. Jenna reminded residents that the Department provides free home security assessments. Call (803) 545-3555 to set an appointment.

Jenna shared a speed study of Rosewood that was recently completed by the City. RCC’s executive committee and meeting attendees had identified which streets might benefit from traffic calming measures such as speed humps. Several residents expressed support for a four-way stop at the intersection of Holly and Montgomery. Another option is reducing the speed limit in the neighborhood to 25.

RCC officer elections will be held at the October quarterly meeting. All current officers have been re-nominated. Jenna opened the floor for additional nominations, which will be accepted until the October meeting.

Rosewood’s National Night Out event is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 6 from 6-8 pm (rescheduled for Aug. 13). Last year nearly 200 Rosewood residents attended the event. This year’s event will feature refreshments, a bounce house, a waterslide, CPD officers, and a fire truck. RCC also plans to hold a grand re-opening of Rosewood Park to showcase its improvements. The Central Rosewood Neighborhood Association also intends to hold another event this fall.

The next quarterly RCC meeting will be held Oct. 17, 2013.