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February 2019

Community Corner provides residents with information about upcoming events, City meetings, City recognition, fostering animals and the Columbia City Council Vision Statement.

In case you missed any City events in the past month, Community Corner gives a little insight on past events to give you an opportunity to stay connected with the City of Columbia.
Upcoming Events

Columbia Water Quarterly Drop-In - Feb 2019

On Thursday, February 7, 2019, join the Columbia Water team to learn about your water, sewer, and stormwater systems and how recent rate changes impact you. The Columbia water quarterly drop-in will be held at the Customer Care Center, 1136 Washington St. from
5 – 6:30 p.m.


Columbia Compass: Envision 2036 –
February Public Open Houses

The City of Columbia will host two public open houses to share what the project team has learned from citizen input and research during the first phase of Columbia Compass, the ten-year update to the City of Columbia’s comprehensive plan.

Two identical drop-in format public open houses will be held as follows, and we hope you can come:
  • Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 5:30-8:30pm, Woodland Park Gym, Columbia, SC 29209
  • Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 5-8pm, Richland Library Main, Auditorium, 1431 Assembly Street, Columbia, SC 29201  [more]
‘Hoop it Up’ Blood Drive aims to help make a difference for patients

This February, community members are invited to join the American Red Cross, City of Columbia and Mayor Steve Benjamin at the 9th annual ‘Hoop It Up’ Blood Drive. Donors are encouraged to roll up their sleeves at the blood drive on Thursday, Feb. 21 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln St. [more]

The Columbia Parks and Recreation Department invites the public to celebrate Black History Month at its Black History Heritage Ball on Sunday, February 24 from 5-8 pm at Greenview Park, 6700 David St.


Columbia Art Center to Celebrate African American Culture in February

The Columbia Art Center will celebrate African American history as part of its next installment of its Worlds of Creativity Series on Thursday, February 7, 2019, at the Columbia Art Center, 1227 Taylor St., Ste. C, from
6-8 p.m.
Eboni Ram and Paul Moore will be helping participants to create poetry on pots, much in the same tradition as Dave the Potter.  Mary Graham Grant will be demonstrating sweet grass basket weaving.  Preach Jacobs will provide a history of African American music from gospel to hip hop.

Fur-Ever Yours Pet Adoption Special

The Columbia and Lexington Animal Services will be holding a Valentines Day pet adoption special for $14 from Monday, February 11 – Sunday, February 17.

The adoption fee includes spay/neuter, microchip, Feline Leukemia/Heartworm Test, initial vaccines and deworming.  

Columbia Animal Services, 127 Humane Lane, Columbia, SC and Lexington Animal Services, 321 Ball Park Rd, Lexington, SC
Note: All of our pets need loving homes! To view other animals available for adoption, visit Columbia Animal Services at 127 Humane Lane, our Facebook page or Please refer to the ID number listed above when visiting the website.
For more information about the adoption specials please call Columbia Animal Services (803) 776-7387 or Lexington Animal Services (803) 785-8149.


City of Columbia to host
Lunch with a Planner

The City of Columbia is hosting “lunch with a planner” discussions throughout the year as part of Columbia Compass, the ten-year update to the City of Columbia’s comprehensive plan. Your input is vital as we seek to define a vision for Columbia, and identify the policies, programs and infrastructure investments necessary to make that vision a reality. 
The lunch with a planner will be held on Tuesday, February 19, 2019, at the South East corner of Lincoln & Gervais Streets, Experience Columbia SC
 from 12 - 1 p.m.
Please click on the calendar below to view more events during the month of February.
Upcoming Meetings
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upcoming meetings for the month of February.
Board of Zoning Appeals Meetings Dates
Columbia City Council Meeting Dates
Design/Development Review Comission Meeting Dates
Planning Commission Meeting Dates
City Announcements

City Recognized Chief Aubrey Jenkins for 40 years of Service

On Tuesday, February 5, 2019, Mayor Steve Benjamin, City Council, City Manager Teresa Wilson and City staff recognized Chief Aubrey Jenkins for his 40 years of service with the City of Columbia. 

Chief Aubrey Jenkins is the City of Columbia's Fire Chief. 

Cpl. Justin Poage received
City Light 

On Tuesday, February 5, 2019, City Manager Teresa Wilson presented Cpl. Justin Poage with the City LIGHT certificate. The values of a LIGHT: Leadership, Integrity, Generosity, Helpful and Talent. 

On Saturday, January 19, 2019, Columbia Recruit Firefighter Brandon Zinn was involved in the collision. He was struck by an impaired motorist and was left in critical condition. 
Cpl. Justin Poage was one of the first to arrive on scene and immediately started to apply an issued tourniquet to Brandon’s leg wound trying to stop the bleeding. 

Later that afternoon, both Richland County EMS and Palmetto Health Richland staff contacted Columbia Police to acknowledge Cpl. Poage’s lifesaving actions.  It was stated that without the quick application of the tourniquet to the leg wound, Recruit Firefighter Zinn would not have been able to survive his injuries.

Home Heating Safety 

As we are expected to continue with cooler temperatures over the weekend, Columbia Fire Chief Aubrey D. Jenkins encourages the citizens of the City of Columbia and Richland County to use caution while heating your homes as some heating sources that comfort us also is a leading cause of home fires and fire fatalities.

Placing things that can burn too close to heating equipment or placing heating equipment too close to things that can burn, such as upholstered furniture, clothing, mattress, or bedding, was the leading factor contributing to ignition in fatal home heating fires and accounted for more than half (56%) of home heating fire deaths nationally. |more|

#EnvisionColumbia Corner
Columbia City Council 2019 Envision Columbia Retreat
The 2019 Envision Columbia retreat was held on January 16 & 17 in order to review the accomplishments over the past two years and identify future priorities in order to move forward.

Columbia City Council, the City Manager and City staff will continue to work diligently to make Envision Columbia a reality.
City Recap
Pictured above
 Mayor Steve Benjamin giving his speech at the 2019 State of the City Address

Mayor Steve Benjamin Delivered 2019 State of the City Address

Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin delivered the 2019 State of the City Address on Tuesday, January 29 on the University of South Carolina campus. 

The address was held in the USC School of Law, Karen Williams Courtroom and the reception followed the address inside of the Perrin Family Lobby. Read the full |
Please click here for more photos from the State of the City
City Held Go Red Columbia Day Party
“Party with a Purpose”
The public participated in the City of Columbia's Go Red for Women Day Party and press conference on Friday, February 1, 2019. 

The attendees of the press conference and the day party had an opportunity to hear from Mayor Steve Benjamin, Councilwoman Tameika Isaac Devine, American
Red Cross representative and a survivor of heart disease. A photo community photo opp was taken at the end of the press conference.

The Go
Red for women day party included free massages, health screenings and heart health information.
Please click here for more photos from Go Red
31st Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration
The City of Columbia held its 31st Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration on Monday, January 21, 2019, at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Park and Community Center.

Kassy Alia, Chief Executive Officer and founder of Serve & Connect, was the keynote speaker. 

A Wreath Laying Ceremony commemorating the historic marker honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was held at the corner of Harden and Greene streets. The members of the Alpha Psi Lambda and Omicron lota Lambda chapters lead the ceremony. 
City Councilman Ed McDowell Organized Allen Benedict Court Drive

On Saturday, February 2, 2019, Councilman Ed McDowell in partnership with Glory Communications held a toiletry and clothing drive for the residents of Allen Benedict Court.

The drive was held at Drew Wellness Center and citizens showed their support by donating laundry and dish detergent, under clothing, plastic bins, children clothing, cleaning products, toiletries and much more.
City Officials Held Press Conference Regarding Allen Benedict Court
City of Columbia officials, Columbia's Police and Fire Departments held a press conference on Monday, February 4, 2019, and provided updates regarding the investigation and other matters related to Allen Benedict Court.

To view the latest updates regarding the investigation and other matters related to Allen Benedict Court, please click on the video above.
Mayor Steve Benjamin
Councilman Edward McDowell, Jr.
Chief William Skip Holbrook and City Manager Teresa Wilson
Mayor Steve Benjamin, City Manager Teresa Wilson, Councilwoman Tameika Isaac Devine, Chief Aubrey Jenkins and SLED representative.
Chief William Skip Holbrook,
City of Columbia Police Department 
Chief Aubrey Jenkins,
City of Columbia Fire Department 
City of Columbia held Lunch with a Planner

On Tuesday, January 8, 2019, the City of Columbia’s Planning & Development Services held a “lunch with a planner”. Lunch with a planner are discussions throughout the year as part of Columbia Compass, the ten-year update to the City of Columbia’s comprehensive plan.

This 12 to 18-month effort will result in a plan that the City’s citizens and policy makers can use as a blueprint to help navigate our future. Citizen’s input is vital as we seek to define a vision for Columbia, and identify the policies, programs and infrastructure investments necessary to make that vision a reality.

The City of Columbia’s Planning & Development Services will host a lunch with a planner every second Tuesday of every month.

A.C. Moore Elementary visits Columbia City Hall

On Friday, January 25, 2019, A.C. Moore Elementary School held a field trip to visit Columbia City Hall. During the field trip, students met City Councilwoman Tameika Isaac Devine, City Clerk Erika Moore, Sergeant Christopher Morris, Lieutenant Ronald Felder and McGruff the National fighting mascot. 

Office of Business Opportunities held a Lunch & Learn Course
City of Columbia’s Office of Business Opportunities held a lunch & learn course on Wednesday, February 6, 2019. 
The lunch & learn course focused on accounting & tax liabilities for small businesses. During the two-hour course, participants learned tips on how to reduce your audit risk, maximize mileage and meals, develop a retirement savings strategy and more. 

Deltrease hart-Anderson was the guest speaker for the lunch & learn course. 
Melissa Lindler,
City's Office of Business Opportunities director
Deltrease Hart Anderson,
D. Hart Accounting & Tax Services business owner
Pet Adoption


The Columbia Animal Shelter often need citizens to take home kittens and puppies for a better environ-
ment instead of the animal shelter.

The fostering time can be 1-3 weeks. There are also times when an individual animal is a bit scared and shy when being in new homes. They will need some time to adjust and become comfortable to their new homes. View all
Columbia's foster pets or visit our website.


City Community Connection 

City of Columbia #KnowYourCity Trivia Challenge

Each Wednesday, the Public and Media Relations Department post a question on Instagram about a current event or a fact about our City.

The first person to answer correctly wins a City of Columbia prize pack.


Columbia City Council

Vision Statement
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about the City Council Vision Statement.

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