The city council of Columbia convened a meeting and invited the public for a hearing! The council was required to explain the Special Olympics of Southern Carolina properly. According to the city Mayor, Benjamin, the special Olympics of southern Carolina was established in 1968, and 42,063 athletes from within Columbia participated in 29 Olympic styles. He mentions that the Special Olympics of South Carolina hosted 122 Olympic events in the Columbia area. The program has hosted summer games for over 48 years, providing health screens to ensure the health of the athletes. It has unified several schools within Columbia cities by organising games to bring them to competing together. The opening remarks by the C.E.O of the special Olympics hailed praises on Columbia for doing so much for them. The assertion was that the city had been so helpful with raising funds and creating awareness. The city is described as one of great hospitality and full of volunteerism, which is said to have saved terrific situations.
John Dozier, the first vice president in the history of Columbia, announced the September 17th jubilee festival, from 1100hrs to 1800hrs, and invited all the stakeholders and the public to the event. He acknowledged the marvellous work the council had been doing for the city and country at large. Dozier mentions with emotion, the history of Columbia, outlining the civil wars and the ravages to the town and the efforts of the blacks in condemning racism in Columbia. To this regard, John described one of the themes of the festival as celebrating the black history and the culture of the city and tell an elaborate story of who they were, as Columbians. An action plan on funding was also presented, for the October 25th floods. The community needed help due to the effects of the flood and programs were necessary to aid such. Mr Fred presented the proposal activities. According to the federal notice, PL 114-113 published June 17th and effective from June 22nd, the city of Columbia had been allocated $19.98 Million in the CDBG-D12 funding for its disaster recovery programs. This amount was just a portion of the whole $299million assigned to Southern Carolina and Texas. The recovery projects would include; administration, homeowner assistance program, homeowner buyout program, small rental repair program, planning, and project delivery expenditure, evaluation reimbursement program, minor repair programs, and economic development expenditure projects. Each program has to conform to a set of requirements of the fund. For instance, in the homeowner assistance program, an allocation of $3,336,150 has to be utilized under eligibility constraints in that; the damaged dwelling must be located in the city of Columbia, the applicant must have owned and occupied the damaged property as their primary residence as of and prior to the date of the calamity, specified as October 15th. These constraints apply to most of the set programs. The presentation elaborated on several programs and projects that the funds were meant to facilitate for the recovery and progress of the city. For instance, Columbia small rental repair program took $ 6.56 million of the funds’ allocation. Minor repair programs were also to be carried out. Questions were raised concerning the presentation components such as development programs and loan terms, and these were addressed adequately. The city council deserved the day.it was such a public delivery!