CITY COUNCIL WORK SESSION MINUTES
January 12, 2005
9:00 AM - City Council Chambers
3rd Floor City Hall - 1737 Main Street

The City of Columbia City Council met for a Work Session on Wednesday, January 12, 2005 in the City Council Chambers at 1737 Main Street, Columbia, South Carolina.  The Honorable Mayor Robert D. Coble called the meeting to order at 9:08 a.m.  The following Council members were present: The Honorable E. W. Cromartie, II, The Honorable Anne M. Sinclair, The Honorable Hamilton Osborne, Jr., The Honorable Sam Davis, The Honorable Tameika Isaac Devine and The Honorable Daniel J. Rickenmann.  Also present were Mr. Charles P. Austin, Sr., City Manager and Ms. Erika D. Moore, City Clerk.

PRESENTATION

A. **Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration – Mr. Durham Carter, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Committee Chairman

Mr. Durham Carter, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park Committee Chairman, invited the members of City Council and all of the citizens of Columbia to the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration to commemorate the vision and the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King on Monday, January 17, 2005 at the Martin Luther King Center.

B. Medal of Honor Banquet – General Eli Wishart, General South Carolina State Guard / AmeriCorps

Major General Eli Wishart, General Nelson Lacy and Captain Caroline Watson of the South Carolina State Guard thanked the members of City Council for their financial and psychological support of the Honoring Valor, South Carolina State Guard Medal of Honor Banquet. They announced that the State of South Carolina has been asked to sponsor the next National Medal of Honor Celebration. Major General Eli Wishart presented a plaque to the Mayor and the members of City Council as a token of appreciation.

CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION / ACTION

· Councilman Cromartie joined the meeting at 9:16 a.m.

C.  Big Lake Katherine Sedimentation Study – Mr. Steven Gantt, Senior Assistant City Manger for Operations

Mr. Steven A. Gantt, Senior Assistant City Manger for Operations explained that some residents of Big Lake Katherine requested a sedimentation study for Big Lake Katherine.  He said that a study is currently being compiled on Little Lake Katherine and recommended that we wait until that study is complete to see if the information from the report is relevant to Big Lake Katherine.

Upon motion by Mr. Osborne, seconded by Mr. Davis, Council voted unanimously to approve the staff recommendation to defer the request for a sedimentation study of Big Lake Katherine until the results of the Little Lake Katherine sedimentation study are reviewed.

D.  Resolutions for the City of Columbia - The Honorable Hamilton Osborne, Jr.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Osborne, Council voted unanimously to direct City staff and lobbyist retained by the City to:  Mr. Cromartie was not present for the vote.

1. Oppose any legislation that would limit or impair the ability of local governments to regulate outdoor advertising signs;

2. Support the bill recently introduced by a low country representative to require electric utilities to place their lines underground; and

3. Support the "photo-cop" bill if introduced again this year.

There was a consensus of Council to direct City staff and the lobbyist retained by the City of Columbia to report all legislative matters that the City of Columbia should be interested in.

APPOINTMENTS

E. Board of Zoning Appeals – Mr. Marc Mylott, Director of Development Services

Upon motion by Mr. Osborne, seconded by Mr. Rickenmann, Council voted unanimously to approve the appointment of Mr. Lowndes T. Pope to the Board of Zoning Appeals for a five-year term.  Mr. Cromartie was not present for the vote.

Upon motion by Mr. Osborne, seconded by Mr. Rickenmann, Council voted five (5) to one (1) to approve the appointment of Mr. Ernest Cromartie, III to the Board of Zoning Appeals for a five-year term.  Voting aye were Mr. Osborne, Mr. Davis, Ms. Devine, Mr. Rickenmann and Mayor Coble.  Voting nay was Ms. Sinclair.  Mr. Cromartie was not present for the vote.

Councilman Sam Davis directed staff to review the City’s current Nuisance and Property Maintenance Ordinances.  He said that we are not making progress and some fine tuning should be done to see how far we could expand the Ordinance.

Upon motion by Mr. Osborne, seconded by Mr. Davis, Council voted unanimously to direct City staff and lobbyist retained by the City to oppose any legislation, which prohibits municipalities from removing political signs from the right of ways fourteen (14) days prior to an election.  Mr. Cromartie was not present for the vote.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Ms. Devine, Council voted unanimously to go into Executive Session at 9:30 a.m. for the discussion of Items E. through H. as time permits.

· Council adjourned the Executive Session at 10:00 a.m. to convene the Zoning Public Hearing.

· Council reconvened the Work Session at 11:56 a.m.

EXECUTIVE SESSION DISCUSSION

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Ms. Devine, Council voted unanimously to reconvene the Executive Session at 11:57 a.m. as amended.

F. Discussion of negotiations incident to proposed contractual arrangements
- Capitol Places III – Mr. Jim Gambrell, Director of Economic Development
- **Skinner & Associates – Mr. Allison Baker, Assistant City Manager for Public Services
- Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority – Ms. Mitzi Javers, Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority Executive Director and Mr. Butch Spires, Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority Chairman
 These items were discussed in Executive Session no action was taken.
 
G. **Receipt of legal advice which relates to matters covered by attorney-client privilege
- **Aqua Grille – Mr. Jim Meggs, City Attorney
- **Canal Side – Mr. Jim Meggs, City Attorney
- **Zoning Enforcement - Mr. Jim Meggs, City Attorney
- **Department of Parks and Recreation User Fees
- **Disparity Study Process – Mr. Richard Gergel, Esquire
 These items were discussed in Executive Session no action was taken.

H. **Receipt of legal advice which relates to pending, threatened or potential claim
- **Zoning Matter
 These items were discussed in Executive Session no action was taken.

 I. **Discussion of negotiations incident to the City’s position in adversary situations involving the assertion of a claim – Mr. Jim Meggs, City Attorney
 These items were discussed in Executive Session no action was taken.

· City Council adjourned the Work Session at 1:40 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by:
Erika D. Moore
City Clerk