CITY OF COLUMBIA
CITY COUNCIL WORK SESSION MINUTES
January 16, 2002
9:00 AM - City Council Conference Room
2nd Floor City Hall - 1737 Main Street
 

The City of Columbia City Council met in a Work Session Wednesday, January 9, 2002 in the City Hall Council Conference Room.  Mayor Robert D. Coble called the meeting to order at 9:10 a.m.  Council members present were The Honorable E.W. Cromartie, II, The Honorable Francenia B. Heizer, The Honorable Jim Papadea, The Honorable Hamilton Osborne, Jr. and The Honorable Sam Davis.  Absent was The Honorable Anne M. Sinclair.  Also attending were Ms. Leona K. Plaugh, City Manager and Ms. Erika D. Moore, Deputy City Clerk.

1. REVIEW COUNCIL AGENDA

The City Manager reviewed the Regular Meeting agenda with City Council.

2. PRESENTATION (Miss USA)

Mayor Coble presented a Key to the City and a Proclamation to Ms. Katherine Ashley Williams proclaiming January 16, 2002 as Katherine Ashley Williams Day in the City of Columbia.  Miss Katherine Ashley Williams was crowned Miss South Carolina/USA 2002 and will represent our proud Palmetto State in the Miss USA pageant on March 1, 2002.

$ Mayor Coble left the meeting at 9:30 a.m.

$ Mayor Pro Tempore Sam Davis presiding.

3. CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION / ACTION

A. USC Columbia Technology Incubator Funding Request
This item was held over, no action was taken.

Ms. Heizer asked that this be included in the budget process and approved in Economic Development=s budget.  Mr. Papadea requested a project report at least every six (6) months from Economic Development and the River Alliance.

$ Mayor Coble returned to the meeting at 9:45 a.m.

B. Development Agreement between the City of Columbia and Midlands Regional   Convention Center Authority

Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Ms. Heizer, Council voted unanimously to approve a Development Agreement between the City of Columbia and Midlands Regional Convention Center Authority.  Mr. Davis abstained from voting due to a conflict of interest.

C. Convention Hotel Development Planning Proposal
This item was held over, no action was taken.
 
$ Mr. Papadea left the meeting at 10:15 a.m.

D. Wrecker Service Proposal Update
This item was held over, no action was taken.

E. **The Township Auditorium - Funding Agreement

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Ms. Heizer, Council voted unanimously to approve the request from Richland County to disburse funds up to $400,000 upon receipt and review of expenditure documentation under the terms of the Intergovernmental Agreement between the City of Columbia and Richland County.  Mr. Papadea was not present for the vote.

4. APPOINTMENTS

A. The Township Auditorium Board
This item was held over, no action was taken.

B. The Riverbanks Park Commission
This item was held over, no action was taken.

C. **Arts Village Task Force

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve the formation of a twenty one (21) member Task Force with the appointment of the seven (7) members of City Council with each City Council member appointing a board member and seven (7) members being appointed at-large.  Mayor Coble asked Council to have their appointments by January 23, 2002.  Mr. Papadea and Mr. Osborne were not present for the vote.

5. OTHER MATTERS

A. The Columbia Housing Authority / T.S. Martin Development
This request was withdrawn, no action was taken.
 
Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Ms. Heizer, Council voted unanimously to go into Executive Session at 10:52 a.m. to discuss CanalSide, the Burton School Lease, the Sarah Nance Proposal, the SC DOT contract, a litigation matter, and a Tennis Center real estate matter.

Mayor Coble reconvened the Work Session at 11:05 a.m.

B. **Columbia Garden Club - Cast Iron Fountain Donation

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Osborne, Council voted unanimously to incorporate the installation of the fountain donated by the Columbia Garden Club with the Main Street improvements.  The Columbia Garden Club will donate $25,000 which would cover the cost of the cast iron fountain, basin, pump, lights, chemical injector, controls and an eight (8) foot diameter decorative basin.   The City will cover the cost of installing the fountain in the plaza area between City Hall and the Richland County Courthouse.

 
Council reconvened the Executive Session at 11:15 a.m.

6. LEGAL BRIEFINGS

A. *CanalSide - Edens & Avant Contract
B. *Real Estate Matter - Jim Mancini
C. *Ice Hockey
Mr. Osborne did not participate in this discussion.

The Work Session adjourned at 1:37 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by:
 

Erika D. Moore
Deputy City Clerk