CITY OF COLUMBIA
CITY COUNCIL WORK SESSION MINUTES
January 22, 2002
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 22, 2003, in the City Council Chambers, 1737 Main Street, Columbia, South Carolina. Mayor Robert D. Coble called the meeting to order at 9:09 a.m.  Council members present were The Honorable E. W. Cromartie, II, The Honorable Jim D. N. Papadea, The Honorable Anne M. Sinclair, The Honorable Hamilton Osborne, Jr., The Honorable Sam Davis and The Honorable Tameika C. Isaac.  Also present were Ms. Leona K. Plaugh, City Manager and Ms. Pamela J. Ferst, Acting City Clerk.

CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION / ACTION

1. SC Memorial Park Commission – Mr. John Rainey

Mr. John Rainey, told Council that Memorial Park is not about celebrating war, but making sure people remember.  He asked the members of Council to appoint a committee to oversee Memorial Park and to rename the park the South Carolina Park of Remembrance.

Mr. Bud Ferillo, stated that representatives from various groups and wars were asked to be a part of this committee.  He said that the committee is needed because there are no World War II monuments; the park needs governance and design guidelines.

· Ms. Sinclair joined the meeting at 9:19 a.m.

Mr. Bill Manley, suggested that all Veteran organizations be notified about the formation of the SC Memorial Park Committee.  He also suggested that the committee get children involved.

Brig. General Larry Knightner, stated that he wants to be forthright and committed to serving on this committee.  He informed Council that he also serves as a Reserve and HUD employs him full-time.  General Knightner stated that because of these obligations he must receive clearance prior to accepting this appointment.

Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to appoint Mr. Charles “Bud” Ferillo as Chairman, Brig. General Larry Knighter, Dr. Lilly Filler, Colonel J. W. DeLoach, H. M. Alexander, T. Patton Adams and Phil Whack to the SC Memorial Park Commission with the underlying rationale and work plan as outlined.

2. Railroad Quiet Zone – Ms. Dee Bennett, Operations and Wilbur Smith & Associates

Mr. Richard Taylor of Wilbur Smith & Associates (WSA), told Council that there are twenty-five (25) Railroad Highway crossings and one (1) pedestrian crossing involved in the study.   Mr. Taylor stated that the majority of the crossings studied were at the third level of noise impact.  He told Council that WSA is ready to proceed to Phase II of the study.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to authorize Wilbur Smith and Associates to move forward as outlined and:

 ? Provide City Council with a report on what would be required to extend the Railroad Quiet Zone Study north of the current plan
 ?  Provide City Council with a report on the next phase within three (3) months to include a budget
 ? Continue to keep the surrounding neighborhoods informed

3. Regulating Street Performers – Mr. Marc Mylott and Mr. Steve Gantt

Mr. Marc Mylott, Zoning Administrator, informed Council that the Business License Division and the City Manager’s Office was contacted by several street musicians seeking permission to play their instruments in the City’s right of ways.  He stated that he and Mr. Steven Gantt investigated the feasibility of this with the assistance of Mr. Jim Hadley and Mr. Garrick Sherrod.

Mr. Barry Walker, owner of Macs on Main, stated that as a restaurant owner and a citizen of Columbia, he sees this as an opportunity to increase the City of Columbia, to increase foot traffic, visibility and economics.  He said that the performers should have a business license and there should be a provision for areas where they can perform.

Mr. Jim Hadley, Musician, informed Council that in Charleston, SC street performers are allowed to perform, but they must obtain a business license and background checks.  He stated that in New York they are even allowed to perform in subways but in Manhattan you cannot perform during rush hour.  Mr. Hadley said it could be a trial and error process.

There was a consensus of Council to authorize staff to work with Mr. Jim Hadley, Mr. Matt Kennell, Business Improvement District, Mr. Bob Medlock, Vista Guild, Ms. Debbie Parker, Five Points Association and the Columbia Police Department during the process of revising the current Ordinance.  The revised Ordinance should be modeled after a City that has been successful in allowing street performers.

Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to amend the Work Session agenda by adding the following items to the Executive Session:

 1. Rosewood Youth Academy
 2. The River Alliance Contract
 3. Memorial Park
4. Lot Clearance

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to amend the Work Session agenda to add the Town of Irmo – Construction of a Right Turn Lane.

4. Bombers Expense Update – Ms. Dana Turner
 This item was held over, no action was taken.

5. Real Property Sales and Acquisition Policy – Mr. Jim Meggs, City Attorney
This item was held over, no action was taken.

6. Community Promotions Contingency Funding - Staff Recommendations

There was a consensus to form a committee to review all funding requests beyond the Accommodations Tax and Community Promotions normal funding cycle.

7. Council is asked to approve a request from the Carolina Marathon Association to close the following intersections on Saturday, February 08, 2003 from 6:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. for the 28th annual 10K Road Race:

 Laurel Street at Gadsden Street
 Lincoln Street at the Lincoln Street Garage
 Laurel Street at Assembly Street (until after the race starts)
 Taylor Street at Park Street
 Hampton Street at Park and Lincoln Streets
 Gadsden Street at Taylor Street

Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve the above request from the Carolina Marathon Association.

· Mr. Papadea left the meeting at 10:15 a.m.

8. Ordinance No.:  2003-008 – Authorizing execution of an Operating Agreement between the City of Columbia and the Midlands Regional Convention Center Authority

Mr. Steven Gantt, ACM, informed Council that this Ordinance is the last document needed to sell the bonds for the Convention Center.  He said that the major addition made to the Operating Agreement was Page 7, Item G, it was inadvertently left out.  He said the Bond Counsel recommended all the other modifications.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve on second reading Ordinance No.: 2003-008 – Authorizing execution of an Operating Agreement between the City of Columbia and the Midlands Regional Convention Center Authority as amended.  Mr. Papadea was not present for the vote.

9. Development and Implementation of the Commercial and Non-Discrimination Ordinance and Sub-Contracting Outreach Program Update – Mr. Tony Grant (Ordinance No.: 2002-030  - Approved on first reading September 04, 2002.)

Mr. Tony Grant, Grant Business Strategies, presented the proposed implementation timeline and post budgetary information for the Business Enterprise Office and the Commercial Non-Discrimination Ordinance and Subcontracting Outreach Program to the members of City Council.   He requested feedback from Council on whether or not to pursue Disadvantage Business Enterprise (DBE) versus Small Business Enterprise (SBE).  He explained that both policies are race and gender neutral, but the requirement for a DBE is that 51% of the company must be minority owned and controlled and for a SBE the net worth cannot exceed $750,000.   Mr. Grant told Council that the thresholds of both programs could be tweaked to accomplish the results desired.

· Mr. Cromartie left the meeting at 10:34 a.m.

There was a consensus of Council to authorize Mr. Grant to prepare a plan for City Council that includes recommendations for blending the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program and the Small Business Enterprise program and an itemized budget for the implementation of the program.  Legal counsel must review the revised plan.

9.a. **Town of Irmo – Construction of a Right Turn Lane

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Ms. Isaac, Council voted unanimously to authorize the members of staff to review the request from the Town of Irmo and provide recommendations for action and funding options.  Mr. Cromartie and Mr. Papadea were not present for the vote.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Davis, Council voted unanimously to go into Executive Session at 10:51 a.m.  to discuss Items 10. through 11.  Mr. Cromartie and Mr. Papadea were not present for the vote.

EXECUTIVE SESSION DISCUSSION

· Mr. Papadea returned at 11:00 a.m.

? Mr. Cromartie returned at 11:22 a.m.

10. Discussion of negotiations incidental to proposed contractual arrangements
- Mainstream / Prioreschi – Mr. Jim Gambrell, Economic Development
This item was held over, no action was taken.

- Proposed Off-Street Parking / Rowland & Paik – Mr. Jim Gambrell, E.D.
This item was held over, no action was taken.

- Wardlaw Apartments – Mr. Steve Gantt, ACM
This item was discussed in Executive Session, no action was taken.

- Convention Center Hotel  - Mr. Steve Gantt, ACM
This item was discussed in Executive Session, no action was taken.  Mr. Papadea abstained from discussions due to a conflict of interest.

- Ice Hockey Contract
This item was held over, no action was taken.

- **River Alliance Contract
  This item was discussed in Executive Session, no action was taken.

 10.a. **Receipt of legal advice, which relates to matters covered by attorney-client privilege
- **Rosewood Youth Academy
 This item was discussed in Executive Session, no action was taken.

- **Memorial Park
 This item was discussed in Executive Session, no action was taken.

- **Lot Clearing Contract
  This item was discussed in Executive Session, no action was taken.

11. Discussion of negotiations incidental to property acquisition
- Wastewater Treatment Plant
  This item was discussed in Executive Session, no action was taken.

· Mr. Osborne left the meeting at 1:28 p.m.

· Mr. Davis left the meeting at 1:43 p.m.

· Mayor Coble left the meeting at 2:00 p.m.

? Mayor Pro-Tem E. W. Cromartie now presiding.

CITY COUNCIL UPDATE

12. Millwood Avenue – Mr. Nathaniel Land, Planning
This item was held over, no action was taken.

Mayor Pro-Tem E. W. Cromartie adjourned the meeting at 2:10 p.m.
 

Respectfully submitted by:
Pamela J. Ferst, CPS
Acting City Clerk