CITY OF COLUMBIA
CITY COUNCIL WORK SESSION MINUTES
January 23, 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 23, 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 Francenia B. Heizer, The Honorable Jim Papadea, The Honorable Hamilton Osborne, Jr. and The Honorable Sam Davis.  Absent was The Honorable E.W. Cromartie, II and The Honorable Anne M. Sinclair.  Also attending were Ms. Leona K. Plaugh, City Manager and Ms. Erika D. Moore, Deputy City Clerk.

1. CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION / ACTION

A. BID Update - Mr. Matt Kennell, Executive Director

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to transfer $30,000 to the Business Improvement District from the $60,000 budget approved for the  Downtown Business Association.

B. Vista After Five Update - Mr. Doug Baker

Mr. David Wells, Executive Director of Vista After Five announced that Vista After Five will be moving to 800 Gervais Street.   The new location will accommodate up to 5,000 people  and reduce parking and noise issues.  The new operating hours will be from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

C. United Kingdom (Trade Mission Sponsorship)

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Osborne, Council voted unanimously to sponsor the Midlands International Trade Association Year 2002 Trade Mission Trip  in the amount of $3,500.

D. USC Columbia Technology Incubator Funding Request

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Ms. Heizer, Council voted unanimously to approve funding for the USC Columbia Technology Incubator  in the amount of $25,000.

E. The Election Commission
This item was held over, no action was taken.

F. The Arts Village Task Force
This item was held over, no action was taken.

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

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

I. Budget Work Sessions Schedule - FY 2002 / 2003
This item was held over, no action was taken.

J. RESOLUTION

Resolution R-2002-001 - For Condemnation - Storm Drainage from Craven   Street to North Main Street - CIP Project # SD58-9/0
This item was held over, no action was taken.

K. ORDINANCE - FIRST READING

1. Ordinance No.:  2001-105 - Annexing 606 Alcott Drive, Richland County TMS #11703-01-13

Upon motion by Ms. Heizer, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to give first reading approval to Ordinance No.:  2001-105 - Annexing 606 Alcott Drive, Richland County TMS #11703-01-13.

2. **Ordinance No.: 2002-006 - Authorizing execution of a drainage easement upon City owned property at the corner of Park Street and Senate Street, known as Richland County TMS# 08916-03-12

Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Ms. Heizer, Council voted unanimously to give first reading to Ordinance No.: 2002-006 - Authorizing execution of a drainage easement upon City owned property at the corner of Park Street and Senate Street, known as Richland County TMS# 08916-03-12.

3. **Ordinance No.: 2002-007 - AUTHORIZING AND PROVIDING FOR THE ISSUANCE AND SALE OF NOT EXCEEDING $2,500,000.00 AGGREGATE PRINCIPAL AMOUNT OF FEDERALLY GUARANTEED NOTE OF CITY OF COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA PURSUANT TO SECTION 108 OF THE HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ACT OF 1974, AS AMENDED, AND SECTION 6-1-30, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, AS AMENDED; THE APPLICATION OF THE PROCEEDS OF SAID NOTE TO PROVIDE FINANCING FOR THE NEIGHBORHOOD CLUSTER REVITALIZATION PROJECT, B-99-MC-45-0002; THE ENTERING INTO OF CERTAIN COVENANTS AND AGREEMENTS AND THE EXECUTION AND DELIVERY OF CERTAIN INSTRUMENTS RELATING TO THE ISSUANCE OF THE AFORESAID NOTE, INCLUDING A CONTRACT FOR LOAN GUARANTEE ASSISTANCE BETWEEN THE CITY AND THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT (HUD), AND A FISCAL AGENCY AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE CITY AND THE CHASE MANHATTAN BANK; AND OTHER MATTERS IN CONNECTION WITH THE FOREGOING. Approved on a single motion with Ordinance No.: 2002-008 (See below)
 

 
4. **Ordinance No.: 2002-008 - Authorizing $2,500,000.00 loan to T. S. Martin for the revitalization of the property known as Richland County TMS# 11512-01-01.  Approved on a single motion with Ordinance No.: 2002-007

Upon motion by Ms. Heizer, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously on a single motion to give first reading to Ordinance No.: 2002-007 - AUTHORIZING AND PROVIDING FOR THE ISSUANCE AND SALE OF NOT EXCEEDING $2,500,000.00 AGGREGATE PRINCIPAL AMOUNT OF FEDERALLY GUARANTEED NOTE OF CITY OF COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA PURSUANT TO SECTION 108 OF THE HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ACT OF 1974, AS AMENDED, AND SECTION 6-1-30, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, AS AMENDED; THE APPLICATION OF THE PROCEEDS OF SAID NOTE TO PROVIDE FINANCING FOR THE NEIGHBORHOOD CLUSTER REVITALIZATION PROJECT, B-99-MC-45-0002; THE ENTERING INTO OF CERTAIN COVENANTS AND AGREEMENTS AND THE EXECUTION AND DELIVERY OF CERTAIN INSTRUMENTS RELATING TO THE ISSUANCE OF THE AFORESAID NOTE, INCLUDING A CONTRACT FOR LOAN GUARANTEE ASSISTANCE BETWEEN THE CITY AND THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT (HUD), AND A FISCAL AGENCY AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE CITY AND THE CHASE MANHATTAN BANK; AND OTHER MATTERS IN CONNECTION WITH THE FOREGOING and Ordinance No.: 2002-008 - Authorizing $2,500,000.00 loan to T. S. Martin for the revitalization of the property known as Richland County TMS# 11512-01-01.

L. **Joe Sapp Memorial Bridge - Mr. John Stucker

Upon motion by Ms. Heizer, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve two (2) dedication plaques, one to be located at each end of the Joseph Sapp Memorial Bridge in an amount not to exceed $2,900.

M. **Feasibility Study for Proposed Arena

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to select Strategic Advisory Group to perform a comprehensive market and financial feasibility study pertaining to the proposed arena  in the amount of $55,000, plus expenses with the caveat that the study will be done in phases and is to begin on Wednesday, January 30, 2002.  The City Manager was authorized to move forward with procurement related requests for proposals.  Mr. Osborne abstained from voting do to a conflict of interest.

N. **CanalSide - Edens & Avant (parcel 7 & 13 - 90 day reservation)

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Ms. Heizer, Council voted unanimously to authorize the developers and staff to accept Edens & Avant=s reservation and other reservations under the guidelines, but the contracts must be brought to City Council for approval.  Mr. Papadea abstained from voting do to a conflict of interest.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to go into Executive Session at 10:40 a.m. to discuss Judges salaries, Municipal Benchmarking Project contract renewal, Pavilion, SCANA, EdVenture update, and real estate matters.
Mayor Coble reconvened the Work Session at 11:50 a.m.

O. **Municipal Benchmarking Project Contract Renewal

 
Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve the renewal of the Municipal Benchmarking Project Contract in the amount of $4,200 including the survey.

P. **Pay Increase for Regular Judges

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Osborne, Council voted unanimously to set the salary of Judge Lester L. Bates, Jr. to $68,000 annually effective February 1, 2002.  All others were held.

Q. **EdVenture Project Re-Bid

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Ms. Heizer, Council voted unanimously to approve the appropriation of $5,000 for printing expenses, consultant expenses and project administration cost associated with re-bidding of the EdVenture Project.

R. **Eau Claire Community Council

Upon motion by Mr. Davis, seconded by Mayor Coble, Council voted unanimously to approve emergency funding for the Eau Claire Community Council in the amount of $25,000 for fiscal year 2001 with a pro-rated percentage for the past seven (7) months being paid now and the remaining balance paid in equal monthly installments between now and the end of this fiscal year.

2. LEGAL BRIEFINGS*

A. *CanalSide - Edens & Avant Contract - APPROVED
B. *Personnel Matter
C. *Municipal Benchmarking Project Contract Renewal - APPROVED
D. *Pavilion - Mr. Jim Meggs
E. *Real Estate Matter - Jim Mancini Property
F. *Ice Hockey Arena

The meeting adjourned at 11:55 a.m.

Respectfully submitted by:
 
 

Erika D. Moore
Deputy City Clerk