CITY OF COLUMBIA
CITY COUNCIL WORK SESSION MINUTES
January 29, 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 29, 2003, in the City Hall Council Chambers, 1737 Main Street, Columbia, South Carolina.  Mayor Robert D. Coble called the meeting to order at 9:03 a.m.  Council members present were The Honorable E.W. Cromartie, II, The Honorable Jim D. N. Papadea, The Honorable Hamilton Osborne, Jr., The Honorable Sam Davis and The Honorable Tameika C. Isaac.  Absent was The Honorable Anne M. Sinclair.  Also present were Ms. Leona K. Plaugh, City Manager and Ms. Pamela J. Ferst, Acting City Clerk.

CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION / ACTION

? Council members Papadea and Davis joined the meeting at 9:08 a.m.

**Mr. Jim Gambrell, Director of Economic Development apprised Council of the Mayor’s third Summit on Technology being held Tuesday, February 04, 2003 at 10:00 a.m. at Rosewoods.  Mr. Gambrell also invited members of Council to participate in the program.

1. Animal Services – Ms. Marli Clary, Asst. Superintendent of Animal Services

Ms. Marli Clary, Assistant Superintendent of Animal Services, shared information with the members of Council regarding a new pet lost and found locator service that’s being offered by the Animal Mission.  She explained that the service would allow citizens to go online and report lost and found pets.  Ms. Clary stated that this new program should reduce the number of animals that are brought to the Animal Shelter.

There was no action taken on this item.

2. Work Initiative Program – Mr. Tony Lawton, Ex. Dir. and Mr. Steve Gantt, ACM

Mr. Tony Lawton, Executive Director, invited the members of Council to a Press Conference on Monday, February 3, 2003 at 10:30 a.m. in City Council Chambers.  He stated that information regarding the Work Initiative Program has been distributed throughout the communities and to service agencies.  Mr. Lawton said the initial orientation is scheduled for February 6 -7, 2003.

There was no action taken on this item.

3. I-277 Interstate Pedestrian Over-Walk – Ms. Debbie Price and Mr. Steve Gantt, ACM

Upon motion by Ms. Isaac, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously by an oral resolution to authorize the City Manager to sign an agreement between the City of Columbia and SCDOT once Ms. Debbie Price has reviewed the budget and reduced the cost of maintenance.

4. Designation of the Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard – Mr. I.D. Hook and Mr. David Brewer

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Ms. Isaac, Council voted unanimously to authorize members of staff to refer the Designation of the Martin Luther King Boulevard to the MLK Committee so they can begin researching how streets have been effectively renamed in other cities and bring back recommendations to Council within six (6) months.

5. Allocation Process of Contingency and Community Promotion Funds, Ms. Libby Gober

Upon motion by Ms. Isaac, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to authorize staff to develop criteria for the committee members and to provide recommendations on the composition of the committee.

6. St. Patrick’s Day Festivals – Ms. Libby Gober, Sr. Executive Assistant
This item was held over, no action was taken.

7. Bombers Expense Update – Ms. Dana Turner

There was a consensus of Council to authorize Ms. Dana Turner to meet with and present the current memo to the new Bombers’ owner in an attempt to resolve this issue.

8. Real Property Sales and Acquisition Policy – Mr. Jim Meggs, City Attorney
 
Ms. Isaac expressed concern for this being an open policy.  She stated that this would cause prices to escalate.  Ms. Isaac suggested that we comprise a list of brokers and begin a rotation method based on the location of the realtor.

There was no action taken on this item.

9. Council is asked to approve all associated and appurtenant work to construct a new Parking Lot at 1221 Blanding Street, as requested by Engineering.  Award to Ideal Construction, the low bidder, in the amount of $203,255.34.  M/FBE participation – 34.21%.  The contractor is located in the Midlands area.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve all associated and appurtenant work to construct a new Parking Lot at 1221 Blanding Street, as requested by Engineering.  Award to Ideal Construction, the low bidder, in the amount of $203,255.34.  M/FBE participation – 34.21%.  The contractor is located in the Midlands area.

10. 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.)

 There was no action taken on this item.

10.a. Agency Agreements between Columbia and SCE&G (Columbia Hydro Plant)
– Ms. Dana Turner

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously by an  oral resolution to authorize the City Manager to sign the necessary documents that would comply with the orders received from FERC including but not limited to an amended Operations and Maintenance Agreement and an Agency Agreement with SCE&G.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to go into Executive Session at 10:47 a.m. as amended to discuss Item 11. Rosewood Youth Academy; Item 13. with the addition of the River Alliance Contract; and Item 14. to include the Co-Location City /County Office property and the Richland One School District’s Burton School property.

EXECUTIVE SESSION DISCUSSION

11. Receipt of legal advice, which relates to matters covered by attorney-client privilege
- 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.)
This item was held over, no action was taken.

- Rosewood Youth Academy
This item was discussed in Executive Session, no action was taken.

12. Discussion of matters relating to proposed location or expansion of services to encourage location or expansion of industries or other businesses
- South Carolina Dispensary Warehouse
– Mr. Fred Delk, Columbia Development Corp. and Mr. Steve Gantt, ACM
  This item was held over, no action was taken.
 
13. Discussion of negotiations incidental to proposed contractual arrangements
- Mainstream / Prioreschi – Mr. Jim Gambrell, Economic Development
- Downtown Residential Parking – Mr. Jim Gambrell, Economic Development Dir.
- Leasing Agent for the Tapp’s Building – Mr. Jim Gambrell, Economic Development
- Columbia Industrial Park Real Estate Sales Contract – Mr. Jim Gambrell, E. D. Dir
- Convention Center Hotel  - Mr. Steve Gantt, ACM
- Municipal Parking Garage – Mr. Steve Gantt, ACM
- Ice Hockey Contract – Mr. Steve Gantt, ACM
- **River Alliance Contract
These items were held over, no action was taken.

14. Discussion of negotiations incidental to property acquisition
- Wastewater Treatment Plant
- **City / County Co-Location Office property
- **Richland School District’s Burton School property
These items were held over, no action was taken.

Councilman Osborne left the meeting at 1:45 p.m.

Mayor Coble adjourned the meeting at 2:00 p.m.
 

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