CITY OF COLUMBIA
CITY COUNCIL WORK SESSION MINUTES
February 06, 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 on Wednesday, February 06, 2002 in the City Hall Council Conference Room, 1737 Main Street, Columbia, South Carolina.  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 Anne M. Sinclair, and The Honorable Sam Davis.  Absent was The Honorable Hamilton Osborne, Jr.  Also attending were Ms. Leona K. Plaugh, City Manager and Ms. Erika D. Moore, Deputy City Clerk.

REVIEW COUNCIL AGENDA

Ms. Plaugh reviewed the regular agenda items with the Mayor and members of Council.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Davis, Council voted unanimously to go into Executive Session to discuss the Sarah Nance Lease Proposal and the SCANA Transit System.

1. CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION / ACTION

A. Ordinance No.: 2002-009 - Granting a Franchise to South Carolina Electric and Gas Company for the construction, operation and maintenance of electric and gas systems in the City of Columbia, South Carolina
This item was discussed in Executive Session, no action was taken.

Council convened the Regular Council Meeting in Council Chambers at 10:00 a.m.

Mayor Coble reconvened the Executive Session discussion at 10: 45 a.m.

Mayor Coble reconvened the Work Session at 11:45 a.m.

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to go into Executive Session to discuss Convention Center parking with Mr. John Hardee, SCDOT Commissioner, Mr. William [email protected] Dukes, Midlands Regional Convention Center Chairman, and the USC arena staff regarding the transfer and acquisition of property.

Mayor Coble reconvened the Work Session at 11:45 a.m.

B. EdVenture Facility Comparison

Mr. Steve Gant, Special Projects Coordinator briefed Council on attendance, revenue and expenditure comparisons for the EdVenture facility.  Mr. Gant told Council that the annual budget would be $800,000.  He said that the city=s portion of funding each year would be approximately $325,000 and Richland and Lexington Counties would also be asked to commit to fund this project.

 
Mr. Osborne voiced concerns and asked that a second opinion be obtained for the revenue, expenditures, and attendance.

Ms. Heizer asked that members of council, Ms. Heizer, Ms. Sinclair, and Mr. Osborne, meet with Richland and Lexington County officials and try to come to a conscience on the involvement of each government entity.

$ Mayor Coble and Mr. Papadea left the meeting.

$ Mayor Pro-tempore Sam Davis presiding.

C. Funding Request for Assistance from the Richland/Lexington Cultural Council
This item was held over, no action was taken.

D. Funding Requests: Breast Cancer Awareness: $1,200; Lunch Buddies: $1,500
This item was held over, no action was taken.

E. The River Alliance - Quarry Environmental Permit
This item was held over, no action was taken.

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

G. Planning Discussion
This item was held over, no action was taken.

H. ** Tennis Center Real Estate Negotiations

Upon motion by Ms. Heizer, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to accept the city appraisal of the property at $105,000 and $89,000.  Mayor Coble and Mr. Papadea were absent for the vote.

2. LEGAL BRIEFINGS

A. *Personnel Matters
This item was held over, no action was taken.
B. *Convention Center
This item was discussed in Executive Session, no action was taken.
C. *SCANA
This item was discussed in Executive Session, no action was taken.
D. *Ice Hockey
This item was held over, no action was taken.

3. PROJECT BRIEFING

North Main Gateway Plan

Mr. David Johnson, Director of Engineering updated the Mayor, Members of Council and the City Manager on the North Main Gateway Plan.
 
 

 
Respectfully submitted by:
 
 

Erika D. Moore
Deputy City Clerk