CITY OF COLUMBIA CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
Work Session
Wednesday, February 09, 2000

The Columbia City Council met for a work session, Wednesday, February 9, 2000, in the 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, The Honorable Francenia B. Heizer, The Honorable Jim Papadea, The Honorable Anne M. Sinclair, The Honorable Hamilton Osborne, Jr. and The Honorable Sam Davis.  Also attending were Mr. Michael A. Bierman, City Manager and Ms. Vivian A. Krigline, City Clerk

1. Presentation by Sierra Club - Earth Day Event

Ms. Susan Corbit and representatives of the John Bachman Group of the Sierra Club, presented a request to Council for support of a planned Earth Day Event for April 22, 2000.  The request includes the assistance of the Columbia Action Council for coordination of the event  and a request for $7,500 to assist with the rental fees, security, etc.

During discussion, Council asked that Mr. Robert Anderson be contacted to assist with the coordination of the event.

Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council unanimously approved the allocation of $7,500 from the contingency account and authorized the assistance by the Columbia Action Council for the Earth Day Event scheduled for April 22, 2000.  (Council members present to vote:  Mayor Coble, Mr. Cromartie, Ms. Heizer, Mr. Papadea, Ms. Sinclair, and Mr. Davis)

2. Presentation by Eau Claire Development Corporation - Battiste Dedication Committee

Members of the Battiste Dedication Committee presented a proposal to Council on a recognition of service monument for Luther J. Battiste III.  The proposed monument is a four-sided stone obelisk of engraved granite.  The height proposed is six feet tall on a ten-inch base.  The monument is proposed to be placed in the Lutheran Survey Building Plaza on the center pedestal.  The estimated price for the structure (100% turnkey-installed) is $18,000 (the Phillips granite Company of Winnsboro).

Mr. Cromartie made a motion to allocate $18,000 for the monument, with Council to review the designs proposed before a contract is signed.  Mr. Davis seconded the motion.

Council discussion included concerns about the height of the monument, in that six feet is to tall and requested the height be changed; a request that Bob Medlock assist with soliciting private donations to help with the cost; and Council review the revised design prior to the award of a bid.

 After discussion, Council unanimously approved Mr. Cromartie’s motion.

3. Economic Development - Dr. Gerhard Schmid

Council reviewed a proposal from Dr. Gerhard Schmid to provide liaison services to represent the City of Columbia and Central Carolina Economic Development Alliance in fostering a higher level of economic development activities between businesses in Germany and Columbia.  The contract amount is $20,000 per year for a four year term, subject to annual review and funding approval.  Council asked that quarterly briefings be made through Jim Gambrell during the contract period.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Osborne, Council authorized the City Manager to enter into a contract with Dr. Gerhard Schmid to provide liaison services to represent the City of Columbia and Central Carolina Economic Development Alliance in economic development activities between businesses in Germany and Columbia.  (Note:  Ms. Heizer was not present to vote).

4. Billboards

Council discussed a proposed amendment to the ordinance regulating advertising signs and bill boards.  Mr. Land reported the committee will continue to work on the ordinance at an upcoming meeting.  The ordinance amendment has been advertised for a public hearing before Council on Wednesday, March 8, 2000.  The Planning Commission will review the amendment on March 6.  Council asked to have time before March 8 to discuss the revisions to the amendment.

Mr. Land also stated an inventory of all signs is being prepared using digital cameras and the GIS mapping system.

5. Appointments

Mr. Cromartie reported that Ms. Deborah Livingston will be leaving the Historic Columbia Foundation Board, and he would like to recommend Ms. Katheryn Bellfield  when the appointment comes before Council.

Council discussed and made appointments/reappointments to the following boards and/or  commissions.

A.  HOUSING BOARD OF ADJUSTMENTS AND APPEALS

Council is asked to make two appointments to the Housing Board of Adjustments and
Appeals for a three year term.  The terms of  Ms. Lollie S. Nunn and Mr. Franklin Roof  have expired.

 Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council unanimously appointed Ms. Annie G. Jeffcoat and Mr. Steven A. Rayl, subject to confirmation of city residency, to the Housing Board of Adjustments and Appeals for a three year term.

B.  RIVERBANKS PARK COMMISSION

Council has been asked to coordinate an at-large appointment to the Riverbanks Park
Commission with Richland County.

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council approved the recommendation of Ms. Cathy Smith to serve as the at-large appointment to the Riverbanks Park Commission.  This recommendation will be forwarded to Richland County for their approval.

C.  MINI GRANT COMMITTEE

Council is asked to make three appointments to the Mini Grant Committee to fill
positions whose terms expired September 28,1998.

Mr. Osborne asked that  Mr. George A. McIntosh (appointment for Council District IV) be reappointed to the Mini Grant Committee.

Ms. Heizer asked that  Ms. Edna Page Anderson  (appointment from At-Large Council Member) be reappointed to the Mini Grant Committee.

Mayor Coble asked that  Mr. Leroy Moss  (appointment by the Mayor) be reappointed to the Mini Grant Committee.

The appointees will serve a term to expire September 30,2002.

Mayor Coble authorized Council to submit future appointments for the Mini Grant Committee directly to the City Manager as they are appointed by District and At-Large Council members.

D. COMMERCIAL REVOLVING LOAN FUND REVIEW BOARD

The Commercial Revolving Loan Fund Review Board’s current term has expired.  Council is asked to make the following reappointments for a two year term:  Ms. Thomasena Reynolds, and Dr. Leo Richardson.  Two additional appointments need to be made:  Commercial Bank Representative and an Attorney.  The terms of Ms. Becky Airheart and Ms. Barbara Barton have expired.  Note:  Mr. Leon Howard was reappointed on February 2, 2000.

Upon motion by Ms. Heizer, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council unanimously approved the appointment of  Ms. Sharon Bramlett and Mr. Scott Blackmon, and the reappointment of Ms. Thomasena Reynolds and Mr. Leo Richardson.
 

 E. KEEP AMERICA BEAUTIFUL OF THE MIDLANDS

Council is asked to make one appointment for a one year term to replace Dr. John K. Waddell.

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council unanimously appointed Ms.   Cecilia S. Dudley to the Keep America Beautiful of the Midlands Board.

F. ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS

This item was held over.

G. COMMISSION ON CHILDREN AND YOUTH

Council is asked to reappoint the following members of the Commission on Children and Youth to serve a term to expire July 1, 2002:  Sharon C. Williams and Arney Love.

Upon motion by Ms. Heizer, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council unanimously approved the reappointment of  Ms. Sharon C. Williams and Ms. Arney Love to the Commission on Children and Youth Board.

H. ACCOMMODATIONS TAX COMMITTEE

Council is as to reappoint six members of the Accommodations Tax Committee and make one appointment to replace Ms. Cynthia Legette Davis.  The terms will be for one year, to expire February 1, 2001.

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mayor Coble, Council unanimously approved the reappointment of:  Wendi J. Nance, Chair; Harriett Green, Donnie Morgan, Ron Jones
Kevin Blocker and Bill Ellen.  Council asked that the vacant position be advertised.

6. Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council unanimously voted to go into executive session at 11:00 a.m. to receive legal briefings on contract and legal matters related to a proposed contract, panhandling, and housing authority appointments.

The meeting was adjourned at 12:30 p.m.

Submitted by:
Vivian A. Krigline
City Clerk

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