CITY OF COLUMBIA
CITY COUNCIL WORK SESSION MINUTES
February 13, 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 13, 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, The Honorable Hamilton Osborne, Jr. and The Honorable Sam Davis.  Also attending were Ms. Leona K. Plaugh, City Manager and Ms. Erika D. Moore, Deputy City Clerk.

1. PROJECT BRIEFINGS

1. North Main Street Improvements - Mr. David Johnson, Director of Engineering
Parsons Brinckerhoff Quade & Douglas, Inc., Derek Piper, Dan Neal, and Pat Noble.

Mr. Derek Piper, Project Manager, reviewed the milestone project schedule for North Main Street Improvements with City Council.
 
2. *Stormwater Utility - Mr. David Johnson, Director of Engineering

Ms. Dee Bennett, Operations Administrator, updated City Council on the Stormwater Utility phase-in that will be effective on July 1, 2002.  Ms. Bennett requested guidance on how to proceed with updating the billing database, additional public education and revising the agreement for professional services with AMEC.

3. Metro Wastewater Treatment Plant - Mr. John Dooley, Director of Utilities

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted five (5) to two (2) authorizing the Corp of Engineers to evaluate the Metro Wastewater Treatment Plant regarding flood control.  Voting aye were Mr. Cromartie, Ms. Heizer, Mr. Papadea, Ms. Sinclair, and Mayor Coble.  Abstaining was Mr. Osborne and Mr. Davis.

2. CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION / ACTION

A. Historic Columbia Foundation - Ms. Belinda Gergel (Invitation)

Ms. Belinda Gergel, President Elect invited the Mayor, members of Council and the City Manager to attend an African-American Heritage Sites Tour on Saturday, February 16, 2002 and AThe Burning of Columbia, February 17, 1865:  What [email protected] on Sunday, February 17, 2002.

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

 
C. Funding Requests: Breast Cancer Awareness: $1,200; Lunch Buddies: $1,500

Upon motion by Ms. Heizer, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve funding out of contingency for Breast Cancer Awareness in the amount of $1,200.00 and Lunch Buddies in the amount of $1,500.00.  Mr. Cromartie was not present for the vote.

D. Funding Request from the Doolittle Raiders 60th Anniversary Committee: $125,000

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve funding for the Doolittle Raiders 60th Anniversary in an amount not to exceed $125,000.00.  Council authorized staff to meet and discuss with the committee the possibility of corporate sponsors.  Ms. Heizer and Mr. Cromartie were not present for the vote.

E. Request to Purchase Trees as requested by the Forestry and Beautification Division.  Award one (1) lot of 120 trees to Moon=s Tree Farm, Inc. in the amount of $13,196.00 and one (1) lot of 113 trees to Appletree, Inc. in the amount of $18,810.00 for a total of $32,006.00.  Bids were sent to four (4) MBE=s and one (1) FBE firm.  Only one MBE firm responded.  (Planting Season)

Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve the purchase of trees as requested by the Forestry and Beautification Division.  Award one (1) lot of 120 trees to Moon=s Tree Farm, Inc. in the amount of $13,196.00 and one (1) lot of 113 trees to Appletree, Inc. in the amount of $18,810.00 for a total of $32,006.00.  Ms. Heizer and Mr. Cromartie were not present for the vote.

F. The River Alliance - Quarry Environmental Permit

Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve the request from The River Alliance to fund the Quarry Environmental Permit in the amount of $8,000.00.  Ms. Heizer and Mr. Cromartie were not present for the vote.

G. The Election Commission

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to appoint Ms. Keller Barron to the Election Commission with a term to expire on July 1, 2004, contingent upon the receipt of an application from Ms. Barron.  Ms. Heizer was not present for the vote.

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

I. Resolution No: 2002-007 - Authorizing Sidewalk Sales for Granger Owings, Inc. at 1333 Main Street.

Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve Resolution No: 2002-007 - Authorizing Sidewalk Sales for Granger Owings, Inc. at 1333 Main Street.  Ms. Heizer and Ms. Sinclair were not present for the vote.

J. *Ordinance No. 2001-068 - Annexing 76.60 acres, Percival Road at Clemson Road Extension, Richland County TMS #25600-04-12 - Mr. Chip Land and Ms. Shirley Gossett
This item was discussed in Executive Session.
 
K. *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 held over, no action was taken.

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to go into Executive Session at 10:48 a.m. to discuss personnel matters, USC Arena Ground Lease, Proposed Columbia Technology Center, a citizen request, Convention Center, EdVenture, contractual matters, an annexation petition for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Stormwater Utility, and a legal matter.

3.  LEGAL BRIEFINGS

A. *Personnel Matters
B. *USC Arena Ground Lease
C. *Proposed Columbia Technology Center
D. *Citizen Request - Mrs. Eunice McAlister
E. *Convention Center
F. *EdVenture
G. *SCANA
H. *Contractual Matters

4. VISIT MAINSTREAM - Tapps Apartment Tour
This item was held over, no action was taken.

The meeting was adjourned at 2:45 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by:
 
 

Erika D. Moore
Deputy City Clerk