CITY OF COLUMBIA
CITY COUNCIL WORK SESSION MINUTES
February 20, 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 20, 2002, in the City Hall Council Conference Room, 1737 Main Street, Columbia, South Carolina.  Mayor Robert D. Coble called the meeting to order at 9:08 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, Ms. Pamela J. Ferst, Acting City Clerk and Ms. Erika D. Moore, Deputy City Clerk.

REVIEW COUNCIL AGENDA

The City Manager reviewed the regular meeting agenda with the Mayor and members of Council.

Upon motion by Ms. Heizer, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to go into Executive Session at 9:22 a.m. to discuss personnel matters.

Mayor Coble reconvened the Executive Session at 10:35 a.m. to discuss the Ground Lease for USC.

Mayor Coble reconvened the Work Session at 10:57 a.m.

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.

B. Safe Neighborhoods Initiative - Community Service Officer (CSO)
This item was held over, no action was taken.

C. Arts Task Force

Ms. Linda Kershaw, Mr. John Lumpkin, Jr., Mr. Bob Medlock, Mr. Perry Palmer,
Ms. Dot Ryall, and Ms. Thelma Salmond were nominated to serve At-Large on the Arts Task Force.

D. **Ordinance No.: 2002-011 - Authorizing execution of a Ground Lease and Option to Purchase and Limited Warranty Deed to the University of South Carolina from the Arena/Conference Center.
This item was discussed in Executive Session.
 
F. **City Arena

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Ms. Heizer, Council voted unanimously to establish as our first, best and preferred option the retrofit of the Columbia Coliseum as the permanent home for the Inferno and other public events such a ice-skating.  This option would require a negotiated financial agreement to pay for the necessary retrofit of the Coliseum.  We would direct staff to contact the University of South Carolina to see if there is interest in this option and if so establish a time line for the consideration of this option.  If the Carolina Coliseum is not available, the City would proceed to build a City Arena (not in the vicinity of the new USC Arena).  Because of the obvious time constraints we will continue the necessary planning, site selection and financial studies for the City Arena.  At the same time the city will work with the Inferno, USC and the business community to see if the preferred option with the Carolina Coliseum is possible.  Council would instruct staff to establish a time line for the City Arena and a process for determining if the Carolina Coliseum is available.

2.  LEGAL BRIEFINGS

A. *Personnel Matters
This item was discussed in Executive Session

B. *Home-Land Security Issue

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Ms. Heizer, Council voted unanimously to approve the request from General Siegfried to remove a number of parking meters, parking spaces and a bus stop along the curbs adjoining the SC Capitol Complex.

C. *Convention Center
This item was held over, no action was taken.

D. *EdVenture
This item was held over, no action was taken.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Davis, Council voted unanimously to go into Executive Session at 11:17 a.m. to discuss a real estate matter, an Economic Development proposal, SCANA and Stormwater Utility.  Ms. Heizer was not present for the vote.

$ Mr. Davis left the meeting at 11:39 a.m.

$ Ms. Heizer left the meeting at 11:50 a.m.

Mayor Coble adjourned the Work Session meeting at 1:02 p.m. to be reconvened at 9:00 p.m.

Mayor Robert D. Coble reconvened the meeting and called to order at 9:20 p.m.  Council members present were The Honorable E.W. Cromartie, II, The Honorable Francenia B. Heizer, The Honorable Anne M. Sinclair, and The Honorable Sam Davis.  Absent was The Honorable Jim Papadea and The Honorable Hamilton Osborne, Jr.  Also attending were Ms. Leona K. Plaugh, City Manager and Ms. Pamela J. Ferst, Acting City Clerk.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to go into Executive Session to discuss 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.
 
CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION / ACTION

*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

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve on first reading 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.

Mayor Coble adjourned the meeting at 9:55 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by:
 
 

Pamela J. Ferst, CPS
Acting City Clerk