CITY COUNCIL WORK SESSION MINUTES
February 23, 2005
9:00 AM - City Council Chambers
3rd Floor City Hall - 1737 Main Street

The Columbia City Council met for a Work Session on Wednesday, February 23, 2005 in the City Hall Council Chambers at 1737 Main Street, Columbia, South Carolina. The Honorable Mayor Robert D. Coble called the meeting to order at 9:00 a.m.  The following members of City Council were present: The Honorable E.W. Cromartie, II, The Honorable Anne M. Sinclair, The Honorable Hamilton Osborne, Jr., The Honorable Sam Davis, The Honorable Tameika Isaac Devine and The Honorable Daniel J. Rickenmann.  Also present were Mr. Charles P. Austin, Sr., City Manager and Ms. Erika D. Moore, City Clerk.

CITY COUNCIL PRESENTATIONS

 A.  Proclamation - Eddie Lloyd Day in the City of Columbia – The Honorable Mayor Robert D. Coble and the Members of City Council
 
This item was deferred.

 B.  **Proclamation – Engineers Week in the City of Columbia – The Honorable Mayor Robert D. Coble and the Members of City Council

Mayor Robert D. Coble presented a Proclamation to Dr. Scott White, Dean of the University of South Carolina School of Engineering and Information Technology declaring February 20 - 26, 2005 as Engineers Week in the City of Columbia.

CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION / ACTION

C.  Fiscal Year 2005/2006 Community Development Block Grant Program and HOPWA Budget Recommendations from the Citizens Advisory Committee – Mr. Rick Semon, Community Development Director and Ms. Laura Cahue, Citizens Advisory Committee Chair

Mr. Rick Semon told the members of Council that the changes in Community Development Block Grant Funding might not have a negative impact on the City of Columbia.  He introduced Ms. Laura Cahue as the Citizens Advisory Committee Chair and the first Mexican American to serve in this capacity. He also introduced the board members that were in attendance noting that Mr. Gabriel Carroll is the youngest member on the committee.

Ms. Laura Cahue, Citizens Advisory Committee Chair presented the proposed fiscal year 2005-2006 Community Development Block Grant and the HOPWA Program Budgets.  She stated that the CDBG entitlement amount for fiscal year 2005/2006 is $1,468,012.  She noted that $657,366.76 would be available for funding projects that are eligible such as the Northeast Columbia Development Plan.  Ms. Cahue requested match funding from the City of Columbia for the HOPWA Program.  She also requested funding for the Property Abatement Program and the Lou Holtz Shelter if CDBGT funding is not available. She stated that the HOPWA entitlement amount for fiscal year 2005/2006 is $1,160,000, a 9% decrease from the current fiscal year.  Public Hearings will be conducted on March 2 and 16, 2005.

D.  2005 Three Rivers Music Festival Update – Ms. Virginia Bedford, Executive Director of the Three Rivers Music Festival

Ms. Virginia Bedford provided an update on the current plans for the 2005 Three Rivers Music Festival.  She distributed packets with condensed site maps starting at Finlay Park and ending at Washington Street to reduce infrastructure cost.  She announced that Nelly and Widespread Panic would be the biggest acts.  Ms. Bedford explained the measures that were taken to reduce cost and the possibility of counterfeiting tickets.  She noted that 50% of the budget would be spent locally and that every service is out for bid.  A final update will be provided in April 2005.

E.  Capitol Places IV Update – Mr. Thomas Prioreschi, Capitol Places IV, LLC

Mr. Tom Prioreschi requested an extension on the repayment of the Capitol Places IV $800,000.00 loan from the City of Columbia due to delays in construction of the Barringer Building.  He said that the South Carolina History and Archives never approved the original design of the Barringer Building.  Mr. Prioreschi indicated that the building’s design has been approved on the state and federal level, but other problems with the design were found.  He added that internal demolition is almost complete.  He requested an extension with a 3% interest rate.  Mr. Prioreschi explained that the loan would be secured by tax credits once the building is put into service.

There was a consensus of Council to further discuss this matter in Executive Session.

F.  Wireless Fidelity Presentation – Mr. Jim Gambrell, Director of Economic Development

Mr. Bruce Meyer, Information Technology Department, told the members of Council that the installation of Wireless Fidelity technology would not compete with local indoor Internet service providers.  He stated that Wireless Fidelity is for outside only and you have a lint of site survey.  He added that the panels would be best located on top of the South Trust Building using access point technology.

Mr. Ryan Hyler, Economic Development, told the members of Council that Wireless Internet Service would become available in the Vista, Finlay Park, along Main Street, in Five Points and Martin Luther King, Jr. Park.  He stated that they are working with the University of South Carolina to ensure that our system and theirs appear to be the same network to the general public.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted five (5) to two (2) to approve funding in the amount of $150,000.00 from the Hospitality Tax Fund for the installation of Wireless Fidelity equipment, wireless tourists kiosk, roof top leasing, marketing, etc., subject to Benedict College, Allen University, Columbia College and Midlands Technical College being included in the coverage area.  Voting aye were Mr. Cromartie, Ms. Sinclair, Mr. Davis, Ms. Devine and Mayor Coble.  Voting nay were Mr. Osborne and Mr. Rickenmann.

G.  Beth and Lou Holtz Emergency Shelter Request for Funding – The Honorable Anne M. Sinclair

Councilwoman Anne Sinclair informed the members of Council of a funding request from the Beth and Lou Holtz Shelter in the amount of $97,750.00.  She stated that $40,000.00 was allocated during the budget process, but now that shelter is in financial trouble.  Ms. Sinclair noted that an average of 236 homeless individuals are served nightly.

Upon motion by Mr. Rickenmann, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted six (6) to one (1) to approve funding in the amount of $57,750.00.  Mr. Charles P. Austin, Sr., City Manager will determine the funding source. Voting aye were Mr. Cromartie, Ms. Sinclair, Mr. Davis, Ms. Devine, Mr. Rickenmann and Mayor Coble.  Voting nay was Mr. Osborne.

H.  Homelessness Summit Request for Funding – Mr. Mac Bennett, Executive Director of Central Carolina Community Foundation and Dr. Moss Blachman, University of South Carolina Assistant Dean, Continuing Medical Education and Faculty Development

This item was deferred.

ORDINANCES – SECOND READING

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Ms. Devine, Council voted unanimously to give second reading approval on a single motion to Items I. through L. as presented.

I.  Ordinance No.: 2005-005 – Annexing 1715 Broad River Road, Richland County TMS# 07405-09-05 First reading approval was given on February 16, 2005. – Approved on second reading.

J.  Ordinance No.: 2005-008 – Granting encroachment to Central Parking for installation and maintenance of three signs along Park Street at Richland Street and Park Street at Laurel Street First reading approval was given on February 16, 2005. – Approved on second reading subject to the requestor consulting with the City’s Way Finder Masterplan Consultant.

K. Ordinance No.: 2005-014 – Authorizing conveyance of property known as 513 South Pickens Street, Richland County TMS# 11307-15-01 (former Naval Reserve Building) First reading approval was given on February 16, 2005. – Approved on second reading.

L. Ordinance No.: 2005-016 – Granting a Franchise to Sean Conzo for operation of a stationary sidewalk-vending cart at the northwest corner of Main Street and Gervais Street First reading approval was given on February 16, 2005. – Approved on second reading.

ORDINANCES – FIRST READING

M. Ordinance No.: 2005-018 – Annexing Parcel A, 7.9 +/- acres, 6925 North Main Street Richland County TMS# 11814-01-05

Upon motion by Mr. Davis, seconded by Ms. Devine, Council voted unanimously to approve on first reading Ordinance No.: 2005-018 - Annexing Parcel A, 7.9 +/- acres, 6925 North Main Street Richland County TMS# 11814-01-05.

APPOINTMENTS
 
N. Riverbanks Park Commission

This item was deferred.

Upon motion by Ms. Devine, seconded by Mr. Davis, Council voted unanimously to go into Executive Session at 10:45 a.m. for the discussion of Items O. and P. as amended.

· The Executive Session discussion began at 11:10 a.m.

EXECUTIVE SESSION DISCUSSION

O. Receipt of legal advice, which relates to a matter covered by attorney-client privilege
- Community Development Law
- **Zoning
 This item was discussed in Executive Session no action was taken.

P. **Discussion of negotiations incident to proposed contractual arrangements
- **Capitol Places IV
 This item was discussed in Executive Session no action was taken.

· City Council adjourned the meeting at 12:35 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by:
Erika D. Moore
City Clerk