CITY OF COLUMBIA
CITY COUNCIL WORK SESSION MINUTES
February 25, 2004
9:00 AM - City Council Chambers
3rd Floor City Hall - 1737 Main Street
 

The City of Columbia City Council met for a Work Session on Wednesday, February 25, 2004, in the City Hall Council Chambers at 1737 Main Street, Columbia, South Carolina.  Mayor Robert D. Coble called the meeting to order at 9:00 a.m.  Council members present were The Honorable E. W. Cromartie, II, The Honorable Jim D. N. Papadea, The Honorable Anne M. Sinclair, The Honorable Sam Davis and The Honorable Tameika Isaac Devine.  The Honorable Hamilton Osborne, Jr. joined the Executive Session discussion at 11:00 a.m.  Also present were Mr. Charles P. Austin, Sr., City Manager and Ms. Erika D. Moore, City Clerk.
 
CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION / ACTION
 
A. Three Rivers Music Festival Update Ms. Virginia Bedford, President and Mr. Fred Monk, Three Rivers Music Festival Foundation Chair

Mr. Fred Monk, Foundation Chair, announced that the 2004 Three Rivers Music Festival is scheduled for April 16-18, 2004.  He stated that this process began six (6) years ago with the intent of creating a diverse signature event to market Columbia and to increase tourism.

Mr. Frank Brown, Market Search, provided statistical data from the 2001 and 2003 Three River Music Festival events.  He stated that during the 2003 event interviewers were placed at each entrance gate and approximately 570 attendees were interviewed.  He said that the results support the objective of the event.  Mr. Brown recited the following statistics from the 2003 event: 52% of the attendees were Caucasians, 38% African American, 4% Hispanics and others, average age was 33 years, 28% traveled beyond 50 miles to attend, 8% traveled from places beyond South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia, 58% were repeat visitors, 23% attended the festival each year, 2/3 of the attendees purchased a 3-day pass, 61% ate in restaurants and 14% stayed in a hotel or motel, up 5% from 2001.  Mr. Brown told the members of Council that the event is well attended by a diverse crowd.

Ms. Virginia Bedford, President, announced the first round of headline national acts.  She said that there would be over 100 acts performing on 8 stages. She stated that over 200 community groups and neighborhood associations were contacted and invited to use the festival as a fundraising event.

Mr. Fred Monk, announced that ticket prices are affordable again this year.  Three-day passes are sold for $30.00 and single day tickets are $25.00.  If three-day passes are purchased by March 19, 2004 the cost is only $25.00.  He said that local vendors are encouraged to participate if they will make a profit and are given a 30% discount over other vendors.  Mr. Monk stated that all programming is being done locally.

B. Regional Transit Authority
 This item was discussed in Executive Session.

CONSIDERATION OF BIDS, AGREEMENTS AND CHANGE ORDERS

C. Council is asked to approve a Contract for Material Testing Services for the Lady Street Streetscape Project, as requested by the Department of Construction and Facilities Management.  Award to G S 2 Engineering and Environmental, the low bidder, in the amount of $30,000.00. This firm is located in Columbia, SC.

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve a Contract for Material Testing Services for the Lady Street Streetscape Project, as requested by the Department of Construction and Facilities Management.  Award to G S 2 Engineering and Environmental, the low bidder, in the amount of $30,000.00.  Mr. Osborne was not present for the vote.

D. Council is asked to approve a Contract for the Main Street Beautification Project / Phase I, as requested by the Department of Construction and Facilities Management.  Award to Greenwall Construction Services, Inc., the low bidder, in the amount of $5,486,648.58.  This firm is located in Myrtle Beach, SC.

Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve a Contract for the Main Street Beautification Project / Phase I, as requested by the Department of Construction and Facilities Management.  Award to Greenwall Construction Services, Inc., the low bidder, in the amount of $5,486,648.58.  Mr. Osborne was not present for the vote.

There was a consensus of Council to direct Mr. Matt Kennell, Director of the City Center Partnership to organize an event to mark the beginning of Construction Phase I for the Main Street Beautification Project.  All Main Street businesses should be notified of this event.

ORDINANCES SECOND READING

E. Ordinance No.: 2004-007 Annexing 36.31 +/- acres, Ulmer Road at Rawlinson Road, Richland County TMS# 19214-03-03, 04, 12 and 13

Upon motion by Ms. Devine, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve on second reading Ordinance No.: 2004-007 Annexing 36.31 +/- acres, Ulmer Road at Rawlinson Road, Richland County TMS# 19214-03-03, 04, 12 and 13.  Mr. Osborne was not present for the vote.

F. Ordinance No.: 2004-020 Amending 1998 Code of Ordinances of the City of Columbia, South Carolina, Chapter 2, Administration, Article II, Mayor and Council, Division I, Generally, Sec. 2-31, Salaries of mayor and councilmembers First reading approval on February 18, 2004.

A motion by Mr. Cromartie to approve on second reading Ordinance No.: 2004-020 Amending 1998 Code of Ordinances of the City of Columbia, South Carolina, Chapter 2, Administration, Article II, Mayor and Council, Division I, Generally, Sec. 2-31, Salaries of mayor and councilmembers was withdrawn.

 This item was held over, no action was taken.

MAP AMENDMENT SECOND READING

G. EAU CLAIRE HIGH SCHOOL.  4800 Monticello Road; rezone from RS-3 to PUD-C. First reading approval on February 18, 2004.
Upon motion by Ms. Devine, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve on second reading a Map Amendment for Eau Claire High School at 4800 Monticello Road; rezone from RS-3 to PUD-C.  Mr. Osborne was not present for the vote.

ANNEXATION WITH MAP AMENDMENT SECOND READING

H. 5024 FERNANDINA ROAD; annex property and rezone from Richland County M-1 and Lexington County ID to M-1, FS Overlay. First reading approval on February 18, 2004.
Ordinance No.: 2004-018 Annexing 5024 Fernandina Road, Lexington County TMS #02898-03-07

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve on second reading a Map Amendment for 5024 Fernandina Road; rezone from Richland County M-1 and Lexington County ID to M-1, FS Overlay and Ordinance No.: 2004-018 Annexing 5024 Fernandina Road, Lexington County TMS# 02898-03-07.  Mr. Osborne was not present for the vote.

APPOINTMENT

I. Council is asked to consider the re-appointment of Mr. William Ouzts to the Richland-Lexington Airport Commission.  If re-appointed, Mr. Ouzts would serve a four (4) year term to expire on February 1, 2008.

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve the reappointment of Mr. William Ouzts to the Richland-Lexington Airport Commission for a four (4) year term to expire on February 1, 2008.  Mr. Osborne was not present for the vote, but the record reflects that Councilman Osborne supports this motion.

Ia. **Council is asked to consider a request from the Columbia Housing Authority to permanently close Elmwood Avenue at Harden Street effective immediately.

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve a request from the Columbia Housing Authority to permanently close Elmwood Avenue at the intersection of Harden Street effective immediately.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to go into Executive Session at 9:45 a.m. for the discussion of Items J. and K. as amended.

EXECUTIVE SESSION DISCUSSION

J.  Receipt of legal advice, which relates to a matter covered by attorney client privilege
- Regional Transit Authority
- **Board of Zoning Appeals
- **City of Columbia v. Joseph E. Sharpe and Jennie S. Sharpe and Richland County Treasurer
- **Disparity Study
   These items were discussed in Executive Session no action was taken.

K. **Discussion of negotiations incident to proposed contractual arrangements
- **Ambac (Convention Center Hotel)
This item was discussed in Executive Session no action was taken.  Mr. Papadea and Mr. Osborne abstained from discussions due to a conflict of interest.

· Mayor Coble adjourned the meeting at 11:45 a.m.

Respectfully submitted by:
Erika D. Moore
City Clerk