CITY OF COLUMBIA
CITY COUNCIL WORK SESSION MINUTES
March 3, 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, March 3, 2004 in the City Hall Council Chambers, 1737 Main Street, Columbia, South Carolina.  Mayor Robert D. Coble called the meeting to order at 9:05 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 Hamilton Osborne, Jr., The Honorable Sam Davis and The Honorable Tameika Isaac Devine.  Also present were Mr. Charles P. Austin, Sr., City Manager and Ms. Erika D. Moore, City Clerk.

PRESENTATIONS

A. EdVenture Children’s Museum – Ms. Catherine Horne, President & Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Catherine Horne, President and Chief Executive Officer, presented PBS’s Arthur, the curious aardvark to the members of City Council.  She stated that EdVenture is off to a strong start and then provided the following statistical data regarding their progress: over 81,000 people from 47 states have visited EdVenture; 27% live outside Richland and Lexington Counties; 35% African Americans; and during the first 2 months of service local attendance at EdVenture exceeded other museums of the same caliber.  Ms. Horne advised the members of Council of their marketing and advertisement efforts.  She said that EdVenture would be offering many summer and family oriented programs.

B. Independent Audit Report – Ms. Anne Ross, CPA, J. W. Hunt and Company, LLP

Ms. Anne Ross, CPA, presented the City of Columbia fiscal year 2003/2004 Annual Report.  She stated that this is the second year of GASB34 reporting which focuses on full accrual accounting for all city funds.  She said that this requires additional work for the accounting staff and the external auditors.  Ms. Ross described the newer aspects of GASB34 reporting to the members of Council.

CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION / ACTION

C. Community Promotions Funding Recommendations – Ms. Libby Gober, Ombudsman
 This item was held over no action was taken.

TRAFFIC ISSUES

D. Adams Grove Parking
 This item was deferred until March 10, 2004.

E. Pine Street and Senate Street Four-Way Stop Request

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve the installation of a four-way stop control at the intersection of Pine Street and Senate Street.

APPOINTMENTS

F. Central Midlands Council of Governments

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve the appointment of Councilwoman Tameika Isaac Devine for a three (3) year term to expire on June 15, 2007.

G. Riverbanks Park Commission

Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Ms. Devine, Council voted unanimously to approve the appointment of Mr. James Smith, Sr. to the Riverbanks Park Commission for a six (6) year term to expire on July 21, 2010.

· Mayor Coble adjourned the Work Session at 9:55 a.m. to convene the regular meeting.

· Mayor Coble reconvened the Work Session at 10:50 a.m.

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Ms. Devine, Council voted unanimously to go into Executive Session at 10:50 a.m. to discuss Items H. through K. as amended to exclude the discussion of JEDA relating to the Convention Center and Convention Center Hotel Bond Sales.

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Ms. Devine, Council voted four (4) to one (1) to go into Executive Session at 10:50 a.m. for the discussion of JEDA relating to the Convention Center and Convention Center Hotel Bond Sales.  Voting aye were Mr. Cromartie, Mr. Davis, Ms. Devine and Mayor Coble.  Voting nay was Ms. Sinclair.  Mr. Papadea and Mr. Osborne abstained from voting due to a conflict of interest.

EXECUTIVE SESSION DISCUSSION

H.  Receipt of legal advice, which relates to a pending, threatened or potential claim
- Disparity Study - Mr. Richard Gergel and Mr. Franklin Lee
- JEDA (Bond Sales), Mr. Dan McLeod
These items were discussed in Executive Session no action was taken.

I.  Discussion of negotiations incident to proposed contractual arrangements
- **Town of Lexington – Mr. John Dooley, Director of Utilities
- Wardlaw Apartments, Mr. Steven Gantt, ACM
- Three Rivers Greenway, Mr. Steven Gantt, ACM
- Extension of the External Auditors Contract for Professional Services – Ms. Cathy Alexander, Finance Director
    These items were discussed in Executive Session no action was taken.

J.  Receipt of legal advice, which relates to a matter covered by attorney-client privilege
- **Main Street Encroachments – Mr. Steve Gantt, ACM
    This item was discussed in Executive Session no action was taken.

K.  Discussion of negotiations incident to the proposed purchase of property
- North Main Street Streetscape Project Right of Way Acquisitions – Mr. David Johnson, Director of Engineering and Ms. Gale Nash, Engineering Real Estate Division Manager
This item was discussed in Executive Session no action was taken.

L. **Discussion of employment of an employee
 This item was discussed in Executive Session no action was taken.

· Mayor Coble adjourned the meeting at 1:38 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by:
Erika D. Moore