CITY OF COLUMBIA
CITY COUNCIL WORK SESSION MINUTES
March 10, 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 10, 2004 in the City Council Chambers at 1737 Main Street, Columbia, South Carolina.  Mayor Robert D. Coble called the meeting to order at 9:06 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 C. Isaac.  Also present were Mr. Charles P. Austin, Sr., City Manager and Ms. Erika D. Moore, City Clerk.

PRESENTATIONS

A. Greater Columbia Community Relations Council  - Mr. Preston H. Winkler, Executive Director

Mr. Preston Winkler, Greater Columbia Community Relations Council Executive Director, requested additional funding in the amount of $60,783.25 to cover an operating budget shortfall for fiscal year 2003/2004.  He also requested that City Council consider adding the Council to the City’s operating budget as a line item in the amount of $225,000.00 for fiscal year 2004/2005.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to authorize Mr. Charles P. Austin, Sr., City Manager to determine a source of funding to cover the request in the amount of $60,783.25.  Mr. Winkler is to provide additional budgetary information as it relates to both requests.

City Council will review the financial request once they have received Mr. Austin’s recommendations and the requested budgetary information.

CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION / ACTION
 
B. Community Promotions Funding Recommendations – Ms. Libby Gober, Ombudsman

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Mr. Osborne, Council voted unanimously to authorize the disbursement of Community Promotions Funding in the amount of $24,000.00 to various organizations as recommended by the Community Promotions Advisory Committee. (See list below)

TRAFFIC ISSUES
 
C. Adams Grove Parking

 Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve staff’s recommendation to prohibit parking on the north side of Adams Grove to allow two-way traffic to pass safely and to allow emergency vehicles adequate access.

Mayor Coble adjourned the Work Session at 9:58 a.m. to convene the regular meeting.
Mayor Coble adjourned the regular meeting at 11:53 a.m. to reconvene the Work Session.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to go into Executive Session at 11:53 a.m. to discuss Items D. through G. as amended.

EXECUTIVE SESSION DISCUSSION

D. 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.

 E. Discussion of negotiations incident to proposed contractual arrangements

Animal Services Contract – Ms. Melissa Gentry, Director of Public Works and Ms. Marli Drum, Animal Services Superintendent

Town of Lexington – Mr. John Dooley, Director of Utilities

These items were discussed in Executive Session no action was taken.

F.  Receipt of legal advice, which relates to a pending, threatened or potential claim

Main Street Encroachments – Mr. Steve Gantt, Assistant City Manager

This item was discussed in Executive Session no action was taken.

G.  Receipt of legal advice, which relates to a matter covered by attorney-client privilege

Rosewood Youth Academy
PC Teach It

These items were discussed in Executive Session no action was taken.

 Mr. Osborne left the meeting at 1:30 p.m.
Mr. Papadea left the meeting at 1:52 p.m.
Ms. Sinclair left the meeting at 2:08 p.m.
 Mayor Coble adjourned the meeting at 2:10 p.m.

 
Respectfully submitted by:
Erika D. Moore
City Clerk