CITY OF COLUMBIA
CITY COUNCIL WORK SESSION MINUTES
March 12, 2003
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 12, 2003 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 C. Isaac.  Also present were Ms. Leona K. Plaugh, City Manager and Ms. Pamela J. Ferst, City Clerk.

REVIEW COUNCIL AGENDA

The City Manager reviewed the Zoning Public Hearing Agenda items with the Mayor and members of Council.

CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION / ACTION

A. Columbia Technology Leadership Council – Mr. Jim Gambrell, Ex Dir. E.D.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to authorize staff to develop a Request for Qualifications for an Organizer.  The Request For Qualifications should be provided to the members of Council by Monday, March 17, 2003 and placed on the Work Session Agenda for Wednesday, March 19, 2003.

· Mayor Coble adjourned the Work Session at 10:00 a.m. to convene the Zoning Public Hearing.

· Mayor Coble reconvened the Work Session at 10:51 a.m.

B. CanalSide – Prison Industries Building Demolition Update
  –  Mr. Jim Gambrell, Ex Dir. E.D.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve the redesign of CanalSide Vista Life to include revised Development Guidelines and a reconfigured Planned Urban Development (PUD) Master plan and directed staff to proceed with Phase II and a bid package for the demolition of the Prison Industries Building.

C. Schedule District IV Council Meeting – April 02, 6:00 p.m.

The District IV Evening Council Meeting has been tentatively scheduled for April 02, 2003 at 6:30 p.m. at the Greenlawn Funeral Home if it is available.

D. Enhancement Projects Prioritization Recommendations
  – Mr. Nathaniel Land, Planning

Mr. Chip Land, Planning Administrator, told the members of Council that he revised the list of intersections after meeting with Mr. Tony Shepard, Richland County District Engineer and Mr. David Brewer, City Traffic Engineer.  He identified six (6) high priority intersections and several other long-term projects that should be submitted to COATS.  (No action was taken on this item.)
 
E. Landscape Ordinance Implementation Update and Presentation of Administrative Guidelines – Mr. Nathaniel “Chip” Land, Planning Administrator

Mr. Chip Land, Planning Administrator, briefed the members of Council on the implementation of the Landscape Ordinance.  He said that he would meet with the Chamber of Commerce to discuss the revisions that are being recommended.  Mr. Land told Council that there is concern about the types of permitted buffers and about the difference between an inventory and a survey.

F.  Boarded Housing Ordinance Update – Mr. Donny Phipps, Inspections Director

Mr. Donny Phipps, Inspections Director, briefed the members of Council on the Boarded Housing Ordinance.  He stated that when dealing with so many boarded structures this Ordinance along with the 50% Ordinance is a valuable tool.  Mr. Phipps told Council that the intent is to see houses rehabilitated not demolished.

G. Manager’s Update – Ms. Leona Plaugh, City Manager

Ms. Leona K. Plaugh, City Manager, presented the following items to Council for discussion:

- US Departments of Housing and Urban Development, Health and Human Services and the Veteran’s Administration have issued a Notice of Funding Availability to address chronic homelessness
- Existing and contingent liabilities should be discussed at the March 26, 2003 Work Session Meeting.
- Pursuing additional Federal funds
- The City’s social policy in regards to offering incentives to companies that offer financing and investments

EXECUTIVE SESSION DISCUSSION

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to go into Executive Session at 11:55 a.m. to discuss Items H. through M. as amended.

H. Discussion of appointment of employees  – Municipal Court Judges

Upon motion by Mr. Osborne, seconded by Mr. Davis, Council voted unanimously to adjust the salaries of the Regular Court Judges effective July 1, 2003.  Ms. Sinclair was not present for the vote.

I. Discussion of negotiations incidental to proposed contractual arrangements
- City Dock – Mr. Steve Gantt, ACM and Mr. Craig Watson
- F.A. Johnson Consulting Group
- **Midlands Shopping Center
- **Commercial Revolving Loan Update – Mr. Bob Burch

J. Discussion of negotiations incidental to property acquisition
- Richland One School District property –Olympia School

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

L. Discussion of compensation of employees - City Attorney's staff.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Ms. Isaac, Council voted unanimously to adjust the salaries of the Assistant City Attorneys and junior positions effective July 1, 2003.  Mr. Osborne and Mr. Davis were not present for the vote.

M. Discussion of Police Department staff vacancies

Mayor Coble adjourned the meeting at 2:12 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by:
Pamela J. Ferst, CPS
Acting City Clerk