CITY OF COLUMBIA
CITY COUNCIL WORK SESSION MINUTES
March 17, 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 17, 2004, in the City Hall Council Chambers at 1737 Main Street, Columbia, South Carolina.  Mayor Robert D. Coble called the meeting to order at 9:04 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.

REVIEW ZONING PUBLIC HEARING AGENDA

**There was a consensus of Council to amend the Work Session agenda to include the discussion of the Disparity Study, City Center Master Plan Request for Qualifications and the Convention Center Hotel Request for Proposals.

PRESENTATIONS

A. Greening the Arts Festival 2004 – Ms. Shirley Fields-Martin, Executive Director

Ms. Shirley Fields-Martin presented the Greening the Arts Festival 2004 to the members of City Council. She stated that cultural literacy promotes community development; therefore the majority of the events will be free of charge.  Greening the Arts Festival will be held from Sunday, May 23, 2004 until Sunday, May 30, 2004 in the City of Columbia.

B. Rosewood Community Parks Master Plan – Mr. Bob Amundson, Rosewood Community Council President and Mr. Kenneth Simmons, Kenneth B. Simmons & Associates

Mr. Bob Amundson, Rosewood Community Council President requested approval of the Parks Master Plan for the Rosewood Community.  He thanked the City of Columbia for the allocation of Columbia Assisting Neighborhoods Development Opportunities (CANDO) funding.  He assured the members of Council that this proposal is what the community wants and that the proposal was approved by the Parks & Recreation Department.

Mr. Kenneth Simmons, Kenneth B. Simmons & Associates presented the Rosewood Community Parks Master Plan as it relates to Valencia, Rosewood, Tyler and Lester Bates Parks.  He stated that the community wants each park to have its own character with distinctive walkways connecting one to the other.  He stated that Valencia Park has problems with parking and buffers between pedestrians and vehicular traffic; therefore, they will add a 25-space parking lot, a fenced entrance area, a new canteen/restroom building and new bleachers.  Mr. Simmons described Rosewood Park as a citywide regional park with an existing baseball field and scattered playground equipment.  He stated that they would like to install a water feature, a maze play area and an amphitheatre at Rosewood Park.  Mr. Simmons described Tyler Park as a linear shaped park with four (4) roads running through the park.  He proposed to change the pavement on the portion of the roads that run through the park and to create an American Disabilities Act compliant facility with an exercise station, plants and gazebos to create a pedestrian friendly environment.  Lester Bates Park was also described as a linear park.  He stated that the community would like to create a doggie park with a landscaped plaza, a dry creek and an exercise trail.

Mr. Bob Amundson, stated that the community voted unanimously in favor of the proposals and that they understand the need to divide this Rosewood Parks Masterplan into phases.  He said that they are also applying for grants to assist with funding.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to endorse the Parks Master Plan subject to the appropriation of funding.

COUNCIL DISCUSSION / ACTION

B1. **Disparity Study

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to endorse and adopt the Proposed Critical Path for Minority Business Enterprise / Women Business Enterprise Policy Development for the City of Columbia along with the proposed implementation schedule and budget.  The City Manager was authorized to implement the plan and budget as outlined.

B2. **Greater Columbia Community Relations Council Request for Funding – Mr. Preston Winkler, Executive Director

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to allocate Community Promotions Funding in the amount of $60,783.25 to cover a budgetary shortfall for fiscal year 2003/2004.  The request to add the Greater Columbia Community Relations Council to the City of Columbia’s General Fund Budget was deferred.
 
COUNCIL DISCUSSION / ACTION
 
B3.       **City Center Master Plan Request for Qualifications

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Mayor Coble, Council voted unanimously to authorize staff to proceed with a Request for Qualifications for the City Center Master Plan.

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

Mayor Coble reconvened the Work Session at 11:33 p.m.

B4.  **Convention Center Hotel Request for Proposals

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, staff was directed to draft a Request for Proposals for a full service Convention Center Hotel.  Mr. Papadea and Mr. Osborne abstained from voting due to a conflict of interest.

APPOINTMENTS

C. Design Development Review Commission

Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve the re-appointment of Mr. James Byrum, Ms. Gardenia Fair, Mr. James Mancini and Ms. Nancy McCormick for a three-year term to expire in April 2007.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to go into Executive Session at 11:37 a.m. for the discussion of Items D. through F. as amended.

EXECUTIVE SESSION DISCUSSION

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

**Disparity Study – Mr. Richard Gergel, Esquire
This item was discussed in Executive Session no action was taken.

 **Richland County School District One – Mr. Jim Meggs, City Attorney
This item was discussed in Executive Session no action was taken. Mr. Cromartie abstained from discussions due to a conflict of interest.

 **East Central City Consortium – Mr. Fred Johnson, F.A. Johnson Consulting Group, Inc.
This item was discussed in Executive Session no action was taken.

**Parkridge Road Relocation
This item was discussed in Executive Session no action was taken.

E. **Discussion of negotiations incident to the proposed sale of property

**SEC North Lake Drive and Irmo Drive – Mr. Shawn Epps, Special Projects Administrator
This item was discussed in Executive Session no action was taken.

F.  **Receipt of legal advice which relates to a pending, threatened or potential claim
This item was discussed in Executive Session no action was taken.

 Mayor Coble adjourned the Work Session at 12:50 p.m.

 

Respectfully submitted by:

Erika D. Moore
City Clerk