CITY OF COLUMBIA
CITY COUNCIL WORK SESSION MINUTES
March 19, 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 19, 2003, in the City Hall Council Chambers, 1737 Main Street, Columbia, South Carolina.  Mayor Robert D. Coble called the meeting to order at 9:13 a.m.  Council members present were 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.  Absent was The Honorable E. W. Cromartie, II.  Also present were Mr. Charles P. Austin, Sr., Interim City Manager and Ms. Pamela J. Ferst, City Clerk.

REVIEW COUNCIL AGENDA

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to amend the Public Hearing Agenda to include the following items.

Council is asked to approve a request from the Eau Claire Development Corporation on behalf of SCDOT to close Lester Drive from the intersection with Bailey Street to the entrance of Bethel Bishop apartments off Lester Drive and the close the last Block of Bailey Street from the intersection with Colony Forest Drive to the terminus of Bailey at the Lester Drive intersection on Monday, March 24, 2003 from 7:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. for the I-277 Pedestrian Bridge Dedication.

Ordinance No.: 2003-017-Providing for a Local Hospitality Tax for first reading.

CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION / ACTION

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Osborne, Council voted unanimously to amend the Work Session Agenda to include item A., City Manager Search.

  A.  **City Manager Search – Mr. Miles B. Hadley
 
  Upon motion by Mr. Osborne, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council directed Mr. Jim Meggs, City Attorney to draft a Contract for Professional Services between the City of Columbia and Mr. Miles Hadley to perform a Search for recruiting a new City Manager for the City of Columbia.

B. Historic Columbia Foundation / Tourism Development – Dr. Belinda Gergel

Ms. Belinda Gergel, Historic Columbia Foundation President Elect, appeared before Council on behalf of four (4) organizations to discuss ideas on the use of the hospitality tax funding.  Ms. Gergel introduced individuals from the Historic Columbia Foundation, Columbia Museum of Art, EdVenture Children’s Museum and the Township Auditorium.  She told Council that the four (4) organizations could play a vital role in assuring the capital city’s share of tourism dollars.  She said that these organizations require reliable funding to adequately equip their facilities and to reach their potential as tourist designations.  Ms. Gergel urged Council to adopt the Hospitality Tax and requested that a percentage of the tax revenue be written in for each organization.

Mr. Marshall Perry, Township Auditorium Executive Director, invited the members of Council to a performance by the United States Army Field Band and Soldiers Chorus along with twelve (12) students from Richland County School District I on Monday, March 24, 2003 at 7:00 p.m.

C.  Columbia Technology Organizer RFQ – Mr. Jim Gambrell, Ex Dir. E.D.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve the Columbia Technology Organizer Request for Qualifications as presented.

D. Hospitality Tax (Food & Beverage)

Mayor Coble stated that if the county passes the Hospitality tax first and the City of Columbia didn’t, then the money from the City would go to the County.  He said it is clear that this is not what the County is trying to do, but we need to parallel where the County is so that we are on the same track.

E. Intersection Priorities – Mr. Nathaniel “Chip” Land, Planning

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Ms. Isaac, Council voted unanimously to direct staff to submit a list of six (6) high priority items and other projects to COATS for the possible inclusion into the Long Range Transportation Plan.

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

Councilman Cromartie joined the regular council meeting at 10:40 a.m.

Mayor Coble reconvened the Work Session at 11:45 a.m.

  F. Lake Katherine Dredging Project – Mr. David Johnson, Director of Engineering
 This item was held over, no action was taken.

EXECUTIVE SESSION DISCUSSION

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to go into Executive Session at 11:45 a.m. to discuss Items G. through J. as amended.

G. Discussion of negotiations incidental to proposed contractual arrangements
- F.A. Johnson Consulting Group
- Commercial Revolving Loan Update – Mr. Bob Burch
- Trelys
 These items were held over, no action was taken.

H. Discussion of negotiations incidental to property acquisition
- Richland One School District property –Olympia School
This item was held over, no action was taken.

I. Receipt of legal advice, which relates to a matter covered by attorney-client privilege –
- Pending suits (3)
This item was held over, no action was taken.

 J. **Discussion of compensation of an employee
 This item was held over, no action was taken.

· Mayor Coble reconvened the Work Session at 12:25 p.m.

K. **Resolution R-2003-021 – Adopting and incorporating the Subcontracting Outreach Program into the City Procurement Regulations

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve Resolution No.: R-2003-021 – Adopting and incorporating the Subcontracting Outreach Program into the City Procurement Regulations.

· Mayor Coble reconvened the Executive Session at 12:30 p.m.

Mayor Coble adjourned the meeting at 1:30 p.m.

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