CITY OF COLUMBIA
CITY COUNCIL WORK SESSION MINUTES
March 26, 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 26, 2003 in the City Hall City Council Chambers, 1737 Main Street, Columbia, South Carolina.  Mayor Robert D. Coble called the meeting to order at 9:08 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., Interim City Manager and Ms. Pamela J. Ferst, City Clerk.
AMENDMENTS TO THE AGENDA

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to amend the Work Session Agenda as follows.  Ms. Sinclair was not present for the vote.

 1. CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION / ACTION
    E1. Council is asked to approve a request from the First Baptist Church for “head-in” parking on Marion and Sumter Streets between Washington and Hampton Streets on Sunday, March 30, 2003 from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. for an annual “Friend Day”. Contact:  Tim Parcheta, Sr.

 2. EXECUTIVE SESSION DISCUSSION
  H. Discussion of negotiations incidental to proposed contractual arrangements
- F.A. Johnson Consulting Group

  I. Receipt of legal advice, which relates to a matter covered by attorney-client privilege
- Update on three (3) litigation matters
- Pending dispute – Mainstream Development

CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION / ACTION

A. Second Reading:  Ordinance No.:  2003-025 – Prohibiting the Issuance of Demolition Permits in Certain Portions of the City.
 -  Approved on first reading March 18, 2003

Upon motion by Ms. Isaac, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve on second reading Ordinance No.: 2003-025 – Prohibiting the Issuance of Demolition Permits in Certain Portions of the City.  Ms. Sinclair was not present for the vote.

B. Second Reading:  Ordinance No.:  2002-030  (Revised)  - Amending the 1998 Code of Ordinances of the City of Columbia, South Carolina, Chapter 2, Administration, Article V, Procurement, be amended to add Sec. 2-208, Commercial Non-Discrimination; and amending the City Administrative Policies and Procedures (“CAPP”) Subsection 19, Procurement Regulations, to add CAPP 19-2.1 through 19-2.22      -   Approved on first reading September 04, 2002.
 This item was held over, no action was taken.

· Councilwoman Sinclair joined the meeting at 9:11 a.m.

Upon motion by Mr. Davis, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion Street Closing Requests Item C.; Item D. ; and Item D1. as listed below.

C. Street Closing Request:  Council is asked to approve a request from Robert Smith of 3102 Earlewood Drive to close the 3100 block of Keenan Drive from 3100 Earlewood Drive to the intersection of Cato on Saturday, April 5, 2003 beginning at 2:00p.m. for a block party. Contact:  Robert Smith - Approved

D. Street Closing Request:  Council is asked to approve a request from The Adam’s Mark Hotel Columbia to close Main Street between Hampton and Washington Streets on Wednesday, April 09, 2003 from 4:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. for a “Masters at the Mark” kickoff party.  Contact:  Michael J. Finnell
Resolution No.:  2003-019 – Authorizing consumption of alcoholic beverages at Masters at the Mark on April 09, 2003  (Event hours:  4-11p.m.  Alcohol served 4-10p.m.) - Approved

 D1. **Street Closing Request  (Revised): Council is asked to approve request from the City Center Partnership, Inc. to close Hampton Street between Main and Assembly Streets from 5:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. rather than 3:00 p.m. as previously approved due to large attendance every Saturday beginning March 29, 2003 through Saturday, May 03, 2003 for The Magnolia Market. - Approved

 E. Other Matters: Council is asked to approve a request from Sherwood Forest Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church to allow “head in” parking along the west curbside lane of the 400 and 500 blocks of Beltline Boulevard on Sunday, April 6, 2003 from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. for the 50th Church Anniversary Celebration.  Contact:  Ina Simpson
 Staff was asked to help the church find an alternative solution to their parking request.

 E1. **Other Matters:  Council is asked to approve a request from the First Baptist Church for “head-in” parking on Marion and Sumter Streets between Washington and Hampton Streets on Sunday, March 30, 2003 from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. for an annual “Friend Day”.  Contact:  Tim Parcheta, Sr.
 
 Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Ms. Isaac, Council voted unanimously to approve a request from the First Baptist Church for “head in” parking on Marion and Sumter Streets between Washington and Hampton Streets on Sunday, March, 30, 2003 from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. for an annual “Friend Day”.

F. Traffic Issue: Council is asked to approve an Amendment to the Transfer of the one-block section of Elmore Avenue (S-40-204) to include the remaining 340 feet of Elmore Avenue that dead ends at the railroad East of the Marsteller Street intersection.  This would transfer the entire 940 feet of Elmore Avenue to the City of Columbia.

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve an Amendment to the Transfer of the one-block section of Elmore Avenue (S-40-204) to include the remaining 340 feet of Elmore Avenue that dead ends at the railroad East of Marsteller Street intersection.

G. Main Street Streetscape Project – Mr. Jim Gambrell, Director of Economic Development

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to adopt the recommendations from the February 17, 2003 memo from Mr. Jim Gambrell, Director of Economic Development with emphasis on fine-tuning the lay-bys, their use and the modification of light posts for hanging baskets and plantings along Main Street.

EXECUTIVE SESSION DISCUSSION

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to go into Executive Session at 10:05 a.m. to discuss Items H. and H1. as amended.

  H. Discussion of negotiations incidental to proposed contractual arrangements
- Trelys
This item was held over, no action was taken.

· Mayor Coble reconvened the Work Session at 10:40 a.m.

- **F.A. Johnson Consulting Group

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve an Agreement for Project Coordination and Professional Services between the City of Columbia and F. A. Johnson Consulting Group, Inc.

I. **Receipt of legal advice, which relates to a matter covered by attorney-client privilege
- Update on three (3) litigation matters
- Pending dispute – Mainstream Development
 These items were discussed in Executive Session no action was taken.

Mayor Coble adjourned the Work Session at 10:45 a.m.

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