CITY OF COLUMBIA
CITY COUNCIL WORK SESSION MINUTES
March 28, 2001
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The Columbia City Council met for a work session, Wednesday, March 28, 2001, at the Columbia Museum of Art, 1501 Main Street (Main at Hampton) 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, The Honorable Jim Papadea, The Honorable Anne M. Sinclair, and The Honorable Hamilton Osborne, Jr., and The Honorable Sam Davis.   Also attending were Ms. Leona K. Plaugh, City Manager and Ms. Peggy S. Breeland, City Clerk.

1. Review Regular Agenda

Ms. Plaugh reviewed the regular agenda with City Council.  The following items were added to the Regular Agenda:

Item - IV.A.1.  Request from Taylor Memorial Baptist Church to close 1000 Block of
Short Street, on Saturday, March 31, 2001, for a Church Yard Sale, between the
hours of 8:00 a.m. through 7:00 p.m.

Item - IV.A.2. Request from Collaborative for Community Trust, to close Marion Street
between Elmwood and Calhoun Streets, on Wednesday, April 4, 2001, for the opening
ceremonies of the Modjska Monteith Simkins House, between the hours of 8:00 a.m.
until 8:00 p.m.

Item - IV.A.3. Request from U.S. Bankruptcy Court to close a portion of Assembly Street
on Monday, April 2, 2001, for the renaming ceremonies, between the hours of 8:00 a.m.
through 1:30 p.m.

Item - IV.B.1. Request approval to purchase GMC Envoy, for the Office of City
Manager.  Award contract to Hampton Automotive, the low bidder/S.C. State Vehicle
Contract procurement, at a cost of $30,420.00.

2. Memorial Park

Council asked that this item be held over for Executive Session.

3. Holocaust Memorial Dedication - Parking and Trolley Request

Council held this item over, no action was taken.

4. Fort Jackson Commemorative Statue Project

Council held this item over, no action was taken.
 

 
5. Dreher High School Request - Academic Decathlon Team

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council unanimously voted to approve a request from Dreher High School=s Academic Decathlon Team for financial support in the amount of $2000.00.

Ms. Sinclair requested an invitation be extended to the Dreher students to attend the April 4, 2001, District IV Evening Meeting.

6. State Capital Group

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted four to two, voting for were Mayor Coble, Mr. Cromartie, Mr. Osborne, Mr. Davis, opposing was Ms. Sinclair and Mr. Papadea to approve the hiring of John C. West, Jr. and Ronald C. Fulmer of the State Capitol Group, L.L.C. as Legislative Lobbyists for the City of Columbia.  Council also approved authorizing the City Manager to negotiation and sign a contract for professional services with State Capital Group, L.L.C.  .

7. Three Rivers Music Festival Request

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve a request to open a line of credit to the 3 Rivers Music Festival not to exceed the net festival ticket sales by Ticketmaster ticket sales due to the borrower.

8. Federally Designated High Speed Rail

Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council unanimously voted to approve a resolution designating a high speed rail route from Charlotte to Columbia to Charleston be establish and authorizing Mayor Coble to sign and  forward it to the SC Department of Transportation and both state and local.

9.   Contract and Legal Matters

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted to go into executive session at 9:45 a.m. to receive a legal briefing regarding the solid waste landfill and contractual matter.

Council returned to open session at 11:20 a.m.

10. Space Allocation Study for the City/County Planning Department

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council unanimously voted to approve entering into a contract with Chinn Planning to provide professional services to complete a Space Allocation Study for the City/County Planning Department at a cost of $10,000.00.  Council further approved authorizing the City Manager to approve additional funding in the amount of $5,000.00.

 
11. C & D Landfill - Consent Order

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve the C & D Landfill - Consent Order.  This is a DHEC enforcement action for alleged deficiencies at the City=s C & D landfill located on Shop Road.

The meeting adjourned at 11:45 a.m.

Respectfully submitted by,
 
 

Peggy S. Breeland,
City Clerk