CITY COUNCIL WORK SESSION MINUTES
March 30, 2005
9:00 AM - City Council Chambers
3rd Floor City Hall - 1737 Main Street

The Columbia City Council met for a Work Session on Wednesday, March 30, 2005 in the City Hall City Council Chambers at 1737 Main Street, Columbia, South Carolina.  The Honorable Mayor Robert D. Coble called the meeting to order at 9:08 a.m.  The following City Council members were present:  The Honorable Anne M. Sinclair, The Honorable Hamilton Osborne, Jr., The Honorable Sam Davis, The Honorable Tameika Isaac Devine and The Honorable Daniel J. Rickenmann.  The Honorable E. W. Cromartie, II was absent due to medical concerns.  Also present were Mr. Charles P. Austin, Sr., City Manager and Ms. Erika D. Salley, City Clerk.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Ms. Devine, Council voted unanimously to go into Executive Session at 9:09 a.m. for the discussion of Items 1. through 2a.  Mayor Coble amended the Work Session Agenda to add a presentation from Mr. Bill Shanahan.  Ms. Sinclair was not present for the vote.

EXECUTIVE SESSION

· Ms. Sinclair joined the meeting at 9:12 a.m.

1. Discussion of negotiations incident to proposed contractual arrangements
- F.A. Johnson Consulting, Inc.
- East Central City Consortium
- Nickelodeon – Mr. Steven A. Gantt, Senior Assistant City Manager for Operations
- MB Kahn – Mr. Steven A. Gantt, Senior Assistant City Manager for Operations
 These items were discussed in Executive Session no action was taken.

2. Receipt of legal advice, which relates to a matter covered by attorney-client privilege
- Community Development and the Department of Housing and Urban Development
- Williams Street Closing – (Mr. Osborne abstained from discussions due to a potential conflict of interest.)
 These items were discussed in Executive Session no action was taken.

 3.  **Receipt of legal advice which relates to a pending, threatened or potential claim
- Dr. Louis B. Lynn
 These items were discussed in Executive Session no action was taken.

· Council adjourned the Executive Session at 10:00 a.m. to convene the Work Session.

CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION / ACTION

4. **Capital City Stadium Management – Mr. Bill Shanahan

Mr. Bill Shanahan offered to assist in revitalizing the Capital City Stadium.  He said that he wanted to bring some energy and life back to the stadium like it was just a few years ago.  He explained that the Capital City Stadium could be revitalized with some maintenance and without renovations. Mr. Shanahan would begin the process by compiling a checklist of the stadium and by accessing the necessary repairs and on-going maintenance requirements.

Upon motion by Mr. Osborne, seconded by Mayor Coble, Council voted unanimously to authorize staff to negotiate a contract with Mr. Bill Shanahan for the leasing of the Capital City Stadium, subject to review and compliance with the City’s Procurement Ordinance, the completion of a feasibility analysis and recommendations from Mr. Charles P. Austin, Sr., City Manager.

STREET CLOSINGS

Upon motion by Mr. Osborne, seconded by Mr. Rickenmann, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion Items 5. through 7. as presented.

5.  Council is asked to approve a request from the University of South Carolina and Global Spectrum to close Greene Street from Gadsden Street to the railroad track where it dead ends and to restrict access from the corner of Gadsden Street and Greene Street to Wayne Street and Gervais Street one (1) hour prior to the following events.  Contact: Mr. Lanny Correll, Jr., Security and Safety Coordinator –  Approved subject to the University Police being responsible for traffic control at each location.

 Date Event Time
Friday April 1, 2005 Robotics Show 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday April 2, 2005 Robotics Show 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Thursday April 7, 2005 Disney on Ice 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Friday April 8, 2005 Disney on Ice 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Saturday April 9, 2005 Disney on Ice 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Sunday April 10, 2005 Disney on Ice 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday April 23, 2005 Mercy Me Concert 5:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Friday April 29, 2005 Possible Event
Saturday April 30, 2005 Kenney Chesney Concert 7:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.

6. Council is asked to approve a request from the Columbia Housing Authority to close Read Street between Harden Street and Oak Street on Thursday, April 14, 2005 from 7:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. for the Wall of Fame Ceremony.  Contact:  Mr. Gilbert Walker, Executive Director - Approved

7. Council is asked to approve a request from the Historic Elmwood Park Neighborhood Association to close Chester Street between Lincoln Street and Park Street on Saturday, April 9, 2005 from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. for the Tour of Homes and Gardens. - Approved

MAP & TEXT AMENDMENT – SECOND READING

8. Fountain in City of Columbia right of way in cul-de-sac of Myrtle Court (Surrounded by 14, 15, 20, 24 Myrtle Court), Tax Map page 11307 between blocks 07 and 09; rezone from RS-3 to RS-3, -DP.  First reading approval was given on March 16, 2005. – Approved on second reading.

  Ordinance No.: 2005-011 – Amending the 1998 Code of Ordinances of the City of Columbia, South Carolina, Chapter 17, Planning, Land Development and Zoning, Article V, Historic Preservation and Architectural Review, Division 4, Landmarks, Sec. 17-691, Buildings and site list, (c) First reading approval was given on March 16, 2005. – Approved on second reading.

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Mr. Rickenmann, Council voted unanimously to give second reading approval on a single motion to the Map and Text Amendment for a Fountain in the City of Columbia right of way in cul-de-sac of Myrtle Court (Surrounded by 14, 15, 20, 24 Myrtle Court), Tax Map page 11307 between blocks 07 and 09; rezone from RS-3 to RS-3, -DP and Ordinance No.: 2005-011 – Amending the 1998 Code of Ordinances of the City of Columbia, South Carolina, Chapter 17, Planning, Land Development and Zoning, Article V, Historic Preservation and Architectural Review, Division 4, Landmarks, Sec. 17-691, Buildings and site list, (c).

BIDS, AGREEMENTS AND CHANGE ORDERS

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Mayor Coble, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion Item 9. Approve a Technical Consultant Agreement between the City of Columbia and the F. A. Johnson Consulting Group, inc. to develop / redevelop certain blighted and unsightly areas in an around the City of Columbia in the amount of $131,000.00 and to ratify any modifications made to the Master Planning Services Agreement as presented and discussed and Item 10. Approve a Contract for Professional Services to assist in the expansion of opportunities for affordable homeownership and the redevelopment of blighted inner city neighborhoods between the Community Development Department and the Columbia Housing Development Corporation in an amount not to exceed $129,020.07.

  9.  Council is asked to approve a Contract for Project Coordination and Professional Services to develop/redevelop certain blighted and unsightly areas in and around the City of Columbia, as requested by Administration.  Award to F.A. Johnson Consulting Group, Inc., in the amount of $131,000.00 for the Technical Consultant Agreement. - Approved

10.  Council is asked to approve a Contract for Professional Services to assist in the expansion of opportunities for affordable homeownership and the redevelopment of blighted inner city neighborhoods, as requested by the Community Development Department.  Award to the Columbia Housing Development Corporation in an amount not to exceed $129,020.07. - Approved

ORDINANCES – FIRST READING

11.  Ordinance No.: 2005-025 – Granting encroachment to the University of South Carolina for installation and maintenance of an irrigation system and landscaping adjacent to the pedestrian bridge located at Pickens Street and Pendleton Street – Approved on first reading.

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Mr. Davis, Council voted unanimously to give first reading approval to Ordinance No.:  2005-025 – Granting encroachment to the University of South Carolina for installation and maintenance of an irrigation system and landscaping adjacent to the pedestrian bridge located at Pickens Street and Pendleton Street with the condition that the Traffic Control Plan be reviewed and approved by Mr. David Brewer, City Traffic Engineer and Inspector Harold Reaves.  Staff also suggests that USC coordinate with Mr. John Stucker of the University Neighborhood.

12.  Ordinance No.: 2005-030 – Granting encroachment to Lady Street Associates adjacent to its building located in the 1300 block of Lady Street for landscaping and lighting installation and maintenance

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Mr. Davis, Council voted unanimously to give first reading approval to Ordinance No.: 2005-030 – Granting encroachment to Lady Street Associates adjacent to its building located in the 1300 block of Lady Street for landscaping and lighting installation and maintenance.

 13. **Ordinance No.: 2005-035 - Approval for Quit Claim Deed to Convey a Portion of Hillcrest Avenue; Richland County TMS #09214; Hillcrest Apartments; CF #226-01C

Upon motion by Mr. Davis, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to give first reading approval to Ordinance No.: 2005-035 - Approval for Quit Claim Deed to Convey a Portion of Hillcrest Avenue; Richland County TMS #09214; Hillcrest Apartments; CF #226-01C.

RESOLUTIONS

14.  Resolution No.: R-2005-011 – Authorizing consumption of alcoholic beverages and Five Points Association’s 5 After 5 Spring Concert Series

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Mr. Rickenmann, Council voted unanimously to approve Resolution No.: R-2005-011- Authorizing consumption of alcoholic beverages and Five Points Association’s 5 After 5 Spring Concert Series.

15.  **Resolution No.: R-2005-012 – Provisions for Council Agenda Items

Councilman Osborne stated that this Resolution would only apply to the business agenda.  The appearance of constituents having any business with City Council would follow the business agenda.

Upon motion by Mr. Osborne, seconded by Ms. Devine, Council voted unanimously to approve Resolution No.: R-2005-012 – Provisions for Council Agenda Items.

OTHER MATTERS
 
16. Council is asked to approve a name change for the City of Columbia Golf Driving Range to the James E. Clyburn Golf Driving Range, as requested by The Honorable E.W. Cromartie, II.
 
Upon motion by Mr. Davis, seconded by Ms. Devine, Council voted unanimously to authorize the name change of the City of Columbia Golf Driving Range to the James E. Clyburn Golf Driving Range.
 
17. **Suspension of Parking Meters and Parking Enforcement within the Construction Areas of Five Points – The Honorable Daniel J. Rickenmann

Councilman Rickenmann informed the members of Council that he has held discussions with many Five Points business owners that are not pleased with the parking situation in the area.

Mr. S. Allison Baker, Assistant City Manager for Public Services explained that the parking situation in Five Points is complicated.  He recommended against suspending parking meters and parking enforcement.  Mr. Baker

Upon motion by Mr. Rickenmann, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to direct Mr. John Spade of General Services to review the current parking situation in the construction areas of Five Points and to present his recommendations to City Council on April 6, 2005.

APPEARANCE OF THE PUBLIC HAVING BUSINESS WITH CITY COUNCIL

Mr. Bill Manley reported that Mr. Leroy Moss was in the hospital due to a light heart attack.

· Council adjourned the Work Session at 10:52 a.m. to reconvene the Executive Session discussions as amended.

· Council adjourned the meeting at 12:27 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by:
Erika D. Salley
City Clerk