CITY OF COLUMBIA
CITY COUNCIL WORK SESSION MINUTES
April 03, 2002
9:00 AM - City Council Conference Room
2nd Floor City Hall - 1737 Main Street
 

The City of Columbia City Council met in a Work Session on Wednesday, April 3, 2002 in the City Hall Council Conference Room, 1737 Main Street, Columbia, South Carolina.  Mayor Robert D. Coble called the meeting to order at 9:10 a.m.  Council members present were The Honorable E.W. Cromartie, II, The Honorable Francenia B. Heizer, The Honorable Jim Papadea, The Honorable Anne M. Sinclair, The Honorable Hamilton Osborne, Jr. and The Honorable Sam Davis.  Also attending were Ms. Leona K. Plaugh, City Manager and Ms. Erika D. Moore, Deputy City Clerk.

CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION / ACTION

1. **Bombers Stadium Presentation

Ms. Marsha Colton, Executive Vice President / Co-Owner of Capitol City Bombers, presented a marketing plan for a new  Bomber's Stadium.

Ms. Trish English, informed Council of modern Baseball amenities that Minor League Ballparks are offering.

Mr. Hamp Howell, President of Sports Facility Marketing Group, briefed Council on marketing ideas used  to enhance ticket sales.

2. Blue Cross / Blue Shield Annexation Briefing
This item was held over, no action was taken.

3. Firefighter Combat Challenge Sponsorship

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Osborne, Council voted unanimously to approve funding for the Firefighter Combat Challenge in the amount of $1,000.

4. Five Points Parking

Mr. Fred Delk, Columbia Development Corporation Executive Director, presented a general plan of action for parking in the Five Points area and the City Center:

 
9. Columbia Action Council Budget Deficit

Ms. Cathy Alexander, Finance Director, appeared before Council to request approval to cover a cumulative three (3) year deficit in the amount of $163,130.00 accumulated by the Columbia Action Council.  No action was taken by Council.

10. Columbia Council of Neighborhoods Funding Request

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Ms. Heizer, Council voted six (6) to one (1) to approve funding in the amount of $500 for Columbia Council of Neighborhood delegates to attend the Neighborhood USA Conference in Houston, TX.  Voting aye were Mayor Coble, Mr. Cromartie, Ms. Heizer, Mr. Papadea, Ms. Sinclair and Mr. Osborne.  Voting nay was Mr. Davis.

11. **Greenview Park Re-Lighting Project

Upon motion by Mr. Davis, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve the Greenview Park Re-Lighting Project by replacing existing wooden poles with ten (10) concrete poles in an amount not to exceed $93,983.

CONSENT AGENDA

Upon motion by Mr. Osborne, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion Consent Agenda Items 8., 9., 11. and 12.  Item 10. was held over, no action was taken.

STREET CLOSINGS

8. Council is asked to approve a request from the residents of Dinwood Circle, to Sweep the Street prior to, and close Dinwood Circle between #41 and #51 from 4:00 p.m until 9:00 p.m., on Friday, April 19, 2002, for their Annual Block Party.  Approved

9. Council is asked to approve a request from Meadowfield Elementary, to close the 500 Block of Galway Lane from 5:30 p.m until 8:30 p.m., on Saturday, April 19, 2002, for the Annual Meadowfield Elementary Spring Carnival.  Approved

CONSIDERATION OF BIDS, AGREEMENTS, AND CHANGE ORDERS

10. *DESA Proposal
This item was discussed in Executive Session, no action was taken.

11. Council is asked to approve a Contract for Project #W900-0/1; Main Street Water main construction and rehabilitation, as requested by the Director of Engineering. Award to Spiniello Companies, the low bidder, in the amount of $917,500.00.  MBE/FBE participation: 11.01%.  This Company is located out of state.  Approved

12. Council is asked to approve an Agreement for Engineering Services for Electrical Improvements at the Metro Wastewater Plant, as requested by Engineering Operations.  Award to B.P. Barber & Associates, for a maximum fee of $780,000.00.  MBE/FBE participation: 8.33%.  This is a local company.  Approved
 
 
 

 
13. **Council is asked to approve a Proposal for the Due Diligence Review of the Columbia Canal Hydroelectric Station.  Award to Duke Engineering & Services, the low bidder in the amount of $13,200.00.  This firm is located in Charlotte, NC.

Upon motion by Mr. Osborne, seconded by Ms. Heizer, Council voted unanimously to approve a Proposal for the Due Diligence Review of the Columbia Canal Hydroelectric Station.  Award to Duke Engineering & Services, the low bidder in the amount of $13,200.00.  This firm is located in Charlotte, NC.

Upon motion by Ms. Heizer, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to go into Executive Session at 10:35 a.m. to discuss Five Points Parking, DESA Contract, Memorial Park parking lot, Capitol Places III and to allow Councilwoman Elect Tameika Isaac to be present during the Executive Session.

$ Ms. Heizer left the meeting at 11:40 a.m.

$ Mayor Coble reconvened the Work Session at 11:50 a.m.

APPOINTMENTS

14. Arts Task Force
  This item was held over, no action was taken.

15. Accommodations Tax Committee
This item was held over, no action was taken.

$ Mayor Coble left the meeting at 11:55 a.m.

$ Mayor Pro-Tempore Sam Davis presiding.

16. Columbia Museum of Art Commission

Upon motion by Mr. Osborne, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve the re-appointment of Mr. Claude M. Scarborough, Jr. for a second five (5) year term to the Columbia Museum of Art expiring on January 1, 2007.  Mayor Coble was not present for the vote.

17. Commission on Children & Youth
This item was held over, no action was taken.

18. Keep America Beautiful of the Midlands
This item was held over, no action was taken.

19. Planning Commission

Upon motion by Mr. Osborne, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve the appointment of Mr. Billy Way to the Planning Commission for a three (3) year term, expiring on March 1, 2004.  Mayor Coble was not present for the vote.
 
 
 
 

 
20. Riverbanks Park Commission
This item was held over, no action was taken.

$ Mayor Coble rejoined the meeting and now presiding.

21. Zoning Board of Adjustments and Appeals

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve the appointment of Ms. Elizabeth Webber to the Zoning Board of Adjustments and Appeals for a five (5) year term expiring on April 3, 2007.

LEGAL BRIEFINGS

22. *Memorial Park
This item was discussed in Executive Session, no action was taken.

23. *Capitol Places III - Mr. Tom Prioreschi
This item was discussed in Executive Session, no action was taken.

Mayor Coble adjourned the Work Session at 12:04 p.m.
 

Respectfully submitted by:
 
 

Erika D. Moore
Deputy City Clerk