CITY COUNCIL WORK SESSION MINUTES
April 6, 2005
4:00 PM – Woodland Park
6500 Olde Knight Parkway

The City of Columbia City Council met for a Work Session on Wednesday, April 6, 2005 in the City Council Chambers at 1737 Main Street, Columbia, South Carolina.  The Honorable Mayor Robert D. Coble called the meeting to order at 4:20 p.m.  The following Council members were present: The Honorable E. W. Cromartie, II, The Honorable Anne M. Sinclair, The Honorable Hamilton Osborne, Jr., The Honorable Sam Davis and The Honorable Tameika Isaac Devine.  Absent was The Honorable Daniel J. Rickenmann.  Also present were Mr. Charles P. Austin, Sr., City Manager and Ms. Erika D. Salley, City Clerk.

EXECUTIVE SESSION

A. Discussion of negotiations incident to proposed contractual arrangements
- Streetscape Marketing – Ms. Dana Turner, Assistant City Manager for Commerce and Development
 Discussion of this item was deferred.

B. Receipt of legal advice, which relates to a matter covered by attorney-client privilege
- **Williams Street Closing
  Discussion of this item was deferred.

PRESENTATION

C. Briefing on the Intertape Polymer Group Explosion – Chief Bradley Anderson, Columbia Fire Department

Fire Chief Bradley Anderson, Columbia Fire Department presented a brief overview of the March 30, 2005 explosion at the Intertape Polymer Group noting that the incident was still under investigation by the Richland County Fire Marshall.  He stated that there were fifty employees on site, the explosion killed one and no other injuries were reported.  He said that the news media was instrumental in notifying the surrounding residents of the incident.  He noted that there is a concern that water run off may become contaminated due to the explosion and the quantity of diesel fuel on site.  Chief Anderson informed Council that a Boiler Inspection Bill has passed through Senate, but it would pertain mainly to schools.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to endorse a Resolution asking our Legislators and Representatives to strengthen S.581, Boiler Safety Act.

There was a consensus of Council to direct Mr. Charles P. Austin, Sr., City Manager to work with staff on drafting a protocol for communicating with residents during major power outages.

CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION / ACTION

  D. Lobbyist Registration Form
 
Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve the Lobbyist Registration Form as presented.  Staff was directed to insert instructions to Lobbyist on the agenda and on the City of Columbia website.
 
E. Trustus Capital Campaign – The Honorable Anne M. Sinclair

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Mr. Davis, Council voted unanimously to reaffirm an appropriation to Trustus Theater in the amount of $250,000.00 from the Hospitality Tax Fund for capital improvements only. The original commitment was made during the November 2001 City Council Retreat, but the funds were not expended.

F. Suspension of Parking Meters and Parking Enforcement within the Construction Areas of Five Points – Mr. John Spade, General Services
 Discussion of this item was deferred.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Osborne, Council voted unanimously to go into Executive Session at 4:54 p.m. for the discussion of a contractual matter related to the Renaissance Foundation.

· Council adjourned the Executive Session at 5:55 p.m. to reconvene the Work Session.

F1. **Renaissance Foundation Request for Funding
 
Mr. Tony Grant, Grant Business Strategies, assured the members of Council that the Renaissance Foundation would work with the City Attorney to provide the appropriate language for the lease.  He insisted that the foundation understood what needed to be done.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Ms. Devine, Council voted unanimously to reaffirm the $220,000.00 financial commitment to the Renaissance Foundation for capital improvements to the Bethel Cultural Arts Center subject to the Foundation working with the City’s Legal Department to resolve issues with the lease.

· Council adjourned the Work Session at 6:00 p.m. to convene the evening meeting.

· Council reconvened the Work Session at 6:45 p.m.

TRAFFIC ISSUES

G. Hamptonwood East

There was a consensus of Council to direct staff to confirm that the Hamptonwood East residents are in support of the installation of speed humps on Hamptonwood Way by installing one hump each in the sections to the east and west of Hamptonwood Court.  Consideration of this request was deferred until the residents are solicited for comments.

APPOINTMENTS

H. Hospitality Tax Advisory Committee

Upon motion by Ms. Devine, seconded by Mr. Osborne, Council voted unanimously to approve the staff recommendations as follows:
1. Reappoint Mr. Ron Jones and Ms. Harriet Green to the Hospitality Tax Advisory Committee for a two (2) year term.
2. Appoint Ms. Susan Douglas, Mr. Roger Poston, Mr. David Martin and Mr. John Sorrell to the Hospitality Tax Advisory Committee for a two (2) year term.
3. The Conventions and Visitors Bureau will submit their application for Hospitality Tax Funding to City Council for approval.

APPEARANCE OF PUBLIC HAVING BUSINESS WITH CITY COUNCIL  

· Council adjourned the meeting at 7:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by:
Erika D. Salley
City Clerk