CITY OF COLUMBIA
CITY COUNCIL WORK SESSION MINUTES
April 11, 2001
9:00 AM - City Council Conference Room
2nd Floor City Hall - 1737 Main Street

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The Columbia City Council met for a work session, Wednesday, April 11, 2001, in the Council Conference Room.  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 Francenia B. Heizer, The Honorable Jim Papadea, 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. Midlands Commission on Homelessness Task Force Report and Recommendations

Dr. Lewis Galloway, Chairman, Midlands Commission on Homelessness Task Force on Emergency Services.  Dr. Galloway presented to Council recommendations of the Task Force which included  1) Authorizing and funding the Commission to advocate for homeless persons, identify resources, foster cooperation and coordination among service providers, facilitate the development of appropriate standards and accountability measures for sheltering and feeding the homeless population, and create and implement a strategic plan for emergency shelter during extreme circumstances; 2) The City and/or County provide assistance to Oliver Gospel Mission and the Salvation Army, with binding agreements to ensure that the fiscal investment is directed to providing improved homeless services; and 3) The City and/or County provide strong leadership and financial assistance to implement Project CALM, including a sobering center for public inebriates.

Council took this as information.

2. Discussion - USC/Columbia Technology Incubator

Council held this item over, no action was taken.

3. S.C. Export Consortium

Council held this item over, no action was taken.

4. Contract and Legal Matters

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted to go into executive session at 11:40 a.m. to discuss the Tapp=s Renovation Proposal, Homeless - Oliver Gospel Mission, a land contract issue related to the Bomber=s Stadium, and a personnel issue.

5. Appointments

 
a. Planning Commission
b. Convention Center Governing Board
c. CHA
d. DDRC

Council held this item over, no action was taken.
 
6. ITEMS FOR COUNCIL APPROVAL

A. Street Closing

1. Request from the Columbia Museum of Art to close Hampton Street between the
intersection of Main and Assembly Streets, for a series of concerts to host the Third
Thursday Party on the Boyd Plaza (in front of the Museum of Art), on the following dates
April 19th,  May 17th, June 21st, July 19, August 16, and September 20th, between the
hours of 3:00 p.m. through 10:00 p.m.

Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Mr. Osborne, Council voted unanimously to approve the street closing request from the Columbia Museum of Art.

B. Request for Support of the Columbia Improve Comedy Festival

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Ms. Heizer, Council voted unanimously to approve a request from the Columbia Improv Comedy Festival in the amount of $1500.00 from the community promotions budget.

C. Project CALM - Request for Funding $3,000

Upon motion by Ms. Heizer, seconded by Ms. Sinclair.  The motion passed with all members voting in favor, except Mr. Papadea who voted no, to approve $3000.00 from City Council=s Contingency Fund to support Project CALM.

D. National League of City=s - Economic Development Committee Meeting -
Columbia, South Carolina

Ms. Sinclair discussed that Columbia will be the host for this meeting and that she would like up to $15,000 to work with the Municipal Association of South Carolina to support this meeting.

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Mr. Cromartie.  The motion passed with all members voting in favor, except Mr. Papadea who voted no, to approve $15,000 for the NLC Economic Development Committee Meeting to be held in Columbia, South Carolina from City Council=s Contingency Fund.
 
 
 
 

 
E. Request from Bostick Thompkins Funeral Home

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Davis, Council unanimously voted to approve a request for reimbursement of landscaping in the amount of $77,388.00 to the Bostick Thompkins Funeral Home.

F. Recommended City Council Policy - Expenses

Upon motion Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Ms. Heizer, Council voted unanimously to adopt the policy relating to per diem for council members to be reimbursed for actual expenses.

The meeting adjourned at 12:50 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted by,
 
 

Peggy S. Breeland,
City Clerk