CITY OF COLUMBIA
CITY COUNCIL WORK SESSION MINUTES
April 14, 2004
9:00 AM - City Council Chambers
3rd Floor City Hall - 1737 Main Street
 

The City of Columbia City Council met for a Work Session on Wednesday, April 14, 2004, in the City Hall Council Chambers at 1737 Main Street, 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, II, The Honorable Jim D. N. Papadea, The Honorable Anne M. Sinclair, The Honorable Hamilton Osborne, Jr., The Honorable Sam Davis and The Honorable Tameika Isaac Devine.  Also present were Mr. Charles P. Austin, Sr., City Manager and Ms. Erika D. Moore, City Clerk.

CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION / ACTION

A. Matthew J. Perry Courthouse Committee Request for Funding – Ms. Janice Marshall, Co-Chair

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Ms. Devine, Council voted unanimously to approve a request from the Matthew J. Perry Courthouse Committee for funding in the amount of $20,000.00 from the Accommodations Tax Fund.  Mr. Papadea, Ms. Sinclair and Mr. Osborne were not present for the vote.

B.  Operation Sign Off – Mr. Marc Mylott, Zoning Administrator

Mr. Marc Mylott, Zoning Administrator, invited citizen volunteers and staff members to participate in the 3rd Annual Operation Sign Off on Saturday, April 24, 2004 beginning at 9:00 a.m.  to remove signs that is posted illegally.  He said that invitations have been extended to the City of Forest Acres, Richland County, City of West Columbia, Cayce and Lexington County to make this a regional initiative.

Ms. Mary Pat Baldauf of Keep America Beautiful of the Midlands thanked the members of Council for their continued support of Keep America Beautiful.

· Mr. Papadea joined the meeting at 9:08 a.m.

· Mr. Osborne joined the meeting at 9:14 a.m.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to go into Executive Session at 9:14 a.m. for the discussion of Items D. through G. as presented.

· Ms. Sinclair joined the Executive Session discussion at 9:23 a.m.

· Mayor Coble adjourned the Executive Session at 9:56 a.m. to convene the Zoning Public Hearing.

· Mayor Coble reconvened the Work Session at 11:05 a.m.

C. Convention Center Hotel Selection Committee Appointments

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve the appointment of the following individuals to the Convention Center Hotel Selection Committee: Mr. James Bennett, Ms. Michelle Childs, Mr. Bill Ellen, Mr. Kester Freeman, Mr. John Hardee, Mr. John Hipp, Mr. J. T. Mc Lawhorn, Ms. Cathy Novinger, Mr. Ned Pendarvis, Mr. Bert Pooser and Mr. William DePass.

OTHER MATTERS

 C1. **Political Signage – Mr. William DePass, Jr.
 This item was transferred to the Zoning Public Hearing Agenda Item B.

Upon motion by Mr. Davis, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to reconvene the Executive Session at 11:14 a.m. for the discussion of Item D.

EXECUTIVE SESSION DISCUSSION

D.  Discussion of negotiation incident to proposed contractual arrangements
- Sanitary Sewer Main Extension Agreement – Mr. Steve Gantt, ACM
  This item was approved.  (See Item I.)

- **Time Warner Cable
  This item was discussed in Executive Session no action was taken.

E. Discussion of negotiations incident to the proposed sale of property
- Charlton Hall Property – Mr. Steve Gantt, ACM
 This item was discussed in Executive Session no action was taken.

F.  Receipt of legal ad vice, which relates to a matter covered by attorney-client privilege
- City / County Co-Location
- **Parkridge Drive
- **Regional Transit Authority
These items were discussed in Executive Session no action was taken.

G.  Discussion of employment of an employee
- Municipal Court Judge
This item was discussed in Executive Session no action was taken.

· Mayor Coble adjourned the Executive Session at 12:55 p.m. to reconvene the Work Session.

STREET CLOSING

H.  **Council is asked to approve a request from First Nazareth Baptist Church to close Heidt Street between Gervais Street and Hampton Street on Saturday, April 24, 2004 from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. for the 1st Annual Lady’s Walk and Health Fair.  Contact: Dr. Sandra Glover

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mayor Coble, Council voted unanimously to approve a request from First Nazareth Baptist Church to close Heidt Street between Gervais Street and Hampton Street on Saturday, April 24, 2004 from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. for the 1st Annual Lady’s Walk and Health Fair.  Mr. Osborne was not present for the vote.

CONSIDERATION OF BIDS, AGREEMENTS & CHANGE ORDERS

I. **Council is asked to approve a Sanitary Sewer Main Extension Agreement for property known as the Food Lion Shopping Center; CIP# SS939-3/4, as requested by Engineering Operations.  Award to HR Developers, a maximum of two hundred eleven (211) Sewer Tap Certificates valued at $300.00 each for the total amount of $63,300.00.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve the Sanitary Sewer Main Extension Agreement and the developer’s request to transfer tap certificates to properties outside of the development area.  Some of these properties are not adjacent to the gravity sewer line and would be eligible for extension agreements in their own right.  Mr. Osborne was not present for the vote.

· Mayor Coble adjourned the meeting at 12:57 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by:
Erika D. Moore
City Clerk