CITY OF COLUMBIA
CITY COUNCIL WORK SESSION MINUTES
April 16, 2003
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 16, 2003, in the City Council Chambers, City Hall, 1737 Main Street, Columbia, South Carolina.  Mayor Robert D. Coble called the meeting to order at 9:06 a.m.  Council members present were The Honorable E. W. Cromartie, II, The Honorable Jim D. N. Papadea, The Honorable Hamilton Osborne, Jr., The Honorable Sam Davis and The Honorable Tameika C. Isaac.  Absent was The Honorable Anne M. Sinclair.  Also present were Mr. Charles P. Austin, Sr., Interim City Manager and Ms. Pamela J. Ferst, City Clerk.

Mayor Coble recognized Nick Murray, his lunch buddy, who is a second grader at Rosewood Elementary.

REVIEW COUNCIL AGENDA

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to amend the regular meeting agenda as follows:
- Schedule Public Hearing on Monday, May 5, 2003 at 9:00 a.m. as requested by Ms. Leona Plaugh, City Manager

CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION / ACTION

A. Base Realignments and Closings (BRAC) – Mr. Ike McLeese and Mr. Charlie Jacocks

Mr. Charlie Jacocks, Fort Jackson Liaison, stated that the last Base Realignment And Closure proceedings closed the Charleston Naval Base and the Myrtle Beach Air Force Base.   He explained that these closings were unexpected and caused severe economic problems in those areas.  Mr. Jacocks told the members of Council that the next round of BRAC is forecasted to be the most extensive in history with a 25% target. He said that the goal is to protect Fort Jackson, McIntire Air Force Base, Shaw Air Force Base, Charleston Air Force Base and Beaufort Marine Air Station from being on the list.

Mr. Ike McLeese, Chamber of Commerce / Military Affairs Committee, told the members of Council that Fort Jackson has a $665,600,000 annual impact on the City of Columbia in direct expenditures in addition to the $290 million contributed by retirees that opted to make Columbia their home. He stated that the City of Columbia has a unique working relationship with Fort Jackson.  Mr. McLeese said that we have to be concerned about Fort Jackson and McIntire Air Force Base.  He recommended that the City of Columbia hire a consulting firm with experience in dealing with BRAC.  He informed Council that the three (3) year process will cost $350,000 and the State has committed $50,0000.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to 1) Authorize staff to work with Mr. Charlie Jacocks and Mr. Ike McLeese to determine a date to interview consultant candidates; 2) Endorse and agree to financially support a budget to be presented later; 3) Forward the $50,000 contribution from the State to the Chamber of Commerce for the Military Affairs Committee to oversee this project.

B. Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority (CMRTA)
   –  Ms. Mitzi Teal and Mr. Butch Spires

Ms. Mitzi Teel, CMRTA, briefed Council on the progress of the RTA since it began six (6) months ago.  She stated that the RTA has made 168,000 trips and this number continues to increase.    Ms. Teel informed the members of Council that on April 17, 2003 between 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. they would recognize their one-millionth rider at the corner of Sumter and Laurel Streets.  She stated that the Transportation Association of South Carolina honored the RTA with the 2003 Task Award.  Ms. Teel outlined many accomplishments and future goals of the RTA.

C. Fast Forward Quarterly Report – Ms. Dee Albritton

Ms. Dee Albritton, Fast Forward, informed the members of Council that there are 560 seats available for summer camp for rising first through tenth graders.  Ms. Albritton also told Council that they now have several corporate sponsors supporting the program.  She said that Fast Forward has received a lot of publicity through television, the newspapers, magazines and the city calendar.

· Mayor Coble adjourned the Work Session at 10:00 a.m. to convene the regular meeting.

· Mayor Coble reconvened the Work Session at 11:24 a.m.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to go into Executive Session at 11:25 a.m. to discuss Item D. as amended.

EXECUTIVE SESSION DISCUSSION

D. Discussion of negotiations incidental to proposed contractual arrangements
- **HNTB Contract
This item was held over, no action was taken.

 - Hotel Development Team MOU – Mr. Joel Gottlieb and Mr. Steve Gantt

  Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Ms. Isaac, Council voted unanimously to approve a Memorandum of Understanding between the City of Columbia and the Project Team headed by Edens and Avant for the development of a 300-room convention center hotel and ancillary uses in response to the City’s solicitation for development teams to construct and operate the Hotel.  Mr. Papadea and Mr. Osborne abstained from voting due to a conflict of interest.

- Strategic Advisory Group (SAG)   $50,000

  Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve the request to increase the contract between the City of Columbia and Strategic Advisory Group regarding Pre-Development Services for the Convention Center Hotel in an amount not to exceed $50,000.  Mr. Papadea and Mr. Osborne abstained from voting due to a conflict of interest.

- Trelys
This item was held over, no action was taken.

Mayor Coble adjourned the meeting at 12:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by:

Pamela J. Ferst, CPS
Acting City Clerk