CITY OF COLUMBIA
CITY COUNCIL WORK SESSION MINUTES
April 23, 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 23, 2003 in the City Hall Council Chambers, 1737 Main Street, Columbia, South Carolina.  Mayor Robert D. Coble called the meeting to order at 9:07 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 C. Isaac.  Also present were Mr. Charles P. Austin, Sr., Interim City Manager and Ms. Pamela J. Ferst, City Clerk.
 
CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION / ACTION

**Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve the revised agenda as presented.

A. Presentation:   Ms. Anne Ross, CPA, with J.W. Hunt, External Auditors

Ms. Anne Ross, CPA with J.W. Hunt, offered an unqualified opinion of the June 30, 2002 audit results with the members of City Council.  Ms. Ross explained how the implementation of GASB34 has changed the presentation of governmental financial statements.  She told the members of Council that
 
D1. **Street Closing: Council is asked to approve a request to block off the cul-de-sac in the 1600 block of Roslyn Drive on Friday, May 02, from 7:30 until 9:30 p.m. for a block party.

Upon motion by Mr. Osborne, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve a request to block off the cul-de-sac in the 1600 block of Roslyn Drive on Friday, May 02, 2003, from 7:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. for a block party.

G. Traffic Issue:   Earlewood Neighborhood Traffic Control

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve the installation of four-way stop controls on Northwood Street at Park Street and Park Street at Union Street.

H. Traffic Issue:  Four Way Stop request at the intersection of Harrison Road and
 Center Street

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to authorize staff to submit a request to SCDOT for a multi-way stop at the intersection of Harrison Road and Center Street.
 
I. Traffic Issue:  Brandon Acres / Cedar Terrace Neighborhood Traffic Control

Upon motion by Mr. Osborne, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to authorize staff to submit a request to SCDOT for multi-way stops at Woodlawn Avenue and Munson Springs Drive; Woodlawn Avenue and Landon Lane; Munson Springs and Morrison Drive; Morrison Drive and Brandon Avenue; and Cedar Terrace and Norris Street.

F. Resolution:  Resolution No.:  2003-028 – For Condemnation of 900 Senate Street, Richland County TMS  #08916-10-01 and 02

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve Resolution No.: R-2003-028 – For condemnation of 900 Senate Street, Richland County TMS #08916-10-01 and 02.  Mr. Papadea and Mr. Osborne abstained from voting due to a conflict of interest.

B. Presentation:  Introduction of Mr. Terry Smithson, Education Manager for the North Americas for the Intel Corporation  - Ms. Linda H. Dennis, PC Teach It Editor in Chief

Ms. Linda Dennis, PC Teach It Editor in Chief, introduced the staff of PC Teach It and associates with the Intel Corporation.

Mr. Terry Smithson, Education Manager expressed his appreciation to the Mayor and City Council regarding his opportunity to meet with them and visit the City of Columbia.  He stated that PC Teach It has been a strong partner with Intel and they are visiting Columbia to develop a partnership with the city.

Mayor Coble presented Mr. Smithson with a key to the city.

C. Briefing:  Germany Briefing and Contract Renewal  - Dr. Gerhard Schmid and
 Mr. Michael Schmid

Dr. Gerhard Schmid, reviewed last year’s connections and accomplishments that resulted from the visits between Germany and the City of Columbia.  He told the members of Council that he tried to begin a three-year educational program with Richland County School District I to place students in an apprenticeship.  He also reviewed the proposed schedule for the next fiscal year.  Council took the renewal of his contract under advisement and will address approval of the contract on May 7, 2003.

D. Briefing:  CanalSide Project Update – Mr. Jim Gambrell

Mr. Jim Gambrell, Economic Development, informed the members of Council that Phase I is behind schedule and will not be completed until the end of June due to significant rainfall.   He stated that the demolition of the CCI building will begin early June 2003 and the drawings and engineering of Phase II will go out late July.  Mr. Gambrell said that they are working with DHEC to resolve two (2) environmental issues concerning the leaking of petroleum products and ashes from a boiler that have settled into the ground.  He stated that they are working with Archives and History on preserving the prison wall and creating a monument to remember what went on in the area since everything else is being demolished.
 
 D2. **Ordinance Second Reading:  Ordinance No.: 2003-017 – Providing for a Local Hospitality Tax    - Approved on first reading March 19, 2003.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve on second reading Ordinance No.: 2003-017 – Providing for a local Hospitality Tax with an amended effective date of June 30, 2003.  Staff was directed to develop a public input schedule for approval by City Council on May 7, 2003.

E. Ordinance First Reading:  Ordinance No.:  2003-031 – Prohibiting the Issuance of Demolition Permits in Certain Portions of the City.

The motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Mr. Papadea to approve on first reading Ordinance No.: 2003-031 – Prohibiting the Issuance of Demolition Permits in Certain Portions of the City was held for discussion.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve on first reading Ordinance No.: 2003-031 – Prohibiting the Issuance of Demolition Permits in Certain Portions of the City.
 
J. Briefing:  Fiscal Year 2003/2004 General Fund Budget Review
  – Mr. Charles P. Austin, Sr., Interim City Manager and Ms. Missy Caughman

Ms. Missy Caughman reviewed with members of Council the proposed budget for fiscal year 2003/2004.  Ms. Caughman addressed questions from Councilwomen Sinclair and Isaac.

EXECUTIVE SESSION DISCUSSION

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to go into Executive Session at 11:07 a.m. to discuss Items K. and L. as amended.

K. Discussion of negotiations incident to proposed contractual arrangements
- Three Rivers Greenway  - Mr. Steve Gantt and Mr. Allison Baker
This item was discussed in Executive Session no action was taken.

- **LDR CONTRACT
 
 Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by, Council voted unanimously to approve the Columbia Canal Front Contract Resolution with LDR based on the current understanding of the budget, schedule and project requirements in an amount not to exceed $580,000.00.  Mr. Osborne was not present for the vote.

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

- **Base Realignment and Closure

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by, Council voted unanimously to fund all City Council travel expenditures for trips to Columbus, Ohio and Washington, DC from the Economic Development Council Contingency Fund.  Mr. Osborne was not present for the vote.

L. **Receipt of legal advice which relates to matters covered by attorney-client privilege
- **Termination of the City Manager – Mr. Richard Gergel, Labor Attorney
This item was discussed in Executive Session no action was taken.

Mayor Coble adjourned the meeting at 12:27 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by:
 
 

Pamela J. Ferst, CPS
City Clerk