CITY OF COLUMBIA
CITY COUNCIL WORK SESSION MINUTES
April 25, 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 25, 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. Presentation

A. S.C. Municipal Association

Mr. Howard Duvall, Executive Director for the S.C. Municipal Association briefed Council regarding the S280 Bill which is before the State Legislature.  This Bill would place utilities under the Public Service Commission.  Mr. Duvall stated that two meetings have taken place and a third meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, April 26, 2001.

After a brief discussion, Council expressed their concerns that the City=s interests and the Municipals interests and strategies do not coincide.  Council asked that the Association enhance communication between the Association, the City=s Lobbyists and City Council and that the Association email the weekly legislative alerts to each Council Member.  Additionally, Council asked that the City=s Lobbyists update and report any significant activities regarding pending legislative issues in the future.

B. Burroughs & Chapin - Green Diamond

Council held this item over, no action was taken at this time.
 

C. 3 Rivers Music Festival Update

Mr. Fred Monk updated Council regarding the 3 Rivers Music Festival.  After a brief discussion, Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council unanimously voted to approve finding the resources to support the cash deficient up to an amount of $100,000 and that the City prefer to pay only expenses that are due by July 1, 2001.  Additionally, Council asked that an itemized statement from last year= s festival, the present year=s festival, and a project budget for the coming year be provided to Council for their review and discussion regarding the level of City support that the festival should expect in the future and to work out a business plan for the stepping down of City support.
 
 

 
2. Appointments

A. Convention Center Authority

Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to appoint Mr. Bill Ellen, Ms. Michelle Childs, and Mr. James Bennett to the Convention Center Authority Board.

B. Memorial Park Advisory Committee

Council held this item over, no action was taken.

C. Columbia Housing Authority

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council unanimously voted to appoint Ms. Kathy Smith to the Columbia Housing Authority.

3. Engineering Services - Design Contract Recommendations

A. Recommendation regarding Rimer Pond Road Water Main
B. Recommendation regarding 2 Million Gallon Water Tank Near US 21
C. Recommendation regarding Metro Waste Water Improvements Project
D. Recommendation regarding Saluda River Sanitary Sewer Improvement Project

4. Downtown Business Association Request - 2000 Kaleidescape Funding

Upon motion by Ms. Heizer, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve a request from the Downtown Business Association for 2000 Kaleidescape funding in the amount of $23,003.50.

5. Contract and Legal Matters

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Ms. Heizer, Council voted to go into executive session at 9:21 a.m. to receive a legal briefing and to discuss a contractual matter.

Council reconvened into open session at 9:50 a.m.

Upon motion by Mr. Osborne, seconded by Ms. Heizer, Council voted to return to executive session at 10:45 a.m. to receive a legal briefing regarding a personnel matter.

Council reconvened into open session at 11:20 a.m.

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mayor Coble, Council voted to go into executive sessional at 11:50 a.m. to discuss a contractual matter.
 
 

 
6. Fort Jackson Memorial

Council held this item over, no action was taken.

7. Five Points Parking Study

Council held this item over, no action was taken.

8. Columbia Housing Authority and In Lieu of Taxes Adjustment

Council held this item over, no action was taken.

9. ITEM FOR APPROVAL:

A. ORDINANCES - 1st READING

1. Ordinance No. 2001-042 - Amending the 1998 Code of Ordinances of the City of
Columbia, South Carolina, Chapter 2, Administration Article II, Mayor and Council,
Division 1, Generally, Sec. 2-32, Reimbursement of Expenses.

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Ms. Heizer, Council voted unanimously to give first reading approval to Ordinance No. 2001-042 - Amending the 1998 Code of Ordinances of the
City of Columbia, South Carolina, Chapter 2, Administration Article II, Mayor and Council,
Division 1, Generally, Sec. 2-32, Reimbursement of Expenses.

10. Palmetto Classic Football Game - Ray Corley Contract

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to Authorize the City Manager to negotiate a contract with Mr. Ray Corley for the Palmetto Classic Football Game.

The meeting adjourned at 12:50 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted By,
 
 

Peggy S. Breeland
City Clerk