CITY OF COLUMBIA
CITY COUNCIL WORK SESSION MINUTES
May 07, 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, May 7, 2003 in the City Hall Council Chambers, 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 C. Isaac.  Also present were Mr. Charles P. Austin, Sr., Interim City Manager and Ms. Erika D. Moore, Deputy City Clerk.

REVIEW COUNCIL AGENDA

There was a consensus of Council to amend the regular meeting agenda as follows:
 - Add a street closing request from Triumphant Praises Ministries
 - Hold Items 16., 17., 19., and 20.

CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION / ACTION

A. Hospitality Tax Public Hearings Dates

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to set the following schedule for the Hospitality Tax Public Hearings and directed staff to review budgetary line items that may be paid from the Hospitality Tax prior to the first public hearing.  All written comments should be submitted prior to May 28, 2003.  Mr. Davis was not present for the vote.
- May 28, 2003 at 10:00 a.m.
- June 11, 2003 at 2:00 p.m.
- July 9, 2003 during the District I Evening Meeting

B. Hopkins Water Service – Mr. David Johnson, Director of Engineering

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted six (6) to one (1) to authorize staff to proceed with an Engineering Services agreement for the design of a water main extension to the residential area of Hopkins impacted by contaminated drinking wells.  Voting aye were Mr. Cromartie, Mr. Papadea, Ms. Sinclair, Mr. Davis, Ms. Isaac and Mayor Coble.  Voting nay was Mr. Osborne.

**Mayor Coble presented a Proclamation to Mr. Rick Woodard and his father proclaiming May 7, 2003 Columbia Inferno Day.  Today is the first day of the Kelly Cup finals.

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

· Mayor Coble reconvened the Work Session at 11:17 a.m.

C. Fiscal Year 2003/2004 Water / Sewer Operating & Improvements, Storm Drain and CIP Budget Review  - Mr. Charles P. Austin, Interim City Manager and Ms. Missy Caughman

Ms. Missy Caughman briefed the members of Council on the Fiscal Year 2003/2004 Water & Sewer Operating Fund, Water & Sewer Capital Improvements and Storm Water proposed budgets.  She stated that this is a balanced budget without a rate increase.  She explained that fuel and electricity reserves are included in this budget along with two (2) new divisions.

BRIEFING – 12:15 P.M.

E. Convention Center Hotel

Mr. Jack Plasko, briefed the members of Council on the progress of the Convention Center Hotel following Council’s authorization to proceed on April 23, 2003.  He presented an area analysis and a massing model because the design of the hotel has to be sensitive to the area.  Mr. Plasko told the members of Council that the DDRC has given conceptual approval to the design.  He explained that the hotel massing would face Senate Street and a truck ramp for deliveries will run underground to the basement.  Mr. Plasko suggested that the parking deck designer work closely with the hotel designer to ensure compatibility.

EXECUTIVE SESSION DISCUSSION

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to go into Executive Session at 1:00 p.m. to discuss Item D.

· Mr. Osborne left the meeting at 1:05 p.m.

D. Discussion of negotiations incident to proposed contractual arrangements
- Trelys
This item was held over, no action was taken.

- Three Rivers Greenway
  This item was discussed in Executive Session no action was taken.

· Mayor Coble reconvened the Work Session at 1:30 p.m..

- Hotel and Main Street Parking Garages

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to authorize staff to proceed as follows.  Mr. Osborne was not present for the vote.
- Proceed with the schedule for the issuance of Parking Revenue Bonds for the construction of the Convention Center Hotel Parking Garage and the Main Street parking facility
- Amend the contract with HNTB to provide a feasibility study for the Main Street parking facility in an amount not to exceed $15,000.00
- Negotiate with Wilbur Smith and Associates for Professional Services for the design of both garages

Mayor Coble adjourned the meeting at 1:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by:
 

Erika D. Moore
Deputy City Clerk