CITY OF COLUMBIA
CITY COUNCIL WORK SESSION MINUTES
May 12, 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, May 12, 2004 in the City Hall Council Chambers at 1737 Main Street, Columbia, South Carolina.  Mayor Robert D. Coble called the meeting to order at 9:02 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. Valorie D. Lykes, City Clerk Assistant.

**Mr. Jack Van Loan, St. Patrick’s Day Committee Chair, presented a check to the members of City Council in the amount of $33,000.00.  He stated that the Five Points Association wanted to repay a portion of the funds that were given to them to cover a deficit from the previous year’s St. Patrick’s Day Celebration.

CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION / ACTION

A. Columbia Assisting Neighborhood Development Opportunities (CANDO) Grant
 Applications for fiscal year 2004/2005 – Mr. Richard Semon, Director of Community
 Development

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Davis, Council voted unanimously to authorize the disbursement of $396,543.54 to twenty-four (24) neighborhoods for various projects and initiatives and the disbursement of $3,456.46 for operational expenses from Columbia Assisting Neighborhood Development Opportunities (CANDO) Funds.

 B. Historic District Designation Process and Scheduling Process for Earlewood Community Historic District Designation – Ms. Krista Hampton, Historic Preservation Planner

Upon motion by Mr. Davis, seconded by Ms. Devine, Council voted unanimously to authorize Ms. Krista Hampton, Historic Preservation Planner to proceed with the Historic Designation Process for the Earlewood Community.

C. Community Promotions Advisory Committee Terms – Ms. Libby Gober, Ombudsman

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Mr. Osborne, Council voted unanimously to authorize the Community Promotions Advisory Committee members to serve a three (3) year staggered term.  The committee was directed to determine which members and when each member would rotate off of the committee.

D. Midlands Authority for Conventions Sports & Tourism Hospitality Tax Funding Application for fiscal year 2004/2005 – Mr. Steve Camp, President & Chief Executive Officer
 
  Mr. Steve Camp, President and Chief Executive Officer, presented additional information to support the request for Hospitality Tax Funding in the amount of $1 million.  He stated that the Board of Directors supports the production of collateral materials that would highlight businesses within the city limits of Columbia.  He said that printed materials would also include a listing of Neighborhood Associations.
 
 No action was taken on this item.

· Mayor Coble adjourned the Work Session at 10:00 a.m. to convene the Zoning Public Hearing.

· Mayor Coble reconvened the Work Session.

E. Fiscal Year 2004/2005 Proposed Water & Sewer Operating & Improvements and Storm Water Budgets  – Ms. Melisa Caughman, Budget Administrator

Upon motion by Mr. Osborne, seconded by Ms. Devine, Council voted unanimously to authorize the City Manager to reduce the transfer from the General Fund to Storm Water to a flat $900,000.00 annually.

Upon motion by Mr. Osborne, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted four (4) to three (3) to approve a reduction in Community Promotions Funding by $200,000.00.  The remaining balance of the Community Promotions Fund is $200,000.00. Additional Community Promotions Funding may be provided by year-end surpluses.  Voting aye were Mr. Papadea, Mr. Osborne, Mr. Davis and Mayor Coble.  Voting nay were Mr. Cromartie, Ms. Sinclair and Ms. Devine.

Upon motion by Mr. Osborne, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to authorize the City Manager to transfer funding for the Columbia Action Council from the General Fund to the Hospitality Tax Fund.

Upon motion by Mr. Osborne, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to authorize the City Manager to increase the transfer from the Hospitality Tax Fund to the General Fund from $75,000.00 to $100,000.00.  The increase will cover accounting and administrative duties provided by staff.

APPOINTMENT

F. City Center Master Plan Update Selection Committee

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Ms Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve the appointment of the following individuals to the City Center Master Plan Update Selection Committee.

Jim Gambrell  Ex-Officio
Chip Land  Co-Chair
Fred Delk  Columbia Development Corporation
Matt Kennell  City Center Partership
Dennis Hiltner  Five Points Association President
Charles Jeffcoat USC Director of Planning
Joe Rogers  SC Budget and Control Board – General Services
Mary D. Cauthen Neighborhood Representative
Ben Boozer  Clemson University Community & Economic Development
Geoff Mason  SC Department of Mental Health Chief of Staff
Mike Dawson  River Alliance
Myrtle Gordon  East Central City Consortium
Representative City Council District I
Representative City Council District II
Representative Benedict College
Representative Allen University

EXECUTIVE SESSION DISCUSSION

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Davis, Council voted unanimously to go into Executive Session at 12:34 p.m. for the discussion of Items G. through M. as amended.

G.  Receipt of legal advice, which relates to a matter covered by attorney-client privilege
- Parkridge Drive Relocation
- Arsenal Hill Railroad Cut – Mr. Steve Gantt, Assistant City Manager
- Prescott Street Proposed Annexation
- Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority – Ms. Dana Turner, Administrative Advisor
   These items were discussed in Executive Session no action was taken.

H.  Discussion of negotiations incident to proposed contractual arrangements
- The Courtyard at Arsenal Hill – Mr. Steve Gantt, Assistant City Manager
- Renaissance Plaza Financing – Mr. Steve Gantt, Assistant City Manager
- **Convention Center Hotel – Mr. Steve Gantt, Assistant City Manager
   These items were discussed in Executive Session no action was taken.

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

J. Receipt of legal advice, which relates to pending, threatened or potential lawsuit
- Adams Mark (Previous Owners)
  This item was discussed in Executive Session no action was taken.

K. Discussion of compensation of an employee
- City Attorney Staff
  This item was held over no action was taken.

 L. **Discussion of negotiations incident to the proposed sale of property
- Irmo property
   This item was discussed in Executive Session no action was taken.

 M. **Receipt of legal advice which relates to a pending, threatened or potential claim
- Richland County School District One
  This item was discussed in Executive Session no action was taken.

CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION / ACTION

N. **Request for a Written Waiver – Mr. Stephen K. Benjamin, Esq.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to grant a waiver to Mr. Stephen K. Benjamin to allow his participation as a potential investor in the development of the Convention Center Hotel.

· Mayor Coble adjourned the meeting.

Respectfully submitted by:
Valorie D. Lykes
City Clerk Assistant