CITY OF COLUMBIA
CITY COUNCIL WORK SESSION MINUTES
May 14, 2003
9:00 AM - City Council Chambers
3rd Floor City Hall - 1737 Main Street
 

The City of Columbia City Council met in a Work Session on Wednesday, May 14, 2003, in the City Hall Council Chambers, 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 C. Isaac.  Also present were Mr. Charles P. Austin, Sr., Interim City Manager and Ms. Erika D. Moore, Deputy City Clerk.
 
CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION / ACTION

A. “Introduction to Engineering Program” - B.P. Barber & Associates

Mayor Coble, Councilman Cromartie and representatives of B.P. Barber & Associates presented certificates to the students that participated in the Introduction to Engineering Program at W. G. Sanders Middle School.

Mr. James Patrick Herbert, Student, thanked the members of Council for their support.

B. Community Promotions / Contingency Funding Committee – Ms. Libby Gober

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve the appointment of the following as members of the Community Promotions / Contingency Funding Committee:

Ms. Candy Waites    Mr. Cary Able   Mr. Mel Jenkins
Ms. Jacqueline Hackett-Cromartie Ms. Connie Jenkins  Mr. Harold White
Mr. Rusty DePass    Ms. Martha Scott Smith
Mr. Robert Adams    Ms. Mildred McDuffie

REVIEW COUNCIL AGENDA

  **There was a consensus of Council to amend the regular meeting agenda as follows:

- Defer voting on Public Hearing Item 6.
- Move Public Hearing Item 9. to Public Hearing Item 1.
- Hold Item 4. for a resolution

CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION / ACTION

C. Request for Proposals / Vogue Building / Property Redevelopment

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to authorize staff to proceed with a Request For Proposals seeking a developer to purchase the front portion of the Vogue Building property at 1634 Main Street from the City.

D. Planning Commission Appointments

Upon motion by Ms. Isaac, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve the appointment of Mr. Ronald Anderson to the Planning Commission for a three (3) year term to expire March 1, 2006.  Mr. Papadea abstained from voting due to a conflict of interest.

Upon motion by Ms. Isaac, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve the appointment of Ms. Tiaa Booker to the Planning Commission for a three (3) year term to expire March 1, 2006.

E. Meeting Dates – July 02, 09 (P.H. Dist I Meeting), 16, 23

Upon motion by Mr. Davis, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to cancel the July 2, 2003 Work Session and regular meeting and to schedule these meetings for July 9, 2003. The District I Evening Meeting is scheduled for July 9, 2003 at 6:30 p.m.

Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to meet on July 30, 2003 for a Work Session.

- July 2nd Meeting Cancelled
- July 9th Work Session
 District I Evening Meeting and Hospitality Tax Public Hearing
- July 16th Work Session and Regular Meeting
- July 23rd Work Session
- July 30th Work Session

F. Fiscal Year 2003/2004 Proposed Parking Fund Budget Review  - Mr. Charles P. Austin, Interim City Manager and Ms. Missy Caughman

Ms. Missy Caughman presented the Proposed Parking Fund Budget in the amount of $5,233,950.  A Public Hearing will be held on June 4, 2003 to present the proposed Fiscal Year 2003/2004 Budget.

EXECUTIVE SESSION DISCUSSION

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to go into Executive Session at 1:00 p.m. to discuss Item G. through Item I.

· Mr. Osborne left the meeting at 1:45 p.m.

G. Discussion of negotiations incident to proposed contractual arrangements
 - Real Estate  -  Mr. Steve Gantt, ACM
- Trelys
- Miles Hadley
- Cranford
- Streetscaping corridors
These items were discussed in Executive Session no action was taken.

H. Discussion of matters relating to proposed ordinance changes
- Utility Billing Software  - Ms. Dana Turner
This item was discussed in Executive Session no action was taken.

I. Discussion of the evaluation of an employee – Interim City Manager
Discussion of subject matter between the members of Council and the Interim City Manager

Mayor Coble adjourned the meeting at 2:25 p.m.
 

Respectfully submitted by:

Erika D. Moore
Deputy City Clerk