CITY OF COLUMBIA
CITY COUNCIL WORK SESSION MINUTES
May 19, 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 19, 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. Erika D. Moore, City Clerk.

CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION / ACTION

  A. **Midlands Authority for Conventions Sports & Tourism Hospitality Tax Funding Application for fiscal year 2004/2005 – Mr. Steve Camp, President & Chief Executive Officer

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Ms. Devine, Council voted five (5) to one (1) to allocate Hospitality Tax funding to the Midlands Authority for Conventions, Sports & Tourism in the amount of $1 million.  Voting aye were Mr. Cromartie, Mr. Papadea, Ms. Sinclair, Ms. Devine and Mayor Coble.  Voting nay was Mr. Osborne.  Mr. Davis abstained from voting due to a conflict of interest.

A substitute motion by Mr. Osborne, seconded by Mr. Papadea, to allocate Hospitality Tax funding to the Midlands Authority for Conventions, Sports & Tourism in the amount of $750,000.00 failed by a two (2) to four (4) vote. Voting aye were Mr. Papadea and Mr. Osborne. Voting nay were Mr. Cromartie, Ms. Sinclair, Ms. Devine and Mayor Coble.  Mr. Davis abstained from voting due to a conflict of interest.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Osborne, Council voted unanimously to direct staff to review the current provisions of the Hospitality Tax to determine if these funds are suitable for other purposes such as emergency preparedness, or security for the Three Rivers Greenway.

B. Mayor’s Call to End Homelessness – Ms. Deborah J. Livingston, TN Development Corporation & Columbia Housing Development Corporation Executive Director

 This item was held over no action was taken.

**Mr. Charles P. Austin, Sr., City Manager, announced that the Historic Columbia Preservation Awards Committee has selected the Columbia Housing Development Corporation for this year’s “New Construction in a Historic Context Award “ for their efforts in Historic Preservation of historic structures within the Waverly Community.  The announcement will be made during Historic Columbia’s annual meeting on Thursday, May 20, 2004 at 5:30 p.m. at the Robert Mills House.  He commended Ms. Deborah Livingston for all of her efforts and accomplishments.

C. Fiscal Year 2004/2005 Proposed Parking Fund Budget and General Fund Update  –
 Ms. Melisa Caughman, Budget Administrator

Ms. Melisa Caughman, Budget Administrator, presented the proposed Parking Fund Budget and an update to the General Fund Budget.

· Mayor Coble adjourned the Work Session at 9:55 a.m. to convene the regular meeting.

· Mayor Coble reconvened the Work Session at 11:03 a.m.

EXECUTIVE SESSION DISCUSSION

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Osborne, Council voted unanimously to go into Executive Session at 11:05 a.m. to discuss Items D. through F. as amended.

D.  Receipt of legal advice, which relates to a matter covered by attorney-client privilege
- Prescott Street Proposed Annexation – Mr. Jim Meggs, City Attorney
- Arsenal Hill Railroad Cut – Mr. Steve Gantt, Assistant City Manager
   These items were discussed in Executive Session no action was taken.

D1.  **Receipt of legal advice, which relates to pending, threatened or potential claim
- **Richland County School District One – Mr. Jim Meggs, City Attorney
- **Adams Mark (Previous Owners)
   These items were discussed in Executive Session no action was taken.

E.  Discussion of negotiations incident to proposed contractual arrangements
- Airgate PCS Right of Entry and Testing Agreement – Mr. Jim Meggs, City Attorney
- Renaissance Plaza Financing – Mr. Steve Gantt, Assistant City Manager
- The Courtyard at Arsenal Hill – Mr. Steve Gantt, Assistant City Manager
   These items were discussed in Executive Session no action was taken.

· Mayor Coble reconvened the Work Session at 1:35 p.m.

F.  Discussion of employment of an employee

Upon motion by Ms. Devine, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve the appointment of six (6) Regular Judges for a one (1) year term effective July 1, 2004.  Those individuals are Lincoln C. Jenkins, III, Marion O. Hanna, Steven D. Dennis, J. Steedley Bogan, DeAndrea D. Benjamin and Jean B. Popowski.

Upon motion by Ms. Devine, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve the appointment of four (4) Substitute Judges for a one (1) year term effective July 1, 2004.  Those individuals are Carlton B. Bagby, James S. Guignard, William C. Smith and Ernest A. Finney, III.

Upon motion by Mr. Osborne, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve the following:  The term of Regular Judges or Substitute Judges currently appointed will expire effective June 30, 2004 and all Judges will be evaluated after six (6) months.

Upon motion by Ms. Devine, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve the  appointment of Steven Dennis as Chief Judge for a one (1) year term effective July 1, 2004. The appointment of Chief Judge shall be rotated on an annual basis.

· Mayor Coble reconvened the Executive Session at 1:40 p.m.

· Mayor Coble adjourned the Work Session at 1:55 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by:
Erika D. Moore
City Clerk