CITY OF COLUMBIA
CITY COUNCIL WORK SESSION MINUTES
May 22, 2002
9:00 AM - City Council Conference Room
2nd Floor City Hall - 1737 Main Street

The City of Columbia City Council met in a Work Session on Wednesday, May 22, 2002, in the City Hall Council Chambers, 1737 Main Street, Columbia, South Carolina.  Mayor Robert D. Coble called the meeting to order at 9:08 a.m.  Council members present were: The Honorable E.W. Cromartie, II, The Honorable Jim Papadea, The Honorable Anne M. Sinclair, The Honorable Hamilton Osborne, Jr. and The Honorable Sam Davis.  Absent was The Honorable Francenia B. Heizer.  Also present were Ms. Leona K. Plaugh, City Manager and Ms. Pamela J. Ferst, Acting City Clerk.

CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION / ACTION

A. **Metropolitan Medical Response System Contract

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve the Metropolitan Medical Response System Contract to integrate local public health and medical resources into local emergency management plans.  The MMRS contract is for $400,00.00 for the first 18 months, and an additional $200,000.00 for a one (1) year option.  This program reimburses the City 100% for all up front costs.

Mr. Osborne arrived at 9:15 a.m.

B. Proposed Budget Fiscal Year 2002 / 2003 (General Fund; Water & Sewer; Parking, Transit, Storm Water; Accommodations Tax and Community Promotions)

The City Manager distributed the proposed Fiscal Year 2002 / 2003 Budget Public Hearing Presentation for Council to review.

Mr. Papadea requested a report indicating how much money the City spends on water and sewer improvements outside City limits.

Mr. Cromartie requested a report on the amount of money that has been accumulated from the $2.00 parking surcharge.

C. City / County Planning Update

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to prepare the following items for discussion at the City / County Council meeting scheduled for Thursday, May 30, 2002:

4. Financial Contribution to develop a Research Park

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Davis, Council voted unanimously to commit $50,000.00 for the study of a University of South Carolina Research Park (similar to Centennial Campus at North Carolina State University).  That the source of money be the contingency fund or the economic development fund and that the money be paid to the USC Development Foundation with appropriate documentation that it is for the Research Park Study.  That the check shall be delivered after the Mayor and Council members meet with organizers of the study and report back to Council on participants and the process for the study.  The motion is based on the correspondence from Larry Wilson dated May 13, 2002 that outlines the current plan.

E. Urban Forestry Program Review - Davey Resource Group

Mr. Jason Knowles, Davey Resource Group presented an overview of the tree inventory data; the condition of urban trees in terms of numbers, species composition and size; maintenance activities; pruning cycles and hazard tree replacement needs of our urban forest.  The City of Columbia has a total of 53,500 trees and sites.  There are over 45,833 street trees, over 7,313 potential planting sites and 350 stumps.

6. Sign System Preview

Mr. Fred Delk, Columbia Development Corporation, presented a follow-up to the Sign System proposal.  Mr. Delk presented two (2) alternatives: the use of thematic icons or the use of colors developed from the City Center Master Plan.

Mayor Coble requested that samples be provided to Council in various shades of Blue and Gold.

Mayor Coble called for a short break at 11:02 a.m.

Mayor Coble reconvened the Work Session at 11:13 a.m.

G. The Downtown Signal System Upgrade Project Contract

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve the Downtown Signal System Upgrade Project Contract between the City of Columbia and the S. C. Department of Transportation for construction of the Downtown Signal System Upgrade Project.  Project costs are to be paid with 100% federal funding, currently $1.2 million is available, with $600,000.00 to be allocated each October for the next three years for a total amount of $3 million.

H. Ordinance No.: 2002-037 - Amending the 1998 Code of Ordinances of the City of Columbia, Chapter 15, Parks and Recreation, Sec. 15-1, Prohibited acts in parks to add (13), Sleeping in public parks

This item was held over and Mayor Coble asked Mr. Jim Meggs, City Attorney to focus on the misuse of park equipment rather than sleeping in public parks.

I.  Homeless Commission Meeting

Members of Council came to a consensus to invite all neighborhood representatives, service providers and County Council members to a Work Session meeting for discussion.

J. Hollywood - Rosehill Neighborhood

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve a request from the Hollywood / Rosehill Neighborhood to paint approximately 48 feet of the curb yellow on the west side of Gregg Street south of Hollywood Drive to improve visibility for drivers and pedestrians.  Mr. Cromartie was not present for the vote.

11. Bellevalley Lane and Emily Lane Intersection - Multi-Way Stop Request

Council authorized staff to contact Sunbelt Properties, Inc. and request a neighborhood petition prior to Council approving the request to install a 3-way stop control at the intersection of Bellevalley Lane and Emily Lane.

12. Wheat Street and Sims Avenue Intersection

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve the installation of a raised concrete median on the east leg of Wheat Street to prevent hazardous movement without seriously impeding normal traffic through the intersection.  Mr. Cromartie was not present for the vote.

M. Harden Street Traffic Calming

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve the following recommendations for Harden Street Traffic Calming:


14. *Resolution No.: R-2002-023 - Authorizing the City of Columbia Legal Department to commence an action against The Baltimore and Annapolis Railroad Company d/b/a Carolina Southern Railroad, the City of West Columbia, South Carolina, the County of Lexington, South Carolina, the South Carolina Department of Transportation and/or any other responsible person or entity
This item was held over, no action was taken.
 
O. Leisure Fun - Ms. Cynthia Legette Davis

Ms. Cynthia Leggette Davis, Leisure Fun, informed Council of a new publication called Leisure Fun.  She told Council that Leisure Fun will promote special events and attractions in  Columbia, Newberry, Irmo, Camden, Sumter, Orangeburg and Winnsboro.  She stated that the first issue, premiering in July  will feature the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department.  Ms. Davis said that free guides will be distributed in hotels, restaurants, retail outlets and grocery stores.

P. Gallery 701 / Carolina Pacific Community Foundation, Inc. - Mr. Jack Gerstner

Mr. Jack Gerstner, Gallery 701, appeared before Council to request sponsorship for the Wynton Marsalis Concert in the amount of $10,000.00.

Ms. Karen Alexander, Auntie Karen, stated that she is very excited about Mr. Marsalis performing in Columbia.  Ms. Alexander stated that Jazz is a lost art that needs to be exposed to the citizens of Columbia.

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted five (5) to one (1) to approve funding for the Wynton Marsalis Concert  at Gallery 701 in the amount of $5,000.00 from the Council Contingency Fund.  Voting aye were Mr. Cromartie, Ms. Sinclair, Mr. Osborne, Mr. Davis and Mayor Coble.  Voting nay was Mr. Papadea.

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to go into Executive Session at 12:20 p.m. to discuss Birds on a Wire zoning matter, Agreement Between RTA and Columbia, Tree and Forestry Policy on Grand Trees, Animal Care Contract, Burton School, Funeral Processions and a FOI request.

LEGAL BRIEFINGS*

Q. Contract with Craig Davis Properties
This item was held over, no action was taken.

R. *Agreement between RTA and Columbia
This item was discussed in Executive Session, no action was taken.

S. *Tree and Forestry Policy on Grand Trees
This item was discussed in Executive Session, no action was taken.

T. *Elmwood Park
This item was held over, no action was taken.

U. *Animal Care Contract
This item was discussed in Executive Session, no action was taken.

V. *Burton School
This item was discussed in Executive Session, no action was taken.

W. *Anti-Discrimination Policy - Revised Ord. No.: 2002-030 & SubContracting Outreach Program
This item was held over, no action was taken.
 
X. *Funeral Processions
This item was discussed in Executive Session, no action was taken.

Y. *Parking Ordinance
This item was held over, no action was taken.

Z. *FOI Request
This item was discussed in Executive Session, no action was taken.

Mayor Coble adjourned the meeting at 2:11 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by:
 
 

Pamela J. Ferst, CPS
Acting City Clerk