CITY OF COLUMBIA
CITY COUNCIL WORK SESSION MINUTES
May 26, 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 26, 2004 in the City Hall Council Chambers at 1737 Main Street, Columbia, South Carolina.  Mayor Robert D. Coble called the meeting to order at 9:05 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 Isaac Devine.  Also present were Mr. Charles P. Austin, Sr., City Manager and Ms. Erika D. Moore, City Clerk.

ZONING MAP AMENDMENT – SECOND READING

1. **PALMETTO HEALTH ALLIANCE.  Properties bounded by Interstate I-26, Lake Murray Boulevard (Highway 60), and Parkridge Drive, TMS#5002-01-04, 5001-02-01 through 04, and Properties bounded by Lake Murray Boulevard (Highway 60), Parkridge Drive, and Proposed Relocation of Parkridge Drive, TMS#5005-01-05(p), 5005-01-01(p), 5005-01-07(p); rezone from PUD-LS-E and PUD-LS-R to PUD-LS-TC. First reading approval May 19, 2004.

Mr. Chuck Beaman, Palmetto Health Alliance, assured the members of Council that a long range strategic plan has been developed for Baptist Medical Center, which is located in the downtown area.  He assured Council that the downtown site would continue to thrive and be a viable entity in downtown Columbia.

Mr. Cid Crumpert, Harbison Community Group Executive Director, told the members of Council that although the group feels that Parkridge Drive shouldn’t be relocated to suit the hospital, they also understand that this complex would enhance their access to a high tech medical facility.

Upon motion by Mr. Davis, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve on second reading the Zoning Map Amendment for Palmetto Health Alliance properties bounded by Interstate I-26, Lake Murray Boulevard (Highway 60), and Parkridge Drive, TMS#5002-01-04, 5001-02-01 through 04, and Properties bounded by Lake Murray Boulevard (Highway 60), Parkridge Drive, and Proposed Relocation of Parkridge Drive, TMS#5005-01-05(p), 5005-01-01(p), 5005-01-07(p); rezone from PUD-LS-E and PUD-LS-R to PUD-LS-TC; subject to the following Planning Commission recommendations: (1) the recommendations of the traffic study including the amendatory letter dated 5/21/04 are incorporated and/or implemented prior to the facility operating, (2) the portion of Parkridge Drive to be relocated is not closed until the new portion is operational, and (3) Palmetto Health provides monthly updates of the status of the project including Parkridge Drive on their website.

ORDINANCE – SECOND READING

 2. **Ordinance No.: 2004-051 – Approving relocation of a portion of Parkridge Drive First reading approval May 19, 2004.

Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Mr. Davis, Council voted unanimously to approve on second reading Ordinance No.: 2004-051 – Approving relocation of a portion of Parkridge Drive.

CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION / ACTION

  3. **Columbia Urban League, Inc. Violence Prevention Job Camps – Mr. J. T. McLawhorn, President & Chief Executive Officer
 
Mr. J. T. McLawhorn, President & CEO, stated that the Columbia Urban League has been involved with Youth Leadership Development for the past 15 years.  He said that funding for such initiatives has decreased.  He requested $50,000.00 from the City of Columbia to fund a Violence Prevention Job Camp for 10-13 year olds.  Mr. McLawhorn told the members of Council that the Department of Social Services would match every $1.00 given with $3.00.  He said that the Urban League would also provide mandatory parental workshops.

Upon motion by Ms. Devine, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve the request for funding from the Columbia Urban League in the amount of $50,000.00 from the City Manger’s Contingency Account.

  4. **Three Rivers Music Festival Request for Funding – Ms. Virginia Bedford and Mr. Fred Monk
 
  Mr. Fred Monk, told the members of Council that the Three Rivers Music Festival has extended Columbia nationally through advertisements.  He said that the 2003 Festival had a $7 million economic impact.  Mr. Monk stated that they did not receive funding from three (3) corporate sponsors this year and they also experienced budget cuts.  He explained how ticket sales were negatively impacted by other venues and by a ticket scalper.

  Ms. Virginia Bedford, requested $200,000.00 to pay off bills from the 2004 Three Rivers Music Festival.  She stated that $184,000.00 is owed to creditors and that the remaining $16,000.00 would cover operational expenses through this fiscal year.  Ms. Bedford offered suggestions on how to avoid a deficit in the future.  She said they are changing their current booking agent; that they would confer with other venues prior to planning the next event; the event may be scaled back; restore private sector sponsorships; and consider relocating the event.  She reminded the members of Council that after the first Three Rivers Music Festival the City was refunded $175,000.00.

  Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted six (6) to one (1) to approve the funding request for the Three Rivers Music Festival in the amount of $200,000.00 from the Hospitality Tax Fund to cover the deficit remaining from the 2004 Three Rivers Music Festival and additional operating expenses. The Festival Directors, Board Members and City Council will meet in August 2004 to discuss ways to reduce cost and identify other funding sources for the 2005 Three Rivers Music Festival.  No commitments relating to the 2005 festival shall be made without the prior consent of City Council.  Voting aye were Mr. Cromartie, Mr. Papadea, Ms. Sinclair, Mr. Davis, Ms. Devine and Mayor Coble.  Voting nay was Mr. Osborne.

5. **Community Promotions Funding for fiscal year 2004/2005 – Ms. Libby Gober, Ombudsman

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Ms. Devine, Council voted unanimously to restore funding in the amount of $200,000.00 to the fiscal year 2004/2005 Community Promotions Fund by way of the following sources:
· Shift the remaining fiscal year 2003/2004 Council Contingency Fund balance to the Community Promotions Fund.
· Shift $100,000.00 from the fiscal year 2004/2005 Council Contingency Fund to the Community Promotions Fund.
· Carry forward the remaining balance of the fiscal year 2003/2004 Community Promotions Fund.

Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion Items A. Council voted unanimously to approve a request to close the 1200 block of Lincoln Street between Lady Street and Gervais Street on Friday, June 11, 2004 from 5:00 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. for a Customer Appreciation Event; Item B. Council voted unanimously to approve a request to close the 2500 block of Orr Street between Ogden Street and Germany Street on Saturday, May 29, 2004 from 4:00 p.m. until 12:00 a.m. for a Community and Family Block Party; and Item C. Council voted unanimously to approve the installation of a multi-way stop control at the intersection of Lost Creek Drive and Grove Hall Lane.

STREET CLOSINGS

A. Council is asked to approve a request to close the 1200 block of Lincoln Street between Lady Street and Gervais Street on Friday, June 11, 2004 from 5:00 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. for a Customer Appreciation Event.  Contact: Mr. Bill Dukes - Approved
 
B. Council is asked to approve a request to close the 2500 block of Orr Street between Ogden Street and Germany Street on Saturday, May 29, 2004 from 4:00 p.m. until 12:00 a.m. for a Community and Family Block Party.  Contact: Ms. Krystal Fair - Approved
 
TRAFFIC ISSUE

C. Chestnut Hills Neighborhood Association  - Mr. Dave Brewer, Traffic Engineer - Approved

OTHER MATTERS

D. Harden Street Traffic Control – Ms. Denise Degenhart

Ms. Denise Degenhart appeared before the members of Council to voice concerns related to the removal of existing stop signs on Harden Street and the effectiveness of the chokers that were recently installed on Harden Street.  She stated that removing the stop signs is like removing the cohesiveness of the community.  She said that the recently installed chokers have been driven over repeatedly and there isn’t much police enforcement in the area.  Ms. Degenhart told the members of Council that prior to the installation of the stop signs cars were totaled in the middle of the night.  She said that the community feels safer with the stop signs.

EXECUTIVE SESSION DISCUSSION

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to go into Executive Session at 10:50 a.m. to discuss Items E. through I.

E.  Discussion of negotiations incident to proposed contractual arrangements
- Forum Development Company – Mr. Jim Gambrell, Director of Economic Development
- Renaissance Plaza Financing – Mr. Steve Gantt, Assistant City Manager
- Naval Reserve Building – Mr. Steve Gantt, Assistant City Manager
- Wardlaw Apartments – Mr. Steve Gantt, Assistant City Manager
- **Lobbyist Services Request for Proposals
   These items were discussed in Executive Session no action was taken.

F.  Receipt of legal advice, which relates to a matter covered by attorney-client privilege
- West Wayne Street – Mr. Jim Meggs, City Attorney
   This item was discussed in Executive Session no action was taken.

G.  Discussion of compensation of an employee
- City Attorney Staff – Mr. Jim Meggs, City Attorney
   This item was held over no action was taken.

H.  Discussion of negotiations incident to the proposed purchase of property
- Manning Property at the Columbia Wastewater Treatment Plant (Bluff Road) Mr. Steve Gantt, Assistant City Manager
   This item was discussed in Executive Session no action was taken.

EXECUTIVE SESSION BRIEFING

 I.  Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority Headquarters Facility –Mr. Lowell C. Spires, Jr., Chairman
  This item was discussed in Executive Session no action was taken.

· Mayor Coble adjourned the meeting at 1:28 p.m.
 
Respectfully submitted by:
Erika D. Moore
 City Clerk