CITY OF COLUMBIA
CITY COUNCIL WORK SESSION MINUTES
June 2, 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, June 2, 2004, in the City Hall Council Chambers at 1737 Main Street, Columbia, South Carolina.  Mayor Robert D. Coble called the meeting to order at 9:10 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 PRESENTATION

A. EdVenture – Ms. Catherine Horne, Executive Director

Ms. Catherine Horne, Executive Director, presented the first Edventure Chairman’s Award to the members of City Council for their continued support of the EdVenture Children’s Museum.  She announced Family Night at Edventure at the low cost of $5.00 per family on the second Thursday of each month.

CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION / ACTION

B. Convention Center Hotel Selection Committee Recommendations – Ms. Cathy Novinger, Committee Chair

Ms. Cathy Novinger, Committee Chair, announced the new City of Columbia logo “Columbia Riverbanks Region - Where Friendliness Flows”.  She then announced the Convention Center Hotel Selection Committee’s recommendation to enter into negotiations with the Winsor- Aughtry Group for a full service Hilton brand hotel with a city subsidy of $3 million.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve the Convention Center Hotel Selection Committee‘s recommendation to enter into negotiations with the Windsor Aughtry Group for a full service Hilton brand hotel with a city subsidy of $3 million and directed staff to begin the appropriate negotiations with the Windsor - Aughtry Group for a Hilton brand hotel or equivalent with a maximum city subsidy of $3 million.  An oral report will be presented to City Council in two (2) weeks on the progress of the negotiations.

Upon motion by Mr. Osborne, seconded by Mayor Coble, Council voted unanimously to authorize an independent review of the proposed site and other options for the location of the Convention Center Hotel.  An oral report will be presented to City Council in two (2) weeks.

B1. **Milton S. Eisenhower Foundation Request for Funding – Mr. Charles P. Austin, Sr., City Manager

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Osborne, Council voted unanimously to approve funding for the Milton S. Eisenhower Foundation in the amount of $10,000.00 from the City Manager’s Contingency Fund.

· Mayor Coble adjourned the Work Session at 10:05 a.m. to convene the Public Hearing.

· Mayor Coble reconvened the Work Session at 10:55 a.m.

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to go into Executive Session at 10:55 a.m. to discuss Items C. through F. as amended.

EXECUTIVE SESSION DISCUSSION

C.  Discussion of negotiations incident to proposed contractual arrangements
- Department of Housing and Urban Development – Mr. Dudley Gregory and Mr. Ed Bradley
This item was discussed in Executive Session no action was taken.

- Courtyard at Arsenal Hill – Mr. Fred Johnson, F.A. Johnson Consulting Group, Inc.
This item was discussed in Executive Session no action was taken.

- Request for Qualifications for Lobbying Services – Ms. Dana Turner, Administrative Advisor
This item was discussed In Executive Session no action was taken.

- **Incubator Program and 1225 Laurel Street – Mr. Steve Gantt, Assistant City Manager
   This item was held over no action was taken.

D.  Receipt of legal advice, which relates to a matter covered by attorney-client privilege
- George Adams Case, Mr. Al Nickles, III, Esquire
   This item was held over no action was taken.

E.  Discussion of compensation of an employee
- Municipal Court Judges
- City Attorney Staff
   These items were held over no action was taken.

· Mayor Pro-Tempore Jim Papadea adjourned the Executive Session at 1:55 p.m. to reconvene the Work Session.

F. **Discussion of negotiations incident to the proposed purchase of property

Upon motion by Ms. Devine, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to authorize Mr. Charles P. Austin, Sr., City Manager to enter into a contract of sale not to exceed $1.5 million for the purchase of property within the 1300 block of Assembly Street contingent upon its sale to Washington Square, LLC.  Funds will be reimbursed from the anticipated Parking Revenue Bond.  Mr. Osborne, Ms. Sinclair and Mayor Coble were not present for the vote.

· Mayor Pro-Tempore Jim Papadea adjourned the meeting at 2:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by:
 

Erika D. Moore
City Clerk