CITY OF COLUMBIA
CITY COUNCIL WORK SESSION MINUTES
June 13, 2001
9:00 AM - City Council Conference Room
2nd Floor City Hall - 1737 Main Street
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The City of Columbia City Council met for work session, Wednesday, June 13, 2001 in the City Hall Conference Room, prior to the regular Council meeting.  Mayor Robert D. Coble called the meeting to order at 9:10 a.m.  Council members present were:  The Honorable Francenia B. Heizer, The Honorable Jim Papadea, and The Honorable Anne M. Sinclair.  Also attending were Ms. Leona k. Plaugh, City Manager and Ms. Peggy Breeland, City Clerk.

1. PRESENTATIONS

A. Congaree Task Force - Bob Wislinski

Mr. Bob Wislinski introduced those present from the Task Force.  Green Diamond & Burroughs and Chapin. He proposed building a levy.  The Congaree Task Force is strongly opposed to the proposed Green Diamond Annexation request.

B. Trustus Theatre - Sharon Harmon

Ms. Sharon Harmon appeared before Council to request that Council set aside money for the capital campaign for the Fall of 2001.  Ms. Harmon presented Council with current renovation plans for a new facility.

After a brief discussion to consider authorizing the release of $250,000 previously committed, Council asked that this item be reviewed at a future meeting in July to ensure that Council concerns are addressed and that all Council members would be present.  Council also asked that the remainder of the request  be considered during the next council budget retreat.

2. APPOINTMENTS

A. South Columbia Development Corporation

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to appoint three (3) new members to the Board of Directors: Mr. Michael Carrouth,
Mr. Frank Floyd III to serve two consecutive three (3) year terms, and Mr. Todd Avant; and to reappoint two (3) members: Mr. David Beitz and Mr. Lorenza Breedlove for a final three (3) year term; and to reappoint City Council Members: Mr. Jim Papadea and Ms. Anne Sinclair for a one (1) year term.

B. Central Midlands Council of Governments

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to reappointment Dr. Milton Kimpson for a term of three (3) years to expire June 30, 2004.
 

C. Columbia Planning Commission

 
Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously
to appoint Ms. Janice Green to the Columbia Planning Commission Board for a three (3) year term.

Ms. Sinclair asked that the chart be revised to reflect Ms. Diane Ridgeway as an recommended appointment from Councilman Jim Papadea=s.

Council also asked that the remaining appointments be considered after the July 12, 2001 public notice and applications have been received.  Ms. Sinclair also asked that Mr. Charlie Goldman be considered as an appointee.

D. Convention Center Authority (Terms)

Council asked that this item be held over, no action was taken.

3. CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION/ACTION

A. Economic Development Mission to Germany (Sept. 29 - Oct. 5, 2001
- $15,300 Economic Development Contingency Fund

Upon motion by Mr. Osborne, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve $15,300 from the Economic Development contingency fund.

B. Inferno Ice Hockey Parking Request

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve the request from the Columbia Inferno Ice Hockey League that the City of Columbia provide annually up to 36 free evening or weekend parking dates to season ticket holders for two (2) years or the period of time they lease the Carolina Coliseum which ever comes first.  Council additionally approved the City Manager to negotiate an agreement regarding the left over ice for purchase by the City at a reasonable cost with additional use to be determined.

C. Proposed Schedule for North Main Street Cooridor Study/Street Improvements

After a brief discussion, Council asked that staff provide a recommendation regarding a design engineer and that an additional public hearing be held on July 12, 2001.

Mr. Davis asked that two names be added from the North area to be announced at a later date.

Mayor Coble introduced local business, Mr. Paul Mitchell, who will bring forth to Council a proposal for a new office building which will provide home health care services on Harden and Taylor Street.

D. Proposed Anti-Graffiti Ordinance

After a brief discussion, Council asked that the City Manager get estimates regarding the City providing the service of cleaning graffiti from private property visible from the right of way.  Council asked staff to make recommendations regarding a proposed ordinance to be considered at the July 18, 2001 council meeting.

E. Columbia Museum of Art Request

 
Council asked that a delegation meet with Museum staff to discuss recommendations
for support.

F. Valet Parking - Five Points and Vista

Council asked that notice be give to Five Points and Vista business and restaurant owners be give notice that Council will be considering a proposed ordinance to regulate valet parking.

Ms. Plaugh informed Council that she is currently preparing a proposal from the parking consultant, LDR, that will be addressing parking issues in both the Five Points and Vista areas, this report should be available in June, 2001.

G. Sysco Sewer Request

Council held this item over, no action was taken.

Council asked that staff organize a meeting for Blythewood area residents to discuss concerns from area residents regarding ongoing City of Columbia projects in the area.  Council asked to include members of county council members.

H. Pelham Road Community Meeting

Council asked that a evening meeting for June 27, 2001 at 6:30 p.m. be scheduled.  Location to be determined.

I. 3 Rivers Music Festival

Council asked the City Manager to poll Council regarding a meeting  date with Fred Monk and Virginia Bedford to discuss recommendations regarding the 3 Rivers Music Festival.  Council additionally asked that budget recommendations and a organization chart be prepared for Council=s review  prior to the meeting.

J. Co-Location Meeting Schedule

Council asked the City Manager to poll Council regarding a meeting date to discuss a Co-Location Meeting date.

K. SCOIC Inc. Request

Council held over this item, no action was taken.

L. Federation Center of the Blind Request

Council held over this item, no action was taken.

4. City Council Meeting Dates

Ms. Plaugh informed Council that the City Council Meetings for June 20, 2001 will be a regular scheduled council meeting, the meeting of June 27, 2001 will be a worksession meeting, no meeting will be held on July 4, 2001, and the July 11, 2001 will be regular council meeting in addition, a Zoning Public Hearing has been scheduled for 10:00 a.m.
 
Mr. Davis asked that the District I evening meeting be scheduled for July 11, 2001 at 6:30 p.m. to be held at the Eau Claire Print Building.

5. Request from the Girls Basketball Team

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council unanimously voted to approve funding in the amount of $2000.00 for the girls basketball team.

6. Legal Briefing/Contracts

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to go into executive session at 11:40 a.m. to receive a legal briefing regarding a street closing, Germany representation, and a estoppel agreement.  Mr. Papadea will not  take part in discussions regarding the estoppel agreement.  Mr. Osborne will not take part in discussions regarding SCANA.

The meeting was adjourned at 12:10 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by,
 
 

Peggy S. Breeland,
City Clerk