CITY OF COLUMBIA CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
Work Session
WEDNESDAY, June 21, 2000

The City of Columbia City Council met for a work session, Wednesday, June 21, 2000, in the City Hall Council Conference Room, 1737 Main Street.  Mayor Pro-Tempore Anne M. Sinclair called the meeting to order at 9:15 a.m. Council Members present were: The Honorable E. W. Cromartie, II, The Honorable Francenia B. Heizer, The Honorable Jim Papadea, The Honorable Hamilton Osborne, Jr., and The Honorable Same Davis.  Also attending were Mr. Michael A. Bierman, City Manager, Ms. Peggy Breeland, City Clerk and Pamela J. Ferst, Acting City Clerk
 

I REVIEW OF REGULAR AGENDA

City Manager Michael Bierman reviewed the regular agenda.

Mayor Coble joined the meeting.

II PRESENTATION - MAIN STREET IMPROVEMENT PROJECT

Mr. James Gambrell, Director of Economic Development and Ms. Debbie Price, City Horticulturist gave a presentation of the Main Street Revitalization Project.  Major topics included the following:
 
1. Pedestrian Friendly
2. Harmony with the Master Plan
3. Lighting
4. Parking
5. Tree Plan
6. Communication Duck Bank
7. Water & Sewer line replacements
8. Budget ( Phase I: $5.4 million;  Phase II: $1.5 million per block
9. Completion Date:  Prior to December, 2001

Members of Council asked that staff make this presentation to all of the property and business owners that would be affected by the revitalization project and the construction that it would entail.

Ms. Heizer left the meeting at this time.

Mr. Gambrell announced that a public meeting has been scheduled at the Columbia Museum of Art for the businesses and neighborhood organizations fro July 26,
 
2000.  He also stated that Ms. Pat Noble and Ms. Danielle Gadow have been contacting individuals and businesses as well.

III REVIEW OF PROPOSED FY 2000/2001 CITY OF COLUMBIA OPERATING BUDGET

Mayor Coble stated that he will propose, on first reading, that the Operating Budget be approved with a 2 mil increase instead of the 3 mil increase as proposed by the City Manager.  He also stated that he would like to budget the Community Promotion Projects at the same level as FY 1999 / 2000 (1.6 million).  Mayor Coble asked that the City Manager review the proposed budget for possible cuts or reductions.  The 1 mil reduction reduced the Council contingency by $250,000.

Councilmen E. W. Cromartie, II and Hamilton Osborne, Jr.  stated that they would be unable to attend the next meeting for the second reading of the proposed budget.

IV KIRK FINLAY ART FUND

This item was held over, no action was taken.

V CONTRACT AND LEGAL MATTERS

A. Olympia Plan
B. SCANA
C. DREHER Case

No action was taken on items V. A. through C at this time.

Council adjourned to the City Hall Council Chambers for the regularly scheduled 10:00 a.m. meeting.

Respectfully submitted by:
 
 

Pamela J. Ferst, CPS
Acting City Clerk



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