CITY COUNCIL WORK SESSION MINUTES
July 13, 2005
9:00 AM – City Council Chambers
3rd Floor City Hall - 1737 Main Street

The Columbia City Council met for a Work Session on Wednesday, July 13, 2005 in the City Hall Council Chambers at 1737 Main Street, Columbia, South Carolina.  The Honorable Mayor Robert D. Coble called the meeting to order at 9:09 a.m.  The following City Council members were present: The Honorable Hamilton Osborne, Jr., The Honorable Sam Davis, The Honorable Tameika Isaac Devine and The Honorable Daniel J. Rickenmann. The Honorable E.W. Cromartie, II arrived at 9:16 a.m. and The Honorable Anne M. Sinclair arrived at 9:25 a.m.  Also present were Mr. Charles P. Austin, Sr., City Manager and Ms. Erika D. Salley, City Clerk.

APPOINTMENTS

A. Mayor Pro-Tempore

Upon motion by Mr. Davis, seconded by Mr. Rickenmann, Council voted unanimously to approve the appointment of the Honorable Hamilton Osborne, Jr. as Mayor Pro-Tempore for fiscal year 2005/2006.

B. Midlands Authority for Conventions, Sports and Tourism

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Ms. Devine, Council voted unanimously to approve the reappointment of Mr. James Bennett and Mr. Bill Dukes to the Midlands Authority for Conventions, Sports and Tourism for a three-year term to expire on June 30, 2008.

CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION / ACTION

C. Base Realignment and Closure Request for Funding – Mr. Ike McLeese, President of the Chamber of Commerce

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Osborne, Council voted unanimously to authorize the disbursement of funding to the Chamber of Commerce in the amount of $50,000 from an unidentified source.

PRESENTATIONS

  D. **KOBAN Update – Mr. Ronald Scott, Chair of the KOBAN Board of Directors
 
Ms. Charnequa Kennedy introduced students from the KOBAN Summer Camp and the Quantum Opportunities Program.  She stated that they wanted the youth to witness what takes place during a City Council meeting.  She explained that KOBAN encourages the youth to become involved in community issues.

Ms. Romona Jenkins thanked the members of Council for their financial support and for recognizing KOBAN as the City’s premiere gang intervention program.
 

· Mr. Cromartie joined the meeting at 9:16 a.m.

  E. **Salvation Army Kroc Community Center Grant Application – Mr. Michael Kapp, Chairman of the Salvation Army Board of Directors and Captain Ethan Frizzel, Salvation Army’s Corps Officer in Columbia

Mr. Michael Kapp, Chairman of the Salvation Army Board of Directors, invited the members of Council to a session on Thursday, July 21, 2005 to hear more about the Kroc Community Center Grants.  He explained that Mrs. Ray Kroc bequeathed $1.6 billion to the Salvation Army for the construction of community centers throughout America.  He said that this opportunity might require the Salvation Army to raise $10 million that would be matched at $60 million through the Kroc Foundation.  He explained that the University of South Carolina and the River Alliance are considering placing programs within this proposed community center.  He further noted that this facility would not house programs for the homeless.  Mr. Kapp noted that the operations of the building would be sustained and on going.  He requested an endorsement letter from the City of Columbia.

Captain Ethan Frizzell, Salvation Army’s Corps Officer in Columbia, stated that the opportunity for the Salvation Army to advance itself is tremendous.  He said that they want to construct the Kroc Community Center in a location that is best for all cities and counties.

Mr. Bud Ferrillo suggested that City Council consider a Resolution of support for the Salvation Army.

There was a consensus of Council to direct staff to draft a Resolution outlining the City of Columbia’s support of the Salvation Army’s Kroc Community Center Grant Application.

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Osborne, Council voted unanimously to go into Executive Session at 9:25 a.m. for the discussion of Items D. through I. as amended.

· Councilwoman Anne M. Sinclair arrived at 9:30 a.m.

· Council adjourned the Executive Session discussion at 10:00 a.m. to convene the Zoning Public Hearing.

· Council reconvened the Executive Session discussion at 12:36 p.m.

EXECUTIVE SESSION

F.  Discussion of negotiations incident to proposed contractual arrangements
- Animal Services, Mr. S. Allison Baker, Assistant City Manager for Public Services
- Three Rivers Greenway, Mr. S. Allison Baker, Assistant City Manager for Public Services
- Richland County Detention Center, Mr. Jim Meggs, City Attorney
 These items were discussed in Executive Session. No action was taken.

G. Receipt of legal advice, which relates to matters covered by attorney-client privilege
- Municipal Election Procedure, Mr. Jim Meggs, City Attorney
- Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority
 These items were discussed in Executive Session. No action was taken.

H. Discussion of negotiations incident to the proposed purchase of property
- City Parking Garages – Mr. Steven Gantt, Senior Assistant City Manager for Operations
 This item was discussed in Executive Session. No action was taken.

I.  Discussion of evaluation of an employee
- Municipal Court Judges
 This item was discussed in Executive Session. No action was taken.

J.  Discussion of compensation of an employee
- Municipal Court Judges
- City Attorneys
 These items were discussed in Executive Session. No action was taken.

K.  **Discussion of the employment of an employee
 This item was discussed in Executive Session. No action was taken.

· Council adjourned the meeting at 2:25 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by:
Erika D. Salley
City Clerk