CITY OF COLUMBIA
CITY COUNCIL WORK SESSION MINUTES
July 11, 2002
9:00 AM - City Council Conference Room
Council Chambers - 1737 Main Street

The City of Columbia City Council met in a Work Session on Wednesday, July 17, 2002, in the City Hall Council Chambers, 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 C. Isaac.  Also present were Ms. Leona K. Plaugh, City Manager and Ms. Erika D. Moore, Deputy City Clerk.

REVIEW AGENDA

The City Manager reviewed the regular agenda items with the Mayor and members of Council.

Ms. Sinclair joined the meeting at 9:17 a.m.

CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION / ACTION

A. Parking Structure Feasibility Study for the Convention Center and the Convention Center Hotel - Mr. Steven Gantt, Special Projects

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to authorize staff to:

B. Council is asked to approve a request from the City Accommodations Tax Committee to award the carry-over funds from the 2001 / 2002 Accommodations Tax budget to the Columbia Visitors Bureau (CVB).

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve a request from the City Accommodations Tax Committee to award the carry-over funds from the 2001 / 2002 Accommodations Tax budget to the Columbia Visitors Bureau (CVB).  Mr. Davis abstained from voting due to a conflict of interest.

C. Council Retreat Schedule

Council decided to hold the final segment of the City Council Retreat on Friday, September 6, 2002.

4. **Amtrak Trip Briefing - Mr. Cromartie

Councilman Cromartie, briefed Council members on the trip to Washington, DC.  Mr. Cromartie stated that he, Ms. Isaac, Mayor Coble, the City Manager and other representatives went to Washington via Amtrak to seek funding for the economic initiatives that the City of Columbia has prioritized.  Mr. Cromartie informed Council that there were discussions of a High Speed Rail Way from Columbia to Charlotte; Hope VI funding for Gonzales Garden and the Drew Park Wellness Center.

E. **EPAC - Mr. John Dooley, Director of Utilities

Mr. John Dooley, Director of Utilities, briefed Council members on the proposed expansion of the Cayce Wastewater Treatment Plant.  Mr. Dooley stated that Cayce wants to expand their plant in two (2) phases.  Phase I would extend the plant to 16 million gallons and Phase II would expand the plant to 24 million gallons.  Mr. Dooley informed Council that the pounds of pollutants allowed in the river is limited and the river is at that limit now.

6. **Waverly Neighborhood Annexation Association

Mr. Eddie Lloyd, Waverly Neighborhood Annexation Association President, appeared before Council to find out the status of their request to be recognized by the CCN as a separate neighborhood association to include the area from Heidt Street to Gervais Street.  Mr. Lloyd stated that their current neighborhood leaders do not reside within the immediate area; therefore information is not exchanged to keep this portion of the neighborhood informed of decisions and funding.

Ms. Sinclair suggested that the groups use The Columbia Mediation Center to resolve inter-neighborhood issues.

Mr. Herbert Crosby, Waverly Neighborhood Annexation Association, stated that each Council member should speak for themselves to indicate whether or not they want to get involved.  Mr. Crosby asked Mr. Cromartie to meet with the residents and hear their concerns.

Councilman Cromartie stated that the City of Columbia will work with the residents in that area to bring about change.  Mr. Cromartie asked the City Manager to identify resources, code enforcement and an assessment of the housing stock of the area.  Mr. Cromartie assured members of the association that the city will support and provide any services allowable to their neighborhood association and the community.

Ms. Ruth Lloyd, Waverly Neighborhood Annexation Association, stated that they were already organized when the Martin Luther King Neighborhood Association and the Lyon Street Neighborhood Association was organized.

A meeting was scheduled for Thursday, August 8, 2002 at 6:00 p.m. at the Community Center to address neighborhood concerns.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to go into Executive Session at 11:18 a.m. to discuss the SCANA Agreement, a Palmer Memorial Chapel Legal Matter, Memorial Park Land Acquisition and the EPAC with Tommy Lavender.

LEGAL BRIEFINGS*

G.  *SCANA Agreement
This item was discussed in Executive Session, no action was taken.

H. *Legal Matter
This item was discussed in Executive Session, no action was taken.

16.  *Personnel Matter
This item was held over, no action was taken.

10. *Land Acquisition
This item was discussed in Executive Session, no action was taken.

K. **EPAC Briefing - Mr. Tommy Lavender
This item was discussed in Executive Session, no action was taken.

$ Mr. Cromartie left the meeting at 12:30 p.m.

Mayor Coble adjourned the meeting at 1:15 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by:
 
 

Erika D. Moore
Deputy City Clerk