CITY OF COLUMBIA CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
Work Session
WEDNESDAY, July 25, 2001

The City of Columbia City Council met for a Work Session on Wednesday, July 25, 2001, in the Council Conference Room.  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 Francenia B. Heizer, The Honorable Jim Papadea, The Honorable Hamilton Osborne, Jr., and The Honorable Sam Davis.  Absent was The Honorable Anne M. Sinclair.  Also attending were Ms. Leona K. Plaugh, City Manager and Ms. Pamela J. Ferst, Acting City Clerk.

1. PRESENTATIONS

A. Update - Convention Center and Related Infrastructure Briefing
Mr. Craig Watson and Mr. Bill Dukes
1. *Property Acquisition Lease
2. *HNTB Parking Study
3. *LDR Contract

Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve in concept with the provision that as plans become more definite Staff will return to Council with funding recommendations and Council has a complete financing package before any bids are approved.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted to go into Executive Session to discuss contractual matters and land acquisition issues.

Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to endorse LDR/HNTB Planning Assistance  Outline as presented (attached)  with the exception of the Stadium Site Selection.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted four (4) to two (2) to appropriate up to $75,000 for the Stadium Site Selection.  Voting aye were Mr. Cromartie, Ms. Heizer, Mr. Davis, and Mayor Coble.  Voting nay was Mr. Osborne.  Mr. Papadea abstained from voting do to a conflict of interest.

B. CanalSide Briefing- David Ames

Mr. Jim Gambrell, Director of Economic Development informed Mayor and Council that the purpose of this briefing was to bring a status update of the CanalSide project.

Mr. David Ames reviewed the CanalSide project with Council covering some team efforts; site plan; developer enthusiasm; the schedule; the budget; cash flow analysis; minority participation; the improvement of the quality of life for Columbia citizens and the next steps.
 
C. Virtual City Presentation (VC3)

Software for Governmental Entities, endorsed by the Municipal Association of South Carolina.  Virtual City is an Application Service Provider ( ASP ).  The company maintains all software applications.  Applications are customized for the city.  Modules may be purchase separately as needed.  They are  Internet friendly with access through city=s web-site and information can be routed to all applicable departments and divisions, even by the citizens.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to authorize the City Manager to negotiate with Virtual City for a total concept package and report back to Council.  Mr. Papadea and Mr. Osborne were not present for the vote.

D. Germany Trip Briefing - Mr. Jim Gambrell

Mr. Jim Gambrell, Director of Economic Development briefed Council on the upcoming trip to Germany for economic purposes.  Council was also informed of the prospective business and government associates planning to participate in this trip.

Mr. Gambrell recommended retaining Ms. Gabriel Husbee as a consultant on a per fee basis of $500 per company plus a $2,500 overhead to arrange transportation in Germany for a total of $4,500.

2. CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION / ACTION

A. Development Services Contract with Colliers Keenan for EdVenture    Connection (Sole Source)

Upon motion by Ms. Heizer, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve a proposal by Colliers Keenan for owner=s representative services for the EdVenture Connection and City Dock projects for a maximum amount not to exceed $27,000 for Phases I and II.

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Ms. Heizer, Council voted unanimously to authorize EdVenture to serve as the city=s agent and to go forward with a bid for the EdVenture project.

B. Funding Request from Fort Jackson in the amount of $10,000
for a monument recognizing Drill Sergeants and forwarding a
$5,000 private donation.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve an appropriation in the amount of $10,000 and the forwarding of an anonymous $5,000 private donation to Fort Jackson for a monument recognizing Drill Sergeants.
 

 
C. Broad River Heights and Riverside Forest Sewer Project
This item was held over, no action was taken.

D. Ordinance No. 2001-052 - Authorizing City manager to Execute a Contract   of Sale with Avant Developments, LLC and A Deed for the transfer of   approximately 13 acres on Pelham Drive, Richland Co., TMS #13715-01-  02 (eastern portion) to Avant Developments, LLC.
This item was held over, no action was taken.

  E. Holiday Celebration

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Ms. Heizer, Council voted unanimously to approve $86,750.00 to purchase grocery gift cards, fruit gift boxes, turkeys, and toys for 1800 city employees and their families.

F. Federation Center of the Blind Request
This item was held over, no action was taken.
 
3. APPOINTMENTS

A. The Mini Grant Committee

Council is asked to appoint three (3) members to the Mini Grant Committee. The
appointments are for Councilpersons Cromartie, Sinclair, and Papadea.  Mini  Grant Committee terms correlate to their respective Councilperson=s term;  thus  once appointed, these members will be on the committee until September 30,  2004.  As submitted by the Community Development Staff.

B. The Citizens Advisory Committee

Council is asked to appoint three (3) members and reappoint twelve (12)   members to the Citizens Advisory Committee.  Appointments are for Target  Area, Edisto Court (1); Rotating Neighborhoods, Belvedere Community (2);  Shandon Neighborhood Association (1); University Neighborhood Association  (1). Reappointments as submitted for a final term.  As submitted by the   Community Development Staff.

$ Items 3. A. and B. were held over, no action was taken.

4. Legal Briefings and Contracts *

A. *Lease Agreement with Suggs & Kelly Investments, LLC,       Resolution No.:  R-2001-044

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Ms. Heizer, Council voted unanimously to approve a lease agreement with Suggs & Kelly Investments, LLC, Resolution No.:  R-2001-044.  Mr. Papadea abstained from voting do to a conflict of interest.

 
B. *Annexation - Riverhill Circle area
C. *Co-Location - Contract / Lease
D. *TIF Agreement
E. *Reinvestment Allocations
F. *Beautification Contract - SCDOT
G. *Real Estate Matter - Bombers Stadium

$ Items 4. B. thru G. were held over, no action was taken.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve amending an agreement involving the Palmetto Classic to create as 501 3c.  Ms. Heizer and Mr. Davis were not present for the vote.

Mayor Coble adjourned the meeting at 1:37 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by:
Pamela J. Ferst, CPS
Acting City Clerk


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