CITY OF COLUMBIA
CITY COUNCIL WORK SESSION MINUTES
July 21, 2004
9:00 AM - City Council Chambers
3rd Floor City Hall - 1737 Main Street

The City of Columbia City Council met for a Work Session on Wednesday, July 21, 2004 in the City Hall Council Chambers at 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 Anne M. Sinclair, The Honorable Hamilton Osborne, Jr., The Honorable Sam Davis, The Honorable Tameika Isaac Devine and The Honorable Daniel J. Rickenmann.  Also present were Mr. Charles P. Austin, Sr., City Manager and Ms. Erika D. Moore, City Clerk.

PRESENTATION

A. East Central City Consortium – Fred A. Johnson, III, F.A. Johnson Consulting Group, Inc.

Mr. Frank McBride, Executive Board Chairman, introduced the following members of the Executive Board: Ms. Doris Hilderbrand, Ms. Betsy Watson, Mr. Durham Carter, Reverend Ed Francis and Ms. Kathryn Bellfield.  He stated that the F. A. Johnson Consulting Firm is leading the Consultant Group.  He introduced Mr. Heyward Bannister of Fannie Mae as a business partner.  Mr. McBride asked other supporters to stand for recognition.

Mr. Heyward Bannister, Fannie Mae, thanked the members of City Council for this opportunity to provide affordable housing for everyone in the City of Columbia.  He stated that the East Central City Consortium is a partnership between twelve (12) communities and other organizations and entities.  He said that the plan being presented today is symbolic of the input, ideas and suggestions of the people that live within these communities.  Mr. Bannister said that this plan is aimed at reducing blight in areas that were over looked, under served and over charged for many years.  He told the members of City Council that this plan would also spur economic growth in the form of new jobs and an increased tax base.  He assured the members of Council that this plan is on track due to the strong partnerships, strong leadership and an empowered community.  He urged the members of City Council to review the background of the plan.

Mr. Chip Land, Deputy Planning Director, explained the nature of the Master Plan to the members of City Council.  He stated that this plan attempts to reinforce the single-family neighborhoods, preserve the existing neighborhoods, and encourage revitalization and re-development with an emphasis on mixed use.

Ms. Deborah Livingston, Columbia Housing Development Corporation and Two Notch Development Corporation Executive Director, told the members of City Council that the City of Columbia recognizes the need for a wide variety of housing choices in existing City neighborhoods and will facilitate new housing development where necessary by encouraging and supporting new housing construction and possibly utilizing the City’s condemnation powers in compliance with an approved redevelopment plan to acquire property and assemble land for redevelopment purposes.  On behalf of the East Central City Consortium, Inc. Board of Directors, Ms. Livingston asked the members of City Council to adopt the following:

1. The redevelopment plan, specifically the Master Land Use Plan and the Master Implementation Plan;
2. An Ordinance creating the new classification of “Neighborhood Conservation District” as an Overlay District and implementing design guidelines consistent with the Redevelopment Plan; and
3. Declare the East Central project area a redevelopment area and to re-establish its Redevelopment Commission to assist in implementing the plan.

Mr. Fred Johnson, Jr., F. A. Johnson Consulting Group, Inc., told the members of Council that one of the top messages they heard loud and clear during the workshops was making sure that families with different levels of income could maintain and remain in the neighborhood.  He said that this is being addressed by providing rental units for those who are not prepared to purchase a home, have attached / detached homeownership town houses and a financing structure that would incorporate mixed income thresholds.
 
Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously on a single motion to approve the following:

1. The adoption of the East Central City Master Land Use Plan and Master Implementation Plan;
2. Authorized staff to draft an Ordinance creating a new classification of “Neighborhood Conservation District” as an Overlay District and implementing design guidelines consistent with the Redevelopment Plan;
3. To re-establish the Redevelopment Commission to operate as outlined in the Plan; and
4. Endorse the continuation of the East Central City Consortium, Inc. as a 501(c) (3) Corporation and as a separate and distinct organization;

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously on a single motion to approve the following:

5. Direct the East Central City Consortium to meet with Mr. Charles P. Austin, Sr., City Manager to develop a work plan, budget, and implementation timeline to ensure the continuation and coordination of the plan to include identifying a funding source for the recommended $595,160.00 for pre-development and compliance with all City of Columbia Ordinances.

· City Council adjourned the Work Session at 10:08 a.m. to convene the regular meeting.

· City Council reconvened the Work Session at 11:03 a.m.

CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION / ACTION

B.  District I Evening Meeting Date – The Members of City Council

There was a consensus of Council to schedule the District I Evening Meeting for Wednesday, August 18, 2004 at 6:30 p.m.  The location is to be determined.
 
C.  Department of Mental Health Campus Easement Acquisition – Mr. Steve Gantt, Assistant City Manager
  This item was held over no action was taken.

D.  Fair Housing Ordinance (Draft) – The Honorable Robert D. Coble
  This item was held over no action was taken.

E. Reforms on How the City Does Business  – The Honorable Robert D. Coble
 This item was held over, no action was taken.

E1. **Convention Center Hotel Letter of Intent – Mr. Paul C. “Bo” Aughtry, III, Windsor/Aughtry Company, Inc.

Mr. Paul C. Aughtry, III, Windsor/Aughtry Company, Inc., presented an updated proposal for the Convention Center Hotel to include promised components, a description of similar hotels; a description of what the City of Columbia is inviting and what would be delivered; and questions and answers.  He explained that for the $3 million subsidy the Convention Center Hotel would have additional attached square footage.  He said that a Hilton Hotel is not prototypical, but he could show the members another hotel they’ve developed above the Hilton standard.

Mr. Steve Gantt, Assistant City Manager, told the members of Council that the Windsor/Aughtry Company, Inc. has agreed to purchase the land for $250,000.00, which will be deducted from the $3 million subsidy.  He further explained that at this point the overall subsidy has been reduced by 10%.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted five (5) to two (2) to approve the Convention Center Hotel Letter of Intent subject to the hotel being identified as a Hilton Full Service Hotel; the Hilton Corporation shall submit a letter of approval for the proposed hotel as part of the Final Agreement; and the Developer and staff shall continue to work to further reduce the $3 million subsidy from the City of Columbia.  Voting aye were Ms. Sinclair, Mr. Davis, Ms. Devine, Mr. Rickenmann and Mayor Coble.  Voting nay were Mr. Cromartie and Mr. Osborne.

APPOINTMENTS

F. Community Promotions Advisory Committee

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Ms. Devine, Council voted unanimously to approve the appointment of Mr. Chris Brownlee to the Community Promotions Advisory Committee as a replacement for Mr. Robert Adams and as recommended by Councilman Daniel Rickenmann.

  F1. **Selection Committee for SC Mental Health Planning – Mr. Jim Gambrell, Director of Economic Development
 
  Upon motion by Mr. Davis, seconded by Ms. Devine, Council voted unanimously to approve the appointment of the following individuals to the Selection Committee for South Carolina Mental Health Campus Planning: Mary Dennis Cauthen, Geoff Mason, Doris Hilderbrand, Larry Gates, Paul Bauknight, Joe Rogers, Peter Brown, Robert Bunch, Laddie Howard, Chuck Salley, Robert Mickel, Elizabeth Marks and Kathryn Bellfield.

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Ms. Devine, Council voted unanimously to go into Executive Session at 12:00 p.m. for the discussion of Items G. through I. as amended.

EXECUTIVE SESSION DISCUSSION

G. Discussion of negotiations incident to proposed contractual arrangements
- Department of Mental Health (Farrow Road Annexation)
- **CanalSide Development – Mr. Steve Gantt, Assistant City Manager
- **Township Auditorium – Mr. Cary McSwain, County Administrator
These items were discussed in Executive Sessionno action was taken.

 H. Discussion of appointment of an employee
  This item was discussed in Executive Session no action was taken.
 
 EXECUTIVE SESSION BRIEFING

 I. **Discussion of negotiations incident to proposed contractual arrangements
- **Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority Relocation – Ms. Mitzi Javers, Executive Director
 This item was discussed in Executive Session no action was taken.
 
· City Council adjourned the meeting at 2:15 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by:
Erika D. Moore
City Clerk