CITY OF COLUMBIA
CITY COUNCIL WORK SESSION MINUTES
July 23, 2003
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 23, 2003 in the City Hall Council Chambers, 1737 Main Street, Columbia, South Carolina.  Mayor Pro-Tempore Jim D. N. Papadea called the meeting to order at 9:04 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 and The Honorable Tameika C. Isaac.  Absent was The Honorable Mayor Robert D. Coble.  Also present were Mr. Charles P. Austin, Sr., Interim City Manager and Ms. Erika D. Moore, Acting City Clerk.
 
CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION / ACTION

A. Fort Jackson Water Rate Contract, Ms. Cathy Alexander, Finance Director

Upon motion by Mr. Davis, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve an Amended Agreement for Water Rates at Fort Jackson to increase the current rate of .78¢ per 100 cubic feet to .92¢ per 100 cubic feet.  The agreement is for two (2) years with an option to change the rate if the City of Columbia has a rate increase.

Councilman Osborne requested a report outlining what it costs the City of Columbia to provide water service inside and outside City limits and bulk water supply to Chapin and Fort Jackson.

B. USC Columbia Technology Incubator – Mr. Joel Stevenson, Director

Mr. Joel Stevenson, USC Columbia Technology Incubator Program Director, thanked the members of Council for their support and announced that three (3) companies recently graduated from the USC Columbia Technology Incubator Program.  He stated that two (2) of the firms are located within city limits.  He also informed Council that a partnership has been formed with Midlands Technical College and 225 jobs have been created since the program began.

C. Identity & Wayfinding Masterplan – Mr. Fred Delk, Columbia Development Corporation

Mr. Fred Delk, Director of the Columbia Development Corporation, presented the City Center Identity & Wayfinding Masterplan.  He stated that this new sign system is designed to be visitor friendly and helpful in finding your way from any of the major gateways.  He said that the sign system uses a unique thematic icon and a two (2)-color concept that is different from existing signage.  Mr. Delk informed the members of Council that implementation would be completed in three (3) phases and could cost as much as $825,000 not to include signage for the eight (8) gateway entrances.

Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to endorse the City Center Identity & Wayfinding Masterplan and authorized staff to determine the exact cost of implementing this plan and possible funding sources.

C1. CanalSide Briefing – Mr. Jim Gambrell, Economic Development

Mr. Jim Gambrell, Director of Economic Development, updated the members of Council on the various construction phases of CanalSide.  He stated that Phase I ran 60-90 days behind schedule due to excessive rainfall.  He said that Phase II, the design and engineering phase is complete and is being reviewed.  Mr. Gambrell assured Council that construction bids would go out no later than September 1, 2003 with construction to begin no later than November 2003.

ORDINANCE – FIRST READING

D. Ordinance No.: 2003-030 – Granting encroachment to The Woman’s Club for placement of a plaque near their former clubhouse at 1703 Blossom Street

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve on first reading Ordinance No.: 2003-030 – Granting encroachment to The Woman’s Club for placement near their former clubhouse at 1703 Blossom Street.

APPOINTMENT

E. Citizens Advisory Committee

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve the re-appoint of Ms. Maire Dugan, Ms. Nancy Bradshaw, Mr. Willie Kennedy, Ms. Sylvia Parks, Ms. Reena Harrison-Cook, Ms. Kathryn Fenner and Ms. Rosa McCaster and to appoint Ms. Soneika Fulmer, Mr. Damon Wlodarczyk, Mr. David Rodriquez, Ms. Minnie Wilson-Bivins, Mr. Bruce Sanders, Ms. Laura Cahue, Mr . Gabriel Carroll, Ms. Chikwe Njoku, and Mr. Harry Ward as new members to the committee.  There is one (1) vacancy remaining in Council District IV.

E1. Richland County Board of Assessment Control

Upon motion by Ms. Isaac, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve the appointment of Mr. Charles Small to the Richland County Board of Assessment Control for a three (3) year term to expire June 30, 2006.

Upon motion by Mr. Davis, seconded by Ms. Isaac, Council voted unanimously to go into Executive Session at 10:03 a.m. to discuss Items E2. through H. as amended.

EXECUTIVE SESSION DISCUSSION

  E2. Discussion of the employment of an employee
 This item was discussed in Executive Session no action was taken.

 F.  Discussion of negotiations incident to proposed contractual arrangements
- AquaGrille
This item was held over, no action was taken.

- Mr. Charles Williams, Consultant
This item was discussed in Executive Session no action was taken.

- Annexation Coordinator
This item was discussed in Executive Session no action was taken.
 

G. Discussion of the evaluation of employees
This item was held over, no action was taken.

H. **Discussion of a personnel matter
This item was discussed in Executive Session no action was taken.

· Mayor Pro-Tempore Jim D. N. Papadea adjourned the Work Session at 11:21 a.m. to convene the Convention Center Hotel Briefing.

· Ms. Sinclair left the meeting at 11:21 a.m.

· Mr. Papadea left the meeting at 11:21 a.m.

· Mr. E. W. Cromartie is now presiding.

11:00 a.m. BRIEFING

 Convention Center Hotel – TVS and S&W

 Mr. Jack Plasko, updated the members of Council on various aspects of the Convention Center Hotel.  He stated that the group decided to use a L-shaped design to allow the major facades to relate to Senate Street and Lincoln Street.   He said that there is retail space, a coffee shop, an 8,000 square feet ballroom, a boardroom, and a 4-car overhang.  Mr. Plasko explained that there is no sky lighting, but the windows are high and large and will provide lots of natural lighting.  He also stated that the pool and fitness center would be located on the second floor.  Mr. Plasko told Council that this will be a full service upscale Hilton Convention Center Hotel.

 Mr. Osborne was present to receive an update but abstained from voting due to a conflict of interest.

· Presiding Officer E. W. Cromartie, II adjourned the briefing at 12:00 noon to reconvene the Executive Session discussion.

 Discussion of negotiations incident to proposed contractual arrangements
- Convention Center Hotel
This item was discussed in Executive Session no action was taken.  Mr. Osborne did not participate in discussions due to a conflict of interest.
 
Presiding Officer E. W. Cromartie, II adjourned the Work Session at 12:33 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by:

Erika D. Moore
Acting City Clerk