CITY OF COLUMBIA
CITY COUNCIL WORK SESSION MINUTES
August 01, 2001
9:00 AM - City Council Conference Room
2nd Floor City Hall - 1737 Main Street

The City of Columbia City Council met in a Work Session, on Wednesday, August 1, 2001, in the City Hall Council Conference Room, 1737 Main Street.  The Mayor Robert D. Coble called the meeting to order at 9:10 a.m.  Council members present were:  The Honorable Francenia B. Heizer, The Honorable Jim Papadea, The Honorable Anne M. Sinclair, The Honorable Hamilton Osborne, Jr., and The Honorable Sam Davis.  Absent was The Honorable E.W. Cromartie, II.  Also attending were Ms. Leona K. Plaugh, City Manager and Ms. Pamela J. Ferst, Acting City Clerk.

1. PRESENTATIONS

A. SCANA Corp. - Charlie Moore

Mr. Charlie Moore, District Manager, SCANA Corporation, discussed proper tree trimming and pruning methods.

B. The South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce -
Mr. Frank Knapp, Jr.

Mr. Frank Knapp, Jr. and Mr. Tom Wilkes, Chairman, discussed the positive impact that the Green Diamond development will have on the City of Columbia.

Ms. Heizer and Mr. Osborne did not participate in this discussion do to a conflict of interest.

C. USC Parking Study - John J. Stucker

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Ms. Heizer Council voted unanimously to approve the recommendations as follows: Install a 3-way stop sign at the intersection of Laurens Street and Pendleton Street; Deny the request to install the 3-way stop sign at the intersection of Laurens Street and College Street; Review the placement of a 3-way stop sign at the intersection of Greene Street and Sumter Street at a later date; Post a 25 mph speed limit throughout the neighborhood; Post "No Thru Truck" signs on all the streets that enter the neighborhood from Gervais Street, Pickens Street and Blossom Street, and on Greene Street at Laurens Street; Remove eight parking slots on the south side of Greene Street that impair the visibility of motorists entering from Barnwell Street and Henderson Street, as recommended by City Traffic Engineers.  Mr. Osborne was not present for the vote.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Ms. Heizer, Council voted unanimously to go into Executive Session at 9:50 a.m. to discuss land acquisition for the Bomber Stadium.  Mr. Cromartie and Mr. Osborne were not present for the vote.  Mr. Papadea did not participate in this discussion do to a conflict of interest.
 
Council adjourned the Work Session at 10:25 a.m. to the City Hall Council Chambers for the regularly scheduled meeting.

2. REVIEW CITY COUNCIL MEETING AGENDA

Ms. Plaugh reviewed the regular meeting agenda items with Council.

3. CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION / ACTION

A. CanalSide
*Amesco Inc. and Tower Real Estate Contract

Upon motion by Ms. Heizer, seconded by Mr. Davis, Council voted five (5) to one (1) to approve the Amesco Inc. and Tower Real Estate consultant contract fee in the amount of $15,000 monthly for March, April and May 2001.  Voting aye were, Mayor Coble, Ms. Heizer, Ms. Sinclair, Mr. Osborne and Mr. Davis.  Voting nay was Mr. Papadea.

B. Broad River Heights and Riverside Forest Sewer Project
Discussion, no action was taken.

C. Ecumenical Community Center - $3,500 contribution request
This item was held over, no action was taken.

  D. Parking Adjacent to Sumter Street Parking Garage Recommendation

Upon motion by Ms. Heizer, seconded by Mr. Osborne, Council voted four (4) to one (1) to  approve the recommendations as presented with the exception of changing the five (5) 90-minute meters in those areas to 30-minute meters.  Voting aye were Mayor Coble, Ms. Heizer, Mr. Osborne and Mr. Davis.  Voting nay was Ms. Sinclair.  Mr. Papadea was not present for the vote.

E. Fallout 2001 at Finlay Park
This item was approved in Regular Session.

F. Federation Center of the Blind Request
G. 2001 AAU Junior Olympics - Funding Assistance
H. MLK Park Signage
I. Park Terrace Drive at Harbison
J. Five Points Valet Parking
Items 3. F. through 3. J. were held over, no action was taken.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Osborne, Council voted unanimously to go into Executive Session at 11:27 a.m. to discuss SCANA, Pelham Road and annexation of Percival Road.  Mr. Papadea was not present for the vote.  Ms. Heizer and Mr. Osborne did not participate in SCANA discussion do to a conflict of interest.

K. Gamecock Acquatics - $3,000 Financial Assistance
L.  Edge Application to Federal Home Loan Bank for Drew Park
Items 3. K. and 3. L. were approved in Regular Session.
 
4. Legal Briefings and Contracts *

A. *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.

Upon motion by Mr. Osborne, seconded by Mr. Davis, Council voted unanimously to approve 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, subject to the modifications outlined in Executive Session.   Mr. Papadea abstained from voting do to a conflict of interest.
Mayor Coble reconvened the Executive Session.

B. *Annexation - Riverhill Circle area
C. *Co-Location - Contract / Lease
D. *TIF Agreement
E. *Reinvestment Allocations
F. *SCANA
Items 4. B. through 4. F. were discussed in Executive Session.

G. *Legal Briefing - Pending Annexations and Contracts

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Ms. Heizer, Council gave first reading to  Ordinance No.: 2001-067 - Annexing 3609 Percival Road, Richland County TMS #22709-02-01 (portion).  Mr. Osborne was not present for the vote.

H. *Real Estate Matter - Bombers Stadium
This item was discussed in Executive Session.

I. *F.A. Johnson Group

Upon motion by Ms. Heizer, seconded by Mr. Davis, Council voted unanimously to authorize the City Manager to execute a contract with F.A. Johnson Group in the amount of $175,000 from the Economic Development Fund, subject to a review of the contract by the City Real Estate Attorney.   Understanding that this contract is in increments and steps.  After August 14, 2001, the Eau Claire Development Corporation is to accept assignment of this contract.  Mr. Osborne was not present for the vote.

The meeting adjourned at 2:20 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by,
 
 

Pamela J. Ferst, CPS
Acting City Clerk