CITY COUNCIL WORK SESSION MINUTES
AUGUST 3, 2005
4:00 PM – SLED FACILITY / AUDITORIUM
4400 BROAD RIVER ROAD

The Columbia City Council conducted a Work Session on Wednesday, August 3, 2005 at the SLED Facility / Auditorium at 4400 Broad River Road, Columbia, South Carolina. The Honorable Mayor Robert D. Coble called the meeting to order at 4:03 p.m.  The following members of City Council were present:  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.  The Honorable E.W. Cromartie, II was absent. Also present were Mr. Charles P. Austin, Sr., City Manager and Ms. Erika D. Salley, City Clerk.

CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION / ACTION

A. **Capital City Stadium Lease – Mayor Robert D. Coble

Mayor Coble asked the members of Council and staff to review the proposed Capital City Stadium Lease Agreement between the City of Columbia and Shanahan & Company.  This item will be further discussed on August 10, 2005.

B. Community Promotions Funding Recommendations – Mr. Chris Brownlee, Chair of the Community Promotions Advisory Committee

Mr. Chris Brownlee, Community Promotions Advisory Committee Chairman, presented the Community Promotions Advisory Committee’s funding recommendations to City Council for consideration.

Upon motion by Ms. Devine, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve the recommendation to disburse a total of $5,800.00 in Community Promotions funding for July 2005 to various organizations and groups. (See chart below.)

Organization                     Project Name                                     Funded Last Year   Requested     Amount Funded
Central City Shamrocks Traveling Baseball  2006 Season                 0                             $5,000             $600
Columbia Children’s Theatre Go, Dog. Go! (Theatre Production)     N/A                         $2,000                   0
First Nazareth Foundation Second Annual Golf Tournament             N/A                         $2,250                   0
National Coalition of 100 Black Women
    Columbia Empowerment Through Education                                 N/A                         $5,082                 0
Palmetto Aids Life Support Services
    ALIVE 2005: AIDS Walk and 20th Anniversary                             0                           $10,100         $3,200
Reach Out and Read SC “Read and Romp” Family Event                 N/A                         $2,000                 0
YWCA of the Midlands Week Without Violence                             $5,000                      $5,980           $2,000
Columbia Choral Society 75th Anniversary Concert Series                 N/A                        $30,000         Defer
                                                                                               Total                                                     $5,800

C. Congaree Riverwalk Update – Mr. S. Allison Baker, Assistant City Manager for Public Services

Mr. Jim Lawracy, Parks and Recreation Department stated that they met several months ago with SCE&G and their proposed contractor to discuss concerns with access points.  He said that the park would remain open during construction, but there would be times for closure especially when they begin working on the north fish ladder at the diversion dam.  He noted that fencing details and access to the restrooms have all been worked out.

Mr. Carl Seers, Project Manager/ Kline Smith Energy and Water Resource Consultants, noted that half of the parking lot would be closed off with security fences for equipment storage.  He added that the gravel area behind EdVenture might be used to store the cranes.  He said that the downstream ladder would be completed within 3 months.

Mr. Allison Baker, Assistant City Manager for Public Services, stated that there are three (3) issues related to the connection of Riverfront Park and Granby Park. He noted that there are concerns that must be worked out with the Hydro Plant to ensure safe passage for all.  He said that there are concerns related to the connection at EdVenture and the connection from Granby to the Gervais Street Bridge as well.

Mr. Mike Dawson, The River Alliance, requested permission to finalize the draft educational panels, which were produced in conjunction with the State Museum and Mr. Tut Underwood.  The panels are designed to the Park Services Standard.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to authorize the Parks and Recreation Department to add the Educational Panels that highlight the history and environmental features of the Three Rivers Greenway.

Mr. Mike Dawson, The River Alliance, explained that the intent is to run a pathway along the river connecting the power plant, Gervais Street, the State Museum and EdVenture areas with Granby Park.  He said that the short-term alternative pathway would get us across the power plant, underneath the Gervais Street Bridge and up to Gist Street across from the new City Club Condominium Project. He requested permission to proceed with the construction documents, which would be brought back to the City of Columbia for coordination with other entities and projects.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to direct the Parks and Recreation Department and the River Alliance to proceed with developing a few alternatives for the Gervais Street Connection.

Mr. Mike Dawson said that they needed to connect Gervais Street to Granby Park without crossing over private property.  He said that they would conduct a physical survey of the area outlining the Greenway.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to continue negotiations with the private property owner and directed The River Alliance to bring back greater plans and details for this connection.