CITY OF COLUMBIA
CITY COUNCIL WORK SESSION MINUTES
August 06, 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, August 06, 2003 in the City Hall Council Chambers, 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 Jim D. N. Papadea, The Honorable Anne M. Sinclair, The Honorable Hamilton Osborne, Jr., The Honorable Sam Davis and The Honorable Tameika C. Isaac.  Also present were Mr. Charles P. Austin, Sr., Interim City Manager and Ms. Erika D. Moore, City Clerk.

CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION / ACTION

A. Columbia Branding Initiative Update – Mr. David Martin, Brandsync

Ms. Cathy Novinger, introduced members of the Columbia Branding Initiative Committee and assured the members of Council that the committee is being good stewards of the funding that the City of Columbia provided.

· Ms. Sinclair arrived at 9:12 a.m.

Mr. David Martin, Brandsync, presented the Columbia South Carolina Region Brand Identity Research Report to the members of Council.  He stated that 652 residents and 100 meeting planners from the City of Columbia, Richland County and Lexington County were surveyed.   Mr. Martin stated that the steering committee would meet today and move forward with Phase II.

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

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve a funding request from the USC-Columbia Technology Incubator for fiscal year 2003/2004 in the amount of $25,000 from the City Council Economic Development Contingency Fund.

C. Richland County Government Per Diem Charge
This item was held over, no action was taken.

D. Community Promotions Advisory Committee Recommendations for Funding  – Ms. Libby Gober, Senior Executive Assistant

A motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mayor Coble, to amend the Community Promotions Funding Recommendations list to include approval of a funding request from Allen University in the amount of $2,060, was withdrawn.

· Mr. Davis left the meeting at 9:49 a.m.

Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve Community Promotions funding for various organizations in the total amount of $70,500.00 as recommended by the Community Promotions Advisory Committee.  Mr. Davis was not present for the vote.

· Mr. Davis returned to the meeting at 9:54 a.m.

E. Proposed Hospitality Tax Application and Guidelines – Ms. Libby Gober, Senior Executive Assistant

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mayor Coble, Council voted unanimously to approve the proposed application and guidelines with the caveat that organizations include detailed background and diversity information for each board member along with the application.

F. Columbia Action Council Budget Request

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve additional funding for Autumn at the Mills, the Veterans Day Parade and WOW ’04 in the amount of $30,000.00 from the City Manager’s Contingency Fund.

TRAFFIC ISSUE

G. Arsenal Hill Neighborhood Traffic Control

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve the installation of a 4-way stop at the intersection of Wayne Street and Blanding Street contingent upon SCDOT approval.

· Mayor Coble adjourned the Work Session at 10:01 a.m. to convene the regular meeting.

· Mayor Coble reconvened the Work Session at 10:55 a.m.

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to go into Executive Session at 10:55 a.m. to discuss Items H. through M. as amended.

EXECUTIVE SESSION DISCUSSION

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

I. Discussion of negotiations incident to the proposed purchase of property
 This item was discussed in Executive Session no action was taken.

J. Discussion of employment of an employee
 This item was discussed in Executive Session no action was taken.
 
 K. Discussion of the evaluation of employees
 This item was held over, no action was taken.

L. **Receipt of legal advice, which relates to a matter covered by attorney-client privilege
 This item was discussed in Executive Session no action was taken.

M. **Receipt of legal advice, which relates to a pending, threatened or potential claim
 This item was discussed in Executive Session no action was taken.

Mayor Coble adjourned the meeting at 2:35 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by:

Erika D. Moore
City Clerk