CITY OF COLUMBIA
CITY COUNCIL WORK SESSION MINUTES
August 08, 2001
9:00 AM - City Council Conference Room
2nd Floor City Hall - 1737 Main Street

The Columbia City Council met in a Work Session in the Council  Conference Room on Wednesday, August 8, 2001.  Mayor Robert D. Coble called the meeting to order at 9:20 a.m.  Council members present were:  The Honorable E.W. Cromartie, II, The Honorable Francenia B. Heizer, The Honorable Jim Papadea, The Honorable Anne M. Sinclair and The Honorable Hamilton Osborne, Jr.  Absent was The Honorable Sam Davis.  Also attending were Ms. Leona K. Plaugh, City Manager and Ms. Pamela J. Ferst, Acting City Clerk.

1. PRESENTATION

Cultural Council of Richland / Lexington Counties - Ms. Dot Ryall
Mr. Michael Lash, Public Art Director for the City of Chicago

Ms. Dot Ryall briefed Council on the One Hundred Eighty-Two Thousand Dollars ($182,000) generated from the sale of the Palmetto Trees.  She stated that a Fifty Thousand Dollar ($50,000) matching grant has been given to the Columbia Museum of Art, Fifty Thousand Dollars ($50,000) has been donated to EdVenture for Public Art, and Eighty -Two Thousand Dollars ($82,000) to fund Public Art.

Ms. Dot Ryall introduced Mr. Michael Lash, Public Art Director for the City of Chicago.  Mr. Lash shared with Council the Public Arts Programs and Art Projects that the City of Chicago currently has in place and the revenue generated.

2. CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION / ACTION

A. Cultural Council of Richland / Lexington Counties - $2,000 Contribution
This item was held over, no action was taken.

Ms. Dot Ryall asked Council to contribute $1,000 to cover additional expenses incurred when Columbia artists were sent to  Kaiserslautern, Germany and $2,000 for expenses incurred by the Cultural Council for Kaiserslautern artists during their stay in Columbia.

B. Destruction of Firearms as requested by the Columbia Police Dept.

Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Ms. Heizer, Council voted unanimously to approve the destruction of One Hundred Seventy-Five (175) firearms as requested by the Columbia Police Department.  Mayor Coble was not present for the vote.

C. Utility Agreement for the Relocation of an 8" Sewer Main in conjunction   with the Proposed Highway Improvements along I-26 / U.S. Route 176   Interchange
 
Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve the Utility Agreement for the Relocation of an 8" Sewer Main in conjunction with the Proposed Highway Improvements along I-26 / U.S. Route 176 Interchange.   Mayor Coble was not present for the vote.

' Mayor Coble joined the meeting at 9:37 a.m.

D. Approval of by-laws for the Midlands Regional Convention Center    Authority and the Convention and Visitors Bureau
This item was held over, no action was taken.

' Ms. Sinclair stepped out of the meeting.

E. Council is asked to approve the purchase of a vehicle as requested by the   Business Enterprise & Grants Office Director.  Award bid to Love    Chevrolet, the low bidder, in the amount of $19,975.00.

Upon motion by Ms. Heizer, seconded by Mr. Osborne, Council voted unanimously to approve the purchase of a vehicle as requested by the Business Enterprise & Grants Office Director.  Award bid to Love Chevrolet, the low bidder, in the amount of $19,975.00.  Ms. Sinclair was not present for the vote.

' Ms. Sinclair rejoined the meeting.

3.  ORDINANCES - SECOND READING

A. Ordinance No. 2001-085 - Establishing the City Center Business    Improvement   District.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve Ordinance No. 2001-085 - Establishing the City Center Business Improvement District.

B. 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 Mayor Coble, Council voted unanimously to approve on second reading 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 with clarification on the need to retain the right-a-way for the proposed roadway along the west side of the property.  Mr. Papadea abstained from the vote do to a conflict of interest.  Mr. Cromartie was not present for the vote.

' Mr. Osborne left the meeting.
 
4.  ZONING MAP AMENDMENT - Public Hearing continued from July 18, 2001.

01-16 MA.  1026 Oakland Avenue, TMS 11706-7-12.  Rezone from RS-3 to   RG-2.
This item was administratively held over, no action was taken.

5. OTHER MATTERS

A. USC Child Development Center

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Ms. Heizer, Council voted unanimously to  authorize the City Manager to draft a letter for the Mayor's signature expressing Council's strong support for child development in the city; Council's strong support for this concept that has been proposed for the Gateway USC Research Center; and  establish a committee to work with USC and Gateway to find another site.  Mr. Osborne was absent for the vote.

7. APPOINTMENTS - TERM LIMITS

A. Midlands Regional Convention Center Authority
This item was held over, no action was taken.

8. APPOINTMENT NOMINATIONS

A. The Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve the appointment of Ms. Betty Easler to the Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority.  Mr. Osborne was not present for the vote.

B. The Planning Commission
This item was held over, no action was taken.

' Mr. Osborne rejoined the meeting.

C. The Mini Grant Committee
This item was held over, no action was taken.

D. The Citizens Advisory Committee

Upon motion by Ms. Heizer, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve the appointments as submitted by the Community Development Staff to include Ms. Cynthia Tucker and Ms. Nancy Bradshaw.

E. The Eau Claire Development Corporation

Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Ms. Heizer, Council voted unanimously to approve the appointments of Ms. Heizer, Mr. Papadea, and Mr. Davis to the Eau Claire Development Corporation for a two (2) year term of service starting August 2001.
 
Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Ms. Heizer, Council voted unanimously to go into Executive Session to discuss the listed legal briefings, contracts and personnel matter.

The meeting adjourned at 1:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by:
 
 

Pamela J. Ferst, Acting City Clerk