CITY OF COLUMBIA CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
Work Session
WEDNESDAY, August 9, 2000

Columbia City Council met for a work session Wednesday, August 09, 2000, in the City Council Conference Room at City Hall. Mayor Pro-Tempore Hamilton Osborne, Jr. called the meeting to order at 9:20 a.m. Members of Council present were: The Honorable E. W. Cromartie, II, The Honorable Francenia B. Heizer, The Honorable Jim Papadea, and The Honorable Anne M. Sinclair, and The Honorable Sam Davis.  Also attending were Mr. Michael A. Bierman, City Manager and Ms. Pamela J. Ferst, Acting City Clerk.  Mayor Coble joined the meeting at 9:50 a.m.

I.. RESOLUTION NO. R-2000-041

1. Market Place Shopping Center - Estoppel
Resolution No. R-2000-041; Authorizing City Manager to execute an Estoppel Certificate and Non-Disturbance Agreement with Pegasus Holding, LLC and Carolina First Bank.

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Ms. Heizer, Council voted unanimously to approve Resolution No. R-2000-041; Authorizing City Manager to execute an Estoppel Certificate and Non-Disturbance Agreement with Pegasus Holding, LLC and Carolina First Bank with additional language to place a cap on the number of lost parking spaces.  Mr. Papadea abstained from voting do to a conflict of interest.

II  REQUEST TO CLOSE CITY STREETS

A. Request from The University of South Carolina to close Greene Street between the gates located in front of the Russell House University Union at 1400 Greene Street, for events associated with “Welcome Week”, on Tuesday, August 22, 2000, between the hours of 10:00 a.m. through 12:00 a.m. and on Friday, August 25, 2000, between the hours  of 6:00 p.m. through 12:00 a.m.  As customary, the gates will be closed and reopened by the U.S.C. Police Department.  Contact Jerry Brewer.

B. Request from Benedict College to close Barhamville Rd. at McAllister St. and Germany St. at Waites Rd., on Saturday, August 26, 2000 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., on Saturday, September 9, 2000 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., on Saturday, September 23, 2000 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., and on November 4, 2000 from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.  Contact Willie Washington

Upon motion by Ms. Heizer, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve items II. A. and B., on a single motion.
 

III. TROLLEY ROUTES

Mr. Papadea stated that over five hundred state employees have signed a petition requesting trolley service from the Department of Health and Environmental Control to downtown restaurants.

Staff informed Council that currently the City only has six (6) trolleys which run two routes for lunch  (3 trolleys each) and all six (6) trolleys running at night.

Mr. Davis told Council that this type of request for trolleys will continue and when we inherit the transit system maybe we should add trolleys.

Mr. Cromartie agreed with Mr. Papadea that basically DHEC was a captured audience and people probably would ride the trolley downtown.

Ms. Heizer suggested that Council run a test ride on the trolley from DHEC to the downtown area to check the amount of time it would take to run such a route.

Mayor Coble joined the meeting at 9:45

Mr. Osborne asked staff to set up two (2) alternative test routes and schedule a time that Council could do a test ride from this area.

Mayor Coble presides over the meeting from this time forward.

IV.  APPOINTMENTS

1. Community Design Center

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Davis, Council voted unanimously to appoint Mrs. D. K. Johnson to replace Mr. Doris Hildebrand and to reappoint Ms. Irene Tyson to the board of the Community Design Center.

2. Election Commission

This item was held over, no action was taken.

City Attorney Jim Meggs informed Council  of changes in the state law regarding the Election Commission.  Mr. Meggs is to provide  Council with this information before action is taken on this matter.

2. Columbia Music Festival Commission

This item was held over, no action was taken.
 
Ms. Heizer asked Council to remember the two (2) term rule.

Ms. Sinclair stated that she thinks it is a mistake to keep the same people on forever.

Mayor Coble asked staff to advertise for board members and to contact Mr. John Whitehead for recommendations.

3. Planning Commission

This item was held over until the meeting of August 30, 2000, no action was taken.

5. Columbia Housing Authority

This item was held over, no action was taken.

Ms. Sinclair asked staff for a list of the people on the Columbia Housing Authority’s Wall of Fame.

Council also asked that staff provide information on the status of board members for the Design, Development and Review Commission.

IV CONTRACT and LEGAL MATTERS

A   Canal Plant Expansion Bid
2. Empowerment Zone
3. SCANA

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to go into executive session to discuss the above items IV. A. through C.  Mr. Osborne will refrain from discussions regarding SCANA  and Mr. Papadea will refrain from the Main Street Development (Tapps) discussions, both do to conflicts of interest.

The meeting adjourned at 12:10 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by:
 
 

Pamela J. Ferst, CPS
Acting City Clerk


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