CITY OF COLUMBIA
CITY COUNCIL WORK SESSION MINUTES
August 14, 2002
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 14, 2002, in the City Council Chambers, 1737 Main Street, Columbia, South Carolina.  Mayor Robert D. Coble called the meeting to order at 9:16 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. and The Honorable Tameika C. Isaac.  Absent was The Honorable Sam Davis.  Also present were Ms. Leona K. Plaugh, City Manager and Ms. Erika D. Moore, Deputy City Clerk.

$  Councilman Davis joined the meeting via conference call.

CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION / ACTION

1. Request to Council for approval to amend the August 14, 2002 Work Session Agenda

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to amend the Work Session agenda to add the following items:

$ Columbia Music Festival Association Request for Funding
$  Eau Claire Development Corporation Appointments
$ MDA Fire Fighter Boot Drive
$  Stormwater Utility Fee Billing

B.  City Reorganization

Upon motion by Mayor Coble seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to ask the City Manager to:

$  Review and consider Council recommendations on the reorganization
$ Draft an Ordinance on the reorganization in consultation with Mr. Jim Meggs, City Attorney to present to City Council
$ The ordinance should create and define departments with an organizational chart attached
$ The ordinance should be presented in it=s final form and should not be added to the agenda as an amendment
$ By caveat if the narrative clearly states the substance of the ordinance that can be presented in place of an ordinance in order to avoid delaying the process
 
3. Ordinance No.: 2002-074 - AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE AND SALE OF $15,500,000 GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS, SERIES 2002, OF THE CITY OF COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA; FIXING THE FORM AND DETAILS OF THE BONDS; AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR AND CITY MANAGER TO DETERMINE CERTAIN MATTERS RELATING TO THE BONDS; PROVIDING FOR THE PAYMENT OF THE BONDS AND THE DISPOSITION OF THE PROCEEDS THEREOF; AND OTHER MATTERS RELATING THERETO.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to give second reading approval to Ordinance No.: 2002-074 - AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE AND SALE OF $15,500,000 GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS, SERIES 2002, OF THE CITY OF COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA; FIXING THE FORM AND DETAILS OF THE BONDS; AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR AND CITY MANAGER TO DETERMINE CERTAIN MATTERS RELATING TO THE BONDS; PROVIDING FOR THE PAYMENT OF THE BONDS AND THE DISPOSITION OF THE PROCEEDS THEREOF; AND OTHER MATTERS RELATING THERETO.

4. City of Columbia Construction Employment Program Briefing - Mr. Nate Spells and
Mr. Tony Lawton

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council vote unanimously to endorse the City of Columbia Construction Employment .

E. West Nile Virus and Mosquito Spraying Update - Mr. Donny Phipps, Director of Inspections

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to authorize staff to spray in areas where requested at the discretion of the City Manager and Mr. Donny Phipps, Director of Inspections.

Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve the purchase of a Super SlopeMaster SSM series mower in the amount of $48,409.20 from the Council Contingency Fund.

F. Police Briefing
 - Mr. Charles P. Austin, Sr., 1st Assistant City Manager and Chief of Public Safety

Chief Austin briefed Council on the following items:

$ A National Recruitment Program
$ A Salary Survey of five (5) scenarios
$ The work load of a 8.5 hour shift per officer currently on a twelve (12) hours shift
$ Salary Adjustments, Compensation Packages, and Incentives
$ Community Safety Officers, Bicycles have been received
$ Recruiting additional personnel to expand areas
$ Radio Communications on life support - currently conducting an analysis

$ Ms. Isaac left the meeting at 11:50 a.m.
 
G. Law Enforcement Issues

Chief Austin briefed Council on the following items:

$ Bicycle patrols
$ Using motorbikes in the Martin Luther King Park area
$ Two (2) Community Safety Officers in the Arsenal Hill area
$ Two (2) Community Safety Officers in the Vista area
$ Two (2) Community Safety Officers in the Downtown area
$ Presence of officers with radios has been effective
$ Community Safety Officers have all duty officer equipment except guns
$ Working with LARADAC enforcing service to underage patrons

H.  Columbia Bombers Billing Issue
This item was held over, no action was taken.

I.  Traffic Control - Rosewood Neighborhood

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve the Traffic Control requests for the Rosewood Neighborhood by installing 4-way Stops at the following intersections:

Kennedy Street @ Graymont Avenue  Kennedy Street @ S. Woodrow Street
Kennedy Street @ Howard Street  Superior Street @ S. Maple Street
Montgomery Avenue @ Elm Avenue  Live Oak Street @ S. Kilbourne Road
Live Oak Street @ Deerwood Road  Montgomery Street @ Prospect Street
Montgomery Street @ Suber Street  Harvard Avenue @ Hemphill Street
Capers Avenue @ Prospect Street  Edmond Drive @ S. Ott Road

and the installation of a 3-way Stop at the intersection of Holt Street and Montgomery Avenue

$  Ms. Isaac rejoined the meeting.

J.  Traffic Control - Barhamville Road

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve the Traffic Control request for Barhamville Road to remove AEnd School Speed [email protected] signs along Barhamville Road since the speed limit for the entire road was reduced to 25 mph.

K.  Design Development Review Commission Appointments
This item was held over, no action was taken.

L. South Columbia Development Corporation Appointments

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to appoint Ms. Rebecca Munnerlyn, Mr. Gregory Gibson and Councilwoman Tameika C. Isaac and re-appoint Mr. Russell McCoy, Ms. Judith Roberts, Ms. Anne M. Sinclair and Mr. Jim D. N. Papadea to the South Columbia Development Corporation Board of Directors.
 
M. Township Auditorium Appointments
This item was held over, no action was taken.

N. City Council Retreat

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to postpone the City Council Retreat until further notice.

O. Regional Transit Authority  Discount Fare Request - $10,000.00

$ Sistercare    $  8,000
$  Friendship Center   $   1,500
$  Cooperative Ministries  $ 10,000
$ Work in Progress   $      500
$ Free Medical Clinic  $      500
$ Harvest Hope Food Bank  $ 500
$ Alston Wilkes   $ 3,000
$ Salvation Army   $ 5,500
$ Nurturing Center   $ 500
$ Women=s Shelter   $ 7,000
$ Killingsworth   $ 500
$ Family Shelter   $ 2,000
$ Oliver Gospel Mission  $ 500
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$ 40,000

Note: List includes only those private service providers which purchased discount bus tickets in calendar year 2001.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to appropriate funding for thirteen (13) listed private service providers from the Council Contingency Fund, in the amount of $14,000.00 (subsidizing $.40 cents per ticket) for one (1) fiscal year of discounted fares, as an interim solution to the transition.  Mr. Cromartie was not present for the vote.

16. **Columbia Music Festival Association Request for Funding - $3,000.00

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve the Columbia Music Festival Association Request for Funding in the amount of $3,000.00 from the Council Contingency Fund and in- kind services according to the policy.

17. **Eau Claire Development Corporation Appointments

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Ms. Isaac, Council voted unanimously to  appoint  Mr. Bob Marshall, Mr. David Charpia and Councilwoman Tameika C. Isaac and to reappoint  Mr. James Derrick, Ms. Mze Wilkins, Ms. Marcia Beazley, Mr. Henry Bracey, Mr. Ernest Evans, Mr. Henry Hopkins, Mr. Angelo Tsiantis and Mr. Jim Prater to the Eau Claire Development Corporation Board of Directors.
 
18. **MDA Fire Fighter Boot Drive - Permit Request for Fifteen (15) Locations

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to issue a permit to allow the Columbia Fire Fighters to hold the 2002 MDA / Fire Fighter Boot Drive on August 21 - 23, 2002 at fifteen (15) various locations.

19. **Stormwater Utility Fee Billing

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to delay the initial Stormwater Utility Fee billing until water billing cycle #1 in mid September, 2002.

EXECUTIVE SESSION DISCUSSION

T. Legal Matter - Palmer Memorial Chapel
This item was held over, no action was taken.

Mayor Coble adjourned the meeting at 12:42 p.m.
 

Respectfully submitted by:
Erika D. Moore
Deputy City Clerk