CITY OF COLUMBIA
CITY COUNCIL WORK SESSION MINUTES
August 21, 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 21, 2002, in the City Hall 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., The Honorable Sam Davis and The Honorable Tameika C. Isaac.  Also present were Ms. Leona K. Plaugh, City Manager and Ms. Pamela J. Ferst, Acting City Clerk.

· Mr. Cromartie joined the meeting at 9:20 a.m.

CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION / ACTION

A. University Neighborhood Lighting Project Update - Ms. Dana Turner

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council unanimously voted to:
 
· Adopt Option E (SCE&G plan)
· Authorize staff to determine the most efficient means to pay for Option E
· Authorize staff to establish a criteria and phase-in plan for additional neighborhood requests for street lighting
· Authorized staff to present issues that may delay the process to Council on September 04, 2002

Mr. John Stucker, University Neighborhood Association, urged Council to keep the process going because a lot of other work has to be done.  Mr. Stucker stated that the University Neighborhood Association appreciates the efforts of the University of South Carolina, the National Advocacy Center and the Five Points Association.

· Mayor Coble adjourned the Work Session to convene the regular council meeting at 10:00 a.m.
· Mayor Coble reconvened the Work Session at 11:00 a.m.

2. Ordinance No.: 2002-065 - Amending 1998 Code of Ordinances of the City of Columbia, South Carolina, Chapter 11, Licenses, Permits and Miscellaneous Business Regulations, Article III, Contractors, Sec. 11-72, License; Identification decals
This item was held over, no action was taken.

C. Technology Strategic Plan Briefing, Mr. Jim Gambrell, Director of Economic Development

Mr. Jim Gambrell, Director of Economic Development, stated that a technology plan is being developed for the Greater Columbia Region with the City of Columbia, Richland and Lexington Counties.  Mr. Gambrell said the plan is to support incubating, growing and existing companies.

Mr. James Clark, thanked Mayor Coble for standing up and doing something and thanked Council members for launching the initiative, because this will affect the livelihood of the City of Columbia five years from now.  Mr. Clark stated that surveys were sent out to various businesses and he found out that most businesses found it difficult to do business with the City of Columbia because of the length of time it takes to complete paperwork and meetings.

 
·  Mayor Coble left the meeting at 11:19 a.m.
·  Mayor Pro-Tempore E. W. Cromartie presiding.

Mr. Randolph Johnson of the Windemere Neighborhood Association, asked why Benedict College was not mentioned.

Mr. Clark responded that the University of South Carolina is the only school doing this level of research.

4. West Nile Virus Update - Mr. Donny Phipps, Director of Inspections

Mr. Donny Phipps, Inspections Director, stated that two (2) light traps were borrowed from DHEC and mosquito counts are high.  They will continue to educate the public on the West Nile Virus although many people are aware of the virus.

5. Traffic Issue: West Buchanan Drive - Speed Bumps

Council authorized the City Manager to forward a letter to SCDOT requesting that they revisit the original request to install traffic control signs on West Buchanan Drive.

F.  Columbia Action Council Appointments

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Mr. Davis, Council voted unanimously to appoint Ms. Leshia Utsey, Ms. Wendi Nance, Mr. Mark McGill and Mr. Ross Holmes to the Columbia Action Council for a two (2) year term and to appoint Mr. Earl Brown as Chairman.  Mr. Papadea and Mayor Coble were not present for the vote.

· Mayor Coble rejoined the meeting at 12:07 p.m.
· Mayor Coble presiding.

G.  Design Development Review Commission Appointments

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to appoint Ms. Gertrude Seibels and re-appointment  Ms. Elizabeth Harrison to the Design Development Review Commission for a three (3) year term.  Mr. Papadea was not present for the vote.

H.  Historic Columbia Foundation Appointments

Upon motion by Mr. Osborne, seconded by Mr. Davis, Council voted unanimously to appoint Ms. Arrington Cox and Ms. Katherine Bellefield to the Historic Columbia Foundation for a three (3) year term.  Mr. Papadea and Mayor Coble were not present for the vote.

I. Township Auditorium Appointments
This item was held over, no action was taken.

J. **Columbia Development Corporation Appointment

Upon motion by Mr. Davis, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to appoint Councilwoman Tameika C. Isaac to the Columbia Development Corporation.
 
·  Ms. Sinclair left the meeting at 12:15 p.m.

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

12. Signing Date for Agreement between the City of Columbia and SCANA
This item was held over, no action was taken.

13. **Funding Request - Carribean Alliance Group / Carribean Day Family Expo, Mr. Chris Richards, Public Relations Coordinator

Mr. Chris Richards, Caribbean Alliance Group Pubic Relations Coordinator, appeared before Council to request financial assistance and in-kind services up to $7,500 for the Caribbean Day Family Expo.  Mr. Richards stated that purpose of the expo is to assist and enhance the Caribbean culture.
 
Council asked Mr. Allison Baker, Director of Parks and Recreation to meet with Mr. Richards to determine what in-kind services are needed and the level of funding required for the event.

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mayor Coble, Council voted unanimously to go into Executive Session at 12:07 to discuss the Palmer Memorial Legal Matter, RTA Contract, Columbia Canal Hydro Plant Operation and Maintenance Contract and a Contract Amendment for the Farrow Road Initiative.

· Mr. Osborne left the meeting at 1:42 p.m.

EXECUTIVE SESSION DISCUSSION

N. Legal Matter - Palmer Memorial Chapel
This item was discussed in Executive Session, no action was taken.

O. RTA Contract