CITY OF COLUMBIA
CITY COUNCIL WORK SESSION MINUTES
September 04, 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, September 04, 2002, in the City Hall Council Chambers, 1737 Main Street, Columbia, South Carolina.  Mayor Robert D. Coble called the meeting to order at 9:14 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.

AGENDA REVIEW

The City Manager reviewed the Regular Agenda items with the Mayor and members of Council.

· Mr. Osborne joined the meeting at 9:16 a.m.

PRESENTATION

A. Miss Teen South Carolina Miss Danielle Wilson (Miss Teen Columbia)
This item was held over, no action was taken.

CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION / ACTION

B. USC Neighborhood Street Lighting Update Ms. Dana Turner

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted six (6) to one (1) to approve on a single motion the following Street Lighting Options.  Voting aye were Mr. Cromartie, Mr. Papadea, Ms. Sinclair, Mr. Davis, Ms. Isaac and Mayor Coble.  Voting nay was Mr. Osborne.

· Adopt Street Lighting as a City owned service
· The lights must be technically proven
· Approved funding for the University Neighborhood Association pilot program expenses on Laurens Street in the amount of $15,000 from the Council Contingency Fund
· Authorized staff to work on the criteria for approving requests for street lighting from neighborhoods
· Authorized Staff to develop a phase in plan for requests for lighting from other neighborhoods

Mayor Coble adjourned the Work Session to convene the Regular Meeting at10:35 a.m.

Mayor Coble reconvened the Work Session at 11:40 a.m.

C. Contract with Grant Business Strategies, Inc.
This item was held over, no action was taken.

Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion Items D. The installation of 25 MPH School Falashers on Edmond Road on both approaches to Kilbourne Road Elementary School, E. The installation of a 4-Way Stop at Oak Street and Pendleton Street and a 3-Way Stop at Greene Street at MLK Park, and F. A Grant Writer Funding Request in the amount of $500 from the Council Contingency Fund.  Items G. and H. were held over, no action was taken.

D. Traffic Issue: 25 MPH School Flashers installed on Edmond Road on both approaches to Kilbourne Road Elementary School - Approved

E. Traffic Issues: Oak Street at Pendleton Street 4 Way Stop - Approved
Greene Street at MLK Park 3 Way Stop - Approved

F. Grant Writer Funding Request:  $500 - Approved

G. World Affairs Council Funding Request:  $40,000 Ms. Dana Turner
This item was held over, no action was taken.

H. Funding Request Eau Claire Community Council, Inc. and the Booker T. Washington Foundation Relocation of the Monteith School Mr. Henry Hopkins
This item was held over, no action was taken.

I. In Kind Funding Request:  Caribbean Alliance Group / Caribbean Day Family Expo Mr. Chris Richards, Public Relations Director

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve funding for the Caribbean Alliance Group in the amount of $2,500 from the Council Contingency Fund.

J. Regional Transit Authority Appointment

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to appoint Ms. Tameika C. Isaac to the Regional Transit Authority Board of Directors.

K. Township Auditorium Appointments

Upon motion by Mr. Osborne, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to appoint Mr. Steven Larkin, Mr. John Pincelli and Mr. John Whitehead to the Township Auditorium Board for a five-year term to expire on June 30, 2007.

L. 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.

M. Discussion of Upcoming Meeting Dates with County Council and the Richland District One School Board

A meeting with Richland School District I Board of Directors is scheduled for Monday, September 16, 2002 at 4:00 p.m. at the Stevenson Building and a City Council / County Council Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 17, 2002 at 8:00 a.m. at the City of Columbia Economic Development Office.

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

EXECUTIVE SESSION DISCUSSION

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to go into Executive Session at 12:21 p.m. for the Discussion of Negotiations Incident to the Purchase of Property, Discussion of Negotiations Incident to Proposed Contractual Arrangements / Lease Agreement and the Receipt of Legal Advice SCANA Contract.

· Mr. Osborne left the meeting at 1:30 p.m.
 
O. Discussion of Negotiations Incident to the Purchase of Property
This item was discussed in Executive Session, no action was taken.

P. Receipt of Legal Advice Relating to a Pending Claim
This item was held over, no action was taken.

Q. Receipt of Legal Advice Relating to a Zoning Text Amendment
This item was held over, no action was taken.

R. Discussion of Negotiations Incident to Proposed Contractual Arrangements / Lease Agreement

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Mr. Davis, Council voted unanimously to approve a Lease Agreement at 1401 Main Street for five (5) years with the lease price increasing $0.25 per square foot each year.  Mr. Papadea, Mr. Osborne and Mayor Coble were not present for the vote.

S. Receipt of Legal Advice SCANA Contract
This item was discussed in Executive Session, no action was taken.
Mr. Osborne abstained from discussing this item due to a conflict of interest.

Mayor Coble adjourned the meeting at 2:20 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by:
Pamela J. Ferst, CPS
Acting City Clerk