The City of Columbia City Council met for a Work Session on Wednesday, September 14, 2005 in the City Council Chambers at 1737 Main Street, Columbia, South Carolina. Mayor Robert D. Coble called the meeting to order at 9:10 a.m. The following members of City Council were present: The Honorable Anne M. Sinclair; The Honorable Hamilton Osborne, Jr.; The Honorable Sam Davis; and The Honorable Daniel J. Rickenmann. The Honorable E.W. Cromartie, II arrived at 9:39 a.m. The Honorable Tameika Isaac Devine is on maternity leave. Also present were Mr. Charles P. Austin, Sr., City Manager and Ms. Erika D. Salley, City Clerk.
**Mr. Charles P. Austin, Sr., City Manager began the meeting with a moment of silent meditation in recognition of the passing of Councilwoman Sinclair’s brother; Chief of Police H. Dean Crisp’s Father in law; and the Internal Auditor Mr. Willie Henderson’s Father in law.
CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION / ACTION
A. Economic Development Contingency Account – Ms. Dana D. Turner, Assistant City Manager for Commerce and Development
There was a consensus of Council to direct staff not to expend any additional funds from the Economic Development Contingency Account until a plan has been presented and approved by City Council. Staff will develop a proposal for City Council consideration.
B. Blueprint to Address Homelessness – Ms. Dana D. Turner, Assistant City Manager for Commerce and Development
Ms. Dana D. Turner, Assistant City Manager for Commerce and Development, stated that the Midlands Commission on Homelessness has requested $125,000.00 to fund the new vision of the commission. She noted that this amount does not include private sector funding.
· Mr. Cromartie joined the meeting at 9:39 a.m.
Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to endorse the following issues as it relates to addressing homelessness in the City of Columbia: 1) the composition and mission of the Site Selection Committee; 2) the Midlands Commission on Homelessness’ 10 year plan; and 3) the City of Columbia as a funding partner and at a level to be determined in the future.
C. Animal Services / Animal Shelter Update – The Honorable Anne M. Sinclair
Councilwoman Anne M. Sinclair told the members of Council that discussions are ongoing with Richland County representatives regarding the Animal Shelter. She stated that Richland County would like to partner with the City Columbia to build a new shelter, but there are oversight issues. She noted that there is no agreement at this time.
D. Finlay Park Update and Request for Procurement– Mr. S. Allison Baker, Assistant City Manager for Public Services
Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to authorize the City Manager to procure services for the eradication of leeches in Finlay Park. Mr. Cromartie was not present for the vote.
· Council adjourned the Work Session at 9:58 a.m. to break prior to convening the Zoning Public Hearing.
· Council reconvened the Work Session at 10:42 a.m. with Mayor Pro-Tempore Hamilton Osborne, Jr. presiding.
E. Drew Wellness Center Proposed User Fees – Mr. S. Allison Baker, Assistant City Manager for Public Services
Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Ms. Sinclair Council voted unanimously to approve the Drew Wellness Center Schedule of Fees as presented. Mayor Coble was not present for the vote.
· Mayor Coble returned at 10:49 a.m. and is now presiding.
F. Owens Downtown Airport Community Conference Room Sponsorship
Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Mayor Coble, Council voted five (5) to one (1) to approve the Sponsorship of a Community Conference Room at the Owens Downtown Airport in the amount of $26,819.24 from the City Manager’s Contingency Account. Voting aye were Ms. Sinclair, Mr. Osborne, Mr. Davis, Mr. Rickenmann and Mayor Coble. Voting nay was Mr. Cromartie.
G. Municipal Court Ministerial Recorders
Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Mr. Osborne, Council voted unanimously to approve the appointment of Ms. Alicia L. Pantonial and Mr. Warren D. Davis as Ministerial Recorders for the City of Columbia.
H. Citizens Advisory Committee for Community Development
Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Davis, Council voted unanimously to approve the reappointment of fourteen (14) members and the appointment of Mr. Robert Weston to the Citizens Advisory Committee for fiscal year 2005/2006. Staff was directed to advertise two (2) At-large vacancies for the Citizens Advisory Committee.
I. University of South Carolina Request for Loading Zones
Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve a request from the University of South Carolina for the formation of nine (9) loading zones. This would result in the loss of one (1) residential parking space and ten (10) metered spaces from 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
J. Investment Strategies – Mr. Brent Robertson, Financial Advisor / Merchant Capital, LLC
Upon motion by Mr. Osborne, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to authorize staff to implement investment options for the Water and Sewer Debt Service and Construction Funds as outlined.
Upon motion by Mr. Rickenmann, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to go into Executive Session at 11:21 a.m. for the discussion of Items L. through N. as amended.
K. Receipt of legal advice, which relates to matters covered by
- Annexing 1111 First Avenue – Mr. Jim Meggs, City Attorney
- Proposed Vista Business Improvement District– Mr. Jim Meggs, City Attorney
- **North Main Plaza Project – Mr. Jim Meggs, City Attorney
These items were withdrawn from the Executive Session discussion.
L. Discussion of negotiations incident to proposed contractual
- United Housing Associates, Inc. – Mr. Steve A. Gantt, Assistant City Manager for Operations
- Columbia Carriage Works – Mr. Steve A. Gantt, Assistant City Manager for Operations
- Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority – Ms. Dana Turner, Assistant City Manager for Commerce and Development
- **Publix - Mr. Steve A. Gantt, Assistant City Manager for Operations
- **Esplanade - Mr. Steve A. Gantt, Assistant City Manager for Operations
These items were discussed in Executive Session. No action was taken.
M. Receipt of legal advice, which relates to a pending, threatened
or potential claim
- Nelson Mullins Riley and Scarborough, LLP – Mr. Jim Meggs, City Attorney
This item was discussed in Executive Session. No action was taken.
N. Discussion of employment of an employee – Mr. Charles P. Austin,
Sr., City Manager
This item was discussed in Executive Session. No action was taken.
· Council adjourned the Executive Session at 1:02 p.m. to reconvene the Work Session.
Upon motion by Mr. Mayor Coble, seconded by Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to authorize the City Manager to establish a system for tracking expenditures and to enter into contracts necessary to obtain reimbursement for the City of Columbia from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for expenses related to Hurricane Katrina Disaster Relief. Ms. Sinclair and Mr. Osborne were not present for the vote.
· Council adjourned the meeting at 1:03 p.m.
Respectfully submitted by:
Erika D. Salley