CITY OF COLUMBIA
CITY COUNCIL WORK SESSION MINUTES
September 17, 2003
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 17, 2003 in the City Hall Council Chambers at 1737 Main Street, Columbia, South Carolina.  Mayor Robert D. Coble called the meeting to order at 9:08 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 Mr. Charles P. Austin, Sr., Interim City Manager and Ms. Erika D. Moore, City Clerk.

CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION / ACTION

A. Columbia Branding Initiative – Ms. Cathy Novinger

Ms. Cathy Novinger, Columbia Branding Initiative Committee Co-Chair, appeared before the members of Council to request additional funding in the amount of $45,000.00 for the completion of Phase II of the Columbia Branding Initiative.   She stated that Brandsync would continue to work on the final phase of this initiative.

There was a consensus of Council to authorize Mr. Charles P. Austin, Sr., Interim City Manager to review the request for funding for Phase II of the branding initiative in the amount of $45,000.00 and to submit recommendations for funding and a funding source for approval.

A1. **Capitol Places II – Mr. Jim Gambrell, Economic Development
 
Mr. Jim Gambrell, Director of Economic Development explained that another subordination agreement was executed in regards to the loan made to Capitol Places II to purchase the Berry’s Building.  He stated that the development loan from Wachovia was refinanced for a better interest rate.

B. Project Request for Fire Protection to Raintree Acres and Dutch Creek – Mr. David Johnson

Mr. David Johnson, Director of Engineering, updated the members of Council on the project request to provide fire protection to Raintree Acres and Dutch Creek.  He said that the City of Columbia would be responsible for construction and design costs in the amount of $230,000.  Mr. Johnson explained that there are 260 residents within the subdivisions, but he doesn’t know how many of the residents would actually tie into the City of Columbia’s water system.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to authorize staff to proceed with a feasibility study and a neighborhood survey to determine if it is feasible for the City of Columbia to provide fire protection to Raintree Acres and Dutch Creek.

C. Vista Parking – Mr. John Spade, General Services

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve the request for In/Out Parking for the following blocks in the Vista:
· 900 block of Washington Street
· 1200 and 1300 blocks of Park Street
· 100 block of Lady Street
· 1300 block of Lincoln Street

D. West Buchanan Speed Humps – Mr. David Brewer, Traffic Engineer

Upon motion by Mr. Osborne, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted four (4) to three (3) to authorize the installation of one (1) speed hump on West Buchanan for a trial period.  Mr. David Brewer, Traffic Engineer, shall determine the location and type of speed hump utilized.  Voting aye were Mr. Papadea, Mr. Osborne, Ms. Isaac and Mayor Coble.  Voting nay were Mr. Cromartie, Ms. Sinclair and Mr. Davis.

E. Intersection of Columbiana Drive and Crossbow Drive – Mr. David Brewer, Traffic Engineer

Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve the installation of a traffic signal at the intersection of Columbiana Drive and Crossbow Drive.  Neither road is State owned.

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

· Mayor Coble reconvened the Work Session at 10:25 a.m.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to go into Executive Session at 10:26 a.m. to discuss Items F. through J. as amended.

EXECUTIVE SESSION DISCUSSION

 F.  Discussion of negotiations incident to proposed contractual arrangements
- Business Recruitment & Strategic Marketing Program
 This item was held over, no action was taken.

- EdVenture – Mr. Steven Gantt
   This item was discussed in Executive Session no action was taken.

G. Discussion of the employment of an employee
- City Manager – Mr. Miles Hadley
  This item was discussed in Executive Session no action was taken.

- **Director of Public Works
  This item was held over, no action was taken.

- **Chief of Police
  This item was held over, no action was taken.

H. **Discussion of negotiations incident to the proposed purchase of property
  This item was discussed in Executive Session no action was taken.

I. **Receipt of legal advice which relates to a matter covered by attorney-client privilege
 This item was discussed in Executive Session no action was taken.

· Mr. Osborne left the meeting at 12:41 p.m.

· Mr. Papadea left the meeting at 12:41 p.m.

J. **Discussion of negotiations incident to proposed contractual arrangements
- Convention Center Hotel
This item was discussed in Executive Session no action was taken.  Mr. Papadea and Mr. Osborne were not present for the discussion.

Mayor Coble adjourned the meeting at 12:56 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by:

Erika D. Moore
City Clerk