CITY OF COLUMBIA
CITY COUNCIL WORK SESSION MINUTES
September 18, 2002
9:00 AM - City Council Chambers
3rd Floor City Hall - 1737 Main Street
 

City of Columbia City Council met for a work session on Wednesday, September 18, 2002, in the City Hall Council Chambers, 1737 Main Street, Columbia, South Carolina.  Mayor Robert D. Coble called the meeting to order at 9:05 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.

EXECUTIVE SESSION DISCUSSION

Receipt of Legal Advice - Regional Transit Authority Contract
This item was discussed in Executive Session and approved in the regular Council meeting.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to go into Executive Session for the Receipt of Legal Advice regarding the Regional Transit Authority Contract.

Mayor Coble adjourned the Executive Session at 10:45 a.m. to convene the regular meeting.

Mayor Coble reconvened the work session at 1:20 p.m.

· Mr. Osborne was not present when the Work Session reconvened.

CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION / ACTION

A. Sara Nance School

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Davis, Council voted unanimously to approve the transfer of the Sara Nance School to the City.  Mr. Osborne was not present for the vote.

A1. Convention Center Hotel Project Analysis - Mr. Jim Gambrell

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to ask that the Strategic Advisor, the Financial Advisor, and the two proposed candidates appear before Council on Wednesday, October 09, 2002 at 9:00 a.m.  Mr. Papadea abstained from voting due to a conflict of interest.  Mr. Osborne was not present for the vote.

B.  Cancer Survivor Garden Funding Request
This item was moved to the Regular Meeting agenda.

C. City Council Schedule

Retreat follow-up (one day) - January 17, 18, or 19
This item was held over, no action taken.

Council Meeting Date of December 04, 2002

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mr. Davis, Council voted unanimously to cancel the Work Session meeting of October 30, 2002 and the Regular Meeting of December 4, 2002.  Mr. Osborne was not present for the vote.

D. Resolution No.:  R-2002-060 - Authorizing approval of Classification and Pay Plan for the Officials and Employees of the City.
This item was held over, no action taken.

E. Traffic Issue: Craig Road - 4 Way Stop

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to authorize staff to send the request for a 4-Way Stop at the intersection of Craig Road and Bagnal Drive to SCDOT for approval.  Mr. Osborne was not present for the vote.

F. Traffic Issues: Cottontown Traffic Committee
Remove flashing red signal at Confederate Avenue & Sumter Streets (4-way stop)
Request a white X be painted in intersection of Elmwood Ave. & Sumter St.

Upon motion by Mr. Davis, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve the removal of the flashing signal at the intersection of Confederate Avenue and Sumter Street and authorized staff to forward the request to paint an X in the intersection of Elmwood Avenue and Sumter Street to SCDOT for approval.  Mr. Osborne was not present for the vote.

G.  Contract for Professional Services, Grant Business Strategies, Inc. - $80,000

*Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted four (4) to one (2) to approve a Contract for Professional Services between the City of Columbia and Grant Business Strategies, Inc. in the amount of $80,000.  Voting aye was Mr. Cromartie, Mr. Davis, Ms. Isaac and Mayor Coble.  Voting nay was Mr. Papadea and Ms. Sinclair.  Mr. Osborne was not present for the vote.

*On November 06, 2002 the Minutes of September 18, 2002 were approved with Item G. being amended to read:  Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted four (4) to two (2) to approve a Contract for Professional Services between the City of Columbia and Grant Business Strategies, Inc. in the amount of $80,000.  Voting aye was Mr. Cromartie, Mr. Davis, Ms. Isaac and Mayor Coble.  Voting nay was Mr. Papadea and Ms. Sinclair.  Mr. Osborne was not present for the vote.

H.  South Carolina Conference of Black Mayors Funding Request - $1,000

Upon motion by Mr. Davis, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve funding for the South Carolina Conference of Black Mayors in the amount of $1,000 from the Council Contingency Fund.  Mr. Osborne was not present for the vote.

I. Benedict College 2002 Charter Day Sponsorship: $1,500 - $10,000
This item was held over, no action taken.

J. FERC - S.C. Department of Natural Resources Water Supply Analysis
The information from the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources was reviewed by Council, no action was taken.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to go into Executive Session at 1:45 p.m. to discuss a Personnel Matter and for the Receipt of Legal Advice regarding Water Damage to Private Property.  Mr. Osborne was not present for the vote.

· Ms. Sinclair left the meeting at 2:40 p.m.

EXECUTIVE SESSION DISCUSSION

K. Receipt of Legal Advice - SCANA Contract - Operations & Maintenance of Columbia
Canal Hydro Electric Plant
This item was held over, no action taken.

L.  Discussion of Employment Matters
This item was discussed in Executive Session, no action was taken.

M. **Receipt of Legal Advice - Water Damage to Private Property

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve a grant for Economic Development purposes in the amount of $160,000 to the USC Research Foundation and $70,000 to the City Center Partnership for one (1) year with the option to renew if needed.  Ms. Sinclair and Mr. Osborne were not present for the vote.

Mayor Coble adjourned the meeting at 2:50 p.m.

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