CITY COUNCIL WORK SESSION MINUTES
SEPTEMBER 28, 2005
9:00 AM – CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS
1737 MAIN STREET

The City of Columbia City Council met for a Work Session on Wednesday, September 28, 2005 in the City Council Chambers at 1737 Main Street, Columbia, South Carolina.  Mayor Robert D. Coble called the meeting to order at 9:04 a.m.  The following members of City Council were present:  The Honorable E.W. Cromartie, II; The Honorable Anne M. Sinclair; The Honorable Hamilton Osborne, Jr.; and The Honorable Daniel J. Rickenmann.  The Honorable Sam Davis was absent. 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.
 
PRESENTATIONS

A. Introduction of the American Public Works Association’s Young Leader of the Year  – Mr. Steve Belue, American Public Works Association / SC Chapter President

Mr. Steve Belue, SC Chapter President and Mr. Bill Spearman, SC Chapter Past-President recognized Ms. Melissa Gentry, Director of Public Works as the 2005 Young Leader of the Year on behalf of the American Public Works Association.

B. Recognition of Katrina Disaster Relief Volunteers – Mr. Charles P. Austin, Sr., City Manager

Mr. Charles P. Austin, Sr., City Manager, Mayor Coble and the members of City Council recognized many staff members from the Public Works Department, the Columbia Fire Department and the Columbia Police Department for traveling to the Gulf Coast and volunteering to assist with the Hurricane Katrina Disaster Relief efforts.

CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION / ACTION

C. Streetscape Marketing Campaign – Mr. Ryan Hyler, Consultant and Ms. Dana D. Turner, Assistant City Manager for Commerce and Development

Ms. Karen Mock, K Mock and Partners, presented a second quarter report on the Streetscape Marketing Campaign.  She said that five (5) major components of the plan have already been completed.  She stated that construction is disruptive by nature, but merchants believe that it’s a positive part of this city’s growth.  She said that two rounds of outdoor advertising have been placed all across the city.

Mr. Michael Thomason, i4Design, explained that the website is the primary source of information for the various streetscaping projects. He noted that there is a section for each Council District containing updates on construction progress, scope of work for each project, traffic information, parking availability and links to all City of Columbia websites.  The website is visited almost fifty times each day.

Ms. Karen Mock, K Mock and Partners, stated that their third method of advertising would be broadcasting in the form of a fall promotion to drive traffic to downtown businesses.  She noted that Clear Channel Communions would be the radio partner, since they reach a diverse group of people through their six (6) local stations.

D. Carolina Carillon Holiday Parade Request for Funding  - Mr. Charles P. Austin, Sr., City Manager

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve funding in an amount up to  $30,000.00 from the Accommodations Tax Fund for the Carolina Carillon Holiday Parade to include the cost of city services.

E. US Youth Games 2006 – Representative Joe E. Brown, Youth Games of Columbia, SC Board Member

Representative Joe E. Brown, Board Member, told the members of Council that the City of Columbia would officially host the 2006 US Youth Games involving a number of cities, 2,000 students and 500-700 adults.  He said that the Board Members work voluntarily because they believe in young people having an opportunity to grow.  He said that $100,000 would be needed to fund the event.

Mr. James Brown, Chairman, presented a Certificate of Appreciation to the Mayor and members of City Council for their support and leadership for over 25 years.

Mr. Oliver Washington, National Coordinator, stated that an early commitment was needed from the City of Columbia in order to increase the level of participation.  He said that they needed the City’s help with public relations matters; they need participation from the Mayor, members of City Council and the City Manager; they need collaboration with the Parks and Recreation and Columbia Police Departments.  He further requested an independent functioning office.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to endorse the concept of the City of Columbia hosting the 2006 US Youth Games.  Mr. Charles P. Austin, Sr., City Manager was authorized to meet with the Youth Games of Columbia, SC Board of Directors to develop a budget, a plan and the coordination of city services.

· Council adjourned the meeting at 11:02 a.m. to break.

· Council reconvened the meeting at 11:09 a.m.

 F. Economic Development Initiatives –The Honorable E.W. Cromartie, II - This item was withdrawn from the agenda.

G. Economic Development Contingency Account – Mr. Charles P. Austin, Sr., City Manager - Consideration of this item was deferred.

H. Capitol Places IV – Mr. Jim Gambrell, Director of Economic Development

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted un