CITY OF COLUMBIA
CITY COUNCIL WORK SESSION MINUTES
October 02, 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, October 02, 2002, at City Hall Council Chambers, 1737 Main Street, Columbia, South Carolina.   Mayor Robert D. Coble called the meeting to order at 9:20 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. Erika D. Moore, Deputy City Clerk.

REVIEW COUNCIL AGENDA

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

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to go into executive Session at 11:25 a.m. for the Receipt of Legal Advice regarding the SCANA Contract relating to the Operations & Maintenance of the Columbia Canal Hydro Electric Plant, Receipt of Legal Advice regarding SCANA relating to the Lease of Huger Street Bus Maintenance Facility and the Receipt of Legal Advice regarding land use.

Mayor Coble reconvened the Work Session at 12:35 p.m.
 
CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION / ACTION

A. Resolution No.:  R-2002-060 - Authorizing approval of Classification and Pay Plan for the Officials and Employees of the City.
 
Ms. Plaugh stated that all employees are divided into two (2) groups, classified and non-classified and 90% of the City’s employees is classified.  She said that non-classified employees are typically Department Heads and Elected Officials and they receive a one-time pay merit at the end of the year.  She also said that classified employees receive a merit increase, which is added to their base pay on their anniversary date.

Mr. Papadea requested a report indicating the number of employees that received merit increases and at what percentage level.

Mr. Osborne asked how do you make someone a classified or non-classified employee, what criteria determines this and what are the advantages of being non-classified.

Mr. Cromartie requested that the City Manager look at increasing lower salaries.

Ms. Sinclair requested that the City Manager review the Police Department salaries.

· Mayor Coble left the meeting at 1:00 p.m.

· Mayor Pro-Tem Cromartie presiding.

B. Breast Cancer Awareness ($2,000) and Lunch Buddy Program ($1,500) Funding Requests
 This item was held over, no action was taken.

C. Colorectal Cancer Support Group of the S.C. Cancer Center of Palmetto Health Funding Request: $15,000
 This item was held over, no action was taken.

D. Traffic Issues:
Burton / Pack Elementary School
Truman Street Speed Limits
 This item was held over, no action was taken.

E. Columbia Bombers Billing Issue and Stadium Update
 This item was held over, no action was taken.

F. Homeless Commission - Identify Process
 This item was held over, no action was taken.

EXECUTIVE SESSION DISCUSSION

G. Receipt of Legal Advice - SCANA Contract - Operations & Maintenance of Columbia
 Canal Hydro Electric Plant
This item was discussed in Executive Session, no action was taken.  Mr. Osborne did not participate in the discussion due to a conflict of interest.

H. Receipt of Legal Advice - SCANA - Lease of Huger Street Bus Maintenance Facility
 This item was discussed in Executive Session, no action was taken.

I. **Receipt of Legal Advice – Land Use
 This item was discussed in Executive Session, no action was taken.

Mayor Pro Tem Cromartie adjourned the meeting at 1:10 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by:
Erika D. Moore
Deputy City Clerk