CITY OF COLUMBIA
CITY COUNCIL WORK SESSION MINUTES
October 16, 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, October 16, 2002, in the City Hall Council Chambers, 1737 Main Street, Columbia, South Carolina.  Mayor Robert D. Coble called the meeting to order at 9:00 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.

REVIEW COUNCIL AGENDA

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

· Ms. Sinclair joined the meeting at 9:06 a.m.

CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION / ACTION

A. **Resolution No.: R-2002-072 – Ensuring Hometown Security

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Davis, Council voted unanimously to amend the work session agenda to add and approve Resolution No.: R-2002-072 – Ensuring Hometown Security.  Mr. Osborne was not present for the vote.

· Mr. Osborne joined the meeting at 9:10 a.m.

B. Parking Request – University Neighborhood Association

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve the request to designate the following nine (9) metered spaces as Residential Permit Parking spaces west of Christopher Towers.

· 4 spaces east side of the 600 block of Barnwell (between Blossom and Devine)
· 3 spaces east side of the 700 block of Barnwell (just north of Devine)
· 2 spaces west side of the 700 block of Barnwell (just north of Devine)

C. Two Notch Road Improvement Project Advisory Council Appointments

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve the appointments as presented and to add Mr. Cedric Davis and Ms. Thelma Tillis, Richland County Council; to notify all Neighborhood Associations and Businesses along the Two Notch Road corridor of all meetings pertaining to this project; and to authorize the City Manager to negotiate a contract with Ms. Pat Nobles to assist in the process as done with the N. Main Streetscape Project.

Mayor Coble called for a five-minute break at 10:00 a.m.

Mayor Coble adjourned the Work Session and convened the Regular Meeting at 10:05 a.m.

· Mr. Papadea left the regular meeting at 10:10 a.m.

Mayor Coble reconvened the work session at 10:30 a.m.

D. *Drew Park Wellness Center Update – Mr. Steve Gantt, Assistant City Manager

Mr. Steve Gantt stated that staff and the people in the community have continued to work on fine-tuning the programs for the wellness center.  Mr. Gantt told Council that this project is time sensitive due to the $1,500,000 loan from the Federal Home Loan Bank.  He stated that staff feels this an adequate wellness center from a facility standpoint and an aquatic standpoint.  Mr. Gantt stated that significant reductions were done to the pool area, but the building is 37,157 square feet and the anticipated cost of the facility is $6,989,137.65 including design and construction contingency, but this amount does not include furniture, fixtures or equipment.  Mr. Gantt told Council that various partners that are at the table now might provide the equipment and programs.  He told Council that the scheduled start date for construction is September 2003.

Ms. Sinclair informed Council that the wellness center is now located on Harden Street to make it more accessible to all City residents.

· Mr. Papadea rejoined the meeting at 10:55 a.m.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to authorize staff to proceed with the design phase as outlined in the contract with the Boudreaux Group.

Mayor Coble adjourned the Work Session to reconvene the Regular Meeting at 11:05 a.m.

Mayor Coble reconvened the Work Session at 11:10 a.m.

· Mr. Cromartie left the meeting at 11:10 a.m.

E. Professional Services Contract – Financial Advisor

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Mr. Osborne, Council voted unanimously to approve a Professional Services Contract between the City of Columbia and Merchant Capital, LLC for a one (1) year term.

F. Request for Public Hearing – November 06, 2002
Ordinance No.: 2002-057 - Amending the 1998 Code of Ordinances of the City of Columbia, South Carolina, Chapter 24, Vehicles for Hire, Article IV, Wrecker and Towing Services, Sec. 205 through Sec. 215

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve the request for a Public Hearing on November 06, 2002 to discuss Ordinance No.: 2002-057 - Amending the 1998 Code of Ordinances of the City of Columbia, South Carolina, Chapter 24, Vehicles for Hire, Article IV, Wrecker and Towing Services, Sec. 205 through Sec. 215.  Mr. Cromartie was not present for the vote.

G. *Council is asked to ratify Emergency Repairs to the Metro Outfall Structure, as requested by Utilities.  Awarded to McClam & Associates, the low bidder, in the amount of $72,425.00.  There will also be Engineering costs to follow.

Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve a request to ratify Emergency Repairs to the Metro Outfall Structure, as requested by Utilities.  Award to McClam & Associates, the low bidder, in the amount of $72,425.00.  Mr. Cromartie was not present for the vote.
 
H. *Council is asked to approve a request from the University of South Carolina Chapter of Habitat for Humanity to close the 1300 and 1400 bocks of Greene Street on Friday, November 01, 2002 from 12:00 noon until Friday, November 08, 2002 at 5:00 p.m. to build a house for Habitat for Humanity.
 This request was withdrawn.

· Mr. Cromartie rejoined the meeting at 11:16 a.m.

I. Traffic Issues:
Burton / Pack Elementary School
Truman Street Speed Limits

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mayor Coble, Council voted unanimously to relocate the school zone sign further north about one (1) block on Thurmond Street; to install 25MPH school speed limit signs with time of day placards upon SCDOT approval; and to reduce the speed limit on Truman Street to 25 MPH upon SCDOT approval.

J. *Accommodation Tax Committee Recommendation
- Columbia Convention & Visitors Bureau
 This item was held over, no action was taken.

K. **Council is asked to approve a request from the St. Mark’s Wood Neighborhood Association to close the entrance to the neighborhood at #2 King Charles Road and one end of Culpepper and King Charles Road at Arundel Lane on Sunday, October 20, 2002, from 3:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve the request to close the entrance to the neighborhood at #2 King Charles Road and one end of Culpepper and King Charles Road at Arundel Lane on Sunday, October 20, 2002, from 3:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to go into Executive Session at 11:30 a.m. for the Discussion of negotiations to proposed contractual arrangements regarding the Convention Center Hotel Project Analysis.  Mr. Papadea abstained from discussions due to a conflict of interest.

EXECUTIVE SESSION DISCUSSION

L. Discussion of negotiations to proposed contractual arrangements
 Convention Center Hotel Project Analysis - Mr. Jim Gambrell
 This item was discussed in Executive Session, no action was taken.

M. Discussion of Employee / Personnel Matters - Municipal Court Judges
 This item was held over, no action was taken.

N. Receipt of Legal Advice incident to proposed contract with City of Cayce
- Mr. Tommy Lavender and Mr. John Dooley
This item was held over, no action was taken.

O.  *Discussion of negotiations to proposed contractual arrangements
  - USC / Hockey Contract
  This item was held over, no action was taken.

Mayor Coble adjourned the meeting at 2:45 p.m.

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