CITY OF COLUMBIA
CITY COUNCIL WORK SESSION MINUTES
October 22, 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, October 22, 2003, in the City Hall Council Chambers at 1737 Main Street, Columbia, South Carolina.  Mayor Robert D. Coble called the meeting to order at 9:07 a.m.  Council members present were 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.  Absent was The Honorable E. W. Cromartie, II, due to his participation in continuing education courses for attorneys.  Also present were Mr. Charles P. Austin, Sr., City Manager and Ms. Erika D. Moore, City Clerk.

CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION / ACTION

A. CanalSide Consultants – Mr. Jim Gambrell, Director of Economic Development

· Ms. Sinclair joined the meeting at 9:13 a.m.

Upon motion by Mr. Osborne, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted five (5) to one (1) to authorize the disbursement of payment to the CanalSide Development Consultants in the amount of $90,000.00 from the current CanalSide budget for work performed from March 2003 through August 2003.  Voting aye were Ms. Sinclair, Mr. Osborne, Mr. Davis, Ms. Isaac and Mayor Coble.  Voting nay was Mr. Papadea.

  A1. **Hospitality Tax Advisory Committee – Ms. Libby Gober, Senior Executive Assistant

Upon motion by Mr. Osborne, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to set a two (2) year term limit for the Hospitality Tax Advisory Committee members.  Members are eligible for re-appointment for one (1) additional term.
 
STREET CLOSING

B. Council is asked to approve a request from Benedict College to close Oak Street between Taylor Street and Haskell Avenue on Wednesday, October 22, 2003 from 4:00 p.m. until 12:00 midnight for a Tiger Festival in front of the David H. Swinton Campus Center.  Contact:  Mary L. Davis

Upon motion by Ms. Isaac, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve a request from Benedict College to close Oak Street between Taylor Street and Haskell Avenue on Wednesday, October 22, 2003 from 4:00 p.m. until 12:00 midnight for a Tiger Festival in front of the David H. Swinton Campus Center.

CONSIDERATION OF BIDS, AGREEMENTS AND CHANGE ORDERS

C. Council is asked to approve an Amendment to the South Columbia Development Corporation Professional Services Contract, as requested by the Community Development Department.  An additional $70,000.00 will be added increasing the balance to $170,000.00 to be used for the Neighborhood Business Improvement Zone (NBIZ) Grant Program.

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Ms. Isaac, Council voted unanimously to approve an Amendment to the South Columbia Development Corporation Professional Services Contract, as requested by the Community Development Department.  An additional $70,000.00 will be added increasing the balance to $170,000.00 to be used for the Neighborhood Business Improvement Zone (NBIZ) Grant Program.

ORDINANCE – FIRST READING

D. Ordinance No.: 2003-094 – A fourth supplemental Ordinance providing for the issuance and sale of City of Columbia, South Carolina, Waterworks and Sewer System Refunding and Improvement Revenue Bonds, Series 2003, in the principal amount of not exceeding $55,000,000 prescribing the form and details of such bonds; and other matters relating thereto.

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve on first reading Ordinance No.: 2003-094 – A fourth supplemental Ordinance providing for the issuance and sale of City of Columbia, South Carolina, Waterworks and Sewer System Refunding and Improvement Revenue Bonds, Series 2003, in the principal amount of not exceeding $55,000,000 prescribing the form and details of such bonds; and other matters relating thereto.  Mr. Osborne abstained from voting due to a conflict of interest.

OTHER MATTERS

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion Item E. Council approved the Disposition of Seventy- (70) Bicycles, as requested by the Columbia Police Department Property & Evidence Unit and Item F. Council approved the Destruction of Eighty- Seven (87) Firearms, as requested by the Columbia Police Department Property & Evidence Unit.

E. Council is asked to approve the Disposition of Seventy- (70) Bicycles, as requested by the Columbia Police Department Property & Evidence Unit.    Award to the following Organizations in the specified quantity: - Approved
 
 Aullmanor Boys & Girls Home 20 Bicycles
 Bethlehem Community Center 15 Bicycles
 Boys & Girls Club 6 Bicycles
 Boy Scouts of America 6 Bicycles
 Epworth Children’s Home 23 Bicycles

F. Council is asked to approve the Destruction of Eighty- Seven (87) Firearms, as requested by the Columbia Police Department Property & Evidence Unit.  - Approved

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Mr. Davis, Council voted unanimously to go into Executive Session at 9:35 a.m. for the discussion of Items G. through J. as amended.

EXECUTIVE SESSION DISCUSSION

G. Discussion of negotiations incident to proposed contractual arrangements
- Pleasant’s Hardware – Mr. Steve Gantt, ACM
This item was discussed in Executive Session no action was taken.

- South Carolina Department of Natural Resources – Mr. Steve Gantt, ACM
This item was discussed in Executive Session no action was taken.

- **Strategic Advisory Group – Mr. Steven Gantt, ACM
This item was discussed in Executive Session no action was taken.  Mr. Papadea and Mr. Osborne abstained from discussions due to a conflict of interest.

H. Discussion of negotiations incident to the proposed purchase of property
- Marion Street Property
This item was discussed in Executive Session.  (See Item H1.)

- Credit Union Property
This item was discussed in Executive Session no action was taken.

- Budget & Control Board Property
This item was discussed in Executive Session no action was taken.

- **Fire Station (Woodcreek)
   This item was discussed in Executive Session no action was taken.

· Mayor Coble adjourned the Executive Session at 11:13 a.m. to reconvene the Work Session.

 CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION / ACTION

 H1. Marion Street Property
 
Upon motion by Mr. Davis, seconded by Ms. Isaac, Council voted unanimously to not participate in the purchase of the Marion Street Property, but instead to endorse the concept of co-location by offering office space in the 1136 Washington Street Office Building after the needs are evaluated.

· Mayor Coble reconvened the Executive Session at 11:15 a.m.

I. **Discussion of negotiations incident to the proposed transfer of property
- Bates Park – Mr. Jim Meggs, City Attorney
  This item was discussed in Executive Session no action was taken.

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

- **Litigation Matters (3)
   These items were discussed in Executive Session no action was taken.

Mayor Coble adjourned the Work Session at 1:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by:

Erika D. Moore
City Clerk