CITY OF COLUMBIA
CITY COUNCIL WORK SESSION MINUTES
October 23, 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 23, 2002, in the City Hall Council Chambers, 1737 Main Street, Columbia, South Carolina.  Mayor Robert D. Coble called the meeting to order at 9:15 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.  Also present were Ms. Leona K. Plaugh, City Manager and Ms. Pamela J. Ferst, Acting City Clerk.
CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION / ACTION

Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Mr. Davis, Council voted unanimously to amend the work session agenda by adding Items A. – D. and Q. – S.  Ms. Sinclair was not present for the vote.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Davis, Council voted unanimously on a single motion to approve Items A. –  D.  Ms. Sinclair was not present for the vote.

A. **Council is asked to approve a request from the Neighbors in the first three blocks of South Waccamaw to close the 200 block of Waccamaw between Tugaloo and Kiawah, on Sunday, October 27, 2002, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., for a street party. Contact: Susan B. James  Approved

   B. **Council is asked to approve a request from Benedict College to hang a banner on Elmwood Avenue as you exit I-126 onto Elmwood Avenue for Homecoming Activities on Saturday, October 26, 2002 and removed on Sunday, November 03, 2002.  Contact:  Ada Brown Belton  Approved
 
 C. **Council is asked to approve a request from the Benedict College Student Activities and Student Government Association to close Oak Street (temporary) between Taylor and Haskell Streets, on Tuesday, October 29, 2002, from 4:00 p.m. until 12:00 midnight for a Tiger Festival (Carnival).  Contact:  Mary L. Davis  Approved
 
D. **Council is asked to approve a request from the Columbia Police Department to set up Jim Hamilton Boulevard to run traffic one way from Airport towards S. Ott Road during the event hours of Celebrate Freedom held at Owens Downtown Airport on Friday, November 08 thru Sunday, November 10, 2002.  Contact:  Sergeant B. G. Goff – Special Events Coordinator  Approved

E. Authorization for Site Improvements at Memorial Park

Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Mr. Davis, Council voted unanimously to authorize site improvements at Memorial Park.  Ms. Sinclair was not present for the vote.

F. Council is asked to approve a request from the Eau Claire Development Corporation to close Elmore Avenue from Monday, October 28, 2002 at 2:00 p.m. until Tuesday, October 29, 2002 at 3:00 pm. for the North Main Plaza Ground Breaking Ceremony.  Contact:  Mike Manis

Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Mr. Davis, Council voted unanimously to approve the request from the Eau Claire Development Corporation to close Elmore Avenue from Monday, October 28, 2002 at 2:00 p.m. until Tuesday, October 29, 2002 at 3:00 p.m. for the North Main Plaza Ground Breaking Ceremony.  Ms. Sinclair was not present for the vote.

G. Sign System Master Plan – Mr. Fred Delk

Mr. Fred Delk, Director of Columbia Development Corporation, told Council that a color scheme needed to be determined before the Sign System Master Plan is completed.  Mr. Delk stated that this system has been presented to the Midlands Branding Committee, the Vista Guild and the Historic Columbia Foundation.  He explained that the sign system consultant wants to develop a distinctive color that is derived from the standard DOT colors blue and yellow.  Mr. Delk informed Council that the consultant recommends using a deeper blue and a harvest gold depending on the material being used.

· Ms. Sinclair arrived at 9:24 a.m.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Osborne, Council voted unanimously to approve staff recommendations to use dark blue and dark gold as the color scheme for the Sign System Master Plan.

H. Rickenbaker Road Traffic Study – Mr. David Brewer

Upon motion by Mr. Osborne, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve the installation of a 4-way stop at the intersection of Rickenbaker Road and Datura Street.

I. First Responder Program - Charles P. Austin, Public Safety Dir. & Chief Jack Jansen

Mr. Charles Austin, Director of Public Safety, informed Council that he has met with members of the Fire Department.  Chief Austin asked them to share their experiences with the First Responder Program with members of Council.

Asst. Chief Bradley Anderson, Columbia Fire Department, stated that Fire Stations are well distributed throughout the City and County with 26-staffed stations meaning that Firefighters are closer to emergencies when they occur.  Mr. Anderson explained that during medical emergencies such as when an individual is not breathing or their heart has stopped beating you generally have 4-6 minutes before permanent damage is done.  He stated that in the City limits response time is 4-5 minutes.  Mr. Anderson informed Council that there are 26 categories of calls that the First Responder Program responds to.  He told Council that the Fire Department is not trying to make up for the shortcomings of the EMS, but in 44% of the cases fire trucks arrive before an ambulance does.  Chief Anderson explained that 3-5 trucks go out on a fire related call, but only one truck goes out on a First Responder call.  He informed Council that the cost of the program is $94,000 on the city side of the budget.
 
Captain James Helms, Columbia Fire Department, told Council that the First Responder Program needs to be expanded and a higher level of training needs to be promoted.

Lt. Harry Tinsley, Columbia Fire Department, stated that the goal is to provide the First Responder Program to every citizen that has a life-threatening emergency, because there is a small window of opportunity for survival.  He told Council that Firefighters do more than put out fires, they do fire education, rescue to include hazardous material response, weapons of mass destruction response, terrorism, and confined space rescue.  Lt. Tinsley told Council that these calls are responded to using only 1.3% of their total available time.

Engineer Travis J. Carricato, Columbia Fire Department, stated that they were here before Council to determine if the Fire Department should run medical calls, but we should ask why shouldn’t the Fire Department run medial calls.  Mr. Carricato informed Council that only 9% of Fire Departments nationwide does not offer medical services to their citizens.  He said that every Fire Station in the Midlands should provide medical services because it enhances the current resources.  Mr. Carricato stated that by keeping the First Responder Program in place, 44% of the time a cardiac arrest patient will have a full two minutes of life saving care prior to an ambulance arriving giving them a 14-20% chance of survival.
 
J. **Palmetto Classic Update – Mr. Ray Corley

Mr. Ray Corley stated that the Palmetto Classic was very successful and he would like to hold this event again next year.  Mr. Corley presented the members of Council with a token of appreciation from the Capital City Palmetto Classic.  He stated that seed money for next year would come out of this year’s revenue.

K. Review:  Ordinance Revisions: Valet Parking, Sidewalk Encroachments, and Sidewalk Café Railing or Fencing - Mr. Steve Gantt, ACM

Mr. Steven Gantt, Assistant City Manager of Development Services, told Council that meetings have been held with members of the community to discuss the revisions.  He said that a stakeholder meeting has been scheduled also.

Mr. Marc Mylott, Zoning Administrator, asked Council if a Public Hearing should be scheduled although it is not required.

L. Review:  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 – Chief Charles P. Austin, ACM
 This item was held over, no action was taken.

M. Capital Senior Center - Ms. Charlotte Berry, Chair of the Board
 This item was held over, no action was taken.

N. Reimbursement to Richland County for the Atlas Road Sewer Project
 -  Mr. Steve Gantt

Upon motion by Mr. Osborne, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve the request for reimbursement to Richland County in the amount of $74,625.40 subject to the City Manager determining if Richland County has any outstanding debts to the City of Columbia and if so, use this reimbursement to offset those debts.

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

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to go into Executive Session at 10:50 a.m. for Discussions of Personnel Matters, Discussion of negotiations incident to proposed contractual arrangements regarding EdVenture; Discussion of negotiations to proposed contractual arrangements regarding the N. Main and Farrow Road Project; Discussion of negotiations incident to property acquisition regarding the Convention Center Hotel and Parking Structure; Discussion of negotiations to proposed contractual arrangements regarding Richland One School District Sarah Nance School; Discussion of negotiations to proposed contractual arrangements regarding the MBE Program Development; and Receipt of Legal Advice relating to a Freedom of Information Act Request regarding the Rosewood Youth Development Corporation.

· Ms. Isaac left the meeting at 10:50 a.m.

EXECUTIVE SESSION DISCUSSION

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously on a single motion to approve Item Q. To allocate up to $55,000 to Ms. Mickey Layton, President of LCK Construction Services for the extension of an existing contract and up to $45,000 plus expenses to Mr. Craig Watson of HNTB and Item T. To allocate up to $75,000 to Strategic Advisory Group to draft a Memorandum of Understanding with the two (2) hotel developers.  Mr. Davis and Ms. Isaac were not present for the vote.  Mr. Papadea abstained from voting due to a conflict of interest.

P. Discussion of Personnel Matters
  This item was discussed in Executive Session, no action was taken.

 Q. Discussion of negotiations incident to proposed contractual arrangements - EdVenture
 Approved

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

S. Discussion of negotiations to proposed contractual arrangements – North Main / Farrow Road Project – F.A. Johnson Consultants & Associates
 This item was discussed in Executive Session, no action was taken.

T. Discussion of negotiations incident to property acquisition – Convention Center Hotel and Parking Structure  - Mr. Jim Gambrell and Mr. Steve Gantt  Approved
 Mr. Papadea abstained from discussions, due to a conflict of interest.

· Ms. Isaac returned to the meeting at 12:20 p.m.

· Mr. Davis left the meeting at 12:50 p.m.
 

U. Discussion of negotiations to proposed contractual arrangements -  Richland One School District – Sarah Nance School
  This item was discussed in Executive Session, no action was taken.

V. Discussion of Employee / Personnel Matters - Municipal Court Judges
 This item was discussed in Executive Session, no action was taken.

 W. Discussion of negotiations to proposed contractual arrangements  - MBE Program Development
  This item was discussed in Executive Session, no action was taken.

 X Receipt of Legal Advice relating to a Freedom of Information Act Request
   -  Rosewood Youth Development Academy
  This item was discussed in Executive Session, no action was taken.

APPEARANCE OF PUBLIC HAVING BUSINESS WITH CITY COUNCIL

Mr. Bill Manley, told Council that he is concerned about the current situation in City government.  He said that we don’t want to lose Chief Austin.  Mr. Manley stated that the City of Columbia is a city of heart, compassion and excitement and he does not like the way things are happening.  He said that he blames the election.

Mayor Coble adjourned the meeting at 1:35 p.m.

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