CITY COUNCIL WORK SESSION MINUTES
NOVEMBER 2, 2005
8:30 AM – CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS
1737 MAIN STREET

The City of Columbia City Council met for a Work Session on Wednesday, November 2, 2005 in the City Hall Council Chambers located at 1737 Main Street, Columbia, South Carolina.  The Honorable Mayor Robert D. Coble called the meeting to order at 8:48 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., The Honorable Tameika Isaac Devine and The Honorable Daniel J. Rickenmann. Absent was The Honorable Sam Davis due to an event at the Children’s Garden.  Also present were Mr. Charles P. Austin, Sr., City Manager and Ms. Erika D. Salley, City Clerk.

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to go into Executive Session at 8:48 a.m. for the discussion of Item A.
 
A. Discussion of Employment of an Employee
 This item was discussed in Executive Session.  No action was taken.

· Council adjourned the Executive Session discussion at 10:00 a.m. to convene the regular meeting.

· Council reconvened the Work Session at 11:16 a.m.

CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION / ACTION

 B. **Community Promotions Funding Recommendations – Mr. Chris Brownlee, Community Promotions Advisory Committee Chairman - Consideration of this item was deferred.

 C. Columbia Action Council Request for Funding – Mr. S. Allison Baker, Assistant City Manager for Public Services

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to approve a request for funding from the Columbia Action Council for the Veterans Day Parade and the New Years Eve Celebration WOW 06’ in an amount up to $20,000.00 from the Hospitality Tax Fund.

D. Economic Development Contingency Account – Ms. Dana D. Turner, Assistant City Manager for Commerce and Development - This item was approved during the regular meeting.  Please refer to Item 3a.

 D1. **National Project Homeless Connect Day Workshop  - Ms. Jennifer Moore, HOPWA Program Coordinator / Community Development Department

Ms. Jennifer Moore of the Community Development Department explained that the Interagency Council on Homelessness (ICH) in Washington, DC is hosting a nationwide event to honor an innovative program called Project Homeless Connect in San Francisco. Each month 1300 volunteers and staff come together to serve the street homeless and those that live in shelters.  They provide on site services such as vision and health exams and haircuts.  The City of Columbia’s Community Development Department will host the National Project Homeless Connect Day Workshop on December 8, 2005 at the Beth and Lou Holtz Shelter.

APPOINTMENTS

 E.  Municipal Court Judges - This item was discussed in Executive Session.  No action was taken.

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to go into Executive Session at 11:19 a.m. for the discussion of Items F. through I. as amended.

 F.  Discussion of negotiations incident to proposed contractual arrangements
- Convention Center Hotel – Mr. Steven A. Gantt, Senior Assistant City Manager for Operations
- First Citizens Bank - Mr. Steven A. Gantt, Senior Assistant City Manager for Operations
- **Benedict College – Mr. Jim Meggs, City Attorney
These items were discussed in Executive Session.  No action was taken.

G.  Discussion of negotiations incident to the proposed sale of property – Mr. Steven A. Gantt, Senior Assistant City Manager for Operations
  This item was discussed in Executive Session.  No action was taken.

 H.  Receipt of legal advice, which relates to a matter covered by attorney-client privilege
- Single Family Dwellings
- **Request for Conflict Waiver for the McNair Law Firm, P.A.
  These items were discussed in Executive Session.  No action was taken.

· Council adjourned the Executive Session discussion at 12:12 p.m.  to reconvene the Work Session.

- **Convention Center Hotel

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted five (5) to one (1) to approve Resolution No.: R-2005-068 - Approving the Expenditure/Use of Certain funds of the City of Columbia, South Carolina, in order to Enhance the Development of a Hotel to Serve the Midlands Regional Convention Center; and other matters relating thereto.  Voting aye were Mr. Cromartie, Ms. Sinclair, Ms. Devine, Mr. Rickenmann and Mayor Coble.  Voting nay was Mr. Osborne.

· Council adjourned the Work Session at 12:19 p.m. to reconvene the Executive Session discussion.

 I.  **Discussion of appointment of an employee
- Municipal Court Judges
  This item was discussed in Executive Session.  No action was taken.

· Council adjourned the meeting at 1:43 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by:
Erika D. Salley
City Clerk