CITY OF COLUMBIA
CITY COUNCIL WORK SESSION MINUTES
November 12, 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, November 12, 2003 in the City Hall Council Chambers at 1737 Main Street, Columbia, South Carolina.  Mayor Robert D. Coble called the meeting to order at 9:10 a.m.  Council members present were The Honorable Jim D. N. Papadea, The Honorable Anne M. Sinclair, The Honorable Hamilton Osborne, Jr. and The Honorable Tameika C. Isaac.  Absent were The Honorable E. W. Cromartie, II and The Honorable Sam Davis.  Also present were Mr. Charles P. Austin, Sr., City Manager and Ms. Erika D. Moore, City Clerk.

CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION / ACTION

A. Elmwood Park Lighting – Ms. Dana Turner, Administrative Advisor

There was a consensus of Council to direct staff to prepare cost estimates for various scenarios giving careful consideration to the cost of providing additional resources in the Traffic & Engineering Department; charges that would be off set if the City owned the lights; the number of meters required; the number of poles required; associated electrical cost; maintenance cost; and upcoming projects.

B. **Council is asked to approve an Amendment to the City Center Partnership Inc. By-Laws to add an additional voting member from Richland County.
 
Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve an Amendment to the City Center Partnership Inc. By-Laws to add The Honorable Paul Livingston as an additional voting member from Richland County Council.  The Honorable Tony Mizzell currently serves as a voting member and Mr. Cary McSwain, County Administrator serves as an Ex-Officio member.

STREET CLOSING

B1. **Council is asked to approve a request from Indigo Construction to close the sidewalk in the 1100 block of Pickens Street between the 1600 block of Senate Street and Gervais Street, for five (5) months beginning on Wednesday, November 12, 2003 at 7:00 a.m. for the extensive renovation of a building located at 1600 Gervais Street.   Contact:  Mr. Ryan Horton

Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve a request from Indigo Construction to close the sidewalk within the 1100 block of Pickens Street between the 1600 block of Senate Street and Gervais Street, for five (5) months beginning on Wednesday, November 12, 2003 at 7:00 a.m. for the extensive renovation of a building located at 1600 Gervais Street.

TRAFFIC ISSUES

C. Meadowfield Elementary School – Mr. David Brewer, Traffic Engineer

Upon motion by Mr. Osborne, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve the following staff recommendations:
1. Prohibit parking on the west side of Galway Lane during school hours
2. Prohibit parking during school hours on Olde Knight Parkway from Galway Lane westward approximately 2 blocks
3. Paint crosswalks at Olde Knight Parkway and Galway Lane
4. Install speed humps on Byron Road upon SCDOT approval

D. Whaley Street Truck Traffic Restriction – Mr. Dave Brewer, Traffic Engineer

Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to restrict through truck traffic on the section of Whaley Street between Assembly Street and Wayne Street with the approval of SCDOT.  Staff was directed to obtain traffic counts for Blossom Street prior to installing the signs and again within 6 months after the signs are installed, to determine what impact this change has made on Blossom Street.

E. Adams Grove Parking – Mr. Dave Brewer, Traffic Engineer

There was a consensus of Council to direct Mr. Dave Brewer, Traffic Engineer to meet with Bostick-Thompkins Funeral Home to discuss the current parking situation and alternatives to prohibiting parking on both sides of Adams Grove.

Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to go into Executive Session at 9:36 a.m. for the discussion of Item F.

EXECUTIVE SESSION DISCUSSION

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

· Mayor Coble adjourned the Executive Session at 9:55 a.m. to convene the Zoning Public Hearing.

· Mayor Coble reconvened the Work Session at 1:04 p.m.

CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION / ACTION

F1. Drew Park Wellness Center Update – Mr. Allison Baker, Director of Parks & Recreation

Mr. Allison Baker, Director of Parks & Recreation, briefed the members of City Council on the progress of the Charles R. Drew Wellness Center.  He stated that this is a citywide Wellness Center not a recreational facility.  He informed the members of Council that the project is slightly ahead of the anticipated schedule and on budget.  He invited the members of Council to the Groundbreaking Ceremony scheduled for Monday, November 17, 2003 at 11:00 a.m.

Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Ms. Isaac, Council voted unanimously to go into Executive Session at 1:09 p.m. for the discussion of Items G. and H. as presented.

EXECUTIVE SESSION DISCUSSION

G.  Discussion of negotiations incident to proposed contractual arrangements
- Charles Williams
This item was held over, no action was taken.

- Old Fire Station Headquarters – Mr. Seven Gantt
This item was discussed in Executive Session no action was taken.

- Pleasant’s Hardware – Mr. Steven Gantt
This item was discussed in Executive Session no action was taken.

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

- Drew Park Wellness Center - Mr. Allison Baker
This item was discussed in Executive Session no action was taken.

- **Annexation Coordinator – Mrs. Dana Turner
This item was held over, no action was taken.

- **Trelys
This item was held over, no action was taken.

- Township Auditorium
This item was held over, no action was taken.
 
H.  Discussion of negotiations incident to the proposed purchase of property
- Naval Reserve Building (915 Pickens Street) – Mr. Allison Baker
This item was discussed in Executive Session no action was taken.

Mayor Coble adjourned the meeting at 2:08 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by:

Erika D. Moore
City Clerk