CITY OF COLUMBIA
CITY COUNCIL WORK SESSION MINUTES
November 13, 2002
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 13, 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.
Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Ms. Isaac, Council voted unanimously to go into Executive Session for the Receipt of Legal Advice incident to a proposed contract with the City of Cayce.

EXECUTIVE SESSION DISCUSSION

A. Receipt of Legal Advice incident to proposed contract with the City of Cayce
- Mr. Tommy Lavender and Mr. John Dooley
 This item was discussed in Executive Session, no action was taken.

Mayor Coble adjourned the Executive Session at 9:32 a.m.

Mayor Coble reconvened the Work Session at 9:38 a.m.

CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSION / ACTION

B. U.S. Army Corp of Engineers – Mr. John Dooley, Director of Utilities

Mr. Andy Borden, Charleston District Corp of Engineers, told Council that the Corp looked at flood damage impacts of the wastewater treatment plant and found no need for any Federal assistance with the planning or construction of a levee.  Mr. Borden stated that this decision is based upon an economic standpoint where the benefits do not out weigh the cost.   Mr. Borden told Council that he applauds the City for the design of the facility because most of the facility is above the 100-year flood elevation.

B1. Bell Tower and Memorial Park Bridge  – Lt. Col. J. W. DeLoach, (ret)

Lt. Colonel J.W. DeLoach, (ret), appeared before Council to request that a bell be removed from storage and placed into service.  Colonel DeLoach stated that this bell is a beautiful piece of art, which stands about 48” high, made of 90% copper and 10% tin.  He told Council that the bell has been refurbished and is now electronically operated.  Colonel DeLoach acknowledged that he is not asking for money, but he is asking for the blessing and time to resurrect the bell.  Colonel DeLoach also told Council that a new bridge is needed in Memorial Park.  He suggested that the bell and bridge be installed simultaneously to help defray costs.

  Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to authorize Colonel DeLoach to proceed as outlined and to bring further clarification back to Council.

C. East Central City Partner and Consortium - Mr. Heyward Banister
 This item was held over, no action was taken.

Mayor Coble adjourned the Work Session to convene the regular meeting at 9:55 a.m.

Mayor Coble reconvened the Work Session at 12:38 p.m.

D. McCall & Associates - Ms. Barbara McCall
 
Ms. Barbara McCall, McCall & Associates, told Council that it is difficult to determine what Congress will do.  She informed Council that there is an agreement to do a continual resolution until January 11, 2003 on all pending bills.  Ms. McCall stated that there is $1 million in the Senate VA HUD Bill for the Drew Park Project; $30 million in the House and Senate VA HUD Bill for another year of funding for Empowerment Zones, which would be $2 million for the City of Columbia; in the Senate DOT Bill there is $14 million and $7 million in the House for bus money to the State of South Carolina; $500,000 for Harden Street; and in the Senate Commerce State Justice Bill $8 million for South Carolina Police technology which Columbia should receive priority for inoperable telecommunications.

· Mr. Osborne rejoined the meeting at 12:50 p.m.

E. Legislative Issues 2003 – Ms. Shirley Gossett, Legislative Liaison
 
Ms. Shirley Gossett, Legislative Liaison, reminded members of Council about the Dinner Reception with Lexington County Elected Officials at Mangia Mangia tonight at 5:30 p.m.  until 7:00 p.m.

F. Convention Center Update - Mr. Steve Camp
 This item was held over, no action was taken.
 
G. Landscape Proposal for Gervais Street (Millwood to Trenholm)
  -  Mr. Mark Cotterill and Ms. Debbie Price
 This item was held over, no action was taken.

· Mr. Papadea left the meeting at 1:10 p.m.

· Mayor Coble left the meeting at 1:10 p.m.

· Mayor Pro Tem E.W. Cromartie now presiding.

H. Two Notch Road Update – Mr. Tom Ward, Ms. Debbie Price and David Johnson

Mr. Tom Ward, Construction Administrator, briefed Council on the current staff recommendations needed to maintain the $4 million budget for the Two Notch Road Project.  Mr. Ward stated that Council needed to establish project limits from Taylor Street to School House Road including SCE&G above ground to underground, all customer conversions, Bellsouth, Adelphia, Time Warner Cable above ground and underground, street lights, meter points and traffic signals.
 

· Mayor Coble rejoined the meeting at 1:16 p.m. and now presiding.

· Mr. Papadea rejoined the meeting at 1:22 p.m.

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to authorize staff to forward their recommendations to the Two Notch Road Advisory Committee for review.  The members of Council, Staff and the committee will meet to discuss the recommendations prior to Council’s approval.

I. Hopkins Area Water Service Update – Mr. Steve Gantt
 This item was held over, no action was taken.

J. Proposed Real Estate Sales & Acquisition Policy – Mr. Jim Meggs
 This item was held over, no action was taken.

K. Transfer of Funds for Fitness Equipment
 This item was held over, no action was taken.

  K1. Myrtle Court Fountain Restoration

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted six (6) to one (1) to approve funding in the amount of $17,950 from the Council Contingency Fund to Restore the Myrtle Court Fountain.  Voting aye were Mr. Cromartie, Mr. Papadea, Ms. Sinclair, Mr. Davis, Ms. Isaac and Mayor Coble.  Voting nay was Mr. Osborne.

  K2. Stormwater Utility Billing Update – Ms. Dana Turner
 This item was held over, no action was taken.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to go into Executive Session at 1:25 p.m. to discuss Item L. Discussion of negotiations incident to proposed contractual arrangements with Mr. Steven Gantt and Mr. Craig Watson and Item P.  Discussion of negotiations incident to contractual arrangements related to Sarah Nance and Burton Schools.  Mr. Papadea was not present for the vote.

EXECUTIVE SESSION DISCUSSION

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Mayor Coble, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion Item L. Council authorized the City Manager to enter into a contract with LDR; Item P. Council approved the Sarah Nance Contract and Authorized the negotiation to purchase Burton School; and Item W. Council approved a Contract with the Public Policy Group in the amount of $13,000 per month.

L. Discussion of negotiations incident to proposed contractual arrangements
-  Mr. Steve Gantt & Mr. Craig Watson - Approved

 M. Discussion of negotiations incident to proposed contractual arrangements
- Hockey Agreement
 This item was held over, no action was taken.

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

O. Discussion of negotiations incident to property acquisition – Convention Center Hotel and Parking Structure  - Mr. Jim Gambrell and Mr. Steve Gantt
  This item was held over, no action was taken.

P. Discussion of negotiations incident to proposed contractual arrangements
 -  Richland One School District – Sarah Nance and Burton Schools - Approved

Q.   Discussion of negotiations incident to property acquisition – Wardlaw Apartments
This item was held over, no action was taken.

R.  Receipt of legal advice, which relates to potential claim – Sewer Back-up
 This item was held over, no action was taken.

S  Discussion of negotiations incident to the City’s position in adversary situations involving
 the assertion of a claim.
 This item was held over, no action was taken.

T. Receipt of legal advice relating to a potential claim
 This item was held over, no action was taken.

U. Receipt of Legal Advice relating to the Rosewood Youth Development Academy
 This item was held over, no action was taken.

V. Receipt of Legal Advice relating to the Bond Issue
 This item was held over, no action was taken.

W. Discussion of negotiations incident to proposed contractual arrangements
- The Public Policy Group - Approved

X. Discussion of negotiations incident to proposed contractual arrangements
 This item was held over, no action was taken.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to go into Executive Session at 2:43 for the Receipt of Legal Advice relating to a Freedom of Information Act Request regarding PC Teach It.  Ms. Isaac was not present for the vote.

Y. ** Receipt of Legal Advice relating to a Freedom of Information Act Request – PC Teach It
 This item was discussed in Executive Session, no action was taken.

Mayor Coble adjourned the Work Session at 3:00 p.m.

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