The Columbia City Council met for a work session, Wednesday, February 23, 2000, in the Council Conference Room. Mayor Robert D. Coble called the meeting to order at 9:10 a.m. Council members present were: The Honorable E. W. Cromartie, The Honorable Francenia B. Heizer, The Honorable Jim Papadea, The Honorable Anne M. Sinclair, The Honorable Hamilton Osborne, Jr., and The Honorable Sam Davis. Also attending were Mr. Michael A. Bierman, City Manager and Ms. Vivian A. Krigline, City Clerk
1. Presentation by Congaree Land Trust - Ms. Ann Jennings
Ms. Ann Jennings, executive director of the Congaree Land Trust, briefed Council on the work of the Congaree Land Trust and expressed a desire to assist with City projects.
2. Presentation by River Alliance - Mr. Mike Dawson and Mr. Ozzie Nagler
Ms. Gloria James, citizen appointee of the River Alliance Board of Directors, introduced Mr. Dawson and Mr. Nagler and the Three Rivers Greenway Project proposal.
Mr. Dawson and Mr. Nagler gave an update on the proposed Three Rivers Greenway Project, including the cost and community benefit. The proposal is a component of the extended TIF plan. The total cost of the project as presented will be $15.45 million, which has its funding built into the TIF extension proposal.
After Council discussion, Ms. Heizer made a motion to approve the project concept as proposed and to move forward to finalize the design work of the project as soon as possible. Mr. Papadea seconded the motion. Council discussed the design work being performed by Michael Kohn on the EdVenture building and its relationship to the City Dock portion of this project. After discussion, Council unanimously approved Ms. Heizer motion.
Ms. Heizer made a motion, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, to have the City Manager present a recommendation on March 8, for an architect to design the City Dock, in coordination with the EdVenture project. Council unanimously approved Ms. Heizerís motion.
Ms. Heizer made a motion, seconded by Mr. Papadea, to have the City Manager present a method of procurement, within four weeks, for the construction services for the Three Rivers Greenway Project, which will meet Councilís minority and female business participation goals. Council unanimously approved Ms. Heizerís motion.
3. Appointment to Accommodations Tax Committee and other Appointments
Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council unanimously approved the appointment of Mr. James Hardy to the Accommodations Tax Committee. (Council members present to vote: Mr. Davis, Ms. Sinclair, Mr. Cromartie, and Mayor Coble).
Mr. Bierman announced that other upcoming appointments for consideration will be the Planning Commission, Columbia Development Corporation, Historic Columbia Foundation, and the Design Development Review Board. These will be brought to Council at a later date for consideration.
4. Location of March 22 Council Work Session
Mr. Bierman announced that the Columbia Museum of Art has asked Council to hold their March 22, 2000 work session at their facility. The Museum is holding their 50th Anniversary activities during the week. Council agreed to hold the March 22 work session in the Museumís board room.
5. Martin Luther King Park Improvements
Mr. Bierman asked Council to authorize $150,000 for improvements to Rocky Branch in Martin Luther King Park, from a funding source yet to be determined. Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council unanimously approved the allocation of $150,000 for improvements to Rocky Branch in Martin Luther King Park.
6. Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Ms. Heizer, Council unanimously voted to go into executive session at 10:40 a.m. to receive a legal briefing on the following contract and legal matters: land contracts, SCANA, personnel issues, and other contracts
Note: Mr. Osborne stated he will not participate in discussions related to SCANA. Ms. Heizer stated she will not participate in discussions related to SCC, if this item is brought up.
Council returned to open session at 12:05 p.m.
7. Resolution No. R-2000-006 - Ratification and Approval of Appointment of Members of the Board of Commissioners of the Housing Authority of the City of Columbia, South Carolina
Upon motion by Ms. Heizer, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council unanimously voted to approve Resolution R-2000-006 - Ratification and Approval of Appointment of Members of the Board of Commissioners of the Housing Authority of the City of Columbia, South Carolina.
Upon motion by Ms. Heizer, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council unanimously approved allowing the Animal Mission to serve beer and wine at a reception for the Adoption Center grand opening on Wednesday, March 1, 2000 beginning at 6:00 p.m.
The meeting was adjourned at 12:30 p.m.
Vivian A. Krigline
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