January 09, 2002
9:00 AM - City Council Conference Room
2nd Floor City Hall - 1737 Main Street

The City of Columbia City Council met in a Work Session Wednesday, January 9, 2002 in the City Hall Council Conference Room.  Mayor Robert D. Coble called the meeting to order at 9:10 a.m.  Council members present were The Honorable Francenia B. Heizer, The Honorable Jim Papadea, The Honorable Anne M. Sinclair, The Honorable Hamilton Osborne, Jr. and The Honorable Sam Davis.  Absent was The Honorable E.W. Cromartie, II.  Also attending were Ms. Leona K. Plaugh, City Manager and Ms. Erika D. Moore, Deputy City Clerk.

Mr. Matthew Kennel, Executive Director of the Business Improvement District was introduced to the Mayor and Council members.

Ms. Dot Ryall, Executive Director of the Richland/Lexington Cultural Council introduced Ms. Tracy Jones, Coordinator of the Black Tranquility Project and updated Council on that project.  Ms. Ryall announced the Doors Project.  She told Council one hundred (100) Doors had been retrieved from the demolition of Saxon Homes for the artists to use.  Ms. Ryall stated that the Cultural Council had partnered with the Columbia Housing Authority, the State Newspaper and hopefully the City of Columbia.  She asked Council for a commitment to provide labor necessary to move the Doors to different locations and for Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000) seed money to get the project started.  Ms. Ryall stated that the Doors would be ready for display in June, at the State Fair in October and  an auction will be held in November.

**Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Osborne, Council voted unanimously to endorse the Cultural Council=s Door Project and authorize the City Manager to look funding sources for seed money that could be used to fund this project.

Ms. Sinclair asked Ms. Ryall to provide a financial statement to Council showing the expenditures and revenue for the Palmetto Tree Project.


The City Manager reviewed the Regular Meeting agenda with City Council.


A. Haskell Heights Sewer Request

Council requested the City Manager to schedule an informal meeting with the Richland County Council to discuss water and sewer issues.

B. BID Appeals Discussion

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to deny the Business Improvement District appeals made on December 19, 2001.  Ms. Heizer was not present for the vote.

C. National Women=s Sports Day - February 06, 2002

Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Mayor Coble, Council voted unanimously to fund National Women=s Sports Day, February 6, 2002 in the amount of $31,000.

D. Edgewood / Read Street Community Improvement Cooperative Council Funding Request - Ms. Myrtle Gordon

Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to approve the request from Edgewood/Read Street Community Improvement Cooperative Council to allocate $2,000 from the CANDO funds previously awarded during the summer program.  Ms. Heizer was not present for the vote.

E. USC Columbia Technology Incubator Funding Request
This item was held over, no action was taken.

Council convened to the Council Chambers for the regular meeting at 9:55 a.m.

Mayor Coble reconvened the Work Session at 12:35 a.m. after the Executive Session.


A. *Canalside - Edens & Avant Contract
This item was discussed in Executive Session.

B. *EdVenture Children=s Museum Bid (Transferred from the Regular Session Agenda)

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted unanimously to re-bid the Edventure Children=s Museum contract to the three (3) contractors that were pre-qualified to bid.

C. *Hockey Lease
This item was discussed in Executive Session.

D. *Real Estate Matters (3)
This item was discussed in Executive Session.

E.  *Vista Parking
This item was discussed in Executive Session.

The Work Session adjourned at 12:52 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by:

Erika D. Moore
Deputy City Clerk