WEDNESDAY, January 12, 2000
10:00 am, City Council Chambers
Columbia City Hall
1737 Main Street


The Columbia City Council met for a work session, Wednesday, January 12, 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. Mr. Lonny Randolph and Dr. Sheila Ard appeared to brief Council on the upcoming march and rally to be held on Martin Luther King Memorial Day, Monday, January 17.  This rally will be held downtown and at the State House Grounds, in support of the removal of the Confederate Flag from the State House dome.  Mr. Randolph and Dr. Ard expressed their appreciation to Council for their support.

2. Review of Rezoning Public Hearing Agenda

Mr. Chip Land reviewed action taken by the Planning Commission on items on the rezoning public hearing agenda:

a.  301 S. Bonham - recommended approval of the request
b.  1800 Senate & 1010 Barnwell Street - administratively withdrawn
c.  4323 Kilbourne - recommended denial of the request
d.  700-702-708 Chester - asked that action be deferred until February 7
e.  4903 Monticello - recommended approval of the request
f.   Blossom-Wheat-Gadsden – recommended approval of the request
g.  715-721 & 723-745 Pulaski – recommended approval of the request

3. Finney Retirement Gala

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council unanimously voted to authorize the City Manager to purchase tickets to the Finney Retirement Gala on March 11, 2000.  Council did state that most members will be out of town at the NLC meeting, but would like to show support for Justice Finney.

4. Community Service Teams

Mr. Bierman briefed Council on a program implemented by the Community Services Department to develop teams made up of city staff from various departments/divisions providing services to communities/neighborhoods.  During discussion, Council asked that the line of supervision be clear for corporation staff participating in the team process and that meetings not distract from the actual hands-on services being performed by participating employees.
 5. Economic Development Office

Mr. Bierman reviewed a proposal to move the Economic Development staff from 1225 Laurel Street to the Affinity Building.

Council discussed lease terms, negotiation of a lease based on the annual budget appropriations rather than the proposed five year term, locating city offices away from the central area, co-location with the design center, and offering economic development services for neighborhoods.  Council asked that a time be set up with Richland County to discuss the one-stop shop proposal.

After discussion, Council unanimously approved a motion made by Mr. Osborne, seconded by Mr. Papadea, to authorize the City Manager to negotiate a lease for office space in the Affinity building for the Economic Development office.

5. Review of Park Plans

Mr. Jim Lawracy of Parks and Recreation reviewed plans for upgrades to five city parks:  Valencia Park – upgrade of playground equipment; Marshall Park – upgrade of playground equipment; Woodland Park – upgrade of restroom facility; Heathwood Park – upgrade of playground equipment; Earlewood Park – improvements to roadway and visual improvements within the park.

During discussion, Council asked staff to look at improvements to the Earlewood Park building and adding activities.

6. Council discussed linking into a central e-mail system and asked staff to begin the process.

7. Council was reminded of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Day events on January 17, 2000, at King Park, beginning at 4:45 p.m.

Mr. Bierman reported the New Year’s events went well and the trolley’s were well received.  We are also receiving good response with the HoopLoop.

Council went into the regular Rezoning Public Hearing at 10:00 a.m.

Council returned from the regular session and went into executive session at 10:50 a.m., to receive a legal briefing on contract and land matters.

The meeting was adjourned at 12:00 noon.

Submitted by:
Vivian A. Krigline, City Clerk