Work Session
Wednesday, January 26, 2000

The Columbia City Council met for a work session, Wednesday, January 26, 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 Five Points Association - Panhandlers

Mr. Jack Van Loan and representatives from Five Points discussed with Council the problems with panhandling in the business area.

Council agreed to have Chief Austin and the Legal Department work on an overall plan with the Five Points Association and Danielle Gadow.  This is to include a way to structure enforcement and to make applicable city-wide.  A report is due back to Council within two weeks.

2. Ordinances And Resolutions:

A. Request Second Reading Approval to Ordinance No. 2000-03 - Authorizing Sale of 1.2 Acres at the Corner of Gadsden and Hampton Streets known as Richland County Tax Map #09013-01-02 and portion of 07 to Estates Properties, LLC

Upon motion by Mr. Papadea, seconded by Mr. Osborne, Council unanimously gave second reading approval to Ordinance No. 2000-03 to sell property at Gadsden and Hampton Street to Estates Properties, LLC.

B. Request First Reading Approval to Ordinance No. 2000-010 - Authorizing Sale of 2132 Adams Grove, Richland County TMS #11503-06-24 to W. A. Tompkins

C. Request Approval of Resolution No. R-2000-004 - Authorizing City Manager to Execute a Contract of Sale with W. A. Tompkins for the Sale of 2132 Adams Grove, Richland County TMS #11503-06-24

 Upon motion by Ms. Heizer, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council unanimously gave first reading approval to Ordinance No. 2000-010 and approved Resolution R-2000-004 authorizing the sale of 2132 Adams Grove to W. A. Tompkins, on a single motion.

3. Traffic Request in Hollywood/Rose Hill and Cottontown Neighborhoods

Mr. Bierman reported that permission has been received from SC Department of Transportation for four-way stops and stop control reversals in the Hollywood/Rose Hill neighborhood.  Council approval is now needed to put the signs in place.  Upon motion by Ms. Sinclair, seconded by Ms. Heizer, Council unanimously voted to approve the traffic control changes for Hollywood/Rose Hill neighborhood.

Mr.  Cromartie asked for the status of a request for improvements to the intersection of Colonial Drive at Farrow Road.  Mr. Bierman reported the request is being process by SCDOT.

Council discussed the process for submitting neighborhood requests/issues to SCDOT.  Ms. Sinclair mentioned the request for Shandon is being processed by SCDOT.  Council discussed the need for a comprehensive review of all traffic issues to address any potential impact on adjacent streets/intersections.

4. Traffic Safety Committee Update

Council discussed the Traffic Safety Committee and the responsibilities/purposes of the committee.  Council asked for information on the current committee and agreed to review whether to continue the committee and what responsibilities it will have.

Mayor Coble commended staff for their work during the snow storm.  He stated he is coordinating a meeting of city employers to develop an evacuation plan for closings.

5. Federal Appropriation Requests

Council reviewed and discussed a list of federally funded projects to discuss with representatives to encourage funding.  This includes:

*  Full funding for the Sumter-Columbia Empowerment Zone - $93.3 million (Third year funding request is $23.3 million)
*  Harden Street Improvements (Phase I, II, III) - $36.7 million
*  University of South Carolina Arena & Conference Center - $2.0 million
*  Transportation - Buses, Bus Equipment, and Bus Maintenance Facility - $10.0 million

 6. Stormwater Utility Update

Council discussed an update provided on the status of the establishment of a stormwater utility.  Main concerns expressed were in knowing the rates in time to let the public know what to expect and what the charges will be for.

7. Contract and Legal Matters*

Upon motion by Ms. Heizer, seconded by Mayor Coble, Council unanimously voted to go into executive session at 10:45 a.m. to receive a legal briefing on contract and legal matters, at 10:45 a.m.

Council returned to open session at 11:45 a.m.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council unanimously voted to authorize the City Manager to execute a contract to purchase property owned by Columbia Supply Company at 823 Gervais Street.

Council returned to executive session at 11:50 a.m.

The meeting was adjourned at 12:30 p.m.

Submitted by:
Vivian A. Krigline
City Clerk