Work Session
Wednesday, February 2, 2000

The Columbia City Council met for a work session, Wednesday, February 2, 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, and The Honorable Hamilton Osborne, Jr.   Also attending were Mr. Michael A. Bierman, City Manager and Ms. Vivian A. Krigline, City Clerk

1. Review of Regular Agenda

Mr. Cromartie asked to reappoint Mr. Leon Howard to the Commercial Revolving Loan Fund Review Board.  Mr. Papadea stated he is talking with Central Midlands Council of Government members about the appointment to the Riverbanks Park Commission.

Mr. Cromartie asked Council to participate in the neighborhood meetings on the Two Notch Road improvements.  He requested a public hearing be held in February or March.

2. Report on Baseball Facilities

Mr. Bierman briefed Council on the request from the Capital City Bombers to construct a new stadium/ball park.  Mr. Bierman reviewed various options ranging from renovations to the existing facility to constructing a new faciling, including funding needed for each scenario.

Mayor Coble stated he has asked the Sports Council, led by Mr. John Durst, to review proposals and to make a presentation to Council before any decisions are made.

3. Five After Five Funding Request

The Five Points Association submitted a request for $5,000 to be used for this past Five After Five Concert series.  Upon motion by Ms. Heizer, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council unanimously authorized a $5,000 allocation for the Five After Five Concerts (1999).

4. Traffic Safety Committee

Mr. Bierman provided information to Council on the Traffic Safety Committee as requested by Council.

Mayor Coble provided a list of recommended appointments for the Technology Advisory Board.  He asked Council to review the list to make recommendations in the next two weeks.

5. Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council unanimously voted to go into executive session at 9:40 a.m. to discuss a personnel matter.

Council went into the regular meeting at 10:00 a.m.

Council returned to executive session at 11:25 a.m.

Council returned to open session at 11:35 a.m.  Council agreed to put the proposal from Dr. Gerhard Schmid back on the agenda next week (February 9, 2000).

Mr. Papadea asked for information on a proposed community care home to be located on Park Street.  Mr. Papadea asked for a legal briefing related to the pending annexation of this property.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council unanimously voted to go into executive session at 11:40 p.m. to receive a legal briefing.

The meeting was adjourned at 11:55 p.m.

Submitted by:
Vivian A. Krigline
City Clerk