February 21, 2001
9:00 AM - City Council Chambers - Second Floor - 1737 Main Street

The Columbia City Council met for a Work Session, Wednesday, February 21, 2001, in the Council Conference Room.  Mayor Pro Tempore Hamilton Osborne, Jr., 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.  Also attending were Ms. Leona Plaugh, City Manager and Ms. Peggy S. Breeland, City Clerk.  The Honorable Sam Davis and Mayor Robert D. Coble were not able to attend the meeting.

1. Citizen Advisory Committee Budget Recommendation

Ms. Jeanne McIntosh-Lirola, Chairman of the Citizen Advisory Committee briefed Council on the 2001-2002 Citizens Advisory Committee Draft & CDBG Budget Recommendations.

Council agreed to take this item as information.  Council also asked City Staff to report back to Council concerning how the various summer youth employment programs relate to each other.  Council asked that public relations be done for the summer youth employment initiatives.

2. Review of Regular Agenda

Ms. Plaugh, City Manager, reviewed the regular agenda with Council. Council asked to hold Item III.A.1. and Item III.C.15.

Council asked that a defibulator be placed at City Hall.

Council asked that City Legal Staff amend Ordinance No. 2001-020 to include language that allows the City to use the tunnel once it is built.

3. The Columbia Art Studio Project (CASP)

Upon motion by Ms. Heizer, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council voted to approve a request from the Columbia Art Studio Project for $500.00 to support completing a survey which will assess studio needs for artists living in the Columbia area.

4. Property Maintenance Ordinances (Schedule Public Hearing Date)

Council asked that a public hearing be scheduled for April 7, 2001 for all four proposed ordinances.  Council also asked City Staff to find out if any other city in the country has a similar ordinance.  Council asked to have included in the written word what is against the rules so the public will be aware.

5. Request for Finlay Park Facilities

Council asked that this item be held over for further discussion until the Work Session Agenda for February 28, 2001, a request from Mr. Shawn Rankin/Liquid Assets who requested the use of Finlay Park Facilities on Sunday, March 25, 2001, for Oysterfest. Mr. Rankin also asked to be allowed to fence in a part of the park and charge admission to the event.

6. Executive Session

Upon motion by Mr. Cromartie, seconded by Ms. Heizer, Council unanimously voted to go into executive session at 9:50 a.m. to discuss a personnel matter.

The regular meeting was adjourned at 11:00 a.m.

Respectfully submitted by,

Peggy S. Breeland