Work Session
WEDNESDAY, March 15, 2000

The City of Columbia City Council met Wednesday, March 15, 2000, at 9:00 a.m. in the City Hall Council Conference Room, 1737 Main Street, Columbia, South Carolina.  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 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. Review of Regular Agenda

*  Request by Taxi Cab companies for a rate increase:  Council discussion included assuring the drivers benefit from any increases.  Council also questioned when Council should regulate the rates or allow each company to set their own rates.

*  CDBG Budget:  Mr. Davis stated he has received comments along the North Main corridor requesting money for incentives for businesses.  He asked if any adjustment could be made.

2. Presentation by Joel Stevenson Columbia/USC Technology Incubator Program

This item was held over.  Mayor Coble announced a press conference being planned to announce expanding the incubator program to the Sumter Exchange.

3. Time and Location of Council Meeting on April 5, 2000 - District IV.

Mr. Osborne asked that the District IV Council meeting be held at Hampton Park on April 5, 2000, beginning at 6:30 p.m.  He asked that Ms. Margaret Massey be notified of the meeting as there are concerns about law enforcement in the area.

4. Request from Employment Security Commission to close Wayne Street from Washington to Hampton on April 6, 2000 from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

5. Request from Designer Showhouse and the Symphony League to close Blanding Street between Henderson and Pickens on Fridays from April 21 through May 12, 2000, during lunch.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council unanimously approved Items 4 and 5 on a single motion.

6. Contribution to Black Expo

Mayor Coble explained a request to participate in the Black Expo 2000 for a cost of $15,000.  The Expo will be May 15, 2000

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Davis, Council unanimously approved a $15,000 sponsorship in the Black Expo 2000 to all City participation, and asked for a briefing by coordinators.

Council asked Jim Gambrell to coordinate opportunities for city participating in the Expo and recommended the Historic Columbia Foundation promote their tours at the event.

9. Contribution to Lake Murray Country marketing campaign

Mayor Coble reviewed a request from the Lake Murray Tourism and Recreation Association to provide an additional $30,000.  The request is for the City of Columbia to fund this association at the same level as Richland County and Lexington County ($60,000).  Council has already allocated $30,000 and most of the concerns expressed by Council have been resolved.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council unanimously approved allocating $30,000 to the Lake Murray Tourism and Recreation Association.

10. Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Cromartie, Council unanimously voted to go into executive session at 9:30 a.m., receive a legal briefing on a contract matter related to billboards in Eau Claire and Millwood Avenue.

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

Council returned to work session at 10:45 a.m.

11. Council discussed the work session for March 22.  The Art Museum has asked Council to meet at the museum for the work session.

Several zoning map amendment items are scheduled for the agenda on March 22, but Council agreed to hold the meeting at the Museum.

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

Submitted by:
Vivian A. Krigline, City Clerk