April 28, 2004
9:00 AM - City Council Chambers
3rd Floor City Hall - 1737 Main Street

The City of Columbia City Council met for a Work Session on Wednesday, April 28, 2004, in the City Hall Council Chambers at 1737 Main Street, Columbia, South Carolina.  Mayor Robert D. Coble called the meeting to order at 9:09 a.m.  Council members present were The Honorable E. W. Cromartie, II, The Honorable Jim D. N. Papadea, The Honorable Anne M. Sinclair, The Honorable Hamilton Osborne, Jr., The Honorable Sam Davis and The Honorable Tameika Isaac Devine.  Also present were Mr. Charles P. Austin, Sr., City Manager and Ms. Erika D. Moore, City Clerk.

**Mr. Charles P. Austin, Sr., City Manager led us in a moment of silent meditation for Mr. Allison Baker as he and his family grieve over the death of his mother.


A. Midlands Authority for Conventions Sports & Tourism Hospitality Tax Funding Application for fiscal year 2004/2005 – Mr. Steve Camp, President & Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Steve Camp, President & Chief Executive Officer, presented additional information to support the request for Hospitality Tax Funding in the amount of $1 million.  He answered questions as the members of City Council and Councilman-Elect Daniel Rickenmann presented them.
No action was taken.

B. Eau Claire Cooperative Health Centers Update – Dr. Stewart Hamilton

Dr. Stewart Hamilton, presented an update on the Eau Claire Cooperative Health Centers.  He provided statistical data relating to the healthcare services that are provided.

Dr. Dean Slade, challenged the members of Council to become more excited when dealing with healthcare related issues.  He requested that the members of City Council send letters of support to the Senate and local representatives to encourage Federal funding for a 100% access to care and 0% disparity initiative.

No action was taken.

C. Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority Headquarters Facility –Mr. Lowell C. Spires, Jr., Chairman

Ms. Mitzi Javers, Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority, reminded the members of Council that on March 29, 2004 the RTA asked the City of Columbia for site recommendations, because if the facility is not relocated within five (5) years of the original agreement, SCANA will not be responsible for cleaning the current site.

Mr. David Brandeis, Wilbur Smith Associates, explained that size is important in selecting a site. He stated that at least 20 acres is needed due to landscaping and buffer requirements.  He said that according to the original agreement, the new site must fall within the corporate city limits.  Mr. Brandeis noted that the further the transfer station is located the more operational cost increase.  He indicated that rail access; federal funding; and egress and ingress capabilities are also major components in choosing the appropriate site.

Mr. Butch Spires, Chairman of the Central Midlands Regional Transit Authority, stated that they began looking for sites prior to the official transfer of the transit system.  He said that the RTA couldn’t continue to spend money to reserve sites.  Mr. Spires stated that the new facility must be self-contained with operational space for the buses, trolleys, DART, training and parking.  He urged the members of Council to relocate the transit system within the corporate city limits.

This discussion will continue on Wednesday, May 12, 2004 during the Work Session meeting.  No action was taken.

D. Political Signage – Mr. William DePass, Jr.

Mr. Rusty DePass asked the members of Council to consider an Ordinance that would prohibit the installation of large political signs in residential areas.

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted four (4) to three (3) to deny the request to direct staff to draft an Ordinance that would prohibit the installation of large political signs within residential areas.  Voting aye were Ms. Devine, Mr. Papadea and Mayor Coble.  Voting nay was Mr. Davis, Mr. Osborne, Ms. Sinclair and Mr. Cromartie.

E. Fiscal Year 2004/2005 Proposed General Fund Budget – Ms. Melisa Caughman, Management Budget Administrator

The members of City Council and Councilman-Elect Daniel Rickenmann discussed the fiscal year 2004/2005 proposed General Fund Budget along with a request from the Historic Columbia Foundation to be placed in the General Fund Budget as a line item in the amount of $250,000.00 annually.

 No action was taken.


Upon motion by Ms. Devine, seconded by Mr. Papadea, Council voted unanimously to approve on a single motion Items F. and F1.

F.  Council is asked to approve a request from South Carolina Operation Lifesaver to close Laurens Street between Blossom Street and College Street and Greene Street between Gregg Street and the railroad tracks on Monday, May 3, 2004, from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. for a Mock Crash.  Contact: Ms. Janice Cowen, State Coordinator - Approved
  F1. **Council is asked to approve a request from Gunter’s Chapel to close Windover Road halfway to Two Notch Road on Sunday, May 2, 2004, from 4:30 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. for the Empowered Women of Service.  Contact: L.E. Gunter, President - Approved

Upon motion by Mayor Coble, seconded by Ms. Sinclair, Council voted unanimously to go into Executive Session at 12:40 p.m. to discuss Items G. through K. as amended.

G.  Receipt of legal advice, which relates to a matter covered by attorney-client privilege

H.  Discussion of negotiations incident to proposed contractual arrangements

I.  Discussion of employment of an employee

J. **Receipt of legal advice which relates to pending, threatened or potential lawsuit

K. **Discussion of compensation of an employee

These items were discussed in Executive Session no action was taken.

· Mayor Coble adjourned the meeting at 2:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by:
Erika D. Moore
City Clerk